We’re back from our trip, so I thought I’d thank you all for your input, and let you know what we wound up seeing/doing.
Overall impression: New Mexico is totally awesome.
Fri: dinner at Maria’s. Off to a bad start. We had a combination plate that was a mess of indistinguishable glop (however, I had my first sopapailla, on the side, and it was quite good). Someone later said that their food used to be good, but now all they care about is their 140 varieties of tequila.
Sat: drove to Ghost Ranch, home of Georgia O’Keeffe and now a private resort. Took a O’Keeffe Landscape Tour, where we spent 90 minutes driving around the property and looking at the landscape, comparing the sights to various O’Keeffe paintings. It was all quite interesting…and oh yeah, the scenic beauty is incredible. Afterwards we took a short hike off the grounds and into the wild and discovered more fantastic vistas. A great day.
Sun: breakfast at Tia Sophia. Winner! My wife had a blue corn pancake; I had a chorizo burrito, red sauce on one end, green on the other. (It had eggs and potatoes inside, making it suitable for breakfast. ) We then met up with a walking tour of the Plaza area. Great guide; learned about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Civil War battle, looked inside the Loretto Chapel and its legendary spiral staircase, and lots of other interesting stuff. We then spent the day on Canyon Road, going in and out of art galleries. Who knew that one small community could support so many galleries…had a snack at Cafe Greco, quite tasty.
Mon: We had to be in Albuquerque at 5:00. We’d hoped to start the day at the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos…but they didn’t open until 1:00. So we went back to the Plaza, and shopping. We were planning on going to Tent Rocks (everyone we talked to said it was a must) but time got away from us – of shopping, eating and Tent Rocks we had to choose 2 and Tent Rocks lost. Had an excellent lunch at Cafe Pasqual. Tried to go the NM History Museum, but it was closed on Mondays. Went to Todos Santos chocolateria, and tiny funky little candy store near the plaza. Very good chocolate, but ridiculously overpriced (i.e., $3.50 for a piece the size of a peanut butter cup). Bought some pottery from the native american vendors working the plaza alongside the governor’s palace.
Then back to ABQ and the flight home.
Any meals I didn’t mention were had at the hotel (Four Seasons Rancho Encantada, which has a fantastic restaurant).
So thanks, everyone. We’ll be going back.