Looking for the perfect getaway this spring to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul? Check out Santa Fe.

Known as the land of enchantment and the city different, Santa Fe is one of the oldest cities in America with stunning pueblo adobe architecture, rich culture, warm, earthy colors and textiles.

It's also known to have this special healing energy and is home to many creatives. Not to mention the food - it's where breakfast burritos were invented and home to some of the best southwestern/Mexican food in the world. 

We left Santa Fe with our bellies full and our hearts even fuller, and we're excited to share these top tips for visiting Santa Fe. 

Wearing our Paisley sneakers in all white

How to Get There

Santa Fe, NM has a small airport, but for cheaper fares and more flight options, fly into Albuquerque. 

From there, rent a car and drive about an hour into town. You’ll likely need a car the whole time unless you plan to just stay in the downtown area. 

Where to stay 

Inn at Loretto - A very centrally located hotel that'll give you that perfect combination of Santa Fe Southwestern style with the authentic culture of New Mexico.

Bishops Lodge - A serene property set amongst the foothills that was recently renovated. Check out their amazing spa for a total reset! 

The Inn of the Five Graces - A stunning boutique hotel with incredible interiors blending Southwestern and Moroccan styles. The bathroom tile work is insane!

Airbnbs - Lots to choose from here! Opt to stay near downtown or near Canyon Road if you can. 

What to do

Downtown - Tons of shops, restaurants, and museums to check out. Plan to spend at least a half day here. 

Canyon Road - Over 80 galleries featuring local Santa Fe artists. Everything from sculpture to pottery to painting. They close at 5 and most are not open on Sundays, so plan accordingly! 

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - A must-see! One of the best museums we've been to in a while. Very inspiring and informative about her life and how she helped pioneer the American modernism movement. Tip - buy your tickets ahead of time since this place is popular! 

Pottery or painting classes - If you're looking to tap into your creativity, consider signing up for an art class held by local artists. 

Thousand Waves Spa - Feel like you're in Japan for the day by spending the afternoon in this Japanese-inspired spa. Full of hot baths, saunas, and more - you'll feel like a new person. 

Hiking - Many great trails nearby. Depending on what you're looking for, check out All Trails. And if it's open, check out the Tent Rocks National Monuments.

What + Where to Eat

Cafe Pasqual's - This place is busy for a reason! Serving some of the best Southwestern/Mexican food, you'll definitely want to get here when it opens for breakfast or lunch. For dinner, they accept reservations but book ahead of time!

The Shed - Another favorite, The Shed serves up some of the best enchiladas we've ever tasted. Try their "Christmas Sauce" so you can sample both the green and red chili sauce. 

The Tea House - A local gem, The Tea Shop is located on Canyon Road. Perfect for grabbing a quick bite to eat or tea before seeing the galleries. Try their macaroni and cheese! 

El Farol - Also on Canyon Road, El Farol serves delicious Spanish cuisine. They offer nightly flamenco dancer shows, so if that interests you, you'll want to make a reservation that includes the show. 

Geronimo - For a more fine dining experience, try this local favorite. Set in a historic building dating back to the 1700s, Geronimo is a charming restaurant with a fusion of Asian, Southwestern and French cuisines. Try their pear and endive salad, sea bass and prawns! 

Must Visit Shops

La Boheme - A gorgeous collection of handmade, organic clothing and accessories store located on Canyon Road. We were swooning over their chic loungewear bra and short set! 

Ciel Handcrafted - A true gem of a store also located on Canyon Road, Ciel features art, pottery, clothing, and homewares handcrafted by local artists. 

Wind River Trading Company - Located in downtown, come here for the best selection of turquoise and other rare stone jewelry. 

What to Pack 

Bring lots of layers since in the daytime the warm desert sun can heat up, and at night it dramatically cools off.

Also, be prepared to walk a lot, so bring your favorite sneakers or boots. We packed our Paisley sneakers and they were the perfect shoe for dressing up or down. 

Our Paisley Sneakers in all white

We hope you get to visit this amazing city someday and enjoy it as much as we did! 


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