We are driving down from Santa Fe, stopping at Bosque del Apache, staying in Socorro on Dec 22. Then to Las Cruces for Dec 23, 24, 25 staying at Drury Inn (free breakfast and early dinner), leaving for Silver City Dec 26 & 27, back to SF on Dec 28.
Planning on visiting the Mesilla area on 23rd and then again the night of the 24th for farolitos (or luminarias). Daytime on Dec 24, considering some of the nearby state parks, for photography or is there a good museum to see this day? Any fun/unique shops to visit for gifts anywhere in the area?
Dinner will be at Double Eagle/Peppers on Christmas Eve, I'm assuming reservations are a necessity!?.
Now, what can we do on Christmas Day? We are planning on visiting Dripping Springs, Organ Mountains NM for some photography, weather permitting of course. Any hiking/walking along the Rio Grande, maybe some birding? If weather is ugly, we will take in a movie, lol!! Never done that before on Christmas.
Restaurants open on Christmas Day seem to be bleak. The buffet at Double Eagle is too expensive for us. Where can we get some yummy take out on Christmas Eve to keep in our fridge at the hotel to dine on in the hotel on Christmas day? Maybe Italian, Pizza, Mexican?
Monday Dec 26th, heading out to Deming for the morning (business), is Adobe Deli open or should we try Irma's for lunch. Rock Hound State Park or City of Rocks State Park closer to Silver City??? Lots of driving this day.
We are staying at The Murray Hotel in Silver City, I've got the following restaurants on my list: Little Toad Creek Brewery, Vicki's, Diane's, Mi Casita, Buckhorn in Pinos Altos. Any others for breakfast, lunch or dinner? We hope the weather will cooperate so we can get to Gila Cliff Dwellings. Finally any shops/galleries that may be open during this post Christmas week.
I would like to see some Mimbres pottery, would the Silver City Museum and/or the WNMU Museum be open the week after Christmas?
Thanks for any help, this is a first for me, I have never traveled over the Christmas holiday, but this year we are for various reasons both business and personal. Dates can't be changed and we know that weather can impact our trip.