Tired of the same Las Vegas girlfriend getaway? Skip it this year and let The City Different offer you an alternative experience this time around. Spontaneous fun and adventure, gourmet cuisine, spas and galleries await you and your girl posse. So grab your mom, your sister, and your BFF and check out these girlfriend Santa Fe getaway hot tips…

 

Hey Girls! Satisfy That Chocolate Craving

Kakawa Chocolate House draws on chocolate’s long history. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe) Kakawa Chocolate House draws on chocolate’s long history. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Yes, Santa Fe’s relationship with chocolate is older than the city itself. Need proof? A 1,000-year-old pottery shard, unearthed from the Chaco Canyon, was found to have traces of theobroma (chocolate’s scientific name). In 1600, Don Juan de Oñate himself noted an inventory to the “Crown” of Spain of “eighty small boxes of chocolate”. And in 1661, then Governor, Lopez de Mendizabal, spoke of time spent sipping chocolate with his wife, Dona Teresa, at the Governor’s Palace. Fast forward to the present and discover an array of chocolatiers to astound your palate!  Todos Santos Chocolates and Confections, Kakawa Chocolate House, The Chocolate Smith, Señor Murphy, C.G. Higgins Confections, Cacao Santa Fe, Ohori’s Coffee Roasters are all on the [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Self_Guided_Tours/Chocolate_Lover_s_Odyssey/index.html" text="Chocolate Trail" date="2017-04-18]. Satisfy your sweet tooth and explore the trail!

 

All Aboard! Welcome to the Santa Fe Margarita Trail!

Laughter and libation rule on your Santa Fe Margarita Trail excursion! (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Laughter and libation rule on your Santa Fe Margarita Trail excursion! (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

They say “All Trails Lead to Santa Fe” but are you aware that Santa Fe is known to be the one of the first places in the world where tequila was exported from Mexico? The [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Self_Guided_Tours/Margarita_Trail/index.html" text="Santa Fe Margarita Trail" date="2017-04-18"] is only the latest in centuries of Santa Fe trail tradition.

Your trail adventure starts with the Margarita Trail Passport. The Passport is your invitation to explore Santa Fe’s love and connection to the margarita. There are 31 amazing margaritas on the trail to tantalize your taste buds so you’re sure to find a favorite or two! Collect stamps in your Passport along the way and win fun prizes. As an added bonus, your Passport contains a collection of recipes for each signature margarita. The Margarita Trail promises to be one of your most memorable Santa Fe culinary adventures. Your girlfriends will agree!

 

Girls! Pamper Yourselves The Santa Fe Way

Ten Thousand Waves provides an ideal opportunity to savor time with your girlfriends! (Photo courtesy of Ten Thousand Waves)

Ten Thousand Waves provides an ideal opportunity to savor time with your girlfriends! (Photo courtesy of Ten Thousand Waves)

Women have been traveling to Santa Fe for many centuries to enjoy its rare beauty and climate, but also to refresh and renew themselves in a wide variety of health and wellness traditions created by the native inhabitants long ago. Santa Fe can be your great escape for you and your girlfriends to rest, relax and take advantage of a wide spectrum of spa treatments.

Japanese-inspired spa, [blog_link url=" https://tenthousandwaves.com/ " text="Ten Thousand Waves" date="2017-04-18], is only minutes from the historic downtown Plaza. Among piñons and junipers are beautiful outdoor hot tubs and spa suites, world-class bodywork & skin care, and the heralded Japanese-style [blog_link url=" https://tenthousandwaves.com/food " text="Izanami" date="2017-04-18] restaurant.

See for yourself why Ten Thousand Waves was named [blog_link url="http://www.sunset.com/travel/sunset-travel-awards-girlfriends-getaway-destination" text="Best Girlfriends’ Getaway Destination/Spa" date="2017-04-18] by Sunset Magazine.

If you need some further relief, [blog_link url=" http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-hotel-spa-2015/ " text="The Spa at Loretto, the Spa at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado and La Posada de Santa Fe" date="2017-04-18] were also recognized as one of the "Best Hotel Spas in the U.S." by USA Today readers.

But that’s not all. There are more ways to pamper yourself in The City Different. Check [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Pillars/Rejuvenation_and_Relaxation/" text="this page" date="2017-04-18] out!

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Shopping Is The Best Girlfriend Medicine

You’ll lose track of time exploring the shops at Sena Plaza! (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe) You’ll lose track of time exploring the shops at Sena Plaza! (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Santa Fe's distinctive mix of small, entrepreneurially driven shops and the convenient, walkable nature of the city's shopping districts has long been a notable plus for locals and visitors alike.

For a truly wonderful art and shopping experience you should not miss historic [blog_link url="http://visitcanyonroad.com/" text="Canyon Road" date="2017-04-18]. It has been named one of the most iconic streets in America by readers of USA Today. The magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe is a picturesque trail to experience shopping, along with great fine art and exquisite dining any day of the week.

Sena Plaza located just one block of the Santa Fe Plaza contains an interesting collection of specialty shops. All unique and interesting in their own way you can find an eclectic collection of local and imported goods.

For more great shopping suggestions, click [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Pillars/Legendary_Trading_Center/index.html" text="here" date="2017-04-18].

 

Your Girl Group Will Be Singing Culinary Praises!

Farm inspired, locally-sourced cuisine awaits your bevy! (Photo courtesy of Radish and Rye)

Farm inspired, locally-sourced cuisine awaits your bevy! (Photo courtesy of Radish and Rye)

Santa Fe has so many restaurants to choose from that we wouldn’t be surprised if you spend an hour deciding where to eat. The City Different is home to an unrivaled collection of James Beard recognized culinary gourmands and local farm-to-table food artisans. Whether you’re looking for elegant sophistication or something a little more laid back, Santa Fe is teeming with great restaurant options such as [blog_link url=" https://santacafe.com/ " text=" Santacafé " date="2017-04-18], [blog_link url=" http://radishandrye.com/" text="Radish and Rye" date="2017-04-18] and [blog_link url="http://www.bouchebistro.com/" text="Bouche" date="2017-04-18]. Bring your appetites and start your girlfriend getaway culinary adventure [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Pillars/World_Renowned_Cuisine/index.html" text="here" date="2017-04-18]!

The trend of women going on vacation together has proven its staying power through the years and why not? Even if the catchphrase make you cringe, you will agree that the appeal of having quality time with your besties is a wonderful and welcome idea.

So start planning your girlfriend getaway. When your flights are booked, check out where to [blog_link url=" https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Accommodations/index.html" text="stay in Santa Fe" date="2017-04-18]. If you’re the captain of your girlfriend group, we know they will be thankful for you choosing Santa Fe to create your next epic memory.

Between now and then be sure to check out our Santa Fe [blog_link url=" https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Specials/index.html" text="Deals and Specials" date="2017-04-18] page for great offers abound. Get inspired and order your [blog_link url=" https://santafe.org/Visitors_Guide/index.html" text="2017 Santa Fe Visitors Guide" date="2017-04-18] today.