Santa Fe in the Fall

The fall is a perfect time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. The average temperature ranges from 36 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is the dry season.The sunrises around 6:50 to 7:15am, with sunsets around 6:15 to 6:30pm. Getting to Santa Fe is easy with several airlines serving Santa Fe; consider flying into Albuquerque and driving 90 minutes north and stopping along the way to tour a Pueblo. I suggest renting a car as cell service is spotty outside the downtown area, which makes calling a car for hire challenging at times. There are plenty of hotel accommodations to fit every budget, from full-service spa hotels to residential properties for rent through one of the popular apps. We stayed at the La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort and Spa Marriott Hotel property. Despite the fancy name, room prices are affordable. The hotel appears to attract an eclectic group of people. Alec Baldwin was staying there at the same time while filming Rust, where a firearm was discharged, killing the cinematographer. We also ran across Jackson Browne’s roadies while staying there. Despite the mix of people, the property was quiet and unmolested by the paparazzi. There is so much to do in Santa Fe. The city has done an excellent job preserving green space. If you like to hike, check out the Dale Ball Trails within 15 minutes of downtown, which can take you to 9000 feet for beautiful views of the area. Another major attraction is the art galleries. Here is a gallery listing:

The city is known for great restaurants and every day and night we ate at some lovely places. I strongly recommend dinner reservations. You can go online and search best places to eat in Santa Fe though I suggest you stay away from the Trip Advisor recommendations as they equate “best” with low prices and ignore quality and atmosphere. A couple of restaurants worth noting include Geronimo, Clafoutis, Anasazi, and El Farol. El Farol offers Flamenco dancing as part of a dinner-show experience.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a must-see for those visiting the area. Purchase tickets in advance if the pandemic is still in full swing, and bring your headphones or earbuds if you wish to listen to the recorded audio tour.

For history buffs, we suggest you add a visit to the Santa Fe National Cemetery, a United States National Cemetery, a short bicycle ride, or a walk from downtown. It encompasses 84 acres, and as of 2021, had 68,000 interments. The first person was buried there in 1868 before it became a National Cemetery. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Gruet-family tasting room in the Saint Francis Hotel is a great place to make a reservation and try various red, white, and sparkling wines. New Mexico-based Gruet is known for sparkling wines. Who would’ve known? Tasting reservations are required, and the place fills up quickly.

No other travel blog will cover the Ana Pacheco, Santa Fe Revisited, car tour. It is a 3 ½ hour tour for $200. Wow, Ana is excellent!

Ana’s roots go back over 300 years in Santa Fe. She was the City historian from 2015 to 2017 and has written eight books and countless articles on the history of Santa Fe. After spending a morning with Ana, you will understand Santa Fe better than most residents.

Santa Fe is a wonderfully walkable city so bring proper attire. Dress is casual, but expect to wear appropriate clothing for dining at the finer restaurants in town. Gentlemen do not need to pack a sport coat. Another great option is to rent bicycles, which we did during our stay. It is a great way to expand your geographic scope and cover more territory. We rode to Clarfoutis for breakfast (incredible) then over to the Railyard. Here we experienced an excellent farmer’s market with various goods not found in the east. If you like chilis or care to expand your cooking repertoire, then this market is the place to explore. The variety of herbs, chilis, and mushrooms was fantastic! In the exact location, you’ll find the art fair. There are incredibly talented artisans skilled in metalcraft, jewelry making, silversmithing, ceramics, glass blowing, fine arts, clothing design, and woodworking, with many using distinctly southwestern indigenous materials.

While exploring Santa Fe on bicycles, make sure to get outside the tourist areas, and you will find unique hang-outs like coffee shops, bars, and restaurants offering unique fare. No visit to Santa Fe is complete without sampling margarita’s using the freshest, local ingredients. The area is known for spicy margarita’s using locally grown chilies. Santa Fe has taken the drink to another level, with many bars claiming bragging rights to the “best” margarita in town. I suggest you be the judge! Enjoy Santa Fe and the surrounding area. It is a great place to visit!

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