Exploring Santa Fe

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Trailer Ranch RV Resort Santa Fe
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day 324/325/326 - Today we arrived in Santa Fe and headed in to town.  It is everything I would have expected - VERY artsy, quaint, lots of history, and even the new buildings blend in with the old with their architecture.  It's a great place to window shop!

Santa Fe Factoids:

1.  250 Galleries (How can they all make money)?
2.  300 Days of Sunshine
3.  40 Celebrations (including festivals and fiestas) per year
4.  Elevation:  7,000 feet (Highest capital city in the USA)
5.  250 Restaurants
6.  14 Major Museums
7.  History:  Founded by Don Pedro de Peralta in 1610 making Santa Fe the oldest capital city in the US at 404 years!
8.  The Palace of Governor's whig is now part of the N.M. History Museum is the oldest continuously occupied government building in the country. 

Will Rogers is said to have remarked:  Santa Fe's roads were developed by a man who must have rode in drunk on a horse going backwards!!  There is no rhyme or reason to the way this city is land out, that's for sure!

We viewed two churches - one was the Cathedral Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi - an impressive building with many artifacts dating back to the founding in 1610 and the cathedral being build in 1853 and having it elevated to a Basilica in 2005.  There are many statues commemorating the church leaders from the beginning of the popes and earlier.  It was truly amazing.

Loretto Chapel was once a church, but now is a museum and wedding chapel in town.  The claim to fame for this much smaller church is the wooden spiral staircase that leads to the choir loft and has NO supports and it a stunning example of architecture.

The Museums and Art Galleries would take you a week to see them all.  We spent time in one gallery which was showing the works of Ansel Adams; and, of course, Georgia O'Keeffe's gallery.  Both were amazing.

The shopping would take even longer, and the restaurants as well.  All in all, had a great time in the square.  But a visit to Santa Fe would not be complete until you venture up Canyon Road to see all the large art, sculptures, and ambience of this area.  You can stop in at a local cafe for a cup of coffee and just take in the scene.

Enjoy the scenery.   
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Pamela on

Ahh, memories....hey, if you happen to go back into the square, visit a store named Mavericks. You have to check out a salesman by the name of Joaquin. He is quite a character. He led my girlfriends and I on a trail ride through the hills back in September. He also models and has been an extra in several western movies such as Cowboys and Aliens and Wild Wild West.

Bert on

Very cool -- I'd like to visit here some day.

Avery on

What a great place...enjoy every minute!!!

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