Hey everyone - I am going to Sante Fe for a weekend, end of March, with 2 kids, 7 and 11. We are staying at La Posada. What would you suggest are "must see/do's"? It's our first time to Sante Fe.
Santa Fe was one of my favorite trips as a child. What stayed with me was the Santa Fe Plaza. My parents gave all us kids a little money in order to buy crafts we picked out. I still have a couple of the necklaces.
For restaurants, I'd recommend going to Cafe Pasqual's.
Santa Fe is a perfect destination for a weekend visit. If you enjoy walking and browsing shops, galleries, & good restaurants, there are two major parts of town you will want to see. Your hotel is just a short walk from the town square of this old historic town. The main, downtown area is flat and easy to walk, with lots to see and places to eat.
If you enjoy Mexican food, you'll find the New Mexican style cuisine to be similar, but different. The red chile sauce is beyond any you could find anywhere else. There are so many really good restaurants. Just check the travel guide brochures for suggestions according to your tastes and pocketbook. we have found the even the "holes in the wall" joints are very good. If you want to splurge, have dinner at the Coyote Cafe... pricey but excellent.
Every time we visit Santa Fe, we usually try restaurants we haven't previously experienced. However, there is one exception.... for an authentic NM taste... Be sure to have lunch at The Shed restaurant just a few feet off the main town square. The enchiladas are so good, this is a must return for us.
If you plan on trying The Shed, be there a bit early... like all good restaurants, it fill up quickly and the queue can be long.
Another destination will be a stroll up and down Canyon Road. Your hotel is close by. The walk is a gently up hill road, lined on both sides of the street with interesting galleries, restaurants, historic, very old buildings, etc. You can easily spend several hours just walking about.
Depending upon your pace of exploration and how much you want to experience, you can do both the town square and Canyon Road on day one. If you want to experience the beauty of northern New Mexico, and have 3 or 4 hours (round trip) to spare.... Rent a car and drive northwest a short while to the little town of Chimayo. There you'll find a tiny adobe chapel built in the year 1816. It is a historical pilgrimage site, attended by people from all over the world. It is worth the drive for the geographical scenery.
Over the years, my wife and I have revisited Santa Fe several times. On occasion, we taken friends for a weekend jaunt and enjoyed our first day in town, including Canyon Road, and the second day with a drive to Chimayo. We arrived back in town by mid day Sunday, did a bit more exploring downtown, then headed south to airport for our return home.
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