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Thanksgiving trip

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Thanksgiving trip

We'll be flying into Albuquerque and leaving Thanksgiving day. I have random things that we added to our "want-to-see" list. Just wanting to know if there's anything in particular I'm overlooking. We like hiking, history and art/culture.

Fri - arrive late and sleep

Sat - El Malpais National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument

Sun - Old Town, drive to Santa Fe, Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Rd, Georgia O'Keefe, Star-Watching tour

Mon - Bandolier NM, Los Alamos,

Tue - Drive to Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge,

Wed - Turquoise Trail back, Hyatt Tamaya Resort/Spa Day

Thur - Home

My wife wants to have "chili" -- or at least the NM version of "chili" made with chiles. Is there such a thing?

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1. Re: Thanksgiving trip

Some thoughts

SATURDAY

I'm not sure El Malpais NM is worth the time given your short number of days in New Mexico. It is interesting, there are some nice views and some hiking opportunities...but there are better places. Do you have a specific reason for going? If you DO decide to head out that direction consider adding El Morro NM, which I find more interesting and enjoyed the short hike quite a bit more. Also you'll be passing by Acoma Pueblo and that is also quite a worthwhile stop if you take the tour up to the Sky City.

http://www.nps.gov/elmo/index.htm

http://sccc.acomaskycity.org/

In Albuquerque for history, art and culture visit the Old Town area (which you've already mentioned), the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

http://www.albuquerqueoldtown.com/

http://www.cabq.gov/museum/

http://www.indianpueblo.org/

SUNDAY

A great place for a detour and a hike on the way to Santa Fe is Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

blm.gov/nm/…kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html

In Santa Fe there are more excellent museums that are great for art, history and culture than you can possibly visit in your short time. Around the Plaza you've already mentioned the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. I also recommend the New Mexico History Museum (which includes the Palace of the Governors) and the New Mexico Museum of Art. On Museum Hill I recommend the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. (Note that there is a pass available that gets you into all four of these museums for unlimited visits over four days for $20. Individual admission is $9 for each.)

http://www.nmhistorymuseum.org/

http://www.nmartmuseum.org/

http://www.miaclab.org/

http://www.moifa.org/

MONDAY

At Bandelier in addition to the 2 main short hikes in Frijoles Canyon (main loop, alcove house), I recommend a hike in the separate Tsankawi section. My favorite part as you walk in the trails worn into the rock many hundreds of years ago.

http://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm

www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/tsankawi.htm

In Los Alamos there are two small free museums worth visiting: The Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Bradbury Science Museum. At the Historical Museum they have a brochure with a self-guided walking tour of Los Alamos (also available as a download online).

http://www.losalamoshistory.org/

http://www.lanl.gov/museum/index.shtml

WEDNESDAY

Are you sure you want to take the Turquoise Trail back? Did you possibly mean the High Road? The Turquoise Trail is essentially an alternate route between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. According to Google maps, if you were to drive from Taos to Tamaya Resort via the low road, it would be 117 miles, 2 hours 16 minutes. Via the high road and Santuario de Chimayo would be 123 miles, 2 hours 44 minutes. If you were to go via the low road and THEN the Turquoise Trail, it would be 158 miles, 3 hours 22 minutes.

I'm not aware of any chili made from chiles, but others may know more than me. The closest I can think of is Green Chile Stew. You definitely want to have New Mexican cuisine which is all about the chile - red or green or both (Christmas). Anything from a breakfast burrito to a green chile cheeseburger to an enchilada smothered in Christmas.

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2. Re: Thanksgiving trip

Chilies are made into green and red chile (a sauce used to cover various dishes) or into green or red chile stew (chunky stew with potatoes, chile, pork, chicken or beef). Also chile rellenos are a green chile filled with cheese and then fried in a batter, and then covered with green or red chile (both is called Christmas)

Green chile is also put on burgers, pizza, in omelets, meat loaf, bread, soups and just about anything!

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3. Re: Thanksgiving trip

Thanks for the feedback. I'm rethinking El Malpais. I'll also check on the map more carefully the Turquoise Trail and see if it is worth the additional drive. Just heard it was a more scenic way.

By the way, if the chiles can be put in anything, then I guess there's really no special "New Mexico" dish that is authentic?

In San Francisco -- everyone equates our cuisine with either "Rice a Roni" or "new england' clam chowder in a sourdough.

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4. Re: Thanksgiving trip

There is a difference between "green chile" and green chiles. Green chiles can and are added to just about everything in New Mexico, including cheeseburgers, vodka, and chocolates. Even fast food restaurants offer green chile cheeseburgers. "Green chile," however, is unique to New Mexico cuisine, and definitely authentic, as is red chile. CasaAzul gave an great description. You can't come to New Mexico and leave without experiencing enchiladas or huevos served Christmas-style!

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5. Re: Thanksgiving trip

Green chiles are authentic New Mexican food! We eat green and red chile sauce on burritos, enchiladas etc. And a chile relleno is very New Mexican. Go to The Shed, Tomasitas, Tia Sophias, Marias, La Choza for plenty of authentic Northern New Mexican cuisine. Try a green chile cheeseburger at Bert's Burger Bowl, Del Charro, Bobcat Bite.

Other Northern NM foods include posole, tamales, biscochitos,

Check this link for tons of other places to try! http://www.nmgastronome.com/blog/

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6. Re: Thanksgiving trip

Ah. I think I understand. I'll add the restaurants and dishes mentioned here to our list. Thanks.

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