Arrival in Santa Fe
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My friend, Jim, who at one time lived in Silver City, NM, had suggested the Inn of the Turquoise Bear in Santa Fe. At the Inn, we were welcomed by Robert and introduced to Colt, a huge but docile Alsatian shepherd. Robert explained that there was wine and cheese in the lobby from 6 to 7 and continental breakfast every morning. The rooms have names rather than numbers and the one we reserved is called "Shaman". The only one with a king-sized bed available when we booked, it's a huge room with a fireplace, the décor is very Southwestern and it smelled like a wood fire so the mood for the trip was set. Once settled in, we drove to the tourist info in town and got a lot of good advice for other places in NM as well as here in Santa Fe. After driving a few more blocks we walked around the plaza, looking in shops and at the Indian vendors at the Palace of the Governors, then stopped at "The Ore House" restaurant to book a table for dinner. Totally spent, we returned to the room for a rest.
At about 6, we changed and went to the lobby for wine and cheese. At first we were alone but then 6 guys came in followed in a bit by a married couple. After some refreshment and interesting conversation, we drove to the Ore House for dinner. Lin had pistachio-encrusted halibut while I ate a blue cheese stuffed filet mignon. Both were excellent and the service was both friendly and incredibly fast. I never looked but it was probably 9:00 or 9:30 when we collapsed into bed.