Created by Lynn May Gosselin.
Are the cold temperatures of the short winter days giving you the chills?
Perhaps a getaway to the desert is the perfect thing to warm you up before the ground thaws. Santa Fe, New Mexico is a thriving southwestern city once the home of Spanish settlers. Now, amongst the Old Spanish architecture found in the heart of old Santa Fe, there are world-renowned restaurants to try, museums to get lost in and loads of interesting shopping to bring home. The deep rust and reds of the adobe buildings is a great match to the rich culture of this place. With lovely sunsets year round, discover the magic of Santa Fe.
Looking to learn a little about how Santa Fe came to be and the extensive history of this town? Then make your first stop the New Mexico History Museum. Here, learn all about the mystery of Los Alamos, where the secret Manhattan Project was kept under wraps during World War II and see the original Spanish seat of government in the early 1600’s, the Palace of the Governors. A few hours spent wandering between the museum and the adjacent Colonial and Native American history museum will ensure you are fully brushed up on the history of this place.
One of the best ways to meet local people and try local food is by wandering the stalls of a farmers’ market. Every Saturday, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market offers everything from dried chilies, hand made baked items, grass-fed meats and more, all produced in Northern New Mexico. Make sure you take time to chat to a few of the vendors who offer great knowledge of the area. After selecting your perfect produce, wander over to Railyard Park to marvel at the impressive architectural design and landscapes of this newly built park.
Two wonderful art galleries to get lost in while in Santa Fe are the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Both offer great insight into American art. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is home to an impressive 3000 pieces of art by the famous American painter. Along with stunning paintings, find a collection of her private photographs and possessions. The museum is very family friendly and provides lectures, workshops and interactive exhibits for those looking to delve further into the world of Georgia O’Keeffe. At the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the country’s only space devoted to modern-day art by Native American artists, you can wander through some 7500 pieces, an impressive collection to have in one building.
For some wonderful food and great service, try any number of the hot new restaurants that are popping up in Santa Fe. For a little kick in your meal, La Boca is a must. Serving traditional Spanish cuisine, tapas and plates inspired by South America, this lively spot is the place to combine great food with live music. A visit to Santa Fe is not complete without a night at Vinaigrette. Locally grown and raised ingredients are taken to a new level because all the produce is grown on the owner’s own land nearby. Stop in for fantastic salads, stellar service and a magical night out of the backyard patio. American cuisine with a southwest flair is what put Santacafe on the map as one of the top restaurants in town. Find a spot in the gazebo-style patio to sip a margarita, sample any of the well-crafted dishes or devour the famous chocolate mousse with blood orange sauce and see why this place has been popular for over 30 years.