NLG Santa Fe Picks
Here is a list of the Neil Lyon Group’s top Santa Fe destinations:
Coyote Cafe, Geronimo, The Anasazi – Very popular fine dining destinations.
Restaurant Martin has a lovely garden. Martin has been nominated for James Beard Awards several times.
The Compound: Also a James Beard nominated restaurant and also has a beautiful garden. It is on Canyon Road and is great for lunch or dinner.
The Tea House: Another option for a casual bite along Canyon Road.
Santacafe: More moderately priced and has a nice patio. They also have happy hour.
Pasquals: Great for breakfast and then browse in Doodlets across the street for fun trinkets.
Vinaigrette: Mostly salads for a light lunch or dinner
Museum Hill Café: Lunch before or after Museums
La Boca: Spanish Tapas
Vanessie: Piano bar open late afternoon and evening. Check schedule for performers.
Eloisa: Dinner at the Drury Hotel. Lovely rooftop bar in season.
L’Olivier or Bouche: French bistros.
Trattoria A Mano & Andiamo: Italian dining
Maize: Next to the O’Keeffe Museum with a Native American slant to their menu.
Joseph’s Culinary Pub: Guadalupe District. Always packed.
Paloma: Casual modern Mexican
Tune-Up Café: Little Salvadoran hole-in-the-wall and local hang-out once featured on
“Diners Drive-ins and Dives”.
Izanami: Upscale izakaya style Japanese restaurant featuring small plates, meant to be shared,
in a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Located at 10,000 Waves (see spas).
Cowgirl: Very casual with music most nights. The “Ice Cream Baked Potato” is a unique dessert offering.
Coyote Cantina: Fun upscale Mexican food and inventive cocktails.
The Shed & La Choza: Very popular with classic New Mexican food.
Tesuque Village Market: Unique experience with New Mexican food and thin crust pizza.
Bell Tower: At the rooftop of the La Fonda Hotel. Have a cocktail and watch the sunset.
Lecheria: Specialty ice cream store serving homemade unique flavors.
Explore the Santa Fe Plaza, including the Palace of the Governors, The New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, and the New Mexico History Museum.
La Fonda Hotel: Take the art tour.
Loretto Chapel: Build in 1878 and home of the “Miraculous Spiral Staircase”.
St. Francis Basilica Cathedral: Built in 1860 with the help of Jewish merchants. It was the setting for Will
Cather’s “Death Comes to the Archbishop”. No building in Santa Fe is permitted to be taller than the Cathedral.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: The only museum in the US dedicated soley to the work of a female artist.
Canyon Road: Home to over 100 art galleries
Museum Hill: Home of the International Folk Art Museum, The Spanish Colonial Art Museum, Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
Nedra Matteucci and Gerald Peters Galleries: Both on Paseo de Peralta. Afterwards enjoy an indulgence at Kakawa Chocolate across the street.
Lensic Performing Arts Center: Downtown just off the Plaza.
The Santa Fe Opera: July and August performances.
Meow Wolf – The House of Eternal Return: Immersive experience. If you go, Monday morning at 11 is the least crowded time. Make sure you crawl through the fireplace, enter the refrigerator and dive into the washing machine. Often has bands and events and adult only hours after 8pm.
Dale Ball Trails and Atalaya Trails: for hiking and biking close to town.
Bandelier National Monument: Home of ancient tribal people with 70 miles of hiking trails.
Tent Rocks: Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe about 35 mintues near Cochiti Lake and Pueblo.Has trails and very cool rock formations. Unique hike through canyons.
Picacho Peak: 5 minutes from the Plaza at Cerro Gordo & Upper Canyon. 2.8 mile hike to the peak. Beautiful views of the city. Plan on 2-3 hours.
Ski Santa Fe: Our local ski area. Fall hiking also recommended when the aspens turn golden. .
Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos: Museum following the development on the nuclear bomb and WWII.
Taos Gorge Bridge: Fun for the whole family. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge or “High Bridge” is a steel deck arch bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge.
Saturday Farmers Market and Artisan Market: Tuesday and Saturday mornings at the Railyard. Lots of sampling, fresh made breakfast burritos, food sampling, etc.
Ten Thousand Waves: A Japanese day spa on the way up to Ski Santa Fe.
Enjoy a meal at Izanami after your spa treatment.
Sunrise Springs: A 70-acre facility fed by natural hot springs. Spend a day or a week at their resort and spa enjoying their health and fitness facilities, sweat lodge, wellness programs, fine dining and entertainment.
Body: Offers massage and yoga. Claufouti, a french café next door, is open for breakfast and lunch.
Ojo Caliente: A mineral hot springs with many different mineral pools and a mud bath. Also offers massage. It is on the National Historic Register. This can easily be incorporated into a trip to Taos, then head to the Taos Gorge Bridge and on to Ten Thousand Waves.
The Spa at the Four Seasons at Rancho Encantado
Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel.