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Sensational Santa Fe: “The City Different”
“It’s the most wonderful place you can imagine. It’s so beautiful there. It’s ridiculous.”
—Georgia O’Keeffe, 1945, New York World Telegram, referring to New Mexico
by Laurie Wallace-Lynch
After recently visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico, I can easily understand why renowned American artist Georgia O’Keeffe fell madly in love with New Mexico, making it her home, and the inspiration for many of her world-famous paintings and sketches. Perhaps it is Santa Fe’s adobe style architecture, the jaw-dropping 360-degree mountain views, the high elevation (the highest in the country at 7,000 feet), the clean, crisp air, and a climate where the thermometer seems to read “perfect every day of the year.” Like Georgia O’Keeffe, throughout the years artists have flocked to Santa Fe, which has been designated as a UNESCO Creative City, for its thriving arts and culture scene.
Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States, earning the nickname: “The City Different”. For a city with a population of just under 83,000 people, local residents seem to embrace their culture, food and heritage (a blend of Native American, Spanish and Anglo culture) with team-like exuberance.