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Villas de Santa Fe timeshare rentals and vacation condos has breathtaking landscapes. The land is filled with vibrant American Indian and Spanish arts and culture. Enjoy authentic spicy Southwestern cuisine. Nestled in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Villas de Santa Fe invites you to spend your vacation in the midst of it all.
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"With its crisp, clear air and bright, sunny weather, Santa Fe couldn't be more welcoming or more unique. On a plateau at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains—at an elevation of 7,000 feet—the city is brimming with reminders of nearly four centuries of Spanish and Mexican rule, and of the Pueblo cultures that have been here for hundreds more. The town's placid central Plaza, which dates from the early 17th century, has been the site of bullfights, public floggings, gunfights, political rallies, promenades, and public markets over the years. A one-of-a-kind destination, Santa Fe is fabled for its rows of chic art galleries, superb restaurants, and diverse shops selling everything from Southwestern furnishings and cowboy gear, to Tibetan textiles and Moroccan jewelry.

La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asísi (the Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi) was founded in the early 1600s by Don Pedro de Peralta, who planted his banner in the name of Spain. After years of oppression, the region's Pueblo people rose in revolt in 1680, burning homes and churches and killing hundreds of Spaniards. After an extended siege in Santa Fe, the Spanish colonists were driven out of New Mexico. The tide turned 12 years later, when General Don Diego de Vargas returned with a new army from El Paso and recaptured Santa Fe. To commemorate de Vargas's recapture of the town in 1692, Las Fiestas de Santa Fe have been held annually since 1712. The nation's oldest community celebration takes place on the weekend after Labor Day, with parades, mariachi bands, pageants, and the burning of Zozóbra—a must-see extravaganza held in Fort Marcy Park just blocks north of the Plaza.

Following de Vargas's defeat of the Pueblos, the then-grand Camino Real (Royal Road), stretching from Mexico City to Santa Fe, brought an army of conquistadors, clergymen, and settlers to the northernmost reaches of Spain's New World conquests. In 1820 the Santa Fe Trail—a prime artery of U.S. westward expansion—spilled a flood of covered wagons from Missouri onto the Plaza. A booming trade with the United States was born. After Mexico achieved independence from Spain in 1821, its subsequent rule of New Mexico further increased this commerce.

The Santa Fe Trail's heyday ended with the arrival of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in 1880. The trains, and later the nation's first highways, brought a new type of settler to Santa Fe—artists who fell in love with its cultural diversity, history, and magical color and light. They were especially drawn to the area because eccentricity was embraced not discouraged, as it often was in the social confines of the East Coast. Their presence attracted tourists, who quickly became a primary source of income for the proud, but largely poor populace.

Santa Fe is renowned for its arts, vibrant tricultural (Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo) heritage, and adobe architecture. The Pueblo people built their homes using a ""puddled-mud"" method (liquid mud poured between upright wooden frames), which melded well with the adobe brick construction introduced to the Spanish by the Moors. The Hispanic culture, still deeply rooted in its ancient ties to Spain and Catholicism, remains a strong influence on the easier pace of this city. Cosmopolitan visitors from around the world are consistently surprised by the city's rich and varied cultural offerings despite its relatively small size. Often referred to as the ""City Different,"" Santa Fe became the first American city to be designated a UNESCO Creative City, acknowledging its place in the global community as a leader in art, crafts, design, and lifestyle."

"To help you plan your visit to Santa Fe, also known as the City Different, here are a few basic facts about our city.

With a population of 70,000 primarily Hispanic, Anglo and Native American people, Santa Fe, which means Holy Faith in Spanish, is New Mexico's fourth largest city behind Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Rio Rancho. Situated at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, it was founded between 1607 and 1610, making it the second oldest city as well as the highest and oldest capital in the U.S. In 1912, it officially achieved statehood and today its unique offerings of art, culture and ancient traditions make it a world-class tourist destination, drawing more than 1 million visitors each year. In 2005, Santa Fe became the first U.S. city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City, one of only nine cities in the world to hold this designation.

Santa Fe has long been a center for arts and culture. Due to sales, it now ranks as the country's third largest art market with nearly 300 galleries and dealers. There also are more than a dozen major museums showcasing an array of art, culture, history and traditions, as well the world-class Santa Fe Opera, In recent years, the city has also earned a reputation with food-lovers. Whether you're hankering for basic New Mexican food, creative Southwestern cuisine, or authentic Italian, French, Asian and other world cuisines, the city offers more than 200 choices. Accommodations are equally diverse. You can choose from an array of resorts, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, vacation rentals and other lodgings, including campgrounds and RV parks.

Four seasons define the weather here. Santa Fe averages 300 sunny days per year, with 14 inches of rain and 17 inches of snow annually. The hottest days arrive in June, when temperatures soar into the high 90s. Because of the altitude, temperatures can change by 30 degrees in a single day, and sometimes all four seasons seem to pass through in a 24-hour time period. Expect sudden rain showers and cool evenings in summer and snow from November through April.

Ski Santa Fe opens from Thanksgiving through Easter, and you can hike and bike year-round. You can also enjoy river rafting, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, fly-fishing, ice-skating and swimming or work out in Pilates and yoga classes and fitness gyms around the city. When you're ready to relax and rejuvenate, choose from an array of spa services, including massage, facials, hot tubs and herbal wraps, offered around the city.Expect sudden rain showers and cool evenings in summer and snow from November through April."

"One of New Mexico's most highly acclaimed culinary destinations, The Anasazi Restaurant offers a dining atmosphere that is welcoming, elegant and rusticly Southwestern. Regional artistry is tastefully displayed throughout the restaurant for patrons to enjoy from deep, cushioned chairs. Additionally, private dining is available for up to 12 guests in the restaurant's exclusive wine cellar. Under the innovative direction of Executive Chef Oliver Ridgeway, the restaurant's menus change frequently and celebrate American cuisine infused with fresh, seasonal and regional ingredients. Signature dishes include Blue Corn Crusted Salmon with Citrus Jalapeno Sauce, Crimini Mushrooms and Spaghetti Squash, Nine-Spice Beef Tenderloin with Chipotle Modelo Beer Glaze, Raja Home Fries and Sage-Buttermilk Onion Rings."
"We're the home of the famous Green Chili Cheeseburger. We're even on the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Map! The Bobcat Bite Restaurant has been part of Santa Fe History since 1953. You may have seen us Featured on the Food Network and in numerous book & publication - due to our colorful, comfort food cuisine & history. Check our Menu for steaks, chops, burgers and other hardy fare. We're located on Old Las Vegas Highway which at one time was part of historic Route 66. View our Map and get directions HERE. The Bobcat Bite has been a family owned and operated restaurant since 1953. We're like a big family here. And if all that hasn't convinced you of our quality, kitsch and atmosphere visit our Photo Album and our Online Store. We'd love to have you join us!"
For thirty-one years Cafe Pasqual's has been serving emphatically flavored cuisine inspired by the culinary traditions of New Mexico, Old Mexico and Asia. We are dedicated to using fresh, seasonal, organic and naturally raised foods. In 1999 we received the James Beard America's Regional Cooking Classics Award for a "timeless, grassroots restaurant that serves memorable food and is strongly imbedded in the fabric of the community," the same year that Chef Katharine Kagel was the James Beard nominee as Best Chef Southwest
In its celebrated eighteen years, Geronimo has established a reputation as the place to dine in Santa Fe. Tradition and innovation merge at Geronimo, a Canyon Road legend. Geronimo is considered the finest Santa Fe has to offer and ranks with the finest restaurants in the country. Partners Eric DiStefano, Chris Harvey, Quinn Stevenson and Lloyd Abrams are dedicated to ensuring you the highest quality dining experience at this-cutting edge restaurant with its award-winning cuisine. The staff at Geronimo exemplifies the art of hospitality with attentive, knowledgeable, friendly service, while the exquisite décor creates a serene and intimate setting.
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Opened in 2006 by well-known local chef James Campbell Caruso, La Boca is an intimate 50 seat restaurant in the heard of downtown Santa Fe that feels like a lively European tapas/wine bar. Full to capacity almost every night since opening, La Boca was an instant hi with locals and the world travelers that visit Santa Fe. In it's first year La Boca has won every local award there is to win and has been honored with some national attention as well, being mentioned in the NY Times (twice) and being featured on Giada DeLuaratiis Food Networkd Show, Giada's Weekend Getaways. Exploring widly withing the narrow focus of Spanish food, the chef creates menus (they change often) that feel fresh and new-using ancient ingredients like goat cheese, figs, pomegranates, and saffron. "I really like the combination of raisins and capers or olives and citrus," he says. "That balance of sweet and tart is where you create excitement." The effect is most visible in dishes such as smoky grilled eggpland topped with rich manchego, sweet saffron honey and briny capers. A plate of tuna carpaccio dotted with olives, drizzled with blood orange aioli and sprinkled with smoked sea salt delivers a different constellation of flavors in every bite. By concentrating his menu mostly on tapas, Chef James taps in to the small plate trend, but by keeping those dishes tightly focused on Spain, he satisfies the desire for authenticity.
"The Shed, a dining institution since 1953 is located on Palace Avenue just east of the plaza. Look for the small, vividly colored wooden sign that marks the entrance. The restaurant occupies nine quiet rooms behind Prince Patio, a sunny brick and flagstone courtyard shaded by trumpet vines and adorned with roses in the summer. Customers can downshift a couple of centuries and have one of the more satisfying experiences Santa Fe has to offer -- We offer locals and visitors alike a time tested taste of the best that Northern New Mexico has to offer both in cuisine and hospitality. We are a family owned and operated business now under the managmement of the 3rd generation of Carswells. Visitors and locals returning to Santa Fe don't feel like they have arrived in Santa Fe until they have tasted the Shed chile once again."
"When Chef Martín Rios and his wife, Jennifer, began planning a restaurant of their own they envisioned a comfortable place where people from the community and Santa Fe's many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios' award-winning progressive American cuisine in a refined and pleasing atmosphere. Long-time Santa Feans with a commitment to the community - Martín volunteers with Cooking with Kids and Jennifer is president of The Horse Shelter - the couple wanted Martín's much-lauded gastronomy to be accessible not only to well-heeled tourists but to their friends and family. They wanted their guests to feel like they didnt have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy Martín's cooking art. Restaurant Martín is the embodiment of that vision and the realization of a 20-year dream. Located close to downtown but next to a well-established Santa Fe neighborhood, Restaurant Martín is easily accessible to Chef Rios' local fans and the many visitors who tour Historic downtown Santa Fe. "
"Award-winning restaurateur, Chef Mark Kiffin, has revitalized The Compound Restaurant, a renowned restaurant at the cultural center of Santa Fe. The Compound, remembered for its distinctive style and elegance since the 1960's, has been rejuvenated with the energy and excitement that made it a leading destination in its early years. The Compound has been recreated with a modern menu layering bold flavors based on historic culinary traditions; a knowledgeable and highly attentive staff; and an inviting, elegant setting. Creative collaborators at Santa Fe's famed Coyote Café in the 1990s. The Compound Restaurant has a heritage that is rich in history and regional influences. Before its incarnation as a restaurant, the Compound was the centerpiece of a group of houses on Canyon Road known as the McComb Compound. In the earlier part of the 20th century, when Santa Fe was a long way from the rest of the world, movie stars, industrialists, and socialites visited, where they could rent a house in relative seclusion. Eventually, Will and Barbara Houghton acquired the main house and converted it into a restaurant. It was their decision to bring in designer Alexander Girard, who gave The Compound Restaurant its distinctive look and who is best remembered for his generous donation of more than 106,000 pieces to Santa Fe's International Folk Art Museum as wells as, the design of New York Restaurant, La Fonda Del Sol. Continuing with one of The Compound's long time legacies,Kiffin offers a fine French and rare wine list. Kiffin celebrated flair for wine selection and attention to professional service complement the dining experience with the details and small touches that make a guest feel welcome and want to return. A recognized leader in Southwestern cuisine, Kiffin has chosen to create and focus his menu around the true regional ingredients brought to the Southwest United States by the Spaniards. When a group of Spanish settlers from Mexico City founded Santa Fe in the late 16th Century they forever altered the course of cuisine in the Southwest. The first Spanish settlers brought many food items that were not indigenous to the region such as cattle and wheat. As Santa Fe was at the end of the 1500-mile Camino Real from Mexico City, its Plaza eventually became the trading center where cattle were traded and a new variety of seeds were sold for harvest. It is from these New World influences, along with the influences of the Mediterranean, that Kiffin has created his dishes as Contemporary American Cuisine."

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