Santa Fe Getaway 2018

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Apr 19th, 2018, 08:45 AM
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Santa Fe Getaway 2018

Those of you who know me have heard over and over again about my love of art and the artists, John Singer Sargent and Joachin Sorolla. After reading about Georgia O'Keeffe, via her relationship with Stieglitz, I read her biography. Her art isn't my favorite, but folks who have visited Santa Fe have heartily recommended visiting there and Taos. After querying here on Fodor's (thanks to RoamsAround, sweetannie, yestravel, emalloy, Bitter, Nikki, KTravel, Nelson, obxgirl, MoBro, wtm003, ElendilPickle, valerva, and anyone I may have missed), the following details show the itinerary I have chosen.

I am a 71 y.o. widow with stamina-restricting asthma. Late DH and I used to walk all day long. I can do only 4 or 5 hours on the straightaway now--did that at the Prado and it was my longest walk--2 or 3 is more typical.

Day 1:
Flying from Baltimore's BWI. Parking at Econopark, $71.85. They pick you up at your car, provide water. You can upgrade and they'll wash the car.
Southwest flight is non-stop, $505.96
Arrive in Albuquerque and use Sandia Shuttle Express, $39.89 (one-way) to Hotel.
Hotel is Old Santa Fe Inn, $762.93

Find dinner and crash. Am concerned about altitude and asthma so have a portable nebulizer. Fingers crossed.

Day 2:
No special plans. Want to see how I feel. Either walk or cab to O'Keeffe Museum. See poss. list.

Day 3:
Santa Fe School of Cooking 10 a.m. then continue with poss. list.

Day 4:
10-5, Private driver Tom Gallegos, $150 plus I'm taking him to lunch at the Inn:
10:00am - Greet you and depart
11:00am - Ghost Ranch, beautiful O'keeffe country.
12:45pm - Lunch Abiquiu Inn
2:00pm - O'keeffe Home tour
3:30om - Depart for White Rock Overlook - the big picture
5:00pm - Arrive Santa Fe

I expect to be tired. Find dinner and crash?

Day 5:
Left open. May try for Taos. Tom has a tour but it will be too strenuous. Will talk with him about alternative. Per Fodorite, can rent a car at Hotel La Fonda.

Day 6:
10:00 La Fonda tour, Canyon Rd. and anything left on the poss. list.

Day 7:
6:40: Sandia pick up at 6:40 for flight home, $39.89

Possible things to do:
New Mexico Ideas from my query and other Fodor's sites:

fly in & out of ABQ, drive straight to Santa Fe, for several nights, then Taos and the beautiful countryside and small towns including Abiquiu if you're an art-lover, before returning to Albuquerque for 2 nights before you leave. (MmePerdu)

Bandelier NM. It is a very interesting ancient Native American site with dwellings carved into the soft rock of the mountain side. Turquoise trail (emalloy)

Pecos National Historical Park is another interesting possibility not far from Santa Fe. It's got it all - Pueblo Indians, Spain & Mexico, Santa Fe trail, even a Civil War battle.

www.nps.gov/peco/index.htm
(MmePerdu)

Museum Hill Explore the Museums (DebitNM)

www.sfdetours.com/tours.html (TRIP ADVISOR) 505 983 6565 CALL for timing

sweetannie: International Museum of Folk Art in SF

La Fonda tour Fridays

Nelson: www.kakawachocolates.com/ It's about a 15 minute walk from the plaza. DELICIOUS!

obxgirl: A very short walk from the museum is one of my favorite shops, Todos Santos Chocolates.

Best Chocolate in Santa Fe Travel + Leisure

MoBro: We only rented a car for a day-trip to Taos, from Hertz located at the hotel. When there, stop at Mante's Chow Cart, on the main drag as you enter Taos.

wtm003: Clafoutis is great for pastries, salads and sandwiches. Take a stroll through the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. I love Chimayo. Meh on Taos. Had a couple of good $2 tamales on the plaza.

sweetannie: The Nambe Trading Post is on the way there. They have some interesting items including clothing used in Dances with Wolves. I believe the owner is the designer of all the clothing used in the film and other movies. Ortega’s Weaving. El Santuario

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Apr 19th, 2018, 06:38 PM
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If you like Indian food and are looking for a nice meal, look no further than Paper Dosa in Santa Fe.

Also, Ronald Roybal plays in the lounge of the Hotel Santa Fe on Friday and Saturday nights - Spanish guitar and native flute. I've seen him twice now - the native flute portion of the show is something to behold.

Perhaps I misunderstood - is this a trip already completed or a plan of attack?
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Apr 20th, 2018, 06:11 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, Melnq8. I will try to stay awake for Ronald Roybal! Plan of attack--leaving very soon.
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Apr 20th, 2018, 06:56 AM
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In that case enjoy your trip TDudette. Ronald Roybal plays from 7:30-9:30 - even I managed to stay up long enough, lol.
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Apr 20th, 2018, 06:57 AM
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LOL indeed, 7:30 should just about do it.
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Apr 20th, 2018, 09:59 AM
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If you think you want to rent a car for a day, I'd go ahead and reserve one. Otherwise, there won't be one available if you just walk-in and ask. They don't really keep cars at the hotel. Hertz moves one there if reserved. You can always cancel it, if you decide against it.

Have fun in Santa Fe!
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Apr 20th, 2018, 10:27 AM
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Thanks, MoBro. Great to know and because I can't remember if you mentioned reserving it before, a double thanks.
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Apr 21st, 2018, 12:41 PM
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Based upon your physical limitations, and if it's not too late, I would suggest you consider staying in a hotel closer to the Plaza. We prefer La Fonda, but there are other options in various price ranges.

Have you given any thought to the restaurants you'll dine at? There are some great restaurants in Santa Fe, depending on what kind of food you like or are willing to try.
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Apr 22nd, 2018, 06:43 AM
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Thanks, sweetannie. According to the map, Old Santa Fe Inn is just less that 1/2 mile from the plaza so hopefully it will be fine. Will let you know! I have a list of places to eat thanks to Fodorites and other seaches. If you have a special resto fave that you didn't mention already on my first query, please pass it along.
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Apr 23rd, 2018, 05:43 AM
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One of the places we enjoyed seeing in Santa Fe is the state house. It is an interesting building and has lots of art work.
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Apr 23rd, 2018, 06:37 AM
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On the first day without much planned, you might want to have some body work done at 10,000 Waves. It is a traditional Japanese spa with some of the best body workers I have ever experienced. I sometimes have trouble with the altitude when I first arrive in Santa Fe and I've found that getting a 90 minute massage and just relaxing helps quite a bit. It's a nice way to get into the Santa Fe rhythm. The setting is very serene and is a bit out of town.
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Apr 23rd, 2018, 10:43 AM
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Thanks, Vt and topeater!
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Apr 23rd, 2018, 10:51 AM
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I brought the kindle and the screen is too small for easy typing so will probably post at home.

All is ok so far with breathing but I am going at a �� pace. A balmy 70s on this first day!
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Apr 29th, 2018, 12:23 PM
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Got back last night around 6 and pretty much crashed. At the beginning of the week, I left a trail of kleenex as I sneezed my way through this most unusual area. Albeit gasping for more air all week, I managed 2 tours, 3 museums and learned so many new things. Got the photos on Flckr but haven't captioned them. http://www.flickr.com/photos/3221999...57666365188717 I will past the WFD pages on the What's for Dinner thread now but will weave them in as they appear in the TR.

Thanks for your patience.
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Apr 30th, 2018, 06:30 AM
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Welcome home. It sounds like a great trip other than the sneezing/breathing issues. I am looking forward to the report.
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Apr 30th, 2018, 08:14 AM
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Day One, Sunday 22 April, 2018

Travel day and nothing much different from other trips using Southwest. This time, I have decided that in the future, I’ll check my bag so I can get a good seat without worrying about not having a nearby bin available.

Concerned about the horrible accident that occurred just days before. The woman who died was from Albuquerque. It was on the news all week. Only one station stupidly, insensitively talked about the circumstances—I hope her children didn’t hear it.

Sandia shuttle was very good. Their desk is right by the luggage claim. I missed the 4:45 by about 10 minutes but it worked out fine as I met some very interesting folks. The first was a woman who looked quite homeless. 80s, lilac hair, mis-matched clothes, but expensive sneakers. She was banging her water bottle on the floor to open it. I will call her ‘L’. Then ‘P’ comes along. First he pushes a very pretty woman (‘B’) in a wheelchair and then back and forth with about 10 pieces of luggage. Sandia driver (Keith?) comes along and we all help P with luggage. It fills up the back of the jitney so we carried things on our laps.

The hour to Santa Fe was a hoot. Keith, P & B, and L are all musicians! Keith had retired from his band and drove for fun, P and B were guitarist and singer, respectively, and L plays the bass. L and Keith talked music the entire ride. It was so much fun to listen in. I told them about Aunt Polly and my love of art. B developed adrenal problems and was in Santa Fe for a specialist.

Someone told me that the Old Santa Fe Inn had been called the Sage. It was not on the map under either name and there is a Santa Fe Inn just to confuse things. It is a real hotel for drivers. Only 2 blocks from the historic area and about 4 to the Plaza. The room gets a B++. The online photo shows a fireplace but my room didn’t have one. It was also somewhat dark. But, it did have a fridge, microwave, long desk area and ample bathroom counter space. A small bottle of mouthwash was a first. And 2 free waters a day. A big wardrobe but nothing with drawers. (See ‘Room’ and ‘Hotel’ photos for pix: http://www.flickr.com/photos/3221999...57666365188717 )

Check-in around 7 was easy and Kristen gave me a map, a list of pizza places that would deliver, and some tour and driver cards. Breakfast is served but no other meals.

I had bought some cookies at the airport and those and water were dinner as I was well and truly exhausted.

As mentioned on a separate thread, the only cab company went away as so many people use Uber or Lyft. I took a bus (.50 for seniors) that was right across from the hotel. I picked up the free shuttle right at the corner of the Plaza to get home at the end of my strolls.

Look for the red truck signs. The stops do not always stop at regular bus stops and some of the red trucks were mightily faded. However, you can get to the Plaza, the Railroad, Canyon Road and Museum Hill. Here’s a route source: https://santafeselection.com/transpo...anta-fe-pickup

Tomorrow: O'Keeffe Museum
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Day Two, Monday 23 April, 2018 High of 74, balmy.

Short:
Breakfast, included in cost of the room, will be good scrambled eggs with cheese sprinkled upon, home fries, sausage patties or good crisp bacon (these 2 items switch each day), peaches and OJ. Cereals, fruit, yoghurt, flour tortillas, a couple of salsas, and a waffle maker. B++

Lunch: Blue Corn Café, Blue corn taco and a merlot. $26.24, B

Dinner each night will be Cheeze-its and/or a few bits of chili-studded bread.

Forgot to mention there is a plug hub on the desk and a plug with 3 outlets by the bed. In the plane, I saw below green circles which the gal next to me says are fields with circular irrigation.
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Looking forward to more, TDudette. Your trip reports are the best.
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Day Two, Long:

My first impression of old Santa Fe is how easy it would be to close my eyes and transport back to the days of the Wild Wild West of my stereotypes. I pass a store called Seret and Sons ( Seret and Sons ) that had some gorgeous carpets hanging outside. Scads of galleries and jewelry shops.




After breakfast, I called the Shuttle company to see where the nearest pick up is and head on out, albeit slowly. After walking about 20 minutes, I haven’t seen the red truck icon sign so turn around and go back to the room in a semi-gasp. Slept for about 2 hours and felt much better so walked, crossing the Santa Fe River to the O’Keeffe’s Museum. Per my map, I turned away from the Plaza on San Francisco Street, then hooked a right up Burro Alley. I stopped at B&B bakery and they let me stop and rest for a bit.

Off to Grant Ave. and a left onto Johnson Street. There is no entrance fee today because all but one room of the gallery is CLOSED! I strolled then sat for the movie about Ms. O’Keeffe. She really was ahead of her time. I will appreciate her even more on the house tour.

Started to walk back and visited a gallery on the corner of Johnson and Grant. The building was one of the few not an adobe type. I swung by the bakery and bought what looks like a huge square of crustless white bread with green chilies in it. Walked toward the Plaza and strolled along the Pueblo People vendors who “papered” the front of the Governor’s Palace. Their wares (mostly jewelry) were arranged on blankets on the ground. A woman in the middle of the park chanted and reminded me of the flamenco singers in Madrid.

I am running out of steam after about 2 hours. Fortunately, I see the Shuttle at the corner of the Plaza and hop on. I was the only rider. Driver showed me the location of the stop near the hotel and then let me off across the street from the hotel. Nice guy.




Back to room and napped again. Around 5, I walked back to Water St. looking for Café Pasqual recco’ed by a Fodorite. I was too early for dinner so returned to Blue Corn Café that I had passed along the way. It is on the second floor and has an elevator. The blue corn taco was very tasty but to tell the truth, except for the blue taco, I have had this meal in Maryland. Back to the room and am asleep before 8. Darn it!

Tomorrow a city tour.
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Day Three, Tuesday 24 April, 2018 High of 74, balmy (you may repeat this weather each day until Friday when there were a few wispy clouds)

Short:

See Day 2

Dinner: Plaza Café, Cashew Mole Bowl (pinto beans, Spanish rice, shredded chicken, mole chili), Rioja $13.50, B++

Sight: Clarice tram tour of Santa Fe, $20, B++



Long:

Feeling pretty slow so only walked to the bus stop, conveniently across the street, and took a bus for .50 to a block from the Plaza. The tours by Clarice tram was across from the shuttle stop. I knew I was too sick to kick (trying to come up with a too cool for school counterpart) so hopped on.

The tour passed the O’Keeffe museum, the research building,



the Masonic temple (a copy of El Hambra), and back to the Plaza. We passed the food seller who was on Food Network show. Clarice mentioned that there are 250+ art galleries in Santa Fe. Two movie studios (and Clarice was an extra in the movie “True Heart”) and is the 3rd most visited city in the U.S. Googling that upon return, I was unable to confirm that figure.

We visited Canyon Road and made a pit stop. We savored the wind spinners at Wilford ( www.wifordgallery.com/ ), saw amazing bronzes, and was definitely lured by all the neat shops.


If you have a few thousand, you can get one of these wind spinners shipped!



The detail is amazing in this bronze statue.

It was a good tour although I wish I’d had more air! After the tour, I grabbed a nice lunch at the Plaza Cafe (per Clarice). The place has been there since the early 1900s and the service was wonderful. There were no cashews in the dish but the mole chili sauce was really great and just spicy enough.

After lunch, I grabbed the shuttle and went to crashville.

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