Carrabba's Italian Grill
4921 Jefferson Street N.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
I think I started a revolution here when one of my associates took me to this establishment with some of her friends. Although they have an
excellent "jug" house wine, I prefer to order wine with a vintage that is something other than yesterday's date. That's exactly what
I did, and we all shared an excellent Chianti with a meal that was first class! From what I understand, my fellow dinner guests now only order
wine with a date on the bottle.
During my visit to New Mexico in the Fall of 2003, I witnessed their first snow fall of the season. My friend took me to the top of Sandia Crest
(elevation 10,678 feet). You could see for hundreds of miles in any direction, and despite the fact that it was 76 degrees (F) at the base, it was
a frigid 22 degrees (F) at the summit. Simply a breathtaking panoramic view! There are numerous recreational activities here for all seasons,
including skiing, biking, hiking and fine dining.
Although there are numerous places to visit in Los Alamos, I did not have enough time to visit most of them. One place I did stop at was the
Bandelier National Monument:
Bandelier National Monument
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Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
32,000 acres of land which contain Anasazi cliff house and ancestral Pueblo dwellings, mesas and sheer-walled canyons. You can actually
climb into some of the cliff dwellings.
Old Coal Mine Museum
Turquoise Trail Highway 14
Madrid, New Mexico
(halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe)
An old mining town where you can visit many portions of the mining facility, as well as enter the mine itself. An interesting look into the life of
a coal miner.
The small town of Madrid hosts numerous local artisans who market some excellent crafts. One of the quaint studios I visited was the
Conley Studio Pottery (owned by Greg and Lisa Conley, Tel: 505-438-0782). It was here that I found some wonderful lead
glass candle holders and a beautifully crafted wooden box (I collect boxes from all over the world). I think the box I purchased was crafted
by Valerie Caldwell. Excellent work! And I think it was Greg who was attired as a real-live cowboy packing his Colt 45!
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa
330 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Toll Free: 800-727-5276
I was only here for one night, but the bungalows were spacious and the conference facilities were nice. I would have liked to stay longer
so I could use the spa facilities for a little relaxation.
Tomasita's Santa Fe Station
500 South Guadalupe
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
A converted train station left over from the wild, wild west, this restaurant features dishes indicative of northern New Mexico. When they tell
you "hot" they really mean "hot"! The food was phenomenal, and some of my associates truly enjoyed the liter-sized
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