Experience the magic of being nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains during an awe-inspiring escape to Santa Fe. From a vibrant arts community to the Santa Fe Plaza, discover more of what this picturesque and historically significant city has to offer.
Santa Fe is situated 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains and founded between 1607 and 1610, making it the second oldest city as well as the highest and oldest capital in the U.S. Santa Fe was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages, reflecting in the mix of cultural influences which are clearly described in the city's arts community and architectural designs. Santa Fe is home to several prominent art museums such as the Georgia O'Keeffe and the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Rancho de las Golondrinas.
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St Francis Cathedral
Santa Fe Plaza - The Plaza has been the heart and soul of Santa Fe for nearly 400 years. This gathering spot for residents and tourists alike is surrounded by city landmarks, shops and restaurants.
Originally designed as a meeting place years ago, it has been the site of many festivals and other historical and social events. Today, those who gather around the central monument enjoy the best people-watching in New Mexico. Take in the live music and dancing while you are in town as there is often something going on at the gazebo/bandstand in summer. If you are searching for Santa Fe hotels in the Plaza area, be sure to look into the BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn of Santa Fe.
Palace of the Governors - To get a firm understanding of New Mexico's rich past, visit this museum on the Santa Fe Plaza. Built by the Spanish as a government building in 1610, the Palace remains the nation's oldest continuously used public building.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - This beautiful facility can easily be considered one of the country's most important museums housing the works of one of the century's most important artists. The 13,000 square-foot museum is located in downtown Santa Fe and is convenient to the Plaza.
The Compound - Bringing back one of Santa Fe's classic restaurants and serving some of the most flavorful food in town. Inside, it's an elegant old adobe with white walls and outside, during warmer months, a fabulous patio shelters diners allowing them to enjoy the city life. With friendly, efficient service, this is an excellent place for a romantic dinner or a relaxing lunch.
Chocolate Maven Bakery & Café - If you like great flavors, free range eggs, organic chicken and ham, and totally fresh salads, this is the best place in Santa Fe.
Geronimo - This elegant restaurant offers one of Santa's Fe's most delectable dining experiences. Lunch is highly recommended here, as you can get a taste of the amazing and unique food for a fraction of the dinner price. Reserve a spot on the porch and watch the action on Canyon Road.
Santa Fe Farmers' Market - This farmers' market has everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers and cheeses, cider, and salsas. If you can drag yourself out of bed, be sure to take a stroll through and enjoy the coffee and breakfast burritos while listening to music ranging from violin to fiddle.
Santa Fe Outlets - Outlet shopping fans will enjoy this open-air mall on the south end of town with main anchoring stores including Brooks Brothers, Jones New York, and Coach.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful and historic city that features attractions that are both historically significant and entertaining. The Santa Fe area features great shopping, wonderful cuisine that will cater to everyone's tastes.
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