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Discovering Santa Fe Art and Cuisine Should Top Your Travel Wish List


Discovering Santa Fe Art and Cuisine Should Top Your Travel Wish List

As the collective world eagerly waits for the COVID-19 pandemic to end, many people are already planning their vacation and travel wish lists. A visit to the Southwest is one destination that’s worth a spot on every traveler’s list. The folks at TOURISM Sante Fe recommended a curated tour that combines the best of Santa Fe art and cuisine.

The Sante Fe art scene offers the best of Southwestern culture

Below are three tours that introduce visitors to Santa Fe’s rich art and food culture.

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Taste of Canyon Road Food and Art Tour

Santa Fe, while most famous for its Southwestern culture and cuisine, is far from a one-trick pony. The Taste of Canyon Road Food and Art Tour, offered by Wander New Mexico, takes visitors on a rich, winding tour of the heart of Santa Fe’s history of food and art.

The leisurely walking tour explores the transformation of the Canyon Road neighborhood, from its start as an early 1600s Spanish farming community to its status today as one of the most famous art markets in the United States.

Not to be overshadowed by Canyon Road’s art galleries, tour participants will also get their fill of the best food and drink establishments the city has to offer. Each stop on the tour is accompanied by stories that truly bring the art and food to life.

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A visit to New Mexico isn’t complete without experiencing Santa Fe’s rich art and culinary history. [Cayla1 on Unsplash]

Art Tour and Chocolate Tasting by Santa Fe Art Tours

For some, chocolate is an art form in itself, and the guides at Santa Fe Art Tours agree. Their unique tour of Santa Fe’s most remarkable galleries, coupled with a tasting at one of the city’s best chocolate shops, is an exquisite, multi-sensory treat.

The tour begins at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, which features Southwestern-style art from modern and contemporary New Mexico artists. Next, the Gerald Peters Contemporary gallery gives visitors a glimpse into conversation-worthy contemporary art from local and international artists. The last stop on the art portion of the tour winds back through Canyon Road for an immersive visit to the city’s most famous (and undeniably charming) arts district.

Santa Fe Artist Clay Vorhes’ paintings in his “Trapeze” series are on display at the Gerald Peters Contemporary gallery through June 13. A stop at the gallery is part of a guided tour by Santa Fe Art Tours. [Courtesy of Gerald Peters Contemporary]

A visit to Kakawa Chocolate House is the perfect cap to the tour, where visitors will enjoy unique chocolate elixirs and delectable treats as they relax and converse. General tours are available on Thursdays, and private tours may be booked with the tour office.

Cooking Class Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe

What better way to blend art and food than by exploring the culinary perspectives of one of the world’s most famous artists? Georgia O’Keeffe, a painter best known for her unique flowers, vibrant landscapes, and dramatic desert-scapes, also had a flair for the culinary arts.

Santa Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in partnership with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, offers the opportunity to experience some of the artist’s favorite recipes. The three-hour class includes demonstrations from several recipes from an O’Keeffe inspired cookbook titled A Painters Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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The book’s author, Margaret Wood, was an assistant to O’Keeffe for many years and often joins the classes to share stories about the artist and her love of food and painting.

If a guided tour isn’t your style, checking out any of these destinations on your own will illustrate just how Santa Fe earned its tagline as The City Different.

As the folks at TOURISM Santa Fe say, “With legendary history and culture around every corner, an art scene that spans from traditional to contemporary, accommodations with a local feel yet world-class status, award-winning cuisine that’s as eclectic as it is sumptuous, and countless experiences to encounter, you’re sure to uncover something different about yourself when you visit.”

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