Compass American Guides: Santa Fe, 3rd Edition (Full-color Travel Guide)

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9780679002864: Compass American Guides: Santa Fe, 3rd Edition (Full-color Travel Guide)

Compass Santa Fe 3rd ed."This guide to Santa Fe is the best, its photos and writing are both so elegant that it's your trip entertainment as well as your guide." -- New York Daily News

Created by local writers and photographers, Compass American Guides are the ultimate insider's guides, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of America's most spectacular destinations. Covering everything there is to see and do as well as choice lodging and dining, these gorgeous full-color guides are perfect for new and longtime residents as well as vacationers who want a deep understanding of the region they're visiting.

Outstanding color photography, plus a wealth of archival images
Topical essays and literary extracts
Detailed color maps
Great ideas for things to see and do
Capsule reviews of hotels and restaurants

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This is not a conventional guidebook to Santa Fe. This is the work of a visiting journalist who has had a 20-year-long relationship with her, flitting among love, fascination, amazement, aggravation, and exasperation. This is a guidebook in which no subject is out of bounds, one in which Santa Feans talk to each other -- and to me, about their lives and their histories and their dreams.

La Villa de Santa Feé (its original Spanish name), founded in 1607, claims more history, more art, and more multicultural energy than any other city in America with the possible exception of New York, which is more than 100 times Santa Fe's size. Santa Fe sports an unusual climate: two basic seasons, summer and winter, neither too extreme, with an interlude of autumn color that almost rivals New England's. It is the most concentrated art center in the world. In the decades past, Santa Fe style (for better or worse) captured the imagination of the whole nation, inspiring crafts, furniture, and architecture designed in an "antiqued" eighteenth-century Spanish Colonial dress. It is one of the culinary capitals of America, perhaps the only one save New Orleans that has evolved a broad and distinctive regional menu of its own.

This old, uneven brown town is ineffably alluring. Sweep into Santa Fe on I-25 from Albuquerque and you'll see the last city in North America that truly embraces its natural environment.

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