Southwestern-Style Hotel amid Art Galleries, Shopping, and Dining
Santa Fe's artistic heritage dates as far back as the 1880s, when artists were among some of the first American settlers to ride into town on the new railroad. That history came full circle in 2008 with the construction of the Railyard Park, during which the old train complex was transformed into an urban park filled with art studios, galleries, and a community art center. What was once a centuries-old irrigation ditch now functions as a hiking trail, and the historical depot has reopened for commuter train service.
Santa Fe Sage Inn is located directly across from Railyard Park. And similar to Railyard Park, the hotel draws on Santa Fe traditions in its southwestern architecture. The inn’s five two-story buildings have adobe-style façades with portals. Inside, the walls are covered in colorful patterned rugs reminiscent of traditional Native American designs. Guest rooms feature southwestern-style furniture and a red-and-black color scheme.
You can walk six blocks from the hotel to the Santa Fe Plaza, the city's central square, or take Santa Fe Sage Inn’s complimentary shuttle. It departs every hour on the hour and makes drops people off at the historical plaza before returning to the inn.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Southwestern Architecture and Fiery Cuisine
Santa Fe's vibrant mosaic of cultural influences includes Native American and southwestern traditions. You can get an idea of the city's varied background by visiting Santa Fe Plaza, which has served as the city center for more than 400 years. On a walk through, you'll see old buildings made of adobe, the red, brick-like material that defines much of Santa Fe's architecture. Centuries of colorful southwestern artwork are also on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art, which is located in the plaza.
Fiery chili is the signature flavor at many restaurants in Santa Fe, which earned a place on TripAdvisor's 2011 list of the Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States. Sign up for a walking food tour of the area’s popular eateries, each offering its own spin on zesty southwestern cuisine.
For more than 300 days a year, Santa Fe soaks in sunshine. Such consistently great weather, paired with New Mexico’s varied terrain, makes the region ideal for hiking and biking. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains have peaks more than 13,000 feet high, and they're traced with trails that wind past picturesque meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine, and undomesticated landscape painters. From late fall to early spring, up to 300 inches of snow fall on the mountain slopes, which offer miles of downhill-skiing and snowboarding trails.