Best things to do in Santa Fe



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Start the day in Santa Fe with a traditional breakfast. That can be as basic as enchiladas and eggs at Tia Sophia's to something more imaginative with chile at Café Pasqual's. The place to start exploring the town is the Plaza. This can easily take all day but let's say it's a morning's worth. Wandering around the several square blocks radiating from the Plaza reveals some of the city's history as well as some of what it has to offer visitors. A stroll along the portal at the Palace of the Governors where Native American artists sell their work most every day of the year is a good place to find authentic Indian craft. The Palace is the oldest public building in the country and is now a history museum, which is worth a visit for some context in understanding how Santa Fe developed. Other museums downtown are the New Mexico Museum of Art, across the street from the Palace, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and the Institute of American Indian Art, dedicated to contemporary Native art. Other downtown area highlights include the Loretto Chapel, the Basilica and Cathedral of St. Francis of Assis, and the San Miguel Mission. Shopping is key and it would take days to find what's hidden in every nook and cranny around the Plaza. The only challenge to lunch downtown is coming to a decision. A couple of favorites are the buffet in the Fiesta lounge or the beautiful space in La Plazuela, both at La Fonda; The Shed for real regional food; San Francisco Street Bar & Grill for soups, salads, and sandwiches, or something more upscale at Il Piato or the restaurant at Inn of the Anasazi.

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Day 1 - Santa Fe


Santa Fe is the third largest art market in the country with something for every taste and budget. A visit to the Project Tibet center at 403 Canyon includes art and social consciousness as this center for Tibetan culture holds a small gallery and is set next to a wondrous garden of wind sculptures. The Farrell Fischoff gallery offers contemporary art and sculptures.


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Plaza Cafe (The)

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54 Lincoln Avenue
On the Plaza
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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tel: +1 505 982 1664
fax: +1 505 982 8791


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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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Location:

217 Johnson St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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tel: 505 946 1000
fax: 505 946 1091


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O'Keeffe Cafe

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Location:

217 Johnson Street
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: 5059862008
fax: +1 505 992 1067


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Farrell Fischoff Gallery

Location:

1807 Second Street #29
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Contact:

tel: 505 995 0620
fax: 505 955 8487


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Santa Fe Opera

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The Santa Fe Opera
17053 U.S. Highway 84/285
Santa Fe, NM 87506

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tel: 505 986 5900 / 505 986 5955
fax: 505 986 5999


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The Inn On The Alameda

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Location:

303 East Alameda Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: +1 505 984 2121 / +1 888 984 2121 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 505 986 8325


Day 2 - Santa Fe


The Santa Fe School of Cooking is a must-do for visitors. Guests enjoy learning to create traditional New Mexican, Native American, Mexican, Spanish, vegetarian and contemporary Southwestern entrees. The classes conclude with a hearty lunch full of class creations.


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Nidah Spa at Eldorado Hotel

Location:

309 West San Francisco
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: +1 505 995 4535
fax: +1 505 995 4577


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Santa Fe School of Cooking

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Location:

116 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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tel: 505 983 4511


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St. Francis Cathedral

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131 Cathedral Pl
Cathedral Place at San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: 505 982 5619
fax: +1 505 989 1952


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Cafe Pasqual's

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Location:

121 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: +1 505 983 9340 / +1 800 722 7672
fax: +1 505 988 4645


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Catamount Bar & Grille

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103 East Water Street
Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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tel: 505 988 7222


Day 3 - Santa Fe


If outdoor time is required, the Santa Fe National Forest offers most everything to do within its 1.5 million acres. The boundary is just 7 miles from the Plaza and there are local outfitters for hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, llama trekking, fly fishing, birding, and other seasonal activities.


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Coyote Cafe

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Location:

132 West Water Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: 505 983 1615
fax: 505 989 9026


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Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail

Location:

740 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: 505-983-7175


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The Shed

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113 & 1/2 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Contact:

tel: +1 505 982 9030


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