Artistic Santa Fe
Canyon Road District
The Inn on the Alameda is fortunate to be the closest hotel to the galleries and shops on Canyon Road and Delgado Street. Long famed for its quirky combination of old adobes and rambling haciendas, Canyon Road runs along the south side of the Santa Fe River as it meanders down from the mountains. With close to 100 art galleries and boutiques, this colorful mecca offers art for every taste. In summer months, there are art openings and receptions most Friday nights, and a stroll up and down Canyon Road is also a lovely way to return to the Inn after dinner at the Compound or Geronimo, two of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants.
Santa Fe Plaza
A number of art galleries are scattered throughout the historic Santa Fe Plaza area. The downtown arts district hosts a First Friday Artwalk in the summer months, and the New Mexico Museum of Art stays open for the Friday night fun. The New Mexico Museum of History is definitely worth a visit for those who seek to learn more about the Land of Enchantment. And all year long, visitors can find beautiful and authentic Native American art under the portal of the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously utilized government building in the U.S. The Georgia O’Keeffe is located just west of the Plaza on Johnson Street, where visitors will also find the sparkling new home of the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
The foresight of the city of Santa Fe in acquiring and developing the 50-acre Railyard District has benefited locals and visitors alike. Although the Railyard is best known as the location of the vibrant Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, the cutting-edge SITE Santa Fe offers a contemporary art scene. A cluster of galleries perched on Guadalupe Street and the Paseo de Peralta has added to the artistic mix, and Warehouse 21 pulses with the beat of Santa Fe’s talented young artists. In warmer months, the Railyard District welcomes visitors to a monthly Last Friday Artwalk, and artgoers can wander the xeriscaped paths of the Railyard Park itself.