A destination for artists, writers, creators, collectors, and those who love them, Santa Fe, New Mexico is known as one of the most important art markets in the country, with a colorful and diverse scene that is as multicultural as the city itself.
Over three days and two nights, you’ll explore the unique art venues, charming neighborhoods, enchanting courtyards, and major landmarks of Santa Fe, led by a local expert on a curated journey through the city’s rich past and vibrant present. Elaine Ritchel, an educator, entrepreneur and art enthusiast, will guide you through Santa Fe’s major art districts. Spend an afternoon in the city’s historic plaza, taking in the many galleries of Navajo textiles, gilded Spanish Colonial art, and stunning paintings by the Santa Fe Art Colony. The next morning, experience Canyon Road, a half-mile trail home to more than 80 art galleries spanning everything from traditional to abstract contemporary work. Along the way, Elaine will encourage you to go beyond just viewing, to truly engage with the pieces and interact with what you are seeing, finding a true connection with the art.
Stay at the La Fonda Hotel, the only hotel on the plaza, where old world charm and authentic New Mexican architecture combine with luxury amenities and breathtaking views of the city. Delicious meals and an afternoon at a traditional Japanese-style onsen and sento spa, where you’ll enjoy a private hot tub, massage and more, will leave you refreshed and relaxed.
Before your private flight home, create your own work of art in the bright and airy studio of artist Lauren Mantecòn, an expert in the alchemy of mixed media. Sip wine and be inspired by the atmosphere of Santa Fe, bringing home the greatest of all souvenirs — a memento of your own design.