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Celebrated artist and former New Mexico resident Georgia O’Keefe was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and, in later years, moved to a desert enclave north of Sante Fe where she, along with her neighboring community, managed to live contently off the land. A recent long weekend trip to Sante Fe, where I was nestled comfortably at the acclaimed Inn on the Alameda, revealed to me just why this place proved so captivating to O’Keefe: Gracious locals, abundant natural beauty, dedication to the arts, and adherence to the slow food movement embody a way of life here that is oh-so-easy to get used to.
Just a 5-minute walk from bustling Canyon Road, the Inn on the Alameda serves as an ideal launching pad to explore Sante Fe’s diverse neighborhoods and eclectic art galleries, and for foodies – to experience the Sante Fe School of Cooking’s Restaurant Walking Tour, on which a trained chef/guide leads tours to your choice of four of Sante Fe’s best restaurants ($115/person). This earthen, adobe hideaway hotel straddles Old Sante Fe and feels like a second home, complete with enormous fireplaces in many of its 71 rooms (as well as in the lobby) and amenities that include a continental buffet breakfast highlighting locally sourced fruits and baked goods, a computer kiosk with free Internet access, and a bar, open until 10pm nightly, that serves an impressive selection of wines. What’s more, the Inn on the Alameda offers an array of packages especially suited to the interests of its active, worldly clientele. Read more
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