Is it just us or is Santa Fe, New Mexico on every must-visit destination list these days? It seems tourists are flocking to this cultural hotspot for views of its magnificent landscape and its celebration of rich artistic tradition. Sounds like a pretty exciting place for a honeymoon, don’t you think? So, imagine how thrilled we were when tabletop and home décor brand, Nambé, who has called Santa Fe home for the last 65 years, offered to give us the lay of the land. Turns out, fall is a great time to visit. But don’t just take our word for it – Read on for Nambé’s guide to this vibrant city.
Adventure is out there and in Santa Fe, that means making a stop at one of the many festivals going on throughout the fall season. So, grab your partner and make this one romantic getaway you’ll remember long after the honeymoon.
- Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival – Going on now (Sept 18-25) this five-day extravaganza of food and wine brings together 90 national wineries and 75 of Santa Fe’s culinary elite for a series of cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and cinema nights.
- Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – The largest ballooning event there is. Need we say more? Watch as the Southwest sky comes alive with the magnificent colors of hundreds of hot air balloons moving silently through the crisp fall air. Mark your calendar for October 1-9, 2016.
Explore the Culture
Santa Fe is not only a dreamy, desert escape perfect for your first getaway as a happy couple, but also a city with a vibrant music, art and history scene. When planning your stay, make sure to add a few of these local favorites to your itinerary.
- The Georgia O’Keefe Museum – Visit for an in-depth look at the pioneering American artist’s paintings and creative process, including the light and landscape that inspired her in the American Southwest.
- The Santa Fe Opera – This gorgeous outdoor-amphitheater is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, which provide a breath-taking sunset performance, even before the show.
- Canyon Road – Enjoy a picturesque stroll through this magical half-mile of boutiques, galleries and fine dining tucked into the Sangre de Cristo foothills.
Where to Eat
Let’s just say – the food in Santa Fe is not to be missed. The culinary scene is alive with local flavors and delicious pairings that will have your taste buds tingling. Here are just a few notable restaurants we’d suggest reserving a table at.
- Restaurant Martin – Chef Martin Rios’s award-wining American Progressive cuisine is mouth-watering and the ambiance of his dining room blends comfort with elegance in a way that’s unmatched.
- Geronimo – Located inside the warm and inviting adobe-walls of the historic Borrego House, enjoy a romantic evening surrounded by kiva fireplaces and wooden beams. Voted one of the “Top 100 Restaurant’s in the Country” by Opentable, Executive Chef Sllin Cruz has created a “global eclectic” cuisine that changes seasonally.
- La Boca – This hidden gem is definitely worth a visit. The Spanish restaurant serves mind-blowing tapas paired with carefully curated Mediterranean and South American wines.
Places to Stay
Unique in style and design to this region of the country, Santa Fe embraces the historic pueblo village architecture brought by the Native Americans who originally occupied the city. It’s become part of Santa Fe’s charm and just one of the reasons these hotels are at the top of the list.
- El Dorado – For a true, New Mexican experience book your stay at this stunning Heritage Hotel, designed to offer guests an authentic appreciation of the culture and arts distinctive to the region.
- Inn of the Anasazi – Built in the pueblo-style, this boutique hotel has all the charm and character of the city’s rich history, while offering all of the modern, luxury amenities you’ve come to know and love: it’s a win-win.
- Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado – Tucked gently into the Sangre de Cristo foothills, this luxury retreat offers gorgeous views of the Rio Grande River Valley, plus exclusive access to adventure and nature.
No trip would be complete without a souvenir or two, so don’t forget to stop in and say hello at one of Nambé’s Santa Fe locations. And in the meantime, browse through Zola’s Nambé selection for favorites like the Yaro Salad Bowl, Tilt Wine Chiller and more.