Bandelier National Monument is a short drive from Santa Fe. You can spend a couple of hours there or all day. The Plaza is fun for art galleries and nice shops and restaurants. La Plazuela At La Fonda is amazing for a nice dinner, you can make reservations online. We shared the tableside guacamole, orange poached salmon and bread pudding. We also had a non-alcoholic drink with ginger beer, prickly pear and it had a sprig of thyme and pepper berries, soooo good! Get it rimmed with sugar. Plaza Cafe Downtown is charming for breakfast and lunch. Sit outside under the awning with all the flowers or at the counter inside for a fun look at how good their crew works together. If you are there in the fall it's the perfect time to pick up ristras (bundles of hanging dried chilis) that you can use for cooking or decor. Be sure to go into the Loretto Chapel and stay a bit to hear the recorded account of the miracle staircase. It's a charming catholic church. On the way out of town, if you are headed towards Albuquerque, take the "Turquoise Trail" instead of hwy 25. There are some CUTE towns to visit. I think Madrid would be a good bet. And it's a beautiful drive.
Terri I am a Sucker for Bread Pudding. Thanks for the great info. · (1 like)