What to Do in Santa Fe, NM?


Spring break is booked!  We’re going to Santa Fe and I’m eager to look out on a bright blue sky and breathe in the clean mountain air.

You had such wonderful tips for Lydia about Charleston– any must-sees in Santa Fe?

We’re planning to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and her home at Ghost Ranch.  There will be chile rellenos con huevos and huge latté bowls at Cafe Pasquals and a massage at the Japanese-style onsen Ten Thousand Waves.

Maybe a long drive through the painted desert.

And lots of Santa Fe chiles, fresh and dried.

So tell me, Southwest lovers, what should we add to the list?


P.S. Design Sponge just did a great bit on O’Keeffe as a style icon.  I love how her stern look offsets the color and flow of her art.  Are you a fan?

10 Comments on What to Do in Santa Fe, NM?

  1. Nancy Nugent
    February 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm (8 years ago)


    I have some great latte cups from a trip to CAFE PASQUALE over 20 years ago………….and I am sure you’ve had cereal or yogurt in one of them!!

  2. Karyl
    February 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm (8 years ago)

    La Chiripada Winery outside of Santa Fe, Loretto Chapel, and the Farmer’s Market. I’m so envious! Santa Fe is great!

  3. Claudia McLaughlin
    February 23, 2012 at 7:19 am (8 years ago)

    One must have dinner at Geronimo, but before
    or after , check out the scene at El Farol up
    the street from G.

    Have coffee outside at Downtown Subscriptions,
    you can get your paper there and walk Canyon
    Rd in the early a.m. sun,afterwards.
    While at DS, buy a hiking book of the area,,
    there are THE BEST formations to discover…tent
    rocks…pack a lunch and lots of h20 ….get dusty!!

  4. applesandonions
    February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am (8 years ago)

    You guys are amazing, thank you! Claudia, Catherine took care of me hotel-wise. We’re getting so excited. I was inspired by your pix from last fall!

  5. ilario
    February 23, 2012 at 7:30 am (8 years ago)

    Sarah, I am jealous!!!! Claudia’s recommendation -Geronimo- is fabulous! Actually you were there many years ago. Boy, does time fly. Have a wonderful time.

  6. Amanda
    February 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm (8 years ago)

    I go to Santa Fe every year and love love love it there!! Obviously walk around the Plaza – use some good negotiating skills and do some jewelry shopping. I agree with Karyl and go to the Chapel and the Farmer’s Market.

    For a great Tapas restaurant, go to La Boca. Another good restaurant is The Restaurant at the Inn at Loretto. Also love La Casa Sena!!

    Enjoy yourself!

  7. Mary Sullivan
    February 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Lunch at Santacafe, an elegant spot, where the locals dine. Make a reservation. And of course
    silver purchased from the natives in the Square.

  8. Jane
    February 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm (8 years ago)

    Ten Thousand Waves Spa on your way to Taos…not to be missed

  9. Megan
    February 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Take a day trip to Acama Reservation – known as Sky City. It is a Pueblo on a mesa with breathtaking views.

    10,000 Waves is Great – it is on the ski road. Also fun is Ojo Caliente – old school hot springs.

    Don’t miss The Shed for lunch and Tia Sophia’s just off the main plaza (best stuffed sopapillas in town).

    The Folk Art Museum is awesome. If you want to see a real old western town head out to Madrid. Fun little walk-around spot.

    If you are going to head up to Taos, take a side trek to Santuario de Chimayo – a church that is thought to have miracle healing dirt. The walls are lined with the crutches of all the people who have literally walked away healed – very moving. Leona’s, next door,is a good lunch spot.

    You should see the miracle stair case at Loretto Chapel – no nails were used to build it.

  10. di...
    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm (8 years ago)

    – Santacafe (lunch), Aqua Santa (dinner), Vinaigrette (salads)
    – Jambo Cafe (African.Cuban), La Boca (tapas)
    – Green, red or X-mas chile meal: La Choza
    – Day trip/hike: Tent Rocks
    – Free Friday: Site Santa Fe (contemporary art space), art openings
    – Saturday am: Farmers Market, Rail yard area
    – Plaza: NM Museum of Art, Native artisans Palace of the Governors
    – Canyon Road galleries ending at Tea House
    – Taos: High Road to Taos, Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
    – Nightlife: El Farol bar, El Meson (tapas, live music)

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