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Adobe. Red Chile. World-class Museums. Cultural Festivals. These Are Just A Few Hallmarks Of New Mexico's Capital City. From Shopping For Native Art Around A 400-year-old Plaza To Experiencing An Open-air Performance At The World-renowned Santa Fe Opera, The City Different Has A Vibe All Its Own.
New Mexico History Museum
The museum is the best first stop. Don't miss the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building built by Europeans in the United States.
New Mexico Museum of Art
The Pueblo Revival architecture of this museum representing every phase of the state's artistic past is a work of art itself.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
This cathedral's stone façade, bell towers, and stained-glass windows harken back to the European influence of Frenchborn Archbishop Lamy, who designed the 1886 cathedral.
The cultural hub includes the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
The museum celebrates the life, legacy, and art of the mother of American modernism who lived and painted near Abiquiú from 1929 until her death in 1986.
Ask a Local: Anne Hillerman
Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author
New Mexico journalist and author Anne Hillerman won fans' hearts when she continued the mystery series started by her father Tony Hillerman. Her debut novel, Spider Woman's Daughter, earned the 2014 Spur Award for Best First Novel.
What's your favorite place to go in your hometown, Santa Fe?
I love the Randall Davey Audubon Center. It's a beautiful, usually quiet place to gather your thoughts, take a short hike, and see some birds and other wild critters, without much of a drive.
Where's your top weekend trip destination?
I like to head up to Taos, especially in the winter. I try to get in a good day of skiing followed by a great meal in town. Before I head home, I'll do a gallery walk, visit Op. Cit. books, and then drive through Truchas and Chimayó.
You've written a book about Hillerman Country. What's a choice place to visit there?
For me, it's Chaco Canyon [Chaco Culture National Historical Park] because of its amazing architecture and unsolved mysteries. The beautiful trip from Santa Fe through the Jemez country and Cuba always lifts my spirits.
Ask a Local: Emily Montoya
Emily Montoya, Meow Wolf Co-Founder
Santa Fe native and Meow Wolf art collective co-founder Emily Montoya designed and fabricated many of the art installations in The House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf's psychedelic fun house that leads visitors into fantastical worlds.
What's the biggest change you've seen in Santa Fe?
We built Meow Wolf to show the world that our city can support a creative ecosystem, where both emerging and traditional art forms can flourish. Since opening, we've seen an increase in Santa Fe's magnetic attraction, which has resulted in many new visitations from every corner of our own planet.
What's your favorite thing to do in Santa Fe?
Lowrider Day on the Plaza is the best place to encounter a wild collection of tricked out terrestrial vehicles with kaleidoscopic paint jobs. I always come away inspired to continue upgrading my own craft.
What's your favorite weekend getaway in New Mexico?
First, I would stop by the Very Large Array [outside Socorro] to check for any new messages. Then, I would visit Carlsbad Caverns and marvel at Earth's interior wonders. After emerging, I would drop in on some friends in Roswell and we'd replenish nutrients at the quaint, though mildly inaccurate, UFO McDonald's.