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14 Hotspots Not to Be Missed While in Santa Fe

There’s never been a better time to hit up the American Southwest than now, what with Georgia O’keeffe-inspired everything, enthusiastic frenzy over the merits of mezcal and a renewed romance with the desert. Might we suggest Santa Fe? This vibrant city is a curious mix of flashy high-rises and boxy (and colorful, we might add) adobe architecture of old, filled with healing centers, spas and the tenets of a true spiritual homeland. Head here for a decidedly different city experience—an American mecca of turquoise, desert zen and a hotbed of arts and culture.

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Stay at El Rey Court

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Newly renovated with hip wall paintings, plenty of cacti and simple, antique furnishings to show it, El Rey Court is quickly to become a Santa Fe favorite. Stay here for a classic Southwestern experience with an updated, contemporary twist.
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Drink at La Reina

Santa Fe, New Mexico
The newest hotspot in town is this mezcal bar located inside El Rey Court. With a cast of all-female bartenders, a cozy corner fireplace for evening chilling and a knockout drinks menu, this tucked-away spot will soon become your vacation go-to.
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Shop at Shiprock Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shiprock carries everything you might associate with Santa Fe… and all the gems you’ll be itching to take home with you. Think vintage Navajo blankets and rugs, a mix of antique furniture and pottery, and more silver and turquoise jewelry than you could ever reasonably wear at once.
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Eat & Drink at Paloma

Santa Fe, New Mexico
This lively, Mexican-inspired eatery and bar is your answer to weekend brunch in Santa Fe. With vibrantly-colored textiles, traditional savory offerings on the menu and a whole variety of Mexican-themed cocktails—including a Paloma, of course—you’ll be happily eating your weight in guacamole.
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Shop at Modern General

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shop and eat at the same time at this bright, charming spot offering “tools for a better life”—which includes everything from beautiful kitchen and gardening tools to green juice and corncakes. Carve out some time for this little number because trust us, you may be here a while.
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Stay at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Located in the heart of Santa Fe, the beautifully iconic adobe architecture of the Inn and Spa at Loretto is hard to top. However, step inside and the guest rooms and suites (including a penthouse), spa treatments and elegant in-house Luminaria restaurant will have you oohing and aahing at every turn.
 
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Eat & Drink at Geronimo

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Save a trip to Geronimo for when you need a sophisticated date-night out on the town. This classic-but-upscale adobe structure with front terrace dining boasts leather-clad seats, cocktails topped with edible flowers and an elegant menu perfect for cultivated palates.
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Visit Abiquiú

Abiquiú, New Mexico
Take a short reprieve from the city and head out to Abiquiú to visit the beloved Ghost Ranch of legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and witness the landscapes she painted firsthand on horseback. Don’t miss the chance to see her stunningly simple (though hardly small—it’s a 5000 square foot compound) adobe home located in town.
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La Posada de Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico
This stunning resort and spa is a classic choice for taking in all the Southwestern art and craftsmanship you possibly can. Designed village-style with 157 unique casita-like rooms, this is the ideal place to bring your whole family or bandwagon of friends.
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Visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Escape for the day to this historic 1700s ranch—now transformed into a magical living history museum—perfect for learning the local history and engaging with the regional culture. With a constant rotating cast of different fairs, festivals and events, you’ll be sure to land here when something thrilling is happening.
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Visit the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

Santa Fe, New Mexico
The farmer’s market is thrice-weekly and well-worth a visit for stocking up on some fresh fruits and veggies, but also for getting an insider’s view into the vibrant farm and food culture of Santa Fe. Snatch up some local honey, organic skincare or herbal teas for pals back home.
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Stay at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Come to this 70-acre oasis for a heavy dose of relaxing and recharging while dipping into the natural hot mineral springs and luxuriating in the many available spa treatments. Beyond the lush resort rooms and casitas you’ll enjoy delicious food, gorgeous grounds, access to yoga and fitness studios and more.
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Stay at the Inn on the Alameda

Santa Fe, New Mexico
This downtown gem is infused inside and out with the true Southwestern style of old Santa Fe. Just a short stroll from centrally-located Santa Fe Plaza, this is the perfect locale from which to explore the city on foot.
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Visit the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Santa Fe, New Mexico
This gorgeous salmon-hued home and surrounding property is, you guessed it, a haven for native birds and plant life. Come visit this quiet sanctuary for a leisurely stroll around the grounds and some bird-watching, or take off on one of the hiking trails for a bit of heart-pumping.
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