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. Please click here to go to the walking tour. It has the Top 10 attractions in the Historic Plaza area.


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

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