TRAVELOGUE: Farmington, NM – An Overnight Destination Part One
Photography and article: Dynda Green
Pagosa Daily Post, June 20, 2016
An actual cave man would be envious of the amenities found in Kokopelli’s 1,700 sq. ft. cave, such as a Native American kiva, full kitchen, rock Jacuzzi tub, waterfall shower, porches with sliding glass doors, and an expansive view topped off with spectacular New Mexico sunsets.
But you might be hungry before check-in at Kokopelli’s… or other lodging of your choice. There’s many dining establishments to choose from. I chose Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse, recommended by a beer aficionado friend. I was not disappointed with food, beer or atmosphere. The restaurant is located in a renovated historic 1912 building, and its unique decor includes items found during the renovation. The owners have expanded their operations to the entire block – now called the Three Rivers Brewery Block – and includes the Tap Room, Banquet Room, 3RB Pizzeria, and a distillery is in the works.
I hear the pizza is not to be missed, so I’ll have to try it on my next trip.
As long as you’re downtown with a full tummy, why not browse through some art galleries? Art is not as pricey as that found in Santa Fe, so you just might find the perfect piece at the perfect price.
I browsed through two intriguing art galleries: Studio 116, and Artifacts. The unpretentious Karen Ellsbury, co-owner of Studio 116, made me feel right at home, and promised that she could make me an artist. I took her class, and painted my first acrylic mini. I found out I have some Van Gogh in me! Studio 116 not only exhibits an eclectic collection of art and photographs, but also offers various art parties and art classes.
Artifacts is located in the historic Farmington Lumber and Hardware Company building. I found the repurposed 1908 building (which has been in the same family since 1916) to be a piece of art in itself. It is now home to 3 galleries, 16 Artist Studios, The Chile Store, and 302 Main Espresso. Artifacts Gallery represents over 40 of the area’s finest artists.
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