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Five Days without Buying Expensive Art!
This was the perfect base for exploring!. The breakfasts are gourmet and so filling you can usually just pick up a snack for lunch. It's also located near Whole Foods if you want to pick up salads or foods for your outing. They also serve afternoon refreshments, a freshly baked item, homemade cookies, and salsa and chips.
About an hours drive from SF, be sure to stop at the scenic overlook at White Rock on the way for a beautiful view of the Rio Grnde. Bandalier has incredible maintained ruins of pueblo dwellings, petroglyphs and caves from up to 1000 years ago. Wear walking or hiking shoes so that you can enjoy the trails. Climb the ladders (140') to the Alcove Room to enjoy the view and marvel at how people could live high up on a cliff. Not suitable for young children, but those about 7 years old and up will enjoy it.
The variety and quality of art in the Capitol building is astounding. It is all from current New Mexican residentsand there is a variety of media displayed over 3 floors open to the public. There are traditional and modern weavings, lots of painting, sculpture, and mixed media. It's all free. The architecture of the building and the furnishings which vary throughout the building are also worth your attention.
This non-tourist eatery/bakery is located in a warehouse, and you can watch the bakers making danish and turnovers while you enjoy your meal. Buy baked goods to take with you for later.
We went to the Wednesday night Flamenco show, make reservations as seating is limited. It includes a 3 course meal which was delicious. The show is performed by students from the UNM who are in the only BA program in Flamenco in the world (so we were told). The room is small and the passion of the dancers and musicians is palpable, the sweat is visble. You will be seated with others at your table and can get some great travel tips from your fellow diners.
Right near the Plaza, upstairs in a shopping building is a little spa that is reasonably priced. Check for their internet special or early discount. Enjoy a massage, hot tub, facial or other treatment without spending a fortune. I walked from the B&B and enjoyed the relaxation with an ice cream treat right near the spa.
You can get as little or much of items as you want, and food is discounted after 3 PM. They are only open until 3:45, so breakfast or lunch, or take out for your dinner later. We had a little kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator. The hot entree of the day is good, along with lots of choices for sides and salads. We saw many locals getting sandwiches, especially state workers from the nearby offices.