2013, March Gay Travel Santa FeGay life in Santa Fe isn't about being in a certain neighborhood or a particular part of town. The city's extensive gay and lesbian population is in every part of the city, throughout every business district, and fully integrated into Santa Fe life. There is no one place in which to find a gay-friendly club or restaurant or shop. Rather, gay and lesbian travelers are welcomed to Santa Fe as a whole. There are hotspots of course and a number of TAG Approved hotels, but think of all Santa Fe as a destination with one place just as welcoming as the next.
Santa Fe traces its gay roots most notably to the migration of artists that came to the area in the early 20th Century in search of new subject matter, new environments, and fresh inspiration all of which they found in abundance in New Mexico. Taken by Santa Fe's luminous light, ever-changing landscape, colorful people, and open-minded population, these artists began putting down roots in New Mexico's future capital and forever changed the city for the better.
The group not only created a colony filled with some of the country's most well known and beloved artists, they introduced a band of idiosyncratic, free-thinking, wildly imaginative new settlers to Santa Fe. Eventually a large gay and lesbian faction quickly found a home among the Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and European cultures that had been building Santa Fe for going on 400 years.
The legacy of those artists lives on in the city's hundreds of galleries, endless displays of public art, multiple museums, and Santa Fe's wide-spread reputation as an international art market and literary center. They also introduced a lifestyle that eventually resulted in Santa Fe being ranked second only to San Francisco among U.S. metro areas in per capita percentage of households headed by same-sex partners. Today the City of Santa Fe is proud to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination polices and offers benefits to same-sex partners of city workers.
For the LGBT traveler, Santa Fe offers a refined, romantic, laid back town that provides sophisticated relaxation on all levels. Whether it is visual and performing arts, shopping, outdoor exploration, dining, experiencing the city through its endless hands on and creative opportunities, festivals and events, or relaxing with some simple down time and pampering, there is never a lack of possibilities for getting the most out of Santa Fe.
A list of Santa Fe TAG-Approved hotels, gay-oriented events, and additional information on Santa Fe as a gay destination appears on the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau's web, www.santafe.org/gay .
The calendar gets very full in the summer when Santa Fe is at its most vibrant. Coming events of interest in 2013 include:
June 14-22 — Santa Fe Pride Festival — The city's annual Pride gathering in the Santa Fe Railyard
July 12-14 — Santa Fe International Folk Art Market — The largest folk art show of its kind
July 11-14 — ART Santa Fe International Art Fair — Galleries from Europe, Asia, North & South America
July 26-28 — Annual Spanish Market — Featuring hundreds of Spanish Colonial artists
June 28-August 24 — The Santa Fe Opera summer season — The summer's best performances
August 17-18 — 92nd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market — The largest Native American show and sale in the world
For everything that is going on in Santa Fe and for making the most of a visit, www.santafe.org