Santa Fe Journals

Santa Fe, New Mexico's capital

A May 2000 trip to Santa Fe by Laura

Quote: I traveled to Santa Fe often for business. I have journaled some of the places I have been.

Santa Fe, New Mexico's capital

Overview

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I like to always stop at the Nambe' outlet store to pick up something beautiful for my home or for a gift. The state capitol building, called the Roundhouse is one of the few without a dome. It is styled after a kiva - where native americans would meet on the pueblo. The capitol is like an art museum filled with wonderful southwest art and outside has sculptures.

Quick Tips:

Santa Fe is also known for its Opera series. I have not gone, but know people who make the trip each year.

Best Way To Get Around:

In downtown around the plaza most everything is walkable. Parking can be tough, there are pay lots and meters downtown. Parking tickets are cheap like to .

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Hotel | "Hotel Loretto"

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This is my favorite place to stay in Sante Fe. It is a part of the Noble House hotel chain and it is gorgeous. My room had a king sized bed and a seating area with a large screen TV. I did not have a view of anything nor a balcony, but the room was fabulous. The coffee makers come with Starbucks. The decor was Southwest with gemtones of blue, rusty red and green. The room was cozy and warm. The hotel lobby bar has nightly entertainment, usually an acoustic guitar player. It is a lovely place to sit by the fire in the winter time and take in a night cap. There is a restaurant in the holtel called Nellie's. The menu looked really great and a little pricey, but I did not have the opportunity to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Sante Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 988-5531

Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe

Hotel | "Courtyard by Marriott"

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The Courtyard by Marriott is out on Cerrilos Road and not near the downtown plaza. The hotel is nice with a Southwest decor. The rooms are large, business class and comfortable. I had a meeting in the hotel and the meeting room and the catered lunches were good. They do not have a high speed copier for guests though. It is far more reasonably priced than the hotels on the plaza, but you would have to drive to get anywhere. Cerrilos is one of those roads you fine on the outskirts of Anytown USA where all the chain restuarants and hotels like Courtyard and Fairfield Inn are located.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

Courtyard by Marriott Santa Fe
3347 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
505-473-2800

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe

Hotel | "HOTEL PLAZA REAL"

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This hotel used to be the Radisson Hotel and Suites. It is one of the best locations for the money in town, located a short block to the plaza. They have parking and it is next to the Inn of Anazazi. Each room is off a brick courtyard and has a private balcony - perfect for sipping coffee in the morning. Having heavy luggage is not recommended here. To get to the rooms I have stayed in (2 double beds, non smoking), I first had to negotiate the brick steps in the courtyard, then another flight to get to the room. There was no elevator because the room was almost like a loft of the room below it. You go in the door and there is a staircase immediately in front of you. You have to go up the stairs...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

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

La Fonda On The Plaza

Hotel | "La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza"

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La Fonda is the "Inn at the End of the Trail." The Santa Fe trail, that is, and it feels that old. It is well-maintained, but the rooms are small and the hotel is NOISY. The halls and rooms are all terracota tile. The bathrooms are cramped and the furnishings are campy Southwest style. I stayed here once and that was really neat because of all the history in this old adobe building, but I will not be back to sleep. Their meeting facilities are much nicer than the sleeping rooms and I would recommend it for a business meeting or social function.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

La Fonda On The Plaza
100 East San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
(505) 982-5511

Nambe Outlet Store

Attraction | "NAMBE ' OUTLETS"

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Nambe' does not use silver, but it is an alloy that looks like silver and needs to be polished occasionally. They make modern looking vases, bowls, serving platters, salt and pepper shakers, and decorative pieces. They also have crystal items designed by the same artists. You can cook in the Nambe' pieces and the sales clerk told me it is great for encheladas, but to me the peices are far too beautiful to use for food. Go to www.nambe.com for more information. Nambe' is sold at fine department sotres, but the only place there are outlet stores is in New Mexico. There is also an outlet at 104 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe and one in Taos and Old...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

Nambe Outlet Store
924 Paseo De Peralta # 7
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 988-5528

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The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is one of my favorite places to visit. The displays are always changing so it is never the same museum twice. The orientation movie is a good starting point and gives an overview of the artist's life so that you can better understand her art. In her own voice you hear her tell viewers not to read too much into her work. She would simply see shapes and colors she liked and painted them.

The museum is fairly small and you can be done in about 1 to 1.5 hours. Find info at www.okeeffemuseum.org

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

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

Minerals & Fossil Gallery of Santa Fe

Attraction | "MINERAL & FOSSIL GALLERY"

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I love this store and I always stop in to get some great jewelry made with semi-precious gems and set in silver. They have some great artists that sell their items at the store. I love the modern style rings with garnets or topaz and the prices on jewelry tend to be reasonable. I have also bought some beautiful book ends, business card holders and soap dishes made of stone or quartz. Mineral & Fossil Gallery also has locations in the plaza in Taos and in the Old Plaza in Albuquerque. They also sell real fossil pieces mined from ancient river beds. Most of these art pieces are a bit expensive for me, but they are beautiful. I believe they also sell some replicas too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Minerals & Fossil Gallery of Santa Fe
127 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 984-1682

New Mexico State Capitol

Attraction | "State Capitol Building"

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New Mexico claims the distinction of having the oldest as well as the newest state capitols in the United States. The oldest is the Palace of the Governors built in 1610 found on the plaza downtown. The newest is the current state capitol built in 1966. Most people whould not think to visit the capitol in Santa Fe, but it really is a treat. Called the "Roundhouse," it is one of the few statehouses without a dome. It is styled after a kiva - where native Americans would have a "town meeting" on the pueblo. The round structure is modified slightly to form the Indian Sun Symbol - the Zia which is the symbol on the state flag. It was renovated in 1992 and the result is a very airy space ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

New Mexico State Capitol
411 State Capitol
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
+1 505 986 4589

Loretto Chapel

Attraction

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It was built for the nuns by a mysterious carpenter who defied structural engineering by building it then disappeared before payment. He answered the nuns prayers for a much-needed staircase to the choir loft some time between 1877 and 1881. There was a Sunday night movie about it on TV a few years back and there have been PBS specials on it too. These days it is supported by steel braces and enforcements (probably thanks to the trial bar!) But you can not climb it anyway. The chapel is Gothic Revival-style because unlike the other Spanish-influenced adobe churches, this one was founded by the French. There are some religious tomes playing all day. There is a gift shop there too. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 28, 2002

Loretto Chapel
207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 982-0092