New Mexico is one of the sunniest states with seventy percent sunshine all year long and winter in Santa Fe tends to be mild with highs in the forties and lows around the twenties. Chimayó is about 24 miles northeast of Santa Fe and is a spiritual experience I highly recommend. Just make sure you take your time to sit in the chapel and breath in the history of this shrine. I was told Chimayó is supposed to have been built on holy earth, which has been said to have miraculous healing powers.
Santa Fe is simply a great town to walk around and discover on foot. The plaza is surrounded by both knickknack, souvenir stores and beautiful handcrafted native jewelry shops and art galleries. The Indian market held along the Palace of the Governors everyday is a good example of New Mexico’s hardy native arts scene and a fun way to pick up something memorable from your trip. Whether you want a cool ice cream in the summer or a warm drink in the winter and fall you can easily walk to many of the cafes and restaurants from your hotel room. Santa Fe’s Indian Market is a world renowned place to find amazing Native American designs in everything from necklaces to pottery to paintings and much more with Over 1,200 artists that are represented in over 600 booths. The Indian Market is the largest Native American Indian Market in the world. During the market in august of each year Santa Fe sees more than 100,000 visitors.
The Santa Fe Opera is something you should absolutely experience. I love the walk into the opera, which is a partly open building allowing you to view New Mexico’s landscape.
Walking in to Ten Thousand Waves is a soothing experience. From the moment you park you know you're in for a treat. One of my favorite things to do when I visit my grandparents in New Mexico is to book a tub for the evening in the wintertime. There is nothing like sitting in the hot steamy water while snow falls around you. Some of the tubs have a steam room so you can bop between the tub and the steam all while breathing in the cold mountain air.
Breakfast and Lunch Mon - Sat 7 - 3
Sunday Brunch 8 - 2
Dinner From 5:30
320 South Guadalupe
Open T-Th 7 am to 8:30 pm
Fri-Sat 7 am to 9 pm
Sun-Mon 7 am to 3 pm
326 S Guadulupe
All of these places have vegetarian dishes and will make non-dairy dishes if you ask them. Pasqual’s will make a tofu mole dinner dish I love and Zia has a bean-burger that is very tasty.
Some of my favorite hotels are the Santa Fe Inn, The Inn at the Governor’s and The Hilton. The Santa Fe Inn has a tasty breakfast and is just a few blocks anyway from the plaza. The rooms are nice and parking is pretty easy. The Inn At the Governor’s is lovely and near to everything you’ll want to see in Santa Fe. The Hilton is a nice hotel and has lots of parking. Their pool is in the inner courtyard so I enjoyed the privacy that affords. But it is by far the third on my list.