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Old 05-21-2016, 01:13 PM   #1
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Santa Fe Advice

We will be spending a week in Sante Fe (staying at Santa Fe Skies) and would appreciate your thoughts on the must do's for the area - sites, events, restaurants, drives, etc. Thanks much.
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You'll like the RV park. Be sure to stroll around and see all the metal sculptures scattered around the park.

See the Capitol building. Only round one in the US. Go inside and see an amazing collection of native American art on every wall of every floor. Great way to spend a few hours and it's free.

See the cliff dwellings at Bandelier NP. One of the few that you can actually climb around in.

There's a free museum at Los Alamos displaying the history of the Manhattan Project's development of the atomic bomb.

Visit the Plaza downtown, but there's nothing there you can afford.
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North of SF on 285 there's a great restaurant called Gabriel's. Good food, excellent service, reasonable prices.
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Old 05-21-2016, 03:01 PM   #4
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While downtown, see the Loretta Chapel Miraculous Staircase. Read up on it first so you can appreciate the story.
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About the Loretta Chapel.......call and see if it will be open to public. We drove up there to find it rented out for wedding. We drove back another day and glad we did
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:56 PM   #6
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You might try the farmers market at the Railyard near downtown.

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Thanks folks - just what I'm looking for - the staircase looks very interesting.
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Head out of Santa Fe to Hwy 14. This will take you thru little towns and past missions. The town of Madrid is where the movie Wild Hogs was filmed (John Travolta motorcycle movie). Lots of little shops & plenty of turquoise. Restaurants too. On south you can go to Sandia Park. This way you can drive up & not take the tram up from the Albuquerque side of the Sandia Crest.
Go on down to I-40 & you can drive in to ABQ to take I-25 back to Santa Fe quicker than driving back up 14 unless you missed something you wanted to see!
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X2 for the Farmer's Market at the old Railyard as well as the trip to Los Alamos.
While you are walking around the old town plaza area you'll want to have lunch at "The Shed". Ask one the locals where to find it. Better food and less expensive than most of the other more touristy restaurants.
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If you're lucky to be there during Hatch chili pepper harvest time (late summer) the whole city will give off the awesome aroma of the roasting of chilis.
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If you're lucky to be there during Hatch chili pepper harvest time (late summer) the whole city will give off the awesome aroma of the roasting of chilis.
Coming home with some roasted chiles is definitely on the agenda.
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I live in Santa Fe and have for 26 years. Rafting the Rio Grande in May/June. (I recommend New Wave Co.), Hiking Atalaya mtn, Picacho mtn, chamisa trail or Dale Ball trails. If it rains (RARELY), it's cold. Santa Fe is 7000 ft so watch out for the altitude. Alcohol hits you hard and hydrate to avoid headache. It's chilly at night and need a light jacket usually/ sometimes. Canyon road is where the art is. Fri openings are fun. Railyard park, Santa Fe plaza have lots of free music (and dancing) in summer. Golf is great at municipal park called Marty Sanchez- Links of Santa Fe. Surrounding pueblos have great golf too. High road to Taos is narrow and curvy. Los Alamos has beefed up its security. Valle Caldera has restricted access. you have to go to Bandelier by shuttle bus so check for times.
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If you have a handicap parking license or sticker you can drive to Bandelier and do not have to take the shuttle. We were there last year.

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We REALLY enjoyed the buffet at La Fonda right in downtown - awesome New Mexican food! ST
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