City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it uniquely blends its Native American, Spanish and Anglo roots. The magnificently quaint one mile stretch of Canyon Road has the densest concentration of art galleries in the world. Not to mention that the surrounding hills inspired much of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, which can be explored at a museum dedicated to her work or nearby Ghost Ranch. Native Americans have been selling arts and crafts in the Palace of the Governors Portal for hundreds of years, now the best spot to pick up handmade turquoise jewelry – with a story – from local Native American artists. The food is fresh, colourful and perfectly spiced with local chillies, while hidden rooftop and garden patios serve as ideal places to take it all in. Surrounding areas offer unique geological landscapes, healing hot springs and Native American pueblos. If all of that doesn’t convince you that Santa Fe is beyond comparison, I will let the photos speak for themselves!

yellow, orange and red coloured buildings with flat roofs that have rounded edges

View from the roof top patio of Blue Corn Cafe

a cheeseburger with a colourful corn based salad next to it, both on a large orange plate

Green Chile Cheeseburger with calabacitas ($11.95) at Blue Corn Cafe

a large terracotta coloured building with flat roof and rounded edges

New Mexico Museum of Art, a beautiful example of pueblo architecture right in the center of town

a statue of a donkey with logs on it's back, in the middle of a cobble stone street

Burro Alley

shoppers browse jewellery laid out on blankets

Native American artists sell amazing turquoise jewellery in the Palace of the Governors Portal

Four long bunches of red chiles hanging from a roof

Ristras (bunches of dry red New Mexican chiles) can be found hanging all over Santa Fe

a pueblo house with a bronze warrior statue in front of it

Art work decorates many streets and buildings

a series of buildings with a green garden out front

Over 80 galleries can be found on beautiful Canyon Road

a purple blooming tree outside of a gallery

In addition to galleries, trees and flowers bloom creating a wafting garden aroma on Canyon Road

several statues outside of a gallery

Art work can be found both indoors and outdoors on Canyon Road

several homes in a sandy yard

Behind the galleries (and sometimes high fences), residents call Canyon Road home

a courtyard patio full of red and green umbrellas, a flowering tree and lots of people

A tucked away garden patio is the perfect place to unwind after a day of strolling Santa Fe’s streets

low rolling mountains with green and dessert yellow colours

Just one example of the many unique landscapes around Santa Fe

Have you visited Santa Fe? What were your impressions?

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