Everyone has their dream trip to Santa Fe planned out with days full of historical landmark visits and trips to museums and galleries. But what if the eye-rolling, 20-something-year old has a say in their next road trip to the City Different?
While Santa Fe, one of the nation’s oldest cities, has several wondrous and exciting historical points of interest, the history and plaza trip might not be on the list for the young Taos local who has been through the capital either with their parents or on their sophomore field trip. Instead, the modern 20-something wants to see and do things that relate more to their lifestyle, while still experiencing the city’s history and culture.
Starting in the morning in the city, busy professionals and hurrying tourists might stick to the familiar Starbucks corner or the grab-and-go coffee shacks that sparsely dot Cerrillos Road. However for anyone with a few more minutes to spare in their planner, Santa Fe offers a number of sit-down coffee shops built to welcome those off the beaten path.
A short drive off 2nd Street brings the traveler to an area covered in graffiti murals with #NODAPL messages and then to Iconik Coffee Roasters where customers can get anything from a filling sandwich to merchandise from the local hideaway. With a large indoor sitting room and a patio covered in trees, the shop offers the perfect place for a quick recharge before a day around town.
Everyone one knows that art galleries are a stone’s throw away from anywhere in Santa Fe, but why stick to the typical gallery when in the City Different? Catch up with all the buzz around the state and visit the work of over 100 artists by stopping off at the famous Meow Wolf on Rufina Circle. For $20 or less, visitors can enter The House of Eternal Return and let their imaginations and curiosity guide them across the massive installation while trying to figure out the mystery of the haunted house-style space. The different approach to art in the traditional city is a unique breath of fresh air for the tourists, traveler or local who wants to make their own path. Meow Wolf is an open exhibit and patrons young and old can walk about the house and its mysteries at their own pace for as long as they like until the exhibit closes at 10 p.m. Whether it is playing xylophone with the bones of a mammoth or opening a washing machine and sliding down to a different room, Meow Wolf has something to keep visitors of all ages engaged all day.
If visitors are really lucky, they can catch a glimpse of live performers and actors who roam about the exhibit. When unable to view the intended performers, an excited eccentric patron may even study visitors in the house and mistake them for John Lennon, but that’s a really special treat.
After the traditional New Mexican tourist cuisine runs its course through the palates of the traveler, there is always everyone’s go-to favorite lunch — a burger and a beer. The Burger Stand brings travelers, and Taoseños, the familiar lunch combo with fresh greens and the most important condiment – New Mexico green chile. Several local brews are always on tap at The Burger Stand, which is just down the street from the historic Santa Fe Plaza if you want to walk off lunch by visiting the many shops in the historic district.
The capitol might offer a grand historic visit for the interested traveler or history buff, but the city also holds many different venues of entertainment such as free live music on the downtown plaza Santa Fe Bandstand starting on July 5.
In addition, Santa Fe has transformed an industrial area to a booming mall of shops and restaurants where travelers can catch a glimpse of the parked Rail Runner train for their photo album, visit the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings or Wednesday evenings through the summer, or sometimes catch live entertainment outdoors.
Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Taos, those wishing to get out of the town for a day can look off the normal path to have some fun in Santa Fe. With many other amenities to offer visitors, Santa Fe can spark an interest in even a local Taoseño’s eye.