It’s one of the few places in the United States where you feel you should arrive with passport in hand. Santa Fe snuggles the evergreen slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the southeastern reaches of the American Rockies. Located on high desert in territory carved by the Rio Grande, eroded by winds, and honed by seasonal gully-washers, the landscape changes dramatically with every new direction you travel.
A colorful town defined by earthy adobe structures with turquoise territorial trim, the city is a portrait of a rich 400-year history and geographical good fortune. As both beginning and end of the Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real (Royal Road through Mexico), the trading post connected the Missouri River to the Caribbean Sea. The region around Santa Fe is home to many of New Mexico’s 19 sovereign-nation pueblos. Each is unique, many invite visitors, and a few have been continually inhabited for more than a thousand years.
This is also Georgia O’Keeffe country where one can explore her iconic landscapes and visit a namesake museum housing her seminal paintings. The town is flush with artists (only New York City has more galleries) and art is everywhere, be it lining streets leading to the town square or Canyon Road, a historic half-mile lane with quaint adobe structures turned studio or shop.
As many visitors discover, Santa Fe is impossible to experience in only a few days’ time. It’s a destination that beckons travelers to return.
Our favorite in-town hotels for meetings or incentives:
Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Heritage Hotels & Resorts
Inn and Spa at Loretto, Heritage Hotels & Resorts
Inn of the Anasazi, Rosewood
La Fonda on the Plaza, Historic Hotels of America
La Posada de Santa Fe, Starwood Tribute Portfolio
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