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Santa Fe is a small, intimate city that offers way more than you probably expect from a city this size. Nicknamed The City Differentit offers world-class music and art and a sophisticated dining scene.
The shopping here — everything from funky cowgirl boots to wonderful pieces of art — will make your heart sing. Santa Fe is a perfectly comfortable place for solo women travelers and one that I recommend highly. As a local let me share with you what I know about this city.
She is co-owner of The Santa Fe Travelera travel consultant company specializing in customized Santa Fe experiences. She also blogs about her adopted city at Santa Fe Travelers and is currently updating a Santa Fe travel guide for a major publisher.
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It was a four night stay and I got around by walking in the local buses.
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By ing you are helping to reforest the Earth. Fill out this form to receive our newsletter, special offers and other communications of interest. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our s. Staying here: Pick lodging close to downtown.
There are a few more moderate and budget options close to town but also check rates the on-line discounters are offering. Acclimate: Take your time. Spend your first day in our city acclimating.
Hydrate: Drink lots of water. Minimize coffee and alcohol consumption until you have acclimated to the high and dry. And by the way, because of the altitude, alcohol affects you faster. One drink here is the equivalent of two at sea level. We are closer to the sun and the air is thin. Trust me; you will burn faster than you think. Expect an interesting climate: Santa Fe is not Phoenix. People are often surprised that it gets cold here.
In winter people arrive not realizing that, yes, we do get a real winter. While it feels warmer than it does in humid places, come prepared for cold and snow. And be prepared; it can snow into May. What to bring: When packing for Santa Fe, think layers. Anything goes in terms of dress. Relax in a spa or hot spring: If you want to soak in a Japanese-style hot tub, check out Ten Thousand Waves. Splurge on a private tub if you can. Like natural hot springs? Treat yourself to one of their private and huge soaking pools with kiva fireplace.
Explore the historic downtown: Santa Fe is a great walking city. Check out the historic downtown Plaza area. The city is compact and full of history; there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore on your own.
Want some company? You can take an organized historic walking tour with Historic Walks of Santa Fe. From April through October, there are also open-air tram tours such as Loretto Lines. The Santa Fe Traveler offers historic tours by appointment and will also de a custom tour for you either to do on your own or with a knowledgable and fun guide.
Free history, art and culture: Santa Fe has great museums. Pasatiempo, the Friday weekend magazine insert in the Santa Fe New Mexicanour daily paper, lists the openings and other happenings throughout the week. Plan your trip accordingly. You will need a car to get there. Make arrangements well in advance. Go back in time: Take a trip to one of the cliff dwelling or other Pueblo archeological sites. Take a guided hike: The bad news is that unless you know the area well solo hikes in the wilderness or the desert are not recommended.
You could on occasion encounter bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. You could also get very lost. They are Outspire and Santa Fe Walkabouts. If you choose to go alone, take your cellphone and Single women in Bahamas nm your hotel know your destination and proposed return time.
Get out on the water: In late spring and early summer, book a rafting trip on the Rio Grande. If you are moderately adventurous, the Race Course offers class two and three rapids.
For the more intrepid, The Taos Box offers class three and four rapids in the spring. The chance of the raft flipping over on these is slim. KoKopelli and New Wave have both been running rafting trips for years. Shopping: If you want to own a piece of authentic Native American jewelry, pottery, a Navajo rug, kachina, etc. There are also lots of reproductions so beware if you are purchasing a costly item. This is also the place to buy traditional Spanish Colonial art.
They carry really unusual boots and also do custom-made ones. Interesting clothing store s abound in Santa Fe. My favorites are Origins West San Francisco Street a shop specializing in flowing timeless clothes, Spirit of the Earth where you can find unusual clothing especially great velvets and cashmere in season and Zephyr East Palace Avenue a small gem offering an interesting mix.
The museum shops have some treasures. Single women in Bahamas nm is authentic and made by the vendor or a family member. Introduction to Northern New Mexican cuisine: Try the local cuisine while you are here. Just remember, New Mexicans like it hot and the food can be spicy. I prefer green chili, but many like red.
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And remember, sour cream can tone down the heat, and beer or a frosty Margarita go a long way to cooling down your burning mouth. The Shed a block from the Plaza is great fun. Want company? Eat at the bar. All the locals do it. Solo dining: Women dining alone will be comfortable at most restaurants here. For a splurge, try Restaurant and Wine Bar. If you feel isolated at a table in this restaurant, consider sitting in the bar section. Have it smothered in chile.