Monday, October 7, 2013

What's In Santa Fe?

Prior to leaving for vacation, many people asked me where I was going.  I told them Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I was taken by surprise by how many folks first thought that I said Mexico.  My reply, "No, New Mexico, the state.  We're going to Santa Fe."  Next question, "What's in Santa Fe?"

White Rock City Park Overlook

Think of this...... vibrant blue skies - 325 days a year of them.  Crisp mountain air.  Deep, dark skies that provide a backdrop to every star.  The sweet scent of Pinon Trees.  Ominous mountains that frame the city.  An abundance of chile peppers ready for harvest.

Chile peppers at harvest time

Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the U.S., recently celebrated its 400th birthday.  Also, known as The City Different, Santa Fe boasts a vibrant mix of Native American and Mexican cultures which is apparent around every corner.  From the fashion to the food, the city is a standout of style.

Shopping at the Santa Fe Indian Market

You feel a certain spirituality in Santa Fe as the area is dotted with centuries-old, adobe churches and religious art. 

The historic San Isidro Church in Santa Fe - 1835

Santa Fe is considered by many to be the 3rd largest fine art market in the country and is home to unique treasures like the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the famous Canyon Road galleries.  The city also hosts world renowned events like the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival, bringing art lovers and foodies together from all over.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico 

In Santa Fe, you'll also find the most eclectic and interesting people.  People from all over who seem to have said, "To heck with all of this, I'm going to Santa Fe."

And that, my friend is what's in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Farmer's Market in the Railyard District


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