“#1 Cultural Destination in the U.S.” – Travel + Leisure 2010
Called the Dancing Ground of the Sun by early Native American inhabitants and nicknamed The City Different by founding frontiersman at the turn of the 20th century, Santa Fe is a paradise for history buffs and cultural explorers alike.
With Santa Fe’s 400 year Spanish history, The City Different is a bona fide flamenco town. Flamenco celebrates the culture and passion of Spain. Flamenco is Spanish folk music that is accompanied by singing and dancing. It began in Spain’s southern coastal region of Andalusia and developed over centuries, taking its current form in the 18th century. Fast forward to The City Different….
Santa Fe is known to showcase some of the best flamenco talent in the world. A big nod goes to Maria Benitez, Vicente Romero and Jose Greco––a few of the early U.S. flamenco pioneers who made their home in Santa Fe. The spirit and passion of flamenco still burns hot today. Here are few suggestions to make your flamenco experience in Santa Fe a memorable one!
Santa Fe is one of the world’s largest and most diverse art hubs. If you love culture as much as we do, you’ll be glad to know that Santa Fe was most recently named the Best Destinations for Culturephiles by readers of USAToday’s 10Best.
There’s so much to see and absorb here! This spring the city’s renowned museums are elevating the experience with a slate of special exhibits. The new shows will highlight the past, present and future through photography, miniatures, watercolor paintings, exotic jewelry and more.
There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Santa Fe. You can spend days here visiting museums, enjoying our flavorful cuisine and soaking up the scenery against the backdrop of our amazing blue skies. Yet if you’re looking for something unique to experience during your next trip to Santa Fe, be sure to visit the Santuario de Guadalupe, one of the many living and hidden treasures in Santa Fe.
The first crocus has popped a yellow blossom through the earth and fruit tree buds are swelling delicious potential. Santa Fe is warming up as days grow longer and the sun moves higher in the sky. The sun and big blue skies promise delightful spring adventures. The season is the ideal time to visit, offering a host of events to tempt the inquisitive traveler. Here are just a few…
The abundance and diverse scope of visual arts is one of most compelling reasons to visit Santa Fe. Did you know Santa Fe was ranked the #2 City in the U.S. for Art Vibrancy? For decades, the city’s land, history, and architecture have inspired artists from around the world. Santa Fe has been home to many well-known artists. In the Threads of Santa Fe video below, City of Santa Fe Historian, Ana Pacheco, tells the story of one of Santa Fe’s beloved and colorful artists, Thomas “Tommy” Macaione.
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As days grow longer and the sun shines brilliantly in our clear, blue skies, the promise of a memorable spring adventure in Santa Fe awaits you and your family. The season is a great time to visit The City Different. What are you waiting for? Here are five Santa Fe events and adventures to tempt the enterprising traveler and family in March!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner––it is time to start planning that perfect romantic Santa Fe getaway. Santa Fe is the perfect destination. We have been warming hearts and stirring passions for more than 400 years with breathtaking sunsets, picturesque mountain vistas, old world charm, cozy adobe kiva fireplaces, and delicious cuisine…love is always in the air.
What better way to reignite a romance or show your love than by spending a few days in Santa Fe indulging in fine art, rich chocolate, a movie, a romantic dinner for two, and dancing.
Now’s your chance to see why USA Today’s 10Best recognized Santa Fe as one of the most romantic cities in North America. Treat yourself to a lover’s holiday in Santa Fe!
Can you believe it? The holidays are over and you are thinking about your family’s spring break getaway. Tired of crowded and expensive amusement parks and beaches? This year, how about something different? Santa Fe is making it easy, affordable, and fun for you and your family to plan that unique spring break vacation. Beginning in March through mid-April, families have a chance to take advantage of deals and specials in Santa Fe and here’s the great part–– KIDS ARE FREE! From outdoor activities, arts, culture, lodging and accommodations, wellness, restaurants, and other kid-friendly attractions we have your family covered to maximize your budget and spring break fun.
An Unparalleled Cultural Family Experience
Santa Fe has been named as the #1 Cultural Getaway by Travel + Leisure and it’s no wonder––at 400+ years old, Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city. With the unique blend of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo traditions that have been woven into the fabric of Santa Fe over the last 400 years, there is so much history to explore. A great educational opportunity awaits your family. Get inspired by Santa Fe’s rich blend of history, arts, and cultural heritage by visiting more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe and take advantage of the more than 250 galleries!
Here are a few special offers to take advantage of during your #SpringBreakDifferent adventure!
New Mexico History Museum
From ancient artifacts to computer interactives, the New Mexico History Museum brings the past to life and challenges you to look at the American story in new ways. Transport your family through 500 years of New Mexico state history, by visiting the exhibit, “Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now” which explores the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more.
Admission for kids under 16 is free daily.
Museum of International Folk Art
With ongoing activities and special events, the museum is a great place for families! Exhibition galleries have special appeal to children of all ages with their interactive activities and regularly scheduled docent-led hands on art making activities. The Museum of International Folk Art has gained national and international recognition as an accredited museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of folk art. It’s guaranteed to be a hit! Children under 16 are free daily.
Other museums participating are the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors. Also, kids under 16 are free daily.
Find Your Family Lodging and Accommodation Special Deal!
Santa Fe holds a sophistication all its own and this translates into historic hotels combining old world Southwestern charm with impeccable new world service. Santa Fe hotels are ready to welcome you and your family this spring break and are offering fun activities like cooking classes and treasure quests. You’ll want to start your adventure and find lodging that offers modern conveniences that blend our old World New Mexican style! Below are a few examples of family-friendly specials.
Hotel Santa Fe
Check-in to fun at The Hotel Santa Fe with their exclusive spring break package. Make it a family affair and explore with the kids. Enjoy a special kids eat free menu and a daily activity such as Native American storytelling, craft hour or cooking classes and an exciting discovery hunt complete with a selfie stick to document all the lifelong memories you will be making.
Drury Plaza Hotel
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, the new hotel in the heart of historic Santa Fe, sits on five beautiful acres and will bring friendly, award-winning hospitality service to you and your family.
The Drury Spring Break package includes daily hot breakfast and evening reception, daily afternoon popcorn and soda. In addition, a 10% room discount and a treasure quest for children upon arrival will include a map of items to locate in the hotel. Upon completion, children will receive a small treasure!
So Many Family Dining Experiences!
Santa Fe’s culinary scene is sizzling so when you pack for your trip, make sure to bring your appetite! Here are two suggestions guaranteed to please the entire family.
Who doesn’t love CHOCOLATE? FREE CHOCOLATE is even better! With the purchase of one adult, regular drinking chocolate elixir, you will receive one kid’s mini chocolate drinking elixir for FREE. Kids 12 and under qualify and must be present at time of purchase.
During your spring break, kids eat free at Luminaria Restaurant when accompanied by a parent. Buy one full price adult entree and receive one complimentary entree from the children’s menu.
Experience Mind, Body and Spirit in Santa Fe
The Spa at Loretto
Who says parents should have all the fun? Plan a family spa day and receive a complimentary Classic Scrub, Buff and Polish Manicure for your child with the purchase of any full price adult body or facial service.
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
It’s all about having fun at Buffalo Thunder! You can receive a free manicure for your child with an adult mani-pedi purchase. Be sure to check out other offers from Buffalo Thunder such as daily buffalo scavenger hunts, free kids golf lessons and more!
Ski The Santa Fe Slopes
Ski Santa Fe
Want to find an outdoor activity with the family? Try Ski Santa Fe! Ski Santa Fe has a wonderful range of terrain, from isolated beginner slopes to lots of cruisers, some long bump runs, great glades and tree runs, and even a few short chutes and small bowls.
Buy 2 Adult Full Day lift tickets and get 1 child (12 & younger) lift ticket free!
Family Learning Time
Thousands of people travel to Santa Fe each year in order to take our unique classes and workshops. With so many gifted artists, writers, and chefs in town, Santa Fe has become an appealing destination for inspired learning.
You’ll be amazed by the range of Santa Fe classes and workshops. But it’s not surprising––this is a place where creativity thrives. Here’s a sampling of one of the many workshops to be offered.
Skate School Santa Fe
Are your kids rocking their skateboards?? Why not make it a fun family affair and take advantage of Skate School Santa Fe’s offer of receiving one skateboard lesson from a qualified instructor using their boards and safety gear? There’s also an indoor skateboard park at the school to receive your lesson! Kids under 12 will receive a free lesson with each accompanying adult lesson.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance “flamenco”? Now’s your chance! Entreflamenco will be offering free flamenco dance instruction for you and your family every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Space is limited. Be sure to reserve a spot for your family today. Ole!
Bubbly Heart Studio
What better way for your family to connect than to create your own work of art? Kids paint free with each paying adult! Bubbly Heart Studio will supply a 16 X 20 canvas, canvas paints, brushes, aprons, and cupcakes too! Seating is limited. Book your slot today.
2015 was a fantastic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us. Santa Fe is home to historic adobe architecture, clear blue skies, and open landscapes – a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography has named Santa Fe the “World’s Best Place to Photograph.”
To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten photos on our Instagram page, @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received.
Enjoy! We hope to see you (and your cameras) in 2016.
Santa Fe is one of the world’s top award-winning and most beloved destinations. “The City Different” is four centuries of history and legend, ancient and modern cultures, a majestic outdoor world of recreation and adventure, vibrant visual and performing arts, expansive culinary delights, revitalizing spas, and uniquely tasteful shopping.
This year the city has achieved high distinctions in all these categories by some of the most credible and competitive venues in the world. A complete list of awards and accolades runs almost two pages single spaced. Here are some highlights: Read More