Pueblo-Style Condos near the Historic Santa Fe Plaza
Pueblo-, Spanish-, and Territorial-style buildings line the streets of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, a square in downtown Santa Fe that’s served as the city center for hundreds of years. Some of the buildings date back to the early 1600s, including the San Miguel Mission, one of the oldest surviving churches in the United States. Today, the Plaza is a popular community gathering spot that’s home to art galleries, museums, and summer festivals, all within a mile of Fort Marcy Hotel Suites.
Learn more about the Santa Fe Plaza on a two-hour historical and cultural walking tour, an option included with this Getaway. This tour strolls past the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica and other distinct examples of Santa Fe architecture. You can also embark on a guided ghost tour, art tour, or hiking tour through the Santa Fe National Forest.
Each of the pueblo-style condos at Fort Marcy has a full kitchen and living and dining areas decked out with southwestern decor. Many have a wood-burning kiva fireplace, a nice spot to warm up on a chilly night or destroy all evidence of an addiction to folding origami swans. Private patios or balconies look out across nine acres of landscaped grounds and gardens; some even have distant views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
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. On a walk through Santa Fa Plaza, 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.
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