Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Holidays from New Mexico!

Every year during the month of December, the New Mexico Governor's Mansion opens its doors for a series of holiday open houses. Located about 15 minutes from the "Roundhouse" (New Mexico's capitol building in Santa Fe), the Mansion is home to presidential candidate (and governor when he's in town) Bill Richardson and his wife.

According to our tour guide, the 10,000 square foot residence reserves about 4,000 square feet for the first family, and the same amount for its public rooms. The remaining 2,000 square feet is dedicated to the security staff and equipment. The property includes a stable, a tennis court, and extensive grounds.

When we arrived at the Mansion, we were welcomed by the greeter, entertained by musicians, and served hot cider and bizcochitos. We did not see ALL of the public spaces, but we did get a look at the beautiful living room, dining room, and study, which were decorated for the holidays to rival any Junior League Show House! A feature of the living room decor was a guitar signed by the Eagles--apparently Richardson is a big Eagles fan. (We're talking the band here, not the football team....)

So Bill and I wish you a happy holiday season from New Mexico!

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