Monday, June 16, 2008

Santa Fe Report

Sorry for the lack of recent content, faithful readers -- my girlfriend and I were on vacation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What a great spot! The weather was splendid -- mid 80s, sunny, and dry every day -- and to complete the perfect picture, the East coast had a heat wave while we were gone. We did lots of great tourist stuff and the food was good too.

For you vacation planners, here's the breakdown (note that not everything is in Santa Fe itself -- some stuff is an hour or two away):

Tent Rocks National Monument (really cool hike with unique scenery)
Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) (history of A-Bomb)
Art galleries on Canyon Road
Santa Fe History Path (that's not the official name, but it goes from town up to the Martyrs' Cross, with plaques about Santa Fe history along the way -- good to do in the early morning)
10,000 Waves spa

Very Good:
Loretto Chapel (with the famous staircase)
Georgia O'Keefe Museum
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (near Taos NM)

Santa Fe Cathedral
State Capitol
Fine Arts Museum

Not as Good as the Hype:
Bandelier National Monument (OK, but not that exciting)
Taos Pueblo (near Taos NM)
Taos (excellent for art shopping but a tad dull, really, with kitchy museums)

Frankly You Could Skip:
Palace of the Governors (the history walk was better)

Recommended restaurants:
Coyote Cafe
Santa Cafe
Guadalupe Cafe

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