Artist Georgia O'Keeffe moved to Santa Fe in 1949 and established it as her new home and artistic haven as it, according to O'keeffe, expressed “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” Though she had been popular and recognized in New York art circles, she found her niche in the rugged New Mexican terrain where she immortalized flowers, shrubs, rocks, shells, and other natural objects through large-scale abstractions. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has over 3,000 works of art, including 1,149 paintings, drawings, and sculptures done by O'keeffe from 1901 to 1984. The museum is also dedicated to O'keeffe's contemporaries and the American contemporary and modernist art movements; artists such as Arthur Dove, Sherrie Levine, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol have had their work displayed at the museum.
Used a backdrop for weddings, the Loretto Chapel is one of Santa Fe's oldest and most dear attractions. Formerly a Roman Catholic church, it now serves as a museum and wedding venue. Perhaps beyond its grand beauty and elegance, Loretto Chapel's continued allure lies in its mysterious spiral staircase. Both the identity of its builder and the stunning physics of its construction - there were no supports holding it as it spirals into the choir loft - remain a mystery. Legend says that St. Joseph himself made it, as the man who did build the staircase disappeared before the nuns were able to pay him, and the wood used was not native to the area. It is a stunning salute to the science of physics and the hearts of believers.
When Santa Fe was still under Spanish rule in the 17th century, the Palace of the Governors was erected as a seat of government. It now pays homage to the American Southwest, providing educational opportunities for visitors seeking to delve into the region's rich past. The adobe is the state's history museum and was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999.
Over 200 acres incorporates El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe's living history museum. El Rancho represents and exhibits New Mexico's history with emphasis on the Spanish Colonial era. The museum is dedicated to 18th and 19th century New Mexico, with original colonial buildings and reconstructed Northern New Mexican historic buildings. Enjoy lively festivals with music and dance.
The Museum of International Folk Art has a history of preserving the arts spanning six decades. In the time since their opening in 1953, the museum has gained national and international acclaim as an accredited art gallery. With a collection of more than 135,000 artifacts, they are home to the world’s largest collection of folk art. Explore the exhibitions covering four wings: Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, and Neutrogena.
Thousands are drawn each year to Santa Fe for its wealth of natural and historical sight-seeing opportunities. Among these are the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos located north of the city. With a history extending millennia, the pueblos were inhabited by Native Americans far before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s. Today, their cultures, traditions, and arts lend to New Mexico's greatness.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture dedicates itself to the preservation of local Native American heritage. Listen to the stories and songs that span thousands of years of Southwestern history. If you're a history love or simply enjoy stories, it's a great way to spend your afternoon.
Even if you aren't a fan yet, you'll fall in love with opera after attending a production at the Santa Fe Opera House. With acclaimed singers from around the world visiting, the opera produces grand productions from classical composers to modern day favorites. Call or go online to check out performance times.
The Santa Fe Trail was a transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri, with Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the 19th century. In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became America's first international commercial highway, becoming one of the nation's great routes of adventure and western expansion for nearly six decades afterwards. Congress recognized the significance of the Trail to American history by proclaiming it a National Historic Trail in 1987. Now visitors and locals can partake in its amazing history.
The New Mexico State Capitol, known locally as the Roundhouse, is the seat of government in New Mexico. It is the only round state capitol in the United States. Designed to resemble the Zia Sun Symbol when viewed from above, there are consequently four entrance wings that protrude from a main cylindrical volume. Above each entrance is a stone carving of the State Seal of New Mexico. One of the building's levels is below ground.
St. Francis Cathedral is one of Santa Fe's historical gems. Serving as the representation of the Southwest's influential past under Catholicism, the Cathedral is a cultural landmark. There are plenty of photograph opportunities with the beautiful interior and classical art. Daily masses are still held.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet features top global choreographers, groundbreaking works, and virtuoso dancers from the American west. With locations in Aspen, Colorado, and Santa Fe, the Ballet forms a multifaceted arts organization. They curate quality dance programming for home audiences with dance education being the priority.
"Viva la Fiesta!" has rang across the streets of Santa Fe for nearly 300 years. Every fall since 1712, people have gathered in Old Santa Fe to celebrate Don Diego De Vargas' peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692. The fiesta incorporates both local and Native American traditions, making it one of Santa Fe's most storied and treasured attractions.
The Burning of Zozobra has been a Santa Fe Fiestas tradition since 1924. Created by Will Shuster, Zozobra is a giant marionette of sorts that is ceremoniously burned each year as a ritual effigy of Old Man Gloom. In burning Zozobra, it is believed to dispel the hardships and trials of the past year. Attend the ceremony and watch your worries go up in flames.
The Rodeo de Santa Fe began in 1949 when a group of individuals sought to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe. It remains one of the nation's top 60 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Rodeos. Check Rodeo de Santa Fe's website for information about upcoming events.
Located in the historic Sena Plaza, La Casa Sena itself was originally built in 1868 as a home by a notable family. You are invited to indulge in notable meals and drinks. Chef Patrick Gharrity prepares modern Southwestern cuisine with a particular emphasis on sustainable and local products. Aztec dusted salmon and grilled New Mexico hanger steak are highlights of the menu.
Generous portions, reasonable prices and an endless amount of barbecue food. That's what The Ranch House is all about and known for. The restaurant promises and most certainly delivers the quality that is expected by its visitors with dishes such as traditional barbecue baby back ribs and house smoked wings.
The restaurant that serves breakfast all day, every day. The menu is filled with breakfast items that will make your heart beat faster with excitement. They are known for their high quality products that they use, ranging from grass fed antibiotic free beef to cage-free eggs. This is one of the reasons why the quality of the dishes is extremely high.
A favourite restaurant of the locals, La Plazuala serves New Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. They prepare traditional recipes with an unconventional approach, which makes the dishes unique. The interior is filled with the style of the Southwest, including a huge iron chandelier, which will make you feel like you've travelled back in time.
Tabla de Los Santos is fine Mexican dining within the Hotel St. Francis. Organic, farm-to-table ingredients are used in every meal and draw influence from northern New Mexican cuisine. Enjoy complex culinary creations such as prawns de los Santos, roasted corn green chile chicken chowder, St. Francis salad, herb crusted lamb chops, Parmesan crusted trout, and pappardelle bolognese.
The classy "Borrego House" was built by Geronimo Lopez in 1756, allowing guests to dine in history. The interior is adorned in adobe walling, kiva fireplaces, and wooden beams. As the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond and Mobil/Forbes 4 Star Awards, Geronimo needs little introduction. Executive chef/partner Eric DiStefano and chef de cusine Paul Novak champion a "Global Eclectic" menu that changes seasonally.
Consistently ranked as one of Santa Fe's favorite restaurants, Jambo Café brings a dash of African flavor and fun to the city. Under the helm of head chef and owner Ahmed Obo, Jambo Café serves African and Caribbean inspired dishes. Obo enjoys working closely alongside other cooks, local ranchers, and farmers to bring the freshest of seasonal and local produce and ingredients.
El Mesón is recommended by the Consulate of Spain as a premium venue for fine Spanish dining. For nearly 20 years, El Mesón has dazzled Santa Fe with authentic Spanish flavors. The menu features tapas, paella, fine wines, and much more. Relax and dine with an atmosphere of soothing live music that hearkens of Madrid.
Chef Martin Rios brings his award-winning progressive American cuisine to Santa Fe. Top flight, creative dishes inspire locals and visitors to return time and time again to Restaurant Martin. Dinner entrées include Maine diver scallops, Maple Leaf Farm duck breast, a vegetarian tasting plate of sweet potato soufflé tart, manchego cheese poltena, quinoa croquettes, garlic spinach, maple roasted butternut squash, and king trumpet mushrooms, as well as other great selections.
With chic, modern styling and contemporary décor, Luminaria is one of Santa Fe's finest. Chef Matt Ostrander crafts a menu of "conscious cuisine," ensuring a feast for the senses. Blending French, contemporary American, and Southwestern flavors, Ostrander creates signature dishes. Look for great selections of meat, seafood, and fresh produce. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as brunch on Sundays.
Vinaigrette is a modern eatery that pairs bold salads with protein complements. The menu features items like diver scallops, lemon-herb chicken, and grilled hanger steak that are served with a collection of fresh salads. The produce used is organically grown nearby on owner Erin Wade’s 10-acre Nambe farm.
With genuine Indian cuisine that one customer described as being "better Indian Food than in LA," India House impresses easily. The menu is endlessly delicious, from great starters like the paneer pakoras and tandoori chicken wings to entrées like the jumbo prawns and raja dinner. Make sure to visit while in Santa Fe.
Anasazi Restaurant serves fine Southwestern cuisine in an environment wrapped in elegance and esteem. The decor is rustic and lined with local and regional art. Their signature dishes span the duck enchilada molé, diver scallops, Kurobuta pork belly, achiote grilled salmon, grilled elk tenderloin, and Angus beef duet with diablo sauce. The dress code is elegant and, though reservations are not required, they are recommended.
Simply listing the accolades La Boca has received many guests more inclined to step into the Euro-inspired restaurant. Chef James is a seven-time James Beard Award Nominee for “Best Chef of the Southwest," and he was recently one of only four chefs nominated to compete in the Sherry Council of America’s “Copa Jerez International Food and Sherry Pairing Competition." The restaurant itself won the Santa Fe Reporter’s “Restaurant of the Year,” and the International Wine and Food Society’s “Award of Excellence.” Enjoy a careful selection of Mediterranean and South American wines that pair nicely with Spanish cuisine.
The Rooftop Pizzeria is located in the Santa Fe Arcade shopping center. Far more than the name implies, the Rooftop Pizzeria places guests in a chic dining room that mirrors New York and San Francisco, with an outdoor patio that gives way to grand sunset vistas. The pizza is always gourmet, along with their antipasti and salads. They serve fine wines and micro-brews as well. Hours vary by summer and winter.
Jinja Bar & Bistro seeks to impress your palate with flavors from the Pacific Rim. Find dishes inspired by Japan, Hawaii, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia. Customer favorites include the pad thai, teriyaki beef skewers, and steak frites. All of the dipping sauces and marinades are homemade.
Serving breakfast and lunch only, Tecolote Café has the perfect blend of American and Mexican foods. For morning fare, enjoy desayunos, "eggscetera" dishes, omelettes, and pancakes. Lunch features almuerzos, Americana, soups, and fresh salads. Tecolote Café was even featured on the Food Network.
The 35˚ North Coffee café has been described by the locals as their 'secret hidden treasure'. As you might guess, it's been a favourite coffee place of the locals ever since it was established. They are known for their breakfast croissant, which is filled with scrambled egg, ham, green chile and white cheddar.
Besides your regular latte macchiato or cappuccino, there is so much more that Ohori's Coffee Roasters has on offer. They only use organic grown coffee beans and roast their coffee beans themselves. When you pay them a visit, try the unconventional butter coffee or red rooibos shot!
The little sister of the famous restaurant Vinaigrette has made a name for itself. Besides sandwiches and toasts, they mainly focus on their savory, sweet and plain cakes. They have a huge variety of goodies, such as the red pepper Sonora cake, coconut cake and prosciutto & robiola corn cake.
A quirky little coffee shop, this is how the visitors describe Liquid Outpost. The owners have decorated the place with all sorts of art and made sure that there is always relaxing music for its customers to listen to and drift away whilst drinking their beverage and eating snacks.
As you might have guessed when you red the name of this bakery, it is filled with all sorts of sweet treats. It's a great way to start your morning, with a cup of coffee and a Danish pastry on the side. For the customers who would rather prefer something less sweet, fear not, there are also plenty of savory items on the menu!
The oldest coffee shop in Santa Fe with a newsstand and filled with baked goods, beverages and sandwiches. Downtown Subscription has been beloved by the locals since it has been established. It's the perfect place for a relaxing morning or afternoon, just reading a paper or a magazine and let yourself drift away in the articles whilst sipping your worries away.
A light breakfast in the city centre and you are on your way to start your day! Capital Coffee Company is a small and cosy café that is so welcoming, that you might spend some time in here. They have traditional drinks, but you can also add some unusual shots such as chili.
The restaurant stays true to its roots and focuses on the Tex-Mex cuisine what the customers seem to love. The Pantry Restaurant was established over 70 years ago and is still as popular. The loyal customers comes for the quality food and enjoy food like traditional Santa Fe Beef Brisket.
Sage Bakehouse prepares its products in the French "pain tradition," meaning all baked goods are naturally leavened, hand-formed, fermented, and baked directly on the hearth of a French oven. Their breads find their way to northern New Mexico’s finest food shops, restaurants, and hotels as a result. Grab a flaky croissant or sweet cookie to start off your day, and munch on a rustic apple tart or chocolate-hazelnut torte for after hours.
Simply mutter the words "cheese danish" and Chez Mamou will instantly come to mind for Santa Fe locals. Chez Mamou French Café & Bakery boasts a wonderfully delicious menu of breakfast and lunch items in true French fashion. Paired with fresh roasted coffee, enjoy dishes such as the mushroom crepe, croque madam, and the eggs benedict.
Championing "wine with a view," the Museum Hill Café has spectacular cuisine in a refined atmosphere. House specialties include the likes of smoked duck flautas, Asian shrimp tacos, and housemade mushroom taquitos, while an extensive drinks menu begs a glance. Choose from red, white, rosé, and dessert wines, beer, and sparkling or specialty drinks.
Iconik Coffee Roasters are indeed so, with the finest coffees and teas around. They roast all direct trade coffees by hand - in house - and their teas are selected from award-winning estates. Baked goods are handmade daily, while the bacon is from local farms, cured and smoked just for Iconik.
The Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse serves up fresh, locally roasted organic coffee to go along with your morning or afternoon read. They also have a full menu of espresso drinks, Mighty Leaf tea, Bhakti Chai, Ghiradelli hot chocolate, and organic apple cider. If you're hungry as well, they carry fresh burritos and deli sandwiches from Tesuque Village Market.
ECCO serves locally roasted artisan coffee and hand-pulled espresso beverages. To satisfy your sweet tooth and escape the desert sun, ECCO also serves handmade gelato using local, organic ingredients. Be sure to stop in one afternoon while taking a break from shopping and sightseeing.
Set foot in the Low 'n Slow Lowrider Bar and it will feel like you have arrived at a high quality garage. The bar interior is inspired by the famous book written by Jack Parson and Carmella Padilla. There are special cocktails created by mixologist and will make sure that you will have a care-themed experience of a lifetime!
Matches, live bands, great food and amazing beverages. Beloved by locals, this is BOXCAR in a nutshell. What they are also known for is their green chili and the fries. While listening to the music or watching a game, order one of their many dishes and grab a drink to create your perfect night!
If you are looking for traditional New Mexico dishes with a twist, look no further. The Thunderbird Bar & Grill has crafted the art of making contemporary dishes that are loved by the locals. But let's not forget about the cocktails, one of their most popular cocktails is the Prickly Pear with ingredients that can only be found in New Mexico.
Draft Station is all about making sure that New Mexico's brewers and their amazing beers are supported. They have a great amount of local beers poured from no less than fourteen tap handles. Some of the most popular beers are from the Blue Corn Brewery and Chama River Brewing Company.
Secreto Lounge is a premier cocktail bar specializing in award-winning “Garden-To-Glass” and vintage cocktails. All cocktails are crafted with the finest of local fruits, vegetables, herbs, spirits, and bitters. Locals love the Agave Way, while Secreto's signature drink is the Spicy Secreto.
The Dragon Room Lounge is widely recognized for its haute atmosphere, great drinks menu, and Pink Adobe ambiance. The "Santa Fe Reporter" named it "top bar in Santa Fe," and "International Newsweek" named it "one of the top 19 bars in the world." Indulge in the atmosphere of greenery and trees, along with the art deco walls and pure sophistication. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are also served every Tuesday through Sunday, and reservations are recommended.
The Bull Ring has been a staple of Santa Fe since 1971. A favorite of politicians, they set aside their differences to partake in a great meal when the Legislature is in session. As one of the area's finest steakhouses, guests dine on tender steaks, chops, ribs, and fresh lobster tails. They serve USDA Prime corn-fed Midwestern beef that has been aged to perfection, hand-cut and prepared in specially-built broilers. Pair your meal with a selection from their extensive wine list as well. Their bar menu is served all day, every day.
Find a wealth of weekly specials and daily deals at the only shopping outlet in New Mexico. Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe features designer brands such as Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Levi's, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Stop by and check out the great deals.
Local food, art, clothing and anything that you can imagine can be found at the market. The Santa Fe Farmers Market has been a favourite hot spot of the locals since their establishment in 1968. The market has indoor and outdoor stalls, so you can enjoy it whether there is rain or sunshine!
Santa Fe Place is a great mall for clothing, accessories, fine gifts, beauty services, food, and much more. Find over 70 retailers, including Dillard's and JCPenney, Gap/Gap Kids, Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, Victoria's Secret, Sports Authority, and Toys 'R' Us Express. It is a place where the whole family can find something.
The Plaza is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Embrace the local history with landmarks and museums, as well as great shopping and dining options. The center square features displays from Native Americans selling handmade jewelry, dolls, pottery, woven baskets, and more.
Do not let the stylized name dissuade you from stepping into Daniella clothing.jewelry.accessories, as the designer boutique was selected as one of Elle.com's 50 favorite boutiques. Find apparel and accessories from renowned names like James Perse, JBrand and Alice + Olivia, Me&Ro, and Rebecca Minkoff. Daniella's is your destination for cutting edge fashion.
Having outfitted Brad Pitt, Sylvester Stallone, Elton John, Jay Leno, Madonna, Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn, Julia Roberts, Britney Spears, Bruce Willis, and even Slash, KOWBOYZ is 100% authentic Western. As the go-to shop for everything Western wear, KOWBOYZ boasts 5,000 pairs of new and vintage cowboy boots for men, women and children. They also have hats, shirts, belts, buckles, skirts, and western curios.
Native Jackets offers the best in Navajo-inspired jackets, vests, and blankets. They also feature museum-quality contemporary and antique native rugs, pots, and baskets. Choose from the garments you see on their website or in store, or you may choose your favorite blanket and they can make a garment from your choice. The native rugs, pots, and baskets are among the finest available. Artists include Maria Martinez, Margaret Tafoya, Daisy Taugelchee, and many more.
Casa Nova features traditional tribal and contemporary art from around the world. This must see shop is a great destination for gifts and home decor, with arts, crafts and design pieces from Southern Africa and other nations. Be sure to pick up one-of-a-kind articles to take back home.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport serves the Santa Fe area. It services the following airlines: American Eagle, Great Lakes Airline, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines. American Eagle provides regional jet service to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport. Great Lakes Airlines offers twice daily flight service between Santa Fe and Denver. RoadRunneR Shuttle & Charter +1 505 424 3367 Daily: 8:00AM - 6:00PM Sandia Shuttle Express 2875 Industrial Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, United States +1 505 474 5696
Several public transportation options operate the Santa Fe area. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a commuter rail service operating in Valencia, Bernalillo (including Albuquerque), Sandoval, and Santa Fe Counties. Santa Fe is served by the Santa Fe Depot, South Capitol and Santa Fe County/NM 599. The New Mexico Park and Ride and the North Central Regional Transit District operate weekday commuter coach/bus service to Santa Fe from Torrance, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Los Alamos Counties.