GWCSS Alumni Conference Resource Guide

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2019 GWCSS Alumni Conference - celebrating 25 years

Surviving the City Different

Remember that Santa Fe is located at 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) with some parts of the city even higher. Altitude sickness is a real threat for visitors coming in from sea level. Keep yourself well hydrated and avoid heavy drinking. There is also less atmosphere protecting you from the sun. Sunburn and heat exhaustion may be issues during outdoor trips. Be sure to pack sunscreen, water, a hat, and sunglasses.

When hiking, be aware of animals: rattlesnakes and other critters like to sun themselves during the day. Mice and other rodents in the region can carry diseases such as bubonic plague and hanta virus. Mountain lions and black bears sometimes come down from the mountains during the summer. Use common sense when out on the trails, and give the wildlife a wide berth.

Santa Fe is not a late-night city: most shops close by 7:00pm and restaurants stop seating at 9:00pm. Fridays and Saturdays things may stay open a bit longer, but there are very few places that cater to a late night crowd. Plan your trips accordingly.

Local guides for events in Santa Fe are essential for catching much of the city’s arts and culture. Most gallery openings and music events will have listings. Local guides include The Santa Fe Reporter. This is Santa Fe’s local weekly, and lists movies, weekly events, restaurants, and provides reviews and commentary. The weekly arts and culture publication of the Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo lists the entire week as well as reviews. Pasatiempo can be found in newsstands or in the Friday edition of the New Mexican.

Tipping Guide

It is customary to tip for service at almost all sit-down restaurants. Those who provide the service often rely on tips for the majority of their income so it's expected and appreciated!

- For a sit down meal, generally tip 15-20 percent of the bill.
- At a buffet style restaurant or when there is a tip jar by the cash register, tip 10 percent of your bill.
- It's also polite to tip food delivery drivers and bartenders (15 percent is acceptable).
- Here is a guide with more info if you have further questions!

Groceries and Libations

Kaune Neighborhood Market 511 Old Santa Fe Trail
(Corner of Paseo de Peralta & Old Santa Fe Trail)
Locally owned grocery store. Stocks an impressive selection of high end and local foods.

Whole Foods 753 Cerrillos Road
Organic supermarket. Large selection of meats, cheeses and wines.

Albertson’s 600 N. Guadalupe Street
General grocery store with reasonable prices. Has a pharmacy and bank.

Trader Joe’s 530 W. Cordova Road
Gourmet grocery store with an emphasis on prepackaged meals. Large frozen foods section.


Walgreens 1906 S. St. Francis Drive
Open 24 hours a day. Over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

Pharmaca 530 W. Cordova Road
Holistic/Alternative medicines as well as prescription/OTC pharmacy.

Sav-On 511 W. Cordova Road
Pharmacy and convenience store. Has most household, toiletry and stationery needs.

Medical and Dental

Ultimed 700 Paseo de Peralta (downtown) (Tel: 505-989-8707)
For emergencies and minor illnesses. Offers on-site x-rays. Convenient downtown location.

St. Vincent Hospital 455 St. Michael’s Drive (Tel: 505-995-3934)
For life threatening emergencies. Address also contains several local doctor’s offices within the Regional Medical Center complex.

Santa Fe Family Health 2801 Rodeo Road (Tel: 505-474-0120)
For colds, cough, and general illness. Offers referrals and limited on-site lab work, including x-rays.

Warren Hoffman, DDS 35 St. Michael’s Drive #B101 (Tel: 505-983-4117)
General dentistry.