so does anyone (or possibly a friend you may know of) want to rent me out a room in their house for a couple of days? i’m serious…it’s gonna suck spending at least $50 on some crappy hotel room all the way outside of town. and i dont bite i promise. i checked craigslist, but they dont have anything for santa fe yet. lemme know!
Yes, Bishop’s Lodge is known esp. for its Sunday Brunches. Lovely setting. Nice spa there, too.
You must make it up to Ghist Ranch!!! I expect a report……
(I was at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market last week and some SF Cooking School classes were there to look, buy, cook, eat!!!! Saturday AM farmer’s market is interesting: last week was peaches, chili roasting, lovely homemade soap and the most delicious jams from Heide’s of Corrales. I bought the red chile ginger raspberry jam and it’s almost gone. MMMM good)
Ah, Tesuque! A visit to Shindoni foundry is also a must. If you are lucky they will be pouring bronzes but it’s fun to tour their grounds and see the statue collections. There is a glass blower next door who is an interesting stop as well. Didn’t eat at the Village Market this trip, I heard they changed hands but we did stop for a nice lunch at Bishop’s Lodge. Man, you could easily spend a month in New Mexico! It’s taken me 25 years to see most of it and I still haven’t made it to Ghost Ranch.
Unocal: I like your itinerary so far. You can do it, esp. if you move North fairly quickly. I’m partial to Northern NM rather than Southern, and I’m glad you’re considering Abiqui, my favorite. Make sure to go at least as far north as Ghost Ranch, which is a nice pit stop, tho no food per se. Stop at Bode’s for gas and a snack – funky real "country store". Also stop for "pueblo gas": gas stations on reservations (all just off I-25) where you save a little on gas and can buy some yummy homemade horno bread, fruit pies and biscochitos.
As side trip, go to Bandelier, near Los Alamos, for scenery and a decent green chili cheeseburger (even if it is run by the National Park Service.)
Santa Fe is also a favorite (I have a 2nd home there and am vacationing right now). There’s so many fairly good restaurants here you can’t go wrong. You get chile-related sauces eveywhere – you may even get tired of it, if that is possible.
A SF suggestion is to go to the Anasazi Inn for breakfast. It’s "upscale" but really lovely and not too pricey for breakfast (pinon pancakes, perhaps?)Also check out Tesuque Village Market for meals and bakery. Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe is also beautiful.
Keep us informed.. ..
Allow me to point out that even frivolous responses keeps the thread on everyone’s "active topic" list and thus garners more "on-topic" answers so they really aren’t frivolous after all.
I think your lodging price limit is going to be the tough one. In Santa Fe you might find something close to your range if you stay way out on the end of Cerrillos or Old Pecos but then you have to drive the 6 or so miles to the Plaza. There are city run parking lots, on street parking is metered and restrictive. Downtown lodging is expensive but I like it for free parking and then most things are within walking distance. Your route sounds ambitious but doable, there is a lot of wide open spaces that you zip through. If you do take that backway between ABQ and Santa Fe, stop in the little town of Cerrillos, dirt streets, old houses and a pretty good cafe.
NYNM – that is so true…i only started reading/posting on this site a few weeks ago, and it seems like this happens pretty often. so is life. anyway, i would like to say another muchas gracias for everyone’s advice, suggestions, wisecracks, what have you. i think ive finally figured out my route (i still have just under 2 months to revise, and who even knows what kind of mood ill be in when im actually on the road), altho it will take me at least a week to cover all that ground. i figure ill start off in carlsbad, head up to roswell, do lincoln and capitan, head down 54 to alamogordo (is cloudcroft worth a stop?) to hit white sands, then down to las cruces, venture down to la mesa (chope’s!!) and mesilla (should i stay overnight there or las cruces – i need CHEAP (is $40/night or less possibe?) but clean hotels), then head up 25 to ABQ (w/ a stop in truth or consequences to take a soak in a mineral spring, san antonio to hit up the owl bar and go see the VLA – about how far is the VLA from socorro, trying to gauge mileage). i figure most of these places so far can be done in a few hours, so hopefully i wont be too pressed for time. i think i’m gonna skip the grants to quemado drive (unless i go from quemado up to grants then head onto ABQ, any thoughts on this, cuz it seems like such a fantastic drive). anyway, from ABQ (i plan to spend maybe 2 days there tops), ill go to santa fe (via 14 i think was the route my national geographic scenic highways and biways recommended), then maybe espanola to abiquiu, then ill most likely get on 550 from 96 to get to farmington then shiprock. i know it sounds crazy, but i think it’s feasible to do it in 10 days, possibly a day or 2 less (am i totally nuts?). i better invest in a hybrid thats all i know. but thanks again for any input. i think once this leg is somewhat finalized ill feel a bit relieved. ciao!
Funny how this topic has a life of its own…..it just keeps on growing….My favorite NM teeshirt, which I have in my closet says: "New Mexico, Carpe Manana".
Oh, Willly! You are so BAD! When I read about those T-shirts I was very very tempted to post that, but we might have some "Old Mexican" participants and I didn’t want to substantiate the "ugly Gringo" mystique.
PS: I was also tempted to buy one and wear it down in Tucson but it might get me killed.
I’d give the Big Bend N.P. a great big "thumbs up" and El Paso a great big "thumbs down" as far as being scenic or otherwise enjoyable in a vacation sort of way. Personally, the last time I had to drive through El Paso on I-10 it was a nightmare and I heaved a huge sigh of relief when I hit the New Mexico line (going west). On the other hand, I’d have to acknowledge that there’s probably some definitve Tex-Mex food to be had in El Paso if you have the patience and traffic tolerance to stick around and eat.
I wouldn’t dismiss El Paso as quickly as some posters…the Big Bend National Park is nearby, and the natural beauty of the bluffs is quite a site. But, to each his or her own; everything depends on the time available and priorities in terms of what you want to see.
TorC is out of your way. Go to White Sands, then up to Carrizozo, then east to Lincoln (well preserved old town, Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War hotspot). Eat green chile burgers either at the Outpost in Carizozo or at the Owl in San Antonio. If you plan to go to the Very Large Array west of Socorro (as seen in the movies Contact and 2010), stop at Evett’s in Magdelana, which also has good green chile cheeseburgers and shakes, but no beer.
Loads of places to eat in Albuquerque–I used to live there and are planning to move back soon. Unique ones include the Frontier (reviewed by the Sterns), and New Mexican restaurants like Monroe’s or Los Cuates. Very good Greek food at the Olympia near the Frontier, and great Korean at Fu Yuang (Candelaria and Eubank, evening hours only). Breakfast at Weck’s or the Frontier.
Ghost Ranch is BEAUTIFUL. If you do go to Abiqui (near Ghost Ranch), stop at JoAnn’s Ranch O Casadoas (www.joannsranchocasaods.com) in Espanola for some good homecooked classic NM food. Also, a bit more formal, try El Paragua, also Espanola, for the place the Hispanic locals go for Saturday Night Dinner. At Abiqui is the Abiqui Cafe or Bodie’s General Store, both interesting eateries..
Looks like you need 3 months to eat your way thru New Mexico!!!!
In Santa Fe try to make time to head just north of town to visit Ghostranch. Visit the museum and hike the trail into the canyon. I have great memories of my visits to Santa Fe and my hike at Ghostranch was one of the most inspiring. I checked online and they do have a web page. http://www.ghostranch.org
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