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The Ideal Itinerary for a Weekend Getaway in Santa Fe New Mexico

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Note: In September 2017, we invited several bloggers to experience Santa Fe for the first time.  This week we are sharing a blog post from that trip, written by Ashley of  Surf and Sunshine. We hope Ashley’s blog gives you new ideas for your next Santa Fe weekend getaway itinerary.

Before touching down I can tell you I knew all of two things about Santa Fe: it was in New Mexico and I would definitely be eating tamales at some point during my 3 day Santa Fe weekend itinerary. I slowly opened the shade and blinked blindly into the full New Mexico sun. I waited for my eyes to adjust first taking in miles of flat red landscape against the Sandia Mountains jutting from the earth. I had 72 hours in New Mexico and we were about to hit the ground running.

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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? Nonstop flights from Phoenix, Dallas and Denver to the Santa Fe Regional Airport are all available 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.

*Note: This blog was originally published in March 2017.  We have made updates where details may have changed.

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Savor the Flavor: Four Must Stop Food Spots in Santa Fe County

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Winter in Santa Fe offers the perfect time to tantalize your taste buds in one of the world’s culinary capitals. After a day of outdoor adventure, spa-going, shopping and more, relax over celebrated cuisine in revered restaurants. You’ll savor unique northern New Mexican fare as well as creative contemporary cuisine and ethnic foods from far-flung places. Here are four must stop food spot recommendations to whet your appetite.

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Santa Fe: A Sense of Place In Memory of Billie Frank

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On October 12, 2017, Santa Fe lost one of its avid and colorful local ambassadors, Billie Frank. Billie was a travel writer and blogger who in conjunction with her husband Steve Collins wrote and published, “The Santa Fe Traveler,” a blog that was read by many in Santa Fe, in New Mexico and even around the United States. Billie was a concierge at two of Santa Fe’s finest hotels for four years and her background in sales, marketing and customer service were evident throughout  her respected travel blogs.

She had great love for The City Different and in memory of her spirit and literary gifts, we are reposting a blog from March 11, 2017, that showcases that love. Billie’s sense of place in Santa Fe is honored and deeply admired by her friends, colleagues and those who were lucky enough to meet her.

Steve Collins and Billie Frank (Photo by Wendy Forbes, Courtesy of Steve Collins)

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Fall into the Best Season in Santa Fe

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Fall in New Mexico is a spirited season, with golden aspens, crisp days and nights and a full calendar of events for everyone. Take in a world-class independent film festival or a groundbreaking art exhibit from a MacArthur “genius” award recipient. Meet the ghosts of New Mexico’s past during a spooky Halloween festival on historic grounds. However, you spend autumn in Santa Fe, you’ll be bewitched by the beauty of the season.

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Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day on October 9, 2017

 

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Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day.  A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States.  Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban Indian citizens, and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.

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Discovering Native American Culture in Santa Fe’s Museums

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When arriving in Santa Fe, visitors who wish to experience Native American culture often ask, where do I begin? The exploration of greater Santa Fe’s rich cultural landscape and history might at first seem like an overwhelming endeavor, with such a wide range of exemplary choices, but that’s the good news!  As the third largest art market in the country, Santa Fe is chock-full of fine art galleries, shops, and cultural institutions that offer magnificent displays of the region’s art and culture and endless opportunities for learning and discovery.

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Discover These Hidden Gems Along the Turquoise Trail

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Take a Santa Fe day trip! (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Tourism Department)

From legendary ghost towns and saloons to charmingly eccentric art galleries and studios, the attractions along the Turquoise Trail will ensure that your visit to Santa Fe and surrounding areas is an authentic one. A journey along the scenic trail is the quintessential Santa Fe day trip; it’s a chance to get in touch with the remarkable history and spirituality of the Native American people, adventurous miners and explorers. The trail extends for about 60 miles along State Highway 14 and passes alongside numerous old Wild West mining towns, who in their glory days, extracted gold, silver, zinc, and coal, not to mention turquoise.

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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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