Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four Diamond La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa
Situated on 6 beautifully landscaped acres in the heart of Santa Fe, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa is a luxury resort with adobe-style architecture. Built in 1882 as a residential estate, La Posada became an artist colony of sorts in the 1930s, when the owners added private casitas and encouraged artists to stay as guests. Today, the hotel pays homage to its creative heritage with Southwestern artwork hanging on the walls. On Fridays, you can hear the on-staff curator talk about the pieces—which are all for sale—on an art walk through the hotel.
- Onsite dining: global Latin fare at the AAA Four Diamond Fuego Restaurant and seasonal outdoor dining at the Patio Restaurant
- Must-try dish: the green-chili-relleno burger—a half-pound beef patty topped with a green chili relleno, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion
- Guest-room amenities include Southwestern-style furniture, a 37-inch TV, and plush bathrobes; suites have separate living spaces as well as patios and fireplaces.
- Best place to people watch: The Staab House, an onsite bar known for its signature cocktails and live music
- Pamper yourself: At the onsite day spa, treatments include hot-stone massages, organic facials, and chocolate-chile body wraps.
- Hot tip: The hotel hosts receptions throughout the week, ranging from yoga to margarita and tequila tastings to Spanish music.
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 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.
Red and green chiles are 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.