The culture one finds here is steeped in the 400-year history of Santa Fe. I have friends here this week -- the first time girlfriends have come to play since I moved from NYC. No one came to play and stay in Atlanta when we lived there and Houston, really, wasn't a destination city for fun. In Texas, everyone goes to San Antonio.
So I'm off entertaining my friends, sharing with them what I know and love about New Mexico. On the agenda: museums, galleries, shopping around the plaza, spas like Ojo Caliente or Ten Thousand Waves, hiking in the mountains at sunrise, Northern New Mexico cuisine - perhaps a cooking class, Indian Pueblos and ancient ruins and arts including textiles and jewelry and our Farmer's Market. Perhaps the best thing might be sitting by a pinyon fire talking with hot chocolate made from Mexican dark chocolate.