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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Contemporary Side of Santa Fe

It's still the capital of southwestern décor and turquoise jewelry, but a growing alternative art scene is giving the city a new layer of vibrancy.


1. Where to Stay

The suites at Inn on the Alameda feature Pueblo-style architecture.  

Walk to the city’s best museums in the historic downtown area from the Inn and Spa at Loretto (from $250, room/spa packages from $350), located a block away from Santa Fe Plaza. Renovated three years ago, the property boasts iconic southwestern architecture, 134 well-appointed rooms, and a full-service spa that uses herbs, natural oils, and remedies used by Native American spiritual healers. If you like any of the art on display, ask if you can buy it—most works are created by local artists and are for sale.

Get B&B-style hospitality at the 71-room Inn on the Alameda (from $215), where guests mingle at the daily wine and cheese service held each evening in the sunny sitting room. Book one of the casitas with a private terrace and a fireplace, or grab a bottle of white wine from the bar for less than $30 and sip it in one of the two outdoor hot tubs.

Experience an East-meets-West aesthetic at the Inn of the Five Graces (from $450), a Relais & Châteaux property. Distinctly Santa Fean with its pueblo architecture and open-air space, the 25 rooms and suites here come decorated with Indian and Tibetan antiques like ornate tile mosaics and intricate tapestries. Owners Ira and Sylvia Seret import everything themselves; peruse more of their finds at their nearby store, Seret and Sons.

Published on May 26, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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