Looking to hold your meeting or convention in Santa Fe, where old world charm meets the cutting of art and cuisine?
We’ve put together four things you need to know to get around New Mexico’s capital city like a pro!
Santa Fe has a small municipal airport just outside town that offers non-stop commercial flights between Santa Fe and Dallas/Ft. Worth or Los Angeles via American Airlines and between Santa Fe and Denver with United Airlines. However, the city is about an hour’s ride from the Albuquerque International Sunport airport, which welcomes direct flights from other major cities including Baltimore, Chicago and New York offered by major carriers.
The trip between Albuquerque and Santa Fe brings visitors through New Mexico’s beautiful high desert scenery complete with spectacular mesa and mountain vistas. Many hotels in Santa Fe offer shuttle service to and from the Sunport.
Santa Fe can be tricky to navigate and finding your way in the city can be aided with a map or GPS. Streets in the historic heart of the city, the historic Plaza, are narrow, and some are one-way, but they feature sidewalks and help make Santa Fe a very walkable city. Use Cerillos Road or St. Francis Drive to travel through the city, Interstate 25 does not cut through Santa Fe, but rather dips south along the bottom of the city; the Route 599 skirts the north.
A city bus system connects the state Capitol and downtown Plaza with communities farther out. The system runs on a limited schedule. Many visitors to Santa Fe prefer to rent a car although call-ahead taxi services are available.
The Rail Runner Express rail system connects Santa Fe with communities just south of Albuquerque, and offers a wonderful alternative to driving if your conference includes excursions to Albuquerque. It has three stations in Santa Fe and four stations in Albuquerque, among other stations in between.
Hotels & Meetings Space
Santa Fe is a great city for smaller conventions and meetings. The Santa Fe Community Convention Center offers 40,000 square feet of event space and is located just a short walk from many of the city’s hotels and Plaza. It is just one great meeting location in the city. Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. offers three culturally unique hotels downtown and a fourth just a short drive away, each telling the story of a different aspect of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico history. Eldorado Hotel & Spa offers 219 guest rooms and more than 23,000 square feet of event space, including a brand new ballroom. The historic Hotel St. Francis offers 80 guest rooms and more than 1,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe features 56 guest rooms 1,700 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space as well as an events partnership with the beautiful New Mexico History Museum, just across the street. The Lodge at Santa Fe is located just a few blocks away from the city’s historic center but with free shuttle service to and from downtown. It offers 125 guest rooms and 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
Santa Fe is affectionately called “The City Different” with good reason: Here, history meets progress and tradition fuses with innovation. The Plaza and surrounding blocks, Santa Fe’s historic center, is home to the Palace of the Governors – the country’s oldest government building – but also the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Just a short walk from other historic gems including San Miguel Mission Chapel, reputedly the oldest mission church in the continental United States, you’ll find Canyon Road, a corridor of art galleries and shops offering the full spectrum of historic an modern art. If food is on your mind, Santa Fe is home to more than 200 restaurants serving traditional favorites and pushing the envelope of taste and technique.
The city’s more popular areas for visitors include:
- Downtown and the historic Plaza – the heart of the city features an array of history and art museums including the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, along with the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Loretto Chapel, with its “miraculous staircase.”
- Capitol area – The state Capitol, called the Roundhouse, and other state government buildings are just a few blocks from the Plaza.
- Museum Hill – Located a short and beautiful drive from downtown Santa Fe is Museum Hill, location of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden and St. John’s College are located nearby.
- Sangre de Cristo Mountains – These mountains feature many popular camping spots, hiking and mountain bike trails and a popular ski area.
Now that you’re ready, start planing your Santa Fe event today!