With desert landscapes, stunning vistas, and unforgettable pink-orange sunsets, Santa Fe is the perfect landing pad for a stylish Southwest weekend getaway. For the perfect wardrobe, pack this season's trends with an eye to New Mexico culture—think Mexican and Native American flair and a dash of cowboy chic—in your weekend bag.
Let's Start Small: Accessories
Pick up a straw cowboy hat ($37.95), key for blocking out the strong midday sun. Look for a classic style at typical trading post stores, which are also conveniently online. Then, add some turquoise accents, which are an easy and chic way to channel the region, without getting too kitschy. Kenneth Jay Lane's statement earrings ($45) feel modern.
Try woven Southwest prints in unexpected places, like your laptop case ($54) or toss on a Southwest print scarf by Theodora & Callum ($165) with a plain white tee and jeans. Throw it all together with a tooled leather satchel ($98). Add a subtle sterling silver buckle belt ($69.99) to complete the Southwest theme.
Onto the Ladies: Clothing
Reference the old Southwest with a hand-crocheted yellow poncho-style sweater like the one by Eternal Sunshine Creations ($198); it's slightly hippie and updates the usual blanket style. For alfresco lunches and days strolling around town, turn to a sweet dip-dye kaftan in a trendy Milly design ($280). When you head to check out the city's thriving gallery scene, slip into Zero + Maria Cornejo's artsy feather print silk trousers ($425), and you'll fit right in.
Women can also go for the distressed jean look, perhaps in a bright pop of color to match the sunset, like red distressed denim shorts from Harman ($172). And of course, on a quick and easy weekend, women will want to rely on classic basics to wear with these colorful, Southwest accents. You can never go wrong with a simple Mossimo black tank from Target ($8).
For many ladies, it's all about the shoes. To really tread the town and all it has to offer, you'll want to stick with flats (we can hear some groans already). But who could complain about going casual chic with these cool huaraches ($69.95)? (We like the white ones.)
For the Gentlemen: Clothing and Accessories
Men can get into Southwest style, too whether they add this cool, colorful Southwest print hoodie from Ralph Lauren ($98) to a t-shirt and jean ensemble, or go all out with a pair of classic men's cowboy boots ($149.99)—though wearing both at the same time might be a touch of overkill.
When the sun starts to dip below the horizon, guys can cover up with a a pearl-snap denim shirt from Levi's ($44) or jump on the dip-dye trend themselves with a classic polo jazzed up in shades of blue ($75).
Now, What To Do in Santa Fe
Pay a visit to the storied Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, for classes and workshops on everything from art to environment and from healthy living to archaeology. Then, stop for stunning photo ops at the historic San Miguel Mission, America's oldest operating church. Santa Fe is justly known for its excellent art galleries: Andrew Smith Gallery has an admirable selection of photography; Box Gallery, in the hip Railyard district, hosts contemporary art and emerging painters. Fodor's Tip: Serious art lovers should time their visit for the annual ART Santa Fe festival, taking place from July 12-15, 2012.
For lunch, spring for unforgettable fish tacos from Bumble Bee's Baja Grill; if you stop by on Saturday nights you'll be in for some live jazz music, too. Come sunset, head to dinner at Coyote Cafe, helmed by chef Eric DiStefeno, for upscale Southwestern cuisine. For the weekend's splurge, make your way to the Fodor's Choice Inn of the Anasazi, a romantic and intimate eatery where chef Oliver Ridgeway uses local, seasonal ingredients for his Mexican- and Southwest-inspired menu.