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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2015
Overview of Santa Fe, NM  (4 Answers)

Greetings Beloveds!

I will travel with a party of three (including one senior who gets around fairly poorly when walking for over a couple of blocks). We'll arrive in Albuquerque, NM, and have reservations for a shuttle to our property in Santa Fe. Now I'm considering staying at Santa Fe Hotel on the Plaza (to minimize driving) for this initial visit. The Hyatt Place Santa Fe seems so reasonable and nice, that I considered renting a vehicle and staying there instead. Hmm... Please provide anything you'd care to contribute about a 4 day visit to Santa Fe. More specifically, I'm interested in the following:

~ Dependable Shuttle suggestions for transport from/to Albuquerque, NM to Santa Fe
~ Small group tour of some culturally interesting places
~ Shopping for a few small jewelry items, small sculpture and/or art
~ Good dining (native, vegetarian)
~ Great spots for photo opportunities

I so value your input. Thank you, kindly!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2015
zoo hopping  (2 Answers)

any good zoos between denver and santa fe? i will already have done Denver Zoo. planning to drive down toward Santa FE.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2015
santa fe railway  (3 Answers)

Could anyone please tell me whtehr the old santa fe railway ( Atchison- Topeka) trip to lamy is still operating and if so how can I get tickets.
many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2015
One day in Santa Fe  (8 Answers)

We are planning a trip to Colorado. We've never been to New Mexico and would like to spend one day in Santa Fe just to get an idea of what it is like there.

We would like some ideas of what to do there in one day to enjoy the highlights. We are older adults.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2015
safety of Santa Fe and Albuquerque  (5 Answers)

Just wondering about the safety of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We will be traveling there from the midwest this summer and have read a lot about the gangs in those cities. It is concerning to us since we have children. Any information of the crime, gangs, safety of the two cities?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2014
Restaurant  (2 Answers)

Must go restaurant in Santa fe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2014
Airport to Hotel  (5 Answers)

Hi.. we are arriving next week ( very excited ) . Just wonder how best to get from SAnta Fe airport to Santa Fe sage Inn hotel ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2014
Day Tour Operator recommendation  (3 Answers)

My hisband and I are planning a trip on 24 Jan 2014. I am thinking of doing a day trip to brandelier monument. Thinking of looking for a day trip operator which is decently priced. Any recommendations ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2013
good hotel in santa fe for elderly parents  (4 Answers)

Hi, i am traveling to santa fe for 2 days with my elderly mom.. She walks with a cane, fairly slowly and cant walk very long distances. Would it be better to stay farther from downtown and just drive and park at the various areas, or try to stay right near the center of town and try to walk (slowly) to things. also, does anyone have a suggestion for a nice hotel/inn that would be good for 3 adults (my sister is traveling with us also.,) What would be something that we shouldnt miss while we are in santa fe? thanks, Maggiefoss

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2013
Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico  (4 Answers)

I would like to know if it is permitted to photograph museums and churches, and local people in Santa Fe, NM.
Any sights that are forbidden to take pictures? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2011
christmas week  (4 Answers)

My husband and I will be traveling to Santa Fe and staying Christmas week...we will have our 21 yr old and 15 yr old with us...we need ideas on a basic plan of things to do...they are interested in sledding or snowmobiling...other events or things to do...suggestions? Thanks We are also thinking of a vacation rental instead of a hotel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2011
Santa Fe to Abiquiu?  (9 Answers)

Okay... My plan is to go to Santa Fe, NM September 2012, but am trying to figure out what I need to plan for (I'm a freak about writing and rewriting and rewriting lists, ect)...

My main reason for going is Georgia O'Keeffe. I'm hoping to be able to go on the tour of her home/studio. The problem is that I don't drive because of a vision problem.. Is there a way to get from Santa Fe to Abiquiu relatively simply without personally driving there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2011
Opera Attire???  (4 Answers)

We attended the Santa Fe Opera 4 years ago. I was surprised last time to see that the dress was pretty casual, and I remember it being cold at the end of the evening. I am wanting to find out if anyone knows what is/ isn't appropriate dress. I will also be bringing my oldest daughter for the first time, so want to make sure to guide her in "what-to-wear".

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2011
Worried Solo Traveler  (6 Answers)

I'm flying in to SAF Municipal in September, a solo trip, no car and I'm getting so upset because I'm reading that there is absolutely no way to get to my hotel which is near the Plaza. Does anyone have a roundabout idea how much a cab would cost from SAF to the Plaza? OR is there an alternative way of just getting to the plaza with out renting a car? I thought it would be easier to do it this way than to go into ABQ, now I see I'm wrong. Didn't really want to spend a fortune getting to my hotel. Too late to change plans now. Thanks so much for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2011
Handicapped Friendly?  (2 Answers)

I am planning to take my mom who is handicapped to Santa Fe for this coming July 4 holiday. She is wheelchair bound. Any suggestions anyone has would be greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2010
coyotes  (3 Answers)

Do you have any howling wooden carved coyotes available or have access to anyone who makes them?
Thank you,
Nancy McCraley

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2009
Family Activities & Transpo  (4 Answers)


I'm planning two weeks in SF with my family.
1. Any suggestions on where we can take a 3 year old?
2. How good is public transpo? Do we need to rent a car?
3. I was told to take the Sandia shuttle from ALB airport. Is that the best option?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2009
Lodging in Santa Fe area  (9 Answers)

Planning a 7 day visit mid Aug 2009. My wife and I are looking forward to a relaxing vacation with some exploring and photo ops. We are in our 50's and flying into Albuquerque from New York. Would like to avoid big city hassels like traffic jams, noise and the hustle & bustle. We have not been to Santa Fe before. Are there hotels available inside the city limits that are quiet and laid back, or would the suburbs/outskirts have what we're looking for? Wouldn't mind B&B or smaller hacienda. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2008
Santa Fe during Fiesta  (2 Answers)

I booked us 6 days in Sept. (Thursday 4th - Tuesday 9th) without realizing that it's Fiesta! At least 4 days of the 6, anyway. How insane will the crowds/traffic be during that time, and will it mostly be concentrated in and around the Plaza area? We plan to daytrip out to Chaco, Bandelier and Taos - should we try to do that during the weekend, to avoid the masses, and then spend Monday and Tuesday in town when Fiesta is over and it's quieter? Or will there be areas of town that aren't overrun? We don't want to avoid the event entirely as there'll be some fun things to see but crowds can be wearing...

Actually, if anyone has tips on a few things we should see during the Fiesta, that'd be great. We'll probably skip Zozobra as that sounds like a zoo but what else is fun??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2008
2 Guy going to Sante Fe from Denver and back  (2 Answers)

My friend and I just started our trip yesterday, we flown in to Denver last night, will be driving to Sante Fe today, we have hotel reservation for 4 nights in Sante Fe and want to know what to do, see, eat etc around Sante Fe, we like off-the beaten track, ghost town, nature, animals ...
We have about 3 days after that to make our way back to Denver to catch our flight back to Seattle...
Any advice much appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2008
transportation to Chama  (3 Answers)

I will be visiting Santa Fe in June but will not have a car. Are there any tours or other transportation going to Chama? I would love to take the scenic railroad there. Thanks for any info!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2007
Group accomidations  (2 Answers)

I'll be traveling, to Santa Fe area, with four adults and four young people between 14 and 17 years old. I'm interested in a suite, or two, for a week in June 2008. What is available, at what cost? I've stayed at El Rey and loved it. I need info to make a decision.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2007
Best Halloween Party/Club and Bar recommendations  (2 Answers)


Some friends and I are in Albuquerque right now, but we're planning to spend the weekend in Santa Fe. I've not been there since I was a young girl and we're all from Boston. What is the best Halloween Party to go to, and what are the best fun bars for a young college crowd like ourselves? Nothing fancy/pretentious - just good times and good vibes. We'll be there sometime tomorrow until Monday afternoon.

We'd like to visit Madrid also - it doesn't look far from Santa Fe. Do any of you know if the little shops/galleries/boutiques are open on Sunday?

Thanks :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2007
garden setting  (5 Answers)

A bunch of friends (about 20-30) will be gathering in Santa Fe in May. We are all staying at different places but want to find someplace that is informal where we can sit and talk/eat/drink in groups for a couple of hours. I was imagining like a big backyard or garden setting. any ideas?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2006
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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2006
requesting advice on best areas of town in which to rent a casita  (2 Answers)

My husband and I are planning on renting a casita in Santa Fe for two weeks next May. We have found many wonderful ones online, but we are not sure which areas of town we should be looking at. When choosing between a casita on Artist Rd., Hill Street, Canyon Rd. Agua Fria St, Acequia Madre, Gonzalea St., West San Francisco, Guadalupe St., what advice could you give a couple who is looking for a charming, pituresque neighborhood that's within walking distance of the main Plaza? (We're big walkers, so walking distance could be a couple of miles even as long as there was a safe place for pedestrians to walk.) There was even one listed as being two blocks from Kaune's Market.
Thanks for any help that you could give in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2006
Hi from a very long distance...!  (3 Answers)

I'll probably get the opportunity to come to Santa Fe for 9 months long education in TV journalism. I am wondering - whate are the prices of accomodation? If I come, I'll probably be supposed to rent some decent place, one room flat... in the area near Santa Fe University. Any advices... suggestions... Anyway, I don't know a lot about Santa Fe. Any word would do. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2006
best time to go?  (5 Answers)

Hi all -

We're in the process of planning a long weekend get away for 6 girls. (we're all turning 30 this year and decided it was overdue for a reunion of sorts - besides weddings....)

any recomendations for best months to go? we're thinking july, aug, sept - trying to avoid high tourist season but still there for the warmer weather.

also - suggestions on a place for us to stay that's still easy to out to without much driving - but a place with a nice pool and possible spa options.

many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2005
Possible Meeting  (4 Answers)

I will be in Santa Fe from December 2nd through the 5th. Would anyone like to meet for a drink one of those days/evenings?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2005
Santa Fe to Taos  (4 Answers)

Are there buses and/or trains from Santa Fe to Taos? If so, what is the approximate length of time and fare for them? Would Taos be an easy daytrip from Santa Fe without a car?

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