Getaway to Santa Fe!

Which Santa Fe Would You Like to See?
Is it the romantic place where you and your special someone can slip into the desert night to see the stars, spend the day sitting in cafes and strolling hand in hand through art galleries? The place where the perfect spa treatment is yours after relaxing together in private hot tub overlooking the woods on a starry night with snow on the ground around the steaming tub?
Or is it the family vacation you've always dreamed of? Hiking with the kids, geocaching, fly fishing, teaching them about artists and native Americans, visiting the ancient American Indian cliff dwellings and pueblos, enjoying dinner and music and strolling together through the plaza?
Or is it the girlfriend getaway? Sipping margaritas, shopping till you drop, eating enchiladas, trying on jewelry at the outdoor market, visiting museums, taking a siesta by the pool, having a facial at a spa, telling stories around an adobe fireplace late into the night?

All of these Santa Fe vacations are there waiting for you, and there's just so much to do!

Here's where to begin:

Romantic Getaway -- Stay at the Inn of the Anazazi just off the old main plaza near the Palace of the Governors. Have a private dinner created by the hotel's fine chef in the wine cellar downstairs. Eat at the Casa Sena just around the corner. Have a private hot tub and massage treatment at Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Health Spa. Hike together through the Santa Fe National Forest. Stroll quietly through the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. Step into an old church to light a candle for someone you love. Star gaze near the ski areas just outside of town late at night.

Girlfriend's Guide to a Good Time in Old Santa Fe-- Stay at the fun La Fonda on the Plaza and have a drink at the hotel's rooftop cantina, or take a dip in the pool. Or for a real treat, stay at the Inn of the Anasazi where you'll have your own private fireplace in your room on those cool mountain evenings. Have a leisurely breakfast at the Plaza Cafe whose walls are covered in broken dishes and bright colors. Shop in all the clothing, jewelry, and pottery shops along the plaza, browse the art and photography galleries, and then stop for sopapillas and the fabulous famous margaritas of Maria's New Mexican Restaurant. Or take a whole day just to visit the spa at Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Health Spa and have a nightingale facial (hint: don't ask too many questions about what it is they're putting on your face, though). Maybe take the senic drive into Albuquerque to tour the Gruet Winery and sample their delicious sparkling wines! For dinner, gather at the Casa Sena Cantina or Geronimo for the perfect end to a perfect party day with the girls, or have dinner at the Inn of the Anasazi for a really special night out and an unforgetable meal.

Unforgettable family Vacation -- Stay at Las Palomas, just a few blocks off the main plaza, where you'll have your own little, private casita, complete with a kitchenette and dining area. Let the kids play at the Las Palomas children's garden while you relax in the Spanish-style courtyard over a cup of coffee before you treat them to Las Paloma's complimentary breakfast with homemade croissants, muffins and Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles for the kids! They'll need their strength to hike near Bandelier National Monument. Featuring the most stunning ancient ruins in the Southwest, not to mention the amazing natural beauty of the majestic mountains, the monument is just short drive from the town of Los Alamos, and close not far from Santa Fe and the Jemez Mountains as well as other historic pueblos. Take the kids fly fishing or go on a 21st century scavenger hunt using GPS navigation systems (they call it Geocaching!) with Santa Fe Mountain Adventures as your guide. Take a drive to Taos to visit the American Indian pueblo there. Return to the hotel where hot, homemade cookies await you. Then spend the afternoon taking photographs with the kids and developing the film in town that evening. Take the family to dinner and to hear the fabulous sounds of Broadway shows, sung live before a bright piano, at the Casa Sena Cantina. Your children will love Santa Fe and remember all their lives this incredible family vacation and the special time they spent with you.
For more information on Santa Fe, where to go and what to do, see the links below:
The Inn of the Anasazi Inn of the Anasazi, A Rosewood Hotel 113 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 Phone: 505.988.3030Fax: 505.988.3277 Email:

Las Palomas (505) 982-5560
460 W San Francisco St Santa Fe, NM 87501
Cross Street:Between Park Ave and Camino Del Campo

La Fonda on the Plaza
(505) 982-5511
100 E San Francisco St Santa Fe, NM 87501
Cross Street:Near intersection of Old Santa Fe Trl and E San Francisco St

Santa Fe Mountain Adventures

The Plaza Cafe (505) 982-166454 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Health Spa: Reservations(505) 982-9304, (505) 992-5025Ski Basin Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501

La Casa Sena 125 E Palace Ave., Santa Fe, NM, (505) 988-9232

Gruet Winery 8400 Pan American Freeway N.E., Albuquerque, NM (505) 821-0055 · Fax (505) 857-0066 · Toll-Free (888) 857-WINE (9463)

Janis Turk, Travel Writer