With a mild four season climate, towering mountains, wild rivers and spectacular natural beauty, dynamic arts community and emergence into the international contemporary art scene, increasing role as "Hollywood's back lot" as well as incredible historic uniqueness and continued leadership as a scientific innovator, it's no wonder there are so many things to see and do in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Plan your stay at the full service Inn at Santa Fe hotel, a proud member of the Turquoise Trail Association! You will understand why Condé Nast Traveler magazine has voted Santa Fe one of their favorite travel destinations -- the second most popular city in the United States. And it's all just miles away from your guestroom at the Inn at Santa Fe. More upcoming events in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Each season offers a rich experience in Santa Fe, with attractions and things to do that run the gamut from interesting city tours to a guided bird walk at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and shopping the Artisans or Farmer's Market at the Railyard to visiting museums and art galleries. There are abundant outdoor recreational opportunities including skiing and snowboarding, rafting, fishing and hunting, bicycling, hiking, and boating.
Santa Fe, nestled at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is surrounded by a 1.6 million acre national forest and has the perfect climate for those sports participants interested in high altitude performance. Numerous High Altitude Swim Training Camps have partnered with the Genoveva Chavez Community Center (GCCC) and its Olympic size pool. The Inn At Santa Fe has offered inclusive transportation and meal packages for teams from all over the world. For assistance in facilitating your training experience in Santa Fe please contact the hotel directly and our knowledgeable staff will refer you to an expert in your discipline.
Native American Pueblo -
New Mexico is home to the fifth largest Native American population and you are truly missing a special experience if you have never visited a pueblo. The song, dance and prayer are not entertainment as the dances are religious ceremonies, not staged performances and most are tied to seasonal events and rites of package so please observe all rules and pay quiet attention as it is an honor and privilege for non-Indians to be allowed to view the dances. Several dances are no longer open to the public due to poor behavior by outsiders. See IndianPueblo.org for additional information.
Downtown Santa Fe / The Plaza -
Established by Don Pedro de Peralta, Santa Fe Plaza has been the heart of Santa Fe's culture and commerce since the early 17th century. This historic landmark, with its adobe and pueblo buildings, is also the home of dozens of Santa Fe's finest shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The Plaza at www.nps.gov/nr/travel/amsw/sw53.htm
Canyon Road -
Canyon Road in Santa Fe is known the world over as second only to New York City for its art galleries. Nowhere else in the country is there such a confluence of artists from a variety of disciplines. Not only Native American artists, but tradition and abstract artists as well are represented in the art galleries and collections found on Canyon Road. On the 4th Friday of each month a number of galleries host artist receptions, exhibition openings and special events often staying open until at least 7 p.m.. Walking from one gallery to another along Canyon Road is a time honored tradition. Don't forget to take have a glass of wine and appetizers or dinner at one of the areas many outstanding restaurants.
Located just 7 miles from this center of southwestern culture is the Inn At Santa Fe. This tranquil boutique hotel with newly renovated guestrooms that include complimentary high-speed Internet access, flat-screen televisions, and top-notch facilities, the Inn At Santa Fe is an ideal choice for your Santa Fe lodging needs. We also offer an Art Appreciation Package with all-inclusive extras. www.canyonroadarts.com
Santa Fe's Museum Hill -
Explore world-class museums showcasing art, history, culture, dine and shop while visiting the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
Museum Hill is the location of the 2014 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. There is an Opening Party scheduled prior to the event. And the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian sponsors a live and silent auction of highly collectible Native American Art. The Inn At Santa Fe is proud to be a member of the Museum of New Mexico Regents' Circle. www.museumhill.org.
Institute of American Indian Arts -
The Institute of American Indian Arts is both a college and museum cultivating cultural identity through the complex medium of art. The Museum is a showcase for contemporary Native American artists and is housed a traditional Pueblo Revival style building. www.iaia.edu
New Mexico History Museum -
The newly created state-of-the-art New Mexico History Museum opened May 23, 2009 and has since won True West Magazines top Western Museums Award -- Number 1 in the Nation. Multi-media interactive exhibits detail the early history of indigenous people, Spanish colonization, the Mexican Period, the world-renowned arts and the coming of the Atomic Age.
Breakfast with O'Keeffe -
On the first Monday of each month continental breakfast (coffee, tea and pastries provided by Santa Fe Baking Company) and art are combined -- breakfast in the galleries followed with a talk by a distinguished guest. The $5 fee includes Museum admission or free for Members.
Palace of the Governors -
Step back 400 years ago to the founding of Santa Fe when you visit the Palace of the Governors. This one-story, low structure made of adobe, was built by Don Pedro de Peralta, the first royal governor of New Mexico. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. In 1999, the adobe building was proclaimed an American Treasure by the government.
As part of the Native American Vendors Program American Indian artists sell their wares under its historic portal. Enjoy the efforts and support children of these Native American Craftsmen at the Young Native Arts & Crafts Show and Sale in the courtyard of the Palace on dates to be determined in July. www.palaceofthegovernors.org
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument -
Southwest of Santa Fe, experience a unique landscape of enchantingly conical shaped rocks at Tent Rocks National Monument. Located on the Pajarito Plateau, these unusual formations came about from volcanic eruptions. Birdwatching, photography, and hiking are all part of the activities available to visitors. Construction on State Road 22 leading to Tent Rocks has been completed though there still may be slight delays but Tent Rocks is awe inspiring.
This National Monument will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Normal winter visiting hours before and after these dates are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All visitors must exit the monument by 5 p.m. For further information about closures call Danny Randall, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument manager at 505.761.8953. www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html
Rancho de las Golondrinas -
Rancho de la Golondrinas, or Ranch of the Swallows, is a living history museum and a testament to the Spanish and Mexican influence on Santa Fe, New Mexico's history. Established in the 18th century as a stop along El Camion Real, the Rancho includes several restored colonial buildings and historic re-enactors dressed in period garb. The museum also grows a variety of traditional New Mexican crops planted by early settlers and features agricultural demonstrations during the numerous festivals and fairs held on the museum grounds throughout the year including the New Mexico Fiber Arts Festival, the Santa Fe Wine Festival, Viva Mexico! Celebration, the Herb & Lavender Fair, Summer Festival: Frontier Days & Horses of the West, Survival: New Mexico, Fiesta de los Ninos: A Children's Celebration, the Harvest Festival, and the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair. www.golondrinas.org
Puye Cliff Dwellings -
This national historic landmark, one of northern New Mexico's most awe-inspiring cultural attractions, is home to the ancestors of today's Santa Clara Pueblo people. Puye Cliffs offers special narrated tours seven days a week as weather permits to help enhance your enjoyment and understanding of this spiritual and cultural attraction featuring cliff and cave dwellings and early Pueblo architecture, home to the Tewa Indian people. www.PuyeCliffs.com
Ghost Ranch -
The inspiration of much of Georgia O'Keeffe's art, Ghost Ranch today is a community center for locals and visitors alike that's difficult to define. Offering classes and tours, Ghost Ranch is also the steward of three museums: Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology, Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology, and Piedra Lumbre Education and Visitors Center. www.ghostranch.org
Lensic Theater -
This historic 821-seat non-profit venue celebrates its 10th Anniversary as the performing arts center of Santa Fe, where you'll find a variety of entertainment available throughout the year. This beautiful Art Deco building was built in 1931 has been the host to great performers like Judy Garland and Roy Rogers. From theatre, music dance and film and lectures, the Lensic offers its entertaining programming in a beautifully restored setting. Fees may apply. www.lensic.org
April / May 2014 Events at the Lensic Theater
4/16 – Benjamin Alire Saenz
4/17 – An evening with Rickie Lee Jones
4/19 – Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Encore Performance
4/21 – Citizen Cope
4/22 – The Good Body
4/25 – Ballet Next Program 1
4/26 – Met Opera : Live in HD - Cosi Fan Tutte
4/26 – SFCA : Ballet Next - Program II
4/27 – Pajama Men
5/2-3 – Tribes
5/5 – Perla Batalla
5/7 – Sandra Steingraber
5/8-9 – ArtSpring 2014
5/10 – The Met in HD : La Cenerentola
5/15 – King Lear
5/17-18 – Beethoven's Ninth
5/21 – Colm Toibin
Gardens of Santa Fe -
There are numerous public and private, traditional and non-traditional gardens resulting from ongoing efforts and the natural for-season environment of Santa Fe. Gardens of Santa Fe come in all sizes and configurations with botanic diversity ranging from unusual xeric plants to antique bulbs to aspens, pinions, cottonwoods and crabapple trees and a number of the gardens include sculptures by national and international artists which add to the visual delight.
Organized home and garden tours are provided at various venues during the year and some private gardens are open to the public by appointment only
Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill -
The recently opened 1.5 acre Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Phase 1 of a 14 acre three-phase plan on Museum Hill, 18 minutes from the Inn At Santa Fe, contains natural meadows, a cactus garden, indigenous plants and an orchard. Two shows per year along a designated art trail are planned for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/events/garden-tours/
The Santa Fe Garden Club has two tours, the "Behind Adobe Home and Garden Tours" On July 22 and July 29, 2014 as well as the "Pequeno Tours" which are offered mid-April to mid-October. For additional information visit their website at http://www.thesantafegardenclub.org/ Fees Apply.
On April 7, 2014 the Santa Fe Women's Club is hosting a lecture entitled "Georgia O'Keeffe's Garden from 2-3 p.m. at the Santa Fe Women's Club. Learn about O'Keeffe's personal garden. The lecture is free for Santa Fe Botanical Garden members; non-members pay $10 at the door. For additional information call 505.471.9103.
Other gardens in the Santa Fe area include the
Allan House Sculpture Garden
Audubon Wildlife Demonstration Garden
Cornell Rose Garden
Garden at El Zaguan
Gardens at Rancho de las Golondrinas
Glenn Green Galleries + Sculpture Garden
Grounds of the School for Advanced Research (SRA)
Harvey Cornell Rose Garden
Sunset Springs Resort
Healing Garden at St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
Jardin de los Artistas at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Milner Plaza