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Come stay at Casa de Tres Lunas for your Santa Fe vacation and experience "The City Different"!
Santa Fe is one of the oldest cities in the United States; in fact, it is older than the United States itself. It is also the oldest and highest (at 7,000 feet) state capital in the country. It can sometimes take a day or two to adapt to the altitude. So take it easy the first few days and drink plenty of water.
The climate is mild with four seasons. Every season offers special events, art openings and concerts.
One of the first things you will notice when arriving in Santa Fe is the unique architecture. There are no tall buildings and all buildings seem to blend in with their surroundings. The ‘adobe’ style as it is known incorporates Pueblo and Spanish and Native American design elements.
Santa Fe's history in brief:
In 1598, Don Juan de Onate arrived from Spain with an entourage of families, priests, and soldiers bringing with them their own religious beliefs and new form of government. By 1609, Don Juan was fired for mismanagement. Don Pedro de Peralta came into power, and he was later removed also for cruelty to the Native Americans, destroying sacred objects, and trying to destroy native religious beliefs. In 1680, the Indians helped to push out the Spanish from New Mexico. After several years, the Spanish returned under a leader that had a more tolerant view of the Indians.
The opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821 brought new vitality to the city. After the U.S. War with Mexico in 1846, New Mexico was claimed as part of the U.S., becoming a State in 1912.
Today, much of the culture of the 1607 Spanish survives; the arts, religion, culture, language, and governing style are reflected in day to day life.
The plaza is the heart of historic Santa Fe and the location of Spanish and Indian markets. It is surrounded by many fine restaurants, art galleries, and southwestern flavored boutiques.
- The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a beautiful Romanesque style church.
- The Loretto Chapel, home to the “miracle” staircase, which has no visible means of support.
- San Miguel Mission, rebuilt in 1710, houses a fine collection of Hispanic religious icons.
- The New Mexico State Capitol, known to locals as the Roundhouse. It is not only home to the state government, but it also houses a fine art collection.
The Canyon Road is famous for its world-class galleries and restaurants and is a must-see for anyone visiting Santa Fe. The art scene in Santa Fe is one of the most varied anywhere in the U.S. There is a style of art for everyone here. From traditional to contemporary, folk, tribal, photography, crafts, and monumental sculpture, you can find it all here.
More than 200 galleries can be found in the Plaza, Railyard, and Canyon Road districts. Art is everywhere in Santa Fe. It is the very breath of the city.
In the 19th century, the Railyard District was the commercial center. After the trains stopped coming, this area suffered from neglect. It has now experienced a vibrant revival with restaurants, shops, and contemporary art galleries.
The newly opened New Mexico Rail Runner Express offers service from Albuquerque to Santa Fe several times daily. A stress-free way to travel to Santa Fe.
For more detailed information, visit the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Web site.
Santa Fe is known for its world-famous performing art, cultural events, and fine art museums.
Here are a few to take note of:
- Lensic Performing Arts Center -- Programs include theater, music, film festivals, and community events.
- Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival & Santa Fe Opera -- Featuring international performers. The season is June through August. A must do is to join other opera lovers for tailgate picnics before the performances.
- Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus -- The season runs October through May offering subscription events, concerts, and special summer events.
Santa Fe is known for its excellent cuisine. Master chefs express their creativity like no where else, blending continental cuisine with Santa Fe's unique Southwestern flair.
Day Trips and Activities
During your stay, you may enjoy outdoor activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, and skiing.
Other activities include casinos, spa treatments, and visits to the many Native American historical sites and Indian Pueblos.
Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, you are destined to discover new sights and pleasures; after all, that is what makes the “City Different” unique.
Please come and enjoy!