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Summer in Santa Fe

The heady aroma of burning piñon logs permeates the air every night in Santa Fe, where the altitude—nearly 7,000 feet—ensures that even summer evenings are crisp enough for locals to light up their kiva fireplaces. The scent is a constant presence in this ever-changing city, where thick-walled adobe buildings nearly 400 years old stand cheek-by-jowl with avant-garde art galleries and edgy modern restaurants.

Hotels (4)

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    El Rey Inn

    What began as a humble 12-room motor court in 1936 (back when Route 66 ran past it) has grown into a decidedly offbeat five-acre compound comprisin

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    Hotel Santa Fe

    Anchoring the funky, hip Guadalupe District, this dapper 128-room (91 of which are suites) Pueblo-style hotel is just a pleasant 10-minute stro... More
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    Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

    Celebs and other A-listers tend to choose this fashionable boutique hotel, which sits discreetly across the street from the Palace of the Governors

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    Inn of the Five Graces

    This happily over-the-top, 24-suite compound has a Thousand and One Nights aesthetic, so minimalists beware: the units here, which occupy vintage a

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Restaurants (8)

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    La Choza, Santa Fe

    A further-flung sister restaurant to the pricier, more touristy Shed cantina, La Choza inspires cultish devotion among many Santa Feans. The reason

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    Harry's Roadhouse

    Get away from the tourist crowd at this convivial roadhouse, where locals meet to tuck into creative, reasonably priced comfort chow. The multi-roo

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    Il Piatto

    Matt Yohalem's intimate neighborhood trattoria is a lively gathering spot for pre-opera-goers and post-gallery-hoppers. Windows overlook busy Marcy

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    La Boca, Santa Fe

    White stucco walls, a white wooden ceiling, and bare brick floors provide an unfussy if noisy backdrop for Santa Fe’s best tapas. Chef James Campbe

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    Anasazi Restaurant & Bar

    In early 2006, Santa Fe's most celebrated chef, Martin Rios, left his post at the relatively prosaic Eldorado Hotel to take over the kitchen at the

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    Ristra

    Just a five-minute walk from the Plaza, Ristra serves French cuisine with Southwestern accents. The Victorian-style adobe house is decorated with e

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    Geronimo

    Located amidst the galleries of Canyon Road, Geronimo is housed in the 1756 adobe Borrego House. The white walls and tablecloths and brown leather

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    Café Pasqual's

    Filled with contemporary artwork (for sale) and generally packed to the gills, Pasqual's is one of those restaurants that locals brave only during

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Activities (19)

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    Shidoni Foundry and Galleries

    Drive through the chichi-rustic village of Tesuque, just north of town, to reach this vast sculpture gallery and working bronze foundry. Stroll the

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    Monroe Gallery

    It's easy to miss this simple storefront gallery tucked down a quiet side street near the Plaza, but duck your head inside and you'll discover wall

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    Gerald Peters Gallery

    Santa Fe's most esteemed art gallery (it’s been around since 1972) carries artwork that is, in many cases, more valuable than what’s hanging in the

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    Tiny's Restaurant and Lounge

    Watch seasoned politicos and newspaper reporters dish local dirt at this legendary, retro-swish cocktail lounge, replete with Naugahyde booths and

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    El Farol

    Once the dinner hour’s past at this venerable Spanish restaurant (dating to the 1830’s, it’s Santa Fe’s oldest), the amber-lit, beamed dining room

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    Dragon Room at the Pink Adobe

    The iconic Pink Adobe restaurant, which is housed in a 400-year-old building and has been going strong since 1944, has one undeniably wonderful thi

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    Ski Santa Fe

    Although it’s not quite at the level of Ski Taos and Angel Fire (both of which are about two hours north, and have a greater variety of terrain), S

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    Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

    A quick drive down Interstate 25 to Cochiti Pueblo leads to this unforgettable natural attraction, a must for photographers. During the course of a

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    Spanish Market

    During the last weekend of July, more than 250 of New Mexico's most accomplished native artisans exhibit their wares at Spanish Market, one of Sant

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    Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (MIAC)

    Part of the Museum Hill complex about three miles southeast of the Plaza, this is the best of a handful of facilities in town dedicated to preservi

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    Santa Fe Opera

    Even non-opera fanatics come out in astounding numbers during the short but sweet Santa Fe Opera season, which lasts from late June through August.

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    Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

    Arguably Santa Fe's most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city's traditional Pue

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    New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    The nation's oldest continuously occupied public building, the mammoth, single-story Palace with its flat roof and block-long portal (porch) dates

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    New Mexico Museum of Art

    The definitive compendium of New Mexican art through the ages, the MFA’s collection occupies a rambling 1917 building that also ranks among the sta

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    Museum of International Folk Art

    Every year serious art buyers and trinket hounds descend on Santa Fe for this weekend-long event.

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Similar Trips (2)

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  • Exploring Santa Fe

    Santa Fe, Downtown/Plaza, East Side

    Ages old and New Age, rich in art and artsy in attitude, deeply charming and more than a little eccentric, New Mexico’s magnetic colonial city draws all kinds of pilgrims

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    Santa Fe, Taos

    If you think summer is the only time to visit the Southwest, think again. Winter in Santa Fe means adobe walls frosted with snow and air scented with fragrant piñon smoke. There’s also plenty to se...

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