About Santa Fe
As the oldest and highest elevated state capital in the United States, Santa Fe is unlike any other city you'll find in the southwest. Founded in the early 1600s, this city retains much of its colonial charm as it was originally founded as a Spanish colony well before the founding of America. Among the many new and modern buildings, you'll find tons of historical sites that keep all of the Spanish charms they had during their heyday.
Besides being the political capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe is known as an arts hub for those that are into native and Spanish art and culture. Along with this, there are a ton of museums, art exhibits, and other places to visit when you're not busy planning a business meeting, wedding reception, or filming the next blockbuster movie.
In terms of climate, you can expect it to be warm and relatively dry most of the year, with hot and dry summers. This gives you plenty of time to explore the outdoors and examine any of the great locations and venues that are available for any events or productions that you might have going on. The only thing to watch out for is that the desert southwest can get quite hot in the summer, so if you're not used to the heat, it might be a good idea to stay indoors with the AC running.
Attractions in Santa Fe
Locals like to say that Santa Fe is a city that marches to the beat of its own drum. What this means is that when you're not busy working, you'll have plenty of different events, cultural exhibits, and attractions to enjoy when you have some spare time. Whether you're a fan of the outdoors or culture and history, there's something to love in Santa Fe.
- Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Georgia O’Keeffe was an artist who specialized in American modernism and this museum features the largest collection of her work as well as her personal items. The items rotate from this site as well as one in Abiquiu and a few of her historic homes in the area. These include approximately 1,200 items including sculptures, pastels, watercolors, and paintings. When you're not planning your next big business meeting, production, or party, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is worth a visit.
- Santa Fe Opera House
If you're a fan of the theater, then there's nothing like the Santa Fe Opera House. This classical-style building has presented opera shows every summer since 1957 and even has its own guest ranch. The theater has been rebuilt three times with the most recent in 1998, which is the first one to have covered seating. Besides shows, the property has an orchestra hall, rehearsal halls, and a cantina where you can get some food and beverages.
- Museum of International Folk Art
The Museum of International Folk Art is an interesting place. It constantly has ongoing exhibits of different parts of the world for people to experience and there's always something amazing to see. You can see ancient Japanese masks depicting demons and monsters, Native American and Latino folk art of all types, musical instruments, woven tapestries, and more. If you're a fan of culture and history, this is definitely a place to visit.
- Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
This anthropological museum features different works of art as well as historical artifacts and cultural pieces from the indigenous people that inhabited the Santa Fe and New Mexico area. Beyond the pieces on display, there are also symposiums and lectures as well as native pottery demonstrations, and more.
Production Locations in Santa Fe
Putting on any type of production, whether it be theater, stage, film, or audio, requires a lot of work. It's more than just putting together a cast and crew, though. A key element to any production, regardless of what kind, is the setting. Quaint homes, stunning mountain top views, even a dusty old warehouse can provide the right setting for whatever production you're putting together.
- Southwestern Riverfront Home
One thing that makes for a great film location is a stunning view. If you wind up booking this impressive southwestern riverfront home in Santa Fe, you'll get exactly that. The home is situated on 2 1/2 acres, so there's plenty of space to roam around, and being right next to a river makes for some excellent outdoor scenery. In particular, the sunset at dusk is a wonderful sight and a great spot for taking photos or filming.
- Studio Space
Another option if you're looking for a more intimate setting, is to book one of the magnificent studio spaces that are available in the Santa Fe area. You'll find a bunch of different options from small art studio-style spaces to actual photography and filming studio space. If you're looking for a professional setup for an interview or other type of production, you can find it here.
For a unique backdrop in any production, Santa Fe has many churches that will add some stunning appeal. The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi is one of these spots with Romanesque Revival façades and dual columns. Another great spot is the Loretto Chapel, which was constructed in 1873. With its Gothic Revival architecture and helix spiral staircase, it is now a museum but would be perfect for filming.
Meeting and Event Venues in Santa Fe
When you're put in charge of planning a big business meeting or a special event, that means a lot of responsibility. Along with that responsibility comes the desire to make sure that everything goes according to plan. While you can plan the guest list and the accommodations, the most important thing to plan is the right location.
- Mexican Style Restaurant
A great place to hold a business lunch or a private event is this Mexican-style restaurant. The location is uniquely located amongst other amenities and offers plenty of space for small, intimate gatherings or large corporate luncheons. The added benefit of having your event at a restaurant means that you won't have to worry about catering or other necessities.
- Private Homes
If you're looking for something a little quainter and more intimate, one of the many private homes tucked away in the Santa Fe Hills might be the best option for your next event. Here you can hold a bridal shower, wedding party, or any other type of event without having to worry about being in a large cluster of people or dealing with traffic and other annoyances. What's more, you'll have a ton of different options for the type of home you can choose from, so you should find something that is sure to meet your needs.
- Outdoor Venues
Santa Fe is known for its warm winters and hot summers with over 310 days of sunshine per year. That is one of the best reasons to enjoy your meeting or party outside. Another reason is the vast number of options from desert-scapes to thick woods and even some mountains. Whatever sort of background you want, you should be able to find it in Santa Fe.