Santa Fe has a timeless, earthy soul – a chic place that hasn’t forgotten its long and storied past. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the US, synonymous with contemporary elegance thanks to its architecture, colorful art markets, gourmet restaurants, extraordinary museums, upscale accommodations, the world-class Santa Fe Opera, and 310 days of sunshine.
Sitting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo range at an altitude of over 7000 ft., it’s an exceptional base for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and skiing. Afterwards, indulge in chile-smothered local cuisine, visit remarkable churches, buy turquoise directly from Native American jewelers in the Plaza, or wander along centuries-old lanes and cottonwoods.
Santa Fe’s distinctive assortment of characters include Native Americans from the 19 surrounding Pueblos, Spanish families that have called the city home for centuries, visual artists of every genre, and more than a few Hollywood producers and movie stars. Most will tell you they are drawn by the deep history, relaxed attitude, the sense of space, a fantastic climate, and dazzling light. You’ll hear it a hundred times: "I came here for a visit, and I never left." Nobody doesn’t love Santa Fe.