Santa Fe is a very nice community. If you like the food from the area, you will enjoy it. If you have the time, take a run to Taos, especially if you like to shop or engage in winter sports.
I had a wonderful time while in Santa Fe. I made many new acquaintances and the Indian Market Events were more than I expected. I will be returning again to Santa Fe.
Come visit for Christmas, if you can. On Christmas Eve, everyone's houses are lined with luminarias (paper bags with candles), and everyone walks through town and visits. It's a beautiful, non-commercial, community-oriented way to spend Christmas!
Also, the best restaurant in town is Fuego, in La Posada de Santa Fe-- but it's VERY expensive.
If you enjoy the arts or architecture, be sure to visit the Santa Fe Opera House. It's a gorgeous semi-outdoors building-- I saw Carmen there, and during her death scene, we were also watching a lightning storm. Cold, but fabulous!
Santa Fe is a great place to visit. Be warned, however, that the shopping is expensive-- and if you don't like pretentious art galleries and boutiques, you probably won't enjoy shopping there at all.
Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico, and is considered the fourth-largest city in the state. Known as the seat of the Santa Fe County, it has a rich and varied history, although much of its past is dominated by the Hispanic culture, which has become an integral part in the eventual development of the area. Originally a predominantly Spanish community, it was first called "La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis" (The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi"), or simply Santa Fe (Holy Faith). Santa Fe was originally inhabited by Pueblo Native Americans, who settled here due to the presence of the Santa Fe River, which provided them with water for daily use and for agricultural pursuits. It was later colonized by the Spanish noble Don Juan de Onate in the late sixteenth century, establishing a purely Catholic community replete with architecture and all the trappings of the Spanish culture.
Among the many sights and sounds that make Santa Fe a worthwhile vacation spot is the Santa Fe Opera House, a sprawling expanse of architectural wonder that showcases the best in fine arts for locals and tourists alike. Santa Fe is also home to the Museum of International Art, an interesting place to while away the time. More artsy places of note include the Nedra Matteucci Galleries, a gallery/garden that showcases the best and finest of local and foreign modern art. Santa Fe is, of course, undoubtedly an excellent place to get great grub. Specialising in classic Spanish cuisine, you can satisfy your gustatory desires in places like the Kakawa Chocolate House, the Holy Spirit Espresso coffee house, and the Palacio Café -- all of which serve some of the finest local delicacies.
In spite of the fact that Santa Fe is a booming vacation spot that attracts troves of tourists, it isn’t at all that difficult to book for Santa Fe hostels or hotels. The whole city is replete with small-time, family-run bed-and-breakfasts that appeal those looking for affordable digs while on vacation. The majority of Santa Fe hostels veer toward the more historic sort -- they're usually either remodeled historical buildings, or otherwise modern structure built upon sights that have in them some long-standing history. Because many of the businesses tend to be family-run, some hostels or B&Bs have a tendency to be very old, allowing for a unique experience of the city’s customs and traditions even in such commonplace structures. In spite of the ready availability of places to crash, it’s always a good idea to book in advance before any trip just to make sure that mishaps are avoided upon arrival.
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