Recently back from Santa Fe where I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven years. I purchased, furnished and created an art collection in a home for the Weybridge Collection. I love the art and culture of the city along with the great restaurants. The city has a very rich history.
The Native Americans, who lived in the area centuries ago, were artistic people and created pottery, textiles, jewelry and ceremonial costumes.
The Spanish established Santa Fe as a city in 1610 and ruled it for more than 200 years. Those who lived there, kept their Old World traditions alive and depended on their values of familia y fe or family and faith. In 1821, Spanish rule ended and the Santa Fe Trail opened. European merchants and American adventurers poured in. With the railroads came tourists and artists. Large ranches were established and cowboys brought the culture of the West.
Today, all these cultures survive and their traditions flourish, giving Santa Fe a look and an atmosphere that is all its own. It is a city of unique architecture, filled with amazing art, sophisticated shopping, creative cuisine in some of the best restaurants in the United States and wonderful museums.
Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the US with settlers as early as 1607-1608.
In May 2005, USA Today named Santa Fe as one of the 10 great places for big-city art with a small town feel.
In July 2005, Santa Fe was designated a “creative city” by UNESCO and was the first community in the world to be so recognized. It is still the only North American city to have received this designation.
In 2011, Santa Fe was listed by American Style Magazine as #2 on the list of 25 small cities and towns, in the United States, that were Tops for Arts.
Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2010 listed Santa Fe as 5th in the cities in the Top 10, US and Canada.
Santa Fe, according to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards, was listed as #10 in the top 25 cities in the world as a destination.
I heard the famous architect, Frank Gehry, speak in Santa Fe a few years ago where he was somewhat critical of the adobe style of architecture where everything looks the same. The old buildings are historic and great but, in my opinion, there is no need to have all new buildings built in the old style. I am so glad to finally see some new contemporary architecture beginning to appear. Check out the Railyard Arts District.