Discover Piñon Court: A Reimagined Gem in Downtown Santa Fe

Hey lovelies! I recently had the wonderful opportunity to partner with Piñon Court and experience their newly renovated hotel. Sara and I decided to bring along our furry companions, and let me tell you, it was an absolute delight! Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, Piñon Court, formerly known as Old Santa Fe Inn, has recently undergone a stunning transformation. Operated by the renowned La Fonda Hospitality, this historic 58-room boutique court hotel combines the charm of its storied past with modern luxury and comfort.

A Modern Transformation

The extensive renovation of Piñon Court has breathed new life into this beloved hotel. The lobby now features contemporary décor that welcomes guests with warmth and style. Each of the 58 guest rooms and suites has been meticulously updated, blending modern furnishings with classic Southwestern touches to create a serene and inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, you’ll find comfort and elegance in every corner.

The Bistro & Lounge

One of the features of Piñon Court is the addition of the Bistro & Lounge. This chic new dining concept offers a cozy atmosphere where guests can enjoy innovative dishes and expertly crafted cocktails. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing dinner with friends or a quiet evening drink.

Pet-Friendly Grounds and Private Yards

For families traveling with pets, Piñon Court is an ideal choice. The hotel boasts pet-friendly grounds that provide plenty of space for your furry friends to roam. Our room even featured a private mini yard, a delightful space where we could lounge and enjoy the beautiful Santa Fe weather.

Prime Location

Piñon Court’s location in downtown Santa Fe is unbeatable. Just a short stroll from the hotel, you’ll find some of the city’s best restaurants, coffee shops, and attractions. Here are a few of our favorites: 

Restaurants:

  • Yin Yang
  • Radish & Rye
  • Tomasita’s
  • Tia Sophia’s
  • Cowgirl
  • Kohnami
  • Capital Coal Neighborhood Eatery
  • Second Street Brewery 
  • Pranzo Italian Grill
  • Nuckolls Brewing Co.
  • Restoration Pizza 
  • Sky Pizza 
  • Violet Crown
  • The Shed 
  • La Boca 
  • Coyote Café & Rooftop Cantina
  • Dinner for Two
  • Plaza Café Downtown
  • The Bull Ring
  • Del Charro
  • Rio Chama Prime Steakhouse
  • Café Pasqual’s
  • La Plazuela At La Fonda 
  • La Choza 

Coffee Shops:

  • Downtown Subscription
  • Iconik Coffee Roasters
  • Ohori’s Coffee Roasters
  • Sky Coffee Co.
  • Betterday Coffee
  • Henry & The Fish
  • The Mud Hut by Agapao Coffee
  • CrashMurderBusiness

Thrift Shops:

  • Double Take 
  • Lust and Fond Vintage Boutique

Nearby Activities

Piñon Court is ideally situated near some of Santa Fe’s top attractions, making it easy to explore the city by foot. Here are a few highlights:

– The Rail Yard: A vibrant area featuring art galleries, shops, Sky Railway, Rail Runner and a bustling farmers’ market. It’s a great place to spend a leisurely afternoon.

– The Plaza: The historic heart of Santa Fe, The Plaza is surrounded by museums, shops, and restaurants. It’s the perfect spot for people-watching and soaking in the local culture.

– Museums: Santa Fe is home to a variety of museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art. Each offers a unique glimpse into the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the region.

– Canyon Road: Known for its numerous art galleries, Canyon Road is a must-visit for art lovers. Take a stroll down this picturesque street and explore the diverse collection of artworks on display.

Experience Santa Fe

Staying at Piñon Court not only provides you with a luxurious and comfortable base but also places you in the midst of all that Santa Fe has to offer. From world-class dining and vibrant art scenes to historic sites and outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone in this enchanting city.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning to rediscover Santa Fe, Piñon Court offers the perfect blend of historic charm and modern amenities. Book your stay today and experience the best of downtown Santa Fe from this beautifully reimagined hotel.

Santa Fe is surrounded by a wealth of attractions and scenic destinations that are easily accessible by car. Here are some fantastic places to explore with a car:

  • Bandelier National Monument

Located about an hour’s drive from Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument offers an incredible glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans. You can explore ancient cliff dwellings, hike scenic trails, and enjoy the stunning views of the Frijoles Canyon.

  • Taos

A picturesque drive along the High Road to Taos takes you through charming villages, art galleries, and beautiful landscapes. In Taos, you can visit the historic Taos Pueblo, explore the vibrant art scene, and enjoy the outdoor activities such as skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer.

  • Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

There is a new location in Santa Fe or you could go visit the original location about an hour northwest of Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente offers soothing mineral springs in a serene setting. It’s a perfect day trip for relaxation and rejuvenation.

  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

A short drive south of Santa Fe, this unique geological site features stunning rock formations and a picturesque slot canyon. The hiking trails here provide breathtaking views and a chance to explore the fascinating landscape.

  • Chimayo

This small village, located about 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, is famous for its historic Santuario de Chimayo, a pilgrimage site known for its healing powers. You can also visit local weaving studios and enjoy traditional New Mexican cuisine at nearby restaurants.

  • Los Alamos

Home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bradbury Science Museum, this town offers insights into the history of the Manhattan Project. The nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve is great for hiking, wildlife viewing, and enjoying the natural beauty of an ancient volcanic caldera.

  • Abiquiú and Ghost Ranch

Drive about an hour and a half northwest to explore the stunning landscapes that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe. Visit her home and studio in Abiquiú (by tour reservation) and hike the trails at Ghost Ranch for spectacular views of colorful cliffs and mesas.

  • Pecos National Historical Park

A short drive east of Santa Fe, Pecos National Historical Park features the ruins of Pecos Pueblo and a Civil War battlefield. The park’s trails offer beautiful scenery and a chance to learn about the region’s history.

  • Jemez Mountains and Jemez Springs

Explore the scenic Jemez Mountains, with highlights including the Jemez Historic Site, Soda Dam, and Spence Hot Springs. The drive offers stunning vistas, and Jemez Springs is a great spot for soaking in hot springs and enjoying a meal.

  • The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

This scenic drive between Santa Fe and Albuquerque takes you through historic mining towns like Madrid and Cerrillos. Along the way, you’ll find unique shops, art galleries, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Meow Wolf Wolf’s House of Eternal Return

An immersive art installation that offers a unique, interactive experience. Created by a collective of artists, this fantastical, multi-dimensional space invites visitors to explore a mysterious narrative involving the Selig family.

  • Ten Thousand Waves

A unique mountain spa resort located at the bottom of the Santa Fe Ski Valley and it feels like a Japanese onsen.   

Tips for Driving in and Around Santa Fe:

  • Rental Car: If you’re flying into Santa Fe or Albuquerque, renting a car is easy and convenient.
  • Scenic Routes: Take advantage of the scenic byways and back roads for the most picturesque drives.
  • Seasonal Considerations: Some roads and attractions may be affected by weather conditions, especially in winter, so plan accordingly.

From cultural landmarks to natural wonders, the surroundings of Santa Fe promise endless exploration. Whether you’re drawn to history, art, or simply the breathtaking scenery, Piñon Court invites you to make the most of your Santa Fe getaway, combining comfort, style, and convenience in a truly enchanting setting. Discover Piñon Court and let your journey through Santa Fe unfold with every step.

Thanks for dropping by! I’m a proud Santa Fe local and absolutely love sharing the best of my hometown. Whether you’re curious about local cuisine, activities, or anything else about New Mexico, feel free to leave a comment below—I’m here to make your experience unforgettable. See you next week for another exciting blog!

XO –

Alyssa

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