Santa Fe, New Mexico is a charming town full of art, culture, shopping, and countless restaurants. Here I provide basic recommendations, but it is really a place that must be discovered on your own. Take a few days to leisurely stroll the streets and take in all this town has to offer.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi sits in the heart of downtown and combines an elegant interior that you would expect from a Rosewood property, blended with Santa Fe design + culture. There are only 58 luxury guestrooms, so you must book in advance!
The Anasazi Restaurant & Bar was my favorite dining experience in Santa Fe. If you're looking for a quick bite on the patio, order from the Para Picar menu. Or, step into the cozy bar and lounge where they mix their margaritas with infused tequilas. There's even a tequila tasting table that you may reserve for the full experience.
The restaurant partners with local farms, so you know you're always eating the freshest ingredients. While most of the menu is naturally gluten free, Chef Juan Bochenski is happy to adapt almost anything for his guests. We started with the most delicious gluten free cheese bread and the meal continued to get better as the night went on.
The first surprise from Chef was an inventive brisket dish followed by the Alcade NM heirloom tomato salad with hearts of palm, jicama, radish, frisée, coconut vinaigrette, and tomato pearls. For my main course I ordered the hibiscus grilled elk tenderloin with sunchoke cremoso rice, baby beets, and hibiscus sauce. It was my first time to try elk and it was delicious. The meal was capped off with my favorite dessert: flan. Perhaps the most impressive flan presentation I've ever seen. It was especially decadent with the whipped cream and chocolate + coffee scoops of ice cream on the side.
Everyone you talk with will have restaurant recommendations for Santa Fe. The Anasazi Restaurant is a MUST.
If you eat gluten free, you will think you've died and gone to heaven as soon as you step foot in Revolution Bakery. Everything you've missed will be perfectly displayed in front of you. Offerings change daily, but you can expect a variety of muffins, scones, fruit bars, sticky buns, and cinnamon rolls. Loaves of gluten-free bread can be purchased for less than $10, so leave some extra room in your suitcase for the trip home.
Take off on a walk around downtown Santa Fe, and you'll wander for hours. The streets are lined with art galleries, boutiques, museums, and historical landmarks.
When your feet are tired, take a class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It is an excellent way to learn more about the history and culture of the town while getting to enjoy an authentic Santa Fe meal.
Chocolate + Cashmere is a darling boutique that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with their artisanally-crafted truffles. The cashmere pieces are perfectly displayed and if we had more than a few cold days in Houston, I wouldn't have been able to resist.
You'll find many other clothing and jewelry boutiques as you wander the streets of downtown. If you're up for a quick drive, head over to Canyon Road.
"Nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Canyon Road is a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe. Stroll this picturesque trail to experience fine art, great shopping, and exquisite dining any day of the week or make plans to attend one of our very special annual events." -www.visitcanyonroad.com
Have you been to Santa Fe? Are there any recommendations you'd add to this list?
Photography: Christie McMillan