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Weekend Excursion in Santa Fe

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A June 2006 trip to Santa Fe by beckilena

Santuario De Chimayo Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
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Santa Fe Motel & Inn

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Hotel | "Santa Fe Motel and Inn"

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If you are looking for serenity located just feet from downtown, this is your place. The Santa Fe Motel and Inn feels more like you are staying at your fun rich aunt's place. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating, and the rooms are amazing. I felt more at home here than I do at my own home. They offer a complimentary hot breakfast, which is delicious with locally made bread and hot eggs, yum! In the mid-afternoon they even serve cookies with coffee, tea, and lemonade (lending more to the feel of staying with family). There are freshly cut flowers by your bed, chili peppers on all the towels to add to the southwestern feel (which my mom ended up taking home to cook with). The outdoor eatin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Santa Fe Motel & Inn
510 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 982-1039

Farol

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Restaurant | "El Farol"

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El Farol (the lantern) is located on Santa Fe's artsy Canyon Road. This winding up sloped road leads you through some amazing galleries and up towards the top, some amazing food. El Farol is a tapas restaurant with a great front street side patio that is open in the summer months. They offer 35 different types of tapas, which if you are like me and have never experienced tapas before, they are like mini meals. The menu also offers some full sized meals but I recommend sharing two or three tapas with another person. My mother and I had never experienced tapas before so we let our waitress choose our food, which seemed to be the best way to go. We had the chicken curry salad with grapes, fried artichoke...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2006

Farol
808 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983 9912

Santuario De Chimayo

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Attraction | "El Santuario de Chimayo"

Santuario De Chimayo Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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During our drive from Taos to Santa Fe we stopped off in a town called Chimayo. This small rural New Mexican town is the home of El Santuario de Chimayo—the oldest church in the United States. The Adobe building of El Santuario was built between 1814 and 1816 but was rebuilt as a Romanesque style church in 1888. On July 19, 1850, Pope Pius IX created the Vicariate Apostolic of New Mexico and appointed Father Jean Baptiste Lamy as its first Bishop. Bishop Lamy arrived in New Mexico in the summer of 1851. Lamy worked mainly with the construction of new churches, the creation of new parishes, and the establishment of new educational and medical facilities. Archbishop Lamy died on February 14, 1888 and is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2006

Santuario De Chimayo
Chimayo
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Milagro Gifts

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Throughout my stay in Santa Fe I was on a quest for some Dia de los Muetros artwork. You'd think I'd find it at just about every turn, apparently not. When walking down a side street I saw an amazing store window filled with skulls and tin work galore. My attempted entrance was faulted by the store being closed, just as I was about to give into defeat the store owner opened the door and said she would re-open for us. She was so kind and told us to take our time, that she was in no rush. So it was then I knew I had to buy something. The store specializes in nichos, angels, crosses, mirrors with tin trim, day of the dead, coconut masks, sconces, racu pottery, antiqued prints on canvas, chandeliers, reta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2006

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

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Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is located on museum hill, along with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum. If you don't have a car there is an M bus that offers transportation from the plaza to Museum hill. Admission to the museum is $6 for out of state or $3 for instate. You can also pay $18 to get a pass for all four museums. The museum was founded by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and has over 300,000 pieces in their collection. The exhibition that I was able to see was titled Relicarios: Devotional Miniatures from the Americas. This exhibition featured small transportable reliquaries which were used for devotion and ofte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 13, 2006

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502
(505) 982-2226

Karen Ruhlen Gallery

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The Karen Ruhlen Gallery is a great stop for contemporary art. The gallery was established in 1993, in the past 10 years the gallery has moved from its first location on De Vargas Street to its home now on Canyon Road. The gallery originally featured Texan artists but has now grown to encompass more New Mexican artists. Some of the artists they represent presently are: Eleanor Allen, Blaire Rice Bennett, Paula Castillo, Sally Condon, Sally Hepler, Elaine Holien, Janet Lippincott, Annell Livingston, Daniel Phill, Jinni Thomas, Kevin Tolman, Rusty Wolfe, and Pauline Ziegen. The artwork showcased features modernist artists working with, at times, experimentive mediums, such as Paula Castillo's constr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Karen Ruhlen Gallery
225 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 820-0807

Ventana Fine Art

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A little ways up Canyon Road you'll find Ventana. Located in what appears to be a fairly historical building, Ventana showcases a variety of artistic styles and mediums. We were lucky to stumble upon this location during an opening and we were able to partake in some of the great opening experiences. The catering was great and there was beautiful local, live music. The dress was extremely casual with people walking in off the streets, breaking all of the stereotypes of stuffy gallery openings. The work that really caught my eye was the landscapes of Lynne E Windsor. She captured a sense of isolation by blurring the landscape on the verge of abstraction. Overall, if you'd like to see some art but not h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Ventana Fine Art
400 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 983-8815

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When entering the gallery I thought I was stumbling upon the most realistic dog sculpture I had ever seen in my life...and then it moved. The grey short haired bird dog then proceeded to give my mother and I a personal tour of the gallery. As you walk up to the Crossroads Contemporary Gallery you are bound to be caught off guard by the large cockroach sculptures that flank the entrance, but once inside the art takes another turn. The gallery features fresh contemporary artwork. The owners are extensive art collectors and their taste is well received by many. Some of the featured painters are: Antonio Arellanes, Lena Bartula, Erica Hopper and Le Quan. Some of the featured sculptors are: Destiny Allison...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Crossroads Contemporary
203 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 982-5700