Santa Fe is regarded not only as a world-class meeting locale, but also as an intellectually stimulating yet peaceful vacation retreat. Situated at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, the city is the highest capital in the United States. It's also the oldest, having been founded between 1607 and 1610 by European colonists. Its heritage, though, is a colorful patchwork of Pueblo Indian villages, Spanish colonial settlements, and Mexican rule.
Today, this rich history is brought to life in every corner of Santa Fe. Just walking through downtown, guests encounter a number of examples of historic Spanish Territorial and Pueblo styles of architecture, both of which are reminiscent of the region's traditional adobe construction. Inside such structures, the past is brought to life as well, whether it be through the 20,000-item art collection at the New Mexico Museum of Art or the Navajo textiles and historic pottery collection at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. All in all, Santa Fe boasts more than a dozen major museums that celebrate the art, culture, history, and traditions of the region.
Santa Fe's appeal lies not only in its past, but also in its every day. Defined by four distinct seasons and an average of 300 sunny days per year, the city is a haven for outdoor activities. During warmer months, guests can hike the Aspen Vista Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or play golf at the scenic Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course. Wintertime brings out the ski bunnies, who come to enjoy up to 300 inches of annual snow at one of several ski resorts and cross-country trails.
For visitors looking to connect with both nature and themselves, Santa Fe's spas are legendary. Blessed with a dry climate, natural hot springs, and sun-drenched days, the city is a welcome respite compared with other bustling, on-the-go metropolitans. Whether downtown or secluded in the mountains, Santa Fe's spas offer everything from hourlong hot-stone massages and herbal body wraps to weeklong revitalization trips that feature art classes, organic meals, and more. The renowned 10,000 Waves Japanese Health Spa, Spa Sage at La Posada, and Jemez Springs Bath House are among the rejuvenating options.
Dining in Santa Fe can be an equally indulgent experience. Featuring everything from regional flavors and ingredients – including the traditional red and green chiles – to international fare, Santa Fe's culinary scene has something to suit any palate. Enjoy a taste of the Southwest at The Compound Restaurant or French Asian fusion at the award-winning Geronimo. Whatever guests' tastes may be – when it comes to food, attractions, culture and more – they're sure to find it in Santa Fe.