Secluded Desert Hotel with Free Shuttle in Santa Fe
The Inn At Santa Fe is situated on a quiet swath of desert about 15 minutes southwest of downtown Santa Fe. While it feels secluded, the hotel is still convenient for those heading into New Mexico’s capital for its shopping, nightlife, and trademark adobe architecture—there’s even a free shuttle that runs to and from the city seven days a week. If you’d rather stick around the hotel vicinity, the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe—where you can shop at Guess, Coach, Levi’s, and more than 20 other outlet and factory stores—are just a few steps away.
You can enjoy the area’s rugged beauty from the hotel’s outdoor courtyard, which contains a heated swimming pool, hot tub, and stone fire pit. Each morning, the staff set out a complimentary American breakfast with fresh coffee and hot dishes. And for dinner, you can head to El Café at the Inn at Santa Fe, open every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Old West Architecture and Fiery Southwestern Cuisine
Santa Fe’s vibrant mosaic of cultural influences includes pieces of Native American, Latino, and western 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 in 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 Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States in 2011. It’s worth it to sign up for a walking food tour of the area, which has sprung up with 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 that stand over 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 falls on the slopes of the mountains, which offer miles of downhill-skiing and snowboarding trails.