Santa Fe

Santa Fe has it all. Amazing food, hiking, spas, skiing, art galleries, golf, history, and some pretty fantastic spicy margaritas. Less than an hour from the Albuquerque International Airport, Santa Fe is a perfect fit for a long weekend.

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The most luxurious hotel is definitely the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Set in the mountains just outside Santa Fe, this 65-room resort really feels like a private retreat.  The casita-style guestrooms are super luxe, and the views are jaw-dropping. The hotel provides a shuttle for the short 15-minute ride into town.

If you want to stay within the Historic District, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi has a great location, with Santa Fe’s fantastic restaurants, shops, sites, and art galleries, right outside your front door. The hotel also has a cozy little bar with a pretty fantastic hatch chile margarita. Spicy!

A more budget friendly option within the Historic District is the Inn and Spa at Loretto. It is not as upscale as the Rosewood or Four Seasons, but it would allow you to save a little coin and is still in a great location. This hotel has a true Santa Fe-feel, and is blessed with a nice outdoor pool to enjoy during the summer. In the winter, the big fireplace in the lobby lounge is the perfect place to cozy up.

Eat and Drink

I usually try to stay away from tourist traps, but I find myself coming back year after year to the Bell Tower Bar at the La Fonda Hotel, which is a true piece of Santa Fe history, tracing back to 1607. Sunset views from this rooftop bar during the summer can’t be missed, and is the most relaxing spot to sit back with a drink.

The line is completely worth it at Café Pasqual’s. I never go to Santa Fe without having their Huevos Barbacoa Con Chile D'Arbol Salsa at least once during my trip, and with a no reservation policy for breakfast and brunch, the line can get pretty long. Trust me. It is worth it.

I recently discovered Radish & Rye and I am completely swooning over their bourbon bar and farm-inspired food with a southwestern flair. Located in the Railyard area, there are some great contemporary art galleries nearby to peruse before your reservation.

If you want a good cocktail, head to the Secreto Lounge inside the Hotel St. Francis. This is where the cocktail shakers be shaking in Santa Fe.

Art Galleries

Everywhere you turn in Santa Fe there is an art gallery. The Canyon Road area alone  has over 100 galleries and boutiques within one half mile. The Santa Fe Railyard houses some of the newer contemporary galleries, while the Historic District has over 30 galleries, including my two favorites,  Patina Gallery and David Rothermel Contemporary

Contact me to start planning your Santa Fe vacation! My exclusive hotel benefits include upgrade (based on availability), complimentary daily breakfast, and a $100 food and beverage credit. 

Alisa Cohen