Things to See and Do in Santa Fe

A unique blending of cultures – Native Americans, Spanish, Mexican, European and African Americans – is responsible for the distinctive architecture, cuisine, and overall aesthetics that gave rise to Santa Fe's nickname, "The City Different."

Local Restaurant Guide

Finding a great place to dine in Santa Fe is not a problem. With so many choices, however, making a decision may be. Please come by the conference registration desk for a list of local restaurants that are recommended by members of the local committee. You can visit also for a list of restaurants sorted by category.

Meander: Photo Gallery

Presented by the Santa Fe Arts Commission

While at the Santa Fe Convention Center, make sure to allow yourself some time to view the Meander photo gallery, a collection of works inspired by the Santa Fe River in collaboration with the Santa Fe Watershed Association. The exhibit is located in the southeast corner of the convention center and will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 Tuesday through Saturday.

Discount Admission to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-946-1000

Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction will be on display at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum during the ASLO NABS meeting and will include approximately 100 paintings, drawings, and watercolors by O’Keeffe. ASLO NABS meeting attendees will receive a dollar off the regular price of admission by showing their conference name badge at the O’Keeffe Museum front desk.

Opened in 1997, eleven years after O'Keeffe's death, this is the only museum in the world dedicated to the work of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The collection includes more than 3,000 of her works, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture. In addition to the changing exhibits of her work, the Museum presents special exhibitions of her work and that of others.

Off-site Tour Options

Destination Services of Santa Fe, Inc. will be handling tours and activities that will enhance your experience and stay in Santa Fe before, during, and after the 2010 ASLO NABS Joint Summer Meeting. If you are interested in making arrangements for an activity, please contact Destination Services of Santa Fe, Inc. by phone at 505-216-9095.

Places/Activities of Interest

The Palace of the Governors - The Oldest Continuous Government Building in the Country

Constructed of adobe in the early 17th century, the Palace served as Spain's seat of government for the entire Southwest region. It currently houses the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library as well as exhibitions of historic importance. On the portal facing the Plaza, Native American artisans sell their wares, just as they have for centuries.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

One of Santa Fe's most revered landmarks, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi went under construction in 1869 to replace an older church that had been destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, (which in turn, had replaced the first church built on the site in 1610). The "new" cathedral was dedicated in 1887 and was elevated to a Basilica in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI. Masses are held daily, and docent tours are provided daily except during funeral or religious services.

Loretto Chapel

Built between 1873 and 1878 by a French architect, the Gothic Revival-style Chapel was patterned after King Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The stone was quarried locally, while the ornate stained glass arrived from Paris via wagon over the Old Santa Fe Trail. The Chapel's most famous feature is the Miraculous Staircase, which, according to legend, was built by a mysterious carpenter (some say St. Joseph himself) over a six-month period sometime between 1877 and 1881. The staircase features two 360-degree turns with no visible means of support and should be an engineering impossibility, but it continues to stand today. The Loretto Chapel is currently a private museum and a favorite site for local weddings.

New Mexico Museum of Art

Founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, this signature museum is housed in a Pueblo Revival building designed by noted architects I.H. and William M. Rapp. It is considered the forerunner of what came to be known as Santa Fe Style, combining elements of several regional styles. Its permanent collection includes works by the founding artists of the Taos and Santa Fe artist colonies as well as internationally known figures like Ansel Adams, Agnes Martin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gustave Baumann, Richard Diebenkorn, Florence Pierce and Frederick Hammersley.

Museum Hill

A quick bus ride from the Plaza takes you to Museum Hill, a stunning plaza that comprises four museums: the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. These world-class institutions offer insights into New Mexico's extensive artistic heritage, from ancestral times to the present, as well as a vast array of artwork and folk art. A convenient cafe lets you make a day of it, and shops in each of the museums provide good value on unique items.

New Mexico History Museum

The newly constructed New Mexico History Museum is the new anchor of a campus that also comprises the Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press, the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and the Photo Archives. Its 2009 opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Museums of New Mexico, and it offers permanent and temporary exhibitions that cover the area's history from the prehistoric period through to the Spanish colonization, the Mexican period, and the Anglo era introduced by the Santa Fe Trail and the railroad.

Canyon Road

Long before it was a part of the city proper, Canyon Road was a route by which Native Americans would bring their goods to trade with the Spanish settlers in the Plaza de Santa Fe. The Spanish began to build their adobe homes there in the 1750s, and members of Santa Fe's burgeoning art colony settled there in the early 20th Century - Fremont Ellis, Willard Nash, John Sloan, and Randall Davey, among others. The modest dwellings now house some of the city's finest art galleries, and the street is alive with strolling art lovers most days. Gallery hopping on Friday evenings is a particularly cherished activity, followed by dinner at one of the signature restaurants along the route.

The Railyard

An old part of town has just gotten a facelift and remodel, transforming it into a vibrant community center. Amenities include a 10-acre park with walking-biking trails, a renowned Farmers Market, art galleries, live-work artist spaces, restaurants, and shops. Anchoring the area is SITE Santa Fe, a nonprofit contemporary art organization that mounts regular exhibitions as well as an international biennial in even-numbered years, and El Museo Cultural, featuring exhibits and events.

Santuario de Guadalupe

The historic Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, built in 1781, is now an art and history museum that houses the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican Baroque paintings. The crown jewels of the collection are Our Lady of Guadalupe, painted by José de Alzíbar in 1783, and a 12-foot, 4,000-pound bronze statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe made in Mexico and laboriously and lovingly transported to its home in Santa Fe in July 2008.