As you may know Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful vacation spot as well as a center for the art and cultural activities. The entire city maintains its historic adobe style of architecture. If you are able, plan to spend a few extra days to take advantage of the big blue skies, the mountains, Georgia O'Keeffe country and the Native American and Hispanic cultural activities. Also plan to visit our numerous galleries and excellent museums. In the summer, be sure to attend the International Santa Fe Opera, with the mountains as a backdrop.
How to get to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and what to do while here: For a complete listing of travel options and events visit the city's official website: santafe.org Most travelers, unless driving, fly in to the Albuquerque airport and rent a car or take a shuttle but to Santa Fe. There are some flights directly in to Santa Fe's small airport from Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver. The website gives up to date info about all travel options, plus shuttle and rental car phone numbers.
Santa Fe is the third largest art market in the US! Our many galleries span kitsch, crafts, traditional art and high end contemporary art. It can be overwhelming to find your way so try to research galleries before you arrive. Ask Paula and she will send you a list of her favorite contemporary art galleries as a starting point.
PAULA'S SANTA FE Workshops are held at her new studio at 5-B Blue Canyon Way. The studio is just off of Highway 599 at the Camino La Tierra exit, NW of the city. You may want to MapQuest the location and its proximity to hotels. Most will be between 10-15 minutes from the studio. The location is in a rural-residential area. There are no hotels nearby. Workshop participants often share rides (please do compensate the driver! and don't be shy about asking if you are driving). Paula will share email adresses amongst those who wish to explore sharing rides or even renting a house together, but she does not want to be involved in matking arrangements! If you wish to volunteer to research and coordinate a house share,
Paula, and she will put you in touch with others. For your info, this rental house is nearby (but still a 2-3 mile walk): VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) can sleep 5 or 6 in separate beds/rooms and seems very inexpensive when shared (roughly $60/nite for 6). Search other VRBO in La Tierra, Santa Fe, and you may find other suitable houses.
HOTELS: The list below is not meant to be complete, but to acquaint you with the various parts of town, as itis arranged according to location. Book early, especially for June through October, and do ask for special rates for multiple nights.
Workshop favorites have an *
--Guadalupe District: a fun area with many shops and restaurants. Within walking distance to the Plaza. (Approx. 12-15 Minutes to Paula's studio).
- *Santa Fe Sage Inn (formerly the Budget Inn) | 505.982.5952 |Ask about their special 3rd night free. Adjacent to Whole Foods. www.sageinn Nothing special except the location.
- *El Paradero (B&B) | 505.988.1177 | www.elparadero.com Nice, well located.
--South St Francis Drive: Mostly residential and offices. (Approx. 20 minutes to Paula's Studio)
- *Santa Fe Suites |505. 989.3600 | www.thesantafesuites.com | Kitchenettes available. Near I-25, supermarket and a few restaurants. Perhaps the most reasonably priced. About $55 for one, and $65 for two, less for a week long stay! Mention the workshop. This place is newer, and has had many good reports by workshop participants, and the price is unbeatable!!!
-- South Cerrillos Road Area (the not-so-scenic part of Santa Fe--a busy road with strip shopping but less expensive than Plaza area). These are the usual suspects, that also have 1-800 number's, not listed here. For this area, you would travel Cerrillos Rd. to Siler Rd to connect with Hwy. 599. (Approx. 15 minutes to Paula's Studio)
- Motel 6 | 505.473.1380 |
- Super 8 | 505.471.8811 |
- Holiday Inn | 505.473.4646
- Howard Johnson | 505.438.8950
- Quality Inn | 505.471.1211
- *El Rey Inn | 505.982.1931 best New Mexico atmosphere for this area.
--Downtown--very close to the Plaza (usually most expensive). The Plaza area is the heart of downtown Santa Fe. There are many more fine hotels, mostly luxury, to list in this area. (10-15 min to Paula's Studio)
- Inn of the Governors | 505.982.4333 (budget)
- La Fonda | 505.982.5511 | historic, charming old Harvey Hotel.
- Garrettâs Desert Inn | 505.982.1851 (budget)
- Inn on the Alameda | 505.984.2121 (Luxury)
Weather in Santa Fe area
Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level, with mountain peaks over 12, 000 feet. Bring a light wrap for summer evenings, our dry air feels very cool.
• Over 300 days of sunshine each year. Bring sunscreen and a hat.
• 14 inches of rainfall and 30-34 inches of snow. Usually less than 40% humidity.
• Population: 65,000.
• More than 200 restaurants, 4,500 hotel rooms, 250 art galleries, 70 jewelry shops, 12 museums,
.....and a world famous opera.
• Second oldest town in the U.S., founded in 1607.
• Santa Fe is the Capital of New Mexico.