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Grand Forks, North...
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We are meeting family in Santa Fe the last weekend of September. I have a few questions: I think we want to be within walking distance of the plaza, lodging options between $100 - 130 per night? We will need between 3 - 4 rooms or a condo type unit?

We won't be able to see all that. Santa Fe has to offer so will need to prioritize. We would love to go on short hikes, visit a couple of museums and possibly some hot springs. Is there a microbrewery in Santa Fe?

Thanks in advance.

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In our two trips to Santa Fe, we have been to virtually every museum in Santa Fe and there are a lot! If you only have a chance to go to a couple of museums, I would recommend The International Museum of Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, both of which are on Museum Hill. If you're want to visit museums in the Plaza area, I would suggest the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and the New Mexico History Museum.

On our trip this past fall, I persuaded my husband (who hates this kind of thing), to go to to Ten Thousand Waves outside Santa Fe, which is an authentic Japanese hot springs resort. It's beautiful and peaceful. They offer spa services and have many options from public hot springs pools to private rooms. Our time there may have been the highlight of our trip.

And although we don't drink beer, I "googled" it and there are several microbreweries in Sanata Fe. I suggest you "let your fingers do the walking.".

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Your lodging budget may be a bit low for near the Plaza but check Sage Inn, Santa Fe Motel, Garretts Desert Inn. Also check www.santafe.org for your dates to get other ideas. There may be vacation rentals/casitas that could work.

Even a short visit will give you plenty of time to see the Plaza area, Canyon Road, the Railyard, museums, a drive up Hyde Park Road to the mountain trails. Ten Thousand Waves is up that road as well, great to stop on the way back after a hike.

Brewpubs and breweries downtown area include 2nd Street (at the Railyard), Marble Tap Room (was on Plaza, moved recently toward the Railyard), Blue Corn (downtown and south), Santa Fe Brewing (south off Hwy 14 and another south on US285 in Eldorado, no food at either), Dual Brewing (hidden off Cerrillos Road). In the old Marble Taproom space overlooking the Plaza is the Draft Station which serves Blue Corn brews as well as beer from other NM breweries. Of all those on the list Marble and SF Brewing are our favorites, but haven't been to Dual yet!






Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3. Re: 1st timer questions

I think you will be hard pressed to find that low of a hotel rate at / near the plaza. Since you have a group, what about a vacation rental? Lots of them in Santa Fe. Try http://www.lunaluz.com. Also, check for special deals here: santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/…index.html

Will you have a car?

As for museums it depends on your interests. The folk art museum here has the largest collection of folk art in the world. The Indian arts & culture museum give you a view of the peoples that first inhabited NM. It's world class. The Palace of the Governors / NM History Museum (one entrance fee for both) will give you a perspective on the history of Santa Fe. Those are probably your best bets.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Last weekend of September will be a very busy weekend -- Santa Fe Wine & Chile is the 24th - 28th September. https://www.santafewineandchile.org/events/

It's a great time to be in Santa Fe but lodging won't be low-season rates.

I would suggest looking for lodging options now and look at condo/house rentals through vrbo.com or other vacation rental agencies here in Santa Fe that can accommodate your group size that would be more comfortable and cheaper than staying in hotel rooms.

Grand Forks, North...
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5. Re: 1st timer questions

Thank you very much. Will find lodging this week. The Wine and Chili looks interesting.

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