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Honeymoons We Love: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Posted on June 19 by Deborah Carter

Eclectic, friendly and, oh, so romantic, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an ideal locale for a honeymoon or a stateside destination wedding with festive, multicultural energy. With more days of sunny skies than any other state, this Southwestern spot brims with art galleries, Spanish-fusion cuisine and stunning mountain vistas. New Mexico Honeymoon A longtime artists’ haven—and the former home of renowned watercolorist Georgia O’Keefe—Santa Fe has the fifth largest art market in the nation. Hundreds of galleries line mile-long Canyon Road and the cobblestoned downtown. This is a town made for strolling hand in hand, wandering shops, galleries and restaurants, historical sightseeing, museum hopping (there are more than a dozen) and people watching. Be sure to meander through the Palace of Governors, a 17th-century adobe building now the state’s history museum. The front vestibule serves as a marketplace for ever-changing merchants selling Southwestern jewelry. While you wander, scout a fine-dining spot and make a reservation for dinner on the town. The Compound restaurant is a good pick. Set at the crest of Canyon Road in a stark-white adobe building, the elegant restaurant offers a serene, minimalist décor and an eclectic, New American cuisine with Southwest flair. New Mexico Honeymoon When you are ready to relax, just blocks from the main plaza, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa offers a gracious Spanish-style retreat. A recent addition to Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection, this historic property is known as the art hotel. The 1800-era Staab House serves as the centerpiece of the resort, which sprawls six acres peppered with authentic casitas. Each of the 128 guest rooms is uniquely warm and inviting, boasting such details as beamed ceilings, kiva fireplaces, local art and patios or balconies. For the ultimate private luxury—and plenty of room for a party—the Presidential Suite is incredible. This suite is secluded behind an adobe wall and offers three wood-burning fireplaces, a media room, an antique billiards table, a master bedroom and two full baths. New Mexico Honeymoon The hub of the resort is the umbrellaed patio just off the fine-dining restaurant, Fuego. Dine outside near the fire pit or inside in the posh dining room. Live music from the Staab House lounge fills the air on weekends, and luminarias lining the rooftops romantically light the outdoors. Be sure to visit the Staab House gallery, where 600-plus works of American art, hand-selected by curator Sara Eyestone (a well-known artist who honed her craft at the Jersey Shore), bring life to the hotel’s common rooms. The art is for sale—at studio prices—and after a purchase you’ll enjoy a “collector’s rate,” (half off the nightly cost and no resort fees) on any future visits. New Mexico Honeymoon Visit the 4,500-square-foot spa, where services include massages, facials, oxygen treatments (great for adjusting to the altitude) and body wraps—chocolate chili, anyone? There’s also an outdoor pool, yoga classes and a 24-hour fitness center. Whether you are honeymooning or planning destination nuptials, Santa Fe delivers a fun, international vibe, sans the passport. Nightly rates from $199. New Mexico Honeymoon