While so much of the USA has become a soulless string of chain stores and strip malls, Santa Fe New Mexico (Population 70,000 – Elevation 7,000′) has preserved its heart and soul and nurtured it’s own unique aesthetic style.
To wander through Santa Fe is to bask in natural and artistic beauty. Santa Fe exudes good taste and style that is in harmony with its pastel high desert surroundings.
There is no assault of commercial signage but rather thousands of beautiful paintings, sculptures and buildings as well exquisite jewelry and clothing. Santa Fe’s culture is a unique blend of Native American, Hisplanic and Anglo peoples.
Santa Fe was established in 1607, before the Pilgrims even landed at Plymouth Rock in New England. It has the oldest building in the USA, the Palace of the Governors, which has been in continual operation since for over 400 years.
The serenity, charm and natural beauty of Santa Fe have a attracted world class artists for decades. Artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, D H Lawrence lived and worked on Canyon road in modest adobe studios beginning in the 1920′s. Today Canyon Road is lined with world class studios that contribute to Santa Fe’s reputation as the third largest art center in the USA, right behind NYC and LA.
Canyon Road in Santa Fe
Next Stop – Cliff Dwelling Condos