Don’t miss walking Canyon Road and visiting the Canyon Road Galleries. Here you will find excellent galleries with a focus of everything from contemporary, Native American, landscapes and traditional art in all mediums. There are over 100 galleries, boutiques and restaurants along the one-half mile street. Just be aware there is turnover in the galleries from year-to-year. There are parking lots at the top and bottom for your convenience. Some of the top picks include:
Gallery 901: At 901 Canyon Rd., they feature painting and sculpture from a number of artists.
Zaplin Lampert Gallery: This gallery features early artists and artists of Taos, Santa Fe and the American West. 651 Canyon Rd.
Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Rd.: With a large building in front and smaller contemporary showroom in the rear, it is a beautiful space and features paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography.
gf Contemporary: 707 Canyon Rd. This is a contemporary gallery featuring the work of 16 artists.
Chiaroscuro, at 702 and 708 Canyon Rd., features contemporary art from over 40 artists.
Canyon Road Contemporary is known for sculptures and contemporary paintings and glass. 403 Canyon Rd.
Robert Nichols Gallery has a great reputation for Native American pottery and photography at 419 Canyon Rd.
Giacobbe Fritz: At 702 Canyon Rd., they carry works from over 25 artists.
Acosta Strong: They feature paintings by a large number of artists. I particularly like the wonderful landscapes by Jim Jennings which remind me a lot of Georgia O’Keeffe. 640 Canyon Rd.
Bittersweet Designs: This is a lovely jewelry store featuring works by Laurie Lenfestey at 667 Canyon Rd.
Bill Hester Fine Art: With two locations at 621 and 830 Canyon Rd.
Nuart Gallery features contemporary works at 670 Canyon Rd.
Alumbramos Galerie de Arte at 901 B Canyon Rd. for colorful paintings and landscapes.
Leslie Flynt: At 225 Canyon Rd., this is a great shop featuring furniture, folk art, decorative accessories, gifts and jewelry. She also has some great Mexican folk art and antiques.
Great restaurant choices include the charming, casual Caffe Greco, at 233 Canyon Rd., with a cozy interior and outdoor dining options. They have a large menu featuring breakfast burritos, panini, soups, green chili cheeseburgers and tacos.
The Tea House, 821 Canyon Rd.: Open daily at the corner of E. Palace Ave. I love it for tea, but they also have food and coffee drinks.
El Farol, 808 Canyon Rd.: This is Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and Cantina.
Geronimo Restaurant, 724 Canyon Rd.: One of the top dining spots in Santa Fe.
The Compound Restaurant: 653 Canyon Rd. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Chef Mark Kiffin was a past James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southwest.