Santa Fe’s stunning landscapes, unique culinary scene, and Native American culture get even more interesting this May-October as the city welcomes the Prado Santa Fe exhibition in shady Cathedral Park featuring 92 reproductions of 14th-19th century masterpieces from the renowned Museo Del Prado in Madrid, Spain as part of Santa Fe’s Celebration of Global Art & Culture.
Enjoy Santa Fe’s other incredible museums while you’re eating your way through this foodie’s paradise, with one stop information on exhibits, opening times and tickets at museumsofnewmexico.org, including The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico Museum of Art and other New Mexico historic sites.
Where We Relaxed:
The Eldorado Hotel & Spa is well located in historic downtown Santa Fe an easy walk from the city’s heritage district, and other historic sites, and is just two blocks from the famous plaza. The hotel’s rooms fit right in with the local culture, the four on-site restaurants serve delicious Santa Fe specialities, there’s a rooftop pool and hot tub, Nidah Spa to work out the kinks after a day touring the city, and they offer a complimentary walking tour to get you acquainted with Santa Fe.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a gorgeous respite from touring, a stone’s throw from the hotel, down a peaceful tree-lined street. The museum has a great App you can download before your arrival to listen in as you view O’Keeffe’s stunning works and learn how she became one of the most intriguing artists of the 20th century. Aside from general admission, they also offer Museum Walk & Talk Tours at 3pm daily. Don’t worry about kids being bored – the museum offers sketch kits so kids can take a seat and bring O’Keefe’s beautiful artistry to life on their own paper.
Many know Georgia O’Keeffe from her famous flowers, but her stunning works of New York City skyscrapers, stark landscapes from far off places like Peru, and bones in the American desert put her stamp on American Modernism. The museum lets you in on the rest of her incredible story: still painting unassisted well into her 80’s, O’Keeffe suffered from a rare eye disorder – macular degeneration – which slowly robbed her of sight, starting directly in front of her, slowly growing to obscure her peripheral vision. Nearly blind, at age 90, with the help of a team of assistants, she was still creating art from her memory imagination. Truly, one of the greatest artists of our time.
Completed in 1878, the mysteries behind the spiral staircase in the Loreto Chapel still are unsolved: Who was the builder? How was it made? With two 360 degree turns, no visible means of support, no nails in it’s construction, only wooden pegs – and no way to access the loft that it leads to – it remains a mystery. Legend has it that in a effort to accommodate more seats in their tiny chapel, the Sisters of the Chapel prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters for help. A man later appeared with a donkey looking for work, months later the staircase was complete, and the man and his donkey disappeared without a word. The so called Miraculous Staircase has been the subject of many TV specials – but the mystery still remains unsolved. It’s worth a quick visit – and many you can solve the mystery, or at least take a few Instagram-worthy guesses.
Stop in at The Shed (113 1/2 East Palace Avenue, just east of the Plaza) for Northern New Mexico cuisine and their famous red chile enchiladas. Not only is the food fabulous in a fun, casual setting, the building’s unique history dates back to 1692 as an adobe hacienda gifted to a captain by the King of Spain. Grab a tasty margarita at the bar as you wait for a table on the sunny brick and flagstone courtyard, shaded by trumpet vines and rose bushes.
We loved the boutique Chocolate+Cashmere (109 East Palace Avenue, just down from The Shed) for their sumptuous artisanal chocolates, soft hand-loomed Scottish cashmere (made by skilled local craftspeople in the mountains of New Mexico), and incredible local jewelry. You’ll find scarves, gators, wraps, sweaters – everything colorful and snuggly, perfect for Santa Fe’s cool nights. It’s Local Luxe – to the max.
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