As the nation’s oldest capital city New Mexico’s Santa Fe also tops the lists as one of the most historic from three predominate eras – Native American, Hispanic and western expansion. In addition, the small city close to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is also a constant source of inspiration for artists, writers, and believers in all things metaphysical.
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Staying in a centralized location is a definite must for strolling or biking around Santa Fe’s many attractions, and in between centuries. Old Town is a great choice with plenty of options such as the Hotel Saint Francis. Its tranquil hacienda-type architecture and handmade furnishings, coupled with the restaurant’s serving of traditional Mexican fare like goat milk flan, offers
Download the free four walking tours, Chocolate Odyssey and New Deal to Literary Landmarks and Coffee Lovers, off the Santa Fe Tourism’s website or grab a free map and plot your own course.
One of the city’s best bases to set off from is the Santa Fe Plaza where the 502-year-old Palace of the Governors sits. Native American artisans surround its exterior adobe walls and sell everything from silver and turquoise jewelry to handcrafted pottery and leatherwork under its portals. Do not be fooled into thinking this is tourist trap trash. The craftspeople are authentic members of New Mexican tribes and pueblos.
To remember Santa Fe’s once wild and wooly past walk over to the La Fonda hotel and know many a hanging – once considered western justice- occurred there.
Santa Fe and her surroundings have provided centuries of inspiration to centuries of anyone with an artistic bent. Celebrating Southwest artists, past and present, is the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Art. One, Georgia O’Keefe, who is greatly associated with the state, has a museum dedicated solely to her artwork. It is the state’s most visited museum and the only such facility in the country devoted to a woman artist.
Mystery lovers head to the Loretto Chapel.
Since the late 1870s, the legend regarding the building’s “miracle staircase” has brought many to gaze upon it. It has no visible means of support and was constructed with nary a nail or bit of glue. The mystery continues with the sudden arrival of the carpenter who had arrived suddenly and departed without payment or thanks.
Outdoor adventure lovers can catch thrills by heading to the Rio Grande River-40 minutes away. Kayaking the white-water is best left to experienced paddlers, however many local outfitters offer guided tours for novices. During the winter skiing and snowboarding are the sports of choice at close ski resorts.
Santa Fe’s activities will delight anyone for a day or more.
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