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Luxurious Late Summer in Santa Fe

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A September 2000 trip to Santa Fe by tcguide

Green Chile Season Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: A trip to Santa Fe to enjoy the last days of summer and discover new tastes and sights

Luxurious Late Summer in Santa Fe

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Santa Fe is a city that is close to outdoor activities like hiking and fishing, but is also full of fine dining and lodging. One of the most popular summer events is the Santa Fe Opera festival, which ends in late August. A visit to Santa Fe must include a visit to the Bandelier National Monument and its incredible ruins where an ancient Puebloan culture once lived.Quick Tips: A trip to Santa Fe can be combined with a day or two in Taos, which is only about 1.5 hours away. Staying in the center of town is more expensive than staying in one of the hotels or motels on the outskirts of the center of town. Those cheaper motels (about -100 per night) have plenty of parking and are only a 10 min...Read More

Eldorado Hotel Santa Fe

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Hotel | "Eldorado Hotel"

Eldorado Hotel Santa Fe Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Our stay at the Eldorado was one of the highlights of our trip to Santa Fe, and a deluxe getaway with a Southwestern flavor. Our room was beautifully decorated with paintings and rugs in the New Mexican tradition, and a comfortable arm chair. Even the armoir for the TV was artfully constructed. The luxurious lobby and lounge are also grand and full of Southwestern Art. (see photo below) One of the best features of the the Eldorado is its wonderful heated rooftop pool and jacuzzi, which we found was an excellent and scenic place to relax and watch the sunset around the city. This hotel was just steps away from the shopping and dining in Santa Fe. The service was excellent, and the concierge...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Eldorado Hotel Santa Fe
309 W SAN FRANCISCO ST
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
505-988-4455

Santacafe

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Restaurant

Santacafe Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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On a warm and breezy summer afternoon, we enjoyed a superb outdoor lunch in the courtyard at Santacafe. This classy and understated resturaunt served delicious regional dishes like quesadillas and green chile burgers in a restored house that was originally built between 1857 and 1862. The polite and responsive servers were dressed in white, and the white tablecloths among the trees in the courtyard made for a lovely setting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Santacafe
231 Washington Ave
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 984 1788

Coyote Cafe

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Restaurant

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On our last night in Santa Fe, we decided to treat ourselves at Coyote Cafe, which is a famous Southwestern resturaunt and quite a brand name in itself. Maybe we were very hungry, but the food that night was exceptional, and better than I remembered.

I had an awesome Chorizo Green Chile Relleno for an appetizer- a cornmeal Crusted Stuffed Green Chile. And for the entre I had a very flavorful Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop with a Mezcal-Habanero Glaze. Best pork chops I have ever eaten. Needless to say, I was completely satisfied and full with this meal. Ally enjoyed a superb Spicy Honey Glazed Lamp Chops dish, which she argues was better than mine!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

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

Pink Adobe

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Restaurant | "The Pink Adobe"

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Judging by the famous people in the photos in the entrance and the line of poeple waiting, this was a the dining landmark in Santa Fe. It is famous because it's been around a while and it's reputation has grown with Santa Fe.
The interior and atmosphere was nice, but I thought the food was only mediocre. But I was expecting a lot. I didn't have their signature Steak dish, and my Plato Grande was nothing really special. Ally had a Salmon special which was not that great either. After such a long wait, even with a reservation, I was not impressed.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Pink Adobe
406 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 983 7712

Bandelier National Monument

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Attraction

Bandelier National Monument Photo, Los Alamos, New Mexico
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This is a must-see for any Santa Fe trip. The Bandelier National Monument is located in the secluded Frijoles Canyon near Los Alamos, but it is only about a one hour drive from Santa Fe. It is named after Adolph Bandelier, who pioneered southwestern archeology in the 1880's. On a hot dry afternoon, we explored the ancient ruins along the cliffs. The visitor center and the rangers are helpful if you have questions, but the tour of the ancient cave dwellings is an easy hike and takes about 2 hours since there's lots to explore. These cave dwellings are stunning and mysterious because you can visualize the way ancient Indians lived as you wander along these cliffs with caves carved out of them. One ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance Rd.
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
(505) 672-3861

Green Chili Roasting

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Green Chile Season Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The Green Chili is the taste you'll find in many mild or spicy New Mexican dishes, from the Chili Relleno to the Green Chile sauce on Enchiladas.

We were in Santa Fe during the time of the Green Chili Harvest. And in parking lots and roadsides throughout Santa Fe, we saw farmers with truckloads of Green Chilis roasting them on the spot for eager customers.

The propane-fueled roasters pictured below blast hot air into the rotating drums, and the chilis pop and crackle as they roast.

They are mild, moist, and delicious when eaten straight from the roaster, though most people bought 20 pounds bags (about $16 bucks each) to take home.