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Material Culture of the Prairie, Plains, and Plateau

Santa Fe Attractions

Santa Fe and the surrounding areas have an incredible history and offer many things to do.  An extensive list will be provided soon.  Plan extra time to see the Land of Enchantment.  

Museums and other points of interest

Poeh Culture Center (outside of Santa Fe about 20 Min.)

Georgia Okeefe Museum (3 blocks west of Plaza)

Wheelwright Museum of American Indian Art (Museum Hill)

Museum of Native Arts and Culture (Museum Hill)

International Folk Art Museum (Museum Hill)

New Mexico Museum of History (Plaza)

Museum of Western Film & Costume (Nambe - 20 min. north on the road to Taos)

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Across from La Fonda)

Rancho de los Golondrinas: The original Ranch of the Swallows - a living history museum replicating Spanish New Mexican ranch life in the 1700’s.  The set of many films including Lonesome Dove. South of town.

Ghost Ranch and Georgia O'Keefe Home:  Abiqui

Ojo Caliente Hot Springs:  in Ojo Caliente (45 min. north) and on the south side of Santa Fe

Pecos National Historic Park:  Historic ruins of Pueblo at a crossroads of culture, Pecos (30 min. north on I-25)

Bandelier National Monument

Comments: Fantastic, abandoned cliff dwellings about 45 minutes North of  Santa Fe, near Los Alamos, great hiking.

Meow Wolf Santa Fe

Comments: The world-famous immersive art experience is indescribable.  Tickets are “timed entry” and should be purchased in advance to keep from waiting.

1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507

La Fonda Hotel

Comments: the oldest hotel in Santa Fe, nice bar,a Fred Harvey Hotel filled with history and artwork.  On the Santa Fe Plaza.

Also houses the French Pastry Shop for coffee and breakfast. $$




Comments: Contemporary beads, findings and some antique trade beads

Bead Weaver

Comments: Modern Seed beads and findings

Canyon Road Art District

Comments: historic road filled with art galleries, including Morning Star Gallery.

Nambe Trading Post

Comments: Original log trading post on the Nambe Pueblo, 20 minutes North of Santa Fe at the beginning of the High Road to Taos.

Also houses the Museum of Western Film & Costume featuring award-winning Indian costumes made for over 40 films beginning with Dances with Wolves, Geronimo, Longmire,  to Costner's newest, "Horizon."

A great gallery of Native art, vintage Navajo rugs & blankets, old pawn jewelry, turquoise, Pueblo pottery, ledger art, antique Plains Indian bead and quillwork and vintage Italian beads for sale.  Owned by Cathy Smith, who is an organizer of the conference. 

Santa Fe Antique Mall, OPEN DAILY 

1006 Marquez Pl, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Ralph T Coe, Cultural Center

Comments: THIS PLACE IS AMAZING.  You will have to make an appointment.  They have a fantastic collection of Native Art (old and contemporary) and the largest collection of artwork by the Growing Thunder family. 

James Compton Gallery

Comments: great gallery of Native antiques, close to the plaza.

Buffalo Tracks Gallery, new location 129 West San Francisco St, 2nd Floor. 

Erich is one of the organizers of the conference and has a fantastic gallery of antique beadwork.

Shiprock Gallery

Comments: on the Plaza, probably the largest and priciest collection of SW rugs and jewelry but also a few Plains antiques.

Morning Star Gallery

Comments: great gallery of Native antiques, maybe the finest in Santa Fe.

Double Take

Comments; Near the Rail Yard, 3 floors of consignment, vintage, and antiques.  They sometimes have antique beadwork.

Rainbow Man Gallery

Comments: Fabulous pawn jewelry, Mexican folk art, Pendleton blankets. Also the largest collection of Curtis original photos, copper plates, and the huge books that Curtis sold to his wealthy patrons like Rockafeller and Carnegie. Owned by Bob & Marianne Capoun, Curtis expert. One half block east of the Plaza on Palace Ave.

Brant Mackley and Susan Swift Gallery

Comments:  Fine American Indian. Pacific Island & African Tribal Art. Downtown.





Kakawa Chocolate House

Comments: a real cultural experience if you like chocolate.  This is Meso-American drinkable chocolate. Also organic ice cream $

Ikonic Coffee (Multiple Locations)

Ohori's Coffee, Local & good, Multiple locations and drive-thru

Crash Murder Coffee Business (best coffee in Santa Fe)

Comments: if you like unique specialty coffees, this place is your place.  Great coffee drinks like “Streak of Tigers” and “Race of Roadrunners”




Comments: Great French breakfast, lunch, and baked goods.  $$

The Pantry (multiple locations)

Comments: This is one famous Santa Fe breakfast spot.  The corned beef hash is great and the “pantry fries well done” are the best homefries you will ever have. $

Tia Sophia's:  Best New Mexican breakfast in town, 2 blocks west of the Plaza on San Fransisco st. $

MILLE: French breakfast, crepes, etc, $

The Plaza Café (multiple locations, suggest the Plaza location) $$

Comments: the location on the plaza is the oldest restaurant in Santa Fe.  Try the blue corn pancakes and candied bacon!

Chocolate Maven

Comments: a great place for breakfast or lunch.  Everything is baked in house and the food is excellent. $$



Del Charro

Comments: one of the few places in Santa Fe that stays open late, a great place to get a beer or bite to eat, not far from the hotel. $


Comments: nominated for a James Beard award.  Nice place to experience New Mexico cuisine.$

Museum Hill Café

Comments: upscale setting, in between the Museum of Native Arts and Culture and the Folk Art Museum$$

La Choza (sister restaurant to the Shed) Best New Mexican food at reasonable prices. $

Comments: New Mexico cuisine, can be crowded.  They don’t take reservations. 

The Shed (sister restaurant to La Choza) Best New Mexican food at affordable prices. Get there by 4:40 to get a table. $

Comments: on the Plaza, good NM cuisine. 

Joe's Tequila Bar:  at The Inn on the Alameda

Comments: great patio, tacos, drinks $


Comments: close to the hotel, great pastries and lunch spot.


Comments: OK NM cuisine in the Rail Yard. $

 Dr. Field Goods Kitchen

Comments:   for lunch, Farm to table, NM fusion.   Close to hotel. $$

Restoration Pizza

Comments: great pizza.  Try the “green chili cheeseburger pizza” it will surprise you. In the Rail Yard.

Upper Crust Pizza: on old Santa Fe Trail, the best! 

Whole Hog BBQ

Comments: This is a GOOD straightforward BBQ place that has won national awards.  All the meats are great and the potato salad is NOT to be missed.$

Cowgirl BBQ

Comments: more like a roadhouse, loud music, drinks, some BBQ. $


famous Sfe corner cafe, farm-to-table, community shared tables, $$$

The Horno

Comments: Gastro pub, close to the plaza.$$

Marias Kitchen  New Mexican restaurant and bar, one of SFes  oldest, featuring 100 types of Margaritas. $$

The Bull Ring: Old school fine dining and a great bar, Best chicken wings in town. Where the Indian Traders hang out.  Downtown $$$

Santa Cafe: Contemporary cuisine, fine dining, patio, downtown. $$$

315 French Restaurant & Wine Bar:  Small, elite, close to Plaza. $$$

The Pink Adobe Restaraunt & Dragon Room Bar: one  Old Santa Fe Trail

Comments: One of Sfe's oldest, best hangouts ( recently under new management & not as good)  $$$

Sazon:  Chef Fernando from Mexico City, 2 blocks south of La Fonda.

Comments: Best Mole in the world, Elevated Latin American cuisine & specialty cocktails to die for. $$$$

Geronimo: High-end dining on Canyon Road.  $$$$ 

The Compound:   More high-end dining on Cayon Road, excellent food. $$$$

Inn of the Anasazi (Afternoon drinks)

Comments: close to the plaza, a nice atmosphere.  High-end hotel, restaurant and lounge.  The crème brulle is excellent. $$$$

La Fonda Bell Tower Bar: the best spot to watch the sunset -on the roof of La Fonda $$


Out of Town Hot Spots

Bishop’s Lodge Resort

Comments: great place for a cocktail or light snack to watch the sunset from the veranda.  15 min. North of Santa Fe. $$$

Tesuque Village Market  

Comments: Roadhouse with a huge menu, and great drinks. Just north of Bishops Lodge, 15 minutes from the hotel. on Taos hiway. $$

El Nido

Comments: steaks, pizza, changing limited menu. Best sushi in town, In Tesuque 20 minutes north.$$$

El Parasol:  Local fast food Mexican- very good. In Poquaque, 20 min north of hotel. $


Comments:  Large country restaurant, Good Mexican food & drinks, big patio, 105 minutes north of hotel on Highway 285. $$