Matt and I visited Santa Fe over Memorial Day Weekend and can we just talk about how GORGEOUS it is there?! This cute little city is worth a visit for the architecture alone - Nearly every building is made of adobe (even the banks and grocery stores!!), it feels like you are stepping way back in time and exploring an ancient city.. it was incredible! Not to mention the beautiful sculptures, street art, and tilework around every corner - "OMG Matt look how cute!!!" came out of my mouth often.
Eat + Drink
I'll start by saying that we did bring Marley along for the weekend (obviously) so our dining was limited to al fresco situations only - There are a TON of cute little cafes with lots of good food to eat and wine to drink, that we did not get to try, but, that being said - Santa Fe was pretty dog friendly, and we didn't eat a bad meal while we were there.
One of our favorite stops for a casual bite as The Burrito Company - Both the breakfast and dinner (?) burritos were really delicious but, I think my favorite part of my time there was going in on a basket of chips and salsa over a few Coronas on the patio. Doesn't get much better than that. Fun fact about Santa Fe: They're big on their chile, and a forever battle exists between red and green chile - Most restaurants offer both options, but a pro tip from me to you: Order your chile as "Christmas", you get the best of both worlds.. and some street cred.
Another cute option is Estevan - They have a small menu and a cute little patio perfect for people watching. Matt and I splurged on a "few" margs, which were amazing and we ordered the enchiladas for our meal.. also amazing.
It wouldn't be right of us to visit a new city and not check out the beer scene. Rowley Farmhouse Ales had a great selection of their own sours and IPAs, plus some guest taps, as well. They also serve food, so a great stop for a bite, as well! The brewery is a few minutes outside of 'downtown', so it's not walkable if you're staying in the area but it's worth the drive - Plus, they have a spacious and adorable patio featuring a ridiculous rose bush, which inspired their logo!
There is a lot of shopping to be done during a trip to Santa Fe! The Santa Fe Plaza is where most of the action goes down - It's the perfect spot for walking around and stopping into shops, galleries and restaurants.
A piece of turquoise jewelry was definitely on my list to purchase and there is no shortage of shops offering both new and vintage rings, cuffs, earrings.. you name it! If you're planing on making a purchase, I encourage you to do a little research beforehand - What to expect to pay, authenticity, etc. Many of the stores that I visited were offering daily specials, and were open to haggling on the price.
I loved strolling through the Palace of Governors on the plaza - Local artisans set up here each morning selling everything from jewelry and artwork to blankets and rugs. Perfect place to find a very Santa Fe souvenir.
There is no shortage of art galleries in Santa Fe, either. I SO wish we got check out the Georgia O'Keefe gallery - That is definitely on my list for our next visit.
Also not far from the center of town are a few hiking or walking trails - Perfect for checking out the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain vistas, and working off all of that tequila.
We rented the cutest little casita via Airbnb for our stay in Santa Fe! The space we rented was the perfect size for us, complete with an adorable little kitchen, perfect for a few "at home" happy hours, and was seated on a beautiful open-space area with hiking trails right in our back yard - Marley loved it. If you want to live like the locals do, I highly recommend considering an Airbnb - I officially want my own casita now!
Next time we visit, and should we feel like splurging a bit, I'd love to stay at Ten Thousand Waves - It's a hotel + spa inspired by Japanese tradition and decor, and I've heard amazing things! Check it out!