Domestic Travel / New Mexico

i-40 Roadtrip: Santa Fe, NM

Warning!  When driving along the i-40 to Santa Fe, beware of photo enforced cameras, which check for speeding.  After so many stops in Arizona, we finally cross over into New Mexico.

SLEEP.  The Silver Saddle Motel is located about 4 miles from “The Plaza,” Santa Fe’s historic downtown.  It’s also associated with and adjacent to The Jackalope, which is a very interesting establishment (to be described below).  Rooms were cute and themed (very Southwest), but smelled like cleaning products, which was a pretty big minus for me.  Check out my yelp review for a more detailed list of the amenities. As with all the places I booked in this roadtrip, it was affordable – at $60/nt, which included continental breakfast.

Silver Saddle Motel on Cerrillos
2810 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

SHOP.  The Jackalope, mentioned above, is a hard to describe place.  It’s a very large place with lots of crafts, furniture, home decor, jewelry (as cheap as $1), etc.  Some of the pieces were made in Indonesia (imported), so don’t be fooled into believing that everything here is local.  Nevertheless, it’s a fun place to spend an hour (like I said, it’s big) and pick up a souvenir or two.  It’s also got a small pit that is home to a bunch of PRAIRIE DOGS (they’re sooo adorable).  Not for sale, but be sure to check them out 😉  I uploaded more photos of the Jackalope merch on yelp.

Yelp / Official
2820 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

SHOP.  There is a Santa Fe Flea Market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.  As I’ve said before regarding my trip to Paris, I absolutely love flea markets and antique/vintage shopping!  In any case, I can’t recommend this one, at least not on Fridays (maybe more vendors on Saturdays and Sundays?).  The prices aren’t especially good and selection was poor.  The vendors were nice though, so if you want to meet a few locals, I suppose this wouldn’t be the worst way to do it.  I personally won’t be going back if I’m ever in Santa Fe again.

Santa Fe Traditional Flea Market
27475 W. Frontage Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Fri 9am-3pm

DO.  “The Plaza” is the historic downtown of Santa Fe.  I paid $4 (flat rate) to park in the Santa Fe Municipal Lot.  Unlike most places I visited on my roadtrip, Santa Fe had scarce and expensive parking.  We walked around to look at the Loretto Chapel, Palace of Governors, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  The Plaza has kind of a histric vibe, but it also felt very touristy.  The shops were all overpriced souvenir shops.

EAT.  The Shed, located in The Plaza, is a popular recommendation on yelp.  We were quoted a 2 hour wait on a Thursday night.  In actuality, it took 1.5 hours, which is still pretty long.  You can self-seat yourself at the bar if you want to skip the wait.  We wanted to sit down, so we just had some beers to pass the time.

The food, I thought, was pretty mediocre.  My BF had a taco & adobo plate and I had enchiladas.  The ambiance was pretty nice and the prices were fair enough (ranging from $10-20 each), but the presentation of the food was terrible and the taste was just ok.  Seriously, don’t those enchiladas look like they belong in a Styrofoam container?  You can see a more specific review of the dishes we ordered on my yelp review.

The Shed
Yelp / Menu without prices
113 E Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Eat.  Diner’s Drive-in’s and Dives (DDD) featured this place, so we decided to check it out.  The place was very cute – tons of owl collectibles (since tecolote means or is associated with owls).  The food was good, portions were generous, and the prices were low.  The dishes were mostly traditional breakfast fare with little Southwestern twists that made me feel like I was eating in Santa Fe.

Most entrees come with your choice of tortillas or bread basket.  Their bread basket is an absolute MUST!  I know it sounds super nondescript, but I assure you, it was AMAZING.  It includes a house-made cornbread muffin with green chilies (so yum), two blueberry muffins, strawberry preserves, and butter.  Each item was incredible!  For my review of the pancakes & huevos yucatanos, see my yelp review.

Tecolote Cafe
Yelp / Menu with prices
1203 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Open 7am-2pm only!

Next stop >> Amarillo, TX


3 thoughts on “i-40 Roadtrip: Santa Fe, NM

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