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I started this list for a trip we made last February. Little did I know, I'd soon be not only New Mexico Bound, but a part-time New Mexican resident.
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This is what I love about seeing a region from the saddle of a bicycle. You're able to really witness all that is around you, none of it becomes a blur outside of a speeding car window. It was late morning on the second day of a six day biking New...
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21120 US-84, Abiquiu, NM 87510, USA
Fans of Georgia O'Keeffe should definitely book a stay at this quaint adobe hotel in her old painting grounds. Not only is there a well-stocked gift shop where you can buy O'Keeffe prints and books, the property arranges tours of her home and...
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Ranchos De Taos, NM, USA
Driving north from Santa Fe, just as you approach Taos, turn your head to the right, and there it is--the San Francisco de Asis Church. This 18th-century adobe mission architecture just south of Taos, NM, has become an icon due to the paintings of...
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17 Santuario Dr # A, Chimayo, NM 87522, USA
A little family-owned store that's been around since the 1920's, the El Potrero Trading Post in Chimayó offers provisions both 'spiritual' and 'temporal'--Catholic and Zuni carvings, popsicles and chile peppers... Get here by taking the "high...
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Espanola, NM, NM, USA
Georgia O’Keeffe called the grouping of weathered rock outcroppings near Abiquiu “The White Place” and immortalized it in paintings. The land is so arid, and so little changes in New Mexico, that the location and signature V shape have survived. A...
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El Prado, NM 87529, USA
10 miles north of Taos (you head out of town and turn left at the "blinking light"), the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, recently renovated in 2012, will give you a dizzying sense of vertigo and the opportunity to take pictures that will make you look...
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Espanola, NM, NM, USA
Up a dirt road that feels more like someone's private driveway, past the village cemetery with its handmade crosses framed against a dusty hillside, the Penitente Morada in Abiquiu sits crouched on the earth, a wonderful secret, discreet against...
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15 Santuario Dr, Chimayo, NM 87522, USA
The grounds that lead up to this small chapel are festooned with rosaries, small crosses, offerings, all made before entering the church and small ante-room to the left of the nave, where two toy trowels sat in a dirt hole, the better to scoop a...
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108 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
There is so much art to see in Santa Fe, it's endless. Along with artisan markets, small galleries, the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and numerous small shops, we visited the MOCNA. It's a museum that is connected to the Institute of American Indian...
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To get from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, don't take I-25 North--it's busy and sterile. Drive east on I-40 to the backside of the Sandía Mountains, get off on exit 175, and head north on Highway 14, also known as "The Turquoise Trail." You'll wind...
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15046 NM-75, Peñasco, NM 87553, USA
We first spied this mural be-decked building during a winter drive to Taos from Santa Fe on the High Road. An old stick-on lettered sign with an arrow announced "Sugar Nymphs", pointing towards another door with a sign that said simply "Theater"....
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2377-2381 NM-76, Chamisal, NM 87521, USA
On the High Road to Taos (so called because you're snaking through more mountains, tiny towns and great views to get there, you'll find remnants of New Mexico's Spanish Colonial history. Part of the original land grants from the 1600's (yes, long...
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63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Santa Fe plaza was deserted after a rare summer rain. During the day folks come to the plaza for lunch at the iconic fajita and empanada carts, stationed on the corners. Musicians, backpackers and tourists escape from the sun here. Starting...
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211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
My first experience at the Lensic was a free HBO and Santa Fe Independent Film Festival sponsored screening of the excellent documentary film "Casting By". About the unheralded role casting directors play in the creation of film and television, I...
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4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 87107, USA

The Spanish-style bed and breakfast is famous for lavender, the focus of lectures, festivals, cooking classes, and a line of spa products distilled on-site. Rooms feature beehive-shaped kiva fireplaces, wood floors, and traditional New Mexican...
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125 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

The Santa Fe School of Cooking recently moved to larger downtown digs. Its three-day Southwest Culinary Boot Camp hinges on recipes using the traditional “three sisters”: corn, beans, and squash. Class trips to local restaurants include lessons in...

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319 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Check out the rocking, hip and popular Cowgirl, a melding of Texas BBQ and New Mexico flavors and Old West style. Early evening, there's happy hour including cheap, tasty margaritas. At night, patrons kick up their heels to live music. There's a...
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Los Cerrillos, NM, USA
Cerrillos, New Mexico was the center of the turquoise mining trade in the late 1800's, and almost became New Mexico's capital. The Clear Light Opera House was built to house performances by East Coast luminaries like Sarah Bernhardt. One of the...
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1101, Embudo, NM 87531, USA
Most people take the High Road to get to and from Taos; scenic, full of quaint towns, galleries and mountain views, its the preferred way to go. I almost always end up on the Low Road at night, when my goal is just to get home to Santa Fe. But a...