Saturday, March 17, 2012

Re-Visit the Wild West at Lamy's Legal Tender

The Madeleine Inn, built by railroad tycoon George Cuyler Preston in 1886, is very much part of Santa Fe's history.  Guests marvel over the intricate woodwork, stained glass and ornate fireplaces throughout the house.  For another peek into the area's history, take a drive out to Lamy, 18 miles south of Santa Fe.  On the way enjoy glorious open vistas which will free your soul.

Lamy came into existence with the arrival of the railroad, and the station is still operating today with daily Amtrak service.  The Lamy station is also a destination of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, which offers rides on vintage rail cars dating from the 1920's between Santa Fe and Lamy.  This ride includes a short stop in Lamy, but does not allow enough time to actually sit and enjoy a meal at Lamy's Historic Legal Tender.

It is easy to step back in time when walking into the newly re-opened Legal Tender Restaurant, which first opened in 1818 to provide respite to weary travelers in the form of libations, lively poker games and dancing "ladies".  Have a drink yourself at the beautiful old bar, hang out in the beautifully restored El Capitan Poker Room, and enjoy a meal from the extensive menu featuring steaks, burgers, pulled pork, and plenty of vegetarian options.  Kick up your heels and dance to country music every Friday and Saturday night, free of charge.

Legal Tender
151 Old Lamy Trail, NM
505.466.1650
Open Friday & Saturday, noon-9pm

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