August 19 2008 by Claudia Kunkel
I'll just say it now and get it out of the way - I love everything about Santa Fe, New Mexico. The sunsets, the food, the art galleries, the ambience, but most of all, I love the shopping. And, to be even more specific, the Southwest jewelry that includes everything from beautiful turquoise pieces to uniquely designed silver bracelets, rings and necklaces. Strolling along the Plaza, you will ultimately wind up at the grassy square surrounded by historic homes and the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in the United States. This is where all the action is - you'll find many local artisans displaying and selling their handiwork here.
No shopping trip in Santa Fe is complete without a sampling of the local cuisine. A meal at Pasqual's is a must - breakfast is fabulous and many enjoy grabbing a seat at the big community table to catch up on interesting local conversation. Another local favorite is Tiny's, a Santa Fe tradition since 1950 serving a wide variety of food at very reasonable prices. With so many unique restaurant choices in Santa Fe, you definitely will not go hungry!
Of course, there is more to Santa Fe than shopping and eating. Historical sites such as the Miraculous Staircase at Loretto Chapel and nearby Anasazi cliff dwellings and Pueblo ruins found at Bandelier National Monument State Park add to the allure of the area. Another day trip worth the effort is a morning drive along the "high road" to Taos. The mountain vistas are amazing and you might enjoy stopping in at Chimayo to visit the Santuario de Chimayo, a small chapel which some believe to have healing powers.
But back to the shopping - my trip to Santa Fe was complete when I found a beautiful pair of silver and black onyx earrings that just happened to come with a matching necklace! It was a great way to end a quick trip to Santa Fe.
Let me know of any other great shops you've found in Santa Fe.