Post # 1
The Mr. and I are doing a budget honeymoon to New Mexico for a couple of reasons:
a) we want to buy a house within a year
b) Im going on a work-related trip to the Congo in December that won’t be cheap
c) MEXICAN FOOD.
(not necessarily in that order)
Here are the definites we’re working with:
-It will be Tues 9/18 to Sun 9/23.
– We’ll be flying in to Albuquerque and hopefully staying at a Bed & Breakfast with superb juevos rancheros
– Wednesday we’ll take the scenic route to Sante Fe and spend a night there
– Thursday and Friday we’ll explore that general area and stay at Ojo Caliente Mineral Spa, hopefully have time on one of those days to drive to Mesa Verde
– Saturday we’d go back to Albuquerque and spend the day and night before heading home Sunday morning.
So… dining, hotel/B&B’s, fun bars, cool places to see, off-the-beaten path places to check out, non-touristy Native American art/jewelry, visiting Pueblos, etc… what do you suggest?
Post # 3
I was going to suggest White Sands National Park, but I’m pretty sure it’s about four hours from Albuquerque and Santa Fe. My sister lives out by White Sands and always raves about how cool it is. You can go sledding through the dunes, which was basically my selling point for getting tickets out there for the fall!
So, this post is probably no help. Sorry!
Post # 4
@abbie017: haha that sounds awesome! I’ll see how far it is from where we’ll be – you never know – it might be worth a road trip 🙂 Thank you!!
Post # 5
Gah….I lost my first attempt at this. We go into Abq more often than Sante Fe, but I have recommendations for both! *waves from NM*
For Abq B&B: (we haven’t stayed at either though)
Los Pablanos is supposed to be beautiful and is a few miles north of Old Town: http://www.lospoblanos.com/
There is also a B&B in old town, but old town will be more touristy: http://www.inn-new-mexico.com/
For food in Abq, my hubby and I eat every week at The Flying Star-I’ve never had a bad dessert there (and there is one near Los Pablanos). http://www.flyingstarcafe.com/
We had my birthday dinner here: http://www.standarddiner.com/
Both of these in Old town are good, but the ambiance is better and I like Church St Cafe better personally.
Link to old town info: there is an old church there worth seeing.
In Sante Fe you will really want to try and eat at Cafe Pasquals. It will be a long wait in line, but worth it! And they do have huevos rancheros along with a ton of other great breakfast and lunch options (dinner there is pricier) http://www.pasquals.com/
The Tecolote cafe doesn’t look like much, but is really good and believe them about the spice level! http://www.tecolotecafe.com/
Taos Pueblo is supposed to be worth a visit (although we haven’t gone yet). All we’ve eaten in Taos is icecream, but we love this place. They don’t have a big selection but what they do have is wonderful! http://taoscow.com/
Post # 6
Ohhhh this is SO helpful!!
Thank you so much!!
Have you heard anything about this place?
it looks absolutely LOVELY – and with fresh organic food – but its pricer than the others.
The spa is actually just outside of Taos so we can definitely stop there for some ice cream!!
What kind of weather should we expect around then?
Post # 7
Oooh–I LOVE New Mexico! I haven’t lived there, but I’ve been there twice (once on vacation and once passing through.
I’ve been to Ojo Caliente! I didn’t stay the night at the spa, but I did stay in another little inn in the town. I did go to the hot springs and loved it.
I love all the places you are going to. @mousegirl has great recommendations. I did visit the Taos peublo and absolutely loved it. It’s very informative and fascinating and beautiful.
I LOVE New Mexican food. It’s different than Mexican food (although there are many similarities). Savor the sopapillas. Mmmm…
Another place I recommend visiting is Bandelier National Monument. It looks like there were some damages to the park after some fires last summer, but, according to the website, it’s still a great place to visit. It’s in the general Taos/Santa Fe area.http://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm
Did anyone mention the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe?
Have a great time! I think New Mexicco is so magical.
Post # 8
@mandypop: Los Poblanos is supposed to be great, I included the link in the above list, but miss-typed the name. Sorry about that I used an ‘a’ instead of an ‘o’. We’ve never stayed there, but it looks pretty the times we’ve driven by. I have no idea if it’s worth the extra $$$, you’d have to decide on that. 🙂
The weather in September should be pleasant (60s-70s) and sunny during the days. It is in a desert region, so the temps can drop 15-20 degrees at night. And Santa Fe/Taos will be a little bit cooler because of the higher elevation. As long as you have a sweater or light jacket for the evenings, you’ll be fine in short sleeves and pants during the day, probably ok with short sleeves and shorts if you are hiking. There shouldn’t be much rain that time of year, and the winds blow through in the spring, so overall it should be nice weather! Bring sunscreen and chapstick! Hats and sunglasses too!
Bandelier National Monument was also going to be a recommendation, but I couldn’t remember the name and I had to get off weddingbee to go to an appointment, but I second @cafegirl: , it’s beautiful!
@cafegirl: I went to graduate school at Vandy, so I lived in Nashville for 5 years. 🙂
Post # 9
@StarryNight2011: awesome, I really want to stay there, even if its a few extra bucks. On the website they had a picture of a baby mule. Sold.
Thanks so much!!!
Post # 10
@mandypop: 🙂 They have peacocks too! The area of Abq where Los Poblanos is located has a different feel than the rest of the city. It’s almost rural, but very peaceful and there are some beautiful homes out that way. It would be where I’d choose to stay too!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 11
Tent Rocks!! It’s off the highway between ABQ and SF. As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the best scenic-bang-for-your-hiking-buck that you can get. It’s a very short hike (like less than an hour, with only a little bit that’s uphill) and STUNNING views.
ETA: I second the recommendations for Pasqual’s, Bandelier, and the Georgia O’Keefe museum. Also, for a fun local bar in Santa Fe, try the Cowgirl.
This is bringing back memories! (I lived there from 2002-2003, after I graduated from college, and my dad lives there now so I sometimes go back to visit.)
Post # 12
Ooh thats looks cool! A nice little stop for our scenic route between the cities. Thank you!!