• Carmen Medrano

Valentine's Day During A Pandemic

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surrounding. Kakuzo Okakura

One week until Valentine‘s Day. What a difference from last year. Our Valentine's weekend involved skiing with my boys, coffee, hot springs, cocktails, and good food.

Valentines to us is not just sharing love with our special someone, but with our family. We usually start with a nice cup of coffee from a local coffee shop, a good day of skiing, and some good food.

This year we still plan to go skiing as a family yet it will not be at our usual place. Taos Ski Valley adjusted to the pandemic and we were priced out of purchasing our regular yearly ski pass. Even if we wanted to go for a day, we couldn’t fathom paying $534 (which includes a military discount) for one day. This year we decided to try out Sipapu. at $147 dollars for a family of 4. It’s not only the price tag, but they have been a ski resort that has always supported our local community. In the past they have given out free tickets to kid with straight A’s and have always conducted their business with our community in mind. So it makes sense this year to give love to a business that has always given us love. It’s only fitting to celebrate day of love there with our family.

Last year we started our weekend of love with coffee. We plan To do the same, but we will be taking it to go.

Last year my husband whisked me away to Ojo Caliente. It was definitely an amazing way to connect and tend to each other and our bodies.

Unfortunately, Ojo Caliente suffered a devastating fire. No worries. If you thought you would be missing out, you will not. They have second location in Santa Fe. Not only is it amazing you will be helping a local business, one that is recovering not only from COVID but a devastating fire.

Yes, last year my husband and I had a romantic dinner at Sabroso Restaurant and Bar and spent a beautiful time drinking cocktails at The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery, we still have the option to do the same just a little different.

You can choose to eat outdoors at several restaurants in town. What we plan to do is pick up food and enjoy our food and cocktails at The Lounge under blankets and next to a fire.

Just because life is a little different, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate a day of love. This is when we need to celebrate Love and support our local businesses.


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