A friend and are in Santa Fe and it's surprising how little this place has going for it. There's awesome hiking nearby, beautiful scenery, and food; however, is there really a big market for turquoise/silver/kitschy art? And what's with all the drug addicts (seriously, scab-ridden homeless people) and thugs?
Santa Fe: What a dump!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/20/2013|
You would be surprised how much junk jewelry people will buy and how much they are willing to pay.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/19/2013|
Santa Fe is a state capital and an intellectual center. Dig deeper OP and stay off the main square.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/19/2013|
Also you are probably suffering from altitude sickness.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/19/2013|
Isn't New Mexico the serial killer capitol of the country?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/19/2013|
r5 = serial killer
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/19/2013|
Come back for the opera season. World class opera happens here.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/19/2013|
At least it's not Flagstaff.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/19/2013|
R1, Brought 2 Chinese friends to Sedona. LOL at all of the "Native American-style" jewelry that said "made in China." They'd also never seen cacti before, and couldn't understand the term "hippy-dippy."
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/19/2013|
If I recall from many years ago, Santa Fe wasn't so much a dump, but there was surprisingly not much there. I was there around the Fourth of July (not for opera) for a few days.
I'm not a big fan of the desert and the very hot dry climate at that time of year, but the town did have a bit of low key appeal. Not a dump, just nothing much.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/19/2013|
You'd think that DL would piece it together already and realize that, with the exception of few small, illustrious neighborhoods and scenic natural features scattered here/there and far/wide, there's "not much going on" in the USA, nor is much of it pretty or elegant by posters' standards.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/19/2013|
Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH 2h
Santa Fe is filled with middle aged people who don’t care what they act like. The good kind of mid life crisis. It’s oddly inspiring
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/19/2013|
I felt the same way about Ashville North Carolina. After being told it was "The San Francisco of the East"I was amazed the inbred redneck bucktooth hillbilly attitude. Meth and cheap beer are the drugs of choice and apart from looking at beautiful scenery there is just nothing to do.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/19/2013|
The restaurants and art galleries are good in Santa Fe, but that's pretty much it. I enjoyed my weekend there, but I don't have any desire to go back anytime soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/19/2013|
So dry there...Santa Fe is the nose-picking capital of the U.S.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/19/2013|
I stayed here once years ago when I was in town working with a sound designer for a TV commercial my company did. Nice place.
I remember the advertising agency crew and I went to the chi-chi restaurant of the moment that night and it started snowing while we were dining. It had been rather warm that day and no snow forecast.
Snow is rare at home in Georgia so this was a treat for me.
I also remember buying a bag of roasted pine nuts from a street vendor the next day, a first for me.
And I seem to remember that some of the crew wanted to go to a Japanese bath house on the outskirts of town while we were there. Is there one in Santa Fe?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/19/2013|
It's called 10,000 Waves.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/19/2013|
All of New Mexico is a shithole, even Albuquerque.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/19/2013|
All these little small towns with big tourist trades (Santa Fe, Asheville, Key West, St. Augustine) are just dumps that exist merely to perpetuate the sale of shit from China.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/19/2013|
Actually there is more in Santa Fe than meets the eye. I remember interviewing with an i.t. venture capitalist from there in the 80s. Flew over to our graduate school to interview candidates in his personal Learjet. Not something you would have expected from a dusty little metro of 50,000. If you have an interest like theoretical physics, you will find lots of company in a place like Santa Fe. What you will not find is homegrown high culture. It is even a little stunted in terms of New Mexican culture. If you were expecting the Milagro Beanfield War except more complex and elevated, well, you're SOL. What's there has been imposed on it by coastal high flyers. But the candelarias scenes at Christmas are to die for.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/19/2013|
On the contrary R19, that's not how they make money. Their money is all in catering to the small number of rich travelers who want special pampering. Which in Santa Fe usually involves some kind of sex.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/19/2013|
Uhhhh... rich people don't go to Key West and Santa Fe anymore.
What decade are you posting from, the Forties? Who the fuck do you think you are, Doris Duke?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/19/2013|
R13, you have been misinformed. San Francisco is the Boston of the West.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/19/2013|
The woman who owns the house next door to me moved to Santa Fe with her husband a few years ago. She spends her life obsessing over not allowing anything unnatural into her life. No fabrics, food or any material that is not 100% natural. Her mother was wondering what kind of gift to get her daughter and I suggested, since she lived in a hot climate, a self-watering flower planter. Well, you would have thought I exposed my genitals and began masturbating by the look of shocked horror on her face.
"Oh no! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! That has plastic in it! (Clutches chest) She would never allow something like that in her house!"
I said, "She doesn't have to put it in her house. She could put it on her porch or patio. It would be outsi---"
Her mother instead gave her a 100% natural fibre yoga shirt.
The woman's son is on the Feingold diet, because sugar and preservatives and processed food is toxic. He wasn't even allowed to have coloured eggs at Easter, even though food colouring is made with vegetable dye. It was still too unnatural for the poor little fellow, thus he must not touch such a thing.
When your whole life involves a lot of agonising over what sort of things are allowed within your perimeter, living in a place like Santa Fe is meaningless. The excitement of analysing your life's minutiae will keep you occupied no matter where you are.
She's an arttist, says her mother. Artists are more sensitive than most people. She once sold a painting. Once.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/19/2013|
The city is build for retired lesbians, OP, what the fuck did you expect
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/19/2013|
You are there off season. My partner and I go in August when there is quite bit going on. We rent a house near the Opera and have dinner parties with friends. Santa Fe is not the place to go if you want a night life, but it's a great place for couples.
All of my native American jewelry are family pieces, but we do collect pottery. We have a pot from nearly all of the Pueblo Tribes.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/19/2013|
Bette says it best...
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/19/2013|
R18 must be from New Jersey. An even stickier shithole.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/19/2013|
I thought Albuquerque was the shithole of the entire state? I'd seen it described as full of single mothers looking for men who'll marry them.
Santa Fe struck me as a tourist trap ... a southwest version of Nantucket.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/19/2013|
I love the weather in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Love the desert climate and the high elevation. In the summer it is hot during the day, but only for a few hours and it always cools down at night. I also love the wind. It can get very windy. The sky is just crystal clear. In the winter, it is not too cold during the day, but it gets frigid at night and sometimes it gets very snowy.
Both cities are wonderful for lounging and relaxing and just go out to eat. If you want to be clubbing or partying or go to shows, these cities will disappoint you.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/19/2013|
So if you live in a city with a resident opera company, there's really no reason to go to Santa Fe.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/19/2013|
I would not go to Santa Fe for the Opera. I would go for the weather and the spas. Just to relax and enjoy the scenery and the weather. There is also good hiking if you like that. Mostly, I just like to relax and get spa treatments and eat.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/19/2013|
The rich don't go to Santa Fe?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/20/2013|
Anyone who lives in Santa Fe, goes to the Opera on weekends. You pretty much see everyone there.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/20/2013|
And by everyone, R34 means gaggles of geriatric lesbians.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/20/2013|