Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe

12 09 2018

Trailer Ranch RV Resort, Santa Fe

Our next stop on our Northern New Mexico “loop” is in Santa Fe where we’re parked in sites T-6 & T-7 at Trailer Ranch RV Resort.  These are two back-in, full hookup sites located against the eastern wall.  Unlike some Texas RV resorts where you park on the gravel/grass, here you park on the cement slab and have a gravel patio area.  There’s also a shady grass strip that runs behind all of the trailers that makes for good shady relaxation during the heat of the day.  The water and electrical connections are on either side of this strip, so some rigs will require extra hose or electrical to reach these connections.  The RV Resort is located on south Cerrillos Road, about 6 miles from the central plaza.  Public transport, with a stop right outside the Resort, takes about 20 minutes to make the trip to the central bus station about 2 blocks from the plaza.  While the Resort is convenient to everything downtown, the traffic noise along Cerrillos Road is notable.  But, for access to the many dining options between the RV park and downtown, we’d probably stay here again.  Behind the Trailer Ranch is a large 50+ mobile home park with a few RV spaces.  Availability of these spaces would reduce the traffic noise considerably.

On Wednesday we decided to visit the “Margarita Trail”,  a unique tourism Santa Fe concept dedicated to highlighting some of the best hotels, restaurants and drinking establishments in the city.  With over 30 participating bars and restaurants, it’s easy to find someplace nearly anywhere around Santa Fe. And, of course, there’s an app for that!  We started our “trail” at the lobby lounge at La Fonda, one of the oldest hotels in the city.  After purchasing our passports (for $3) which are stamped at each location, we ordered up their Don Rael Margareta.

La Fonda Hotel, Bell Tower

Finishing our first stamping, we moved to the Bell Tower at La Fonda for their Bell Ringer Margarita.  From here we visited the rooftop bar, Bar Alto,  at the Drury Plaza hotel for their signature Sangre de Cristo Sunset Margarita.  We finished our tour at the Coyote Rooftop Cantina enjoying their Norteno Margarita along with several wonderful appetizers and a great view over Santa Fe. On Thursday, having our fill of Margarita’s, we hopped on the city bus to The Railyard, a newly renovated historic area of art galleries, restaurants and a world class Farmers Market.  We enjoyed the outdoor patio and a few brews at the Second Street Brewery at the Railyard.  The Railyard  also provides the northern terminus of the Albuquerque to Santa Fe Rail Runner commuter rail service.  Next, we’re off for Ojo Caliente…more from there.

Rail Runner at the Railyard, Santa Fe