Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a beautiful town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s also known for its architecture, art, and exhilarating atmosphere. Rosewood Inn AnasaziJust a block away from the main square is the ideal spot to be able to easily access museums, historic sites, restaurants, and shopping. Rosewood is synonymous with world-class hospitality, so your itinerary will almost be written by itself.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a luxury Tequila tasting.
I spent two days in the town that I used to visit 20 years ago. It was like reuniting with an old friend. Unlike so many travel destinations in the world, Santa Fe has a timeless consistency — call it the crisp, piñón-laced air or just the vestigial serenity of its rootedness in history — whatever the reason, Santa Fe has a transcendent appeal that doesn’t fluctuate much with passing trends.
Despite the nearness of the Inn of the Anasazi to the square, once you enter its doors, you’re swept into a world of art, gracious hospitality, culturally significant cooking — a holistic kind of care of the traveler, whether you’re a perennial visitor or completely new to the scene.
The library at the Inn is a great place to relax any time of the day.
The Inn is a special place to stay because of its deep attention to the possibilities for the quality of the time you’ll spend there. There are no wrong routes, but I enjoyed my own path through the offerings.
A tranquil junior suite in Santa Fe’s Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.
After checking into my quiet junior suite, which had a balcony that was dappled in afternoon sunlight, I settled down for a Tequila tasting, which Ray Mendea led, to get me oriented in this, undoubtedly, my favorite local beverage. The experience was set up at the “living room,”A private area was provided with a sofa and a table that were already set when I arrived. Mendea took me through the nuances of a blanco, a reposado, and two anejo bottlings: Casa Dragones Blanco, Tres Generaciones Reposado, and Casa Noble Anejo — but the crown jewel in this tasting was the Inn’s own proprietary barrel of Código Anejo, which the team had unanimously chosen in a blind tasting. Mendea said that many guests first think it’s Calvados, or even Scotch, so elegant and multi-layered is this atypical bottle: dusky, balanced, gently fruit-toned with a whisper of elegant smoke. Mendea said that the tasting is served with salmon carpaccio but is often served with a chocolate dessert in the main restaurant.
The Tequila tasting is accompanied by salmon carpaccio.
Feeling properly welcomed into town, I took a little stroll around the square to remember it, passing by Cafe Pasqual’s and Santacafe, making mental notes to see if these two old favorite haunts held up two decades later, though I actually never made it to either because I kept just following my nose, choosing to wander rather than to plan.
I spent an hour at this place. New Mexico History Museum — not enough time, by a long shot, but enough to see the current photography exhibit on the state’s hot springs, which was fodder for future trips and a fascinating historical lens through which to view this particular intersection of tourism and culture.
I had an exceptional bespoke dinner at Inn that evening. Chef Daniel Hurtado prepared five courses and each was paired with wine. My favorite course was the perfectly cooked Octopus appetizer.
Chef Daniel Hurtado’s octopus appetizer
Chef Daniel Hurtado of Santa Fe’s Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi.
I went to bed vowing to never eat again, but the breakfast menu was equally compelling and my green chile chilies reminded me why.
Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi’s classic green chile chilaquiles.
The second day was the most difficult. I was exhausted and had to eat. I had a plan to go to the first annual Santa Fe Literary FestivalAmong its many highlights was a morning meditation and author talk from Roshi Joan Halifax, and a conversation between U.S. Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate, and Sandra Cisneros are two examples of three women who have contributed to the greater cause through their diverse practices of peacemaking using language. It was a well-curated event that was warmly welcomed and unpretentious.
Santa Fe Convention Center downtown hosted the first Santa Fe Literary Festival.
I was also allowed to visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, a destination for anyone interested in learning about the artist’s life and to experience firsthand her wide-ranging, iconic work.
Every night, when I returned home from work, there was a treat in my room: macarons one evening, chocolate truffles another. The housekeeping staff also thoughtfully left me a ziplock bag in my room for any liquids that I might need to carry on my flight when it was time for me to check out.
Rosewood Inn Anasazi provided a restorative experience. From the tranquil, luxuriously comfortable rooms to the gracious service at all points, everything about my stay was wonderful. I will be returning to this place again and again for authentic Santa Fe.