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Celebrated artist and former New Mexico resident Georgia O’Keefe was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and, in later years, moved to a desert enclave north of Sante Fe where she, along with her neighboring community, managed to live contently off the land. A recent long weekend trip to Sante Fe, where I was nestled comfortably at the acclaimed Inn on the Alameda, revealed to me just why this place proved so captivating to O’Keefe: Gracious locals, abundant natural beauty, dedication to the arts, and adherence to the slow food movement embody a way of life here that is oh-so-easy to get used to.
Just a 5-minute walk from bustling Canyon Road, the Inn on the Alameda serves as an ideal launching pad to explore Sante Fe’s diverse neighborhoods and eclectic art galleries, and for foodies – to experience the Sante Fe School of Cooking’s Restaurant Walking Tour, on which a trained chef/guide leads tours to your choice of four of Sante Fe’s best restaurants ($115/person). This earthen, adobe hideaway hotel straddles Old Sante Fe and feels like a second home, complete with enormous fireplaces in many of its 71 rooms (as well as in the lobby) and amenities that include a continental buffet breakfast highlighting locally sourced fruits and baked goods, a computer kiosk with free Internet access, and a bar, open until 10pm nightly, that serves an impressive selection of wines. What’s more, the Inn on the Alameda offers an array of packages especially suited to the interests of its active, worldly clientele.
With my foodie aesthetic and conservationist leanings, I was most intrigued by the inn’s Fresh Sante Fe package, which highlights the Sante Fe Farmer’s Market, where visitors can peruse the goods of more than 150 vendors, after enjoying the property's farm-to-table breakfast. The market, held on Saturday and Tuesday mornings in the Railyard neighborhood, began in the late 1960s and is consistently ranked by chefs and food editors as one of the top farmers' markets in the country.
Rates for the 3-night Sante Fe Fresh package, which is available from May through November, range from $177 to $347 nightly, depending on dates and room-type selected. Additional guests, after the two included per room, are welcome with a $40 per person fee (for shared-room stays). Package savings work out to be about $55, for high-season July and August arrivals, to as much as $100 for guests arriving in November.
The package includes the following:
- A 3-night stay (must arrive on a Sunday), based on double occupancy, from May through November
- $20 per person in Farmers' Market tokens to stock up on fresh greens, savory cheese, sweet jams, tea, catnip and dog toys, or even lavender soap; produce and products change weekly based on the harvest
- A $40 gift certificate for two to lunch at Il Piatto, a downtown trattoria committed to using local and organic ingredients whenever possible
- A pair of Santa Fe Farmers' Market caps to shield the eyes while searching for the freshest produce
- A pair of Inn on the Alameda totes in which to place your farm findings
- The Inn's sumptuous continental breakfast daily
- A relaxing wine hour each afternoon
Visit www.innonthealameda.com or call 888-984-2121 for reservations or more information.
For general trip-planning information, see our Santa Fe Travel Guide.