How to pick the perfect vacation rental in Santa Fe
Walking through the streets of Santa Fe, New Mexico feels like a history lesson brought to life, thanks to the city’s rich Native American and Spanish influences. These influences can be seen in the city’s robust art galleries and museums, and its centuries-old churches reflect the city’s unique architectural flair (not to mention the Spanish translation of Santa Fe: “holy faith”). These galleries and other cultural staples, such as the Santa Fe Opera, will keep visitors busy for days, but honestly, taking a stroll through Santa Fe’s bustling downtown and savoring the crisp mountain air can be just as invigorating.
Follow these tips to help you pick the perfect Santa Fe vacation rental for your travel plans.
- Where to stay to visit the Canyon Road Galleries:The Canyon Road Galleries comprise a half-mile stretch of art galleries at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just a mile from downtown Santa Fe. These galleries feature paintings, sculptures, pottery, and jewelry of Native American and Latino descent. It’s the best way to get a crash course in Santa Fe’s rich local art scene. Book a vacation rental in the Canyon Road neighborhood to be close to these fantastic galleries.
- Where to stay to attend the Santa Fe Opera:This gorgeous open-air theater is worth the 15-minute drive north of downtown Santa Fe. The 2,100-capacity venue offers breathtaking views of the Jemez and Sangra de Cristo Mountains, and its distance from the city makes it a brilliant site for stargazing. Of course, let’s not forget the actual opera, which features esteemed works such as La bohème, The Pearl Fishers, and Così fan tutte on its 2019 calendar. Since the Santa Fe Opera is fairly secluded, visitors should book a vacation rental near the Plaza and drive just north of the city for an afternoon outing.
- Where to stay to visit Meow Wolf:Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin invested millions of dollars to build in this high-tech, interactive art exhibit out of the ashes of an old bowling alley. The result: House of Eternal Return, a 20,000-square-foot installation with dozens of rooms and secret passages combining a children’s museum, jungle gym, and fantasy novel. If it sounds like something you have to see to believe, that’s because it is. Meow Wolf will soon open installments in Las Vegas and Denver, but for now, its main exhibit is just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Santa Fe. Book a vacation rental in the Siler Rufina Nexus, a creative district in central Santa Fe, to easily get to Meow Wolf.
- Where to stay to visit The Plaza:This market square in downtown Santa Fe is the best place to sample all the city has to offer culturally. The Plaza is home to Native American and Spanish markets, art galleries, southwestern cuisine, concerts, and more. Walk 5 minutes south of the Plaza and you’ll find the San Miguel Mission, the oldest known church in the continental United States, with part of its structure dating back to 1610. Book a vacation rental in the Historic District to be walking distance from downtown Santa Fe and the Plaza.
- How to choose your Santa Fe rental experience:If you want to soak up all of Santa Fe’s rich cultural offerings with minimal physical effort, book a cozy apartment or casita near the Plaza. If you want to view one-of-a-kind art installations or gorgeous open-air venues, find a comfortable house or condo 10 to 15 minutes north or east of downtown. No matter where in Santa Fe you stay, make sure you reserve some time to bask in the fresh air and take in the city’s natural beauty.