Top 5 Girls Weekend Activities in Santa Fe
In the memorable words of Cyndi Lauper, “girls just wanna have fun,” and Santa Fe, New Mexico is a great place for a girls’ gathering. Here are the top 5 recommended activities and adventures you should consider when planning a getaway here.
Spa Day at Ten Thousand Waves
Situated just outside of town, this Japanese-styled retreat is an immersion in relaxation and a total state-of-mind shift. From the foot-soaking long tub that overlooks one of the Japanese courtyard gardens and the stone fire pit surrounded by cushioned teak seating, to the individual outdoor massage rooms filled with natural birdsong and clean mountain air and the zen-like post-massage relaxation room, and finally, the authentic Japanese restaurant, this place is worthy of the price tag.
Natural and Archaeological Adventure at Bandelier National Monument
An obscure park with fewer visitors than many of its bigger counterparts, Bandelier National Monument is located about an hour north of town. An easy hike along the canyon floor reveals the beauty of the rocks as well as the fascinating history of the ancient Puebloan natives. Take the side trails to explore the cliff dwellings as well as remnants of kivas and other farming structures that were central to their long-vanished culture. Climbing up the ladders into the dwellings is optional, but it adds to the fun.
Since you might get hungry after the hike, head to the Pig N Fig for a delightfully memorable lunch. Be sure to try the namesake sandwich for a real treat.
Tip: If you have time and are interested in the atomic history of the area, visit the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos. The town is still an active research and development area, and a visit to this attraction is very eye-opening. Oppenheimer’s house is a block away, and full-size models of his weapons are on display at the museum.
Art Exploration at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum
Located near the heart of Old Santa Fe, this bountiful collection offers great insight into the artist’s love of flowers, nature, native cultures, and the dramatic contrasts of desert landscapes. Variety abounds in O’Keefe’s works and provides some great conversation starters.
Tip: If you have a group larger than 4 people, it may be more cost-effective for one person to join the museum as a member since the benefits include admissions savings that more than pay for the membership fee. Be sure to check on it in advance on their website.
Boutique Shopping with a Movie Twist in Madrid
This one-street town located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque includes the movie set restaurant, “Maggies” from “Wild Hogs.” Quaint, artsy shops line the street and are housed in once-abandoned homes rescued from the ravages of time by local craftsmen. Everything from jewelry made by local silversmiths, to giant chainsaw sculptures of dragons and butterflies, to homemade honey and jams can be found in this delightful town that is a step back in time.
Tip: Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as the town is about ten blocks long and you won’t want to miss anything.
Immersion in the Southwest Culture of Downtown Santa Fe
Take time to explore the historical churches, shops, and restaurants that surround the town square. One of the most well-known sites is the Loretto Chapel with its winding staircase, and while it is worthy of a visit, don’t miss its neighbor the St Francis of Assisi Cathedral to understand the role of the church in the area’s development. Missions and unique architecture are all around the city, and taking a stroll down the streets will give you a wonderful glimpse of the flavor that makes this area a treasure.
Whether your friends like to unwind at a spa, explore out in nature, compare thoughts about art, shop ‘till they drop, or discover a spicy culture built on a past with a mission, Santa Fe is one great destination.