America's Best Girlfriend Getaways
Courtesy of Inn on the Alameda
In this town that has drawn artists and healers to the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for decades, you can head out on the artisanal chocolate trail, stopping at Kakawa Chocolate House for Mesoamerican chocolate elixirs and at ChocolateSmith, where dark chocolate is the specialty. You can get pampered at the Ten Thousands Waves Mountain Spa, inspired by traditional Japanese hot springs resorts; the communal soaking tub is women only and clothing optional. And cap off the day at Secreto with a garden-to-glass cocktail—pick a fruit, a vegetable, and a favorite liquor, and the bartender will craft you something divine.
Where to Stay: Santa Fe is full of atmospheric little hotels like the Inn on the Alameda, near the plaza and the galleries on Canyon Road. For something different, opt for a Central Asian–inspired yurt rental outside the city, available from Andaluz Rentals.