The City Different 

Santa Fe is a city that is a work of art unto itself. It is 37.5 sq. miles and home to 68,000 year-round residents. 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. Some locals refer to it as "the City Different."

Due to this cultural enclave of locals and visitors alike, Santa Fe is generally a friendly and accessible city. There is a mutual respect for spirituality, well-being, and various ways of life. The oldest church in the US, San Miguel Chapel, is in Santa Fe and many sacred, Pueblo Indian sites are within the vicinity. Santa Feans are highly respectful of the arts and enjoy their thriving communities. There are more than 250 art galleries, a world-class opera, destination spa, many culinary treats, and plenty of shopping experiences in Santa Fe. Not to be missed each summer are the International Folk Art Market, Spanish Market and Indian Market, where visitors can buy authentic works of art directly from artists.

It is no wonder that consumer surveys rank Santa Fe among the most cosmopolitan destinations in the world. In comparison to much larger cities such as Tokyo or Paris, it boasts a tremendous spectrum of opportunities. Whereas only black & white attire is appropriate for the Paris Opera Ballet, don't be surprised to see patrons at the Santa Fe Opera dressed in more relaxed stylings. City ordinances that require Pueblo Revival or Spanish Territorial architecture downtown are of greater importance in Santa Fe, NM.