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Santa Fe Travel Guide: Insider Intel


Where to eat, drink and stay in this magical mountain Mecca? Our Santa Fe insider steers you toward the classic, the cool, the new, and the unique.

It’s the perfect time to be in Santa Fe as City Different celebrates 100 years of the Indian market. Here are some of our favorite things about this magical place at this magical time that make it the only where we want to be.

Native American artwork on Museum Hill


Santa Fe in August is all about the Indian market. This year the market takes place from August 20-21, with many events swirling around those dates. The Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon takes place on August 19, the SWAIA 100th Anniversary Gala on August 20 and the SWAIA Aboriginal Fashion Show on August 21. Make time for the exhibition Honoring Tradition and Innovation: 100 Years of the Santa Fe Indian Market 1922 – 2022, which runs from August 7, 2022 through August 31, 2023 at the New Mexico Museum of History.

Anytime in Santa Fe, the art is intense, but during the Indian Market, everything amplifies. The gallery-oriented satellite art fair Santa Fe Indigenous Art, on the model of Art Basel, takes place at El Museo de Cultural from August 18 to 21. Participating galleries include Blue Rain Gallery, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art and LA’s Trotta-Bono Contemporary.

Hill Folk Art Museum

Museum Hill Indian Art


Blue Rain Gallery is hosting a group Native American exhibit August 18-22 with a reception on August 18 from 5-8 p.m. A solo exhibition for Preston Singletary follows from August 19 to September 3, with a reception on August 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mesa Verde by Al Qoyawayma; Photography: Al Qoyawayma / Courtesy Blue Rain Gallery

Manitou Gallery hosts three exhibits: Palace Jewelers, its annual display of Indigenous jewelry boxes on August 18 and 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.; JD Challenger in person on August 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Oreland Joe on August 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

eagle feathers by Oreland Joe; Utah alabaster; 27”x11”x8”

Sorrel sky gallery presents Ray Tracey, Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Kevin Red Star on August 19, reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and until August 21.

Venture into color by BJ Briner; exhibited at Sorrel Sky Gallery

King’s Galleries present Legacya group exhibition of Indigenous artists including Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock on August 19, 3-5 p.m.

bread bakers by Susan Folwell; Photography: Courtesy of Susan Folwell and King Galleries

Chiaroscuro contemporary art organizes a group exhibition and a solo exhibition in the Indian market for Emmi Whitehorse.

Crown rods by Emmi Whitehorse; oil and chalk on canvas mounted on paper; 36″ x 51″; Photo: Courtesy of Chiaroscuro and Emmi Whitehorse

And then there is Canyon Roadwith more galleries and immersive art experiences than you can count.

Outdoor statues along Canyon Road


Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Hotel does everything correctly. Horse carvings throughout the 57-acre property, located 10 miles north of town. Contemporary paintings. Lavish casitas with private patios sprawl amid pinyon pines, birds chirping softly. Wood-burning fireplaces. Mountain views for miles from the Terra dining terrace. At the bar, espresso martinis. And the spa! It’s fully indoor-outdoor, serene and spotless. You can do a day of a few treatments and lunch. Reserve yourself in a private spa courtyard and drift between your own sauna, hot tub, and lounge chair under placid blue New Mexico skies, sipping cucumber water and munching on nuts.

If you’d rather bike than relax, there’s also Rancho Encantado’s new Rio en Medio hike through oak trees, the Pacheco Canyon downhill bike ride past wildflowers, and the Boots & Bubbles excursion at the luxury boot shop Back at the Ranch then wine tasting at Domaine Gruet.

Just four miles north of the city is episcopal lodge, an Auberge Resorts Collection property nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Recently reopened after a lovingly comprehensive renovation, the historic property borders the Santa Fe National Forest and sits on the same spot where the first Archbishop of Santa Fe built a chapel and lodge more than 150 years ago.

The top-to-bottom transformation got very high marks: Bishop’s Lodge was recently recognized as the #1 Best Resort Hotel in the West on Travel + Leisure List of the best prices in the world 2022; this accolade follows another prestigious award for the property, which was recently honored on Robb Reportis the best of the best list.

Accommodations at the adobe lodge feature soft textures, soft earthy colors, and traditional art and textiles. All rooms have Navajo rugs and individual patios.

At SkyFire, Bishop’s Lodge’s signature restaurant, it’s all about this transformative element that aromatically cooks your order over wood-fired grills. On the informal terrace, wooden tables and pinyon logs crackle in the kiva fireplace, inviting you to relax and linger awhile in this relaxed, restful setting. It’s a great spot for craft cocktails like the Holy Margarita with hatching chili, homemade apricot puree, lime, and sal de gusano.

Food promises “a food narrative,” written by veteran executive chef Pablo Peñalosa Najera, who draws inspiration from his hometown of Mexico City and adopted city of Santa Fe for vibrant dishes that come with a modern twist. . His adobo pays homage to his grandmother’s recipe, which he made his own using different chili peppers and garlic. Eat this, the Aguachile Hamachi or the giant 31-ounce “Mesa Tomahawk” Bison Chop and you’ll taste modernity and heritage in the same delicious bite.


If you eat off the premises, there are plenty of great places to try. gastro pub Horno was opened last year by chef-owner David Sellers (formerly of Santacafe) on downtown Marcy Street. There’s an award-winning Smackdown Burger with green chili on brioche, a delicate tuna tartare on a risotto cake with anchovy butter, delicious miso-roasted vegetables and a creamy burrata bruschetta with prosciutto, arugula and rhubarb. Finish with the dense Chocolate Tahini Torte plated with delicious streaks of almond caramel.

VIP dinners at this popular new spot have already included filmmakers Oliver Stone and Chris Eyre, George RR Martin, Ali MacGraw and Wes Studi. The waiters bring a joie de vivre to their attentive service. The outdoor front patio with red metal French bistro tables and shade trees seats 35 people. As a bonus, it is a short walk from the Indian market.

New Mexico Distilled Spirits Just Added to the Everlasting James Beard Award Restaurant Martin, now featuring new cocktails Rosemary 75 (gin, rosemary, lemon, cane syrup, sparkling rosé and a sprig of fresh rosemary) and Red Chile Old Fashioned (bourbon, angostura bitters and homemade red chili demerara syrup) as well as their fine New American cuisine. They’re growing even more of their ingredients on the property this summer, including edible nasturtiums, cilantro, and the different varieties of mint that go into the homemade chocolate mint ice cream (“People are begging us to eat it). ‘buy to go,’ says co-owner Jennifer Rios). The dazzling in-demand patio can accommodate 75 people.

To spice up this year’s Indian market, inventive chef-owner Joseph Wrede of Joseph’s Culinary Pub says he’ll be offering the Ristra Special Cocktail (Tumbleroot Agave Spirit, KGB Naranja Orange Liqueur, Fresh Lime, Jalapeño Simple Syrup, and Red Chili Salt Rim) paired with a Fried Green Chili Tamale with Cheese and green pepper. Then there are the usuals in its farmhouse approach to high American cuisine, like seasoned duck fat potato chips, green chili lamb burger, and piled root vegetable Napoleon. The terrace can accommodate 20 people.

Curious where cool artists like Virgil Ortiz, Sho Sho Esquiro, and Jeremy Frey will they? You can meet them at The tea room, Grill restaurant Rio Chama PrimeWhere Maria’s New Mexican Cuisine.


This city is spoiled for choice when it comes to shopping for everything from turquoise and textiles to boots and buckles. Some favorite stops include Samsville Gallery, Rocki GormanMalouf on the Plaza, Sunwest on the Plaza, Sorrel sky galleryMaya Gallery, Suzani, Nathalie, Rocketbuster, Santa Fe Goldworks and Barbara Meikle Fine Art.

Sellers at Railyards Marke

Rocki Gorman’s clothing store

Local Vendors in Downtown Santa Fe

“Running Horse Collars” by Ben Nighthorse Campbell

Landscape painting by Stephen Day

“Western Pop Ranching” by Maura Allen


Read more insider information on the Indian market:

Shanan Campbell
Steve and Linda Blamer
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Rocki Gorman

For more information, visit TOURISM Santa Fe at santafe.org and Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) at www.swaia.org.