By Billie Frank
Plan your next girlfriend vacation in Santa Fe! This over 400 year old city is a fun place for a man-free cultural escape. There are hotels and lodgings for all budgets. The city has over 200 restaurants offering diverse cuisines from New Mexican to New American to African, and lots in between.
Santa Fe teems with culture. It is the third biggest art market in the United States, along with New York and LA. Music lovers will discover a wealth of concerts to choose from, every season of the year. Summer brings the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The dance scene features the Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, flamenco and even line dancing at local bars. There are nine museums (including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum) and more. Great shopping and fabulous spas await your group.
Throughout the year, there are festivals and events that are worth planning a focused trip around. The three summer markets (Folk Art, Spanish and Indian), the Wine and Chile Fiesta, Christmas, Restaurant Week all offer visitors a memorable experience.
Santa Fe, the second oldest city in the US, has a rich history both in town and nearby. Whether you tour the historic Plaza, visit a 1,000 year-old pueblo or go to one of the many historic sites, you’re in for a treat. You can tour Civil War Battlefields, ancient pueblos, petroglyphs sites and more.
Want something more adventurous? The city is the gateway to the Santa Fe National Forest, the Pecos Wilderness and the Kit Carson National Forest. In season there is rafting on the Rio Grande, trout fishing, hiking, golf, ballooning, back-country experiences (even on horseback), downhill skiing, and snow-shoeing.
No matter what season you visit “The City Different,” you’re in for an incredibly enriching, one-of-a-kind experience.