Southern New Mexico

The Magical Waters of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is a little town in the high desert of southern New Mexico. A town where neon lights try their best to twinkle on and rusty model-T Fords parked on the side of the street beg to be restored to their former glory. However, T or C (as it's called for short) offers many hidden surprises. 


Truth or Consequences has become a weekend retreat for me. It offers some of my favorite hot springs and waffles in the world. How can one beat waffles and hot springs!?


It is a lot like the town of Radiator springs in the Pixar movie, CARS, with remnants of its former glory from the era of neon lights and cool '60s diners. The town's original name was "Hot Springs", but in 1950 a popular NBC radio quiz show announced, in honor of the show's 10th anniversary, that if a town changed its name to the title of the show, "Truth or Consequences", the host of the show, Ralph Edwards would visit the town. So, clearly, the citizens of "Hot Springs" thought the prize was worth it.


The hot springs which T or C sits over truly feel magical. Some of the bath houses here are over 90 years old. I always stay at a place where the hot springs are free flowing, which means that the water is not piped in but comes up through the gravel in the floor of the tubs. This keeps the water naturally "structured". (Structured water has to do with how the molecules join together). I like a lot of the hot springs in New Mexico, but I love how these hot springs feel; the water bubbles against the skin and as long as I don't stay in too long, I get out feeling very much rejuvenated. 


Now to the waffles... T or C has several good restaurants:  Los Arcos - a good steak house from the 80's, Lattitude 33 - a great Asian fusion restaurant, and The T or C Brewing Company, are all good options.  The place for which I will drive all the way from Albuquerque is Passion Pie Cafe. They have my favorite waffles. I always order the breakfast waffles, which come with bacon inside and eggs on top (I add cheese to the eggs to make them extra awesome). 

So there you have it, yummy breakfast food and bubbly hot springs... a lovely New Mexican weekend retreat!

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