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Fodor's In Focus Santa Fe: with Taos and Albuquerque (Travel Guide) Paperback – May 20, 2014
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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.