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Food-centric weekend

My sweet husband and I are coming up on our 38th wedding anniversary and want (need!) to take a long weekend vacation not having to do with family or dogs. We're in Dallas and want a good food weekend. We were thinking Santa Fe, the Texas coast, some place we could fly to on Southwest Airlines or drive to from Dallas. Any suggestions, recommendations, thoughts?

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  1. I would fly into PHX and rent a car at the airport for 2 hour drive to Sedona.
    Enchantment resort, Sedona Rouge, Garland Lodge or Amara.
    Elote cafe for dinner is sublime..get there when open..Garland Lodge is lovely for dinner..make reservations.

    Coffee Pot, Oaxaca or Wildflower for breakfast.
    Stop at Rock Springs exit for best pie off the I-17 at the RS Cafe.

    Four Seasons Scottsdale or Royal Palms...Super fab..great deals direct or Expedia/Kayak.

    Miraval in Tucson is lovely..fab resort with $349 a night with $100+ resort credit per diem..5* resort..excellent food.

    Grand Del Mar or Hotel Del Coronado..
    San Diego or La Jolla is stunning.

    There is always Vegas..
    Wynn is gorgeous.

    Congrats!

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      Thank you for the wonderful suggestions! We once drove through Sedona and I remember thinking I would like to come back and spend more time. I'll look into it. Also, Coronado. Forgot about that place.

      1. re: Beach Chick

        Congratulations!

        If it's not too late . . .second the Royal Palms.

        How is T. Cook's? Been a long time.

        http://www.royalpalmshotel.com/dining...

        I still remember their grilled pineapple with foie gras accompanied by a sweet wine. Who would have thought such an odd sounding combination could be so delicious?

        Discovered Royal Palms from staff in Del Mar (second Beach Chick's rec). You may want to avoid Racing Season (7/17-9/3):

        http://www.laubergedelmar.com/

        There was an excellent restaurant next door, don't recall the name. You don't even have to leave the hotel unless you want to walk on the beach or drive to La Jolla for dinner.

      2. Santa Fe is a fine spot too.

        For my personal tastes, SF's high end dining is a little too staid and safe, but there are a myriad of places that offer consistently well-executed dishes, many with some Southwestern flair. Off the top of my head, a few "celebration" places along these lines: Joseph's, Geronimo, Restaurant Martin, L'Olivier, Bouche, Santa Cafe, the Compound.

        Places a notch down in price that arguably have better chow: Izanami, Taberna, Terra Cotta Wine Bistro, Shohko Cafe.

        Places two notches down in price that definitely have outstanding food: Santa Fe Bite, Dr. Field Goods, Plaza Cafe (I'm partial to the Southside location, but the downtown one has been doing much better lately), Ranch House, Iconik Coffee, La Choza.

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        1. re: finlero

          Our son graduated from St. John's in Santa Fe years ago and we haven't been back since, at least 10-12 years ago. We were thinking about going back. Thank you for the recommendations and a 'second' to our thoughts!

          1. re: finlero

            Thanks, finlero . . . your list is helping with my research. Planning a trip to Santa Fe and Taberna looked interesting.

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Yep, Taberna and La Boca (sister restaurants sharing a kitchen) are both reliably good, especially during harvest season when their farm-to-table ethos is in full effect.

          2. We have tons of great choices just down the road in Houston :-)

            1. Is Austin kind of old hat for you? There's supposed to be some amazing food there.

              1. There's always Las Vegas.....plenty to eat and enjoy there!