Wherever you go in Santa Fe, evidence of creativity abounds. Although this photo doesn't reflect my first visit to Loretto Chapel, I was mesmerized by the signature staircase from the moment I saw it. If you've never visited there, you must see this 'miraculous staircase' that provides access to the choir loft. Built in the late 1800s, it represents the work of an unnamed carpenter who supposedly arrived at the moment of need and then disappeared afterwards, with no request for payment.
Plenty of cars clog Santa Fe's narrow streets, but walk on and near the Plaza to find amazing art in unexpected places, such as this sculpture of an indigenous man using a bow and arrow; or a stunning harp played beneath the trees, creating equally stunning music.
Was Santa Fe where I learned to also look above me, for views of artistic work? I wouldn't be surprised. Inside one of more than 100 galleries, throughout the city's Canyon Road neighborhood, gorgeous art covered the skylight along one ceiling too. Elsewhere, handcrafted woodwork decorated a small balcony on a vintage building.
For a Midwestern girl, dining in The City Different provides even more artistic experiences, from pillow and rustic shutter designs, to rows of handcrafted pottery along a bar wall.
During the fall, local chiles also create a different kind of art at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Whether you're a green chile fan or prefer the flavor of deep red chiles, the aroma of roasting fruit complements this huge and gorgeous array of seasonal, artful edibles.
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