This always-active model, actress, and adventurer, who unveils her new makeup line this fall, has traveled the globe. But she makes her home in the wilds of New Mexico. Saddle up for a visit.
Original supermodel Lauren Hutton has found a fountain of youth in New Mexico. This fall, the globetrotting star, who has appeared in more than 30 movies and on countless magazine covers, debuts Lauren Hutton’s Good Stuff, a makeup line for women “in their prime.” But what really keeps Hutton, 58, eternally young is her sagebrush ranch 90 minutes outside of Santa Fe, where she rumbles along the back roads in a vintage pickup truck. Fasten your seat belt for a ride through the Old West with an adventurer who never slows down.
“I usually stay at the Inn of the Anasazi. It’s particularly beautiful, and it’s right off the main plaza. It’s got delicious food. It [looks like] an old Spanish adobe. It’s got a beautiful, intimate bar and modern Indian paintings. Bishop’s Lodge is north of town, before the village of Tesuque. It’s old-fashioned in the best sense of things; built to last. You can do a lot of things there: swim, ride horses, everything. It also has good food, and you can eat outside, which is another plus. The Plaza Real is a refurbished old Western hotel. You go in the lobby and know right away that you’re out West.”

“There are a bunch of restaurants out on the Old Pecos Trail, but I like Harry’s Roadhouse the best; it’s home cooking. Café Paris is French, but it’s somehow New Mexican-European. It’s hard to imagine Spanish-French food, but it’s a really good restaurant.”

“These are the music places; none of these are tourist joints. The best bands are at the Paramount. It’s a downtown, local dance joint. I love it. Just great bands. The other is the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. It’s a restaurant/bar. Catamount has a pool hall upstairs, but it’s got music, too.”


“I always get huevos rancheros when I’m in Santa Fe. You can get them at The Plaza on the main square. You can order from the counter or at a table. Cafe Pasqual’s is famous for breakfast, too. I also like to sit outside at The Burrito Company and watch the cowboys who are just heading home.”

“On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, I go to the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market right next to the opera house. There are three places I always go. One is the rock shop, Earthfire Gems Gallery. I love rocks, and they have every kind. I’ve even bought gems from them, semiprecious stones, that I mix with my fossils sometimes and make jewelry for my friends and myself. Near Earthfire is a stand that sells used cowboy boots. I’ve gotten two of my very best pair from there, old cowboy boots from the ’50s. Then, in Cimarron, there’s Shirley’s place, called The Outfitter. She’s a real buckskin seller who makes skirts, blouses, and dresses out of suede. In town, Onorato is a fantastic shop that sells sheets and linens and towels. It’s a weakness of mine.”

“I usually eat at taco stands. There are taco vendors heading away from the center of the square. You’ll sometimes see them around the plaza area. They’re very old, mostly locals, and very well known. I love hot food. They have habanero chicken tacos. They slap their own tortillas every day.”

“SITE Santa Fe is the contemporary art museum. They’ve got a hip director, which is pretty rare; a very adventurous guy. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a great place. I love wild things. I grew up in a swamp in Florida, and I went to the beaches in Florida, and Georgia O’Keeffe did all these incredibly sensual paintings of, you know, skulls in the sky. It’s like seeing old friends up on the wall. She lived in New Mexico in Abiquiu, which is maybe 25 minutes from where I live now. She had two homes. One, Ghost Ranch, you can’t go out to. But her main house is a museum [Georgia O’Keeffe Home & Studio], and it’s spectacular. Every single thing is beautiful. She must have gone out there in the late ’40s, early ’50s, and it’s still more modern than anything you see now.”

“Linda Durham is my favorite gallery in the area. She’s got the best artists, the best scene for serious contemporary work. Canyon Road has galleries that have old paintings by old artists doing Western art. Ones of cowboys, of Indians, just how the West used to look. They also have contemporary paintings, people who are maybe the new Georgia O’Keeffe. Pretty much every Western artist will have a show in the galleries.”

“Swig is a bar/restaurant that’s sort of like a New York place. It’s very minimalist, chic, and contemporary — right in the middle of Santa Fe. At the Santacafé, you can sit outdoors. It’s beautiful and romantic, with all of these old mesquite trees. It’s off one of the plazas and kind of expensive. It’s fancy, modern Western food.”

“The opera is wonderful. It’s part indoors and part outdoors in a beautiful park. It’s very mountainous and hilly all around Santa Fe. The stars there are just incredible; it’s like the sky is just awash.”


“Ten Thousand Waves just makes you feel good. If you’ve been out in the desert a long time, it’s great to go be surrounded by water. Lots of hot tubs … but it’s not cheesy-looking. It’s a great spa. It’s beautiful everywhere, the best of everything.”

“Once in a while I [head] down to Carlsbad Caverns. There’s a new freeway, and it’s only about four and a half hours away from Santa Fe. I’ve gone all over the world looking at bats, and there they have something like 10,000 bats going out of there every night … and stalactites and stalagmites as big as something in St. Peter’s Cathedral.”


“Bandelier National Monument (above) is where the Anasazi civilization once lived. You can go up into the apartments built into the sides of the hills in the clay. They don’t know what happened to the Anasazi or where they went or how they disappeared. You sit up in one of these little apartments and you look out these round adobe clay windows and you see down into the center of the city of the tribe. You see all these beautiful stones laid out in circles, where everybody use to meet and caucus and have dances and parties and wingdings at night. You get a very strong sense of an important civilization going on. You don’t feel like it’s some little small-time thing. The architecture is a high-water mark for humans.”

lauren hutton's sante fe essentials

bishop’s lodge, expensive; (505) 983-6377

hotel plaza real, expensive; (505) 988-4900

inn of the anasazi, very expensive; (505) 988-3030

the burrito company, traditional new mexican;
inexpensive; (505) 982-4453

café paris, french; moderate; (505) 986-9162

cafe pasqual’s, equatorial; moderate; (505) 983-9340

harry’s roadhouse, eclectic; moderate; (505) 989-4629

the plaza restaurant, new mexican/greek;
inexpensive; (505) 982-1664

santacafé, contemporary southwestern;
expensive; (505) 984-1788

swig, asian tapas; moderate; (505) 955-0400

catamount bar and grill, restaurant/bar
with live music; (505) 988-7222

cowgirl hall of fame, restaurant/bar
with live music; (505) 982-2565

georgia o’keeffe home & studio, historic home open by appointment only; (505) 685-4539

georgia o’keeffe museum, art museum; (505) 946-1000

paramount nightclub santa fe,
live music; (505) 982-8999

santa fe opera, (505) 986-5900

site santa fe, art museum; (505) 989-1199

ten thousand waves japanese health spa,
spa; (505) 992-5025

earthfire gems gallery, loose stones and jewelry; (505) 982-8750

linda durham contemporary art, art gallery; (505) 466-6600

onorato home furnishings>, linens and furniture; (505) 984-2008

the outfitter, native american wear; (505) 376-9128

tesuque pueblo flea market, antiques and more; (505) 995-8626