Many of the artists who called Santa Fe home settled along Canyon Road, eventually creating a diverse half-mile stretch of restaurants, studios, boutiques, and galleries showcasing art of all types and beckoning art lovers and collectors from far and wide.
Covering more than 33,000 acres of beautiful Southwestern terrain, Bandelier National Monument protects early evidence of human settlement in the region going back 11,000 years, such as historic petroglyphs and ancient masonry.
Every Saturday and Tuesday, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market displays the finest in locally grown produce, meat and dairy products and more.
The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe, crossing 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico with breathtaking views and historic stops along the trail.
A Wild Ride Awaits
Whitewater rafting offers an exciting escape from the everyday. Near the hotel are Santa Fe Rafting and Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, both of which take visitors on thrilling expeditions along the Rio Grande and Rio Chama.
Reel in Some Relaxation
Northern New Mexico offers year-round trout fishing with great views and little competition. Visitors can explore this well-kept secret at a number of local rivers with guided trips from High Desert Angler and Reel Life.
Winter Fun Year-round
The Mountains in northern New Mexico offer great escapes year-round. Though bustling with skiers and snowboarders from December to March, visitors can hit the powder later in the year at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and Valles Caldera National Preserve, both just one hour from the hotel.
A small chapel with huge pedigree, Loretto Chapel is home to the ‘Miraculous Staircase’, an elegant spiral staircase steeped in mythology concerning its builder and its construction. Not only was the builder commonly perceived to be St. Joseph in religious imagination, the structure itself a thing of technical marvel. With two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support, it was built entirely with wooden pegs. The subject of many articles and T.V. specials, the staircase continues to draw visitors worldwide, and has made the Chapel a popular spot for picturesque Santa Fe weddings.
A beautiful cathedral under the patronage of St. Francis of Assisi, this building is an architectural wonder, a fine place for worship and a perennial tourist attraction. Offering a number of sacred services, the Cathedral is a center point of local Catholic life in Santa Fe, and an unmmissable landmark in town.
The Bandelier National Park is a historically and geographically important site that preserves the home and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo People. With most structures and artifacts – including cliff dwellings and cave paintings, dating from 1150 – 1600 CE, the park is a must for archaeological and anthropological enthusiasts. The area also includes a lot of trails and wildlife, which makes it perfect for group hikes and Nature rambles.
A great way to experience the Great Outdoors in New Mexico is to take a day trip to the historic town of Taos. Not only is it full of easy charms, from the cultural to the historic, it also offers a range of seasonal activities for the adventure-seeker, from biking and hiking to ballooning and skiing.
Santa Fe is a town where homes and gardens are often hidden behind adobe walls, which has given rise to a small industry of home and garden tours. Giving visitors a peek behind these walls and fences, they are essentially lessons in art, style and individuality. Admission charges apply in most cases.