If you drive directly from Roswell to Santa Fe there is not that much to see on the way; it’s not a bad drive, but if you have the time, you could travel further west and take the scenic route via Socorro and Albuquerque. For us we decided to head directly to Santa Fe so we had more time in the city. When arriving in Santa Fe you enjoy the wonderful views of adobe architecture nestled into the hills on the outskirts. Personally I love adobe architecture, the way that the style fits perfectly with modern design and seems to melt into the landscape and although you see many examples travelling around Arizona and New Mexico, Santa Fe is an adobe city and we were headed there for this exact reason; walk around the city and enjoy the architecture.
On the day we arrived there was a art market taking over the centre streets of the city. The city was full of people enjoying the different stalls, wonderful Mexican food and the music in the park that marks the centre. Santa Fe is full of art galleries and boutiques with a vast range of independent café and restaurants. It was a real pleasure to eat good food that was not a chain fast food “restaurant” (Sorry I hate to use the word restaurant for places like Denny’s and Taco Bell). Even after a few days in the USA you are fed up with these restaurants and finding an independent is generally more satisfying in taste and quality.
I know also that art in subjective; but nearly all of the pieces I saw in the art galleries Santa Fe was not really to my liken. I’m trying now to find the words to describe the target audience for the work and I can only think “upper middle class”. Beautiful work, but I live in a modern town house with Scandinavian furniture with a slash of urban. I’m certainly not saying the work is bad, not at all; I can see that many of the pieces were truly wonderful, but nothing that I would want to be taking home for my place. In saying that I still extremely enjoyed the day walking around the market and looking at the paintings and eating the great food.
From what we could see, gay life in Santa Fe is very well integrated and accepted. There is not much separation with dedicated gay bars and the likes, but the gay population seemed large and many openly gay couples could be seen walking around; especially gay females. Its a very middle class city which appeals to a more mature crowd. If you are looking for twink bars and dancing all night then Santa Fe is probably not the place for you. But if your thing in to have a great meal with your partner or friends and then maybe heading for a few glasses of wine, then there is defiantly a lot of options in here for a great night out. On the night we were there we chose the Coyote Cafe which is just off the main square to have dinner. It was a good French style restaurant with a good selection of wine and well prepared menu; very tasty and rather popular with the locals.
Santa Fe is defiantly worth a visit for a day or two if your in the area. There are many things to keep you occupied and plenty of independently owned shops and restaurants. It makes a real change to the American shopping malls that sell all the same stuff and the same places to eat.
Photo’s from Santa Fe