Santa Fe, nicknamed The City Different, is a vibrant city taking influence from the cultures that have thrived there for centuries.

Originally occupied by Pueblo Indians before being claimed by the Spanish crown, Santa Fe was settled more than a decade before Plymouth Colony and is the oldest capital city in North America. Today, many flock here for the rich culture, thriving art galleries, one-of-a-kind cuisine and more. Beware, you may love it so much you won’t want to leave -- it’s not uncommon for some visitors to make Santa Fe their second home!

Accommodations 

Ready to see Santa Fe for yourself? Stay at El Farolito Bed and Breakfast for a central location that is walkable to many popular spots. Think traditional adobe architecture in the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe. Here you will be near the action yet tucked away within a southwestern retreat. This charming bed and breakfast features beautiful rooms and casitas, peaceful gardens and intimate patios. Let El Farolito be your home away from home while in Santa Fe. 

Owners Walt Wyss and Wayne Mainus have operated El Farolito for more than two decades and have spared no attention to detail when it comes to their quintessential Santa Fe bed and breakfast. 

Wayne says, “We are known for our custom and original art.”

On display at El Farolito you will find Native American, Spanish Colonial and regional art. While the bed and breakfast features many modern amenities, there are numerous nods to the culturally and historically rich past of the region. For more information, visit farolito.com.

Art

Not far from El Farolito are the Canyon Road Art Galleries. In a town of just 8,500 people, there are 250 art galleries. Of those 250 art galleries, you will find more than 100 spanning one half mile of Canyon Road. 

In the 1920s, artists flocked here and soon an artist colony was formed. Today, Santa Fe is your premier destination for authentic American art and the Canyon Road Art Galleries are your one-stop-shop for traditional, western, modern, abstract, contemporary, Native American art and more. Lining the roadside you will find galleries featuring all sorts of art - from oil and acrylic paintings to bronze and stone sculptures. For more information, visit visitcanyonroad.com.


You’d be remiss to make a trip to Santa Fe without a stop at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Having made New Mexico her permanent home in 1949, much of O’Keeffe’s art was inspired by the landscapes and cultures of New Mexico. The museum includes her artwork, letters, photographs and more -- the collection reflects the life of O’Keeffe and honors her legacy. And for those who want an inside glimpse into her life, you can even book a tour of her home and studio located in the village of Abiquiu. For more information, visit okeeffemuseum.org

   

For a truly unique and interactive experience, visit Meow Wolf. Here, visitors are immersed in the visual arts as they are transported to fantasy lands. Expect art installations and various mediums like video, music and extended reality. Explore at your own pace and get lost in a world of your wildest imagination. Guests are left mesmerized by the surreal landscapes that have been created and will find themselves moving through secret passages and entering magical realms. Called House of the Eternal Return, this one-of-a-kind installation can’t be missed! For more information, visit meowwolf.com.


Food

Once you’ve explored the various art galleries and installations across Santa Fe, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite. For chocolate elixirs and ice cream, make Kakawa Chocolate House your next stop. Owners Tony and Bonnie opened Kakawa in 2011 and have been devoted to making great chocolate ever since. Be sure to try a truffle when you stop by -- these chocolate delights take three days to make! For more information, visit kakawachocolates.com.

Hungry for more? You’ll find plenty of excellent dinner options in Santa Fe like The Compound on Canyon Road, Anasazi Restaurant and Restaurant Martin to name a few.

At The Compound, James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Southwest, Mark Kiffin, serves a Contemporary American menu inspired by New World and Mediterranean influences. Ingredients are locally sourced and dishes evolve each season. For more information, visit compoundrestaurant.com.

For an intimate dining experience and a menu inspired by the southwest’s culinary history, try Anasazi Restaurant. Dishes feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and the restaurant strives to portray the spirit of Santa Fe. For more information, visit rosewoodhotels.com.

At Restaurant Martin, comfort meets refined. Chef Martin Rios and his wife are committed to the community of Santa Fe and have worked hard to create a place where locals and tourists alike feel comfortable. For more information, visit restaurantmartin.com.

If it’s live music, great prices and delicious food you’re looking for, Cowgirl BBQ is the spot! Yes, barbecue! Here they pride themselves on southwestern barbecue with a twist. On the menu you’ll find items like their Bunkhouse Brisket, BBQ Mesquite-Smoked Baby Back Ribs and much more! For more information, visit cowgirlsantafe.com.

When you’re ready to refuel, pop into Iconik Coffee Roasters at their Lupe location where they’re serving all of your favorite coffee drinks alongside tea, pastries and breakfast food. Coffee lovers can also grab a bag of their coffee beans to-go. For more information, visit iconikcoffee.com.

Culture

Round out your trip to Santa Fe by immersing yourself in the rich culture. Choose from a variety of tours to learn more about things like food, art and native culture, or visit some of the popular spots around town. Stop by Loretto Chapel to see the stunning spiral staircase, swing by Shiprock Santa Fe for fabulous shopping, and visit San Miguel Chapel, the oldest church in the United States. 

With plenty to see and do, your trip to The City Different is guaranteed to be full of fun, food, art and all things Santa Fe! For more information or to start planning your trip today, visit santafe.org.

COVID-19 Note from Tourism Santa Fe:

The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been Tourism Santa Fe’s top priority. Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to travel safely. The City of Santa Fe continues to work closely with our business partners, monitoring the new safety procedures and practices being implemented within restaurants, accommodations, attractions, venues and more, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit to our welcoming city. While enjoying your visit in Santa Fe, we strongly encourage you to adhere to the health practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as mask wearing, frequent hand washing and maintaining distance (about six feet) from others when possible. For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 or visit cv.nmhealth.org. Please note, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Meow Wolf are temporarily closed.

 

Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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