Is it lunch time already?
The walk up Canyon Road is a great way to work up an appetite. Luckily you’ll find delicious food at the midway point of your gallery stroll. El Farol is great for lunch, with amazing small plates, killer cocktails and a great beer and wine list. If you happen to be there in the evening, the recently restored historic bar has Flamenco shows in the back and live music in the bar area.
Just across the street is The Teahouse which, as the name might suggest, offers tea. But they also have an array of healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If tea isn’t your thing, they offer a selection of wine and beer. And did we mention they have a great patio?
If you abstained from a cocktail on your Canyon Road walk, it’s worth heading over to the Gruet tasting room in the Hotel St. Francis on Don Gaspar. Gruet is a New Mexico winery with a quality wine portfolio that covers a range of styles. But the real standout is Gruet’s sparkling offerings. Feel free to try a tasting flight or just order a glass of your favorite style.
If that isn’t quite your speed, head around the corner to Coyote Cantina upstairs from Water Street. The rooftop bar offers tacos, chips and guac and a ton of other favorites. They mix some killer margaritas too. The Coyote Cafe, just across the hallway, was the pioneer in sophisticated Southwest food all those years ago (way before Bobby Flay) and is worth a look for dinner.
Catch a Santa Fe Sunset
If you only have one day in Santa Fe, you really should catch a sunset. Our high altitude and clear skies mean the colors are simply amazing. And the mountains perfectly frame the sun on its journey to slumber.
A great spot to watch the sun set is Cross of the Martyrs park just north of downtown. The top of the hill offers a great view of the Jemez mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east. The big white cross commemorates the Franciscan missionaries who were killed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Translated from Spanish, Sangre de Cristo means Blood of Christ. You’ll understand when you see them turn from gold to red to pink in the fading light.
With all that walking, shopping, eating and drinking you may be a little tired. Well, we have the perfect place for you to take a load off. A few blocks south of the plaza near the Railyard is the iconic Cowgirl. This Santa Fe landmark has one of the best patios in town and mixes a killer margarita — either on the rocks or frozen. Both are excellent.
Relax on the patio where tourists and locals alike all gather to chow down on great BBQ, have a drink and listen to live music. In keeping with the western theme, the music usually has a little twang to it, as do the server outfits. This place can get busy, so don’t be afraid to sit at the communal table.
Some Alternate Things to do in Santa Fe
If you decide to skip some of the things in this article, or decide to extend your stay a few extra days, you won’t be short of activities elsewhere. Check out our First 25 Things to Do for an even more extensive list.This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead