Valentine’s Day is near and that always brings up thoughts of romance. Santa Fe is one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been to. The Old World feeling of the city sets the stage; you do the rest. Discover romantic Santa Fe.
From hotels to small inns to intimate bed and breakfasts, there is a place that spells romance for you. Book a room or suite with a wood burning fireplace (gas doesn’t quite do it for me), get a good bottle of wine and canoodle. Romantic accommodations do not come cheap. Here are a few places that really spell romance:
Inn of the Five Graces
The Casbah meets Santa Fe at this high end Relais and Chateaux property. Décor is chic bohemian and not for everyone. Owners, Ira and Sylvia Seret, import decorative items and antiques mostly from Asia. The suites, many with fireplaces and soaking tubs, are furnished with their finds. Arrange for a romantic dinner to be delivered to your rooms.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Rooms at this Four Star/FourDiamong property offer Santa Fe style. Evening turn-down brings a treat. The attentive staff can create a romantic cocoon for you. Want rose petals on the bed, flowers or chocolates for your honey or an in-room massage? Let them know when you’re booking your reservation. Guests can arrange for a candle-light dinner a deux in the hotel’s intimate living room with its romantic wood-burning fireplace.
Inn on the Alameda
While not a luxury property, in many ways, it feels like one. Its a welcoming place for your romantic getaway. Book a one bedroom suite with fireplace to set the tone. Enjoy a Champagne toast or bottle of your favorite wine and cuddle on the sofa. Two of their suites have soaking tubs.
If you want to get out of town, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Resort is the ultimate in romantic getaways. Book a suite with a fireplace for your tryst and book one of the private soaking pools with kiva fireplace for an after-dinner soak. If the stars are out overhead, you have a bonus. All rooms come with access to the public soaking pools daily. Suite perk: the private Kiva Pool set in the plaza shared by the three suite buildings. Want to pamper yourself more, book a spa treatment.
315 Restaurant and Wine Bar
Enjoy an intimate dinner meal with your SI at this cozy spot. We’ve been celebrating our anniversary here for years.
Dinner for Two
The name says it all, the dark interior is lit by fairy lights and screams romance. It’s family owned and run, the mom runs the front of the house, the son is the chef and the dad bakes. The other perk is prices are reasonable for Santa Fe.
Geronimo is one of the most romantic spots in town and one of the most expensive. Opt for the front room. Ask for one of the cozy banquettes in their front dining room.
Il Piatto brings the romance of the Italian countryside to town. Their wine cave has a great selection of Italian wines.
Dining Tip: Have your Valentine dinner a day before or the day after. Many Santa Fe restaurants only offer prix-fixed menus on VD and places tend to be crowded.
Romantic things to do:
Watch the sunset
The Cross of the Martyrs, set on a hill above the downtown area, is one of the best in-town sunset viewing spots. If you’re up for a bit of a ride, head for the overlook almost to the top of Hyde Park Road. Pull over and enjoy the view. For a really romantic sunset view, head to either the bar or restaurant at the Four Season’s Rancho Encantado Resort. The views are incomparable, the bar and dining rooms chic and upscale. Though you can’t do it without a guide, a sunset horseback ride can be pretty special.
Take a private soak
Both Ojo Caliente (see above) and Ten Thousand Waves offer private soaking pools and tubs.
Get a couples massage
Santa Fe has some wonderful spas to pamper you. Almost all the luxury hotels have their own and if they don’t, they will know a good massage therapist who can do an in-room massage. Each spa has its own ambiance and there’s probably one that will speak to you the most. If you want total privacy, many hotels, even those with spas can arrange for massages in your room.
Head for the hills
There are a lot of hiking trails in and around Santa Fe. It’s pretty romantic out there in the woods alone. Tsankawe and Tent Rocks (Kasha Katuwe) are two of our favorites. Both are special places to hike and you may find yourself alone. Tsankawe, a separate part of Bandelier National Monument, east of the Monument, is usually fairly quiet. There are cliff dwellings to explore and the views from the mesa are spectacular. The slot canyon trail at Tent Rocks gets a bit busy in summer but off season is less crowded. The narrow mesa-top affords panoramic 360 degree views. Be aware that it can get icy in winter and use appropriate equipment.
Bottom line; if you’re with the right person, any place you go will feel romantic. Santa Fe and northern New Mexico await you and that special person.
What’s your favorite romantic thing to do or place to go?
Santa Fe was named #5 in Livability’s Top 10 Romantic Cities 2013.
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Disclosure: We worked at hotels mentioned in this post and have been the guest of businesses and attractions mentioned here. Our opinions weren’t influenced by either our past employment of any hospitality we received.