With its romantic southwestern charm, relaxed atmosphere and scenic natural environment, Santa Fe is an ideal getaway for couples in love. In conjunction with August’s National Romance Month, outlined below are hot spot suggestions around the city to pop the big question, celebrate an anniversary or fall in love. Santa Fe would be an ideal place to pop the question.
For couples who are foodies, the Santa Fe School of Cooking offers interactive cooking classes that focus on cuisine indigenous to the southwest culture. Take a class with a culinary professional then head to one of Santa Fe’s more intimate restaurants for a delicious and cozy meal. For those seeking something more active, the Santa Fe School of Cooking also offers a Restaurant Walking Tour, which takes guests on a journey to some of the most famous restaurants in the city. If food is the way to your darling’s heart, there’s no better way to propose than after a day full of delicious cuisine. Cheers to your new life together with drinks and breathtaking views at the new Bell Tower Bar on top of La Fonda Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.santafeschoolofcooking.com and http://www.lafondasantafe.com/.
Outdoor enthusiasts can ask for their partner’s hand in marriage from the clouds on a hot air balloon ride with the Santa Fe Balloons company while flying through historic New Mexican canyons and over the scenic Santa Fe landscape. After completing the balloon ride, they can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast and light brunch, which has been a romantic French tradition dating back to 1783. For more information, visit http://www.santafeballoons.com/.
Lovers of relaxation and rejuvenation can prepare for a full day of indulgence at Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese spa and bathhouse offering private hot tub sessions and innovative treatments including massages, herbal wraps, and facials. Couples can slip into the communal baths and relax in the outdoor hot tub, tan on the large sunning deck and cool off with a dip in the cold plunge pool, set at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. After both are relaxed, rejuvenated and blissful, that’s the time to get on one knee. Lodging is available on-site to create a complete oasis. For more information, visit www.tenthousandwaves.com/.
History buffs can venture to the eight Northern Indian Pueblos that lie between Santa Fe and Colorado in the majestic mountain landscape. There they can learn about the rich history and contemporary cultures of each of the pueblos while enjoying the stunning landscape. After feeding the body, mind and spirit, both can travel to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill for the proposal, a space that cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage of the Southwest region. For more information, visit bit.ly/94P5yz.
Art enthusiasts can take a stroll down Santa Fe’s Canyon Road, an art district with over a hundred art galleries and studios, then head to The Compound for a delicious glass of wine. After a day packed with Native American art and antiquities, traditional and modern Hispanic art, regional contemporary art, and international contemporary and folk art, the suitor can drop a ring into a glass of Chardonnay at The Compound and hear the words, “I do!” For more information, visit http://www.canyonroadarts.com/ and http://www.compoundrestaurant.com/.
Dog lovers can grab a meal to go and a bottle of wine at Kaune’s Market, and then take Fido for a hike on nearby Aspen Vista Trail, which lies high above the city. There are a number of beautiful spots along the way for a picnic AND a proposal. For more information, visit http://www.kaunes.com/
Information courtesy: Santa Fe CVB