Santa Fe feels otherworldly to me. It feels a little bit like home, because it’s the Southwest. It attracts locals who want to slow down, and take time to enjoy life, the outdoors, and the arts.
The Inn of the Five Graces: This hotel blew me away, in a way few properties ever have. There are 23 different rooms & suites and all have supremely gorgeous Middle East-meets-Southwest-meets-Asia decor. Colorful, exotic tiles cover nearly every inch in the bathrooms. It is pure Santa Fe, with a dazzling global spin. More photos on my separate post on the property.
Santacafe: Southwestern fine dining with a beautiful outdoor patio. The building is 150 years old.
Geronimo: A wonderful steak house.
Cafe Pasqual’s: One of the best places for breakfast in Santa Fe! Fun and quirky.
Seret & Sons: Beautiful local furniture store - most of the furnishings for Inn of the Five Graces came from here.
Loretto Chapel: This will be on your Santa Fe hit list, because of the “miraculous staircase.” A mysterious carpenter built the twisty structure with no nails and only wooden pegs.
Tesuque Village Market: On one of my trips to Santa Fe, we stayed at a gorgeous rental home in Tesuque, about ten minutes from the city center. This market is worth a stop and has a full menu and bakery.
If you go to Taos...please eat at The Love Apple! We stayed at a friend’s home in beautiful Taos, 90 minutes from Santa Fe, and ate dinner at this wonderful place, which has the best low light and cozy atmosphere.