So, Los Poblanos, probably my favorite place to stay in NM (maybe anywhere), has expanded again.
It’s pretty dramatic, but like previous changes, they’ve done it with impeccable taste. There’s a whole new block of rooms, a bigger farm shop (with a little coffee-and-snacks bar) and a whole new space for the restaurant, which is now called Campo.
Oh, and non-guests can go there for breakfast! Reservations required, though.
Re: the boxed text “Acoma vs. Onate: Grudge Match,” there was an interesting follow-up story in the New York Times, in which the man who sawed off the foot in 1997 met with a reporter and showed him the piece. The man remains anonymous. It’s a good story, set against the context of recent controversies around Confederate memorial statues.
Otherwise, in Albuquerque:
–Sad news: Stevie’s Happy Bikes is closed in Corrales! But still open for mobile services.
–Bad news: Sophia’s Place is closed!
–Good news: Dennis Apodaca, the chef-owner of Sophia’s, reopened in the Imperial Building downtown as Maya Cuisine. (In the book, it says to look out for a branch of Sophia’s Place here…so this is at least partially correct. Just hard to recognize if you don’t know Apodaca by name.) I wasn’t able to go, but it looks great and has high scores from Gil Garduno.
–Bonus news: branch of Monk’s Corner, which sells goodies from the Christ in the Desert Monastery in Abiquiu, also opened in the Imperial Building.
In/around Santa Fe:
–The Children’s Museum has reopened.
–In summer (May-Oct), Valles Caldera lets in only 35 cars a day to drive up into the reserve (past the visitors’ center), and no more vehicles are allowed in in the last two hours. Elk hunting is now allowed, so that’s going on September-October.
–There’s now a super-hip vintage-trailer hotel (“and starlight campground”) across from Taos Mesa Brewing: Hotel Luna Mystica.
Alas, Albuquerque’s first cat cafe is already closed. (This might have been a popup thing I got a little too excited about!)
The Candy Lady has moved, just one block, to 424 San Felipe St. NW. (The sneaky thing is that a different candy shop took over the old location–don’t be fooled.)
Hispaniae, the shop in Old Town, is closing.
Routes, the bike-rental company, has moved to a spot in Old Town: 404 San Felipe St. NW.
The A Store, a shop in Nob Hill, has moved a few blocks, to 3339 Central NE.
Stevie’s Happy Bikes, in Corrales, has moved a little bit north, to 4685 Corrales Rd.