Welcome to Santa Fe, and thank you for staying with us. Here are two introductory videos:


SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Jump-start your day with a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Plaza area. Here are the Top 10 attractions (stop by to pick up a printed copy of this self-guided-walking-tour):

1. O’KEEFFE MUSEUM

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum houses the largest collection of Georgia O’Keeffe works. We recommend you start by seeing the two documentaries, one of them is narrated by Santa Fe’s own Gene Hackman. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened to the public in July 1997, with the goals of honoring and perpetuating Georgia O’Keeffe’s (1887-1986) artistic legacy and exploring her role in the development of the art of her time. When the Museum opened, its collection of 116 works included 94 by O’Keeffe, the largest group of works by the artist in any museum in the world.


2. NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF ART

New Mexico Museum of Art has works by many famed 20th-century artists. The building is a pueblo revival-style. Docent tour recommended. New Mexico Art Tells New Mexico History is a journey through the New Mexico Museum of Art’s rich collection of paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs bringing our state’s artistic heritage to you, the owners of these works—students, teachers, families, and art and history lovers. We have selected images highlighting New Mexico’s history and cultural traditions from pre-Conquest to our present day. The four Themes shown below offer you a view into the life and times of New Mexico and New Mexicans as our state grew and developed.New Mexico Museum of Art.


3. THE PLAZA

The Plaza is the heart of Santa Fe. It is also “End of the Santa Fe Trail”. Santa Fe Plaza has been the commercial, social and political center of Santa Fe since c. 1610 when it was established by Don Pedro de Peralta. The original Plaza was a presidio (fort) surrounded by a large defensive wall that enclosed residences, barracks, a chapel, a prison and the Governor’s palace. Eventually the wall gave way to large houses built by high-ranking Spanish officers and officials. In 1822 the famed Santa Fe Trail, a trade route from New Mexico to St. Louis, was opened with its terminus in the Plaza. Today the Plaza is ringed by structures in the Pueblo, Spanish and Territorial styles that reflect its diverse history. Among the most noted are the original palacio, the Palace of the Governors, built between 1610 and 1612 and San Miguel Mission, a noted landmark c. 1640, and one of the oldest churches in the United States.


4. NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM & THE PALACE OF THE GOVERNORS

New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors are on the north side of the Plaza. Take a quick walk-through an amazing New Mexico history. Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the main exhibition of the New Mexico History Museum, sweeps across more than 500 years of stories – from early Native inhabitants to today’s residents – with stories told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactive, oral histories and more. Together, they breathe life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, railroad men, scientists, hippies and artists. The exhibit is divided into six sections representing chronological periods from the pre-colonial era to the present. Each is set apart by time frames and contrasting views from first-person accounts of the people who lived during the different periods.


5. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS

The best place to see the contemporary Native American art in Santa Fe. The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection/acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. The MoCNA is recognized as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America. ($10, closed on Tuesdays.)


6. ST. FRANCIS CATHEDRAL BASILICA

Built in Romanesque style between 1869 and 1886 by Archbishop Lamy, modeled after a church from his hometown in France. It has a 17th-century wooden Madonna known as Our Lady of Peace.


7. LORETTO CHAPEL

Built for the Sisters of Loretto, it is famous for its spiral staircase, which has no central support. Although it was built on a much smaller scale, the chapel bears a resemblance to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction. When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel. Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers. Over the years many have flocked to the Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase. The staircase has been the subject of many articles, TV specials, and movies including “Unsolved Mysteries” and the television movie titled “The Staircase.”

 


8. ROUNDHOUSE (the capitol)

The Capitol is one of the best kept secrets of Santa Fe. With more than 450 pieces of art, the capitol is the largest gallery in Santa Fe.


9. MISSION OF SAN MIGUEL

Built around 1612, this ranks as one of the oldest churches in the United States. San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States. The church was damaged during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 but was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish re-conquest and served for a time as a chapel for the Spanish soldiers. The wooden reredos, which includes a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709, was added in 1798. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions. The church is a contributing property in the Barrio De Analco Historic District, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. If you have a bit more time, visit the Oldest House on de Vargas Street.


10. CANYON ROAD

Canyon road has been referred to as the largest museum in the world with more than 100 galleries. Yes, it has more art work than the Louvre in Paris. Of course, it is all new art.


MUSEUM HILL

Please remember to visit MUSEUM HILL on another day. It is right here in Santa Fe, only 2-miles drive from the Plaza on Old Santa Fe Trail. There you will find:

MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART: The Museum of International Folk Art was founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett (1881-1954), who began visiting New Mexico in the 1920s. Her guiding vision was summed up by her statement “The art of the craftsman is a bond between the peoples of the world.” Like many of her generation who lived through two world wars, Bartlett was seeking a way of bridging differences and creating a sense of fellowship among cultures. For Bartlett, traditional folk arts from around the world were a means of demonstrating a common bond.

MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART AND CULTURE: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, one of four museums in the Museum of New Mexico system, is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from prehistory through contemporary art. The museum serves a diverse, multicultural audience through changing exhibitions, public lectures, field trips, artist residencies, and other educational programs.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (admission $8)

Wheelwright Museum of American Indian (admission $5)

Don’t forget to walk a beautiful labyrinth between the Folk Art Museum and Museum of Indi an Art.

There is a café called Museum Hill Café for a light lunch.


El Rancho de las Golondrinas

The Southwest’s Premier Living History Museum

505.471.2261 at 334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507

We invite you to take a journey to the past at “The Ranch of the Swallows.” This historic ranch, now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping place along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Experience the life of another time in a location unlike any other in America.


MUSIC IN THE EVENING

If you are looking for a little night life in Santa Fe, here are some places (click at the name to see who is playing):

Osteria d’ Assisi (Italian Restaurant) at 58 S. Federal – Piano/Vocals – 6PM to Close – 505.986.5858

El Meson (Spanish Restaurant, Jazz, Flamenco, Soul and Blues, Tango Tuesday, Tue to Sat) at 213 Washington – 505.983.6756

La Fiesta Lounge at La Fonda on the Plaza 8PM – 505.982.5511

La Cantina (Broadway, Jazz, Wed to Sun) at 125 E. Palace Ave – 6PM to Close – 505.988.9232

Cowgirl Hall of Fame BBQ (music daily at 8PM) at 319 S. Guadalupe – 505.982.2565

Vanessie Piano Bar at Water Street – 505.984.1193

El Farol (Spanish Restaurant, music daily) at 808 Canyon Road – 505.983.9912


PASATIEMPO (Weekly Schedule)

Please pick up your copy of the weekly schedule called Pasatiempo from our home at 105 Paseo de la Cuma, Santa Fe, NM 87501. It has a listing of many one-time events during the week. We will have the next edition on every Friday morning.


HIKING

Santa Fe National Forest has more than one and a half million acres to hike. You can start right from Santa Fe, or take a short drive to a wealth of hikes around Santa Fe area. The Sierra Club has a wonderful book called Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area. The book has more than 60 hikes to choose from. Here are some good ones, of course, there are many more:

Tent Rock National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Tsankawi


6 DAY TRIPS

Here are five nice and Eco-friendly day trips to choose from:

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, PUYE CLIFFS and VALLES CALDERA

Start with a tour of Puye Cliffs, continue to Bandelier, follow by a scenic drive to Valles Caldera (a dormant volcano). Visit the White Rock Overlook (view of the Rio Grande).

HIGH ROAD TO TAOS

Remember to get a map and borrow an audio tour from us with some great attractions on the way. Visit Santuario de Chimayo, Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge, Millicent Rogers Museum, some wonderful wineries and more.

O’KEEFFE COUNTRY AND GHOST RANCH

Visit the high desert that O’Keeffe fell in love with. Visit O’Keeffe house, Ghost Ranch, and Christ in the Desert Monastery.

TENT ROCKS NATIONAL MONUMENT

A very unique and remarkable place to visit and hike. Before you leave, pick up a map from the innkeepers.

TURQUOISE TRAIL

Go down the memory lane by visiting the historic Turquoise Trail. We have a map for you with all the places to visit on the way.

CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD

2-Hour drive from Santa Fe, climb aboard National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile day trip you’ll never forget. This coal-fired steam engine carries you through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Open your eyes to spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from our train’s unique route. Ride in the Victorian elegance of our deluxe parlor car or choose the budget-friendly coach car. Either way, a delicious buffet lunch is included. Trains depart daily from Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado, from late May’s blooming wildflowers through the gold leaves of October. A luxury motor coach chauffeurs you back to your starting point at the end of the ride. Let’s fire up your adventure.


OUTDOORS

Santa Fe Cultural Treasures (highly recommended): Meet the local artists by taking a tour with Santa Fe Cultural Treasures. For a unique Pueblo and artisan experience, call Robbie at 505.231.0855 and book your tour in advance.

Guided Hikes and Tours: If you prefer to visit with seasoned guides, try Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. For reservations, call 505.988.4000, or visit santafemountainadventures.com.

Hike the Southern End of Rockies: Santa Fe National Forest has more than one and a half million acres to hike. We have some great suggestions, among them are Big Tesuque, Aspen Vista, Bear Wallow, Windsor and Borrego Trail.

Horseback Riding: Enjoy the unique desert scenery on well-trained and well-loved horses. Please call Harold Granthom at 505.424.7774, or go online to BrokenSaddle.com for reservations.

Hot-Air Balloon Rides: Rise along with the morning sun. Please call Johnny or Debbie at 505.699.7555 or visit them at SantaFeBalloons.com.

Stargazing and Astronomy Adventures: See the stars as you have never seen before. Visit astronomy adventures.


RESTAURANTS

Santa Fe is filled with some wonderful restaurants; here is a list of our guests’ favorite, starting with New Mexican:

The Shed113 1/2 East Palace Avesfshed.com – (505) 982-9030

Café Pasqual’s121 Don Gaspar Avepasquals.com – (505) 983-9340

Sazon (Mexican/Latin) – 221 Shelby Stsazonsantafe.com

La Boca (Spanish) – 72 West Marcy Streetlabocasf.com – (505) 982-3433

El Meson (Spanish) – 216 Washington Aveelmeson-santafe.com – (505) 983-6756

Il Piatto (Italian) – 94 West Marcy Streetilpiattosantafe.com – (505) 984-1091

Santa Cafe (American) – 231 Washington Avesantacafe.com – 984.1788

La Plazuela100 East San Francisco Street – (505) 995-2334

Osteria D’ Assisi (Italian) – 58 South Federal Placeosteriadassisi.com – (505) 986-5858

Galisteo Bistro227 Galisteo Streetgalisteobistro.com – (505) 982-3700

Dinner for Two (French) – 106 N. Guadalupe Streetdinnerfortwonm.com – (505) 820-2075

Mucho Gusto (Mexican) – 839 Paseo De Peralta, Suite Hmuchogustosantafe.com – 505-955-8402


Local Restaurants that are Worth a Drive

As you may know, some of the best restaurants in Santa Fe are in the Plaza area, there are also some other local favorites that are worth a small drive. These range from a hole-in-the-wall to a mom-and-pop restaurant, but all of them are good finds, and are well liked by our guests, mostly for lunches. Here are some of the popular ones. Please make sure to call before driving there. Please click on the restaurant name to see the reviews, or click on the address to see the location.

Clafoutis French Bakery – (505) 988-1809

Tune-Up Cafe1115 Hickox Streettuneupsantafe.com – (505) 983-7060

Jambo Cafe2010 Cerrillos Road< /span>jambocafe.net – (505) 473-1269

Chocolate Maven Bakery821 West San Mateo Roadchocolatemaven.com – (505) 984-1980

Harry’s Roadhouse96 Old Las Vegas Highwayharrysroadhousesantafe.com – (505) 989-4629

Pantry Restaurant1820 Cerrillos Roadpantrysantafe.com – (505) 986-0022


Please let us know if we can assist with anything to make your visit to Santa Fe more memorable.

Colleen and Shaan

505.216.7516 Call or Text