Ask anyone who has ever traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico and you’ll get the same response – It’s a dream come true. My adventurous hubs, Clark, and I had the opportunity to travel to this lovely southwestern city in September and within hours of our arrival, it was easy to see that Santa Fe could have earned it’s state’s nickname – ‘the land of enchantment’ – all by itself.
This beautiful New Mexico city is both the oldest and highest capital city in the US. It’s special in that the area is a gorgeous combination of both mountains and desert. It’s population of approximately 70,000 residents, is small by comparison to other U.S. state capitals, but extremely rich in native American culture and history.
Santa Fe is known for its art scene, which is the 3rd largest in the U.S. by sales. It is home to the 20th century American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and the Georgia O’Keeffe museum where you can see her accomplished works. You’ll find talented artists by the hundreds all around its charming downtown square, up and down the lovely boutique filled streets and especially on its famous Canyon Road which is dotted with one gallery after another.
This winsome city is nestled amidst the Sangre de Cristo mountains. This combined with the striking Adobe architecture makes for delightful and breathtaking sceneries. It’s beauty surrounds you in every direction.
With a large selection of amazing restaurants to choose from for dining, it’s no surprise that this city earns a top ranking among foodies. Geronimo’s on Canyon Road is rated #1 among many of the locals and tourists alike as well as being named in the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. It’s thick adobe walls, Kiva Fireplaces and wood beams which surround you make it warm and inviting. Executive Chef/Partner Eric DiStefano and Chef de Cusine Sllin Cruz create a wonderfully eclectic menu which changes seasonally. Additionally, this Southwestern city’s food scene is probably best known for the fire-roasted green chili. We were there at the peak of the chili season and saw it pop up on everything from your dinner rolls to the top of your cheeseburger and even on your breakfast burritos’ – a popular breakfast choice for locals.
Santa Fe’s beauty and endless list of activities makes it a top tourist destination in the U.S. This fabulous city offers everything from hiking to museums as well as wine tours, shopping and art. It has something for everyone and is a great destination for families. I highly recommend that this ‘land of enchantment’ be put on everyone’s bucket list.