The Beauty of Santa Fe

Angels come to paint the desert nightly
When the moon is beaming brightly
Along the Santa Fe trail

Stardust scattered all along the highway
On a rainbow-colored skyway
Along the Santa Fe trail
–Glen Miller – Along the Santa Fe Trail

“La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís”, the “Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi,” was founded in 1607 by a small group of European settlers. Rising to 6,996 feet above sea level, Santa Fe rests between the northern Rio Grande valley, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A dry, revitalizing climate with 320 sun-filled days a year creates a popular summer retreat, while winter visitors are attracted by magnificent mountain skiing.
As the oldest capital city in the United States Santa Fe – “City Different”- is a fascinating historic location. Native American homes once encircled the site of modern day Santa Fe Plaza, the commercial, social and political center of this thriving, wholly unique city. Laid out on a grid of streets emanating from this central plaza, Santa Fe preserves the city’s historic streets and structures while ensuring future growth complements the city’s character.
Folk art and native pottery is sprinkled throughout the streets of this vibrant city. Contemporary paintings and sculpture add an eclectic flavor exclusive to Santa Fe. A short walk from the top Santa Fe hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, Canyon Road offers old world charm and stunning adobe architecture. Over a hundred galleries, jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, home furnishings shops, artist studios, and gourmet restaurants line this magical street.
Locals and tourists alike agree that Santa Fe’s unique and intriguing restaurants are an uncommon delight. Regional and international cuisine is offered along with creative contemporary fare. Santa Fe is also home to more than a dozen state and private museums, and over 200 art galleries. The world famous Santa Fe Opera performs in a lovely outdoor theater nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet also performs in the city and tours nationally and internationally.
Santa Fe’s history, culture and natural beauty combine to create one of the great destination cities of the world.