Spacious Suites in the Heart of Santa Fe
When you walk through downtown Santa Fe, it can feel more like a rustic old-west town than New Mexico’s thriving capital. Though some modern buildings have sprouted up throughout the city, you’ll still see historical mission churches in the heart of downtown, all set against the ruddy backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Situated in these foothills‚ Villas de Santa Fe welcomes visitors with warm southwestern decor and pueblo-style architecture. Well-appointed suites make the property a comfy home base for exploring the area, which is rich in Native American and Mexican history.
Each carefully designed one-bedroom suite feels more like an apartment than a hotel room. Desert-inspired art hangs on the walls in one of the standard rooms, and you’ll find colorful woven fabrics on the couch in the separate living area. Each suite comes with a partial kitchen, where there’s a full-size refrigerator, a stovetop, and honey-colored wood cabinetry.
After waking up, unwind in the outdoor hot tub or practice chasing after mail carriers on the treadmills at the onsite fitness center. The hotel also has a complimentary shuttle that can take you from the resort to downtown Santa Fe.
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.