Santa Fe

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Santa Fe was originally the site of large Pueblo Indian villages that were abandoned before the Spanish took up residence in 1607. Santa Fe became the territorial capital of the new Spanish colony. The wonderful flavor of Indian and Spanish cultures in Santa Fe comes from over 400 years of history.

The Plaza In Santa Fe

Most of that history is concentrated near the Plaza, the center of the old Spanish city on Palace and San Francisco streets. Here Indians sold their pottery, Spanish settlers haggled over vegetables, and ranchers struck deals for cattle in this sleepy provincial city of the old West. Now, modern tourists who are curious about Santa Fe, New Mexico, find a wonderful traditional market filled with Indian and contemporary art.

The city's Hispanic residents are descendants of the original Spanish families, and their family trees go back hundreds of years. The early Spanish and Mexican settlers built beautiful houses of adobe surrounded by high walls. Within these walls was a courtyard filled with flowers, surrounded by a two story hacienda with rooms opening onto the central courtyard.

Now when you evaluate Santa Fe, New Mexico hotel choices, you can choose a hotel or a vacation rental in an old-style Spanish hacienda. It will make your stay even more memorable to experience the adobe architecture, with rough hewn beamed ceilings, Spanish tin work cabinets, and a pinon pine fire roaring in the kiva fireplace. This is the taste of old New Mexico.


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