The Inn and Spa at Loretto

Santa Fe is a wonderful little town.  If you haven’t been yet, I definitely recommend a visit.  There is just something relaxing about being there.  It must have to do with the vibrant artistic community there - seems art abounds at every turn, which is great.

But also the food is fabulous, especially brunch at Pasquale’s.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!  Ok, enough of that, I need to focus here. 

The other thing I enjoy immensely about Santa Fe is the architecture and thus the photo opps.  I find something beautiful to point the camera at every time I go there.  I was never a big fan of adobe or the whole Southwest look, but after spending time in Santa Fe it has really grown on me.

As far as hotels there go, The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a great one, and has a perfect location.  It’s just a short stroll from The Plaza, and offers up an incredible restaurant of its own: Luminaria.  And of course, it has this most beautiful entrance.  I just love everything about it, and it’s on the list of “shoot it every time I go”, regardless of the fact that I already have hundreds of shots of it!  Repetition is a complement, as far as I’m concerned!

The entry to the Inn and Spa at Loretto

I have a soft spot for Santa Fe, NM.  It's an incredible little town and offers a lot of interesting things to point your camera at.  There are some fabulous chapels and cathedrals, lots of adobe architecture, and not far from town you have the choice of wide open western vistas or high-altitude mountain vistas.  The choices are endless really.  And there is color everywhere.  Oh, and the skies...the skies are just great out there. 

This is the entrance to the Inn and Spa at Loretto, which is a boutique hotel just a short stroll to the Plaza (their town square).  I just love this entrance.  There is the adobe, lovely flowers that give a nice pop of color, and that fabulously blue New Mexico sky.  I shoot this every time I visit, and will continue to do so.  It's just beautiful, don't you think??

And just for fun, here's another HDR Before & After so you can see what bits of magic HDR pulls from the scene!

Inn and Spa at Loretto - Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a great town for photography!  It seems like every time I turn my head, there is something else I want to shoot - yes I know, that is a good problem to have.  This is the entrance to the Inn and Spa at Loretto, which is just a short stroll from the main town plaza.  It is a boutique hotel and spa and is supposed to be really nice - has anyone ever stayed here?  

I have shot this place a couple of times but never have actually booked a room here.  I will say however that there is an awesome restaurant in the back of the hotel called Luminaria.  We usually try and have at least 1 brunch there when we are in Santa Fe - it's fabulous!

Sunset at Loretto

This is the front entrance to The Inn and Spa at Loretto, in Santa Fe.  It is a great hotel.  I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area.  We enjoyed breakfast there in Luminaria, their outdoor cafe and then walked around the hotel a bit.  I knew I had to return to catch it during sunset.  You can see folks up top enjoying a cocktail and the view.  I am sure a sunset from the top of the hotel would be fabulous!

The Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe

This is the main entrance to the Inn and Spa at Loretto, which is a boutique luxury hotel in Santa Fe, NM.  Among its many amenities is a great little restaurant called Luminaria.  I recommend having a leisurely breakfast there on the covered patio.  It is serene, beautiful, and of course the food is great!  The hotel is built next to the Loretto Chapel, which is well known for its "Miraculous Staircase".  The story about the staircase is that the Sisters of the Chapel needed a way to access the choir loft, but due to the small size of the chapel no one could figure out how to build stairs in the limited space. Well they prayed of course and a mysterious fellow showed up who was looking for work.  He build these ingenious stairs that have two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support.  Nails were not even used - just wooden pegs.  After it was completed, he disappeared and to this day no one has figured out who he was.   Cool stuff.