Santa Fe isn’t the most popular (or the most well-known) weekend getaway destination in the United States. But the New Mexico capital — which is actually America’s oldest state capital — has a lot to offer visitors. Its Native American, Mexican, and Spanish influences are noticeable in everything, from the architecture to the food to the shops. Keep reading to discover just what you could do with a weekend in Santa Fe.
Where to stay
Santa Fe’s central plaza is the city’s epicentre. It’s where visitors will find excellent restaurants, lots of things to do, and important state buildings. Fortunately, there’s a variation of Santa Fe hotels located close to the plaza. For budget-minded travellers, Garretts Desert Inn is a great option, as room rates begin at just $90 per night. Meanwhile, La Fonda on the Plaza is a top-rated property in a perfect position on the plaza (as the name suggests). It’s home to La Plazuela restaurant, La Fiesta Lounge, and Bell Tower Bar. So basically, you don’t need to leave the hotel to have a good time. There’s also a Hilton in the centre of Santa Fe as well, perfect for loyalty members.
What to do
Firstly, marvel at the city’s unique adobe architecture, which is unlike anything you will see in other states. In the plaza, head to the Palace of the Governors — the United States’ oldest government building. Outside is where you can buy Native American homemade jewellery and artwork from the artisans themselves. Next, visit one of Santa Fe’s many museums and galleries (there are over 200 to choose from). There’s a museum dedicated to famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Alternatively, visit the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection, which describes itself as a “one-stop for contemporary art,” or the Museum of International Folk Art.
Another thing to do in Santa Fe is to check out The Railyard district, which is naturally home to more art galleries, independent boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Finally, a visit to Santa Fe isn’t complete unless you visit Ten Thousand Waves, which is inspired by Japan’s mountain hot spring resorts. Located just ten minutes from Santa Fe, you can indulge in a spa package, soak in the hot tubs, and enjoy a meal at the amazing Izanami restaurant. Apparently, its view is to die for.
Where to eat and drink
Visitors are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink options in Santa Fe. To begin, there’s no better place for drinks than Secreto Lounge in Hotel St. Francis, which specialises in “garden-to-glass” cocktails. Restaurant options include The Pink Adobe, which is a local landmark that was established in 1944. La Boca is an award-winning restaurant serving modern Spanish cuisine. Meanwhile, The Shed is a must-visit if you’re in search of food on the plaza, and Bouche is a French bistro that’s perfect for date night.
So what are you waiting for? Pack those bags and head to Santa Fe for the perfect weekend escape today.
This post is in partnership with Hotel Planner.