When you discover the one place that continually inspires the spirit, surrounds you with beauty, stirs the curiosity to be a forever sightseer in your own region, and answers the question, “Where do you want to live for the rest of your life?” … it is a monumental and at the same time grounding feeling to know you are exactly where you need to be.
Welcome to Southwest Discovered, a place founded with love for the Southwestern United States and a passion to share the foods, lifestyle, arts and breathtaking destinations that make it uniquely marvelous, majestic and mystical.
SWD Founders, Amy and Jim Dodson use their experience with graphic design, photography and wanderlust for travel to create a virtual experience online, with an interactive map and articles that bring the world renowned beauty, rich history and famed quirkiness of the Southwest to you.
They are located in the Durango, Colorado area where every new car comes with a Labrador Retriever puppy and every home has a second freezer for their green chile stockpile.
Amy is a food and travel journaler, photo essayist, and self-taught cook who incorporates Southwestern flavors into everything she makes. Jim (a.k.a. Mr.D) is an art director, pianist / composer and a guy who can intuitively fix just about anything. He’s more likely to explore the great outdoors, take strenuous hikes and jump out of airplanes. Amy gravitates towards authentic markets, historic shopping districts, art classes and the occasional spa. They both love to cook, spend hours in museums and art galleries, travel new roads, seek out distinctive places to dine, and document long road trips throughout the Southwest.
Before adopting this land as their home, Amy lived in Southern California and worked in the arts and editorial / fashion photography. The restaurant shoots were her favorite because they afforded her the opportunity to meet world class chefs in their kitchens, ask all sorts of questions and taste new and inventive foods. She discovered the Southwest through travels for business and fell in love with the beauty and people of the region.
Mr.D was born in the Mojave Desert and moved to all corners of the U.S. as a true adventure seeker does. An award-winning designer, he studied communication arts with Prof. Rob Carter who is also a prolific outdoorsman and hiker who introduced Mr.D to Moab, Canyonlands, and the Rosetta Stone of the United States — Newspaper Rock.
Southwest Discovered was originally named I’d Order That, based on a game Amy and Mr.D play to become better cooks. They test recipes and artfully plate them. If the result elicits the response “If I were in a restaurant, I’d pay for that, I’d order that!” only then does it make it into the recipe file. As the site grew they realized the need to expand and find a name that encompassed all of the things they love about this region.
Southwest Discovered is their sanctuary where they are delighted to share what it’s like to walk through places that feel as if you’re inside an O’Keeffe painting, explore ancient ruins, experience the perfect butter grilled steak with red chile rub, interview passionate people who love the Southwest as they do, and drive along remote roads where you won’t see another car for hours.
Through this site, they are delighted to share and celebrate discoveries, food finds and adventures that connect them to their always and forever home.
Thank you for visiting today!
Todos nuestros descubrimientos son para ti! All of our discoveries are for you!
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