Bed and breakfasts in Santa Fe, New Mexico offer a unique and authentic taste of Southwest American culture. The Southwestern capital city is bursting with nuances of Latin American flare combined with Native American history.
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Downtown Santa Fe is filled with abundant points of interest and things to do, including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Santa Fe Plaza, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a variety of historical chapels and cathedrals, cultural museums, award-winning restaurants, and stunning Southwestern natural attractions.
Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America and America’s second oldest city. It was founded between 1607 and 1610 in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which are a part of the Rocky Mountains. Santa Fe means “holy faith.” The city was once the Spanish “Kingdom of New Mexico,” as well as the Mexican province of Nuevo Mejico, the U.S. Territory of New Mexico, and has been the capital of the State of New Mexico since 1912.
he capital city of Santa Fe, New Mexico is overflowing with sights to visit and places of interest to explore. The downtown district is filled with art galleries, museums, restaurants, cafes, chapels, historical attractions, and architecture that displays the heart of Southwestern culture. One of the city’s most popular attractions is Loretto Chapel, a former Roman Catholic church that's recently been converted into a museum. San Miguel Chapel is a pueblo-style church that was built in 1610 and is believed to be the oldest standing church in the United States. The area along South Santa Fe Avenue is newly called “Paseo Santa Fe” and is filled with inns, boutique shops, galleries, and eateries. A small green park near Taos Street in the downtown district offers a peaceful break from the noise of the city. Visitors can do day trips to Chimayo, a charming village near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 40 minutes from Santa Fe. It’s known for its historic architecture as well as eclectic shops and fantastic eateries.
The best time to visit Santa Fe is during the spring and fall months. Generally, the months of April through October have the most pleasant temperatures, with the exception of the peak summer months. July and August tend to be crowded with tourists for the high season and temperatures soar to the 90’s and 100’s during this time. Late spring weather (the month of May) offers some of the most pleasant temperatures, with average daily temps in the 70’s. The winter months tend to be quite cold, with the lowest temperatures reaching down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit in January.
There is an abundance of natural Southwestern charm in and around Santa Fe. The city itself is home to a variety of parks and natural landmarks. Just outside of the city countless parks, mountains, and hiking trails offer a variety of day trip options to visitors staying in Santa Fe. The Jemez Mountains, Jemez Falls Trail, Rio Grande River, Bisti Wilderness Area, Cibola National Forest, Bisti Badlands, Tent Rocks, Abiquiu Lake, Sandia Crest, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument are just a few of the most popular natural attractions within day trip distance from Santa Fe.
There’s no shortage of entertaining things to do and see during a stay in Santa Fe. The historic downtown district is completely walkable and features a variety of natural attractions, including a four-century-old Palace of the Governors. The traditional Spanish Plaza boasts a timeless “old west” feel combined with Native American culture, as well as countless restaurants, museums, shops, and boutiques. The Paseo De Peralta district of the city is located in the historic district neighborhood and is home to an upscale neighborhood, museums, boutique shops, and eateries. The Santa Fe Railyard is a large arts district home to countless art galleries, as well as a cinema, restaurants, antique shops, and performance spaces. Canyon Road is a must-visit while in the city, it is a long road that features over a hundred galleries, boutiques, some of the top restaurants in the city, and dozens of unique upscale shops. The New Mexico Museum of Art features more than 20,000 works of American and European art, including photographs, sculptures, prints, drawings, paintings, and more.
Santa Fe is where southwest culture intersects with Latin American flare and Native American roots. The food in Santa Fe reflects this cultural fusion. Expect Latin American fusion dishes, like breakfast burritos, margaritas, green chile, guacamole tacos, and fajitas. Mexican-style drinking chocolates are popular in the area which are essentially a classic hot chocolate combined with a hint of chili. A variety of cantinas, Spanish-inspired cafes, wine bars, American cafes, bistros, and award-winning restaurants and bars can be found throughout the city.
Staying at a bed and breakfast in Santa Fe offers a more intimate and personalized experience versus staying at a larger chain or commercial hotel. Expect Southwestern-style architecture, casita-style guest rooms, smooth check-in, kiva fireplaces, and Victorian-style buildings. Staying at a bed and breakfast is a more private option for couples seeking a romantic getaway without the crowds and noise of staying at larger accommodations.
Santa Fe bed and breakfasts combine Southwestern-style design and charm with classic modern comforts and amenities. Stays typically include high-speed free WiFi, spacious elegantly decorated guest rooms, plush linens, free parking, and helpful innkeepers. Some inns will include special features, such as pools, fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, balconies, and more. One of the most popular features of a stay at a bed and breakfast in Santa Fe is the gourmet full breakfast that is served each morning to guests, a great way to start the day and to get energized to explore the city.
Santa Fe is considered to be one of the most walkable major cities in the United States. It is not absolutely necessary to have a car while visiting Santa Fe if you plan on staying near the center of the city because most points of attraction, including the main plazas and many popular points of interest, will be within walking distance to your bed and breakfast. Most of the top attractions in Santa Fe are all just a short walk to one another. Santa Fe Regional Airport is ten miles southwest of Santa Fe. Uber and taxis are available for transfers to the airport from the city and vice versa.
Whether you are traveling with pets, kids, with your lover, on a budget, or for business purposes, there is a different type of bed and breakfast for everyone in Santa Fe.
One of the best bed and breakfast Santa Fe is the Inn of The Turquoise Bear. The stylish adobe-style building is surrounded by lush gardens and is within walking distance to the historic Santa Fe plaza. The historic inn features 9 spacious guest rooms with comfy beds, luxury bathrobes, plush linens, kiva fireplaces, private balconies, claw-foot tubs, high-speed WiFi, and more. The inn serves a full gourmet breakfast to guests each morning, and complimentary house baked treats and fresh fruit are offered each afternoon with tea. A complimentary wine tasting is offered on Fridays and Saturdays. The lodge is known for its exceptional lodging experience and is a popular choice among honey-mooners and newlyweds. The inn is also pet friendly.
El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn is one of the most popular options in the area. The building features a traditional adobe architecture design style and offers an abundance of modern luxuries. This Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast near plaza is also within walking distance to countless other points of interest, including the Santa Fe Railyard Arts, restaurants, galleries, and museums. The guest room “casitas” feature kiva fireplaces, Spanish-Colonial decor, spacious bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, wrought-iron frame beds, and more. Each morning guests can indulge in a gourmet breakfast buffet that includes hot entrees and freshly baked goods.
Four Kachinas Inn is just steps away from countless points of interest in the historic downtown district of Santa Fe. The cozy, southwestern-style bed and breakfast boasts Native American design features and Spanish Colonial decor. Each guest room is individually designed with art relevant to the local culture and roots. Guests are offered complimentary snacks and drinks, as well as a gourmet breakfast buffet each morning.
Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast is a chic adobe inn located less than a 10-minute walk away from the Santa Fe Plaza and Loretto Chapel. Guest rooms are decorated with Southwestern-style art, handmade quilts, wrought-iron beds, fine linens, and fireplaces. Mini-fridges and coffeemakers are included in each room. Guests can enjoy a full hot breakfast each morning as well as complimentary wine and appetizers each evening.
Madeleine Bed and Breakfast is a Queen Anne-style bed and breakfast just a 3-block walk away from Canyon Road and only a 4-block walk from the Santa Fe Plaza. Rooms are individually decorated and feature stunning design details such as stained glass and hand-carved woodwork. A full organic breakfast is served at an affiliated property across the street. Guests are offered complimentary afternoon cookies, appetizers, and evening wine. An on-site spa and a local health club are some of the free perks offered to guests during their stays.
Other popular Santa Fe inn include: Bobcat Inn, Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast, Casa Culinaria The Gourmet Inn, Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, and Parador.