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Solo Trip to New Mexico

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Solo Trip to New Mexico

I've traveled with groups and with friends, but feel that, at the ripe old age of 65, a very "grown-up" thing to do would be to take a trip on my own. I want to go somewhere where I can reflect, enjoy nature, maybe a little hiking, take in culture and art, eat alone without feeling awkward, and am considering Santa Fe. I have about 4 days.Any recommendations as to how to plan without "overplanning", where to stay, etc. I am on a budget and would prefer not to spend more than $150 a night. My dates are mid-June.

Edited: 06 May 2014, 01:43
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1. Re: Solo Trip to New Mexico

Santa Fe is a very relaxed town and traveller friendly. You might think about a B&B or a casita near the Plaza. There are quite a few located within walking distance and would mean you wouldn't be eating all of your meals out. Mid-June is high season - so prices are a little higher across the board and places fill up fast. If you don't mind staying away from the Plaza: Sage Inn, Old Santa Fe Inn and El Rey are within your budget. Check them out on santafe.org.

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2. Re: Solo Trip to New Mexico

You will love Santa Fe. It's walkable, easy to navigate on foot near the Plaza, down to the Guadelupe Art District, and up/down Canyon Road. If you rent a car for a few days, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to take a quick trip up to Georgia O'Keeffe's house/studio, to Ghost Ranch, or towards Taos. Coming from Chicago -- everything is going to feel wonderfully open and so traffic free. There are also great day trips, artist workshops for a day, hikes, etc. You might be surprised at what a good deal you can get mid June in a little casita with a kitchen, etc. near town -- a lot of places are not booked up this year.

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3. Re: Solo Trip to New Mexico

You are going to one of my all time favorite places - I love Santa Fe. And I travel solo quite often because I too am a grown up woman totally capable of deciding where to go and what to eat. (One group tour was enough for me.)

Here's a link to the official Santa Fe tourism website's special discounts - some for the Sage, which was mentioned above. santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/…index.html

Santa Fe has a wonderful aura about it - you will feel welcome and find so much to see and do. I'm almost envying you right now. :)

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4. Re: Solo Trip to New Mexico

I have spend a week by myself here for under $100/night, right off the plaza, with kitchen & bedroom, funky Santa Fe decor, but clean:


Easy walking distance to everything & there is the free pickup shuttle nearby for getting up Canyon Rd, etc:


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Hey Janet, definitely take a side trip to Ojo Caliente and enjoy the hot springs! If you want to keep within your budget- spend the night in Taos at the Sun God Lodge, eat at Michael's and then put the rest of your money that day towards a spa treatment.. Its lovely to go in the evening, not as hot and explore the area!

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I would also suggest a trip to Bandelier National Monument http://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm

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I have visited Santa Fe by myself (I'm 68) five times and find it a very comfortable and fascinating place. The town itself is very walkable… but once I stayed at a motel out of town and used bus service. I have been there with a rental car and without. I drove up to Taos once. Found the drive beautiful but a little scary. Museum Hill is easy to get to… with a car or without… as there is special bus service there as well. When I had a car, I loved to visit nearby pueblos… especially if there was a feast day or some special event. You'll have a wonderful time, I'm sure!!!

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I, too, am a "grown up" woman in my 60's. I had lamented to a friend that I didn't relish traveling alone but I needed to get away. She recommended SF as it was a safe, vibrant, history and art-filled city. All the things I love. On top of all that...it is a walkable city...no need for a rental car which I did not want. I cannot tell you how right she was! As a result, after visiting three years ago, I am returning in September. Be forewarned that SF gets under your skin...you will want to return! I did so well as a solo traveling woman, never once feeling lonely nor out of place eating alone. I met nice people, too. First trip, I stayed at the Hotel St. Francis and loved it, tho the room was tiny. You'll want to find a place near the Plaza. For September's trip, I've booked Pueblo Bonito Inn of SF as I got a rate of $175.00 p/n and it includes breakfast and is situated a short walk from the Plaza. If you were going in late September, I'd suggest getting together for drinks or a meal! Have fun!

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9. Re: Solo Trip to New Mexico

I just came back from a week there as a solo. I posted a detailed trip report. I found it an easy town to do as a single, though i did not find the people as friendly and interactive as other places I have traveled.

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10. Re: Solo Trip to New Mexico

Will you have a car? If so, you may want to spend a couple nights near the Plaza (more expensive) - very walkable area - and then a couple nights a little further out (cheaper) for the days you explore the surrounding area. Santa Fe is such a great place for a person traveling alone. There are lots of hiking / exploring places nearby Santa Fe. For exploring you might try nearby Indian ruin sites: Bandalier National Monument (drive to White Rock & catch a shuttle to the park) or Pecos National Monument (more isolated / fewer people). I live in Santa Fe so if you have more questions, I'd be glad to help.