Santa Fe, NM is a city rich in history and culture. The architecture, art, food, landscape, and people are like no other place on earth. The city is heavily influenced by Native American, Spanish and Mexican cultures making it seem like you have traveled beyond our boarders. Fly into ABQ, drive an hour north, and stay a while…
1. Views and Vistas.
2. The Shed
James Beard Foundation Award 2003
Obviously, start with the house guacamole, salsa, and chips, follow with Green Chile Stew, finish with the Enchilada Plate. Breathe. This place will not disappoint your pallet.
3. 10,000 Waves
Unique mountain spa with the feel of a Japanese onsen.
This place is INCREDIBLE!
Wrap yourself in a kimono, spring for a super premium hot bath room (think Mr Miyagi’s dojo) followed by the “Nose to Toes” treatment and you will be transformed and transported.
4. Lucchese Boot store
Lucchese is a Texas based company, but the Santa Fe store is not to be missed. Lucchese boots are unmatched in comfort, fit and design.
Located in the heart of Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Geronimo offers relaxed fine dining in a cozy 1756 adobe home. Recommendation: everything.
6. Georgia O’Keffe
Skip the house tour in Abiquiu, and focus on The Georgie O’Keffe Museum where you will find nearly 1500 pieces of her work. The museum houses paintings, drawings, photographs, and letters from O’Keffe as well as organizes exhibitions of work by her contemporaries.
“I have but one desire as a painter – that is to paint what I see, as I see it, in my own way, without regard for the desires or taste of the professional dealer or the professional collector.”- Georgia O’Keeffe
Photo credit: Getty
7. Canyon Road gallery crawl
Canyon Road boasts over 100 galleries, studios, boutiques, and restaurants in one half mile. You will find everything from Native American antiques to international contemporary works here. Dine at Geronimo after (no. 5 on this list).
Don’t miss Turner Carroll Gallery.
8. Santa Fe Indian Market
The Indian Market offers over 1,100 artists representing over 100 tribes. The colors, design and craftsmanship here is astonishing. This is your source for bolos, jewelry leather goods, bead work, and pottery. Make sure you check out the food booths for fry bread, Navajo tacos, and roasted corn.
9. Downtown Subscription
Best place in town for coffee and a fabulous news stand! You will find international design and fashion, literary, and hobbyist alongside the regulars in their racks.
10. Outdoor afternoon drinking.
Santa Fe is one of the best places to grab a cocktail and watch the sun go down. We suggest finding a place with epic views, an outdoor fireplace and a wine cellar (thanks again Mr. Kinzie).
M83, Sting, Robert Earl Keen, and The Grateful Dead