“Collectors from all over the world travel to buy at its internationally renowned summer fairs: the Traditional Spanish Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the International Folk Art Market. Santa Fe also has more than 200 galleries and a dozen museums.”
“The jewel of the American Southwest, Santa Fe is one of the oldest cities in the United States, with a rich, diverse artistic history and a thriving market for art. It is, in fact, the third-largest art market in the nation, behind New York and Los Angeles. But, like most things, Santa Fe does art a bit differently… Santa Fe operates more like a 365-day, citywide art fair.”
2. History and Culture
Santa Fe is one of those rare cities that continues to improve with time. For centuries the community has done an incredible job of preserving key historic sites.
Here’s an excerpt from an article on TripAdvisor about the Santa Fe culture:
“The major cultural groups within Santa Fe are Anglo, Hispanic, and Indian cultures. Pueblo Indians had inhabited the area continuously for 1,000 years until 1607. In 1607, the Spanish ruled New Mexico and brought Catholicism to the territory. Mexico gained control of Santa Fe prior to the sovereignty of the United States. Americans later followed the Santa Fe Trail to explore mining and trapping ventures. Today, this extraordinary blend of cultures still remain. With a million and a half tourists per year, Santa Fe is truly a unique city.”
3. The Environment
The average summer temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit! Imagine yourself at a lively festival full of amazing food, great music, and culture. You then take a stroll along Canyon Road taking in dozens of stunning art galleries. After eating an amazing dinner at one of many award-winning restaurants, you return to your Adobe home. You go outside and sip some tea while watching the sky light up in an aura of colors. It’s another incredible sunset!
How would you not want to live in a place like that?
That’s Santa Fe. The environment is one that you can see and feel.
It’s a sensory sensation.
4. Entertainment & Lifestyle
Want to ski in the winter? Ski Santa Fe is only 15 minutes away.
Want to take in an opera? The world-renowned Santa Fe Opera is at your service with amazing productions all summer long.
Want to experience a unique Christmas Eve experience? Try the Canyon Road Farolito Walk.
Are festivals your thing? Santa Fe is never short on creative festivals that you won’t find elsewhere.
Want to visit an art gallery? There are hundreds to choose from, and they are all within city limits.
But the diversity of entertainment is growing in Santa Fe. One of the most unique modern entertainment experiences in the U.S. is at Meow Wolf.
In January 2015, author George R. R. Martin (yes, that one) pledged $2.7 million to turn a vacant bowling alley into an interactive and creative immersive art attraction called Meow Wolf. This award-winning experience has gained so many rave reviews that the concept is expanding into other cities like Las Vegas, Nevada, and Denver, Colorado.
Trip Advisor named Santa Fe one of the top 20 cities to visit, saying:
“Boasting world-renowned cuisine, vibrant cultural attractions, and one of the country’s largest art scenes, Santa Fe has earned its title as one of the top places to travel in the US. From November through February, Santa Fe hosts ‘Artists in Residence,’ where you can watch and interact with artists as they create jewelry, painting, and pottery. Eat and drink your way through the city on a Taste of Canyon Road Food Tour. Explore some of the stunning natural beauty of Santa Fe while hiking on Atalaya Mountain Trail or strolling through Hyde Memorial State Park.”
- Insurify Insights, a team of data scientists and content specialists from Insurify (insurance agency) names Santa Fe as the city with the best up and coming housing market!
- Apartment Therapy, a lifestyle blog, and publishing company named Santa Fe as the third Best Small City in America to Live.
- You get the hint – it’s awesome to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico!