1. the historic plaza.
the plaza is surrounded by tons of shops and restaurants. i stopped for some fajitas, and bought some local artwork. in the summer time, this area is jam packed with artists and musicians.
2. five & dime: the ultimate souvenir shop!
here, you can buy local artwork, post cards, paintings etc. i stopped in to get a couple of things for my friends and family.
3. santa fe oxygen & healing bar: a great place to stop & catch your breath!
they have the best tea – you can choose all sorts of flavors. i sat at the oxygen bar too! it’s important to realize santa fe is at 7,200 ft. i was really out of breath all day, so the hot tea and aromatherapy flavored oxygen was exactly what i needed!
4. the french pastry shop
a great little cafe to grab a coffee & treat! i had a cappuccino and a homemade macaroon – i highly recommend it.
5. the saint francis cathedral: a gorgeous cathedral dating back to 1886!
i sat outside on the benches with my coffee and macaroon, then went in to say a prayer. beautiful architecture! you can take photos inside, just make sure you are dressed appropriately.
6. cafe pasquals for the best brunch ever!
it’s right downtown, only a block from the plaza. it only seats 50 people at a time, but the quality of food is amazing.
7. the loretto chapel
it’s known for the miraculous stairway, which ‘legend’ says was constructed by st. joseph the carpenter after months of prayer from the nuns and ladies of loretto. it took at least six months to build, and has two 360 degree turns with no visible means of support. it’s only $3 to enter. i bought a bunch of goodies in the chapel store too!
8. the georgia o’keeffe museum: america’s first advocate of modern art in america!
there’s over 3,000 works – from o’keeffe paintings, drawings, and sculptures that date from 1901 to 1984. the cost is $12 for non santa fe residents, which i thought was very reasonable.
i loved santa fe!!! you really need to see it for yourself- my pictures do not do it justice. between the local art galleries and the incredible food (home to the red and green chili peppers!), it’s a place i highly recommend.
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