Subject: Santa Fe Update
Just returned from santa fe and am now reading all these wonderful suggestions! Santa Fe was beautiful, if not somewhat disappointing - it's very high-end, Hamptons of the Southwest feel, etc., lots of tourists. The geography, though, was magnificent, so that made it worthwhile. There are some wonderful museums in santa fe, most impressive is the museum of international folk art - not to be missed! We went to three nice restaurants while in Santa Fe - Gabriel's (north of the Opera on 285) - not so great; Pasqual's right in town - wonderful!, and the Bull Ring (or something like that) also right in town - terrific steakhouse - better than the finest in NY - pricey, though.

We rented a car and drove north to Taos, and visited the Taos Pueblo. Based on what I've read here, I must have missed something - my impression was that Taos was more cheesy touristy than Santa Fe. The Pueblo seemed like a rip off, too. I was interested in purchasing a bowl or small rug, and was prepared to pay a fair price for what is truly original art, but none were to be found anywhere for less that several thousand dollars. This was the price not only in Santa Fe and in the pueblo, but also in the small towns along the route to Taos.

Best bargain I found was the hotel in Santa Fe - we stayed the El Rey Inn which is just outside of the main part of town on Cerrillos Road. It is a beautiful setting - ample rooms, generous continental breakfast included - coffee, tea available all day, etc., pool, hot tubs, nice folks. Best rooms are in the back of the property away from the street. Price was $99.00 per night for a large room with 2 double beds. The only drawback, of course, is the location on the main drag which is quite noisy. Also, you must drive into town. It is convenient, though, if you are going to the Opera or to the state museums. At more than half the price of hotels right on the Plaza, it was a bargain.

I would go back and hope to soon. The landscape is just beautiful and the sunsets do make you forget the rest!

Dave West - I didn't think anyone knew Cutchogue! How do you know this part of Long Island? We are in wine country, as you may know. If any fellow travelers ever get out this way, please be in touch!

Thanks for all the suggestions! Vanessa Cutchogue, Long Island