For centuries before the European invasion, first nations ingeniously built cultures that lived as one with nature in an unforgiving but magnificent land of high mesas, valleys, extinct volcanoes and dry arroyos. Where the great Rocky Mountains call it quits, nestled amidst the splendor of a raw and magnificent landscape, La Villa Real de Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis is the oldest capital city in the country, founded in 1610. Santa Fe, the City Different, enchanted us long ago on our honeymoon with its rich history, walkability, unique architecture and vibrant arts scene. We’ve returned many times and share our love of Santa Fe to help you plan a memorable visit to explore the ins and outs of this unforgettable place!
By Courtney – The Insider Canyon Road: Art is an integral part of Santa Fe. Public and private art is everywhere, embedded in the very fiber and soul of the place. To appreciate this and learn more, while Jimmy hiked nearby mesas, I toured the Canyon Road art galleries with tour leader, Elaine, owner of … Continue reading Santa Fe – INSIDE
By Jimmy – The Outsider Hiking, biking, rafting, skiing – getting outside is a year-round pleasure in the Santa Fe region! While Courtney enjoyed touring artsy Canyon Road in town, I struck out to explore nature’s beauty. Bandelier National Monument, just west of Santa Fe, offers a variety of natural and human history wonders to … Continue reading Santa Fe – OUTSIDE
As an increasingly sophisticated community, Santa Fe’s dynamic culinary scene offers varied, globally inspired cuisines. Yet it also hosts plenty of affordable, down-to-earth dining spots. Our favorite dining memories favor the robust, hearty and colorful local flavors of the southwest: smoky spicy chile peppers (red and green), blue corn tortillas, black beans, white posole (hominy … Continue reading Santa Fe – EAT
Santa Fe offers accommodations for all budgets, from bargain mom ‘n pop motels and chain hotels, to charming boutique hotels, B&Bs and luxurious resorts. Here’s a few we’ve enjoyed. On our recent visit, we stayed at the historic Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel. Housed in a 300 year old (!!!) hacienda built by the … Continue reading Santa Fe – SLEEP
Santa Fe Opera: For almost 30 years, our Couples Bucket List included attending the Santa Fe Opera. On our most recent visit, we finally made this dream come true – and it was every bit as spectacular as we hoped for. As an extra special bonus, our evening started with dining at the pre-show dinner … Continue reading Santa Fe – EXPERIENCE
Santa Fe Municipal airport offers limited flights to many cities. The closest major airport with more frequent flights is in Albuquerque, about an hour south of Santa Fe. Rent a car and drive or take Rail Runner, an affordable commuter train service that operates between Albuquerque and Santa Fe (hours are limited!). Getting around the … Continue reading Santa Fe – GO