This week we are enjoying another great visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a quaint town rich in art, multi-cultures and ancient traditions.
The town of Santa Fe, which means Holy Faith in Spanish, is the highest and oldest capital in the U.S. and founded between 1607 and 1610.
On our first day, after a fabulous breakfast of huevos rancheros and strong coffee at Pasquals we ventured out to tour the New Mexico State Capitol, then to the history museums and Basilica of St. Francis. A surprise of snow came down late afternoon so we retreated for yummy margaritas and enjoyed a local jazz band at El Meson. What fun!
There is no time for shopping on this trip, yet I could spend days going through all the unique galleries on Canyon Road.
A fun fact I learned; In 2005, Santa Fe became the first U.S. city to be chosen by UNESCO as a “Creative City” – one of only nine cities in the world to hold this designation. I didn’t realize there was such a category. It makes good sense as this creativity seems to be at the heart of the community and a core value for most local businesses. Santa Fe is one of the most distinctive cultural destinations in America. Featuring over 200 world-class at galleries, more than a dozen museums presenting acclaimed exhibitions throughout the year, a dynamic performing art
itinerary and innovative, award-winning cuisine—all located at the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains beneath the brilliant blue skies of New Mexico.
Proudly embracing over 400 years of a rich, multi-cultural heritage, Santa Fe is equally unique and rare in its enthusiastic embracing of new and challenging art, while cherishing its traditions and cultural heritage. The city holds the reputation as an eminent center for contemporary and modern art as well as traditional and historic, each flourishing and adding to the ongoing narrative and part of the evolution of art and culture in this vibrant city.
There is just so much to experience here, running out of time, I’ll be back soon!