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Old 10-05-2018, 08:26 PM
 
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Cannot wait for our Christmas trip. Show at the Lensic, Farolito Walk, Church at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi...

Hopefully we can find a restaurant open Christmas Day... maybe Hotel Santa Fe....
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Hopefully we can find a restaurant open Christmas Day... maybe Hotel Santa Fe....
We ate at Hotel Santa Fe last Christmas. We made reservations ahead of time. It was pretty good - lots of foods to choose from so probably any type of eater would be happy.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Well...today we checked out a few areas and were pleasantly surprised by one and a bit disappointed with another. We found Rancho Viejo to be nice and its mid-tier fits our budget. The lower tier models weren't bad...just a bit smaller than we are looking for. On the other hand, my wife was disappointed with the Eldorado area. There are some really nice places out there, but also a lot of places that seemed a bit "unkempt." We are staying at a B&B off of Don Gaspar and really like that area, but we're probably priced out of anything around there. With my admittedly very short time here so far, I'm finding that I like SF overall. We'll be here until mid next week so we'll see if I still feel the same then.

Tomorrow we're off to the outlying areas....Glorieta, Pecos, probably as far as Las Vegas....to see if any of those areas bear a closer look.

We've lived in Eldorado for over two years now, and like it a lot. A lot of walking trails (makes the dog very happy) and open space. But, your observation is true. Some of the homes, especially the older ones, are not going to win any award for "best kept." Still, there are a lot of very nice ones, so it all boils down to whether you can handle the mix. We moved here from North Carolina, in a place with no real zoning, so we had a decade to get used to seeing million dollar homes next to trailers. Eldorado is much less extreme. Prices out here have gone up noticeably since my wife's mom moved here about 15 months ago.


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We ate at Hotel Santa Fe last Christmas. We made reservations ahead of time. It was pretty good - lots of foods to choose from so probably any type of eater would be happy.

I'm sure this will be our third consecutive Christmas Dinner there, too. We've been quite happy with the array of foods and the quality. Hotel Santa Fe does it right.
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Old 10-06-2018, 04:33 PM
 
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We've lived in Eldorado for over two years now, and like it a lot. A lot of walking trails (makes the dog very happy) and open space. But, your observation is true. Some of the homes, especially the older ones, are not going to win any award for "best kept." Still, there are a lot of very nice ones, so it all boils down to whether you can handle the mix. We moved here from North Carolina, in a place with no real zoning, so we had a decade to get used to seeing million dollar homes next to trailers. Eldorado is much less extreme. Prices out here have gone up noticeably since my wife's mom moved here about 15 months ago.





I'm sure this will be our third consecutive Christmas Dinner there, too. We've been quite happy with the array of foods and the quality. Hotel Santa Fe does it right.
Love hearing Roybal perform his native flute music...in the bar.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:36 PM
 
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Cannot wait for our Christmas trip. Show at the Lensic, Farolito Walk, Church at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi...

Hopefully we can find a restaurant open Christmas Day... maybe Hotel Santa Fe....
Someone suggested making advance reservations. But if you find yourself without a place to go on Xmas day, I bet the buffet at Buffalo Thunder Resort, just 15-20 minutes north of SF, would be open. Their buffet is spectacular at any time, and no reservations are necessary. Dishes from half a dozen cuisines are available at all times. It needs to be seen to be believed; I don't know how they do it, but low overhead has something to do with it, I'm sure.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:02 PM
 
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Someone suggested making advance reservations. But if you find yourself without a place to go on Xmas day, I bet the buffet at Buffalo Thunder Resort, just 15-20 minutes north of SF, would be open. Their buffet is spectacular at any time, and no reservations are necessary. Dishes from half a dozen cuisines are available at all times. It needs to be seen to be believed; I don't know how they do it, but low overhead has something to do with it, I'm sure.
Thank you for this post, I never thought about BT....might be fun. Thanks!!
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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Well it looks like Santa Fe is going to be the place of choice for retirement. After exploring the town and several of the outlying areas my wife now has her mind set on SF. She liked being in closer to the amenities it offers. Myself, I could handle almost anywhere in NM, but did find SF rather nice too. On this trip we went as far out as Las Vegas and Los Alamos. Didn't really consider anything particularly close to Albuquerque, but did hit Eldorado, Pecos, Madrid, Glorieta and a bunch of countryside in between.

The specific neighborhood depends on what we feel we want to afford when money becomes available in February/March. I knew going in that housing was on the high side in SF, but some of the prices are crazy....especially in the areas closer to downtown. We did get a good idea of what the neighborhoods are like in those areas that we feel we can afford, and have an agent that knows our requirements and will keep an eye out for things that might come up.

If everything goes as planned the next trip will be early Spring with money in hand. My wife wants to be in SF by sometime in June and there's a lot to do on both ends to make it happen!
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Prairieville, La
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Well it looks like Santa Fe is going to be the place of choice for retirement. After exploring the town and several of the outlying areas my wife now has her mind set on SF. She liked being in closer to the amenities it offers. Myself, I could handle almost anywhere in NM, but did find SF rather nice too. On this trip we went as far out as Las Vegas and Los Alamos. Didn't really consider anything particularly close to Albuquerque, but did hit Eldorado, Pecos, Madrid, Glorieta and a bunch of countryside in between.

The specific neighborhood depends on what we feel we want to afford when money becomes available in February/March. I knew going in that housing was on the high side in SF, but some of the prices are crazy....especially in the areas closer to downtown. We did get a good idea of what the neighborhoods are like in those areas that we feel we can afford, and have an agent that knows our requirements and will keep an eye out for things that might come up.

If everything goes as planned the next trip will be early Spring with money in hand. My wife wants to be in SF by sometime in June and there's a lot to do on both ends to make it happen!
Congrats!! best of luck and keep us posted please.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Thank you for this post, I never thought about BT....might be fun. Thanks!!
I don't know how I forgot; the pueblos also have ceremonies Xmas day. You could go out to Pojoaque in the morning to watch their deer dance, or whatever they do, and then have lunch. It's a great way to spend Xmas Day! I enjoy the alternative to churchy stuff for Xmas.
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