If you are planning to visit Old Town Santa Fe make sure you are in shape and wear comfortable shoes. You can spend hours walking around. We headed out on foot after checking into our hotel and wandered for a few hours before taking a break to eat and relax in the hotel pool. This is The Lensic, a performing arts center. We didn't go in but I thought the building was pretty.
Here is the plaza in the middle of old town. It was full of people relaxing. I loved the atmosphere. Sidewalk vendors are available for Native American crafted jewelry, treats, souvenirs, and you will usually find a musician or two sharing their tunes with you day or night.
It's an artsy town and you will see many interesting things as you walk along the streets.
All of the buildings are adobe and you feel like you have stepped back in time.
We visited in June and flowers in gardens, pots and any place they would fit were blooming.
After sunset we headed out again for another walk in a section we hadn't visited earlier in the day.
The restaurants are open and you'll hear live music as you walk along. A few shops are also still open to poke around in.
The Santa Fe Library
The galleries were closed but we had fun looking in the windows. It's a great way to avoid the crowds.
And you won't be tempted to take anything home that you don't need. Well, at least you will have to wait 'till morning.
The next morning we went exploring again before we had to make our way home. It was Saturday morning and there were hardly any people out and about.
This park next to the cathedral was crowded the day before so we didn't even walk through it. We enjoyed it by ourselves the next morning.
We got to snoop around in the empty gardens which would normally be crowded. There is outdoor seating for a restaurant here but it was empty.
If I ever had a traditional house here in the desert I would want a cool shady courtyard in the middle.
Thanks for walking with me through Santa Fe. I hope someday you get to go there and explore on your own!
Gardens of Santa Fe
Loretto Chapel Mystery
El Dorado Hotel and Spa