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Explore the Cultural Legacy of Chimayó

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The allure of a spiritual journey brings the quiet streets of El Potrero to life each Holy Week. Centuries of tradition guide the footsteps and nurture the spirit of pilgrims who trek to the Santuario de Chimayó every year. The sacred journey has a way of tuning you in to the most important things in life.

The streets of the community of El Potrero, located near Chimayó, fill every Holy Week with the footsteps of the faithful making their journey to the Santuario de Chimayó.  Drawing as many as 40,000 pilgrims every year, the journey to the Santuario is one of the most important pilgrimages in the world. The Santuario itself is modest yet elegant, as are the people who have made their spiritual journey to it for centuries. The little church is famed around the world for the healing power of the dirt found beneath the chapel.

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How to Get Around in The City Different

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Did you know that traveling to and around Santa Fe is easier than ever? As of late, a new direct flight from Phoenix to the Santa Fe Regional Airport has been added much to the glee of the traveling visitor! Here’s a smorgasbord of travel transportation ideas to help you make your trip to The City Different a fun and memorable one.

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Santa Fe Spring Break: Kids Play Free!

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Can you believe it? It’s already time to start thinking about your family’s spring break getaway. Are you tired of crowded and expensive amusement parks and beaches? This year, how about something different? Santa Fe is making it easy, affordable, and fun for you and your family to plan that unique spring break vacation. Beginning in March through mid-April, families have a chance to take advantage of deals and specials in Santa Fe and here’s the great part–– KIDS ARE FREE! From outdoor activities, arts, culture, lodging and accommodations, wellness, restaurants, and other kid-friendly attractions we have your family covered to maximize your budget and spring break fun. Here are some workshops, attractions and tours to keep your family busy and entertained this Kids Freefest Spring Break 2017.

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Explore All The Ways Kids Stay and Play Free in Santa Fe This Spring Break

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It’s never too early to start thinking about your family’s 2017 Spring Break getaway, especially with all the free things Santa Fe has to offer kids!  Santa Fe businesses have joined forces again for Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2017 , the 2nd Annual city-wide initiative that welcomes families throughout March and the middle of April by providing kids 12 and under with complimentary lodging, meals, spa and culturally immersive activities in The City Different. Experience a different kind of Spring Break this year in one of the world’s most award-winning destinations for families seeking adventure, relaxation, and genuine culture and experiences.

Santa Fe’s Kids FreeFestSpring Break 2017 includes a variety of lodging offers, treasure hunts, spa treatments, and sport and outdoor adventure. There’s also free art classes, museum exhibits, Flamenco classes, an Easter egg hunt—and of course some very delicious meals and including our famous Northern New Mexico cuisine. Here are few Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2017 suggestions for your family to consider.

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Top 10 Santa Fe Instagram Photos of 2016

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2016 was another beautiful photographic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us and shared their photo memories  of Santa Fe!

For decades, photographers have known on how special the “light” is in Santa Fe. Being home to our historic adobe architecture, clear azure skies, and magnificent vistas makes Santa Fe a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography named Santa Fe one of the World's Best Places to Photograph.

To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten Instagram photos from @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received…people’s favorites.

We hope you will enjoy these images that reflect how visitors see The City Different. We hope to see you (and your mobile phone cameras) in 2017. Oh, and don’t forget to enter our #MySantaFeHoliday Instagram contest. There’s still time to submit your photos for a chance to win a Santa Fe Getaway! The contest ends on January 6, 2017 so post your photos today.

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Five Things To Do During Your Santa Fe Thanksgiving Weekend

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Five Things To Do During Your Santa Fe Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and be thankful for the wonders of the year. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the scenic beauty of our mountains and the many unique experiences that are available for you.. From dining in our world class restaurants to the festivities on the Plaza to kick off of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun. Discover what you can do during the Thanksgiving weekend in the City Different. You’ll be thankful you did.

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Fall Destination: Tesuque

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Saying goodbye to summer is hard, but there’s no better place to take in a deep breath of the crisp fall breeze than the quaint village of Tesuque. Enveloped in towering cottonwood trees that roll out a carpet of blazing orange, red and yellow foliage, the village has a sense of tranquility, making it an idyllic fall getaway. Located just a quick 15 minutes north of the plaza, the village is named after the Tesuque Pueblo it lies adjacent to. Tesuque has been attracting visitors with it’s old-world charm and unparalleled scenery for centuries.

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Five Activities to Enjoy in Santa Fe This November

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Here in Santa Fe we are grateful and joyous for our history, food and scenic wonders. With 325 days of sunshine a year, you will revel in fun times gliding down a snowy hillside or immersing yourself in our rich history and culture. It’s easy for us to go and on about the wonders of Santa Fe because magic is real in The City Different.  Now is the time to celebrate with a November visit.  Join us in giving thanks. Here’s a nod to a few of Santa Fe’s best November activities.

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An Insider’s Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art

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 An Insider’s Guide to Walking Ancient Paths and Rock Art

The La Cieneguilla site is also of intrest to those tracing the route of El Camino de Tierra Adentro, as the ancient road passed along here as well. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)
The La Cieneguilla site is also of interest to those tracing the route of El Camino de Tierra Adentro, as the ancient road passed along here as well. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)

Just beyond the edge of Santa Fe and a short hike through the deep silence of the terrain lies a rocky ledge that seems to whisper to passersby, the dark stone speaking a cryptic language.

Carved into the boulders of the ledge at the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site and  throughout the Southwest are thousands of petroglyphs thought to originate from the pre-contact time of the Spanish colonial era. Despite a great deal of scholarly study throughout modern history, no one can say for certain what these depictions meant to the people who created them. Not only does their meaning remain shrouded in mystery, but many of the etchings’ depictions are indecipherable, leaving curious visitors to speculate.

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Feast for the Senses

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New Mexico’s timeless Pueblo culture is felt throughout Santa Fe and is reflected in the art, design, and architecture of the city. However, a visit to one of the Indian Pueblos in the region can also be a transformative experience, especially on the occasion of a “Feast Day,” where the culture is celebrated and the public is welcome to watch and partake in an authentic and enriching Native American experience.

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