The History Buff’s Guide to Santa Fe

If history is what you’re after, Santa Fe has got it in spades.

Known as the oldest capital city in the country, Santa Fe is literally bursting at the seams with it. Tucked into the crevices of one-story adobe structures, served in the form of red and green chile, painted on stretched canvases; wherever you turn, it’s nearly impossible not to feel the profound presence of the people and cultures who made The City Different what it is today.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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The New Santa Fe to Watch

Towering peaks, a multicultural history and a spirit for exploring fills the landscape of Santa Fe.

Here, visitors can experience a fusion of art, history, cuisine and the outdoors in a single day. There’s no shortage of terrific museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, SITE Santa Fe and the Museum of International Folk Art, or restaurants to experience.

After exploring the popular sites in Santa Fe Plaza, the Railyard, Midtown and Downtown, consider veering off the beaten path to some of our favorite new spots we’re keeping our eye on.

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Santa Fe’s Culinary Treasures

If good food is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Santa Fe offers a wide array of culinary options ranging from traditional to contemporary, local to international and street eats to James Beard nominated chefs.

One of the best parts of a visit to The City Different is that it has something for everyone. When it comes to food, these are the tried and true spots that know it best.

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Top Spots Where You Can Grab a Margarita in Santa Fe, NM

If there’s one thing Santa Fe knows well, it’s margaritas.

Legend has it, Santa Fe actually invented them. (Well, it should’ve, anyway.) Since the 1970s, margaritas have been an integral part of the culture of The City Different, which is said to have been the first place in the world to import tequila from Mexico. Add a little lime juice, some food and a good shake, and you’ve got a perfect margarita.

But Santa Fe has taken the whole margarita thing one step further.

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The Art Lover’s Guide to Santa Fe

Perhaps it’s the light. At 7,200 feet above sea level, light does pretty magical things to a place. Or the landscape: expansive, sprawling desert-but-not-quite-desert. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the mud that’s turned into adobe. Regardless, Santa Fe, nestled among the mountains of northern New Mexico, has inspired generations of artists from O’Keeffe to Oliphant, McCarthy to Martin.

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Experience Balloon Fiesta in a “Different” Way

Each year, thousands flock to New Mexico to visit our southern neighbors and experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The event, taking place October 5-13, 2019, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

Albuquerque hotels fill quickly for the event and it can be congested driving around. Those willing to make the 60 mile trek north will find a little bit more space and less traffic. This year, TOURISM Santa Fe has partnered to offer a daily shuttle, running to and from the Balloon Fiesta Park (advanced tickets are required). Great lodging deals are available as well. Temps are a bit cooler, the air a bit crisper and the colors a bit more vivid. Here are a few recommendations to help you to experience the event in a whole new way, The City Different way.

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