We stayed in Santa Fe for two weeks and really enjoyed the city and surrounding area. It is located in the high desert and surrounded by mountains. We were again a little late for the Aspen color change, but think that this would be a great place to experience it. The Jemez Mountains to the south west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north east both were covered. There is also a lot of native American history in the area with several still active pueblos (Jemez, Zia and Taos to name a few) and National monuments protecting significant ruins at Bandelier and Pecos.
Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and was founded in 1610 by Spanish colonists although the area has been inhabited for several thousand years. I’ll bet that they have been eating chilis for several thousand years as well.
Everyone was selling chili ristras , fall must be their season. They were all over the central Plaza downtown, the farmers market and in road side stands as well as hanging on porches around town. WE considered getting one, but were scared that it may over take the air in the bus. Where they were roasting them at the farmers market my eyes would burn. We didn’t take any chances and bought our peppers already roasted.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi downtown was very pretty and open for exploration.
New Mexican architecture is wonderful and appears to have not changed since the 1600 as evidenced by the oldest house in town.
Also, downtown is the Canyon Road district, which is full of high end art galleries. They are open for exploration and even have a lot of wonderful sculptures outside. We spent two afternoons exploring the Canyon Rd area. What fun.
Peace and Love!!!