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Getting Here The city's website gives up to date info about all travel options, plus shuttle, taxi, and rental car phone numbers. There are some direct flights to Santa Fe's small airport from Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver. Most travelers, unless driving, fly in to the Albuquerque airport and rent a car or take a shuttle but to Santa Fe.
For a complete listing of travel options, events, and suggestions of what to do while here, visit the city's official website: SantaFe.org
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful vacation spot as well as a center for 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. We have numerous galleries and excellent museums. In the summer, be sure to attend the open air International Santa Fe Opera, with the mountains as a backdrop.
Santa Fe is the third largest art market in the US! Our 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. Gallery districts include The Railyard (contemporary mostly), Canyon Road and Downtown (every type).
PAULA'S SANTA FE WORKSHOPS are held at her studio, 5-B Blue Canyon Way, between the La Tierra and Aldea neighborhoods. The studio is just off of Highway 599 at the Camino La Tierra exit, NW of the city. A map is below, followed by a list of hotels by area. Most hotels will be between 10-15 minutes from the studio. The location is in a rural-residential and there are no traditional hotels or restaurants. See suggestions below.
Paula's studio at 5B Blue Canyon Way, Santa Fe, 87507
Workshop participants are asked to share rides in order to lessen the impact of cars and parking in our rural neighborhood. Paula will share email addresses among those registered who wish to explore sharing rides or even renting a house together.
If searching for VRBO or AirB&B, look near the NW, 5-B Blue Canyon Way, between the La Tierra and Aldea neighborhoods.
The list below is not meant to be complete, but to acquaint you with the various parts of town, as it is arranged according to location. Book early, especially for June through October, and do ask hotels for special rates for multiple nights. Workshop favorites have an *
EAST OF SANTA FE.
*CASA ROSA: Private, quiet Artist Retreat BnB hosted by my friend, artist Jennie Frederick. Private master suite & bath w fridge & microwave. Also another small room with shared bath. Shared patio. Breakfast included. Lovely artist-owned home with studio privileges. Photos by request. Twenty minutes from Santa Fe; 30 minutes from Paula's studio. Beautiful views and hiking trails.
NORTHWEST, OFF OF HWY 599
*Suitable Digs | 505.501.3194 Several minutes from Paula's studio is an eco-conscious guest quarters called Suitable Digs, that several have really enjoyed. Lisa Sarenduc, Owner. This is near the studio as the crow flies, but you still will need a car or rides to get to the studio or get around.
GUADALUPE DISTRICT (Approx. 10-15 Minutes to Paula's studio) This is a fun area with many shops and restaurants. Within walking distance to the Plaza, near Whole Foods and the Farmers Market (Saturdays and Tuesdays).
*Santa Fe Sage Inn (formerly the Budget Inn) | 505.982.5952 Ask about their special 3rd night free. Adjacent to Whole Foods. Nothing special except the location. I've had some complaints lately about the Sage Inn.
*El Paradero (B&B) | 505.988.1177
Motel 6 (505) 982-3551
Pueblo Bonito B&B (800) 461-4599
SOUTH ST. FRANCIS DRIVE: Mostly residential and offices. (Approx. 15-20 minutes to Paula's Studio)
*Santa Fe Suites | 505. 989.3600 Kitchenettes available. Near I-25, a supermarket and a few restaurants. Perhaps the most reasonably priced. About $55 to $65 for one or two, less for a week long stay! Mention my workshop. This place has had many good reports by workshop participants, and the price is unbeatable! However, you will not find big fluffy towels and other amenities of luxury. It's clean, but budget.
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 numbers not listed here. For this area, you would travel Cerrillos Rd. to Siler Rd to connect with Hwy. 599. (Approx. 15- 20 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. Nice grounds.
DOWNTOWN:Very close to the Plaza area (the heart of the old city, and usually most the most expensive hotels). There are many more fine hotels, mostly luxury, than those listed below. (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.
*Inn on the Alameda | 505.984.2121
The Drury | 800) 378-7946
CITY FACTS AND WEATHER IN SANTA FE
We are not a true desert! 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: 70,000.
• 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.
A favorite side trip: Ghost Ranch (pictured below) is just past Abiqui, NM, where you may visit Georgi Okeeffe's home (highly recommended!) but reservations must be made well in advance. The O'keeffe Museum is in Santa Fe and Home Tours in Abiquiu HERE