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228 Old Santa Fe Trail #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Turquoise Trail is a National Scenic Byway in New Mexico linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. If you plan to drive to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, avoid the interstate and take this well beaten path instead. You will be rewarded with majestic...
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706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
Santa Fe has plenty of great museums and regional charm, but don’t pass on this gem because it goes well beyond the Southwest--this museum is a trip around the world. The extraordinary collection does span the globe, a mind-boggling series of...
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301 Jefferson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Of course there are many amazing restaurants in the great American Southwest, and thanks to lots of beans and cheese there are a good number of vegetarian options. My favorite thing I ate in the area was the green chile stew with tofu from Bumble...
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821 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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How can you *not* love a place with more than 150 kinds of tea? Tucked away on arty Canyon Road, this little tea (and coffee) house is a treasure for weary walkers - the perfect spot to sit down with a book and a pot of Assam and step out of...
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210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Tucked into Santa Fe's medieval-looking St. Francis hotel, Secreto is a place to sample award-winning cocktails in style. Cozy couches and a dim, candle-lit hotel foyer may even entice you (and your drink) out of the bar itself. Sink into a chair...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
When I say "chocolate tourism", a large number of destinations come to mind. France, Belgium, Switzerland. Britain. South America. Chocolatiers from numerous places around the globe often lay claim to producing the best, the richest, the most...
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The Hotel St. Francis lays claim to being Santa Fe’s oldest hotel. Rebuilt in its current location in 1924, after a fire left its predecessor completely ravaged (save the brick chimney), the property formerly known as the De Vargas Hotel...
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The Inn and Spa at Loretto, one of Santa Fe’s iconic boutique luxury hotels, could easily be mistaken for the ancient Taos Pueblo. The hotel’s angular architecture, soothing desert hues, and romantic lighting draw heavily on the...
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121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The Chez Panisse of Santa Fe has been helmed by the same Berkeley-bred chef-owner since the 1970s. While the restaurant isn’t for New Mexican food purists, the local dishes are solid and range from classic renditions to enchiladas gussied up with...
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808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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On a recent June night while the portal was crowded with diners, we found a dark corner in the back of this Santa Fe landmark bar. An open door let in the evening breeze and framed the famous desert light.
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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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217 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Chez Mamou is a perfect spot to escape the ubiquitous chili themed cuisine while touring. It's lovely to sit on the narrow portal, sip a latte and tear into fork flaky pastries or crepes while watching the world go by. Just two blocks but an ocean...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
being a big Star Wars fan, I couldn't resist
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An amazing camel shaped rock sits off the road at Pojoque, between Santa Fe and Espanola in New Mexico. It gazes away, as if disgusted, from the huge sprawling casino across the road that bears its name; looking outward across the desert, perhaps...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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193 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Don’t let the mall setting fool you. Atrisco is a destination restaurant, run by a third- generation member of a New Mexican food dynasty. Chef George Gundrey used to manage the Santa Fe farmers’ market, so carefully sourced local ingredients...
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A bit of a dive a mile and a half from Santa Fe’s tourist center, Maria’s has been a local favorite since 1952. The food is straightforward and delicious, but the place is at least as beloved for its margaritas—an eight-page menu lists more than...
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113 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
A local institution, situated since 1953 in a 1692 adobe hacienda with brightly colored walls and a pretty courtyard, the Shed is deservedly famous for its smoky chile, just-hefty-enough blue corn tortillas, and classic recipes. Its sister...
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1050 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
This unassuming adobe house in Santa Fe is home to one of the world's 'top ten places' to drink chocolate. (Seriously. It ranks up there with anything in Europe or South America.) Walk the few blocks from the city's central Plaza, open the door...
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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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207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Some visitors to Santa Fe are surprised to find this Gothic revival structure in the middle of all of the adobe buildings in the historic district, like a piece of medieval Paris transplanted to the Wild West. The French connection is...
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409 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Recommended by locals and featured in an episode entitled “Aces of Authenticity” on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Casa Chimayo is a delight for someone seeking traditional New Mexican food with a story. For starters, try...
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724 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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For 22 years, the venerable Geronimo, situated in a 1756 adobe, has been serving a bevy of culinary delights. From the house favorites like peppery elk tenderloin to New Mexico lamb chops, the food is accessible and the timeless milieu is...
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231 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Since 1983, Santacafé has been a culinary destination for the chic lunch set (Tom Ford is a fan). Opt, as they do, for eclectic "classics" like crispy calamari with four-chile lime dipping sauce, shrimp and spinach dumplings with...
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198 NM-592, Santa Fe, NM 87506, USA
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The warm, handsome dining room at Terra is situated high enough for sweeping Santa Fe sunsets and glorious mountain silhouettes. Helmed by chef Andrew Cooper, the food is contemporary American and Southwestern, from tortilla soup to pan-seared...
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653 Canyon Rd A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The elegant, grown-up Compound Restaurant on Santa Fe's Canyon Road caters to devoted locals and tourists alike with a Southwestern-meets-Mediterranean focus. James Beard Award–winning chef Mark Kiffin scores with entrées like roasted...
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451 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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French native chef Charles Dale's light-filled 40-seat bistro Bouche serves farm-to-table food in a mod, casual space. The consistent menu rotates classics such as onion soup, tenderloin steak tartare with a fresh farm egg, black mussels in white...
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428 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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A cozy new spot from chef Joseph Wrede that blends a dining experience for the vegetable lover like wild greens vichyssoise and a cast iron cauliflower dish with mustard seed, white beans, anchovies, fried capers. The meat inclined will lean...
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218 Camino La Tierra, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
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A ten minute drive from Santa Fe to the new Arroyo Vino is a treat. The space functions as a sleek, well-stocked wine shop and a delicious gourmet dining spot from chef Mark Connell. Expect a rotating menu of seasonal items. For now, the lobster...
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21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
You won't find sushi at the distinct, surprising Izanami. As you might recall, Santa Fe is over a thousand miles from the ocean. Instead, small, delicious plates of house pickles, buttery glazed carrots, yaki (rice balls), chicken skewers and...
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211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Come summer, locals flock to the tranquil patio for al fresco dining. The new chef is the likable Marc Quiñones, whose kitchen churns out Southwestern food with molecular gastronomy. Commence your meal with the award-winning tortilla soup or green...
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229 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
L'Olivier (French for olive tree) melds Southwestern and French cuisines in a small, warm space. Chef Xavier Grenet churns out a smart, creative array of squash blossom tempura and escargot. Dinner includes classic rustic entrees such as sea bass,...
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113 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The warm, romantic wood and stone dining room at the Anasazi Restaurant & Bar is a perfect spot for Argentine chef Juan Juan Bochenski's flavorful, rustic cuisine. The roasted free-range local lamb with jalapeño croquettes is an utter delight...
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4 Banana Ln, Santa Fe, NM 87506, USA
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Just 12 miles north of Santa Fe, this picturesque spot is perfect for table-side, made-to-order guacamole and a cold margarita (or two) on a spacious, relaxed scenic patio full of flowers and stunning high-desert mountain views. You might not want...
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905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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Located in the Railyard District, the friendly and efficient La Choza (Spanish for “the shed") doles out traditional New Mexican fare. Start with the satisfying posole (a hominy). Try the stuffed sopapillas with an earthy red chile, and classic...
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53 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Located on the historic Plaza, this venerable well-curated mainstay gallery-shop (est. 1984) run by Navajo trader Jed Foutz showcases historic and contemporary Native American wares, including an impressive selection of colorful,...
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202 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
This newly opened store, a pared-down collection of Scott Corey's large Santa Fe Vintage (on the outskirts of town), is "the" place to shop for amazing vintage pieces like flannels, jean jackets, gold-rimmed aviators and African indigo Mali cloth...
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2820 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
Certainly one could get lost in Jackalope, a big ole' sprawling complex of international folk art, pottery, furniture, rugs, fountains, and thousands upon thousands of souvenirs and tchotchkes from Asia and Latin America. Despite the tourists and...
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1300 Rufina Cir suite a3, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
In 1979, what started as a mail order book business has grown into an impressive storefront and gallery. Spend ample time in this smartly-curated, stellar photography bookstore with rare and unusual finds devoted to contemporary photography. The...
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924 Paseo De Peralta # 7, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Just at the foot of Canyon Road, the family-owned Nambé carries beautiful, practical, and artistic pieces like plates, bowls, silverware, and vases. Their signature metal alloy (discovered in 1951 north of Santa Fe, near Nambé) includes a 15-step...
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15 Flea Market Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87506, USA
For over 20 years, this large open-air market only 7 miles north of Santa Fe showcases a variety of local artisans, importers and designers hawking their wares. As all flea markets go, it's a hit or miss operation sifting from a selection of...
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1228 Parkway Dr D, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
I was so excited when this place opened up in my neighborhood--so excited I wrote a story about it for Local Flavor magazine! They serve microbrews and waffles and the whole place is just quirky and casual in a really fun way.
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376 Garcia St b, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Walk just a block off Canyon Road and get lost in this small independent bookstore with a wide-ranging inventory of bestsellers, art, literature, design, cookbooks, history, and biography, as well as numerous books about...
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217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Located in downtown Santa Fe, this perfectly sized museum is dedicated to the artistic life of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) and houses the single largest collection of the artist's work in the world. Rotating exhibits...
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704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
Part of Museum Hill, the Wheelwright, founded in 1937 by Mary Cabot Wheelwright, is a small private museum with a stellar collection of pottery, sculpture, baskets, weavings, and historic and contemporary works by Native American artists. The...
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1607 Paseo De Peralta #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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A new Santa Fe tradition has emerged, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, held at the Farmers Market Pavilion. In 2014, the Second Street Brewery burger titled Original Alien Burger reigned topped with a blue corn chile relleno with pepper...
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622 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Everyone who visits Santa Fe walks along the famed Canyon Road. Originating as an old footpath that once accessed water, it now primarily showcases an expansive range of shops and galleries with Native American art and landscape paintings. A...
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Driving is best described as poetic on this 56-mile day trip from Santa Fe to Taos. The High Road takes you through El Santuario, in the Spanish village of Chimayo — a small adobe chapel where people gather for mass and scoop up “Holy Dirt” with...
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72 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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It's all about creative, contemporary tapas and small plates at the small, popular storefront of La Boca. Find a relaxed mix of locals and tourists and watch chef James Campbell Caruso work his magic on the kale salad, gazpacho and the delicious...
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101 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Part of the Inn of the Governors, the rustic, casual, saloon-style vibes of Del Charro beckon one to relax and stay awhile. Try the signature house margarita (a mere $6.50), though the fancier, classic Silvercoin Margarita (a mix of Don Eduardo...
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100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Head up to the fifth floor of the bustling, popular La Fonda Hotel for stellar sunset views of city and distant mountains. Arrive early to beat the crowds and settle in. Relax with the signature margarita called the Bell Ringer, makes the...
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1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The work exhibited in this progressive and edgy nonprofit space is a far cry from the art in the galleries along Canyon Road. SITE Santa Fe, which opened in 1995, hosts provocative biennials as well as a wealth of multimedia...
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21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Your stay in Santa Fe is not complete until you've visited the serene 20-acre Ten Thousand Waves. Though nestled in the high hills among Santa Fe's piñons and junipers, the wooden walkways and lanterns will make you feel as close to...
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1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Don't miss strolling around the impressive Santa Fe Farmers' Market with its glorious abundance of beautiful and colorful produce, artisanal soaps, flowers, cheese, grass-fed meats and of course, peppers for miles—both electric-green and...
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113 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
You’d never know that this pueblo-luxe hotel was once the town penitentiary. It’s a credit to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts that the hotel group chose to renovate the existing structure rather than level it and start from scratch. And,...
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150 E De Vargas St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
While many area hotels offer a subtle interpretation of Southwestern design (adobe walls, kiva fireplaces, local art), there’s nothing understated about the Inn at the Five Graces. The inn is a showcase for designers Ira and Sylvia...
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301 Opera Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87506, USA
This brilliant, partially covered amphitheater offers views not only of the stage but of the stunning Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges in the distance. The world-renowned opera company presents five works in repertory each...
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228 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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After helming two restaurants in Los Angeles, native Santa Fe chef John Sedlar returns to his grandmother’s New Mexican cuisine at Eloisa. The whitewashed, minimal, brick-exposed space serves as a temple for savory empanaditas, ...
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3798, 637 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
In the mornings, Modern General's the spot to grab an acai bowl, a smoothie, or a wheatgrass shot for high-altitude nourishment. This airy general store stocks an assortment of baked goods (try the tart lemon cake) and grab-and-go wares....
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7501 Avenger Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
The real deal for vintage. A well-regarded, strong-word-of-mouth gem on the south side of Santa Fe hovers at over 2,000 square feet of denim, cowboy boots, belt buckles, Navajo blankets and moccasins, leather World War II flight jackets, vintage...
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120 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Just off the Plaza on Don Gaspar Avenue, there's a treasure trove of rotating gifts from kitschy trinkets to toys, bumper stickers, and tees made by local artists. There's also folk art, lovely nightlights made from recycled tin, and most...
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662 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Just outside the historic La Fonda Hotel, John Rippel U.S.A. has been open for 45 years, and it gets no more Southwestern than his handcrafted sterling silver belt buckles, jewelry (in the textbook variety of rings, earrings, bracelets) dressed in...
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58 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
This is one of those general store spots to quickly nab a cheap T-shirt (in the vein of cute coyote print) or a variety of postcards, shot glasses, and dream catchers. Located in the city's Plaza, the place is old, creaky, and certainly has novel....
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210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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This well-traversed diner-style landmark caters to locals and visitors (open for breakfast and lunch only ). Serving simple, straighforward cuisine like heaping portions of breakfast specials like the huevos rancheros, or the burrito and a famous...
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96 B Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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Harry's Roadhouse, a favorite haunt of locals and visitors, is conveniently open seven days a week. The massive breakfast menu melds regional Mexican and New Mexican fare with items like huevos rancheros and hearty chilaquiles (eggs any style with...
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1820 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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You can't miss the great signage (cool cursive font) outside The Pantry on Cerrillos Road. For over 60 years, this old classic has been doling out breakfast, lunch and dinner to flocks of hungry patrons, mostly locals. Their filling breakfast...
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333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
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High-elevation baking might not always (ahem) rise to the occasion...but at Clafoutis, the French family that owns and cooks at this bakery/restaurant has acclimated perfectly to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While it might be hard to tear...
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Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The popular Dale Ball Trails system offers 23.4 miles of interconnected high-altitude desert trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where piñon and juniper forest greet sturdy ponderosa trees as you ascend to...
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The fantastic Aspen Vista Trail is higher up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along a rocky, dirt road. The trailhead commences at 9,900 feet and tops out at 12,000 feet (at the summit of the Santa Fe ski basin) and provides more exertion and...
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544 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Head to the edgy Santa Fe Railyard District—just a 20-minute walk from the plaza—to browse the various contemporary galleries that have taken up residence there. Stroll through the small parks, enjoy a meal at...
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Winsor Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506, USA
Located close to Santa Fe, the Winsor Trail is a 10-mile (point-to-point) stretch, which appeals to hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Should you start from the top, there's several dramatic elevation shifts as the trail weaves through aspen...
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Atalaya Mountain, New Mexico 87505, USA
Starting from a trailhead at the small campus of St. John's College, the Atalaya Mountain Trail begins simply and then rises to a steep and challenging 5.4-mile hike that'll leave you grateful for having made the effort. (Shorten the...
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1115 Hickox St, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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A longtime cook at the venerable Café Pasqual’s, chef Jesus Rivera now operates this friendly, funky, and cheerful rustic storefront serving delicious breakfast of Huevos El Salvadoreños (scrambled eggs with green onions and tomato) and the...
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548 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
As its name suggests, Radish & Rye promises a spread of fresh farm finds and over 50 varieties of bourbon. Every Tuesday and Saturday, chef David Gaspar de Alba visits the Farmer's Market to inspire his seasonal dishes with small plates like a...
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551 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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After a series of immensely popular pop-ups by chef Paulraj Karuppasamy and his wife/business partner, Nellie Tischler, Paper Dosa has finally opened first brick and mortar restaurant. Serving fresh, authentic South Indian cuisine, the classic...
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72 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Chef James Campbell Caruso restaurant La Boca's sister restaurant, Taberna has a new menu with "Nuevo Latino Cuisine" from the newly helmed chef Jose “Kiko” Rodriguez. Expect casual, colorful tapas and large plates including alachofas, (grilled...
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130 E Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Cheesemongers of Santa Fe allots their visitors a generous counter selection of over 150 domestic and international cheeses including varieties like a fresh chèvre from Camino de Paz School & Farm (in Santa Cruz) to Montgomery’s Farmhouse Cheddar...
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418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
In 2013, the author of the wildly popular "Game of Thrones," George R.R. Marin saved this single screen theatre (once a brewery) and its 120-seats by adding both a digital and 35 mm projector. Playing an eclectic rotating mix of art films to old...
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1098 1/2 South Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
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For 30 years, the locally owned Ohori (est. 1984) has been brewing coffee to loyal patrons and visitors alike. To keep in line with the caffeine trend, there are pour-overs and a lighter roast available. Expect the same classic small batch,...
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631 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
Chef Brian Knox slings delicious, juicy pattie burgers on lightly toasted, buttered buns served on year-round outdoor picnic tables. Order one of those much-revered double-pattied famed green chile cheeseburgers served with thinly sliced hand-cut...
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132 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The outdoor cantina upstairs at the famed Coyote Cafe makes a perfect spot to perch and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the bustle of the Santa Fe streets. Try the Lava Lamp cocktail, a more-delicious-than-it-sounds blend of draft...
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706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
“State of the Arts” is not just a clever slogan, New Mexico can actually back up its claim to that title. It is home to more working artists, studios, galleries, and artisanal shops per capita than any other state in the union. Art is on permanent...