Santa Fe Journals

Hanging out in Santa Fe

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A May 2002 trip to Santa Fe by PearlInTheWorld

La Fonda On The Plaza Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: I spent several days in Santa Fe for the purpose of participating in the Santa Fe Century - a 100 mile bike ride through some of the most gorgeous desert scenery around. I didn't have nearly enough time to do everything but I'll tell you about the best stuff.

Hanging out in Santa Fe

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Overview

San Francisco Street Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Quick. What’s the oldest capital city in America? Boston? Richmond? Nahh! Santa Fe was becoming the center of commerce and religious missionary work for the southwest before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. In fact, the Palace of the Governors, the seat of the Spanish Colonial Government was built in 1610; 10 years before the Pilgrims made their way to Massachusetts. The feeling of an old city is everywhere in Santa Fe – well, not the strip-malled outskirts, but definitely in the downtown area. The pueblo architecture, the history, the culture, the art, the weather; it’s a city designed to be experienced at the leisurely pace that’s all around. My best advice is to ditch your itin...Read More

La Fonda On The Plaza

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Hotel | "La Fonda Hotel"

La Fonda On The Plaza Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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What’s the best thing about the La Fonda Hotel? Location, location, location! Both the plaza and the St. Francis Cathedral are steps away from the front entrance. Loretto Chapel sits behind the building. You can easily walk to countless shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and other sites. There's so much nearby, you'll only need your car for trips out of downtown. The La Fonda in its current form has been around since 1922, and other hotels have sat in this spot at the end of the Santa Fe Trail since the 1600’s. Maintaining its historic ambience and pueblo architecture has earned it recognition from Historic Hotels of America. Except from the individual rooms, the La Fonda is steep...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

La Fonda On The Plaza
100 East San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
(505) 982-5511

Coyote Cafe

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Restaurant | "Coyote Cafe Rooftop Cantina"

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Want to dine at the famous Coyote Café but don’t want to pay that much for dinner? In the warmer months, you can eat at their rooftop cantina for about half of what you’d spend in the regular restaurant. You don’t need a reservation, but we did have to wait close to a half hour for a table. That’s not too bad, especially considering I showed up with a group of 15 people at 7:00. I was impressed with how fast they seated us considering the size of the group. Several traveling companions and I ate here after a very long day of traveling from the east coast. The festive, open-air atmosphere was just what we needed to get out of travel mode and into vacation mode. The margaritas didn’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Coyote Cafe
132 W Water St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983-1615

La Plazuela at the La Fonda

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Restaurant | "La Plazuela"

La Plazuela at the La Fonda Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Just like you can’t beat La Fonda Hotel for it’s location, you can’t beat La Plazuela Restaurant for its atmosphere. The room feels like an enclosed courtyard. The sun beats in through the glass ceiling and bounces off the hundreds of hand-painted windowpanes that make up the walls. You’ll feel like you’re outside and inside at the same time. It’s very relaxing. During my stay at La Fonda Hotel, La Plazuela was a natural for breakfast. The service was very laid-back, but when we told them we were in a hurry, they were very accommodating. The food was excellent. I had the French toast and my friend had the pancakes. Both were excellent. The portions weren’t huge but plenty for m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

La Plazuela at the La Fonda
100 East San Francisco
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 982 5511

Biking

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Attraction | "Santa Fe Century/General Biking Tips"

Biking Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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My real reason for visiting Santa Fe was to participate in the "Santa Fe Century" – 100 miles of incredible desert scenery and two of the toughest hills I’ve experienced in my relatively short biking days. If you’re looking for a century, I highly recommend this one. It is well supported – the National Guard patrols the route and even offers rides up "Heartbreak Hill." The scenery is incredible. The roads are relatively car-free. Most of the cars I saw were connected to the ride somehow. Be careful though. The cars you do see will likely be traveling very fast! The best part of the ride was the 20 miles just before Galisteo: rolling hills + strong tailwind = 43 mph! For more info, see ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Biking
Various Locations
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel

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Attraction

Loretto Chapel Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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I’m not one to visit religious shrines like Medjugorie, or check out images of the Virgin Mary appearing in a papaya, or whatnot. Loretto Chapel struck me as one of those kinds of places and I wasn’t planning on visiting. However, the chapel’s gothic spires stuck out amongst the sea of adobe I could see out my LaFonda Hotel window. Eventually curiosity got the better of me and I decided to check it out. I’m glad I went. As the story goes, the Sisters of Loretto built the chapel as a part of the girls’ school they had founded. The designer of the chapel died before it was finished and without telling anyone how people were going to get to the choir loft. There was no obvious space ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Loretto Chapel
207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 982-0092