Day 1: Corinth, Amarillo, Adrian, and Santa Fe
Taking a road trip can be a wonderful way to see our beautiful and diverse country. This year, Anthony and I decided to spend a few days in the southwest. We road tripped through New Mexico and west Texas.
We had a fantastic time and ate a lot of delicious food. Follow our adventure through the great southwest over the next few posts.
Leaving Corinth, TX
We woke up very early and headed out the door with protein bars in hand by 6:30 AM. We made our first stop at the Chick-fil-A in Corinth, TX to fuel up on iced coffee. They have the best cold brew coffee!
We have made this drive to Amarillo a few times before we met but I think this was our first time together. There are a lot more wind farms out there now.
We made note of a couple of places we want to come back to for a day or weekend trip. I definitely want to visit Palo Duro Canyon one of these days.
Amarillo, TX and Cadillac Ranch
In Amarillo, TX picked up Route 66/I40. Just outside of Amarillo, we stopped at Cadillac Ranch. Cadillac Ranch is a unique roadside attraction of several Cadillacs partially buried in the dirt in the middle of a farmer’s field. People will stop for the iconic photo. Feel free to bring a can of spray paint to leave your mark. We didn’t bring any spray paint but I found an almost empty can on the ground and left a Kapp’s Kitchen tag. The layers and layers of paint on these cars is amazing.
Adrian, TX and Midpoint Cafe
A few more miles down the road we stopped for lunch at MidPoint Cafe in Adrian, TX. This cafe and gift shop is located at the midpoint on Route 66. This is the halfway point between Chicago and Las Angeles.
The burgers were great but the pie was to die for! We had a slice of their coconut cream pie. Oh, my! We also grabbed a magnet and a couple of stickers in the gift shop.
This may be a good point to mention stickers. You will hear a lot about them in these posts. Anthony has decided to start collecting stickers of places we have been. He amassed quite a collection on our trip. I like this idea because it is fairly inexpensive and doesn’t take up much room.
Route 66 and Clines Corners
We took a couple of side roads off of the I40 that parallels old Route 66 to see some of the older towns. As we got deeper into New Mexico, the weather started turning a little less sunny and rain started falling.
We stopped at Clines Corners to fill up on gas and take a bathroom break before hopping on Hwy 285 north to Santa Fe. This is another iconic Route 66 stop. It is a gas station and a huge souvenir shop. They even had a Zoltar machine like in the movie Big.
As soon as we got out of the car to gas up, we were suddenly thankful we decided to grab our winter coats at the last minute before leaving the house that morning. It had turned very cold. As we were leaving the store and walking to the car in the parking lot, we realized it was snowing!
The snow kept falling as we headed further north. This was also the first of many long stretches of highway on this trip that we did not have any cell service.
We arrived at our motel, The Silver Saddle, and checked in. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this motel because it was VERY affordable. I could not have been happier. This place was amazing, the people running the place were super friendly and hospitable, the people staying there acted like family, it was very clean, and we felt very safe. The Silver Saddle feels more like a bed and breakfast than a motel. If you ever make it to Santa Fe, I cannot recommend this place enough.
Be careful making reservations, though. There are several Silver Saddles and it is easy to book the wrong one. While we were staying there, a group came in thinking they had booked the Santa Fe Silver Saddle Motel only to realize they had booked at one in Colorado. The amazing staff at this Silver Saddle, though, were able to help them out and made them feel better about their mistake.
We walked down the street to Dr. Field Goods. It was only about a block from our motel and the motel staff raved about it when we told them we were planning on going there for dinner. We walked in and the place was already super crowded but they found a two person table in the back by the kitchen for us. For us, this was the perfect spot. We were able to spy on how they ran the restaurant. As busy and crowded as this restaurant became, they worked together like a well-oiled machine. It was very impressive.
Dr. Field Goods is a farm to table restaurant. They also own the meat market and bakery in the same shopping center so all their bread is fresh baked and they personally butcher their own meat, which gives everything a super fresh flavor.
Anthony ordered the Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas which were “Local free-range chicken, New Mexico green chile and a local white cheese blend.” It was quite the serving. It was almost more of an enchilada stack than the rolled enchiladas you typically think of. He loved them but they were so heavy we probably should have split the plate.
I had the New Mexican. The New Mexican is their signature sandwich with “green chile rubbed & smoked pulled pork topped with sharp cheddar cheese, green chile and apple jicama slaw served with Field Good potatoes.” I think they may have forgotten the cheese on my sandwich but I didn’t miss it. This was an amazing sandwich. The pork was so juicy and perfectly seasoned. The sweet apple and jicama slaw was cool, crunchy, and the perfect flavor to pair with the pork. The potatoes were nothing special but I really didn’t waste my tummy space on them anyway
I couldn’t finish my sandwich so I took it back to the motel for a late night snack before bed. Followed by some antacids from all the chiles. LOL
We spent the rest of the evening staying warm in our hotel room and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Have you ever traveled down Route 66? What are your favorite Route 6 stops or what stops would you like to make if you ever take the Route 66 trip?