"The City Different" Santa Fe by SFHulaGIrl

Santa Fe Travel Guide: 707 reviews and 1,410 photos

As a child growing up in the Midwest, I was always fascinated by American Indian culture. Thus, it was only natural that Santa Fe would be on my list of places to see. I remember the crisp, clean Autumn air; the glint of silver everywhere; the bright strands and wreaths of red chilies; the moody guitarists in bars around the Plaza; and the evening air scented with pinon, sage, cedar, etc. coming from fireplaces and ovens all over town. Santa Fe is a place you can go to clear your head and think, and where you'll want to return again and again.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderfully spicy food, beautiful Native American Indian jewelry and other products, spiritual, historical, casual
  • Cons:Expensive
  • In a nutshell:Perfect weekend getaway
  • Last visit to Santa Fe: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SantaFePrussian's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    I am glad you mentioned the Guadalupe Cafe. As a Santa Fe native, I can testify that it ha some of the best food, and a great atmosphere. Blue Corn is great, try asking for the fajitas in a quesidilla, it is wonderful.

  • Oct 11, 2006 at 8:44 AM

    La Choza is the sister restaurant to teh Shed, and is cheaper, more casual, and where the locals go. Much more charm, and easier to get in.

  • loisl's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2006 at 1:55 PM

    Thanks, Tina, great overview of Santa Fe. I would love to go there too, reminds to all the books a was reading as a boy about indians and cowboys. Cheers, Peter

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2006 at 10:49 AM

    Great tips girl!! BTW- Dressmans is the store that I THINK offers local's discounts w/ a New Mexico Driver's License ;)

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 1:57 PM

    Tina, it sounds like you had a fun weekend in Santa Fe. Excellent restaurant and shopping tips. I learned a lot. Was the scenery so good at Cottonwoods that you never made it to the Ore House?

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2004 at 12:36 PM

    My son and I visited Santa Fe for three days last Spring, and like you say, It's Different - almost like another country. We loved it. Were amazed by the Loretto staircase.

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2004 at 1:26 PM

    Hi Tina, you are so lucky to live so close that you can go for a weekend!!


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