We call New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment.” We think you’ll be enchanted, too, and may want to extend your stay–either to arrive earlier or to stay longer. Here are some things to do while you’re in New Mexico.
In Santa Fe
Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps is our go-to shop for paint, pens, ink, stamps, stencils, papers, fibers, art magazines, and inspiration! https://www.funrubberstamps.com/
Artisan of Santa Fe has a huge selection of all types of art supplies. Don’t miss the large, well-stocked paper area right at the back of the store. https://www.artisansantafe.com/
Santa Fe Quilting has an amazing selection of fabric for sale, plus anything you can use to make a mark on fabric. https://www.santafequilting.com/
Canyon Road is an art district that packs a lot of galleries in a mile. There are also cafes and restaurants. http://visitcanyonroad.com/
The Santa Fe Visitor’s Center can tell you more about where to stay, what to do, where to shop, etc. https://santafe.org/
In Las Vegas, New Mexico
The original Las Vegas was established in 1846 and became two towns when the railroad arrived in 1880. Our art retreat venue, Leaping Deer Ranch, is just 10 minutes north of Las Vegas.
Old Town Plaza—The original town plaza is surrounded by shops, galleries, restaurants, and the Plaza Hotel. https://www.visitlasvegasnm.com/
El Zocalo Cooperative Gallery—1809 Plaza Street. This is a cooperative of artists that offers sculpture, paintings, jewelry, and much more. Inspiration abounds. http://elzocalogallery.com/
ThreadBear—1813 Plaza Street. The owners of ThreadBear have an eye for fabric and offer lots of beautiful quilting cottons, yarns, and notions. https://www.threadbear-nm.com/
Longmire—Are you Longmire fan? The series was filmed in and around Las Vegas. On Plaza Street, next to the Zocalo Cooperative Gallery, you will find a door leading upstairs. On the door is a sign for the Absaroca County Sheriff’s Office, so it’s the door used in the TV series to walk up to the police station. A fun photo opp!
Bridge Street—This street connects Old Town Las Vegas with the newer part of town. Shops, galleries, and restaurants line both sides of the street.
Railroad District—The Castañeda Hotel, Restaurant, and Bar was a historic Harvey House that has recently been restored and reopened. This was the first railside hotel along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. Next door is the Santa Fe Railroad Depot, also restored, and across the street is the Rough Riders Antique Store—always a fun stop.
Rough Rider Museum—727 Grand Avenue. Teddy Roosevelt gathered his Rough Riders from the Southwest, mostly from New Mexico. This delightful little museum hosts memorabilia from that era and early Las Vegas history. https://www.visitlasvegasnm.com/rough-rider-museum
Dick’s Restaurant—705 Douglas Avenue. Sophisticated eats in a comfortable bar/grill atmosphere. https://dickspubandrestaurant.com/
El Rialto—141 Bridge Street. Good New Mexican food.
Charlie’s Bakery & Café—713 Douglas Avenue. Amazing cinnamon rolls plus great breakfast and lunch fare. https://www.facebook.com/Charlies-Bakery-and-Cafe-300759710049604/