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Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina


Scouting for a Santa Fe Writeaway

Mimi Herman

We thought we were heading to Santa Fe for our very own personal writing retreat, a chance to catch up on our own fiction and poetry. But as soon as we saw the back porch of our cottage after a snowfall, we started considering how soon we could hold a Writeaway here.

Tempting, very tempting.

Our friendly neighborhood bartender, at the Tesuque Village Market, with his version of the Chimayo Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces Jimador Tequila
  • 1.5 ounces fresh squeezed apple juice
  • 1 ounce creme de cassis
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

Shaken, not stirred. Cinnamon sugar rim and apple slice garnish


Our friendly neighbors,

who left their laundry on the line.

Our former neighbors from the Tsankawi Village were artists, so we felt right at home, though they moved out about 600 years ago.

We climbed to the top of the mesa,

where we found this view and the remains of the Tsankawi Village,

much like this village nearby (though not reconstructed like this one, in accordance of the wishes of the descendants of the villagers).

Can you tell we're in love with New Mexico?

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