Santa Fe is brimming with old-world romance, from beautiful architecture to striking natural scenery just outside the city. With an abundance of incredible restaurants, mesmerizing art galleries, and world-class shopping, Santa Fe offers a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience. The February weather here is brisk and sunny, and late-winter brings tranquility to the usually bustling downtown streets. Here are a few ideas for how to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway in Santa Fe, NM.
A top-notch meal is a must-have for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Santa Fe happens to be home to some of the best restaurants in the Southwest. So, consider booking a table at Sazon. Sazon’s Chef Fernando Olea combines sophisticated flavors with Old Mexico’s culinary traditions, like mole and mezcal, creating delicious New World cuisine. Savor every bite in an incredibly warm and intimate setting.
If your Valentine is a culinary enthusiast, then treat them to an evening at Geronimo. Voted one of Tripadvisor’s top 10 restaurants in the country, this chic spot offers a “global-eclectic” seasonal menu that is sure to impress the most well-seasoned foodie.
Amidst the eclectic array of shops in Santa Fe are one-of-a-kind gifts. Visit the Native American vendors outside Palace of the Governors to browse incredible handmade goods like turquoise jewelry, delicate pottery, and traditional Pueblo art. For high end apparel and stunning home-décor, browse the well-curated selection at Malouf’s on the Plaza. Of course Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without chocolate, so don’t forget to pick up some artisan truffles or chocolate elixirs at Kakawa Chocolate House.
Museums & Galleries
If holding hands and strolling among masterpieces is your dream date, then you’ll have a ball exploring Santa Fe’s museums and galleries. Enjoy the contemporary works on display at EVOKE, a gallery housing incredible works by world-renowned artists. The Meyer Gallery has pieces from more than 50 artists, ranging from up-and-coming creators to world famous masters. Of course, no art enthusiast can come to Santa Fe without a trip to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Learn about the life and legacy of one of the most influential painters of her time while visiting the exquisite places that inspired her work.
Recreation & Scenery
If you and your Valentine are up for an adventure, there’s plenty of excitement in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. Hop on the blue bus and ride up to Ski Santa Fe for some winter thrills. Ski or snowboard on any of their 86 runs. When you’ve run out of steam, grab a bite to eat at the café. And be sure to pick up a souvenir at the ski shop.
If a brisk nature walk sounds more to your liking, then you’ll love the hiking trails around Santa Fe. Explore 22 miles of paths within the Dale Ball Trail System. You’ll find beautiful forest views, and incredible geological marvels inside Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. If you’d rather enjoy the view while staying toasty and warm, jump in the car and cruise through beautiful Hyde Memorial State Park on the Santa Fe National Scenic Byway. If you’re seeking a longer road trip, explore these scenic drives from Santa Fe.
If enchanting gardens, roaring fireplaces, and gourmet breakfasts sound like your Valentine’s heaven, spend your holiday getaway at Inn of the Turquoise Bear. Enjoy cozy amenities and stunning mountain views. Let our innkeepers set the ambience with one of our romantic stay enhancements. February 14 is always busy at the Bear. So, book now to plan your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway in Santa Fe, NM, or celebrate romance any time of year!