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The Edge showcases contemporary works from mid-career artists.
In museum-filled Santa Fe, there are an abundance of great spots offering looks at interesting art. But one of the top places to go for art is Canyon Road, a mile-long narrow street lined with adobe-houses-turned-galleries, in the heart of the city's arts district.
Along Canyon Road, you'll find a range of works, including American Indian pieces, 19th century art, abstract art, handmade jewelry and sculptures. And best of all, it's free to do your own art walk. That is, unless something catches your eye and you want to splurge a little.
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Southwestern Burger from ABQ Brewpub
New Mexico's unofficial state food is the green chile cheeseburger. Any respectable burger joint tops its patties with the spicy, flavorful chiles. You'll even find the hot chiles in burgers at McDonald's.
There's actually a Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail that plots out all of the good places to grab the signature sandwich throughout the state, but we decided to blaze our epicurean trail in Albuquerque. Taking cues from the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and suggestions from locals, we hit up three restaurants in search of the best green chile cheeseburger.
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We flew into Albuquerque and had to drive to Santa Fe, and found we had two options: the highway or the Turquoise Trail. Both routes take about an hour, with the highway a bit quicker. What got us was a trail brochure promising great scenery and 74 stop-off points. We love checking out little towns, so we decided to hop on the Turquoise Trail.
The historic trail encompasses 15,000 square miles. Prehistoric people lived there back in the day and Kit Carson marched through it with the Navajo during the Long Walk to Fort Sumner and supposedly outlaws camped out there as well.
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When Santa Fe locals and in-the-know travelers want a delicious lunch, they get Frito pie at a convenience store. We aren't joking.
The generic-looking Five & Dime General Store, which sits on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, sells everything from cold medicine to schlocky shot glasses. Head to the back of the store, there's a small snack bar that you'd easily overlook because of the unappetizing hot dogs and pizza under heat lamps.
If there's any artist who is synonymous with New Mexico, it's modernist painter Georgia O'Keeffe. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is the most-visited museum in the state, with more than 2 million people coming each year to see her famous desert landscapes.
The museum is pretty small, but it holds the biggest collection of O'Keeffe works. When you enter, there’s a screening room to the right that plays a short film on the artist's life. It reveals, for example, how just before O'Keeffe's first exhibition, another artist (who later became her husband) showcased nekkid photos of her. That led critics to read her art as sexual for the rest of her career, which she hated.
This strip in Albuquerque is Central Avenue, better known as the historic Route 66. And people do come to Route 66 to get their kicks; this section is downtown Albuquerque's entertainment district.
Downtown is a pretty quiet place, even during the day. But at night, Central Ave. comes alive with club music pulsing through the air and people partying alfresco at hot spots like this bookish-looking bar and grill The Library. The most hopping bar in in the strip, it had a line of eager drinkers going down the block last night.
Amid all of the tan adobe buildings, what gives Santa Fe some spice are the many vibrant, colorful art galleries and craft shops that line the road. Yesterday, we stumbled upon this one, which sold delicate wooden calla lilies, birds of paradise and other exotic blooms.
But what was even better, is that when we stepped through the portico, the flower shop opened into a small plaza bordered with artisan shops selling everything from black and white photography to American Indian blankets.
There’s plenty of options for checking out fireworks this holiday weekend, but if awesome waterfront locations aren’t your thing, there’s always a more far out option. The citizens of Roswell, New Mexico just can’t give up on that whole UFO thing, and our nation’s birthday is a chance for them to celebrate both independence and intergalactic invaders.
This year’s festival runs from July 1 through July 5. There are daily seminars and discussions about all things outer space at the Goddard Planetarium and International UFO Museum and music every night to give you a break from all the science fiction. Plus they usually sneak in a couple laser shows set to the tunes of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
New Mexico is serious about its burger. But not just any kind of burger—the green chile cheeseburger is the unofficial state food, having been a staple on menus since the middle of the last century. To help tourists find the best burger, New Mexico's tourism department crafted an Amazing Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail that'll allow you to eat your way across the state. So loosen up your belt buckles and get ready to eat more burgers than Popeye's pal Wimpy.
A bona fide green chile cheeseburger is made up of a thick patty grilled over an open flame or cooked on a griddle, covered in cheddar or other cheese and topped with enough New Mexican green chiles to make your tastebuds stand at attention. Many burger joints claim to have been the first to pile green chiles on the classic cheeseburger, so it's hard to tell where the idea originated.
"The Men Who Stare at Goats," starring George Clooney's mustache, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey hits theaters today. The movie, about a reporter who tags along on a bizarre military mission, was filmed last year in New Mexico and Puerto Rico. The cast spent the bulk of the shoot at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.
If you're scheming to make a visit to Area 51 or just check out Roswell and the movie's backdrop, here's our take on where to stay and what to in the area, aside from growing out your own Clooney-stache.
Where to stay, what to do, and what to see in Roswell, NM, after the jump.
If you’re patiently awaiting the launch of Virgin Galactic, there’s something new to keep you entertained for a little bit. Bulldozers and cranes at Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico have been moving dirt and rocks around to get things ready for rockets, shuttles, and spaceships. Things have been progressing so well that public tours will begin in December—looks like a great holiday gift.
The tours will require a snazzy hardhat, because of course, it’s a work zone and they don’t want any
lawsuits injuries. Visitors will learn all about the history of New Mexico from conquistadors to the state’s future in outer space tourism. The highlight of the tour will be to see the runway and the vertical launch pad up close and personal. Maybe you'll even be able to add your initials if the concrete is still wet.
The celebration kicks off September 5-7 with concerts like Ozomatli (Sept. 5, $25) and Santa Fe Symphony's Symphony Under The Stars show at Ft. Marcy Ball Field with fireworks to follow (Sept. 6, $12 for "picnic tickets" that let you sit on the grass). There will also be free cultural demonstrations, an open-air art market and cooking tutorials that weekend at the park as part of the ¡Viva! Santa Fe festival.
Then, for even more al fresco partying, the New Mexico State Fair begins the week after in Albuquerque, in case you're not all faired out.