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judithmeyer Sep 26, 2011 02:43 PM

Going to Santa Fe for a week and we'd like to walk to great restaurants within a mile or so; what neighborhood would you recommend we stay in for that?

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    Heyteacher Oct 24, 2011 08:18 AM

    El Farol
    Tomasita's
    Chocolate Maven
    Tune Up Cafe
    India Palace - lunch buffet

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    El Farol
    808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    Tomasita's
    500 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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      The Librarian Oct 24, 2011 06:02 PM

      Love the Tune Up Cafe! And don't forget breakfast at Tia Sophia's.

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      Tia Sophia's
      210 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    2. Erich Sep 26, 2011 05:42 PM

      That's a great idea. Pretty much anywhere Downtown would be fine, with walks _much_ shorter than that. Aim for a half-mile around the Plaza . . . .

      It might be helpful to go on TripAdvisor or Google Maps and map all the restaurants that interest you (perusing this board should give you quite a list to go with), then using the map software to bring in hotels that are of interest to you.

      These are not going to be the least expensive hotels, of course, but my wife and I really love that kind of stay, where we just walk places (just came back from one in Telluride, in fact). And, given NM's profound and vital interest in seriously enforcing DWI laws (along with the fact that one can be convicted here under the minimal and amorphous "impaired to the slightest extent" standard), staying within walking distance is a really good way to get away from the _necessity_ of always having one party designated the non-drinking driver for the evening.

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        GuinnessGuy Oct 8, 2011 09:25 PM

        I agree with staying near the plaza. Within a 20 minute walk you'll find a full range of restaurants. For accommodation, we found a GREAT deal (<$100/night, non-weekend) at La Fonda via Kayak. Loved it! But even if you stayed over by the Railyard you'll be within easy walking distance of the Plaza and good restaurants.

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        La Fonda
        100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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          judithmeyer Oct 9, 2011 07:06 AM

          Thanks! We're going May/June so we'll be looking for a great place!

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            The Librarian Oct 11, 2011 07:03 AM

            I love La Fonda! We always stay there when we go to Santa Fe. Their restaurant, La Plazuela, is pretty good. And we always walk to our favorite, The Shed, on our first night there.

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            La Fonda
            100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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              GuinnessGuy Oct 11, 2011 06:56 PM

              Funny you should mention The Shed: it was one of our only dining disappointments in New Mexico (but don't get me started on the poor $11 margaritas at Inn of the Anasazi!) But The Shed was packed and people were waiting an hour on a weeknight so maybe it was an off night. I much preferred the food (not to mention the patio!) at The Shed's sister restaurant La Choza (22 minute walk from La Fonda). My other high recommendation would go to the Rooftop Cantina at Coyote Cafe. It's a pretty lively place but we liked the energy and fun servers and the food was excellent. 3 minute walk from La Fonda (thanks Google maps!)

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              La Choza Restaurant
              905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

              La Fonda
              100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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