Travel & Accommodations

Santa Fe, New Mexico

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a melting pot of culture, cuisine and art, all stemming from its rich historical background. With influences from the Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures, Santa Fe’s opulent history has made it a focal point for tourists. With a population hovering around 70,000, Santa Fe is the fourth largest city in New Mexico; right behind Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho. Santa Fe was founded between 1607 and 1610, making it the second oldest city in the U.S. Sitting at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe is not only the second oldest city, but it is the highest and oldest capital in the U.S.

Santa Fe, “Holy Faith” in Spanish, has a charming presence, and the cultural impact named it a Creative City by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2005. Santa Fe was the first U.S. city to be named a Creative City by the UNESCO and is one of only 12 cities in the world to hold this title.

As the country’s third largest art market, Santa Fe offers nearly 300 galleries and art dealers. Dive into Santa Fe’s rich history by visiting the museums which showcase art, culture, traditions and history. Santa Fe is also home to a world-class opera house where you can submerse yourself in the theatrical arts. If you find yourself looking for palatable experiences, Santa Fe accommodates every appetite through an array of cuisines. Santa Fe has earned a reputation with food-lovers as it offers over 200 choices in traditional dishes, creative Southern dishes, authentic Italian, French and Asian dishes, as well as other world-inspired cuisines.

Just as Santa Fe does not lack in surprises when it comes to the full cultural experience, the weather in Santa Fe also may hold surprises for visitors. With an average of 300 sunny days per year, 14 inches of rain and 32 inches of snow annually, Santa Fe may have various shifts in weather due to its high altitude. In the summer expect high temperatures into the 90’s with cooler evenings.

Meeting Venue – The Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Built in 2008, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center stays true to Santa Fe's historic adobe architecture and combines the best of old and new - with traditional Navajo rugs, Spanish colonial tin accents and carved furniture pieces made by local artisans throughout the building.

For additional information on the Santa Fe Community Convention Center visit their website: http://communityconventioncenter.com/

Currency and Banking

Official currency of the United States is the dollar, denoted by USD ($). Automated teller machines (ATM) are available throughout the area. Locations may be found at http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp for Visa and http://www.mastercard.com/global/atmlocations/ for MasterCard. For other ATM locations, please go to the web site for your financial institution.