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It’s a great time to be in Santa Fe when City Different celebrates 100 years of Indian Market. Here are just a few of our favorite things about this magical place at this magical time that make it special the only where we want to be


Santa Fe in August is all about the Indian market. This year the market will take place on August 20-21, with many events swirling around those dates. The Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon will be held on August 19th, the SWAIA 100th Anniversary Gala on August 20th and the SWAIA Indigenous Fashion Show on August 21st. Take your time for the exhibition Honoring Tradition and Innovation: 100 Years Santa Fe Indian Market 1922 – 2022, which runs from August 7, 2022 to August 31, 2023 at the New Mexico History Museum.

Any time in Santa Fe is art-heavy, but things pick up during the Indian Market. The gallery-oriented satellite art fair art of native Santa Fe, modeled after Art Basel, will take place from August 18th to 21st at El Museo de Cultural. Participating galleries include LA’s Blue Rain Gallery, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art and Trotta-Bono Contemporary.


Blue Rain gallery is hosting a Native American group exhibition August 18-22 with a reception on August 18 from 5pm-8pm. A solo show for Preston Singletary will follow from August 19th to September 3rd with a reception on August 19th from 5pm to 8pm

Manitou gallery is hosting three shows: Palace Jewelers, its annual Native American jewelry case show on August 18-19 from 5pm-8pm; JD Challenger in person on August 18 from 5pm to 8pm; and Oreland Joe on August 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

Sorrel Sky Gallery with Ray Tracey, Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Kevin Red Star on August 19, reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on through August 21.

king galleries the gifts legaciesa group show of local artists including Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock on August 19 from 3pm to 5pm

Light and Dark Contemporary Art holds an Indian Market group show and solo show for Emmi Whitehorse.

And then there is canyon roadwith more galleries and immersive art experiences than you can count.


Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado makes everything right. Horse sculptures on the 57 acre property located 10 miles north of town. Contemporary paintings. Splendid casitas with private patios sprawling amidst the pinyons, birds softly chirping. Wood burning fireplaces. Views of miles of mountains from the Terra dining terrace. At the bar espresso martinis. And the fun! It’s fully indoors and out, quiet and immaculate. You can make a day out of a few treatments and lunch. Reserve a private spa courtyard and drift between your own sauna, whirlpool and chaise longue, sipping pickle water and snacking on nuts under the tranquil blue New Mexico sky.

If you’d rather accelerate than sit back, there’s also Rancho Encantado’s new Rio en Medio hike amidst oak trees, a downhill bike ride through Pacheco Canyon past wildflowers, and a Boots & Bubbles excursion to the luxury boot boutique Back at the Ranch followed by wine tasting at Gruet Winery.

Located just four miles north of town bishop’s lodge, an Auberge Resorts Collection property nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The historic property, reopened after an extensive and loving renovation, borders the Santa Fe National Forest and sits on the same spot where the first Archbishop of Santa Fe built a chapel and lodge more than 150 years ago.

The top-to-bottom transformation really got high marks: Bishop’s Lodge was recently voted the #1 Best Resort Hotel in the West Travel + Leisure List of World’s Best Awards 2022; The award follows another prestigious award for the property recently presented on Robb report‘s Best of the Best list.

Adobe Lodge accommodations feature soft textures, soothing and earthy colors, and traditional arts and fabrics – all rooms feature Navajo rugs and individual patios.

At SkyFire, Bishop’s Lodge’s signature restaurant, it’s all about the transformative element, preparing your order flavorfully on wood-fired grills. On the informal patio, wood tables and pinyon logs crackle in the kiva fireplace, inviting you to relax and linger a while in this relaxed, grounding environment. It’s a great spot for craft cocktails like the Holy Margarita with hatch chili, homemade apricot puree, lime, and sal de gusano.

The food promises “a narrative of nutrition,” penned by veteran chef Pablo Peñalosa Najera, who draws inspiration from his native Mexico City and adopted home of Santa Fe for vibrant dishes with a modern twist. His adobo honors his grandma’s recipe, which he made his own with various chilies and garlic. Grab the Aguachile Hamachi or the giant Mesa Tomahawk Bison Chop (31 ounces) and you’ll taste modern and heritage in one delicious bite.


When eating out, there’s no shortage of great places to try. gastropub Horno opened last year by chef and owner David Sellers (formerly Santacafe) on downtown Marcy Street. There’s an award-winning green chili smackdown burger on brioche, tender tuna tartar on risotto cake with anchovy butter, delicious miso roasted vegetables and a creamy must-have burrata bruschetta with prosciutto, arugula and rhubarb. Finish it off with the dense chocolate tahini cake topped with delicious almond caramel streaks.

Filmmakers Oliver Stone and Chris Eyre, George RR Martin, Ali MacGraw and Wes Studi have all been VIP guests at this popular new venue. Waiters bring joie de vivre to the attentive service. The outdoor terrace in front with red metal French bistro tables and shady trees seats 35 people. As an added bonus, it’s just steps away from the Indian Market.

Spirits distilled in New Mexico have just been added to the ever-cited James Beard Award Restaurant Martin, now featuring new cocktails Rosemary 75 (gin, rosemary, lemon, cane syrup, sparkling rosé and a fresh sprig of rosemary) and Red Chile Old Fashioned (bourbon, angostura bitters and homemade red chili Demerara syrup) along with their sophisticated New American Kitchen. They’re growing more of their ingredients on the property this summer, including edible nasturtium, cilantro, and the various mint varieties that go into the homemade chocolate mint ice cream (“People ask us to buy it to go,” says co-owner Jennifer Rios). The dazzling, sought-after terrace seats 75.

To spice up this year’s Indian market, inventive chef and owner Joseph Wrede of Joseph’s culinary pub says he will be offering the special ristra cocktail (tumbleroot agave schnapps, KGB Naranja orange liqueur, fresh lime, simple jalapeño syrup and a red chilli salt rim) along with a deep fried green chilli tamale with cheese and chili verde . Then there are the usual fare of his farmhouse approach to fine American cuisine, like seasoned potato chips with duck fat, lamb burger with green chili, and Napoleon stacked root vegetables. The terrace seats 20.

Curious where cool artists like Virgil Ortiz, Sho Sho Esquiro, and Jeremy Frey go? You can meet them at The Teahouse, Rio Chama Prime Steakhouseor Maria’s new Mexican cuisine.


This city is incredibly rich when it comes to great shopping for everything from turquoise and textiles to boots and buckles. Some popular stops are Samsville Gallery, Rocky GormanMalouf on the plaza, Sunwest on the plaza, Sorrel Sky GalleryMaya Gallery, Suzani, Nathalie, Rocketbuster, Santa Fe Goldworks and Barbara Meikle Fine Art.

Visit TOURISM Santa Fe for more information and Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).

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