For those seeking a relaxing spa retreat, Ten Thousand Waves offers an extremely comfortable, yet rustic escape in the mountains. And it is less than 15 minutes to the Santa Fe Square. Only 13 accommodations ensure lodging guests are well cared for in a serene, idyllic setting. The spa and the new Japanese-inspired Izanami restaurant are only a short walk up the hill. Few things are more indulgent than a warm soak followed by a “Master’s Massage” in a cabin nestled amongst the pines.
This enchanting locale offers several outstanding properties in town (as well as other surroundings); two of our favorites are The Inn of the Five Graces and the Inn of the Anasazi. The Inn of the Five Graces is a Relais & Chateaux showpiece: impeccable service; unique, vibrant design; and an incredible intimacy. Each of the 22 suites brims with personal charm, whimsy and brilliant color. The common areas are bright, plush and inviting. Inn of the Anasazi welcomes you right off the Santa Fe Plaza into an engaging southwestern retreat with muted colors and understated elegance. The newly renovated Anasazi restaurant serves traditional southwestern cuisine with regional Latin influences and a wonderful Opera dinner on show nights. The rooms are cozy, oriented around beautiful fireplaces and feature sleek modern bathrooms. Bright comfortable common areas and courteous, attentive service ensure a delightful stay.
Museum Hill houses a collection of excellent museums, including the highly-esteemed International Museum of Folk Art. One may easily spend a day immersed in the colors, textures and cultural insights; do yourself the privilege of at least several hours. The current exhibit, entitled “The Red that Colored the World,” is outstanding. It explores one of our first sources of the color, the American Cochineal insect, which quickly became an international commodity that influenced trade, fashion and global politics. This exhibit runs through September 13. The Fall welcomes, “Flamenco, From Spain to New Mexico,” starting November 22, which traces the art form's arrival in the U.S. and ascent to an international phenomena.
A focal point of every visit to Santa Fe should be the incredible Santa Fe Opera. This season continues to garner beaming reviews, particularly for the new production of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. We enjoyed a favorite comic opera, Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. The combination of brilliant artistry and awe-inspiring setting create a magical evening. Nature becomes part of the set and the sunsets are glorious. For an inside look, consider driving out on a weekday morning to participate in one of the backstage tours.
48 hours was a tease and a frustration, but a delight nonetheless. Would you like to join us for a special 2016 sojourn punctuated by the 60th anniversary season of the Santa Fe Opera? We hope you will or that you may explore one of the many exciting happening in Santa Fe this Fall or Winter.