Read on to learn why you’ll want to put Santa Fe, New Mexico on your bucket list and you’ll want to stay at one of the best hotels in Santa Fe!
It was my first trip to New Mexico and I fell in love. I’m a city girl born in Chicago, IL, so mountains fascinate me because it’s so different from what I know. But it also has a culture that is uniquely New Mexico while paying tribute to the cultures who inspired it (Pueblos, Spain, Mexico, and the United States).
We landed in Albuquerque, NM. The distance from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is a quick 1-hour drive. The vacation began as soon as we arrived at Four Kachinas Inn and Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Santa Fe and walking distance to the Santa Fe Plaza. We arrived after hours, but they had a parking lot and simple instructions on how to enter our room. Upon opening the door to Room 4, we ascended the stairs to find a really beautiful and spacious room. The decor was elegant and also very inspired by New Mexico. The artwork on the walls was amazing.
Even though it was after hours, Wayne (one of the owners) showed up and helped us with our luggage and gave us great welcome.
The next morning we enjoyed coffee in the kitchen lounge building which is open 24 hours. That was good for us because we were still on east coast time and up early. Walt (the other owner) showed up before 8 am to serve the delicious fresh breakfast. Walt is a walking encyclopedia about all things Santa Fe. He can tell you everything about the area and help ensure you visit the areas that will appeal to you the most. I can verify that Walt is truly knowledgable because nearly everything I learned in the New Mexico History Museum, I had mostly heard from Walt over breakfast!
That’s the tease to tell you about the rest of our trip. The number one recommendation was to visit Meow Wolf and Walt gave the insightful tip to go early in the morning because it gets crowded. Meow Wolf is an art installation where you walk into the art and can touch and feel everything. I don’t want to give it all away, but it was so cool! It’s perfect for all ages. There is something to appeal to everyone and you can spend as much or as little time as you want. But there is a lot to see, so plan on at least 2 hours. You won’t be disappointed.
Next, we went to Tomasita’s for lunch. Part of my love affair with New Mexico is the food. We had the best Sopapillas with our lunch. These are served warm. It’s a steamy basket of goodness filled with sweet, fried bread, dusted with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with honey butter. My entree was beef chalupas and my husband had the stuffed sopaipilla. This was a great lunch spot! Then we were ready to continue walking downtown Santa Fe.
We shopped and explored the Plaza. I was on the hunt (and found) some great turquoise. The shopping ranges from sidewalk vendors to upscale shops, so there is something to fit every budget. It started to rain in the late afternoon so we met friends for a drink. My husband has to experience every town’s “dive bar”.
We went to The CrowBar. We loved it. They had a full bar and would make you anything you like. The artwork is all inspired by Day of the Dead and the jukebox was awesome.
After the big lunch, we weren’t looking for too much for dinner. We went to Maria’s and enjoyed their famous BBQ ribs. The sauce is rich and thick and they were yummy! It was a quick walk back to Four Kachinas to collapse in the comfy bed!
The next morning we recounted all our fun with Wayne over another delicious breakfast and then headed to The New Mexico History Museum. There is such a rich history and it was fascinating to learn about. There were certainly a lot of clashes between different cultures over the centuries, but the folks here found ways to overcome and as a result, New Mexico is spectacular with artwork, scenery, flavors, music and kind people.
You may be wondering why a Hospitality Marketing Agency is writing about the best hotels in Santa Fe. Well, it’s because we went to visit our customers! Q4Launch offers an employee benefit that allows each team member to visit the places our customers live and work. This benefit is called Q4Travels, and, if you ask me, it is one of the
reasons Q4Launch offers the best hospitality marketing jobs in Charleston, SC.
Thanks, Santa Fe and Walt & Wayne at Four Kachinas. We’ll be back!