Monday, April 22, 2024

Destination of the Month: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe has long been a spirtual sanctuary in New Mexico. It is the oldest city capitol  in the US, founded in 1610 by Spanish colonists.  The area was occupied for several thousand years by Indigenous people, which makes it a spiritual retreat. 

Santa Fe is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. It is a wonderful long weekend getaway destination to relax, take in the art and culture, amazing food and, of course, the spas and nature.

The  best time to visit Santa Fe is between September and November. During this  time, temperatures range from the high 20s to high 70s. Note there is high altitude in Santa Fe, over 7000 ft.

Getting there

Santa Fe has an airport which a lot of airlines service via a connection. However, you can fly into Albuquerque and drive which will take a little over an hour. 

Where to Stay

Santa Fe has several boutique properties in Downtown that I recommend:

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

The Inn of the Five Graces

Inn at Loretto

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (photo: Rosewood website)

Or, if you want to stay out of town and be in the mountains yet only 10 mins away from town, I recommend:

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

You can also stay at the Japanese-inspired spiritual spa and hotel, the Ten Thousand Waves, which I recommend visiting while you are there.

Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa & Resort (photo: Facebook)

What to Do

Start your day in the historic Plaza which is the heart of Santa Fe.  You don’t need a car to walk the plaza area. It’s full of shops, restaurants and plenty of art galleries. 

For history buffs, visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, which was built in the 1880’s; the Palace of the Governors is the oldest public building in continuous use in the Unites States; and, of course, the Santa Fe Trail which you can walk and visit the “Oldest House in the United States” next door to San Miguel Chapel.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis

As I mentioned earlier, I would also set some time for you to visit Ten Thousand Waves for a spa day. Book your appointment before you go as it’s an extremely popular spa. 

You can also go hot air ballooning!


Santa Fe is filled with many excellent restaurants and award winning chefs. My absolute favorite was Sazon!

Another highlight was Radish & Rye which serves contemporary American cuisine highlighting the best of the season in support of independent farmers and artisan producers.

Others I recommend are  La ChozaCayote Cafe CantinaGeronimoCompound and Paloma.I also love the bar at the Four Seasons which serves food all day and night and has amazing ambience.

Radish & Rye (photo: Facebook)

Santa Fe may be the most popular gay destination in  New Mexico, but it tends to draw a relatively couples-oriented, arts minded and romantic weekend crowd. 

I really enjoyed visiting this quaint, historic city  and recommend it highly to visit!

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Keith Wein

127 Travel was founded by Keith Wein, who has worked in various arena's of the Travel Industry for nearly 25 years and has served as a corporate travel planner for VIP celebrities and executives of Fortune 100 company's. Keith is a NY native born in Brooklyn and living in Manhattan most of his life, however, he currently lives and has offices in Seattle, and New York .

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