Santa Fe Journals

Santa Fe: Consistancy with Pizzazz

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An August 2011 trip to Santa Fe by two cruisers

The Palace of the Governors Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: You can't help but fall in love with Santa Fe. The consistant architecture feels exotic and homey. Perhaps it is the sameness of color and the gently sloping shoulders of the adobe. Flowers and artwork adorning the outside areas give spark.The pizzazz comes when you step inside a building.

The Consignment Warehouse

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Attraction | "Fighting sticker shock in Santa Fe"

The Consignment Warehouse Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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We wanted to find a special souvenir of Santa Fe for my husband's birthday gift. Shops and galleries in downtown Santa Fe offer a wealth of items....for the wealthy. We have found good luck shopping in other tourist areas by going to antique stores, antique malls and consignment houses. In the brochure rack at our hotel we found a card for The Consignment Warehouse of Fine Furniture and Antiques. Question was how to get there. We are firm belivers in using taxi cabs. No arguments with the spouse about where to turn or to please slow down so I can see the street signs. Santa Fe proved to be a cab free zone. Or at least they weren't easy to locate. I called information and they connected me ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2012

The Consignment Warehouse
2357 Fox Road #300
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 471-6921

New Mexico Museum of Art

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Attraction | "Great Collection in a Pueblo Revival Building"

New Mexico Museum of Art Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe has a dominant style of architecture. That doesn't mean all buildings look alike, some are outstanding and the New Mexico Museum of Art is one of those. The brochure calls the style Spanish Pueblo Revival architecture. There is a room on the second floor called Sala Grande, it's beamed ceilings and door/window construction define the style. We were allowed to use our camera, without flash.There was one exhibit that was a little weak. It displayed photos of New Mexico. Not your standard post card views, that was for sure. They were primarily depressing. I found one I really liked that was an arrangement of seed collections. The brochure says they change the exhibits, so there is h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2012

New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 476-5041

The Palace of the Governors

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Attraction | "New Mexico History Museum"

The Palace of the Governors Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe has a wealth of museums. One area of town is called Museum Hill. However you can find your fill on or near the central plaza. We bought a one day pass to see two museums and chose New Mexico History Museum at the Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico Museum of Art (see seperate review). The history museum is located in the Palace of the Governors on Palace Ave overlooking the Historic Plaza. The fist think you will notice about the building is the wide front portico where blankets are spread to show the arts and crafts of the Native American Vendor Program. Across the street additional tables are set up, but these vendors are not part of the same program and in my opinion can...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2012

The Palace of the Governors
105 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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Attraction | "Georgia O'Keefe: Plus Lots More."

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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We were very surprised to find this museum was not just about Georgia O'Keefe. As in many other places we visited on this trip, cameras are not allowed. What surprised us was we had to check our bags into lockers before entering. I was a little concerned about that because I don't want to be seperated from my medications. I guessThat's why God invented pockets.There are two movies running alternately in the auditorium. One was about Georgia O'Keefe the other showed artwork and interviews of other artists who incorpurated photography into their works in various ways. Georgia was also highly influenced by the photography of Alfred Steiegitz who she eventually married. Without her permission ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 946-1000

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe

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Hotel | "New name, new owner, working the kinks out."

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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After careful on-line research I made reservations at Hotel Plaza Real in Santa Fe. I chose it based on price and location. Its not cheap but despite being situated across the street from the Palace of the Governors, just steps away from many fine restaurants, shops and museum, the price was lower that its neighbors. Made our reservations early. Meanwhile Hotel Plaza Real sold to a new owner. It was renamed Hotel Chimayo. No one told me. Our navigation system in the car kept telling me we were at the target, but we sure didn't see the sign. Finally we decided to use common sense. Parked the car and walked to a near-by gallery where I asked where Hotel Plaza Real was. They kindly directed us two doo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2012

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe
125 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 988-4900