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Old 04-11-2017, 06:30 AM   #41
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I've never been to New Mexico, but we just got back from Sedona a couple of weeks ago and loved it. If you enjoy scenic drives, the ride north up 89A out of town is great. Our favorite meal was at the Pumphouse Station. Great little place. Have fun!
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Thanks for the Pumphouse recommendation RacerX. We'll check it out.
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Turquoise Trail is Hwy 14. From ABQ, go east on I-40 approx 15 miles, then take Hwy 14 north. It will go through Golden and Madrid, and then continue on to Santa Fe. About a 30 mile drive total. Madrid was recommended earlier, it is an old mining town.

Enchanted Circle is just as shown, the loop goes around the highest peak in NM: Wheeler Peak, 13167 ft elevation at the top. Pretty drive and some good spots to stop in the small towns.
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Thanks 38Chevy454,

We're picking up friends up from the Albuquerque airport so am planning on taking the Turquoise Hwy into Santa Fe. Looks like a nice way to start our travels there.
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Every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, they have wine festivals in ABQ. I've been numerous times over the years. I strongly recommend it:
New Mexico Wine Country | The New Mexico Wineries Association

I know you're going to Santa Fe, but would also recommend the Sandia Peak Tramway:

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Just a follow up note from our trip to Santa Fe. Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions. We ended up spending two nights traveling there, three nights in Santa Fe and then two nights traveling back. Here are some highlights:

1st night in Sedona at the Hyatt. Used points so the cost was great! Very well maintained timeshare property that had comfortable suites. Walking distance to a lot of restaurants and had awesome views from many spots.

2nd day did an absolutely breathtaking hike! West Fork Trail, slightly outside Sedona, that is a moderate 6.6 mile hike. Stunning views throughout the whole hike. Matches up with some of my favorite hiking areas.

Drove to Gallup New Mexico and stayed at a Fairfield Inn and Suites that I don’t recommend. Pretty sterile and next to the train tracks so a bit noisy.

Spent 3 nights at the La Posada in Santa Fe. It’s a great hotel. Very comfortable, unique setting, and nice amenities. They have a different happy hour (free for guests) each evening from 4-5pm. Nice spa as well.

Did all the sites in town, churches, adobe homes, etc.. One surprise restaurant was the Palacio Cafť, a modest restaurant with great food and service. I highly recommend it. Thought that the highly rated restaurant, The Shed, was a bit overrated. Nice setting but very average food. We liked the Plaza Cafť on the square.

Spent a great Ĺ day at the Bandelier park with it’s Anastazi ruins. Really cool due to the ability to get up close to the ancient dwellings.

Heading home we stayed at a really nice B&B, the Violet Rose B&B in Winslow AZ. Excellent room and breakfast and a very comforable spot to stay. While we didn’t stay there, the renovated Las Posada hotel in town was a lot of fun to visit and have a couple of cocktails.

All in all a very fun trip so thanks to everyone for their input.
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Spent 3 nights at the La Posada in Santa Fe. Itís a great hotel. Very comfortable, unique setting, and nice amenities.
Had forgotten that that's where we stayed so many years ago. Quite unique.

Sounds like great trip.
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Heading home we stayed at a really nice B&B, the Violet Rose B&B in Winslow AZ. Excellent room and breakfast and a very comforable spot to stay. While we didnít stay there, the renovated Las Posada hotel in town was a lot of fun to visit and have a couple of cocktails.
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Well, I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
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Well, I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
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I think it would be humanly impossible not to sing that multiple times while in Winslow! My wife sang along a couple of times but tired of it far sooner than me. The Eagles Greatest Hits album was one of the 1st 5 albums that I purchased as a kid. Pretty much wore that one out.
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I think it would be humanly impossible not to sing that multiple times while in Winslow! My wife sang along a couple of times but tired of it far sooner than me. The Eagles Greatest Hits album was one of the 1st 5 albums that I purchased as a kid. Pretty much wore that one out.
Very easy to sing along - Eagles songs are played on speakers at the street corner and in the 2 shops there. One shop has a video of an Eagles concert playing all day long.
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This may be way too late.

Did you happen to purchase any Navajo rugs? We are heading to Santa Fe first week in November and a friend just mentioned that I might want to purchase one.

As it turns out, we just ripped out all our carpeting.

I've been Googling Navajo rugs and they are just so gorgeous. (I had no idea.)

If you have any leads about where to purchase, please share?


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This may be way too late.

Did you happen to purchase any Navajo rugs? We are heading to Santa Fe first week in November and a friend just mentioned that I might want to purchase one.

As it turns out, we just ripped out all our carpeting.

I've been Googling Navajo rugs and they are just so gorgeous. (I had no idea.)

If you have any leads about where to purchase, please share?


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If you want the genuine item, a great selection, and not pay high retail markup, go to Crownpoint, NM. We've purchased navajo rugs there a couple of times.
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2nd day did an absolutely breathtaking hike! West Fork Trail, slightly outside Sedona, that is a moderate 6.6 mile hike. Stunning views throughout the whole hike. Matches up with some of my favorite hiking areas.

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The only way someone would get me to hike 6.6 miles would be at gunpoint.

On a more serious note, Im glad you had a fun trip.
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Heading home we stayed at a really nice B&B, the Violet Rose B&B in Winslow AZ.
While on a trip through northern AZ a few years ago, we stopped in Winslow for a while to visit 'the corner'. DW and I are big Eagles fans. As I was approaching RE I felt like Already Gone was my theme song. We have tickets for late October to see the Eagles again in concert, with Glenn's son joining the band.
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On a visit to Albuquerque my friend purchased a couple of small rugs at a shop on the square. Sorry, cannot remember the name of the store. The prices were decent. There are a couple of places we browsed before purchasing.
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This may be way too late.

Did you happen to purchase any Navajo rugs? We are heading to Santa Fe first week in November and a friend just mentioned that I might want to purchase one.

As it turns out, we just ripped out all our carpeting.

I've been Googling Navajo rugs and they are just so gorgeous. (I had no idea.)

If you have any leads about where to purchase, please share?


Thanks,
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Once a week on the downtown square they have an open market where local artists/craftsman sell their handmade items. My wife bought some jewelry at good prices and they have a lot of very nice items for sale. I forget the exact day but they have it weekly. Some good restaurants close by as well.
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While on a trip through northern AZ a few years ago, we stopped in Winslow for a while to visit 'the corner'. DW and I are big Eagles fans. As I was approaching RE I felt like Already Gone was my theme song. We have tickets for late October to see the Eagles again in concert, with Glenn's son joining the band.
Big Eagles fan as well! A fantastic album that my wife and I love is "Common Thread". It has country music artists doing covers of Eagle songs. Surprisingly great.
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The only way someone would get me to hike 6.6 miles would be at gunpoint.

On a more serious note, Im glad you had a fun trip.
You know what, though, I'm betting that New Yorkers end up walking far more on a daily basis that folks from most other areas. That hike has very little elevation gain so think of it as a good walk around Central Park and then a stroll down 7th avenue to Times Square for a show.
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