Quick Getaway to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Curator’s statement

New Mexico is so different from anywhere else in the United States, and it’s got everything that communicates Americana in an ancestral way. Highly inspired by Mesoamerican pre-Hispanic communities, this land is where Georgia O'Keeffe created her artistic legacy. The following itinerary is excellent for a weekend getaway.

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Where to stay in New Mexico

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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Heaven for nature lovers, this 45-room inn sits on 25 acres of lavender fields and cottonwood trees in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

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Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection

A soulful and luxurious new addition from Auberge bordering Santa Fe National Forest, with a village-like layout, centerpiece restaurant and mix of suites and standalone casitas.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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The Inn of The Five Graces

In downtown Santa Fe, this award-winning hotel is a celebration of the region’s artisan traditions and traditional adobe architecture.

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  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out based upon availability at check-in.

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Things to do in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

When traveling to New Mexico, map out a route to Albuquerque and Santa Fe – the genuine gemstones of this adobe-engraved land. The two cities embody the essence of New Mexico, carrying a waft of the artistic spirit, culinary exploration and venturing into the expanses of natural ways. 


The beauty of Albuquerque is in the variety of available activities. Visit the Petroglyph National Park, one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. The Griegos Lateral is great for walking and biking along the irrigation ditch. Take the Sandia Peak Tramway at 10,000 ft in the air. 

The city is also jam-packed with art and culture. Make sure to pop by the Albuquerque Museum to discover local culture and art. The Turquoise Museum is a family-owned destination that compiles the history of turquoise and informational exhibits in one space. There is even a Swarovski crystal chandelier made up of 21,500 turquoise beads!

For those looking to get some shopping in, the Old Town has many stores with local treats and trinkets. Check out the Lapis Room for beautiful jewelry and home items, the store also has an art gallery and a wine shop. Luna & Luz is a small-batch store that sells earthy beauty products, sticks and stones. Bookworks is a lovely independent bookstore that supports the local community. Toad Road is a Nob Hill clothing store with exciting and extraordinary pieces for the fashionistas. The music fiends might want to discover Nob Hill Music, a local record shop that carries CDs, cassettes and LPs. Finally, Penny Smith's Paper is an excellent local paper and gift shop for souvenirs. 

Santa Fe

When in Santa Fe, you will probably want to stay in town, but the adventure junkies might want to head out to Ski Santa Fe, located 16 miles north of the city with a base elevation of 10,350 ft. In town, exploration is all about art. Visit the Meow Wolf; a must-see interactive and immersive experience for all ages. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is also a must-visit for walking through the artist’s paintings and creative process. The IAIA Museum is the country's only museum presenting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists. Finally, to unwind, you might want to visit Ten Thousand Wave, inspired by Japanese mountain hot springs resorts, private outdoor hot tubs, bodywork and a fantastic Japanese restaurant.

Shopping in Santa Fe is terrific, featuring collector’s items and unique pieces. The Santa Fe Dry Goods is a lux home decor and candles, unique designer clothing and accessories shop. Susan's Christmas Shop features all-things-Christmas, year-round – trust me! The Sign Of The Pampered Maiden is a fun women’s earrings and clothing boutique. Men’s fashion can be found at Corsini. The Santa Fe Vintage Outpost features unique finds of jewelry, clothing and objects. Finally, check out Secret and Sons’ Southwestern furniture, accessories and rugs for some interior decor. 

Day Trips

If you have a few more days in New Mexico, you might want to go to Abiquiu and stop by Bode's General Merchandise, Ghost Ranch, Plaza Blanca, Dar al Islam and the Abiquiu Lake. You can also make your way to Tao via the High Road, where you can check out the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Finally, Madrid is also a lovely destination, and you can drive through when on your way from ABQ to Santa Fe. Stop by the Turquoise Trail, White Mesa, Black Mesa and even the White Sands National Monument

A note from Jill

If you’re looking to relax, the Ojo Caliente Springs might be the way to do it! Next, looking for some out-of-this-world entertainment? Check out the most advanced radio telescope array on Earth at The Very Large Array. Finally, the Valles Caldera National Preserve will do the trick for some nature exploration.

Eat & drink in New Mexico

Food and drinks in New Mexico


Campo at Los Poblanos Farm: Amazing farm-to-table cuisine that serves incredible lavender lattes. The Grove Cafe: Local food with a line out the door to get in. 

Frenchish: Quality creative French food in a somewhat casual setting.  

Farm & Table: The food and vibe here are incredible and perfect for a vegetarian. They also offer Yoga on the Farm.

Sawmill Market: Food market with many options and great outdoor space.

Casa Rondena Winery: Are you looking to chill in a beautiful setting and try New Mexican wine and bites? This is the spot. 

Bow & Arrow Brewing Co: Local favorite, modern design and craft beers brewed onsite. 

Santa Fe

SkyFire at Bishop's Lodge: Beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

The Shed: Hard to get into this dining institution, but they take your number and call you so you can shop at the Plaza. Features: Classic Southwestern food like posole and tacos with a fun atmosphere. No peanuts are used in the restaurant!

Paloma Restaurant: This is the restaurant that seems like the place to be. Lots of artists, influencers and designers hang out here.

Geronimo: Come here if you have a special occasion or want to be treated nicely. The service and food are outstanding! They offer a vegetarian tasting menu at a reasonable price.

Cafe Pasqual's: Easy restaurant in downtown Santa Fe with a festive interior and Mexican fare. 

Clafoutis: Family-owned French bakery with sit-down service and take-out. The pastries are truly delicious, and there are so many to choose from.

The Teahouse:  Nestled in tightly on Canyon Road amongst all the galleries is this exceptional teahouse.

The Bell Tower Bar: At the top of The La Fonda Hotel is a beautiful open-air bar perfect for watching the sunset.

El Farol: Flamenco show and dinner. The bar was once referred to as The Best Bar on Earth!

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