Santa Fe is the capital of the great state of New Mexico, but also acts as a cultural hub of old west charm with a modern twist. Take a look at these travel tips to plan the perfect trip for your family.
What to do
Part of the charm of New Mexico is the delightful mix of new and old. When visiting, it is highly recommended that you take a tour of historic sites around the city. Great Southwest Adventures is one of the most experienced groups in the area and routinely offers tours to historical sites like the Bandelier National Monument, where there is evidence of ancient human dwellings among flora and fauna, and Chaco Canyon, which is home to one of the highest concentrations of pueblo homes. You can learn more about these outdoor excursions at http://www.swadventures.com/.
Within the city, consider a trip to the Palace of Governors. It is a Registered National Historic Landmark and an official American Treasure, and is one of the nationís oldest continuously occupied public buildings, according to TOURISM Santa Fe. For a complete list of historic sites, visit http://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Things_to_Do/Historic_Sites/index.html.
Where to stay
Travelers looking to pamper themselves should consider the Inn on the Alameda for a stay in a comfortable hotel that exudes southwestern charm. With a robust breakfast buffet in the morning and wine and cheese reception in the afternoon, travelers will feel right at home. Pets under 100 pounds are also welcome in the spacious rooms. Guests wanting more space can consider a deluxe room or a Santa Fe Suite that resembles a private residence. Learn more about the Inn on the Alameda at https://www.innonthealameda.com/.
Another option for accommodation in Santa Fe is the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. With only 58 guest rooms, the staff is able to pay close personal attention to each and every visitor. Each room is furnished with local art, and there are luxurious suites available in addition to traditional rooms. Guests looking to combine good food with their stay will be happy to know that this hotel offers its own Anasazi Restaurant, as well as a bar and vibrant patio. For more information, visit http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/inn-of-the-anasazi-santa-fe.
Where to eat
While staying in Santa Fe, donít settle for fare from a chain restaurant. With great local food choices, it is easy to savor the flavor of New Mexico. A visit to Blue Corn Cafť and Brewery will allow visitors to sample some local microbrews. Great pub fare with a southwestern flair is also served alongside the craft beers. If farm to table is what you prefer, take a look at the cleverly named Dr. Field Goods Kitchen. This restaurant is all about great local food prepared in exciting ways, such as the New Mexican burger, featuring green chile rubbed and smoked pulled pork, apple slaw and sharp cheddar cheese. For the more refined palate, the Rio Chama restaurant serves amazing prime rib, fondue and seafood prepared with a southwestern sensibility in a luxurious atmosphere. Check out their menus at http://riochamasteakhouse.com/menus/.
Santa Fe is a charming slice of the southwest that provides a great escape from everyday life. With all this city has to offer, there is something for every member of the family.