Santa Fe is the beautiful capital of New Mexico. Founded in 1610, it is the oldest capital city in all of the U.S. and the oldest city in New Mexico. Santa Fe is a culturally rich city with both Spanish and Mexican influences. Fans of art, food, history and architecture will rejoice in this place. I was delighted to get to know Santa Fe a little better on my road trip this summer. Here are some of my favorite things to do in the area:
1) Stay at the Silver Saddle Motel – This legendary western style motel is located just a few minutes drive from the historic downtown Santa Fe. This family owned motel is perfect for those looking for an authentic and kitschy Western American experience. If you go to the Silver Saddle Motel, you can expect cheap rates, clean rooms and also free breakfast in the morning on their outdoor patio. There is also a cool picnic area where guests can relax and enjoy the scenery. This rustic gem was once the home to hollywood actors who came to film in the area.
2) Grab a cold-pressed juice at Verde. – Looking for some healthy refreshments while in Santa Fe? Make sure to grab a fresh juice from Verde. Their juices are made from local organic ingredients and change seasonally. In addition to their cold-pressed juices, they will soon be launching the Verde Bite, healthy grab-and-go foods. You can find them on W. San Mateo in Santa Fe but they also deliver straight to your door.
3) Eat at Eloisa – Chef John Rivera Sedlar combines traditional New Mexican cooking and modern techniques at his restaurant Eloisa. Located just a few steps from the Santa Fe Plaza, this restaurant was inspired by Sedlar’s grandmother’s cooking and recipes. He uses local ingredients and earthy foods as his inspiration for the dishes he creates. Presentation and colour are two of his strong suits. The dishes he presents are also very flavorful. His avocado chocolate dessert was unreal!
4) Grab a WHOOS Donut – Made from scratch every day, these gourmet donuts are to die for. They use local ingredients such as blue corn, chipotle, chili and Mexican chocolate to create original donut recipes. You can find their donuts at a variety of locations downtown or you can stop by their shop on Cerrillos Rd. You will not regret it!
5) Explore the Santa Fe Plaza and historic downtown – The Plaza is a National Historic Landmark located in downtown Santa Fe. The city square has a unique traditional Spanish-American style that dates back to colonialism. It was and still is to this day, a major gathering point in the city.On this Plaza, you’ll also find some small vendors, food stands and also some outdoor music performances. Around the Plaza, you’ll find a handful of monuments, museums, historic sites, art galleries, markets and shops. It’s a great place to start your visit of downtown Santa Fe. The oldest public building in the U.S. the Palace of the Governors is also located on the plaza.