Santa Fe Journals

Beautiful New Mexico

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A travel journal to Santa Fe by mfs

Butterfield & Robinson Bike Tours Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: New Mexico is a fascinating place - the beauty of the landscape, the history, and the fantastic people make it a perennial favorite for me. In particular, Santa Fe is a lively, healthy, and interesting place - devoid of typical "big city" hassels but loaded with wonderful and diverse restaurants, art galleries, museums, and culture.

Beautiful New Mexico

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Off the Beaten Track Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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If you can get yourself an invitation to the Indian Dances on one of the local reservations, it is something that you will never forget. In Spring and Fall, biking through the Santa Fe/Taos area is a real treat, and the skiing in winter is phenomenal. Santa Fe and Taos are artist's communities, so be sure to take advantage of the local cultural events - everything from plays to small concerts to art shows.Quick Tips: Hiking off the beaten track in New Mexico is awesome<</i>!! Sandia and Sangre de Christo mountains have great trails; for a real treat, drive yourself far from anywhere and start treking - you never know what you'll find see photo)!!Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Inn Of The Anasazi

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Hotel

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We really liked the wonderful ammenities at the Inn of the Anasazi. The rooms are beautiful - ours was extremely comfortable with a large, comfy bed, lots of pillows and even a remote-controlled kiva (adobe fireplace). Most rooms have no view, but they are so nicely decorated and comfortable that it doesn't really matter. The hotel boasts exposed beams, stucco walls, lots of Southwestern art (some of it is very beautiful) and all the accoutrements that are to be expected in an upscale hotel. The public rooms, especially the library with its fantastic fireplace, are all very tastefully appointed and nice to hang out in. The hotel is relatively small and has a cozy feel. Inn of the Anasazi is very cen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Inn Of The Anasazi
113 WASHINGTON AVE
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
505-988-3030

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House

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Hotel

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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We stayed here while biking across the northern part of New Mexico on a trip organized by Butterfield and Robinson. The bike tour firm''s ability to find excellent out-of-the-way lodging that is different from standard hotels did not disappoint here. The house once belonged to eccentric millionaire Mabel Dodge Luhan, who moved to New Mexico to get away from the hustle of New York society, commune with nature and art, and to be with her Indian lover. D.H. Lawrence, Carl Jung, and Georgia O''Keefe (who painted several famous pieces here) all were guests of Luhan, who ran an artist''s colony at the house. The staff describe the place as a "healing, creative place where natural learning an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House
PO Box 3400
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 758-9456

La Posada de Albuquerque Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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This is a beautiful old-style grand hotel, with a large, open lobby surrounded by a 2nd floor balcony and wonderful Southwestern decor. The rooms are spare (in accordance with traditional Spanish/Southwestern decor) and are extremely comfortable. The hotel is a short walk to the downtown area of Albuquerque, and is about 15 minutes from the International Airport.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

La Posada de Albuquerque
125 2nd North Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 242-9090

Casa Escondida

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Hotel

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I stayed here for two nights while on a bike tour with Butterfield and Robinson. B&R has a wonderful ability to locate quality B&B''s that have a lot of character and terrific service. We were not disappointed at Casa Escondida. The B&B is located on the High Road, almost equidistant between Taos and Santa Fe. Tucked away in a beautiful field and surrounded by rolling hills, the B&B lives up to its name, which translates to ''hidden house.'' We had ridden quite a distance when we peddaled up the long driveway, and were exhausted upon arrival. We were treated royally and made to feel right at home. The rooms were sooo comfortable, and we were able to use the wonderful hot tub hid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

Casa Escondida
64 CR 100
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87522
(505) 351-2575

Santacafe

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Restaurant

Santacafe Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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I have had the pleasure of eating here several times, including a fantastic New Year's Eve dinner with a large group of friends. The staff is wonderful and the "Santa Fe-style" food is to die for. Santa Fe-Style can be characterized as an arty blend of Mexican, Spanish, and American cuisines, often with a hearty dose of the local green and red chilis. I have had everything from filet mignon to special venison for New Year's Eve and have never been disappointed. The outdoor courtyard is lovely to dine in warm months. I always look forward to coming here when I visit Santa Fe.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

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

Rancho Chimayo De Restaurante

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Restaurant | "Rancho de Chimayo"

Rancho Chimayo De Restaurante Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Rancho de Chimayo is no doubt a touristy place, however, its a lot of fun and the New Mexican food is soooo good!!! Located on the High Road between Taos and Santa Fe, the place attracts people from all over and does quite a business. The food is hybrid Mexican (they like to say 'New Mexican'), the portions are huge and the menu is loaded with options. None of it is good for you - I had chicken and pork flautas, which are deep fried. Not my normal fare, but it was yummy. My friends all had messy, greasy dinners loaded with cheese and chilis - we just loved it. Every once in a while, you have to go to a place like this. It's good for you, even if the food isn't! We ate outside on the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

Rancho Chimayo De Restaurante
County Rd 98
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87522
(505) 351-4444

Butterfield & Robinson Bike Tours

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Attraction | "Butterfield and Robinson"

Butterfield & Robinson Bike Tours Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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My dad (an avid cyclist and veteran of many B&R trips all over the world) and I went on this trip in the early 90s, and were among a group of "guinea pigs" for Butterfield and Robinson's bike tour of New Mexico which covered Taos-Garcia Park-Chimayo-Cordova-Santa Cruz Lake-Santa Fe-and Lamy. The trip was hard - there were numerous steep hills and difficult off-road terrain. This particular trip included both on- and off-road riding. We were provided with mountain bikes and switched off nobbies and slicks depending on the terrain for the day. We had a great time and were really challenged, although I think the trip proved to be harder than B&R intended, because they discontinued the exa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Butterfield & Robinson Bike Tours
70 Broad Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Taos Pueblo

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Attraction

Taos Pueblo Photo, Taos, New Mexico
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The beauty and spirituality of Taos Pueblo will blow you away. The multi-storied adobe-brick buildings have been standing for hundreds of years, and have been continuously inhabited for almost as long. Tribe members still live and work in the ancient buildings today, and tours of the village are given regularly. The sight was designated a World Heritage Site in the early 1990s, and for good reason. The Pueblo is remarkable in so many ways - the architecture, its ability to endure centuries, its spiritual symbolism, and the culture and people it represents are all awe-inspiring. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to properly visit Taos Pueblo - it will amaze you on so many levels. I also rec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2000

Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo
Taos, New Mexico

Ski Santa Fe!

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Attraction | "Santa Fe Ski Area"

Ski Santa Fe! Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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I was there in late December through late January. We had terrific conditions (powder, no ice, dry clear weather, not too cold!!) and the crowds were small, manageable and courteous. I am used to skiing with a nasty crowd on ice in New England, so I was a stranger to the great conditions and friendly skiiers and staff. We skiied mostly intermediate trails, which were peaceful, well-groomed, moderately challenging, and offered fantastic views. The lifts were smooth, the tiny lines moved quickly, and the lodge was nice enough. The staff was great. I had some trouble with a new boot that I had purchased back East, and the ski shop staff cheerfully helped me out and didn't charge me for making m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2000

Ski Santa Fe!
2209 Brothers Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
+1 505 982 4429; +1

A Bar

Attraction

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This place is very cool - the sophisticated decor is straight out of the 20s and 30s when leopard banquets and deco chandeliers were all the rage. The bartenders will make you a martini or cosmopolitan at the sexy curved bar, which is uplit to add to the glam ambience. There is often live Jazz music - Santa Fe has some pretty talented locals who often grace the stage. I don't drink, so I can't remember what the drink prices were - I think it's safe to say that they were on the mid- to high-end for Santa Fe (after all, it's an upscale place!).

A Bar is perfect for a date or after-dinner drink. I went with a small group and we had a blast!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

A Bar
331 Sandoval Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Drama Club

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Attraction

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My friends in Santa Fe, some of whom are gay, LOVE Drama Club, and its the best place in Santa Fe so do some crazy dancing! Everyone does their own thing here, and the crowd is great! If you are easily freaked out or judgemental, you need not stop by. The club features different types of music on different nights. There is even a poetry night on Tuesdays. Wednesdays feature 70's and 80's dance music, and on weekends all hell breaks loose. They have awesome DJs (and even attract visting DJs on weekends). The club often features live local music, and occasionally is paid a visit by a national band on tour (there is usually a higher cover charge in these instances). This is a great place to let...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

Drama Club
125 N. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.

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Attraction | "The Andrew Smith Gallery"

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The Andrew Smith Gallery showcases extremely high quality work by well-known photographers. It is located just a few blocks from the main square in downtown Santa Fe, and is worth a look even if you aren't in the market to buy (or even if you don't know anything about fine art photography). They always have very fine work on display, and it is a real treat to see what they have in store.
I had the good fortune to see some awesome turn-of-the century portraits of Native American Indians by Edward Weston at this gallery. The images were so beautiful and moving, I will always remember them. Stop in and see what moves you - you will be glad you did.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2000

Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.
203 West San Francisco St
Santa Fe, New Mexico 88501
+1 505 984 1234

New Mexico, January 1998 Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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If you have the time, I strongly recommend getting yourself a 4 wheel drive and heading out South down Route 25 from Santa Fe. I have driven about 2 hours south and west of Santa Fe into the middle of nowhere and have been so amazed by what I came across. We've pulled off dirt roads, parked the truck and just walked, taking pictures and taking in the unbelieveable beauty of the scenery. New Mexico is a land of "big sky," and there's no better way to really get in touch with it's giant landscapes than to get away from town, put yourself in the middle of nowhere and start walking. Now, I am not advocating trespassing on Indian land or private ranches, nor am I suggesting that people go out and ...Read More