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Today's Parent named Santa Fe one of its best family vacations destinations for the winter.

In November Travel + Leisure magazine released its American's Favorite Cities 2012 survey. Santa Fe was judged the second most favorite city in America by the magazine's readers.

Each year for the last 17 years Travel + Leisure magazine has polled its readers for the destinations that represent the very best in travel for the World's Best Awards. In 2012 Santa Fe is included for the eleventh consecutive time, ranked as the sixth most popular travel city in North America by the magazine's travel-savvy readers for 2012.

For the 21st consecutive year Santa Fe was voted by the travel-crazed readers at Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top travel destinations in North America. In 2012 the city was ranked number four.

Redbook magazine rated Santa Fe one of America's Top 13 Romantic Date Destinations in August. voted Santa Fe the top city in the west to visit for art and architecture. Of Santa Fe the release said, "The community of Santa Fe has long been considered both a haven for creativity and an important gathering place for the American art community...".
In August HGTV named Santa Fe the top farmers market in the West in a roundup of Western and Southwestern markets.

In July, Santa Fe was judged the Best Food Town in the country during the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road competition. The honor speaks to Santa Fe's savory indigenous fare, as being a birthplace of modern Southwestern cuisine, and to its reputation as a food-lovers city.

Once again Santa Fe was ranked by Travel + Leisure's savvy travelers as one of the Top Ten Cities in the U.S. & Canada for travel in the magazine's annual World's Best Awards. Santa Fe has appeared in the top 10 for eleven consecutive years, this time rated in the #6 slot. For its consistency in the top 10, Santa Fe was placed in Travel + Leisure's newly created Hall of Fame.

In July Successful Meetings included Santa Fe in its Top Ten Food and Wine Destinations in the U.S. Ranked as #8, the article said of Santa Fe, "From sweet, mild green chilies to the fiery red chiles de arbol, you're sure to find your sweet spot here."

In June Fortune Magazine rated Santa Fe as its top place for active boomers to retire. Of Santa Fe the magazine said, "The city is packed with galleries and features a buzzing contemporary art scene, an internationally renowned opera, and an award-winning restaurant lineup".

Again in 2012 AmericanStyle Magazine's readers voted Santa Fe into its Top 25 Small Cities for art. This year Santa Fe was ranked fifth. Santa Fe has been in the top 10 of this annual list since the poll began. ranked Santa Fe number three in their list of Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation. Of the city, Livability said, "The collection of high-end art galleries and shops in Santa Fe blend together with historic buildings to create an immersive experience.

In its "State of the Air 2012" report, the American Lung Association ranked Santa Fe as having the cleanest air in the country in all three of the survey's measured categories: Short-Term Particulates, Long-Term Particulates, and Ozone Pollution.

CNN Money rated Santa Fe one of the Cleanest Cities in America based on the American Lung Associations ranking Santa Fe as having the cleanest air in the U.S.

Travel + Leisure magazine included Santa Fe as one of America's Greenest Cities and as one of America's Best Cities for Hipsters.

CBS MoneyWatch put Santa Fe in its Top 10 Best Places to Retire. named Santa Fe their top city for doing its own appliance repairs...

Forbes included Santa Fe as one of their Top 3 Hot Spring Getaways, picking out 10,000 Waves and BODY as places to go.

US News rated Santa Fe as one of the country's top historic destinations. Santa Fe ranked #5 in the list of 12 cities, behind Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Washington DC, and Boston.

The U.S. Travel Association ranked Santa Fe as one of America's top three cities for art galleries and museums, behind New York City and Boston.

The Los Angeles Times suggested New Mexico, and Santa Fe, as one of 12 places to visit in 2012.

Late in 2011 Smart Meetings magazine honored the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau with a Platinum Choice Award as a "Top-notch CVB".

In mid-December the Business Insider ranked Santa Fe as #11 out of the "15 Best Housing Markets for the Next Five Years".

In a December, 2011 article, public intellectual and chronicler of cultural trends Richard Florida noted Santa Fe as the most artistic city in the country. A study done for The Atlantic magazine, where Florida is an Executive Editor, ranked Santa Fe as having more than seven times the national average of artists in its per capita population.

The Huffington Post listed Santa Fe as one of the country's 10 Best Vacation Spots for Traveling Boomers in a 2011 article.

Money Magazine named Santa Fe as one of seven "underrated retirement havens".

US News and World Report included Santa Fe as one of the "Ten Best Place to Retire in 2012".

The 2011 Travel + Leisure magazine's "America's Favorite Cities" survey ranked Santa Fe as the #1 place for a Cultural Getaway, for Peace & Quiet, for Independent Boutiques, and for Home Décor and Design Stores. The city also placed in the top ten in 24 other categories including as a Romantic Escape, for Safety, for Museums/Galleries, Weather, Ethnic Food, Fine Dining, and Friendly People

Conde Nast Traveler magazine, for the 20th consecutive year, lists Santa Fe as one of the top 10 travel cities in the U.S. For 2011 Santa Fe was ranked the third most popular travel town in the country.

Trip Advisor, in the fall of 2011, included Santa Fe in their Top Ten Food & Wine destinations, in eighth place as rated by the travel-rabid participants on the website.

In the fall of 2011 the World Health Organization, in its first every air quality survey, rated Santa Fe's air as the second cleanest in the world, following only Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. 1,100 cities were ranked as part of the survey.

Travel + Leisure magazine rated Santa Fe one of America's Best Cities for Fall Travel in September of 2011.

Once again Santa Fe was rated one of the top art markets in the U.S. by AmericanStyle magazine. For 2011 Santa Fe was selected the number two art destination for towns of 100,000 or less. Santa Fe has earned a spot in the Top 25 rankings every year since the reader poll was established in 1998 and placed among the Top 3 cities 11 out of 14 times.

Successful Meetings magazine presented the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau with a Pinnacle Award in August, 2011, as judged by the publication's readers—50,000 meeting planners.

Travel + Leisure magazine's "World's Best Awards" reader's poll included Santa Fe in its top 10 for the tenth consecutive year. The magazine's travel-savvy readers rated Santa Fe the fifth most popular destination city in North America in 2011 the fourth year in a row the city has claimed that ranking.

In April, 2011 The American Lung Association once again named Santa Fe-and Honolulu-as having the best air quality in the country. Santa Fe has been consistently ranked as tops in air quality for years. named Santa Fe one of its 2011 Top 10 Spring Getaways along with the likes of Antigua and Barbuda, Playa del Carmen, and Santa Catalina Island.

RISMedia lists Santa Fe as the "Best art lovers destination" in the country. "Given the charming adobe architecture and surrounding desert landscape, it's easy to see why Santa Fe has long inspired writers, performers, and visual artists alike."

Cheapflights in the UK said, "Who needs beaches?" and included Santa Fe as one of its 2011 Top Ten Destinations in the Deserts, calling the city, "an effortless blend of desert and arts."

Meetings & Conventions Magazine honored the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau as one of the country's top CVB's for meetings by presenting the bureau with a Gold Service Award for 2010. The Santa Fe bureau also received Gold Service awards in 2009, 1998, and 1997.

Gentleman's Quarterly named Santa Fe one of the Coolest Small Cities in America in the fall of 2010. Of the city's most ubiquitous food stuff, chile, the magaxzine said,"It's not a condiment or a sauce, and it's definitely not that meat-and-bean stew they ladle out in Texas. New Mexico green chile—a thick, spicy roux made with searing chopped peppers—behaves like biscuit gravy: It justifies almost anything that lies beneath it."

In Conde Nast Traveler's 2010 reader's poll Santa Fe was voted the third most popular travel destination in North America. For the 19th consecutive year, the city was included in the poll's top 10 choices for where to go.

Travel + Leisure magazine's 2010 "America's Favorite Cities" poll ranked Santa Fe as the number one city for Peace & Quiet as well as the top Cultural Getaway. Overall, the city had 16 top ten rankings, from B&B 's and Inns and Relaxing Retreat to Weather, Romantic Escape, and Shopping.

In TripAdvisor's 2010 Traveler's Choice Awards Santa Fe was rated as the #2 US destination in the Relaxation & Spa category, #9 in the US for Great Food & Wine, and #10 for Culture and Sightseeing in the US.

AARP Magazine placed Santa Fe as the number four city in the nation in the magazine's survey of Top 10 Healthiest Cites to Live and Retire. The magazine highlighted Santa Fe's healthful environment and the report also indicated that Santa Fe's rates of diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol are among the lowest in the country. In addition, Santa Fe was rated the second "skinniest" city in the country.

2009 & Earlier
For 2009 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Santa Fe one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. The organization recognized Santa Fe for both its extraordinary past and the city's ongoing commitment to historic preservation. The city's efforts to safeguard the authentic sense of place found in its old neighborhoods, winding streets, historic buildings, and cultural traditions has led to Santa Fe's reputation as one of the most original and authentically-preserved cities in the country.

In April, 2009 rated Santa Fe as one of the hottest domestic destinations that are getting increasing interest from incentive planners and corporate travel groups.

Trip Advisor's inaugural Travelers Choice Destination Awards polled millions of travelers about their favorite destinations. For 2008 Santa Fe was selected in the Top 25 United States destinations on the basis of votes by real travelers and the city's overall popularity. named Santa Fe one of its "Five Great Tax-Rebate Getaways" for the summer of 2008 saying, "Santa Fe commands its own dreamy identity."

In the winter of 2008 Fortune Small Business named Santa Fe one of the best 100 cities in which to run or start a business.

Prevention Magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association voted Santa Fe the top walking city in New Mexico and one of the Top 100 Walking Cities in the country for 2008. In a survey of 500 American towns, Santa Fe was ranked the 22nd best walking town in the U.S.

In 2008 Smithsonian Magazine's ranked Santa Fe as one of its top cultural cities in which to live.

Men's Journal rated Santa Fe the fourth best small city in which to live in a feature of the 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Organic Style magazine rated Santa Fe the healthiest city in the U.S.

AARP Magazine named Santa Fe one of the 15 best places in the country to "reinvent yourself."

Santa Fe appeared in the "10 Best Places for Business and Careers" as determined by Forbes magazine. The business publication ranked Santa Fe as 9th best among 168 small places for business potential.

Where to Retire magazine listed Santa Fe as one of "Eight Great Tax-Friendly Towns". Senior housing, medical options, volunteer opportunities and the city's many diverse attributes were listed as reasons people would consider Santa Fe as a retirement destination.

If all of that wasn't enough, over the years Santa Fe has been named one of the slimmest cities in the country and one of Family Fun magazine's top family towns to visit for 2 consecutive years. Travel + Leisure readers chose Santa Fe as their favorite town in the Southwest and the city they would most like to return to and the American Automobile Association listed the city as a "Hot Spot" for summer travel.

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