Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque
By Zora O'Neill
Price: $16.99 USD
Price: $9.99 USD
New Mexico native Zora O’Neill shares her appreciation for the Land of Enchantment, from exploring Acoma Pueblo—a 12th-century Native American settlement built upon a 367-foot mesa—to hitting the slopes at Taos Ski Valley. O’Neill offers a variety of trip strategies, such as Weekend Getaways, American Indian Heritage, and Not Just Hot Tamales—a guide to sampling the tastiest examples of the region’s distinctive cuisine. Full of tips on hiking aspen-covered mountainsides, wandering among crumbling Franciscan churches, and checking out the area’s thriving art scene, Moon Santa Fe, Taos, & Albuquerque gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Zora O’Neill has lived in New York City since 1998, but still calls New Mexico home. Growing up, she attended ceremonial dances at Taos Pueblo and camped in the Pecos Wilderness—but she took it for granted, and perhaps even complained about it when she was dragged out of bed before dawn for some adventure. It wasn’t until she had moved away and traveled the world that she realized in what a wild, culturally rich place she’d been raised.
Zora’s travels and writing have taken her on a circuitous route back to her home. Graduate study in the Middle East taught her about the Arab roots of adobe and irrigation channels; visiting hotels in southern Spain while researching guidebooks was disorienting—the brick floors, thick walls, and shady courtyards felt just like those in Santa Fe. For guidebook work in Mexico, she has followed the threads of Spanish and indigenous culinary traditions as they made their way up to her home state.
All along in her travels, Zora has been particularly interested in food, occasionally working as a cook, caterer, and cookbook author (Forking Fantastic! Put the Party Back in Dinner Party was published in 2009). Working on Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque gave her another excuse to seek out the best red chile enchiladas and most creative uses of local organic produce. Zora is also the author of Moon New Mexico. Find more information and updates to this guidebook on Zora’s website, moonsantafe.com.