The Dale Ball Trails
Since its inception by namesake Dale Ball, these trails—which feature almost 25 miles of paths that have been efficiently interwoven into the infrastructure of the City Different—have been one of the quickest routes from the city to the mountains and have helped residents appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the local scenery.
Santa Fe Farmers Market
For fresh produce, the place to go has always been the Farmers Market. The market represents over 100 vendors (the number of vendors peaks in late August) all located in Northern New Mexico, meaning all food sold at the market is local. There are few businesses that do so much to promote sustainable, community-driven practices.
Head chef and owner Ahmed Obo’s Swahili fusion cuisine, known for its intricate spicing, has been a jewel of Cerrillos Road since it opened in 2009. Offering quality exotic food at a great price, Jambo gives local residents an opportunity to enjoy complex flavors found nowhere else.
The Candyman Strings & Things
Since 1969, the Candyman has serviced professional musicians and novices alike (and all in between). Winner of the 2014 “Dealer of the Year” award by the National Association of Music Merchants, here you’ll find top-of-the-line instruments, excellent instruction and a knowledgeable staff to help with all music-related inquiries.
Southside Plaza Café
An offshoot of the Plaza Café, the Southside Plaza Café brings the same classic American diner experience to the other side of town. It moved to its current location in 2009 and has since brought an invaluable all-American dining experience to an often overlooked part of the city.
Wood Gormley Elementary School
With its high parental involvement, annually high standardized test scores and the lowest student-to-teacher ratio (18.6:1) in Santa Fe County, it’s no wonder to see the school top this list. What’s striking is that Wood Gormley is a public school, offering a free and high-quality education to all its students.
The Santa Fe Watershed Association
Established in 1997, it has been the mission of this nonprofit to protect and restore the living Santa Fe River. A big component of their project has been to educate the public on water use and the effects of human impact on local ecosystems—engaging the community for the sake of a local icon.
New Mexico School for the Arts
NM School for the Arts opened in August 2010 to promote young performance and visual artists as well as encourage lifelong relationships with art. With its statewide enrollment, the school has already had success in developing the talents of young New Mexicans (with accolades to prove it), providing solid foundations for future careers.
For over 90 years, the Inn at the End of the Santa Fe Trail, a historic landmark, has offered quality service, accommodations and an excellent restaurant for all guests who’ve been privileged to stay there. All this in one of the most beautiful buildings in town and located in a historic neighborhood.
Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences
This school practices the method of expeditionary learning, a curriculum that combines rigorous academics with real-world projects. Their lesson plans are integrated and immersive, which promotes the development of the whole child and learning through exploration. As opposed to schools that teach toward standardized tests, students here remain curious as a result of their engaging strategy.
The Food Depot
The Food Depot reminds you that “Hunger is closer than you think.” With the help of over 1,600 volunteers and donations from the general public, it has helped many stave off hunger. It’s a harsh but noble project to remind us that, even in a country as affluent as America, people go hungry. The Food Depot also shows that the fight isn’t hopeless.
Santa Fe Humane Society and Shelter
The Humane Society has done a lot to curb the overpopulation of domesticated animals. But more importantly, it has done much to teach compassion and promote healthy relationships. And officials practice what they preach: The 100-acre campus and kind staff make the Humane Society one of the most progressive shelters in the nation.
Desert Montessori School
The Montessori method is based largely on the idea that we learn at our own pace. The Desert Montessori School provides young children with an open and free environment that promotes this idea. Children here are able to learn in a way that best suits their individual needs.
Santa Fe Plaza
The traditional center of Santa Fe is 1.1 of the busiest acres around. It is often the first place that tourists visit; it is near some of the finest restaurants and galleries; but most of all, it is a great place to sit, slow down and take in the movements of the city.
The Cowgirl serves tasty barbecue, offers a wide selection of beer and has one of the best billiards halls in town. Not to mention music almost every day, including all the Americana you could ever hope and dream for—you know, something to bond over with your fellow singles.
Mayor Javier Gonzales
Since taking office in early 2014, Mayor Javier Gonzales has done his best to bring progressive politics to Santa Fe, which includes a much-needed focus on education and green economy. Apart from his politics, he’s a lifelong resident and the first of his family to graduate from college; he’s a person citizens can relate to.
Mary Charlotte Domandi, KSFR
Since 2003, Domandi has both produced and hosted her community-minded radio program. Broadcasted on KSFR early weekday mornings from what is another longtime local establishment, the Santa Fe Baking Co., Radio Café works from the community for the community. And the ever-present, ever-caring host has consistently given us meaningful local programming.
Warehouse 21 has provided community involvement in performing, media and visual arts for all ages since 1997. From screen printing workshops to concerts, it gives youth access to artistic resources and instruction that would otherwise be lacking, encouraging expression at an age that most needs it.
The beautiful Loretto Chapel, built in 1878, offers great scenery for any couple-to-be-betrothed. Not sure if you’re capable of planning your wedding and being emotionally stable enough to handle the big day? The chapel offers excellent professional services, from flower arrangements to musical accompaniment—freeing you to stress out about the dreaded seating chart.
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