The Legal Tender, the saloon across the road from the Lamy train station outside Santa Fe, is open again. Here’s the Facebook page.
The salvage store in Los Alamos is closed.
Heavy rains have done damage all over the state, closing some areas and roads. Check www.nmroads.com for road status (a useful link anytime), and be sure to call ahead to parks and other attractions in more remote areas. (Gila Cliff Dwellings, for instance, is currently closed due to flooding.)
I mentioned earlier that Trattoria Nostrani had changed to a French place, Vivre. Now that’s closed too, as is the ramen place adjacent, Shibumi Ramenya.
I also mentioned that Bobcat Bite closed. Happily, it has reopened as Santa Fe Bite, in Garrett’s Desert Inn, at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Alameda. Same great burgers, big new space, and everyone seems really happy.
Whoa, Colt Motel is pretty much done for. Really down at the heels. Sorry to see this.
Also, the Budget Host Melody Lane has changed owners, just FYI. Everything seems fine so far, but the previous owner had the highest standards imaginable, so it will be tough to follow. But the steam baths are still there and working…
And, WOW: the Maverick Motel! I don’t normally mention new discoveries here in the updates, but this place is *so* time-capsule wonderful, I have to tell everyone. Super-1940s, snug rooms, chenille bedspreads, all adorable and museum-ish. Very south edge of town, by the ramps to I-25.
Other closings: Chris’s Bakery is gone (sigh, no more doughnuts). Crystal Cafe was not open, when it should have been–but it didn’t look out of business. Anyway, Boomers BBQ, just south of there, is new and great.
Sad! The lovely little Brown Hotel & Cafe in Springer is closing as of Friday.
On the plus side, there seem to be more antiques stores in Springer? Hard to beat Jespersen’s for obsessive organization, though!
I’ve gotten a report that Frank & Lupe’s is not so nice anymore–proceed with caution.
The Motel 6 is closed. As an alternative, the America’s Best Value Inn is good.
Ono Grindz restaurant is closed.
The Museum of Natural History has moved out of the mall to a spot downtown, at 450 N. Water St. It’s now called the Museum of Nature and Science.
The Stahmann Farms shop south of Mesilla is closed.
La Union Station is closed.
On the plus side, there’s a neat new coffee shop in La Union, called Johnny Lolita’s. It roasts its own beans and hosts a craft-and-vintage market, and a farmers market. A good excuse to drive down Hwy. 28 on a weekend–check the website for the event schedule.
In Clovis, Velma’s Soul Food is closed.
In Lovington, Main Street Café is closed.
The National 9 seems to have gone to the dogs. Not totally off, but I couldn’t quite get excited about staying there, so it seems wrong to recommend it any longer.
That leaves only the one B&B, plus the usual chain hotels.
This old fort near Ruidoso is now completely in the hands of a preservation group (no more drug rehab for convicts, as the book says!), and has a very nice little museum in one of the buildings. Now worth the short detour off U.S. 380.
Acosta’s restaurant in San Antonio is now called San Antonio Crane, but is supposedly just as good, if not better. (Acosta’s B&B has shut.)
Manny’s Buckhorn is now just Buckhorn Tavern. (Actually, it has been for a while–sorry!)
The museum on El Camino Real is now called El Camino Real Historic Site, and it’s open only Wednesday to Sunday (not Monday, as the book says). It’s now part of the NM Monuments.
Frank and Lupe’s in Socorro sounds like it might be faltering a bit–proceed with caution. I’ll be back through there soon to check it out.
Tree House cafe is closed. Now it’s a promising-looking coffee roaster, Ikonik.
The Legal Tender in Lamy is closed, but might reopen with new owners?
Lula’s is closed.
If you’re visiting NM this summer, keep an eye on the wildfire situation. This blog (nmfireinfo.com) posts bulletins from the Forest Service.
Two current fires could have an impact on your outdoorsy plans: the Tres Lagunas fire is only 10 miles north of Pecos, and a fire north of Silver City has led to evacuations of Hillsboro, on Hwy. 152.
!!! Tragedy! This restaurant on the edge of Santa Fe has closed, due to a “lease dispute.” That might leave the door open for reopening elsewhere…
The bar/restaurant in Taos (not the intersection itself!) is closed.
The ranch north of Taos is closed to visitors! And has been for a while. Sorry for the very, very late notice.
This bookstore/cafe in Farmington has closed. Rats.
Just read this on the website:
All caves in El Malpais National Monument are closed to recreational use.
This closure is due to a combination of factors including the outbreak of a fungal disease that is killing millions of bats.
Oh no! And a good reminder to always check for alerts/changes before you head out (especially in summer, when fire danger is high).
Earlier, I reported that this restaurant in Grants had closed. Now it appears to have just reopened, farther east, at 519 W. Santa Fe Ave.
So happy to report the Eklund Hotel is open again in Clayton! Looking forward to seeing it again.
Also, correction in the Frontera del Llano section: Mills Canyon CG, in the Kiowa Grasslands, is west of Hwy 39, not east.
Man, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. The current edition mentions delays due to roadwork at the caverns. That’s done, but now they’re renovating the elevators, so there’s a huge backup there. See details at the caverns site here. In the meantime, to alleviate the crowding, you can walk out the Natural Entrance Trail, which you weren’t allowed to do before.
Also, in town, hotel rates are even more extortionate than ever. The one sub-$100 option, Days Inn, has doubled its rates, to about $150, rack rate. Gulp.
Sad! The great place in Las Vegas, NM, is now closed. Not sure what future plans are.
Thanks to a nice woman I met on the plane, I can tell you that the Do Drop Inn, in Portales, has moved onto the plaza (211 S. Ave A), which is handy, because the old location was on a one-way street that I personally accidentally drove by a couple of times!
Also, she said the Dalley Windmill Collection (a photo of which is on the opening page of the Southeast chapter) has moved to a bigger, more official location, which I believe is 722 E. Lime Street, just off U.S. 70–so you should be able to see the windmills on the main drive through town.
The Blue Front Cafe in Glenwood has closed. This means there’s only very limited dinner options there–a pizza place (Mario’s) open a few nights a week, till 8pm, and the Golden Girls Cafe, also just a couple of nights per week. Golden Girls does good basic breakfast every day, though.
The Rode Inn in Reserve is completely gone. I think it got knocked down for a government parking lot? I honestly can’t tell. I haven’t had a chance to check the alternative lodging options in that town yet.
The Adobe Cafe, outside of Reserve, has reopened. I honestly didn’t know it had closed, and I don’t know yet whether it’s different owners and how/if it has changed, as it was closed on the day I drove by. But for now, proceed cautiously…
First, en route to Silver City, in Hillsboro, the Barbershop Cafe has changed hands and is now much more a consignment shop, with a cafe off to the side. No sign of tremendous cakes, alas. The livelier place to eat is across the street, the Hillsboro General Store.
In Silver, Dos Baristas coffee has changed names to Yankie Street Coffee, owned by the same folks who run Vicki’s Eatery.
Isaac’s bar has closed.
Silver City Brewing has new owners and is now Q’s Southern Bistro.
The hot springs Hay-Yo-Kay in Truth or Consequences
appear to be closed are open! (Combination of closed-for-the-day and for-sale sign was misleading.)
Sierra Grande Lodge was recently purchased by Ted Turner–nothing has changed just yet, but it may get spruced up.
This restaurant in Santa Fe is now Vivre–same management and chef, but with a French menu, rather than Italian. I haven’t had a chance to eat there yet.
This lodge near Lake Roberts has new owners, and is now called Little Toad Creek Inn. And it’s in *much* better shape all around–rooms spruced up, restaurant revamped, and even a tavern with house-distilled booze and their own beer.
Bad news: beloved Aqua Santa restaurant shut last fall!
Good news: Charles Dale (formerly of Encantado) has reopened it as Bouche Bistro.
A helpful reader just alerted me that the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is no longer free on Friday evenings. Now it’s only on the first Friday of the month, to NM residents with ID.
Also, the Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque closes for maintenance periodically–so it’s inaccurate to say it runs “frequently all year round.” If your trip falls outside the winter ski season, be sure to call ahead to check the schedule. The maintenance schedule is also posted on the website now. Next closing is November 4-15.
This steakhouse/bar on South NM Hwy 14 (outside of Albuquerque) is closed. Goodbye to a local institution!
Helpful reader Allen wrote in with the following changes:
ALAMOGORDO – FOOD – Coffee and Lunch
Olive Branch Coffee and Deli has closed.
ALAMOGORDO – GETTING THERE AND AROUND
New Mexico Airlines no longer flies to Alamogordo. There is no commercial air service to Alamogordo.
Outpost Bar & Grill is closed.
Looks like the Outpost has been shut for a while. Bummer. I’m heading out on a research trip in April, so look for more news rolling in.
This restaurant and resort in Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe, is now a Four Seasons property.
The real news is that the chef previously in charge of Terra has gone, so I can’t vouch for the menu any longer. Proceed with caution!
I noted last fall that Badlands Burgers in Grants was closed, and another reader confirms this and also writes, “Personally, I’d consider El Cafecito as a a food addition for Grants.” Good to know there’s another palatable option–I’ll check it out in my next trip. (Thanks, Warren!)
Oh boy! When you get off the train in Lamy (maybe one of the coolest places to get off a train in the U.S…), the Legal Tender restaurant is now open. This also gives a nice reason for a bike ride down the rail trail from Santa Fe.
The info is here.
This vintage motel in Tucumcari has new owners who have really spruced things up, and best of all, it’s open year-round now!
More reports from helpful reader Allen:
ALAMOGORDO – SIGHTS
The address for New Mexico Museum of Space History should be 5004 US Highway 2001. The given address of 1100 Oregon Avenue is the Family Recreation Center, which has nothing to do with the museum. Also, the new web site is http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/ The site given, http://www.spacefame.org is obsolete.
The entrance to Alameda Park Zoo is at the northwest corner of 10th Street and White Sands Boulevard. The address given, 1321 N. White Sands Blvd., is the back door and is used for deliveries.
The Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum has been renamed the Alamogordo Museum of History, although the signage outside the museum has not changed. Their web site is http://www.alamogordohistorymuseum.com/
A helpful reader sends news from the two New Mexico towns with the oddest names.
In T or C, he reports that La Pinata restaurant has been replaced by Maria’s Mexican Restaurant. And…the Spaceport tours are running! Great news. More info here.
In Pie Town, “the Daily Pie Cafe is now the Pie Town Cafe. Their telephone number is (575)-772-2553.”
This restaurant in Grants, NM, is closed. (Thanks to Cathy for writing!)
The Albuquerque branch of this taco place is closed. But the Santa Fe ones are still open.
The Northern New Mexico museum in Questa is closed.
Questa Cafe is closed.
I don’t know whether the hours changed at the Taos Drums store, or I got them wrong, but they’re different enough to be worth noting:
10am to 5pm Mon to Fri, 11:30am to 5pm Sun.
Fernandez de Taos bookstore/newsstand is closed.
Parks Gallery moved from Bent Street to Paseo del Pueblo Norte, just north of the intersection with Kit Carson Road, on the west side of the street.
Laughing Horse hotel/hostel is closed.
Lula’s cafe hours are now 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Nope. Back to breakfast and lunch only: 7am-4pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat.
El Gamal’s hours are now 9am to 9pm daily.
Rellenos Café is now La Cueva, though the menu and food is largely the same.
Loka coffeehouse is shut. It’s now Stella’s, an Italian restaurant.
Zebadiah’s in Angel Fire now goes just by Zeb’s.
The Angel Fire visitor center has moved. Look for it on Hwy 434, just south of the T-intersection with Angel Fire Rd.
Correction: Wired? Internet café is behind Albertson’s, not Raley’s.
Horseman’s Haven is in the wrong place—it is on the opposite side of Cerrillos Road, south of the intersection with Airport Road.
There’s now a tourist info office in the Rail Runner depot in the Santa Fe rail yard–handy.
The directions to this retreat center in Abiquiu are not quite right. After a few miles on County Rd. 0155, you must turn right through a marked gate (always open), then continue another mile or so to a fork. Bear left to get to the Dar al Islam gate. Bear right to get to Plaza Blanca.
Plaza Café is closed temporarily, due to a fire, but should reopen by the end of 2011.
Corazon bar/club is closed.
The Ore House bar has moved off the plaza. It’s now around the corner at 139 W. San Francisco Street (formerly/still sorta Milagro).
Linda Durham gallery is shut.
Lew Allen Contemporary on Palace is no longer strictly contemporary—all of that has moved to a larger space in the rail yard (1613 Paseo de Peralta).
Embudo Station in Embudo appears to be shut.
Matilda’s restaurant in Espanola is closed.
The dances have been moved from the cultural center by the tracks to the plaza in front of the county courthouse, and they run every night during the summer.