Earlier this summer we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit friends for a few days. There are lots of fun things to do in Santa Fe, but our short trip only allowed us to sample a few.  Here’s a travelogue of things we did and enjoyed!

We flew straight from Dallas (DFW) to Santa Fe, New Mexico. For me, this is the best travel option because you don’t have to rent a car and drive to and from Albuquerque. Check your city of departure for direct flights as few airlines fly into the small Santa Fe airport.

Lunch that day was outdoors on the terrace at a friend’s home, and the cool dry air was a welcome respite from the hot and humid Dallas heat.

lunch on the terrace - fun things to do in Santa Fe

That evening, there was a brief shower followed by the most beautiful rainbow with the Sangre di Cristo Mountains in the background.

rainbow - fun things to do in Santa Fe

Later in the evening, we saw a beautiful sunset from Arroyo Vino, a charming little neighborhood restaurant in Las Campanas, located behind a liquor store.

sunset from Arroyo Vino - fun things to do in Santa Fe

One of the really fun things to do in Santa Fe is to hike up the aptly named Rio en Medio Trail outside Santa Fe. We tackled the hike the next morning and were rewarded with a lovely waterfall.

waterfall near Rio en Medio Trail - fun things to do in Santa Fe

In the evening, we were guests for an Asian dinner at a friend’s home.

Asian dinner - fun things to do in Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is on any visitor’s list of fun things to do in Santa Fe. The local produce is always beautiful and amazing.

fresh produce - fun things to do in Santa Fe

fresh produce - fun things to do in Santa Fe

fresh produce - fun things to do in Santa Fe

After a trip to the market, we stopped for lunch at a charming little vegetarian restaurant, The Kitchen at Plants of the Southwest, located in a small structure in the middle of a landscape nursery on Aqua Fria Street. It is only open for lunch, and it has a set menu. Our lunch that day were individual casseroles of beans and kale with tomatoes and cheese. Also, the desserts are fabulous!

vegetarian restaurant - fun things to do in Santa Fe

vegetarian restaurant - fun things to do in Santa Fe

vegetarian restaurant - fun things to do in Santa Fe

Of all the fun things to do in Santa Fe, the galleries would be at the top of most people’s list. The art galleries are extensive and it would take several days to visit them all. A walk up Canyon Road where many of the galleries are located is a real must.

That evening was the Civic Music Gala. There was a concert followed by a gala dinner in a tent at La Posada.

gala dinner - fun things to do in Santa Fe

gala dinner - fun things to do in Santa Fe

gala dinner- fun things to do in Santa Fe

With so many fun things to do in Santa Fe, a much longer trip is needed, but a few days of fun and a change of scenery (and temperature) can be restorative!

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Paula Lambert

From her love of Italy, Paula Lambert built a business that has flourished for 34 years. Lambert founded Mozzarella Company in 1982 and began producing Fresh Mozzarella in Dallas. This led to travels and other cheeses and eventually to two cookbooks, as well as many awards, honors and accolades. Paula’s newest endeavor is Viaggi Deliziosi…through which she takes small groups to explore the Italian food and culture and wines she loves so dearly. Check out her
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