Chief Chile Connoisseur / Tour Guide
Joe was inspired to launch Wander New Mexico in 2016 after dreaming for several years about starting a travel business while working as a management consultant in Dubai and San Francisco. Like many, he was drawn to the breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and history, and unexpected discoveries in this special corner of the earth (and marrying into a third generation New Mexican family also helped!).
Making, eating, and learning about food & drink is Joe's passion! Before moving to Santa Fe, he lived and traveled around the country and the globe, visiting over 80 countries. Five years in Dubai gave him the opportunity to travel around the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia and sample delicacies like Cambodian fish head soup, Ethiopian injera bread, and Moroccan tajine. A stint in San Francisco sparked his passion for wine, and he loves exploring the excellent, and lesser-known wine scene in New Mexico. He's also a homebrewer, and enjoys experimenting with local ingredients and brewing seasonal speciality beers for friends and family.
Joe can't wait to share everything that this incredible region has to offer! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy travels!
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Growing up, Alison's frequent visits to her family in New Mexico left a strong impression on her - enchiladas and chile for family dinners, the smell of piñon wood in the winter, the sunsets and expansive skies. Although she grew up in Massachusetts, New Mexico always held a special place in her heart. It wasn't until after trying her hand at a few different life pursuits (studying Arabic in the Middle East, a master's degree in public policy, and a corporate job in San Francisco) that she finally decided to reconnect with her family's roots in New Mexico.
Besides food, Alison loves spending time outdoors - hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and camping. When not chronicling her journeys around Northern New Mexico, she works at her day job in state government.
Rolling like a tumbleweed on a dry desert horizon Liana Woodward arrived in Santa Fe from the hills of Tesuque, NM at the tender age of four. A lifelong Santa Fean, Liana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Santa Fe. After a brief stint in Europe, Liana could not help but be drawn back to the Land of Enchantment. Liana's favorite food is green chile chicken enchiladas. In her free time Liana enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and contemplative drives to the comforting sound of late 2000's indie rock.
Liana has been a guide to many throughout her career in Santa Fe. Before she was a food tour guide she helped thousands to appreciate local art at contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe. Now as a steward of the history and culture of Santa Fe, Liana invites you to experience the flavors of the city she will forever call home.
After spending her 30 year government career traveling the world, Lorraine chose “The City Different” to settle in due to its beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery, and friendly people. Lorraine first visited Santa Fe six years ago as a tourist and immediately felt drawn to the city, vowing to some day come back and settle here. Luckily for us, she made her dream happen and moved here nearly three years ago from the Washington DC area. Now retired, Lorraine keeps busy as a yoga teacher and as a volunteer for Kitchen Angels, delivering meals to homebound clients. When not conducting tours for Wander New Mexico, she enjoys hiking with her Lab mix, Kylie, as well as taking day trips around the state, learning about the history and culture of New Mexico. Having recently returned from a retreat to learn watercolor painting, Lorraine will now try her hand at painting the gorgeous Santa Fe sunsets, one of the things Santa Fe is known for!