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Staying and Eating in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Casita Madera and Restaurant Martin

Restaurant Martin

I have been meaning to do a post or two (or five) about our roadtrip in May to the Southwest but I keep being lazy about it. Well. No more. Here is at least one post about it. Santa Fe, in particular and our dinner at Restaurant Martin, which was one of (if not THE) best meal of the trip.

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

I spent a lot of time looking into Santa Fe restaurants before we left, as I figured one of our meals there would be the big splurge of the trip. After much deliberation, I settled on Restaurant Martin and we were not disappointed at all.

But first, a few general Santa Fe observations and pictures.

After much research (there was a spreadsheet involved) we decided on staying at the Casita Madera and it was both mine and jwa’s favorite place of the whole trip. It was a little rental cottage, a few blocks from the plaza and it was so nice. With it’s reclaimed wood beams, granite counter tops and fluffy, cloud-like bed, it was the perfect home base in Santa Fe.

Restaurant Martin

Exterior of our casita.

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The Great Southwest Roadtrip of 2011


As I’m starting to plan another epic Southwest road trip for next Spring, I thought I’d take the time to do a post and an overview of last Spring’s trip. I can’t believe I never did a recap, but then a lot of bad crap happened after we got back and I think I just sort of lost track of many things that I meant to do. Summer 2011 – The Summer Where a lot of Stuff Really Sucked…*

Anyway, we had a super, wonderful time on our journey and here’s where we stayed, what we did and what we ate. I’m kind of surprised I didn’t take more pictures of food.

This HUGE post took more than a week to put together, so I hope you all enjoy it! ;-)

Stop #1: Pendleton, OR
We stayed at the Oxford Suites (the only “chain hotel” we stayed in the whole trip). We’d stayed at one in Spokane, WA a couple of years ago that was nice, so I was expecting that here. Um, not really. It was okay. The hot breakfast bar in the AM was kind of sad. The Spokane one was much . . . → Read More: The Great Southwest Roadtrip of 2011