Walk or drive around the...
Walk or drive around the residential areas to look at the houses. Personally, the houses intrique me, and they are beautiful, but I could not help thinking that it must be very bizarre to live in a town where all the houses are the same color and style. How much rust-colored adobe can one look at? How about a white adobe here and there? Or a yellow one? Actually, I see the point--a bunch of adobe style houses in a mixture of colors might look a little tacky. I vote for some wooden or brick houses to break up the monotony.
See my Travelogue for some photos taken around the neighborhood.
When traveling through the Southwest, you'll see strings of dried red peppers hanging from storefronts or from porches of private homes. These are "ristras". This tradition is said to be meant as a welcome to visitors or to bring good luck for the year.
The ristras come in all sizes and some can be quite long. In January, we found them in circular shapes, which ressemble wreaths. We were told that these can also be brought into one's kitchen to add a little color and cheer to the house.
Thank you. we are in Santa fe now. Great place ..weather is bad, its colder and rainier than Seattle.
On our way here from Denver on I-25, we drove through a ghost town call Ludlow, it was a nice drive, got to see some amazing landscape and old houses and we stop at las vegas for dinner at a roadside mexican resturant (Johnny's) the food was good and in expensive, but no beer!
This is the Museum of Fine...
This is the Museum of Fine Arts that we got into with our museum passport. It is just beside the Palace of Governors. Santa Fe has lots of art and lots of museums. Notice the adobe style of this building. I think there is some kind of city order in effect requiring all buildings to be of Adobe. It gives the entire city a special atmosphere that all the buildings look this way.
The best Farmer's Market in NM
The Farmer's Market happens on Sat. and Tues. mornings during the summer (the location has shifted over the years, but it's generally in the Railyard area), and on Sat. mornings during the winter at El Museo Cultural, in an old warehouse off Paseo de Peralta just west of the railroad tracks. It's big, and a wide variety of items are for sale: vegetables and fruit (of course), bread, pies, locally grown lamb and beef, cheese, nuts, garlic, seasoning mixtures, homemade sausage, house plants, lavender, birdhouses, and lots of different condiments. In the winter there aren't many vegetables (except for greenhouse lettuce and tomatoes, and a fellow who grows exotic mushrooms), but the preserves and baked goods are still terrific. Chile wreaths and ristras are pretty -- but for ease of use, I prefer to buy my red chile already ground. In the fall, someone is always roasting green chiles at the market (they freeze well, too -- but don't remove the skins, or you'll have a mushy mess when you thaw them!).
An enormous variety of preserves, jellies, and other condiments are available, and, especially in winter, they make great gifts for the folks back home. (But be sure to taste anything chile-flavored before you buy -- Grandma might not appreciate a jar of chutney that scorches her mouth!) Look for chokecherry jam and syrup -- unusual and delicious -- and apricot preserves if we've had a good season (which happens every 2-4 years).
Sweetwoods Dairy usually is there selling their wonderful goat cheese. It's available at local grocery stores, too, but they often have more flavors at the market, and the price is better.
If you come hungry, look for the breakfast burritos, but non-chile-lovers will find lots of scones and sweet rolls too. Prices are higher than (say) Albertson's, but for organic products they're comparable to the local natural foods markets, and (especially if you're there just before they close) you can sometimes swing a deal with a farmer who has a zucchini or apple glut.