Top 10 Things To See and Do in Santa Fe - Points of Interest
The state of New Mexico is referred to as "The
Land of Enchantment" and Santa Fe is right in the heart of it.
The town's beauty, charm, and historical ambiance is irresistible
and addicting, and so is the food! Museums and galleries provide
pleasure to the eye while exquisite cuisine is sure to please the
Santa Fe is a magical land where the air is clean and crisp,
the skies spectacular, and sunsets so amazing they make you gasp.
A positive, spiritual atmosphere exists that touches the soul. It
is a special feeling that I have experienced since I was a young
girl and one that you will notice when walking through the historic
Downtown Plaza area.
In addition to useful travel information and preferred Santa Fe lodging, I hope that everyone
who visits my website enjoys the fun and unique facts that only
a fifth generation Santa Fe native can share.
OF THE ANASAZI
Fe is a magical city and this is a magical Inn. Anasazi offers
accommodations as beautiful and unusual as its setting. Fifty-nine
guest rooms are designed as an artful blend of Southwestern
culture and luxurious amenities. Multiple award winner including
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OF THE FIVE GRACES
in 1996 this property creates a truly magical and fanciful atmosphere.
The Orient and the Old West have much to say to each other and this
inn features twenty-two guest suites, odd and mysterious and deeply
in Architectural Digest, the
quality and uniqueness of the property make it truly extraordinary.
for Inn or Resting Place)
In 1930 adobe casitas were built around the existing Staab Mansion
and carriage house, creating the La Posada Hotel. Renovated in the
1990's, it is currently an exquisite Resort and Spa.
by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the 2004 Gold List Reserve
in National Geographic,
Digest, and listed
as one of the top 500 hotels of the world by
Travel & Leisure.
OF SANTA FE
I have experienced first hand how The Plaza, one of Santa Fe's
main attractions, has evolved from being the city's only clothing
and shopping area to a plethora of wonderful galleries, unique clothing
boutiques, fantastic restaurants, and museums, including the famous
O'Keefe Museum. (There are several wonderful museums to
Santa Fe's downtown drugstore (now a gallery), had a great soda
fountain counter and was located on the corner across from the famous
Fonda Hotel. My mother was a boarding student as a young
girl at Loretto Academy, now the Inn
at Loretto. She was often encouraged by other Loretto
Academy boarding students to sneak out to buy candy at the
nearby drugstore. Being of small stature she could easily get through
spaces in the wall but more often than not she was caught by the
Loretto Nuns upon her return, arms and pockets loaded with goodies,
and as punishment had to polish the famous Loretto
Chapel's Miraculous Spiral Staircase by hand with cotton
in 1922, La Fonda has changed and evolved many times,but
it continues to be the true heart of Santa Fe for visitors
and locals alike. Many people believe it to be haunted.
There has been a special features on television about it.
to the famous "miraculous" spiral staircase made entirely
of wood with no metal nails and no center beam. The story is that
the Loretto Nuns prayed for a way to get to the upper level without
having to climb a ladder. A carpenter came to them and offered his
services. Once the spiral staircase was complete, the carpenter
disappeared, never asking for payment. No one knows where the carpenter
came from or where he went. Special features have appeared on TV
about this staircase.
completed in 1884, was the 45th church built by New Mexico's most
famous Catholic prelate, Father Jean Baptiste Lamy.
No downtown building may rise higher than the bell towers of the
St. Francis Cathedral. This church is shown in the 1988 movie "Twins"
with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
The Lensic Theater Interior
it looked like when I went
to the movies as a young girl.)
Present Day Exterior
My knowledge of downtown Santa Fe goes back many decades. My
mother was born in an adobe home on Canyon Road (home to numerous
galleries and walking distance to Santa Fe's Downtown Plaza
Santa Fe Galleries),
and my father was born in an adobe home two blocks from the Plaza.
My grandmother and aunt (my fathers mother and only sister), lived
on San Francisco Street which leads directly to Santa Fe's downtown
Plaza many years before I was born and through my adulthood. Whenever
I would visit them (which was often and usually over night), we
would often walk to The Plaza, passing the famous Lensic Theater.
Originally a stage theater, the Lensic was built in 1931
by businessman Nathan Salmon (who's son-in-law was E. John Greer),
The theater was the finest in the Southwest. The Trapp Family Singers,
Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, Rita Hayworth, Roy Rogers, Judy Garland,
and many many more famous artists performed on stage at the Lensic.
Unfortunately it closed its doors in 1999 but in 2001 it was restored
once again to a stage theater. It was the one building in Santa
Fe that I am happy to see was not turned into a gallery, boutique
or restaurant. Today from the exterior it looks a lot like it always
has. As a girl I loved to go to the movies at the Lensic to admire
its beautiful architectural detail which includes box seats on either
side of the stage. Just before the movie would begin the ceiling
lights were turned off and small up-lights were turned on at the
base of large pots in alcoves of the midnight blue walls creating
an ambiance of being in another world. The heavy velvet curtains
up on the stage would open, one to the left, the other to the right,
and the movie would begin. It was wonderful! (Originally there were
two theaters in Downtown Santa Fe, the Lensic Theater and the El
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