Fun Things to Do
Inn of the Governors is perfectly located in downtown Santa Fe, just two blocks off the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. Many of Santa Fe’s top attractions are within walking distance of the Inn of the Governors. To help you plan your trip to our Santa Fe hotel, we have provided our guests’ the top ten things to do in Santa Fe including historic places to visit. Whether you are here for one day or a full week, you are sure to be enchanted by all that Santa Fe has to offer.
Opening in 2016, Meow Wolf is an immersive, interactive experience to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. The first permanent installation (20,000 sq. ft.) showcases the THEA Award-winning House of Eternal Return, where guests discover a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, climbing apparatus, and surreal, maximalist and mesmerizing art exhibits along with a children’s learning center, top ten U.S. music venue and café area. Book in advance of your arrival. Here is the link.
Santa Fe Plaza
The historic Santa Fe Plaza, just two blocks from Inn of the Governors, serves as the heart of Santa Fe and has been the social and economic center of the city since 1610. On the north side of the Plaza stands the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the United States, which houses the history museum of the State of New Mexico. Native American artists representing forty-one tribes, pueblos, chapters and villages sell their handmade goods almost every day of the year, rain or shine. View Details
Historic Canyon Road
Three blocks from the Inn of the Governors is Canyon Road—the “Art & Soul” of Santa Fe. This two-mile stretch was once a residential area for Spanish settlers. Artists began to flock to the area from all over the world in the 1920s transforming the residences into shops and galleries. Passport to the Arts takes place in May each year and is a wonderful weekend event. Plan your visit and you’ll be charmed by upscale art galleries, clothing stores and restaurants beckoning you to create your own special memories. View Details
Santa Fe Opera
Every July and August since 1957, opera lovers have been drawn to the magnificent northern New Mexico mountains to enjoy productions by one of America’s premier summer opera festivals. This year’s season will prove to be equally as entertaining. Read our blog to help plan your visit. Here, The Santa Fe Opera’s dramatic adobe theater blends harmoniously with the high desert landscape. The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world’s leading cultural festivals. View Details
Ski Santa Fe and the Outdoors
Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles from the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States. The Millennium Triple Chairlift will take snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet and some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Read our blog on snowshoeing and hiking. The vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and act as the gateway for thrills including steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers. View Details
New Mexico Pueblos
There are nineteen pueblos located in the state of New Mexico. Each one offers a different perspective on the culture and history. Learn about visit etiquette and the feast days to help plan your trip. The pueblo people rooted of the southwest are descendants of an indigenous Native American culture that has established itself over many centuries and should be included in every person’s itinerary when visiting Santa Fe. View Details
Palace of the Governors
Originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain’s seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure, now the state’s history museum, was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. View Details
The Chapel was completed in 1878 and has since seen many additions and renovations such as the introduction of the Stations of the Cross, the Gothic altar and the frescos during the 1890s. The Miraculous Staircase, which legend says was constructed or inspired by St. Joseph the Carpenter, was built sometime between 1877 and 1881. View Details
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, her life, American Modernism, and public engagement. The Museum opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the artist from whom it takes its name. Welcoming more than 2,225,000 visitors since that time from all over the world and being the most visited art museum in the state of New Mexico, it is the only American museum in the world dedicated to a woman artist. More Information
Museum Hill is a Santa Fe destination for viewing outstanding art in four New Mexico museums that reside in the Sangre de Cristo foothills: the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Museum Hill also features Milner Plaza, a one acre outdoor space centered between the museums with spectacular views, and the Museum Hill Café. The Museum Hill is a short drive from Inn of the Governors. Or you can take advantage of the M bus route to get there.