I had the wonderful opportunity to travel out to New Mexico, and found a delightful stay in the Village of Magdalena. If you are an artist, photographer, or even a weekend astronomer looking for a change of scenery, this is the spot.
My stay began at La Posada de Maria Magdalena, a peaceful bed and breakfast on a ridge that overlooks beautiful mountain vistas with award winning sunrises and sunsets. Of traditional adobe construction but with all the modern amenities, this is an awesome place to experience the southwest.
Magdalena was a mining town, and my hosts Fritz Kapraun and John Sakel were very knowledgeable about its history. They also knew about the best places to visit, of which there are many.
If you are a wildlife photographer, you probably know about the incredible opportunities at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Reserve. You could spend days there photographing the cranes, snow geese, turkeys, and birds of prey. As an artist, there are peaceful landscapes with water reflections and cottonwoods, ideal for plein air work. There are things to see and paint in all seasons.
Another nearby destination not to be missed is The Very Large Array, an astronomical radio observatory. The observatory features 27 radio antennas each 82 feet in diameter. Much of the movie Contact was filmed there. The visitor center has very informative films and displays, and there is one dish you can walk to and see up close.
Magdalena is host to numerous art galleries, a charming library situated in the former train depot, and a variety of seasonal activities including the Enchanted Skies Star Party. The La Posada Art Gallery is currently showing some of my icon works.
Magdalena is a relaxing, interesting stop for a day, a weekend, or even longer. Additionally, you will find La Posada de Maria Magdalena to be a warm and welcoming B&B for LGBTQ singles and couples, so grab your sketchbook and paints and hit the road.