About Santa Fe
Santa Fe was founded by Spanish colonists in 1610. It is the oldest state capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico.
While Santa Fe is a small town with about 70,000 residents, it seems like a much larger city. It is reputed to be the third largest art market in the U.S. (behind New York and Los Angeles), and is filled with galleries and museums (including one devoted to the work of Georgia O'Keeffe, whose Abiquiu house is open for tours -- buy tickets in advance!).
Santa Fe also has scores of good restaurants, some with national reputations.
About an hour's drive from Santa Fe is Bandelier National Monument, which protects 33,000 acres where Ancestral Pueblo people lived between 1150 CE to 1550 CE. You can walk past the ruins of ancient houses and kivas, and see rock paintings and petroglyphs.
There's good hiking not far from town, including at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and in the nearby hills and mountains.
Several of Santa Fe's neighborhoods are fun to walk through:
* The downtown Plaza area is surrounded by museums, galleries, restaurants and shopping.
* Canyon Road is famous for its galleries, and the adjacent historic "East Side" streets of Acequia Madre, East Alameda and Delegado are lined with walled compounds of old adobe homes and mysterious narrow alleys.
* The Railyard district has its own collection of shops, galleries, restaurants and museums.
In short, there's a lot to do in Santa Fe besides play squash.
And if you tire of eating, shopping and visiting galleries and museums, there's always a hot tub and massage at Ten Thousand Waves.