Nestled between the high desert and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe’s culture goes back hundreds of years. And thanks to a distinctive cuisine, robust art scene, and stellar wellness reputation, New Mexico’s capital makes a great getaway. Get the scoop from this Santa Fe destination guide by travel journalist, Devorah Lev-Tov.
Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection
This luxe, new resort covers 317 acres. Gorgeous backdrops and a 150-year history make this hotel an ideal base to explore the city and its natural surroundings. Bishop John Baptiste Lamy’s original chapel still stands on property (and hosts yoga classes), while adobe suites, a pool, and horse stables complete the picture.
Determine whether you prefer red or green chile—the two mother sauces of New Mexican cuisine—at this vibrant family-owned restaurant that’s been downtown since 1953. Sample traditional state dishes like chile-smothered burritos and enchiladas, posole, and red-chile-marinated pork.
Opuntia moved to a larger location at the Railyard last fall, so now there’s ample room for comfy seating, a massive tea and coffee collection, and its array of on-sale plants, which also create a lush oasis. Munch on dishes like huevos rancheros and cornflake-encrusted French toast.
Shop Local at Folklore
Santa Fe’s shopping scene is legendary and it’s hard to go wrong poking your head into any downtown shop, but if you’re gallery hopping along Canyon Road, swing over to this modern store selling locally made housewares, jewelry, and more.
Experience Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return
The original immersive art experience, visiting Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is an absolute must. We won’t spoil it, but prepare to be amazed, whether you’re an art obsessive or not.
Indulge at Kakawa Chocolate House
Ask for an elixir tasting inside this historic adobe structure and you’ll delve into chocolate’s Mayan and Aztec origins and trace its history through Europe and the U.S., sipping delicious hot chocolates along the way.