By Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe has been known as an exclusive and perhaps expensive town to visit and stay in. That does not have to be the case and that is what you will learn in this article.


The first concern you have is lodging. On a Santa Fe vacation there are different parts of town to stay in. The closer to the Plaza, the more expensive the rates are. As you go further out in circumference from the Plaza it gets cheaper. The accommodations described here within 4 blocks are walking distance from a lot of the sites downtown and wouldn’t require a rental car unless out of town trips are planned.

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By Eileen Richardson

Now the title may be deceiving so I am going to let you know what I mean. Dogs don't run the city or anything. Santa Fe has not gone to the dogs, but I must say I see a lot of dogs and opportunities to bring your dogs places in Santa Fe. Before I share with you where you can go and what you can do with your dog. Use these Rules of Etiquette always:

At Hotels or Other Types of Lodging Unless it is obvious, ask the hotel clerk if dogs are allowed in the hotel lobby. Never leave your dog alone in the hotel room. The number one reason hotel management does not allow dogs is because some people leave them in the room alone.

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Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have unique resorts  and spas. You should try all of them for they are all equally exceptional but so different from each other.

Ten Thousand Waves

This spa resort is unique because it is designed as a Japanese Hot Spring resort, adobe style. It is in the mountains just 10 minutes from Santa Fe. It is primarily a day spa, but there are accommodations. The Houses of the Moon, just steps away from the spa are in the tradition of the Japanese ryokan, These accommodations range in size from two person Zen style rooms, (which are small and simple but efficient) to the larger suites that can accommodate up to 5 people.

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By Eileen Richardson

Whenever a visitor wants to come to Santa Fe and know where things are, most people describe their business location in relation to “The Plaza”. What is the Plaza and what is its significance?

The Plaza is the center of Santa Fe the city itself. It is where on 4 sides you will see the Palace of the Governors on one side which is the oldest public building in the U.S., and on the other three sides unique examples of shops, and restaurants of Santa Fe. For 300 years the Plaza was bare and undeveloped compared to today.

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By Eileen Richardson

There are great ski resorts in New Mexico that don’t get a lot of attention. Each of them offers something different in the mountain itself, their services and locations. They are all worth a day or two of snow adventure.

Ski Santa Fe

Experience the excitement of world-class skiing in breathtaking beauty of Ski Santa Fe. Located minutes from the historic city, Ski Santa Fe welcomes skiers, snowboarders, families, and locals to 12,175-foot mountain. There are 44 trails (20% easiest, 40% more difficult, 40% most difficult) The services provided are a PSIA Certified Ski School, a children’s center that does all day and half day classes including play time and lunch. There is recreational racing available here too. Snowboarding is also very big and is included in the school. 

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By Eileen Richardson

Depending on your budget, method of travel and conditioning to the motels or hotels in the U.S. you will make different choices on where to stay in Santa Fe. The style you see in pictures and film of Santa Fe is much more prevalent in the area near the Plaza. We are talking about the area that is 1 square mile surrounding the Plaza.

This is where you will find the older hotels like the La Fonda on the Plaza. This hotel has a history in Santa Fe that dates back to the early 1600s. The Hotel was built at the end of the Santa Fe Trail which was the Plaza at the time.

The other older hotel in the area is the Hotel St Francis. This was originally another hotel in the earlier 1800s but it is said after someone was experimenting with making their own peach brandy in the cellar the hotel almost entirely went up in flames. It was rebuilt in the 1880 and named the Hotel St Francis.

Read more: The Diversity of Hotels and Motels in Santa Fe

By Eileen Richardson

There is a lot you can discover about the history and traditions of Santa Fe in her restaurants. For such a small town of under 70,000 world class eateries abound. But I wanted to write about the unique restaurants to Santa Fe that may be something visitors may want to try to get a taste of the mixtures of cultures here. Here is a short list that by no means represents everyone, but it is a start:

Native American / Northern New Mexican Food

Amaya - Hotel Santa Fe - This restaurant uses classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients from traditional American Indian fare. Amaya highlights local Pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. The casual, inviting atmosphere keeps the focus on fine food and conversation, and the restaurant opens onto a patio for seasonal outdoor dining.

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By Eileen Richardson

Its winter and its cold out there. Even so, there is still plenty to do during this season in the Santa Fe area. Everything from the great outdoor winter sports to the indoor winter spots.
For those adventurous ones, there are always the snow sports.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country, and Snow Shoeing

The skiing and snowboarding at Ski Santa Fe or Taos Ski Valley are breathtaking. Some ski areas for those who want to avoid the crowds are Pajarito Mountain and Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.

Read more: Winter in Northern New Mexico

By Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe has become a Mecca for the healing arts. My definition of the healing arts would be any type of practice not using drugs usually using the “laying on of hands” and creating a mental, spiritual and/or physical healing.

There is a common theory why there is such a plethora of healing arts, schools, business, and client base here in Santa Fe. It is commonly thought because this is a spiritual place that it has been a draw for many kinds of peoples from the original pueblo Indians to present day transplanted citizens.

The “energy” of a place truly produces a kind of mentality and lifestyle.

It is said that Santa Fe has a feminine energy and calls people to do more of the feminine type business that involves creation and nurturing-thus the healing art component of the City Different - Santa Fe.

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By Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe is a great destination for RVing in the great southwest.
There are many things for all ages to do in the area. There are a few campgrounds to accommodate you very close to Santa Fe itself and some in areas just outside Santa Fe.

Wal-Mart does also offer opportunities for all motor homes to park in their parking lot close to Cerrillos Rd in Santa Fe overnight at no charge.

The only thing you must be aware of in Santa Fe is that this is a seasonal area for camping. In most cases the campgrounds are closed from November thru March. I will get specific with the dates with each campground description.

The opportunities for things to do in Santa Fe are endless when it comes to outdoor activities.

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