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Santa Fe, Taos & Red River

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Pittsbugh
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Santa Fe, Taos & Red River

My husband and I are 1st time vistors to New Mexico, visiting from May 3rd to May 11th (flying into ABQ). We are going directly to Santa Fe (3) nights, Taos (3) nights and Red River (1) night and back to ABQ overnight for our early a.m. flight to the east coast. We both love the outdoors and the mountains. Any suggestions for some daily road trips and restaurants along the way? Also we like support local vendors, any suggestions for pottery, etc. along way.

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NM is beautiful. From Albuquerque drove the Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe (nice landscapes), stopped at The Mine Shaft Restaurant for lunch which was recommended by a co-worker. Stayed at the Residence Inn in Santa Fe. Far enough that we had to drive to the Square, sometimes parking was very hard to find even in the paid parking lots. Would recommend a hotel in the heart of Santa Fe, the Hotel St. Francis was in a great location. Favorite restaurant was The Shed. Used most recommendations given by Caza Azul. The old churches in Santa Fe were beautiful, we took the City Bus Tour to learn about the history of Santa Fe and we really enjoyed spending the day at Bandelier Nat’l Monument and driving the surrounding area. Found most stores we visited in Santa Fe to be on the high-end but really did enjoy browsing and purchasing jewelry from the Native Americans at the Palace of the Governors (reasonably priced). If you love to shop, then Santa Fe is the place to be - after 3 days we were ready to move on. Drove the High Road to Taos, beautiful drive, stopped along the way at the rug weavers and Chimayo (beautiful old buildings) and also pulled over at the San Jose De Gracia De Las Trampas (beautiful old church). The age and the structure of the old churches are amazing. Loved Taos - (3 nights) would have liked 1 more day in this area. Stayed at the El Monte Sagrado, stay was WONDERFUL, requested a mountain view room and had the best blue corn pancakes everyday for breakfast, deep salt water pool in the middle of an indoor garden, rooms facing the ponds also were quite alluring. Nice restaurants in Taos, reasonably priced, visited the Taos Pueblo (beautiful World Heritage Site), Earthship Biotecture (very interesting), hiked the trails around the Suspension Bridge, and hiked throughout our drive around the Enchanted Circle. Driving around the Red River area, Rams were often feeding alongside the road. Red River - wanted to book the Llama tour but just ran out of time, spent 1 night, really liked the cabin at the 3 Bears Lodge and would recommend the Jeep Tours by Red River OffRoad - we were there in off season and could not go on the high trails due to snow blockage. Also, many restaurants had limited hours due to the off season, but were all opening for summer the week after we left. We did not spend anytime in Albuquerque, only the night before we left for home. Would like to come back sometime for the balloon festival in Albuquerque.

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