Things to Do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe, New Mexico is a one-of-a-kind town. With excellent cuisine, spas, unique shopping and historic landmarks, this is a destination you don't want to miss! Here are some of my favorite things to do and places to enjoy the local cuisine while visiting Santa Fe.

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Where to stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Hotel Chimayo

Steps from Santa Fe Plaza, this authentic boutique sleep is home to 56 oversized rooms and a charming terrace restaurant.

La Posada de Santa Fe

Charming Southwestern-style hotel with easy access to artful Santa Fe and an on-site spa.

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, Rosewood Inn celebrates the creative spirit and traditions of the region, offering travelers a modern take on Pueblo life.

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Things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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There are endless things to do while visiting Santa Fe, but I believe one of the best ways to explore a new place is to try new foods - and Santa Fe is no different.

I highly recommend reserving a gourmet brunch prepared by Chef Carolina, who a protege of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. The brunch is an introduction in to what makes Santa Fe unique. There is sommelier to help with wine paring or you can BYOB. 

Another great activity is to tour one of the dozens of galleries and museums showcasing artwork indicative of the native culture like The International Folk Art Museum.  

If kids are in tow, it's always a good thing to pack in a little learning adventure. Try the Meow Wolf immersive art exhibit for a participatory art experience. There are some events for the over 21 crowd as well.

For a culinary adventure, tour the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. Pick up some artisanal bread, gourmet salsa, fresh fruit and cheeses for a picnic. 

Take a tasting tour and find out what's unique about the location, what is the area famous for? Turns out, New Mexico is said to be the "Frontier of Beer". Tour Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery. Their taproom and tasting room are open for tasting local IPAs or their Agave vodka, rum or gin. Live music is offered up by touring and local bands. 

The Santa Fe Brewing Company is another option and they offer free tours on Saturdays where you can sample some of their ales. 

If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind hat to set your outfit off then try the Santa Fe Hat Company. If you've never been professionally fitted for a hat, it is quite the experience and production times can vary. If you want a hat to take back with you, they also have ready-made options. Hats for all seasons.

If you fancy yourself a cowboy or cowgirl, then mosey on over to the Lucchese Boot Shop. Lucchese has an extensive collection in leathers and skins for all ages and budgets. 

In Santa Fe, there are also several world class spas, wellness centers and treatments to choose from. After a long day of sightseeing, if you'd like to top off your evening with a massage then the Inn and Spa at Loretto has just the thing. For a truly luxurious experience, try the Four Seasons Resort.  

Day Trips

Explore the turquoise trail which starts in Cerillos. Cerillos was a gold mining town and is reminiscent of the Wild West with saloons, taverns, good eats, live music and plenty of boutiques for shopping. There is also a state park which is great for a picnic.

Places to eat & drink in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is great place to grab a margarita.

La Boca was my favorite restaurant. This place has an upscale wine bar feel, extensive international wine list and live music, depending on the season. If traveling in a group, get a little bit of everything and a couple bottles of wine to share.   

The Shed for authentic local dishes. 

For a quick breakfast, I recommend Plaza Cafe's blue corn pancakes. 

If beef is what you crave, Estevan Restaurante is on the 2nd floor of the Chimayo Hotel. 

The Low and Slow bar located on the first floor of the Hotel Chimayo has made to order pizza, that rivals any Italian pizzeria. While waiting for pizza, check out the story and the classic low rider inspired artwork on the walls.

Need to Know

For more travel inspiration check out Fora Advisor Ashtin Robison's guide, An Enchanted Land: A Santa Fe Travel Guide.

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