Though Santa Fe isn’t the biggest city in New Mexico (Albuquerque and Las Cruces outrank it, population-wise), no one can deny it its capital status. It is, in fact, the oldest and highest (elevation: 7,000 feet) capital city in America. And founded in 1607, Santa Fe is actually considered America’s second-oldest city. “The City Different” has 200-plus art
galleries and lots of places to plan a memor-able meeting.
Santa Fe draws some 1.4 million visitors annually; they come to enjoy the temperate climate at the base of the Rockies, take in aesthetic jewels like the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (okeeffemuseum.org), the Museum of Fine Arts (mfasantafe.org), partake in Santa Fe’s legendary festivals, entertainment events and outdoor adventures, and taste cuisine that’s in a genre of its own. To boot, Santa Fe is a veritable treasure trove of group-friendly hotels, especially if you’re looking for out-of-the norm properties that will do more than just put your guests to sleep.
More than 6,000 guest rooms (1,500 of them located downtown) offer access to 200 restaurants, a dozen museums (there’s a district known as “Museum Hill”) and 250 galleries, many of them on Canyon Road. These renowned galleries can actually serve as event venues, as can an outdoor/indoor plaza surrounded by museums set next to Santa Fe’s foothills, mountain retreats, historic compounds, Native American communities and fascinating museums.
According to Steve Lewis, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe CVB (santafe.org), “Santa Fe is an excellent destination for meetings on so many levels. From the nuts and bolts of a boutique inventory of hotels, to the walking nature of the town, peppered with art and seeped in history, Santa Fe has something for everyone. This ambience is genuine, gets into the soul—the result, a meeting destination that can increase attendance, deliver above expectations and demand a return visit.”
Christine Madden, Santa Fe CVB’s director of sales, echoes Lewis’ sentiments: “There is no other destination like it in the U.S. The confluence of history, cultures, the art scene and cuisine are incomparable.”
Madden also points out that Santa Fe is a walking city, which “allows us to book city-wide events without the need of piling folks into buses.”
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