THE FLOW OF HISTORY

Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the U.S., and the historic Santa Fe Plaza reflects its long and diverse cultural heritage. This community hub is praised as the heart of the city and hosts a wide variety of local events throughout the year.

OPERA BENEATH THE STARS

Breathtaking mountain views enhance the magic on stage at Santa Fe's world famous open-air opera house, a brilliant juxtaposition of avant-garde modern design and traditional Southwestern materials.

WHERE RELIGION MEETS ARTS

Explore the town's historic religious spaces and the local community.

A SANTA FE ARCHITECTURAL QUIRK

Many homes and gardens are shielded behind adobe walls, inviting private tours that reveal the hidden side of Santa Fe.

THE ART OF NEW MEXICO

The New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates the region’s cultural influences, from its Native American and Hispanic roots to its striking geography, and its enduring history as an artists’ colony.

SANTA FE FARMERS MARKET

Explore a stunning range of gourmet, locally-grown produce and a unique display of artisanal crafts.

ART

Canyon Road Galleries

With over a hundred galleries, boutiques and restaurants in one half mile, Canyon Road is an art-lover’s dream come true. Full of bohemian spirit and infused with the open-hearted hospitality of the people, the Canyon Road Galleries in particular are the perfect showcase for local artists, regional color, and striking contemporary art.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Dedicated to the artistic legacy of pioneering female American artist Georgia O’Keefe, this museum contains over 1000 works by the artist herself. From her iconic flowers to skulls, nudes and still life, exhibitions regularly rotate round both her celebrated and her less well-known pieces. All in all, a great introduction to a giant of 20th century Modernism.

Museum of Fine Arts

The New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts is a good starting point for visitors to get familiar with the breadth and scope of New Mexico art. Housed in a building that dates from 1917, the museum has provided space for emerging artists since the days when the gallery scene itself was in nascent stages. Offering a glimpse of the Southwest via art that is as intimate as it is political, its wide and varied collections range from oil paintings to contemporary photography.

Museum of International Folk Art

Home to the largest collection of folk art in the world, the Museum of International Folk Art is an exemplary introduction to the craft and cultures of tribes across the world. From Japanese toys to Swedish miniatures, the collection is colorful, carefully-curated and filled with distinctive national spirit. Hispanic art, in particular, receives its own special focus, given the traditions of the region.

Institute of American Indian Arts Museum

This museum holds the leading collection of contemporary Native American art in the world from Native American, First Nations and other indigenous people. With close to 7,500 artworks in the collection comprising of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, apparel, and installations, it includes treasures by such prominent artists as Tony Abeyta, George Morrison and Helen Hardin, to name a few.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

This architecturally stunning building, designed in 1930 by John Gaw Geem, is a shining example of Colonial/Pueblo Revival Architecture. Home to collections that span 3,800 objects integral to the Spanish colonial world, artifacts range from the decorative to the devotional to the utilitarian. Global in reach but local in spirit, the museum’s historical displays are interwoven with present-day artwork by New Mexican artists.

Lensic Performing Arts Center

Santa Fe’s leading performing arts center comes with unique architectural pedigree. Transformed from a movie palace into a state-of-the-art non-profit cultural center in 2001, but retaining much of its Moorish and Spanish Renaissance style exterior, it now offers over 200 stellar shows per year. With offerings ranging from opera and drama to music to spoken word, this is a place where art meets community in the most alchemistic of ways.

SHOP

Full of Southwestern charm, Santa Fe is populated with intimate shops selling a variety of idiosyncratic treasures, from cowboy boots to its famed turquoise jewelry and pottery. Taking visitors into charming historic buildings, elegant boutiques, galleries and flea markets, a tour through its streets and alleyways will surprise the curio-seeker in you to no end.

The Santa Fe Plaza

Mere steps from the front door of the Inn of the Anasazi is the bustling Santa Fe Plaza, which is home to some of the finest shopping in town and some of the best art festivals in the world. Here, visitors can find the best in clothing, jewelry, art and native pottery in an array of independent, locally-owned boutiques. Additionally, visitors can also shop for distinctive jewelry at the Palace of the Governor’s, where American Indian artists sell their wares under its historic portal. Each year, the Plaza will also be transformed into numerous art markets, including the Spanish Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market, making it a prime destination for curio-seekers.

Santa Fe Farmers' Market

One of the largest farmers’ market in the United States, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is all about fresh, locally-grown produce, offering over 150 active vendors selling a stunning variety of veggies, fresh eggs, honey and nursery plants. Open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Tuesday, this is the place to be if visitors want to make sure their salesperson is also their farmer. A crafts fair and an artisan fair are also offered on selected days.

Nathalie

A treasure trove of Western gear and cowboy wear, Nathalie is a must-stop for those enamored
of American lore. From custom-made boots to beautifully-designed belt buckles, beaded bags, unique artwork and the iconic cowboy hat, visitors will be spoilt for choice amongst its rustic charms.

Double Take

Widely known as Santa Fe’s largest consignment retailer, this presents a precious jumble of objects from individual sellers, steeped in local culture. From pottery and ranch artwork to jewelry and Western gear, this is a great place for visitors to pick up some local memento from their Southwestern journeys.

ESSENTIALS

The Artistic Side of Canyon Road

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.

Where History Comes to Life

Originally Spain’s seat of government for the region, the Palace of the Governors today is a museum chronicling nearly 400 years of New Mexico history.

The True Southwest

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.

The Tastes of Santa Fe

Every Saturday and Tuesday, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market displays the finest in locally grown produce, meat and dairy products and more.

A Trip Along the Scenic Route

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.

Loretto Chapel

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.

St Francis Cathedral

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.

Bandelier National Park

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.

Day trip to Taos

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.

Adobe Walls

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.

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