Santa Fe Journals

Santa Fe - Next to the Railway Track

A January 2005 trip to Santa Fe by ArnyZona

adobe style and cowgirls bar Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: We only planned to visit Santa Fe for 1 day, but since the planned San Juan-Skyway was impassable, we went to Santa Fe 2 days earlier. And we had a blast of a time. The city is full of restaurants, bars, and great photo opportunities. Just keep off the beaten track.

Santa Fe - Next to the Railway Track

Overview

adobe style and cowgirls bar Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The things Santa Fe is famous for are its restaurants and adobe architecture. But there is more. If you keep off the beaten path, you're going to run into some nice surprises, like the restaurants just beyond the historic centre. Where else can you eat at a Mexican seafood restaurant for each, drinks included!Quick Tips: Stay away from places like Tomasitos. The "New Mexican Cuisine" is really popular, but places like this serve the meals as quick as a McDonald’s, so it's far from fresh and everything is overcooked! Get a local dining guide at any visitor centre and pick restaurants just outside the tourist centre. Best Way To Get Around: In the centre, go by foot! Everything ...Read More

Motel 6

Hotel | "Travelodge Santa Fe Plaza"

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We had nice, clean, and spacious rooms. High-speed wireless Internet is available in the room (although it was just installed and we had some connection problems that were quickly solved). Everything is within walking distance: plaza, restaurants, Guadalupe Street, historic district, supermarkets, etc.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Motel 6
646 CERRILLOS
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
505 982-3551

Tomasita's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Tomasita's"

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In one word? Disgusting! In some more words? Well, let's start. They don't serve Mexican but "new" Mexican food. Nobody warns you about that. Their chili is famous, but famous for what? That it is so wet, you almost need a lifeguard? It's not spicy at all! Everything smells and tastes the same.

And, if you have really bad luck, your seat is with your back to the bar where all the other unlucky people are waiting. So you get an occasional elbow on your head or even a cooling margarita down your neck! Do yourself a favour and keep away from this place!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Tomasita's Restaurant
500 South Guadalupe
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983-5721

Mariscos La Playa

Restaurant | "Marisco's La Playa"

Mariscos La Playa Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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This place is heaven for fans of Mexican food and seafood! They offer fresh seafood served the Mexican way within walking distance from the plaza (about 20 minutes) at a price you can't get at Denny's anymore. And they have some great exclusive dishes for you that you can't get in any other restaurant in town! We love this place! And the kids do, too! Have you ever seen a kid enjoying seafood? They do here!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Mariscos La Playa
537 Cordova Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
+1 505 982 2790

Cowgirl BBQ & Western Grill

Attraction | "Cowgirl BBQ & Western Grill"

Cowgirl BBQ & Western Grill Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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This place is really cool. It has a big central outdoors terrace that is really cozy. It also has a great pool/billiard room, a big kid's playground, a nice bar, and several dining rooms.

Almost every night they have live music, mostly alternative country. The service is great, the atmosphere is excellent, and they have Guinness on tap! They don't even bother you if you don't wear a cowboy hat if you are a girl!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Cowgirl BBQ & Western Grill
319 S. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
505/988-4227

Bandelier National Monument Photo, Los Alamos, New Mexico
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The drive from Santa Fe to Bandalier is only interesting for the last couple of miles. But when you drive into the canyon, you know you are trapped together with lots of tourists. Parking space is rare. In the high season and on summer weekends, the rangers even won't let you in for hours. So is it worth the wait? Well, if you have kids and want something different than the normal national park, then yes! But the real highlight is an hour hike into the canyon. You'll have to climb some ladders that give most people vertigo. It's fun to watch people freeze up, shouting at each other, and you almost feel the panic some people have when they have to climb down. Well, I didn't go up there. I'm afraid...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

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

Santa Fe Southern Railway

Attraction | "Old Railway Station"

Santa Fe Southern Railway Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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This is really a photographer’s dream! The side facing Guadalupe Street is renovated, but if you wander beyond these facades of popular restaurants and antique galleries you'll find an old train graveyard. Most of them are waiting to be renovated by volunteers and some of them are still running. The surrounding buildings also have a beautiful way of decaying. But you really have to zoom in on the details to get some great shots. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for shots because they have the best light, although you’ll want to come back, because some of the subjects maybe in the shade.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Santa Fe Southern Railway
410 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 989 8600; +1

Kasha-Katuwe (Tent Rocks) Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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If you really want to see some strange rock formations, you'll have to go to the Toadstools near Escalante or Goblin State Park. But the tent rocks can be fun, too! The only thing it doesn't have is colour (grey, grey, grey), so it's the ideal attraction for the colour-blind! But if you are there, you're gonna have a great time, and the little slot canyon leading up to the overlook is really fun!

If you liked this little park, be sure to visit Utah next. Why? Just do a search for slot canyons on Google!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Kasha-Katuwe (Tent Rocks)
Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Santa Fe, New Mexico