I fell in love with Santa Fe, New Mexico the first time I stepped onto the Plaza back in the 1980s. This was long before I sold my first novel, so I was still an artist and gallery owner. I traveled there to soak up inspiration while buying jewelry and native crafts for my gallery back in Texas. I found so much more than I expected in the culture, history, people, and the food. Oh my goodness, the food! With all that on top of world class art galleries and incredible Native American crafts, what's not to love?
As a novleist, I couldn't resist setting one of my books, Almost Perfect, in Santa Fe and returned to reaquaint myself with the setting. I wound up buying a second home! It's little casita that's walking distance to the Plaza that I rent as a fully furnished vacation rental through a property manager when I'm not there.
Santa Fe truly is the City Different, a fusion of ancient pueblos, Spanish colonization, westward expansion, new-age zen, and cutting edge art. Let's not forget the great outdoors, spectacular weather, and phenomenal food. Did I mention the food?