Santa Fe, New Mexico, Vacation Travel, Sightseeing
If you are devote of Georgia O'Keeffe, you will enjoy the collection of her paintings and sculptures at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum which displays and archives over a thousand of her works.
One of eight museums in Santa Fe devoted to art, the museum displays her very early watercolors and sketches, her oils, and her sculptures and watercolors she did as her eyesight and health failed. She lived her last two years in Santa Fe, still creating art as she had done for most of her 98 years.
With 310 sunny days each year, dry air at 7000 feet, and the spectacular sunsets, Santa Fe inspires artists and offers plenty of outdoor activity for visitors
Shopping tops the list for some visitors to Santa Fe.
Santa Fe has 200 art galleries with work from the best known painters and photographers making a tour of the streets of Santa Fe like a day in the best of art museums.
Earthy, soft, and unifying some find Santa Fe's "Pueblo Revival" architecture, a building code mandate that some locals deride as "Fakeadobe," The earth tones add subtlety to a walk in the city and become part of the enduring motif. The codes also may have saved Santa Fe's original adobes, including the oldest house in the country, one that comes complete with a resident ghost.
According to the historians, Spanish colonists from Mexico arrived with a group of Tlaxcalan natives in the early 1600s and refurbished a tenth century pueblo on the indigenous adobe model. They built the San Miguel Chapel in 1608, now the oldest church in the country, its original walls still visible beneath a 1710 reconstruction, and they built the oldest government building in continuous use, the Palace of the Governor, now home to the State History Museum.
Santa Fe's Perfect Climate
"Santa Fe is home to more artists per capita
than any other region in the country."
so the guidebooks say.
In the center of Santa Fe you can visit an 1873 Gothic church with a unique staircase, a work of art in wood.
Legend tells of a mysterious carpenter who arrived on a donkey with few tools and although without blueprint, miraculously built a set of unsupported stairs to the choir loft in the shape of a double helix.
According to legend, the carpenter disappeared shortly after finishing the structure. He had built two turns of 360 degrees with no central support. The entirely peg construction of 33 steps baffled the nuns and they attributed the work to St. Joseph himself.
Santa Fe offers the visitor a variety of activities. On Memorial Day weekend a motorcycle rally to the north will fill the hotels and make accommodations scarce. Other dates of interest include a September Chile and Wine Festival and spring and summer art festivals.
Accommodations in the area run from the basic to the exquisite, and including the Abiquiu Inn near the home of Georgia O'Keeffe. In Taos to the north there is the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, once a vacation stop for D. H. Laurence.
Check with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe to find visiting times to her house in Abiquiu.
How to Get to Santa Fe:
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ)serves the area of Santa Fe with International flights and rental cars. From Albuquerque head north on Route I-25 to Santa Fe, about 65 miles.
From Santa Fe it is 70 miles north to Taos via Route 84-north to Route 68 north.
Cultural Events are diverse and plentiful in Santa Fe ,
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Santa Fe Cooking School and Market
116 W. San Francisco St.
Regular schedule of dinners and wine tasting including lectures on viticulture.
July: Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
The world's largest international folk art market, 100 artists from 40 countries. weaving, pottery, clothing, and jewelry. Performances, artist demonstrations, and Ethnic foods.
Location: Museum Hill.
July: Art Santa Fe, Art Fair, held at El Museo Cultural where 55 worldwide galleries showcase work.
July: Traditional Spanish Market
Hispanic artists numbering 200 display work on the Santa Fe Plaza each year for the annual Traditional Spanish Market.
Check the www.SantaFe.org/calendar for many other summer events
Rafting on the Chama River
Rancho de Taos
Rancho de Taos
Rancho de Taos
home to more artists than any other region in the country.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Vacation Travel, Sightseeing will be in the western deserts and mountains. Hiking and camping are in perfect spring and fall weather in huge tracks of preserved land in the mountains for hiking. Santa fe offers shopping and museums.
Santa Fe Museums of art and culture are offered in the downtown area.