Santa Fe girls getaway: girls gone wild west

This post is part of a blog carnival being hosted on More Time to Travel. Topic for the round-up is group getaways. We went with girls gone wild west, a girls getaway.

Get your five or so BFFs together and head for Santa Fe for a girls getaway experience. No matter what your posse likes to do, you’ll find it here. Shop, pamper, dine and connect with your inner cowgirl. Santa Fe has it all. From the great outdoors complete with stunning sunsets and horses to ride to world-class shopping and dining and first-rate spas, and lodgings for every budget. What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets, make your reservations and get ready for some authentic Santa Fe experiences.

Seven reasons a Santa Fe girls getaway will be a hit with you and your girlfriends:

Santa Fe shopping

Who wouldn’t love to be sporting these fab boots from Back at the Ranch? photo/Steve Collins

1) Great shopping:
Almost every woman yearns for that great pair of cowboy boots. Whether you want basic black, turquoise, hot pink or lipstick red; hand-tooled and appliqued or just a bit of stitching; your boots are here. From the basic Western Warehouse models  to the more upscale Boots and Boogie or Lucchese to the Rolls Royce of custom-made treasures at Back at the Ranch; you’ll find a pair that says,  You!” Want an already broken-in pair? Vintage boots can be found at Kowboyz and often at Double Take, an eclectic resale shop. Good boots are worth the investment. I’m still wearing a old pair I bought over 20 years ago and people still stop me on the street and say, “Great boots!”

If you’re after that perfect piece of silver and turquoise jewelry or concho belt, you’re in the right place.Shops are loaded with Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry.  Caveat emptor, there are companies selling repros around town, make sure you hit the legit shops. The list is long. If turquoise and coral beads are your thing, the Santa Domingo Pueblo people are known for their bead necklaces and earrings.  You can buy directly from them and other Native American artisans under the portal at the Palace of the Governors on the north side of the Plaza. Vendors in the strict, state-run program set up daily. The annual Santa Fe Indian Market each August is the largest juried Indian market in the country. The best of the best bring their art and handcrafts to the weekend event. The event-packed week is an exciting time to be here.

Santa Fe is also the place to shop for wearable art and southwestern-inspired clothing. The downtown area is packed with unique, independently owned boutiques with a few national chains sprinkled in.

Santa Fe art

Take a pottery making class with Heidi Loewen, photo/Denise Crew

2) Art:
Santa Fe, the third largest art market in the USA (after NYC and LA), abounds with museums and galleries. While there are a host of galleries scattered around downtown area and Railyard Disricts, historic Canyon Road is home to over half of them. The mile-long street, one of the oldest in town, is lined with galleries, shops restaurants and historic buildings that call out to you and your wallet.

Take a class:
Inspired to create your own art? Take a class. Many of the artists who live here also teach. Pick from painting, pottery, spinning, weaving, photography, paper-making, glass and more. You’ll have a great time and have something beautiful to remind you of your time here .Santa Fe Creative Tourism is a great source for class information.

Santa Fe history

Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors is the oldest seat of government in the US, photo/Steve Collins

3) History:
Santa Fe celebrated its 400th anniversary as a city in 2010. Before the Spanish arrived in 1598, Native Americans lived here for millennia. Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the USA, has a lot of “oldests”. The Oldest House, the oldest church and the oldest government building (continually in use) in the country are all here. Ben Hur was written at the Palace of the Governors, by then governor, Lew Wallace. Georgia O’Keeffe walked the streets as did Ansel Adams and other great names from the past. Take a guided historic walking tour to get a sense of the city’s rich history.

New Mexico spa

Soak your cares away at Ojo Caliente, photo/Steve Collins

4) Pamper your body:
If relaxation and pampering are your thing, you’ll love Santa Fe and the many options here. All the upscale hotels have on-site spas offering a variety of treatments. You’ll find traditional massages and facials, unique treatments including some Native American-inspired options and ones that dip into world traditions such as Balinese or Ayurvedic-inspired modalities. Ten Thousand Waves, a bit out if town, has long been a tourist destination. Besides body treatments, they offer public and private soaking pools. Opt for private and enjoy sitting under the open sky year round. In warm weather watch (and listen) for the humming birds, they love it there. If you’re a fan of “taking the waters”, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, a little over an hour north of town, is the place to go for the day. Check out their private soaking pools with kiva fireplaces.

Santa Fe dining

Alfresco dining at La Casa Sena, photo/Steve Collins

5) Food and dining:
Santa Fe and food go hand in hand. From great restaurants, to our lauded Farmers Market, to specialty stores running from spices to chocolate, The City Different is a food lover’s paradise.

Dining:
Start out with the locals’ favorite food, chile – green or red, you’ll find it everywhere.  When your server asks, “Red or green?”, they want to know which chile the kitchen should pour (smother) over your meal. If you want to sample both, answer, “Christmas.” They may think you’re a local. If you have a timid palate,  ask for it on the side. It can be HOT! But, our little city is more than chile. You’ll find sophisticated eats here; from French food, to tapas to contemporary fusion, to world cuisine and more. While dining in Santa Fe can be pricy, there are some great budget options including food trucks and stands.

Specialty food shops:
Santa Fe boasts an interesting range of specialty food shops. You’ll find markets specializing in spices, teas, olive oils, wines, donuts, chocolates and more. Get the girls together and check out the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail. Form Mayan elixirs to hand-made confections, it’s a chocoholics dream. The Farmers Market at the Railyard (on Tuesdays and Saturdays) has fresh from the farm produce, locally crafted foods, a few specialty shops at The Farmers Market shops and more. If International food is your thing, check out the Spanish Table or Talin Market. An interesting array of gourmet foods can be found at Kaune’s and Trader Joe’s.

Take a class:
Cooking:
Want to do a bit of bonding over cooking? Santa Fe School of Cooking, the new Santa Fe Culinary Academy and Los Cosas offer a variety of tempting group and private classes.

Hot air balloons in New Mexico

Hot air balloons, photo/Jim O’Donnell Around the World in Eighty Years

6) The great outdoors:
Santa Fe sits in high desert surrounded by mountains, occasionally rushing waters and big skies. The range of outdoor activities is boggling and outdoors folks love it. Outside Magazine is headquartered here. They must be onto something. No matter what time of year you visit, the vast outdoors awaits. You can hike and bike and horseback ride all year round. In spring and into summer if there’s enough runoff, you can raft the Rio Grande and Chama Rivers. If you’ve always wanted to go up, up and away, hot-air ballooning conditions here are perfect. You can do technical climbing, geocaching, camping fishing; the list is long. If you want to go out with a guide to learn about the local flora and fauna and make sure you don’t get lost, there are some knowledgeable ones here. Explore mountain trails, ancient cliff dwellings; discover petroglyphs. And when day is done, there’s always that spa or a margarita waiting for you.

Taos shopping

Check out the John Dunn Shops in Taos, photo/Steve Collins

7) Take a day-trip:
There’s much to explore in the surrounding area. Whether you want to explore ancient archeology sites, take the High Road to Taos, visit a winery, discover the landscape that inspired O’Keeffe, see wild mustangs or visit the sites where Longmire, Young Guns, Breaking Bad, Crazy Heart, City Slickers or Wild Hogs (and more) were filmed– it’s all here.

When day is done and you’re feeling relaxed from that spa treatment and sated from that delicious dinner, put on your dancing shoes and boogie the night away.

Santa Fe isn’t just for girls getaways. There’s plenty for guys, families, couples and solo travelers to do here. Whoever you come with, The City Different is waiting to enchant you.

Have you been on a Santa Fe girls getaway?

The Santa Fe Traveler, our trip-planning and tour business would love to help you arrange the perfect girls getaway or any other Santa Fe experience for you. 

13 Responses to “Santa Fe girls getaway: girls gone wild west”

  1. Noel
    June 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Whats not to like, I enjoy doing all those things and I’m not a girl :)

  2. Gaelyn
    June 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Seems like a great place for several days of getaway. I’m addicted to Native jewelry so maybe August would be a good time for me to visit.

  3. Irene S. Levine
    June 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Love, love Santa Fe and your post was so inspiring!I
    I hope to get there this summer.

  4. Cathy Sweeney
    June 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Love those boots. Actually, all of your suggestions sound like great ways to spend a getaway — with the girls or whoever. Only one thing that probably wouldn’t get on my agenda — pottery making — just never had the urge. But, never say “never”. :)

  5. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer)
    June 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I think we may be heading to New Mexico at the end of September/beginning of October. I’ve been to 44 U.S. states, but never to New Mexico! I’m thinking it’s past time to remedy that deficiency!

    • Billie Frank
      June 10, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Let me know. That can be a busy time because of the Wine and Chile Fiesta and the the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Book early! Would be great to meet you.

  6. Marcia
    June 21, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Like Noel asked above, what’s not to like? I’d do everything on your list. Thrice!
    I’ve always loved Santa Fe; contemplated moving there when I was more active in the art world. Your post reminds me why I should still go.

    • Billie Frank
      June 21, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Come see us! It’s such a wonderful place to get away to (and live in).

  7. Patti
    July 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Where to stay in Sante Fe??? So many choices! Any suggestions?

    • Billie Frank
      July 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      That’s a great question. We learned when working in hotels that not all places work for all people. We make recommendations for our clients after they answer a detailed client questionnaire. If you’re interested in what we offer, it’s at http://www.thesantafetraveler.com. We often can get way better rates than our clients can because of long-term relationships we’re developed.

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