Spacious Southwestern Suites in the Heart of Santa Fe
Four boxes, one tree-ride, two log-slides, and two jibs: though this sounds like an architect’s shopping list, it’s actually the lineup of obstacles and trick modules that make up Ski Santa Fe’s freestyle terrain park, a playground for daring skiers and snowboarders. The park, neighbored by various downhill ski runs, is nestled high in the scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In the foothills of these mountains‚ about 16 miles northeast of downtown, resides the Villas de Santa Fe. The property’s warm, southwestern-style décor and well-appointed rooms act as comfy home bases whether one skis the jibs and log-slides in the mountains or explores the colorful downtown Santa Fe.
Modern amenities blend against rustic and colorful accents inside the pueblo-like villas. Santa Fe–style art bedecks the walls in one of the standard one-bedroom suites, and colorful woven fabrics jazz up the couch in the separate living area. Inside each room’s partial kitchen, there’s a full-size refrigerator, a stovetop, and honey-colored wood cabinetry, making the place feel more like a cozy apartment than a hotel room. After waking up to the bright sun of a Santa Fe morning, travelers can unwind in the outdoor hot tub or practice chasing after mail carriers on the treadmills in the onsite fitness center. A complimentary resort shuttle zips passengers around the property, saving precious foot energy for scenic walks through nearby Santa Fe.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Southwestern Culture and Foodie Heaven
Just a short walk from the Villas de Santa Fe resides the perpetually sun-soaked downtown area, a historical center whose vibrant mosaic of cultural influences is made up of fragments from the Native American, Latino, and western traditions. The 400-year-old site of the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica dons stained-glass windows, which throw rainbow sparkles onto the stone floor. Handmade leather treasures line the shelves at a custom-cowboy-boot store in the city.
Fiery chili is a standby garnish for chefs in Santa Fe; a food tour of Santa Fe guides vacationers through such zesty southwestern fare from popular local vendors. At day's end, the tour stops at the rooftop of a beloved downtown restaurant, where guests can sip a glass of wine, admire the brilliant sunset, and drop water balloons onto evil school principals.
The area’s varied terrain and seemingly perpetual sunshine also set the stage for a variety of outdoor activities. At 12,000 feet and a short trip from Villas de Santa Fe lies Ski Santa Fe, which features thrilling vistas and a variety of runs.