New Mexico’s nickname is The Land of Enchantment.

This year, for the second year in a row, we returned to a bed and breakfast called Hacienda Vargas to celebrate our anniversary. It’s where we got married.

Like New Mexico, Hacienda Vargas is very enchanting. 

Hacienda Vargas is the only New Mexico inn along the historic El Camino Real.

It’s in a little town called Algodones, which is between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Algodones was originally founded as a military garrison to provide protection for the merchant wagon trains traveling on the El Camino Real between Santa Fe and Chihuahua, Mexico. As late as the 19th century, it was the site of a military supply depot and occupied by General Kearney and the Army of the West in 1846.

See the tiny heart at the top of this sunflower? Enchanting, don’t you think? ♥

Does the place you live have a nickname?