There’s no shortage of things to see, do and eat in Santa Fe. We are known as the City Different and within one visit, you will know why. Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, and the art.
You could spend days here visiting museums and soaking up the scenery. If you’ve heard and read about our picturesque city and are ready to visit, consider a Fourth of July weekend getaway in Santa Fe! Come and enjoy some of our 320 days of sunshine a year this Independence Day weekend.
We’ve put together a fun-filled weekend itinerary to get you started!
Upon Arriving In Santa Fe on Friday…
First get settled in and make sure you have plenty of water so you can acclimate yourself to our high altitude. Next, decide on where to have dinner. Many Santa Fe hotels have fine restaurants so you can enjoy dinner close to where you’re staying.
If your restaurant of choice is participating in the Santa Fe Margarita Trail, be sure to ask your server about purchasing a Passport so you can get started on your Trail adventure! Or you can pick a Passport at one of our Visitor Centers. The Margarita Trail is an opportunity to discover Santa Fe’s unique culture and culinary creativity by enjoying specialty-crafted margaritas made famous by the most beloved restaurants and bars in The City Different. There’s 31 amazing margaritas on the Trail to tantalize your taste buds so you’re sure to find a favorite or two. Here’s a red hot tip….follow the Santa Fe Margarita Trail and accumulate five stamps in your Passport during your visit and receive a Margarita Trail t-shirt! Remember, you can earn a maximum of two stamps per day so get started at the beginning of your trip. For more info on how to redeem your t-shirt, visit this link .
Then be sure to get a good night’s rest so you’ll be ready for your Santa Fe experiences of a lifetime the next day!
Saturday: Your First Full Day
Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast, as today you could be riding the thrilling rapids of the mighty Rio Grande. Charter any of Santa Fe’s experienced river rafting companies for a full day on the river and you’ll be in expert hands plus have all the gear you need for your great adventure.
If day-long white water rafting is not your cup of tea, start your morning with a free, self-guided walking tour of artisanal chocolate houses, coffee and tea houses, or literary landmarks all found in free walking tours on our website.
Don’t miss “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico”. (Photo courtesy of Three Wheel, April 14, 2013. Dottie Lopez, photographer. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives HP.2016.07).
Next, check out two must-see exhibits that just opened recently at the New Mexico History Museum. Fractured Faiths reunites Spanish artifacts with their New World counterparts for the first time to reveal the history of the Spanish Sephardim—the stalwarts, the converts and the hidden Jews—and their long heritage within the Americas. Want to take it low ‘n slow? Check out Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico for the lowrider in you.
When it’s time for lunch, you’ll find several restaurants on Canyon Road amid all the art. Take time to relax and refuel before you continue to explore the many galleries on this celebrated street.
Wind down the day at one of Santa Fe’s acclaimed spas, such as the Japanese-inspired Ten Thousand Waves, where you’ll have an extraordinary massage followed by a peaceful soak in an outdoor hot tub, surrounded by fragrant pine trees. After your massage and if time allows, there’s no better way to escape stress than by getting into nature. Drive up into the mountains of the Santa Fe Ski Basin and enjoy a leisurely hike among aspen trees on the Aspen Vista Trail.
After your massage or hike, why not try La Casa Sena for dinner? They have proudly been a local and visitor favorite for over thirty years. They feature New American West cuisine which is inspired by New Mexican influences and seasonal ingredients. They also offer an award winning wine list and beautiful patio and outdoor bar.
Sunday: Your Second Day In Santa Fe
After a leisurely breakfast, head on over to the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Enjoy the tree-shaded areas and water ponds around this 200-acre Spanish colonial living history museum. Costumed docents will be on hand to lead you around the property and provide insight into New Mexico’s history. Wines will also be for purchase by the glass as well as by the bottle.
Before or after a stroll of the site, explore what food vendors have to offer. There are also more than 50 craft vendors selling their work. Transportation to the wine festival will also be offered by The Blue Bus which is free and leaves from the Santa Fe Mall to and from El Rancho de las Golondrinas. After seeing the sites, why not enjoy one more amazing Santa Fe dinner before your trip draws to an end. You’ll want to check out Del Charro. It’s Santa Fe’s watering hole where locals and visitors mingle. Try their “Santa Fe Trail Margarita” which is part of the Margarita Trail. Now there’s one more stamp on your Margarita passport! They’re also known for serving some of the best burgers in town!
Happy 4th of July! Your Third Day in Santa Fe
Head on over to the Plaza for a breakfast treat. When locals think Fourth of July in Santa Fe, Pancakes on the Plaza comes to mind first. From the deliciousness of the pancakes to the cool cars on display … from the toe-tapping music to the unique art show, Pancakes On The Plaza has something for everyone.
Then take to the streets of downtown Santa Fe to enjoy some of the city’s fascinating historic sites on foot. Visit the Loretto Chapel , with its famous “Miraculous” staircase, and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, built between 1869 and 1886 in the French Romanesque Revival Style.
After taking in the sights around the downtown area, head over to La Plazuela restaurant at La Fonda Hotel for lunch and order some New Mexican cuisine. La Plazuela also features imaginative takes on familiar dishes. The intimate space was built in the 1920’s where you’ll be surrounded by lofty foliage, hand-painted windows and skylights. Be sure to order their Centennial Margarita and earn another stamp in your Margarita Trail Passport. If you decide to stay over on July 4th, check out the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe 4th of July Fireworks display at the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Center at 205 Caja del Rio. Gates open at 5:00 pm. Call 505-983-6632 for more information.
If you are ready to visit us this summer, be sure to start by requesting a free Santa Fe travel guide. I’m sure you’ll find your perfect Santa Fe getaway. Don’t forget to check out our Deals and Specials!