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Shobhan’s Top Ten Places to Visit in Santa Fe, NM

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It’s been said that Santa Fe is an inimitably striking city. Of all the women’s clothing stores in the intimate Downtown Plaza, Santa Fe Dry Goods + Workshop is the place where luxury shopping in Santa Fe is the most unique and current with top designer clothing. Owner Shobhan Porter bases her selection of women’s clothing on a carefully considered aesthetic that is wild, fun and colorful while equally artful, intellectual, and elegantly refined. The well-curated selection of women’s clothing – including footwear, jackets, dresses, jewelry, scarves and even jeans – comes from an artistic vision and a desire to channel the best. For those visiting Santa Fe, Shobhan has curated a list of her Top Ten Places to Visit in Santa Fe that are consistent with the desire to experience the best, regardless of where you are coming from.

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1. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Inside the Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio Image by Robert Reck
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The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum was opened to the public in 1997, eleven years after the death of the internationally recognized artist. It offers an intimate look not only at Georgia’s paintings but also gives insight into her creative process and the Southwestern landscapes that inspired her. A historical icon of New Mexico and the Southwest, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is an essential stop for any visit to Santa Fe. In addition to the downtown museum located behind the Eldorado Hotel just west of the Santa Fe Plaza, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum also maintains O’Keeffe’s two homes and studios in northern New Mexico that you can tour (opened seasonally March through November) if you travel north — plan a day trip to Abiquiu, NM to visit both the Georgia O’Keeffe Home & Studio and Ghost Ranch, located within 20 minutes of each other.

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2. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Entry
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With Chaco-inspired stonework adorning the restaurant and bar area, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is a centrally located and exquisitely designed boutique hotel located downtown right off of the Santa Fe Plaza. In addition to an excellent bar and restaurant — which is a favorite gathering spot for locals and tourists alike — there is a wonderful lounge, in-house library, work out room and a beautiful wine cellar. The rooms are quiet, cozy and intimate with comfortable beds, twice-daily housekeeping and a stellar nightly turndown service. The elegantly refined architecture is relished with a tasteful collection of authentic Southwestern art: beautiful textiles, paintings and pottery handcrafted by Native American artists. The Anasazi is certainly the best place to stay in Santa Fe if you are looking for a modern feel that is both culturally rich and intimately cozy.

Shiprock Santa Fe Image by Haydyn JacksonShiprock Woven Tapestry Gallery

3. Shiprock Santa Fe

ShipRock has the top, most exquisite selection of Native American antiques, artifacts and contemporary works of art. Owner Jed Foutz originally owned and operated a trading post located on the Shiprock Reservation in northwestern New Mexico, where wool, grain and necessities were sold to the local communities. The Shiprock Trading Post also supplied many boutiques on the Santa Fe Plaza, such as Ortegas, with high-end textiles and fine jewelry, as well as museum and National Park gift shops around the Southwest. Foutz transitioned from the trading post business in the early 2000’s to open the Shiprock Gallery on the Plaza, located right next to Santa Fe Dry Goods and Workshop. Set inside of a spacious downtown gallery space with high ceilings and Fritz Scholder paintings lining the entry way, the finest quality textiles, jewelry pieces and other artifactual antiques are sold alongside mid-century modern furniture, such as the Swiss mid-century leather de Sede sofa currently available in their gallery. The staff is highly knowledgeable about the trading history of the Santa Fe region, as well as the antique and contemporary works of art they sell. If you are looking for a place to shop for the best curated selection of Native American artifacts, textiles and jewelry, Shiprock certainly will not disappoint.

Geronimo Building FacadeGeronimo Restaurant

4. Geronimo

Geronimo is the original fine dining experience of Santa Fe, New Mexico, located on the artistically rich Canyon Road. With an elegant, world-class atmosphere Geronimo is the restaurant of choice for celebrities, locals and tourists alike. It is a Santa Fe favorite with a national and international reputation as a top 100 restaurant in the U.S.A. It is set in a renovated adobe house originally built in 1756, which makes Geronimo an architectural gem. Executive Chef Sllin Cruz creates the “Global Eclectic” menu that changes seasonally. If you’re an epicure, their sophisticated and elegant menu will not disappoint.

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5. Ten Thousand Waves

Ten Thousand Waves Dry Sauna
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Ten Thousand Waves is an authentic Japanese style spa located at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Loved by tourists on vacation and locals alike, this is our top place to visit for a relaxing, self-care experience. Designed in the architectural tradition of Japan and host to Izanami, a locally-sourced restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, this luxury retreat is one of the most beautifully-designed places in Santa Fe. Whether you are enjoying the communal heated pool and sauna, a private tub or a luxurious spa treatment, you will without doubt have the best getaway and relaxation experience at Ten Thousand Waves — plus enjoy some shopping for unique gifts and spa products at their stylish boutique.

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6. Nedra Matteucci Galleries

Sculpture Garden at Matteucci
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Nedra Matteucci Gallery is Santa Fe’s top Southwestern art dealer, located just a few minutes south of the Canyon Road Arts District. Since its founding in 1972, Nedra Matteucci Gallery has sought to refine their diverse collection of important 19th and 20th century American art. They feature an absolutely stunning sculpture garden, host to many leading contemporary sculptors. The Nedra Matteucci Gallery represents the depth and diversity of modern western art. Their other gallery Morning Star Gallery is located on Canyon Road — the best place for buying and pursuing high-end art collections. Morning Star offers a definitive collection of beautifully handcrafted traditional Native American antiques.

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7. Santa Fe School of Cooking

The Santa Fe School for Cooking is an exciting way to spend your time in Santa Fe. They offer Southwestern cooking classes as well as cuisine walking tours. They also have a wonderful market where you can shop Santa Fe food items, such as local nuts and handmade jams, among other unique gifts. For example, their store features La Chamba Black Clay Pottery. Made from micaceous clay, this designer cookware is luxuriously unique and fully functional. Each piece is handmade and has a beautiful black tone with a unique finish. Among other high-end cookwares, Santa Fe School for Cooking also sells Alligator Juniper Cutting Boards from southern New Mexico that have a one-of-a-kind, rustic appearance. A few blocks east of downtown near the Eldorado Hotel, the Santa Fe School for Cooking is one of our top 10 places; you can do some fun shopping while also having an exciting culinary experience.

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8. Inn of the Five Graces

Spacious Bathroom of a Inn of the Five Graces Hotel Room
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Centrally located a few blocks south of the Santa Fe plaza and a short walk from Canyon Road, Inn of the Five Graces is a historical gem; it is a small cluster of traditional adobe buildings remodeled into a luxurious designer hotel, intertwined with beautiful courtyards. The original designers, Ira and Sylvia Seret, are internationally-renowned textile and antique collectors and the inn is adorned with many of their treasured findings collected over the years. “The Five Graces” refers to an Eastern concept of the five senses, encapsulating the sensuous environment that this inn is known for in full expression of the East-meets-West style. Some features include spacious rooms with large bathtubs and showers, one-of-a-kind and absolutely unique interiors, complimentary snacks always in stock in each room, complimentary breakfast, close proximity to many clothing boutiques and antique shops, and a fitness room with spa located on-site. The Inn of the Five Graces is also a member of Relais & Châteaux. With a staff committed to giving you the best place to stay, the Inn of the Five Graces satisfies the unique and most high-end lodging option in downtown Santa Fe.

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9. Paloma

Paloma is a separate world from the classic New Mexican cuisine — you won’t find much red or green chile here, as they serve dishes that are true to a Mexican culinary tradition focusing on moles, tacos and a variety of fresh and uniquely flavored side dishes. A casual, lively and well-loved environment, Paloma is a great place to stop for a bit of nightlife as their bar offers a crowd pleasing drink menu featuring local beers and tasty cocktails. Recently opened in 2017, Paloma is a hotspot to check out right now as it is gaining much steam within the Santa Fe nightlife and the local culinary scenes. Located on Guadalupe Street near the Railyard District, you will find a more casual dining experience, but don’t underestimate the quality of their food and service. Of our top 10 places to visit in Santa Fe, this is the place to relax in an upbeat, casual environment; to unwind and enjoy some laughs with family and friends.

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10. Santa Fe Opera

Performance at Santa Fe Opera
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The Santa Fe Opera is world renowned for breathtaking operatic performances in one of the most unique theaters on the globe; just a 15 minute drive north of Santa Fe. They bring top musicians and artisans from all over the world to their company each summer. Built into the New Mexican hillside, the theater features an open air stage and seating, often using the natural beauty of the landscape as the backdrop for performances that creates a magical experience. The Santa Fe Opera is also known for the pre-show, parking lot tailgating: come an hour or two before a performance to catch a breathtaking sunset while enjoying some wine and appetizers; just bring your favorite dinner items and some chairs — or just use your tailgate if you have one. The opera may be the best place in Santa Fe to wear your luxury couture, though dressing down with jeans and a pair of boots is also a welcomed option!