Just a couple of preliminary details:

La Cocina de Dona Clara has changed its menu in its plaza location, I guess to cater more to tourists looking for New Mexican things–so you can’t get the full array of Mexican stuff here that you used to find. (But the main Dona Clara joint, out on Airport Road, still serves the usual menu.)

Play, the children’s store, has moved to 505 Cerrillos Road.

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Antonio’s is closed–sad! (The new place is Bella’s Mexican Grill, which seems to be keeping the Mexican-more-than-New-Mexican slant–will be investigating soon.)

Dragonfly Cafe is closed–also sad news. This was a bit of a town icon.

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Well, that didn’t take long: Los Amigos in Questa is closed. Which means there’s really nowhere good to eat here. The situation is bad enough that you might suggest driving the Enchanted Circle route the other direction (Questa first, then Red River, etc.), then you could eat late lunch at Hatcha’s in Angel Fire.

On the other hand, the DH Lawrence Ranch is OPEN! I had a rather bleak outlook on this when I was updating the book last fall. But now UNM has made some upgrades, and there’s a docent on-site three days a week: Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 4pm, through October. (Not yet sure if it will be open at all in the winter–I suspect not, as it’s a pretty rugged dirt road.)

Finally, the Elizabethtown Museum is CLOSED on Sundays.

This means you might not want to drive the Enchanted Circle on a Sunday, unless you’re going purely for scenery. Just too much is shut.

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Los Ojos isn’t the only dinner option here now–the Jemez Stage Stop Cafe, just across the street, is open for dinner on Fridays and Mondays as well.

Also, the directions for Spence Hot Springs are still a bit garbled (oof, didn’t I correct these after the first edition?). The parking area for the trail to the springs is 2 miles north of Battleship Rock–not just half a mile. The trail down to the river is now quite wide and smooth; it’s going back up the hill on the other side that’s a bit more work.

And finally, a change in history: Jemez Historic Site (which was called Jemez State Monument) has revised its archaeological information. Research now apparently suggests that the site was not abandoned in the mid-1600s, as was previously believed, and that people inhabited the site at least until 1694. A small detail–but a good reminder that even the past sometimes needs updating.

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The Organ Mountains near Las Cruces are now part of a newly designated federal-lands area: the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which covers about half a million acres.

In practical terms, this doesn’t change much–but do check the website above (via the BLM) for latest details on how to visit and what you’ll pay.

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A few items of very specific local interest, which I’m posting here to remind myself, and perhaps for others to check out while passing through:

  • The podcast 99% invisible recently did a piece on a strange Cold War underground elementary school/nuclear fallout shelter in Artesia. Follow the link for cool photos from inside the school!
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Hotel Hell show visited Meson de Mesilla, a hotel in Las Cruces that is not in the book, because…well, it needed a makeover. I don’t know whether Ramsay’s touch produces really helpful change, or just high-volume TV–but I’ll keep an eye on the reviews of the place. Meson de Mesilla is in a handy location, very close to Mesilla, and if it is made over well, it will be a good addition to that area.
  • Also in Las Cruces, Hotel Encanto is now the official hotel of Virgin Galactic. Which means, it seems, that there will be a few crazy-high-end suites. Probably not useful for the average traveler, but it probably does mean the general infrastructure of this hotel will continue to be kept up well.

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Lake Park in Santa Rosa is now charging a $5 (cash only) parking fee. This is ostensibly to pay for upkeep of the park–but at the moment, says a friend, the lake is looking pretty grungy and not very well maintained. Plus, the diving board is closed!

Here’s hoping Santa Rosa will put the cash infusion to good use–the lake there is normally a great refreshing spot just off the interstate.

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moonnm3Please welcome the new, the lovely, the FULL-COLOR Moon New Mexico 2014!

True to form, there is of course already one correction to add:

Triple J Cafe in Lordsburg looked pretty dead when I zipped by on the Amtrak recently (For Rent sign in the window). But Ramona’s is still open.

I’m heading back to New Mexico in a few weeks, to update Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, so there will likely be more updates posted here soon.

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Last year, I noted that parts of El Malpais were closed. But they’re back open now! (Actually, have been since the fall.)

(PS: The new edition of the guide should be here any day!)

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The Hill Diner is closed. Probably for a while now…

On the plus side, Pajarito Brewpub has opened, and it looks pretty popular. It’s in the same mini-mall area as Blue Window Bistro, kitty-corner across the parking lot.

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This little French cafe on I-25 is closed, and said to be moving.

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Ezra’s Place is closed. But neighboring Sophia’s Place is now open for dinner (till 9 p.m.), serving a lot of the dishes that were at Ezra’s.

Vivace, the Italian restaurant in Nob Hill, is closed.

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Lamy

September 22, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

The Legal Tender, the saloon across the road from the Lamy train station outside Santa Fe, is open again. Here’s the Facebook page.

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Black Hole

September 21, 2013

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The salvage store in Los Alamos is closed.

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Rain!

September 17, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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.)

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Santa Fe Food

September 12, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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.

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Raton

September 11, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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.

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Brown Hotel

September 10, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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!

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Socorro

September 1, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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.

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Las Cruces

September 1, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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.

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In Clovis, Velma’s Soul Food is closed.

In Lovington, Main Street Café is closed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Santa Fe:
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?

Taos:
Lula’s is closed.

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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.

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!!! 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…

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The bar/restaurant in Taos (not the intersection itself!) is closed.

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The ranch north of Taos is closed to visitors! And has been for a while. Sorry for the very, very late notice.

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This bookstore/cafe in Farmington has closed. Rats.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sad! The great place in Las Vegas, NM, is now closed. Not sure what future plans are.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bad news: beloved Aqua Santa restaurant shut last fall!

Good news: Charles Dale (formerly of Encantado) has reopened it as Bouche Bistro.

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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.

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Ponderosa Bar

February 27, 2013

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

This steakhouse/bar on South NM Hwy 14 (outside of Albuquerque) is closed. Goodbye to a local institution!

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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.

CARRIZOZO

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.

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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!

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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!)

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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.

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This vintage motel in Tucumcari has new owners who have really spruced things up, and best of all, it’s open year-round now!

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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/

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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.”

Thanks, Allen!

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This restaurant in Grants, NM, is closed. (Thanks to Cathy for writing!)

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The Albuquerque branch of this taco place is closed. But the Santa Fe ones are still open.

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The Northern New Mexico museum in Questa is closed.

Questa Cafe is closed.

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Taos Drums

August 18, 2011

in PREVIOUS EDITION (2011)

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.

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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.

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Horseman’s Haven is in the wrong place—it is on the opposite side of Cerrillos Road, south of the intersection with Airport Road.

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There’s now a tourist info office in the Rail Runner depot in the Santa Fe rail yard–handy.

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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.

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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).

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Embudo Station in Embudo appears to be shut.
Matilda’s restaurant in Espanola is closed.

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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.

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The shop Que Chula is no longer open in Nob Hill—it only runs an online shop now.

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Even before the books were in stores, I knew this one:

Hours at The Curious Kumquat, in Silver City, are lunch Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, dinner Wed-Sat 5.30-10pm. In the summer, they’ll serve tapas too–check the website or call for hours for that.

In general, it pays to call ahead. I try my best to get the info right, but that doesn’t stop a store owner changing their mind the very next day after I’ve called to ask. And I would not characterize New Mexican business owners as always being rigorous in their schedules. And of course, if you encounter any kind of info that’s different from the book, let me know!

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Keep your eyes peeled–the new edition of Moon New Mexico is just around the corner.

If you’re still traveling with the old edition (cow skulls on the cover), scroll back–there’s a lot of information here!

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The office in Santa Fe has moved–it’s no longer on Rodeo Road, but out of the city a little way.

The address is 301 Dinosaur Trail. Where is that, you might ask? It’s just south of where Highway 14 meets I-25. (People who know the area will know it got its name from the dinosaur sculptures there.)

Phone number is 505/954-2002, and office hours are 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

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Pretty old news by now, but for the record, the Galisteo Inn is shut. Too bad.

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This restaurant in Raton is closed.

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By the far the most frequent change I’m making in updating for the second edition (due spring ’11) is adjusting opening hours–90 percent of the time, places are just open less. I’m guessing this has to do with the recession–government-run places have had budget cuts, and tourism is down, so tourist-oriented businesses have scaled back.

Moral of the story: call ahead to check hours when you’re making a special trip.

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The listed phone and website for making reservations at Carlsbad Caverns has changed. Now it’s 877/444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

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This diner in Roswell is closed.

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This place in Mountainair has changed hands, and the rooms have gotten pretty sketchy. I wouldn’t recommend pre-booking here–take a room only if you can inspect it beforehand.

The cafe seems to be open regularly, though, for late breakfast and lunch every day but Tuesday.

I also noticed Alpine Alley, just north of Mountainair’s main intersection–this looks like good coffee and light food.

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A train trestle north of Chama was recently destroyed in a fire–so the Cumbres & Toltec railroad service is running only on its northern leg in Colorado, from Antonio north. If you have tickets on the train from Chama, they’ll put you on a bus up to Antonio, where you can ride the rest of the train.

Unfortunately, this situation is for the foreseeable future, until they’re able to repair the trestle.

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O Eating House, in Pojoaque, is now a fairly upscale Italian restaurant (but it has the same name). It looks good, if completely different!

The stock at Chimayo Trading Post has dwindled significantly. The owner (his partner passed away) is quite old and doesn’t seem to be restocking the place. Still, if you’ve never been, it’s worth a stop–there are still some treasures here.

In Chimayo, the separate Santo Nino de Atocha chapel has been spruced up and is open all the time now–it’s a bit more modern, but sweet. Take a peek inside, especially in the side chapel.

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As I noted before, the NM history museum is now open. Signage is not quite as detailed as I’d like, but otherwise it’s a nice introduction. The exhibits in the Palace of the Governors (now accessible via the history museum) are the same, fortunately–I find these more interesting.

Walking tours run by the museum go from mid-April to mid-October (not just in summer, like the book says). They last about two hours, and the route depends on who’s leading it, but it covers a couple of miles.

Linda Durham Gallery has moved away from Canyon Road, over to 1800 2nd Street.

Collected Works books has moved to the corner of Galisteo and Water, and now has a coffeeshop inside–lovely.

Adelante Casitas is back to being called Chapelle Street Casitas. Its online booking system is buggy–better to call.

Hotel St. Francis has been redone by the Heritage Hotels & Resorts group–it looks quite chic, but the rates have of course gone up. (The same group has redone the Hotel Plaza Real as well, which is great because that used to be a wasted dump.)

Willee’s bar is shut–it’s now called Corazon and books a lot of hipper live music.

Chispa! bar closes at 11pm now.

Green Palace teahouse is shut.

Carlos’ Gosp’l Cafe is shut. The space in the Design Center now sells NYC-style pizza by the slice–it looks good!

El Tesoro in Sanbusco Center is no longer particularly Salvadoran–the menu is more standard Mex-New-Mex, but everything looks good.

The Treehouse cafe moved to 1600 Lena Street (and unfortunately didn’t bring the nursery with it!).

The Blue Heron restaurant is shut.

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Fernandez de Taos bookstore has moved around the corner, onto Paseo del Pueblo Norte just next World Cup coffee.

The road running along the Rio Grande gorge on the west side has been paved, so you can head down this way and then jog over to Ojo Caliente and on south to Santa Fe–another scenic route, with potential for a hot-springs break! Look for the turn off US 64, about a mile west of the gorge.

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Joseph’s Table is shut! Sad. Sabor de Antonio, a Mexican-style seafood and steak place, is now in the space–which is funny, because this is the second time Antonio has taken over Joseph’s Table’s old space.

Dragonfly Cafe is no longer open for breakfast, except for Sunday brunch. Now it does lunch and dinner (and is closed Tues).

Guadalupe Cafe and the Sustaining Cultures bookstore is shut.

Maverick County Food Co. is shut–it’s now a Japanese place.

Apple Tree is shut.

Byzantium is substantially cheaper than it used to be.

Antonio’s has reopened next to where Guadalupe Cafe used to be, with his good Mexican menu–roast lamb, cochinita pibil.

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The Laughing Horse Inn is no longer particularly cheap, which is odd. I now think the Taos Inn has one of the better deals for solo travelers.

The Paragon Inn has changed names and is embroiled in a bit of a local scandal, and I can’t really bring myself to recommend the place.

Mountain Light no longer functions as a B&B, just a longer-term retreat center.

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The Pink Schoolhouse Gallery is shut. Which means…there appear to be no functioning businesses left in Tres Piedras.

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In Penasco, Sugar Nymphs is open only Thurs.-Sun.

And, duh, the Picuris and Penasco sections are out of order–they should swap.

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Paloma Blanca coffeehouse has shut–it is now an all-purpose restaurant that doesn’t look particularly notable.

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Texas Reds moved across the street and east about a block.

The Hole Thing is shut.

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Consetta’s, the Green Restaurant, is shut.

And sincere apologies–the area code here is 575, but I failed to update many of the businesses listed.

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Cookin’ Books is shut.

Gandy Dancer B&B is shut.

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Evett’s, the old ice-cream parlor, is closed. This leaves only a couple of random places to eat in town, and both were shut when I passed, so I’m not sure what to recommend…

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El Bruno’s has expanded–so there’s more room. But I have heard a couple of reports of bad food recently, along with the usual raves. Still, you don’t have much choice, as it’s the only reasonably good food for miles, and the place is now very comfortable, with patio seating.

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The Inn at the Post, by the turn to Chaco Canyon, is shut.

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Smokin’ J’s BBQ is shut.

Boon’s Family Thai has changed to Thai Basil–not sure whether it’s particularly good.

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Pancake Alley is no longer open Sundays. I do not recommend the green chile stew, but everything else still looks decent.

The Bluffs is no longer open for lunch (just dinner), and it has turned its package liquor store into a bar-lounge.

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The KFC in Shiprock spruced up, and its mutton stew is just not all that great (though the people who work there are wonderful!). Word on the street is that Mannings, a burger place across the way, has better stew, as do the vendors at the flea market.

The flea market is now allegedly open every day, but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes, so I am very skeptical. I got into town after 5pm (alleged closing time), but the area didn’t look like anyone had been set up there.

Also, I mention the Navajo craft shop as being on the south edge of town–it’s actually not that far south. It’s in the strip mall at the southern traffic light–kitty-corner from the KFC.

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The restaurant has changed at the St. James Hotel–it’s basically one big mid-range restaurant, instead of a separate cafe and high-end operation. Food all looks decent.

Johnson’s Cabins is shut.

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The Raton Museum has moved up to 2nd Street (the main drag), just south of Park. Much more room, and very nicely laid out.

The Icehouse is shut.

Pappas’ only serves dinner now, 5-8pm.

Most restaurants shut at 8pm; your later options are Denny’s (sigh) and The Sands, both on Clayton Ave.

And to reiterate, the Budget Host Melody Lane is truly great!

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Shrine of the Testaments is closed.

The Eklund hotel and restaurant was “temporarily” closed–but there was no one around to ask how long this had been going on.

There’s a new cafe just down the corner from the Luna movie theater. But in general, Clayton is really quiet on the weekends.

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Kika’s Kitchen is shut.

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The Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center in Springer is closed “until further notice.”

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Things have moved around a little on Bridge Street: the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center moved across the street to #116, and Tome on the Range moved to #158.

Estella’s is open only 7am-2pm on Saturday (other days’ hours are still the same).

Blackjack’s Grill and Inn on the Santa Fe Trail are shut.

And by the way, I had an excellent meal at the El Fidel Restaurant, and was quite comfortable in the very cheap El Fidel Hotel.

In Mora, the Salman Ranch cafe is no longer open, but the shop and farm are still going strong.

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Pecos Paradise Inn is shut.

La Risa hours have changed: 11am-8pm Thurs-Sat., 8am-6pm Sun.

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This hot spring resort near City of Rocks State Park (north of Deming) is closed.

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In Tucumcari, El Toro restaurant is closed.

In Portales, the Do Drop Inn has scaled way back–it’s just a coffee bar now, with some sandwiches.

In Clovis, the Wholey Cow Deli is shut.

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A couple more things, in addition to those in the earlier post:

The Bear Mountain Lodge is closed.

The Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos has been shut for a while for a renovation, but is set to reopen very soon (perhaps it has already).

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