Dancing Ground Of The Sun

711 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, United States

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Travel Tips for Santa Fe

The ubiquitous pueblo

by karenincalifornia

All construction in Santa Fe follows the pueblo style. Even the bank is a pueblo. New construction cheats, though. The new stuff isn't made with mud. We saw wood supports go up on a building, and on another, it looked like they were using stucco. How California!

Sopaipillas-These Are Delicious!

by VeronicaG

I had to travel to New Mexico to sample my first sopaipilla! Actually, I understand that I could have found these in Texas, but I've never seen them.

Sopaipillas are flaky puffs of fried dough that can be used to sop juices off your plate or as a dessert drizzled with honey or cinnamon and sugar.

That first bite was telling...I knew I would have to seek these little treasures out wherever they would be. My sopaipilla was with honey, but anyway they come I'm willing and anxious to try them again.

When you're traveling to the southwest, search for these tasty treats!

Johnson House and Garden

by rexvaughan

This is really ON the beaten path - Canyon Road. However, it would be easy to overlook. The house and garden date from the mid 19th Century and are a lovely spot to pause from the spectacular shops and galleries on Canyon Road. You can even pause for a sit in the swing overlooking the garden from the house's porch. The facility is owned and maintained by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and a sign on the fence tells us it is "for the education and enjoyment of the public and as 'an oasis' for weary travelers along Canyon Road." There is no admission fee, but a box for voluntary contributions.

Santuario de Chimayo - Long a Holy Site

by AlbuqRay

Chimayo is the first town on the "High Road" from Santa Fe to Taos over the Sangre de Christo Mountains. It is 8 miles east of Espanola on NM-76, then a short jog south or take the shortcut north from Nambe Pueblo (NM-503) from US-285 north of Santa Fe. It was founded in 1740 and is the "Lourdes of America." Even before the Spanish, the San Juan Pueblo Indians considered the mud from a hot spring in the area to have healing powers. Today visitors take "Holy Dirt" from a small hole in the floor in a side chapel (the dirt is replaced regularly).

There are two signs when you arrive via NM-76. The larger sign says Santuario; skip that turn. It has shops and paid parking except for handicapped. Continue on to the Santuario Parking, which is free and is the back way into the chapel. Don't forget to notice all the homemade wooden crosses that pilgrims have attached to the fence. I recommend you read Kymbanm's truly wonderful tips on Chimayo.

Unique Handcrafts

by VeronicaG about NAMBE'

Nambe' is difficult to classify because their literature decribes their handcrafts as being NEITHER silver, lead or pewter based. But these pieces certainly look like they would contain all of the above!

But first things first, these products were named for the small village where they were first handcrafted in 1951. They are created from a form of metal casting, which can be dated back 3500 years to the Egyptian culture.

According to the shopkeeper, Nambe' items can be used directly from the freezer to the oven, then taken to the table. They will not scorch or add any taste to your foods. After use, the pieces will develop a patina and "won't tarnish, rust,chip or peel";

I found these pieces to be beautiful and was hoping to select a salad spoon and fork, but I didn't find anything I thought would coordinate with my everyday stainless. There were also delicately etched glasses and vases that would make great gifts or add a sparkle to your special table settings.

This particular shop discounted and was located outside of town (see address & picture#2), but there is a large shop on the main plaza in Santa Fe, which also sells silver and torquoise jewelry as well as Nambe' kitchen/home accessories-- but these items are offered at full price. Shiny, silver-like utensils and vessels for the home Less expensive at the shop outside of Santa Fe

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