USA: New Mexico


SANTA FE


STAY

Las Palomas Inn Santa Fe

Las Palomas Inn Santa Fe

LAS PALOMAS INN SANTA FE  Historic casitas with red chills hanging throughout. Easy walk to the plaza and we loved the exposed iron stove heaters!

LA FONDA ON THE PLAZE  Just a few steps away from the historic town square filled with museums, restaurants, and art galleries. The hotel is decorated with historic southwest artwork.

ROSEWOOD INN OF ANASAZI  The Inn perfectly captures the essence of the Southwest. It’s the only hotel that actually sits on the historical square. The hotel has nightly biscochitos– the cookie of Santa Fe. Also, the staff always remembers your name!

EAT

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La Boca

LA BOCA  Unique tapas in a warm and cozy spot around the corner from the square. The owners spent 3 years living in Spain so the food is authentic and each plate is made for sharing. They also have gluten free bread as an option!

ROOFTOP PIZZERIA  Artisan crust gourmet pizza with a perfect rooftop spot for sunset. You can build your own sandwich or pizza with unique ingredients.

TABLA DE LOS SANTOS  Seafood/ Steakhouse with a cute courtyard for outdoor seating when the weather is good. The pecan crusted trout is a must try along with the vegetable sampler plate.

VIEWS

The Plaza Artisan Markets

The Plaza Artisan Markets

ST. FRANCIS CATHEDRAL  Built in 1714 and influenced by Archbiship Lamy, the Romaneqsue Revival Styled architecture is vastly different from the surrounding adobe buildings. Our favorite snap of it is from down the street when dark clouds hover above it.

THE PLAZA  Great spot for live music and lounging in the park in the center. On Sundays the Indian Market fills a quarter of the square for Native American turquoise, silver jewelry, and gifts.

CANYON ROAD  Lovely place for a stroll if you want to explore Native American art galleries and cafes. It’s just a short walk past the river from the town square.


WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT 


White Sand Dunes at sunset

White Sand Dunes at sunset

Alamogordo, the tiny town closest to the White Sand Dunes, is about 4 hours south of Sante Fe, and 100% worth the trip. We stayed at the Magnuson Hotel and Suites Alamogordo and loved the complimentary breakfast along with the incredibly comfy beds. There really isn’t much to eat in this town but Chili’s was next door to our hotel and open late for all the tired explorers from the Dunes. The destination is one of the most magical places we’ve ever laid eyes on and words could never do it justice. The rolling hills of windswept white sands look like fresh snow but the desert terrain is arid and warm.