Postcard from Santa Fe

August 23, 2012 in Places,United States

To be fair, we didn’t spend that much time in Santa Fe. And to be honest, we spent most of it drinking on rooftops. That being said, Renee and I both absolutely loved this artsy Southwestern city in New Mexico after just one afternoon.

View from Rooftop Pizzeria in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The compact city center of Santa Fe is perfect for an afternoon stroll: tree-lined with adobe architecture, there are shady squares and magnificent cathedrals, understated chapels and artisan stalls at which to stop, rest, meander, spend. And once you have your fill of turquoise jewelry and public art installations, you can steal up a staircase to a rooftop and enjoy Santa Fe from above.

View from Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

We started off with margaritas at Bell Tower Bar on top of La Fonda: the elevators are a bit tricky to find, but once you’re up top, service is stellar and the drinks are cold. It’s open until sunset, so it’d be the perfect place for a romantic after-dinner drink.

Dinner and drinks at Rooftop Pizzeria in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

We hadn’t had enough of rooftops yet, so we headed over to Rooftop Pizzeria for an absolutely fabulous pizza: try the No. 8 with mozzarella. On a beautiful day, this has to be one of the best places to enjoy the Santa Fe sunshine.

The streets of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The streets and Cathedral of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Crosses hanging outside Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Statue in museum courtyard in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Pool at Garretts Desert Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

We stayed at Garrett’s Desert Inn, and I would recommend it in a heartbeat. The location is unbeatable: just a few minutes walk from the center of town with plenty of free parking. The wifi is free, the service is friendly and the beds are comfortable: definitely the best budget-friendly option in downtown Santa Fe. Bonus: there’s a pool! Perfect place to cool off after a long day in the Southwestern heat.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Santa Fe? 

Note: Garrett’s Desert Inn kindly offered us complimentary accommodation, but all opinions are my own. 

 

  • Alicia C

    Hello from Albuquerque, New Mexico! I’ve eaten at that pizzeria and it’s great! Another awesome pizza is from Upper Crust just around the corner. Glad to hear it about the Inn, I have never been been to it. :)

  • Marie-Eve Vallieres

    Wow- such a cool place! I definitely want to tour the US one day and Santa Fe will be on my list for sure.

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  • Zoe

    Great photos :) I love your blog, Do you have any tips on where to travel in USA and Australia: Life of a Vegetarian Girl

  • camorose

    Lucky girl–I LOVED that pizzeria! Definitely check out the Belltower Bar, perfect for sunset drinks!

  • camorose

    SO much to see in the USA–Santa Fe is one of my faves!

  • camorose

    Lots and lots–my whole blog is pretty much my favorite places in Australia and the USA :)

  • http://ohheyworld.com/ Drew Meyers

    Was there a few years ago. Like you, I was just there briefly — had dinner with a local real estate agent I had known for a few years online but never met offline — and then was off toward Washington. The city is gorgeous though.

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  • camorose

    Definitely a place I wouldn’t mind spending a bit more time in!

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