Santa Fe & Albuquerque -The Welge Report



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Santa Fe & Albuquerque


 Birding Opps:  Info for our birding friends.  In and near Santa Fe & Albuquerque, you can see these species: Roadrunners, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Cassin’s Finches, Pine Siskens, Juniper Titmouse, Red-Shafted Flickers and Cooper’s Hawks.

 The New Mexico Audubon Society ( provides you with birding hot spots.

The New Mexico Ornithological Society ( shows sites, lists organizations, clubs and other bird related activities.

Here’s where to find your helpers at Birding Pal (

Drinks/Beverages:  The Gruet Winery makes world class Blanc de Blancs and other fun bubbles.

PublicTransportation:  This is your site for public transportation (

Amtrak ( – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

ShoppingIn Santa Fe you need to stroll along Canyon Road where you’ll find more than a hundred galleries, jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, home furnishings shops, artist studios and gourmet restaurants.

Business Information:  Here is help in regard to your business: (

Day One: Your first stop is the Santa Fe Plaza, the heart of downtown Santa Fe for nearly 400 years, hosting Indian and Spanish community gatherings and concerts.

In the Plaza area are historic monuments, restaurants, businesses and art galleries, including the Palace of the Governors (the oldest public building in the U.S.).

On the plaza is the New Mexico Museum of Art – Mar-Oct: Tu-Su: 10-5, 107 West Palace Ave, 505-476-5041

Here are two sculpture gardens with works by Luis Jimenez Jr., Martin Cary, Alfeo Faggi, Bill Barrett and Jeremy Thomas.  Their searchable art museum has more than 20,000 works.

Next you’ll visit the New Mexico History Museum located in the Palace of the Governors – Tu-Su: 10-5, 105 W Palace Ave, 505-476-5100

The museum includes permanent and temporary exhibitions that span the early history of indigenous people, Spanish colonization, the Mexican Period, and travel and commerce on the legendary Santa Fe Trail.

Through the Palace doors have passed Spanish soldiers, Pueblo peoples, Mexican governors, U.S. military personnel, an army of the Confederate States of America, New Mexico territorial governors and merchants.

The Photo Archives contain more than 750,000 images covering many subjects, styles and eras since the early 1850s.

You owe it to yourself, so enjoy lunch today at The Compound – L: M-Sa, D: Nightly, 653 Canyon Rd, 505-982-4353

Share the jumbo crab and lobster salad with mango, red onion and a tangerine vinaigrette.

Have a glass of our favorite Blanc de Blancs by Gruet.

Your main is the Scottish salmon with squash risotto and fennel or the beef tenderloin medallions with grits and mushrooms.

Go for Mike Grgich’s ’10 Chardonnay.  Dessert is their liquid chocolate cake.

This afternoon you’ll want to drive out to the Bandelier National Monument – Daily: 9-4:30, 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, 505-672-3861

The visitor center in Frijoles Canyon offers a multimedia show on the monument and a small gallery containing artifacts of archaeological, historical and cultural interest. Bandelier was once inhabited by the ancient Puebloans..

Most of the attractions are outdoors.  A one-mile loop trail leads to a variety of restored ruins of lodgings and ceremonial kivas on the canyon’s floor and north wall.

Wooden ladders afford access to some of the cliff dwellings created by ancient Puebloans.

Dinner will not be upstaged by lunch.  Geronimo – D: Nightly, 724 Canyon Rd, 505-982-1500 is worthy of the name.

The Ahi tuna sashimi and tartare with buttermilk scallion pancakes, wasabi crème fraiche, avocado, shiso leaves and caviar is as decadent as it sounds, so ask your dining partner to have the lobster ragu with the saffron rigatoni.

Enjoy a glass of the ’12 Lavantureux Chablis with this course.

Your main is the elk tenderloin and smoked bacon with garlic mashed in a brandied mushroom sauce or the sea bass with black truffle, scallions, ramen noodles, lobster miso and lemon rouille.

The ’12 Jobard Meursault Charmes 1er Cru will do nicely.  Dessert is the meyer lemon crepe.

Day Two:  Breakfast is at Tia Sophia’s – B & L: Daily, 210 W San Francisco St, 505-983-9880

Get ready for a breakfast of burritos and huevos rancheros or enchiladas and eggs.

This morning you’re off for Museum Hill where four museums beckon.  Start with the Museum of International Folk Art – May-Oct: Daily: 10-5, Nov-April: Tu-Su: 10-5, 706 Camino Lejo, 505-476-1200

The museum’s holdings represent diverse cultures and constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world.

The core collection donated by museum founder Florence Dibell Bartlett of 2,500 objects from 34 countries has grown to over 130,000 objects from more than 100 countries.

Curators conduct scholarly research on historic and contemporary collections to document and interpret the arts and cultures of people from around the world.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture – Tu-Su: 10-5, 710 Camino Lejo, 505- 476-1250 provides a background for early inhabitants.

The Archaeological Collections are an important part of New Mexico’s cultural heritage and contain about 8 million artifacts.

The Object collection includes Southwestern textiles, pottery, baskets, jewelry and a contemporary art collection of sculpture and works on paper and canvas.

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art – Daily: 10-5, 750 Camino Lejo, 505-982-2226

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico.

The Museum houses an incredible collection of over 3700 pieces, including historically significant and contemporary works.

“The Delgado Room” recreates the quarters of Second in Command officer Manuel Delgado.

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian – M-Sa: 10-5, Su: 1-5, 704 Camino Lejo, 505- 982-4636


The Wheelwright Museum has a world-renowned collection that documents Navajo art and culture from 1850 to the present. It also presents changing exhibitions on traditional and contemporary Navajo and other Native American arts.

The Case Trading Post, the Wheelwright Museum’s sales shop, is the oldest gallery of Native American art in Santa Fe. It was built in 1975 as a replica of a Navajo Reservation trading post.

Café Pasqual’s – B,L,D: Daily, 121 Don Gaspar Ave, 505-983-9340 won’t disappoint you.

You have a busy day so we prescribe a light lunch.  Choose the grilled chicken satay with a tamarind glaze on rice or grilled haddock with a tomato jalapeno salsa and kale salad.

Wash it down with a Dos Equis.

It’s time to visit the jewel of Santa Fe, The Georgia O’Keefe Museum – Daily: 10-5, F: till 7, 217 Johnson St, 505-946-1000

The Museum’s collection of over 3,000 works comprises 1,149 O’Keeffe paintings, drawings, and sculptures that date from 1901 to 1984.

Over 140 artists other than O’Keeffe have been exhibited at the Museum, such as Arthur Dove, Sherrie Levine, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center opened in July 2001 as a component of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. It is only museum-related research facility in the world dedicated to the study of American Modernism (late nineteenth century – present).

It sponsors research in the fields of art history, architectural history and design, literature, music and photography.

If you are here in the summer you will want to visit the Santa Fe Opera – M-Sa: 9-5, 301 Opera Dr, 505-986-5900.

The Santa Fe Opera is the number one summer opera company in America financially and in attendance.

It is an open air, though now covered, theater offering spectacular views.  Sunsets are frequently mentioned as are rain storms.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen – L & D: Daily, 555 W Cordova Rd, 505-983-7929 is the place you were looking for to have a margarita.

They boast that they offer more than “100 real margaritas”.  You don’t have to try them all.  Their fajitas (beef, chicken or fish) are served on a sizzling platter with guacamole and pico de gallo.  It comes with a garden salad.

Another great choice is the grilled New York strip steak that is basted with garlic butter and served with onion rings, Spanish rice and a salad.

The blue corn chicken enchiladas topped with a fried egg are very popular as are the green chili egg rolls.  Dessert is the sopapillas with honey.

Day Three:  Your next stop is Albuquerque where you’re visiting The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History – Tu-Su: 9-5, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, 505-242-4600

Their collections include major holdings of paintings by the Taos Society of Artists as well as works by members of the Cinco Pintores and the Transcendental Painting Group.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History – Daily: 9-5, 601 Eubank, 505- 245-2137 allows you to see America’s nuclear history and science.

The exhibits at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History provide an objective, accessible window into the past, present, and future of nuclear science.

They cover everything from the origins of atomic theory, the complexity of the political scenarios contributing to World War II, the height of the Cold War to modern-day advances in nuclear medicine.

Le Crepe Michel – L & D: Tu-Sa, 400 San Felipe St NW C2, 505-242-1251 is a change of pace.

For your appetizer the pate de champagne or the rillette de saumon are good choices.  They have several salads dressed with their own vinaigrette recipe.

You can’t go wrong with any of their namesake crepes.  We recommend the steak/frites.

The ’13 Fleurie “Les Mariers” from Domaine Chignard is a good wine choice.  Your dessert is the crepe aux fraises.

The Albuquerque Biological Park – Daily: 9-5, 903 10th St SW, 505-764-6200 offers you four fun places to visit.

A good starter is the Zoo where their educational exhibits offer information about wildlife conservation efforts while showing animals in naturalistic habitats featuring lions and elephants, kangaroos and koalas, toucans and tamarins!

The Botanic Garden offers a glimpse at several different conservancies such as: desert, Mediterranean, an old world garden and a Japanese garden.

At the Aquarium you’ll become mesmerized by the jelly fish and knowledgeable about the coral reefs and how shipwrecks provide a home for underwater life.

Your last stop in the Bio Park is Tingley Beach where you can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, bike riding and even sail a model boat.

Jennifer James – D: Tu-Su, 4615 Menaul Blvd NE, 505-884-3860 is your place for dinner.

You could start with the watermelon salad with ricotta salata, basil, mint, lime and black pepper or the figs and crispy pork jowel, carmelized onions and balsamic vinegar.

Have a glass of the ’10 Trimbach Riesling with this course.

Then we like the black pepper and lavender rubbed duck breast with peaches, mache and fennel or the BBQ chicken with corn fritters and a creamy cucumber salad.

The ’11 Ridge “Three Valleys” Zin is a good match. For dessert it’s the warm peach cobbler.


Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,

Dick & Dee Welge 

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