Santa Fe, New Mexico
THE CITY DIFFERENTLegendary Santa Fe brims with history, heritage and art. Santa Fe, which means Holy Faith, was founded in 1610 and is the oldest capital city in the United States. Pueblo, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo cultures have left their architectural, historical and culinary mark. A landmark of Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe's Historic Plaza offers visitors a wealth of experiences ranging from history museums and public performances to more modern dining and nightlife attractions.
Customize your Santa Fe experience with an historic walking tour that could include the old capital city, shopping at the art galleries (many housed in heritage buildings) where both old southwestern and contemporary styles meet, a night at the Santa Fe Opera or visiting an outdoor market just steps away from our hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
SANTA FE WEATHERSanta Fe weather is unmatched: Summers are dry and relatively cool, while winters are sunny and temperate. In the winter, visitors can ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. In summer, it rarely gets above 85 degrees farenheit, and cool evenings provide the perfect setting for entertainment and relaxing.
High altitude, low humidity and lots of sunshine mean visitors need to drink lots of water and use sunblock for protection.
MUSEUMS IN SANTA FE
- Santa Fe Children's Museum - An interactive environment for children to use their hands and minds
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum - A space dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, her life, American Modernism, and public engagement
- International Folk Art Museum - The world’s largest collection of folk art, with collections of more than 135,000 artifacts
- New Mexico History Museum - New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark present exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and reflect New Mexico historical experiences
- Palace of the Governors - originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region
- The Bataan Memorial Museum - Features artifacts, images, press clippings, weapons and uniforms carried or worn by Guardsmen dating back to the 19th Century to present
- El Rancho de las Golondrinas - This living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th- and 19th-century New Mexico
- Ghost Ranch – Features ancient artifacts from Paleo Indian culture - 10,000 years ago - through ancestral Puebloan times to present time pottery and weavings from local Pueblos
- Museum of Spanish Colonial Art – The only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico
- The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian – World-renowned collection of Navajo art and culture from 1850 to the present
- Center for Contemporary Arts -Space and cinematheque for innovative exhibitions, films and performances that are socially relevant, provocative and inspiring
- Institute of American Indian Arts - A museum of contemporary Native art
- New Mexico Museum of Art - The oldest art museum in the state with permanent and rotating exhibits
SANTA FE SHOPPING WITH A LOCAL FASHIONISTAFridays & Saturdays departing at Hotel St. Francis at 10 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.
If you’re visiting Santa Fe and you don’t know where to shop - or you’re a local and like to discover new hidden gems - enjoy an exclusive fashion shopping tour lead by a true fashionista, Santa Fe insider, local style consultant and personal shopper. This exciting tour with our partner Heritage Inspirations includes lunch, a Kakawa chocolate elixir pick-me-up, wine tasting finish at Gruet's Santa Fe Tasting Room and exclusive discounts at Santa Fe shops.
Achieve your signature look this winter and experience a custom Santa Fe shopping tour of the trendiest boutiques, vintage shops and Traveler's Market hide-a-ways to discover a perfect blend of casual and chic, vintage and luxury. You'll also have the chance to pick up fantastic holiday gifts along the way.
This exclusive Santa Fe fashion experience is a must for design lovers, trend setters and cool hunters from all over the world! Learn more and book with Heritage Inspirations.
ANNUAL SANTA FE EVENTS
- ARTFeast - For foodies and lovers of fine arts: ArtFeast is a showcase of fashion shows, an auction, home tours, and the Edible Art Tour
- Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival - An invitation-only event highlighting the museum-quality work of scores of Native American artists
- Santa Fe Wine Festival - Sample and purchase New Mexican wines while enjoying delightful array of food, music and arts & crafts
- Santa Fe Pride Festival - Celebrate LGBTQ pride during this annual festival featuring a parade, a series of parties, dances, fundraisers and other signature events
- International Folk Art Market - Discover hundreds of artists from around the globe on Santa Fe's museum hill
- Contemporary Hispanic Market Arts & Crafts (Spanish Market) - The Santa Fe Plaza transforms into a contemporary arts and crafts market featuring artists from throughout New Mexico
- Santa Fe Indian Market - This world-renowned market attracts the best Native artists from around the continent, and international visitors from around the globe
- Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta - Santa Fe's most notable chefs showcase paired dishes – from appetizers to entrées & desserts – with wines from the southwest and beyond
- Native American Feast Days and Dances - A one-of-a-kind harvest celebration among the pueblos surrounding Santa Fe
- Santa Fe Opera - From late June through August, he spectacular setting with views of Sangre de Cristo and the Jemez mountains provides the perfect setting for the performers, musicians and highest caliber productions
- Santa Fe Film Festival - A four-day festival featuring films rom around the world, showcased in venues throughout the city alongside panels, workshops and other festivities.
- Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - One of the world’s preeminent music festivals bringing distinguished musicians, and emerging young talent to perform during its six-week season
- Burning of Zozobra - The burning of Zozobra — a 50-foot puppet of old man gloom — is a fiery and exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Randall Davey Audobon Center - 135-acre nature sanctuary serving as the state office and educational center for the National Audubon Society
- Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument – Explore the towering cone-shaped rock formations produced by volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago
- Bandelier National Monument – Discover the history and culture of the Ancestral Pueblo people
- SITE Santa Fe – Year-round exhibitions and educational programs fostering avant-garde art
- Ski Santa Fe – Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, white water rafting, horseback riding, skiing, mountain biking, road cycling and more