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Lovely Santa Fe

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A June 2000 trip to Santa Fe by parramore

Jackalope Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: As a Southerner, I'm a bit spoiled when it comes to jaw-droppingly gorgeous historic towns. But Santa Fe took my breath away...

Lovely Santa Fe

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Downtown Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe is a sophisticated town, and a funny town. Bourgeois hippies a little too smug in their more-vegetarian-than-thou smiles can get annoying, but I found people here disarmingly friendly and more than willing to point out a good restaurant or a bargain pottery shop. Folks that live here are justifiably proud of their city--and acutely aware of the value of what they have for sale. If you're just passing through, head to Santa Fe's historic downtown, which is bordered by Paseo de Peralta. When I say historic, I'm talking about a city founded in 1610, in an area populated long before that by Native Americans. The Indian/Anglo/Spanish mix makes for a high-voltage cultural current reflected in the a...Read More

Catamount Bar & Grille

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Restaurant | "The Catamount Bar"

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We got turned on to this place by a local. It's a favorite spot in Santa Fe for live music (check their listings) and a good place to take a load off after a day of exploring. There's an outdoor patio on the second floor with a pleasant view of the street. The service is ok, although I wasn't jazzed to hear the waitress explain curtly that she doesn't eat meat when I asked about the ribs. The food is nothing special, but perfectly acceptable. I had ribs (I felt I was irritating the waitress with my carnivorous gnawing) and my friend had green chile stew (a local concoction of chicken, potatoes and green chiles.) We got the quesadillas as an appetizer--liked the BBQ chicken inside smothered in jack and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

Catamount Bar & Grille
125 E Water St
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 988-7222

Jackalope

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Attraction | "Jackalope Santa Fe"

Jackalope Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The motherlode of open markets! Just what you want--bustling with activity and brimming with carefully chosen treasures. I was so excited when I found this place right next to our motel (the superb Silver Saddle) I just about hyperventilated. They've got it all--at reasonable prices. Loads of Santa Fe and Native American wares, antiques (the old doors and gates are especially cool), imports from India, Bali, Mexico, Peru, Africa, etc. When you get tired of shopping you can visit the prairie dog village. Or stroll through the aviary. Or listen to local musicians. Or have yourself some green chile stew. Or walk through the greenhouse. Get it? Spend the whole afternoon if you can.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

Jackalope
2820 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
+1 505 471 8539

St. Francis Cathedral

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St. Francis Cathedral Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Somebody had to keep all the rowdy frontier folks from getting too far out of hand, so the pope sent one Bishop Lamy and a bunch of nuns from Kentucky to keep an eye on Santa Fe. The Bishop laid the cornerstone for St. Francis in 1869. The interior of the Romanesque cathedral reflects the pastel colors of New Mexico. The pews are made of blonde wood, and the walls and columns are painted a dusky pink with pale green trimmings. There's a side chapel with a 1625 statue of La Conquistadora (the telling selection for Santa Fe's matron.) Very peaceful spot, and you may need the rest after a day of exploring downtown.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2000

St. Francis Cathedral
213 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 982 5619