Restored Adobe-Style Casitas Close to Central Plaza and Skiing
Casas de Guadalupe is made up of 12 small, detached dwellings known as casitas. Though they were built in the 1930s, they have since been extensively updated with modern luxuries, such as fully furnished kitchens and central air conditioning. Elements of the original adobe-style construction remain, however—from authentic kiva fireplaces to wooden vigas jutting out from the red-brick façades. These southwestern accents are fitting given the property's location in the heart of Santa Fe's historical district, just two blocks from the central plaza where historical monuments sit beside restaurants and boutiques. The Santa Fe Ski Basin, one of North America's highest skiing areas in altitude, is just a 20-minute drive away.
Each casita has its own look and layout. The multilevel Casita C features a bedroom loft and high ceilings, while the two-bedroom Casita H includes a spacious kitchen, covered porch, and enclosed patio. Hand-painted murals and southwestern-style paintings throughout the units celebrate the creative spirit in Santa Fe—a city said to have a larger proportion of writers, artists, and performers than anywhere else in the United States. From Casas de Guadalupe, you can walk to a number of art galleries as well as the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which houses an extensive collection of the renowned American modernist's work.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Old West Architecture and Fiery Southwestern Cuisine
Santa Fe's vibrant mosaic of cultural influences includes pieces of Native American, Latino, and western traditions. You can get an idea of the city's varied background by visiting Santa Fe Plaza, which has served as the city center for more than 400 years. On a walk through, you'll see old buildings made of adobe, the red brick-like material that defines much of Santa Fe's architecture. Centuries of colorful southwestern artwork are also on display in the New Mexico Museum of Art, which is located in the Plaza.
Fiery chili is the signature flavor at many restaurants in Santa Fe, which earned a place on TripAdvisor's Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States in 2011. It's worth it to sign up for a walking food tour of the area, which has sprung up with popular eateries, each offering its own spin on zesty southwestern cuisine.
For more than 300 days a year, Santa Fe soaks in sunshine. Such consistently great weather, paired with New Mexico’s varied terrain, makes the region ideal for hiking and biking. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains have peaks that stand over 13,000 feet high, and they're traced with trails that wind past picturesque meadows filled with Indian paintbrush, purple lupine, and undomesticated landscape painters. From late fall to early spring, up to 300 inches of snow falls on the slopes of the mountains, which offer miles of downhill-skiing and snowboarding trails.
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