From the architecture to cuisine, the unique blend of Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures influences every aspect of life in Santa Fe. Exploring the city for the first time, I quickly found out a long weekend wasn’t enough time to explore it all, but it was enough time to fall in love with the city’s history, culture, art, people, architecture, and food.
My home away from home was the Inn and Spa at Loretto, where old-world charm blends with world-class luxury. Sitting on the site that was the end of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail in the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the boutique hotel is an architectural re-creation of the Taos Pueblo and embodies the architecture, character, and spirit of Santa Fe.
All of the resorts plush guest rooms and suites are filled with warm, vibrant colors. They are luxurious yet cozy in a style that represents Santa Fe’s spirit.
Many of the rooms have private or shared balconies so you can enjoy Santa Fe’s azure sky on a beautiful day or while taking in one of Santa Fe’s incredibly colorful sunrises or sunsets.
I arrived around lunchtime and right after checking in asked Pam Mackey, concierge at Loretto, for recommendations on food, sights to see, and where to shop. Fifteen minutes with Pam and I had my whole 48 hour trip mapped out. From lunch at The Shed to breakfast at Cafe Pasqual’s, Pam was right on the money of the places to eat and sights to see.
I love the extras that Inn and Spa at Loretto does. Some local cookies, fruit and water tray, and truffles on rose petals with champagne were delightful surprises left in my room.
For outdoor dining, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio has one of the prettiest patios in Santa Fe. The quaint garden patio has views of the Loretto Chapel and Old Santa Fe Trail in a delightful nook you can retreat to for lunch or dinner.
I enjoyed the intimate and comfortable setting while dining by candlelight and a blazing fireplace. The Sage Brush cocktail and Foraged Mushroom Pappardelle are standouts in Luminaria’s progressive Santa Fe cuisine where rustic meets sophistication.
After dinner, it was time to melt into a cozy chair in The Living Room at Loretto and enjoy some live music. Santa Fe musician Matthew Andrae is a regular and sings everything from Jim Morrison to John Denver.
Make sure you enjoy a nightcap sitting out on your balcony at Inn and Spa at Loretto and marvel at the infinite number of stars in the grand New Mexico sky.
Next time I visit Santa Fe and stay at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a visit to the spa is high on my agenda!