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Recommendations in Santa Fe and Taos

Going with family in August. Any recommendations to do with a 16 year old boy, 19 year old girl and wife of an age I will not mention?
We like to eat and can hike a couple miles. We like historic stuff too.
Thanks for your help.
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On the main square in Santa Fe and is great:

https://www.plazacafesantafe.com/

This one is by the RR station and has been on Diners Drive ins and Dives, equally as good:

Tomasita's – Serving classic Northern New Mexican Cuisine for over 40 years!

Also, look for Alien Beer and a beer that is made by Monks in NM. The Monk beer is outstanding.
https://www.abbeybrewing.biz/monks-ale/

Welcome to Rio Grande & Sierra Blanca Brewing Company!

Also visit Loretto Chapel with the historic staircase that shouldn't be standing from an engineering standpoint but is.

https://www.lorettochapel.com/info/staircase


PS: I think there was another thread similar fairly recently
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Go see the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. Its a MUST do.. Bradbury Science Museum

Also, there are some cave dwellings nearby that are worth seeing also..

At Taos, you can take the chair lift up to the top bowl and walk around and then take it back down, or walk down and then grab lunch. Red River is also close by and has all sorts of summer activities.. (canoeing, horseback, etc..)
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Thanks. I'll check these out.
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Also, there are some cave dwellings nearby that are worth seeing also..
We went to Bandelier National Monument. Simply amazing place. You can take a ladder system up to one cave about 100 ft or so.

https://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm
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La Fonda in Santa Fe for lunch/brunch.
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In Santa Fe for breakfast or lunch Home - Tia's Website if locals are eating near the plaza..this is the place. They say the breakfast burrito originated here but who knows. Great NM food regardless.

In Taos for www.breakfastmichaelskitchen.com Highly recommend
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Ck out Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, great for the kids & adults!
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Santa Fe:
The 97th SANTA FE SUMMER INDIAN MARKET: August 18-19, 2018 SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian MarketĀ®
https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/green-chile-cheeseburger-0235275

In Albuquerque (short drive):
Sandia Casino Sandia Resort & Casino Albuquerque | Spa, Golf, Entertainment
Sandia Peak Tramway...great area to hike too. Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway - Sandia Peak Tramway
National Nuclear Museum The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Petroglyph National Monument https://www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm
Albuquerque Old Town http://www.albuquerqueoldtown.com
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A lot of the forest are closed down because of the drought. Not sure to what extent.

Hopefully the monsoon season shows up soon. Fingers crossed.
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Orlando’s in Taos is my favorite.

In Santa Fe I like what all the other guys said but I also like Maria’s. If you want a delicious but artsy fartsy Santa Fe breakfast experience go to Pasqual’s.
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A lot of the forest are closed down because of the drought. Not sure to what extent.

Hopefully the monsoon season shows up soon. Fingers crossed.
Ya, all of the forest around eagle nest and cinnamon is closed and there have been a few large fires. If you are planning on hiking, your options may be limited unless they get a ton of rain.
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A lot of the forest are closed down because of the drought. Not sure to what extent.

Hopefully the monsoon season shows up soon. Fingers crossed.
I see reports that the Santa Fe Nat'l Forest will go back to Stage 2 (open but with restrictions) this week. It's getting more humid now, almost monsoon-ish.

Currently only the backcountry in Bandolier is closed. The commonly used trails to the ruins are open. All unpaved trails in the rest of Los Alamos are still closed.
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Ya, all of the forest around eagle nest and cinnamon
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Rio Grande Bridge (Taos) - nice walk, good place to jump
Doc Martins (Taos) - hotel, restaurant, bar, hippies
rent an earthship - dirty hippies
arroyo hondo - wealthier, less dirty hippies
numerous clothed and nekked hot springs - dirty hippies washing
valles caldera - visual freak-out and well worth the short drive from Santa Fe or Taos
Georgia O'Keefe museum to look at stuff that looks like private parts (Abiquiu)
Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu to atone for yer thinking about private parts (plus, their brewery up the road has really great beer)
NM History Museum in Santa Fe
Loretto Chapel (Santa Fe)
Taos pueblo & casino - meh
if you stay in ABQ, bring a gun and guard yer women
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If you need to take a left at north Albuquerque, my favor-ite place to eat there is

Casa de Benavidez
8032 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114

New Mexican Restaurant Albuquerque | Casa de Benavidez

El Pinto is right up the road and is pretty darned good too.

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Rio Grande Bridge (Taos) - nice walk, good place to jump
Doc Martins (Taos) - hotel, restaurant, bar, hippies
rent an earthship - dirty hippies
arroyo hondo - wealthier, less dirty hippies
numerous clothed and nekked hot springs - dirty hippies washing
valles caldera - visual freak-out and well worth the short drive from Santa Fe or Taos
Georgia O'Keefe museum to look at stuff that looks like private parts (Abiquiu)
Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu to atone for yer thinking about private parts (plus, their brewery up the road has really great beer)
NM History Museum in Santa Fe
Loretto Chapel (Santa Fe)
Taos pueblo & casino - meh
if you stay in ABQ, bring a gun and guard yer women
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LOL. I spent last week in Albuquerque. It was not so bad. Of course we stay in the far Northeast heights with family. The weather was great. I just go there to eat the local cuisine. I managed to eat at several of the local dives (great Green Chile)...from great red chile tamales at El Modello and red chile enchiladas at Cervantes for dinner to great carne adovada, steak fingers and sopapillas at El Charritos near Old Town for breakfast. Also went to Grandmas' K&I Diner for bacon and egg biscuits covered with gravy for brunch. Even the bacon, eggs and cheese (with green chili) breakfast burritos at Golden Pride and Blakes were tasty. Also had great Thai and decent Chinese.

The only crappy thing was the fireworks were an hour late at the Balloon Festival Area. Right after we gave up and left the nice viewing spot we had secured a couple hours earlier. The news (on the web) told us that it was delayed...after we got home. It would have been better to tell us an hour earlier...as everyone was trying to find out on their smart phones.

I didn't even bring a gun this time...but I always guard my women.
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If you need to take a left at north Albuquerque, my favor-ite place to eat there is

Casa de Benavidez
8032 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114

New Mexican Restaurant Albuquerque | Casa de Benavidez

El Pinto is right up the road and is pretty darned good too.
Never tried that one...although I have been to El Pinto several times. Sadie's is nearby and a local favorite. I like Sadie's salsa and get it shipped to me (by the case).
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Valles Caldera... Where Longmire's cabin was in the series "Longmire"... great show. Netflix...
Was supposedly in WY, but was all filmed in northern NM...much in Las Vegas, NM.

Doc Holiday's office (he was a dentist) is still there in old Las Vegas, NM.

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LOL. I spent last week in Albuquerque. It was not so bad. Of course we stay in the far Northeast heights with family. The weather was great. I just go there to eat the local cuisine. I managed to eat at several of the local dives (great Green Chile)...from great red chile tamales at El Modello and red chile enchiladas at Cervantes for dinner to great carne adovada, steak fingers and sopapillas at El Charritos near Old Town for breakfast. Also went to Grandmas' K&I Diner for bacon and egg biscuits covered with gravy for brunch. Even the bacon, eggs and cheese (with green chili) breakfast burritos at Golden Pride and Blakes were tasty. Also had great Thai and decent Chinese.

The only crappy thing was the fireworks were an hour late at the Balloon Festival Area. Right after we gave up and left the nice viewing spot we had secured a couple hours earlier. The news (on the web) told us that it was delayed...after we got home. It would have been better to tell us an hour earlier...as everyone was trying to find out on their smart phones.

I didn't even bring a gun this time...but I always guard my women.
I was there three weeks ago, too bad we missed.
I have family there too, north east of town up the hill off Alameda blvd NE.
Sunset hills estates.

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