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Top 10 Things To See and Do in Santa Fe - Points of Interest

The state of New Mexico is referred to as "The Land of Enchantment" and Santa Fe is right in the heart of it. The town's beauty, charm, and historical ambiance is irresistible and addicting, and so is the food! Museums and galleries provide pleasure to the eye while exquisite cuisine is sure to please the palate.

Santa Fe is a magical land where the air is clean and crisp, the skies spectacular, and sunsets so amazing they make you gasp. A positive, spiritual atmosphere exists that touches the soul. It is a special feeling that I have experienced since I was a young girl and one that you will notice when walking through the historic Downtown Plaza area.

In addition to useful travel information and preferred Santa Fe lodging, I hope that everyone who visits my website enjoys the fun and unique facts that only a fifth generation Santa Fe native can share.

Inn of the anasazi
Santa Fe is a magical city and this is a magical Inn. Anasazi offers accommodations as beautiful and unusual as its setting. Fifty-nine guest rooms are designed as an artful blend of Southwestern culture and luxurious amenities. Multiple award winner including Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure and the Mobile Four Star Award.

inn of the five graces
inn of the five graces interior
Opened in 1996 this property creates a truly magical and fanciful atmosphere. The Orient and the Old West have much to say to each other and this inn features twenty-two guest suites, odd and mysterious and deeply luxurious. Featured in Architectural Digest, the quality and uniqueness of the property make it truly extraordinary.

La Posada Hotel Santa Fe

LA POSADA (Spanish for Inn or Resting Place)
In 1930 adobe casitas were built around the existing Staab Mansion and carriage house, creating the La Posada Hotel. Renovated in the 1990's, it is currently an exquisite Resort and Spa.
Selected by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the 2004 Gold List Reserve Award, featured in National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and listed as one of the top 500 hotels of the world by Travel & Leisure.
La Posada Interior


I have experienced first hand how The Plaza, one of Santa Fe's main attractions, has evolved from being the city's only clothing and shopping area to a plethora of wonderful galleries, unique clothing boutiques, fantastic restaurants, and museums, including the famous Georgia O'Keefe Museum. (There are several wonderful museums to visit: Santa Fe's downtown drugstore (now a gallery), had a great soda fountain counter and was located on the corner across from the famous La Fonda Hotel. My mother was a boarding student as a young girl at Loretto Academy, now the Inn at Loretto. She was often encouraged by other Loretto Academy boarding students to sneak out to buy candy at the nearby drugstore. Being of small stature she could easily get through spaces in the wall but more often than not she was caught by the Loretto Nuns upon her return, arms and pockets loaded with goodies, and as punishment had to polish the famous Loretto Chapel's Miraculous Spiral Staircase by hand with cotton balls!

Georgia O'Keefe Museum
Georgia O'Keefe Museum

The Inn at Loretto
The Inn At Loretto
The Inn and Spa at Loretto was built on the site of a former Catholic academy established by the Sisters of Loretto in 1853.


La Fonda Hotel
La Fonda Hotel
Built in 1922, La Fonda has changed and evolved many times,but it continues to be the true heart of Santa Fe for visitors and locals alike. Many people believe it to be haunted
. There has been a special features on television about it.

Loretto Chapel
Miraculous Staircase
The Cathedral

Loretto Chapel Home to the famous "miraculous" spiral staircase made entirely of wood with no metal nails and no center beam. The story is that the Loretto Nuns prayed for a way to get to the upper level without having to climb a ladder. A carpenter came to them and offered his services. Once the spiral staircase was complete, the carpenter disappeared, never asking for payment. No one knows where the carpenter came from or where he went. Special features have appeared on TV about this staircase.

The Cathedral
The Cathedral, completed in 1884, was the 45th church built by New Mexico's most famous Catholic prelate, Father Jean Baptiste Lamy.  No downtown building may rise higher than the bell towers of the St. Francis Cathedral. This church is shown in the 1988 movie "Twins" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
Lensic Theater
The Lensic Theater Interior

(What it looked like when I went to the movies as a young girl.)
Lensic Theater The Lensic Theater
Present Day Exterior

My knowledge of downtown Santa Fe goes back many decades. My mother was born in an adobe home on Canyon Road (home to numerous galleries and walking distance to Santa Fe's Downtown Plaza Santa Fe Galleries), and my father was born in an adobe home two blocks from the Plaza. My grandmother and aunt (my fathers mother and only sister), lived on San Francisco Street which leads directly to Santa Fe's downtown Plaza many years before I was born and through my adulthood. Whenever I would visit them (which was often and usually over night), we would often walk to The Plaza, passing the famous Lensic Theater. Originally a stage theater, the Lensic was built in 1931 by businessman Nathan Salmon (who's son-in-law was E. John Greer), The theater was the finest in the Southwest. The Trapp Family Singers, Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, Rita Hayworth, Roy Rogers, Judy Garland, and many many more famous artists performed on stage at the Lensic. Unfortunately it closed its doors in 1999 but in 2001 it was restored once again to a stage theater. It was the one building in Santa Fe that I am happy to see was not turned into a gallery, boutique or restaurant. Today from the exterior it looks a lot like it always has. As a girl I loved to go to the movies at the Lensic to admire its beautiful architectural detail which includes box seats on either side of the stage. Just before the movie would begin the ceiling lights were turned off and small up-lights were turned on at the base of large pots in alcoves of the midnight blue walls creating an ambiance of being in another world. The heavy velvet curtains up on the stage would open, one to the left, the other to the right, and the movie would begin. It was wonderful! (Originally there were two theaters in Downtown Santa Fe, the Lensic Theater and the El Paseo Theater.)