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Not for every traveler, but a good place to start... 30 Aug. 2014
By krebsman - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this guide because I was planning to be in the area and I thought I might pop over to Taos for a couple of days. But after perusing this guide for an hour I knew that I could not just spend a couple of days. I'd be in the area again next year and would plan a long trip. Taos/Santa Fe/Albuquerque is not an area to zip through. This looks like a place to stay a while and savor.

Although I have some reservations, on the whole I think this guide should be quite useful. I got several ideas for my trip while looking at it. For example, when I saw that the area is accessible by Amtrack, I began to entertain the possibility of taking the train at least one way. (Flying is not a lot of fun these days.) There is also a New Mexican rail line from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. When I saw that one can rent bicycles in some locations, I have determined to include at least one day of cycling, rather than hiking a nature trail! What I like about this guide are the suggested day trips (which can save a lot of planning time), the museum listings (complete with prices, hours and web addresses), and the suggestions for activities.

From my previous experience with Fodor's guides, I think they tend to cater to well-heeled couples who prefer the beaten track. I'm very suspicious of the recommendations for dining and lodging, as in the travel industry lots of perks are given to travel writers that are not given to the general public. Sometimes the recommendations border on advertising. What's missing are those places that might appeal to people other than the retired couple with unlimited funds. When I travel I want to eat where the locals eat. I want to find that family-run, working-class restaurant that makes the best Mexican food in town, and the best place to get breakfast while absorbing the local color. I don't see that in this guide.

As usual, Fodor's ignores the literary traveler. D.H. Lawrence lived in Taos for two years and was visited by Aldous Huxley while he was there, but I could find no mention of either one of them in this guide. I'd like to know if there's anything left of where he lived. In his Memoirs, Tennessee Williams mentions visits to Taos, which he called "the lesbian capital of the world." I'd like to know more about that, too. I wish they had included a section on the writers who had lived and worked in the area.

That said, the guide is a convenient size for traveling and, supplemented by some Internet searches, could be extremely useful. It's not a bad place at all to start.
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Good Info In Small Package 7 Jan. 2015
By Don King - Published on Amazon.com
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Good current info in a compact format -- smaller than other travel guides.
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Perfect! 12 July 2014
By Diane Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just what I wanted! We were in Santa Fe for just a few days and we found the advice in this book very helpful. we got the eBook version and were happy with it. Easy to search and it's right there on my phone. We found the opinions to be right on!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gives alot of good information on sites 22 Nov. 2014
By Cactuslily56 - Published on Amazon.com
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Quick shipping, just started reading the book. Gives alot of good information on sites, shopping etc. for Santa Fe. Recommend the boot
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely what we needed! 2 Aug. 2014
By A. Looby - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a perfect companion book for our trip to Santa Fe last week. We used the downtown map more than anything. I found that there were lots of really good restaurants that were not included in the book. But this was very helpful to keep in my purse and use as we walked around town.
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