Santa Fe, New Mexico – what an ethereal and spiritual oasis. We stopped here during our cross country road trip from Miami to LA and spent two days at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. Loretto is a beautiful high-end, boutique hotel with classic architecture inspired by Taos Pueblo and dramatic Native-American-style decor, that is only two blocks away from the Santa Fe Plaza and the vibrant galleries. If you’re looking for a magical place to getaway with your beau, a family vacation, are looking for some new original artwork to decorate your home, or want to getaway for a girls trip (errrr wine tasting extravaganza) then I suggest you check out Santa Fe for these reasons below.
- Culture & history- Native American & Spanish influenced
- Luxury Hotels & Spas – with Santa Fe hosting luxury travelers from around the world, there are ample supplies of luxury accomodations; ranging from the ultra-lux resorts, to award-winning luxury boutique hotels surrounding the city’s central square, to wonderfully intimate Bed & Breakfast Inns. With its pristine high-desert geology and dry climate affording some of the cleanest air quality of any U.S. city, Santa Fe has long served as a retreat for visitors in search of healing and renewal.
- Restaurants & Cafes – Santa Fe focuses on organic and farm-to-table local offerings. Even further, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is one of the largest and most recognized markets in the U.S. There’s a lot to like about the culinary scene in Santa Fe but I really loved this little cafe that’s attached to the famous bookstore Collectibles.
- Architecture Santa Fe sets itself apart from other cities with its distinctive adobe architecture marked by rounded edges, flattened roofs, and softly tanned hues. The low-lying pueblo-style buildings, traditionally built of adobe bricks (a mixture of straw and mud) and wooden beams, were favored by the area’s original Native American settlers, adapted by 16th-century Spanish colonists, and stringently preserved, marking a rare example in the U.S. where architectural styles are rooted in indigenous traditions.
First outfit: AM Club Silk Scarf + Mavi Jeans /// Second outfit: Sulu Collection
- Art- Perhaps beginning with Georgia O’Keefe, 21st century Santa Fe has become the nation’s third largest art market, and one of the world’s meccas for artists, art collectors, and other cultural venues. The city is a long-established arts haven, thanks to its harmonious high-desert landscapes,sweeping blue skies, and generous light. (The sun shines an average of 300 days per year here). And laid-back, endearingly eccentric Santa Fe remains a vibrant cultural center for the visual and performing arts. Santa Fe hosts 250-plus art galleries, numerous art markets, 14 quality museums, a world-class opera house, and more — a staggering array of cultural diversions for a city of just 82,000.
- Shopping – turquoise, collectibles, books
- Hikes (down Canyon Road to shop for art and eat at some amazing restaurants and cafes)
- The Markets