Looking for that perfect pair of hand-tooled cowboy boots, a silver concho belt or that drop-dead squash blossom necklace? You’ve come to the right place. Cowboys and Indians have met in Santa Fe for almost 200 years. For those boots head to Back at the Ranch; for fabulous jewelry finds there’s Ortega’s on the Plaza or the annual Santa Fe Indian Market. Shop the downtown Plaza area, the trendy Railyard District, Guadalupe Street and artsy Canyon Road. You can literally shop ‘til you drop. Santa Fe excels in fine art, wearable art, home décor, tribal art and imports from around the world. Seret and Sons, loaded with treasures from the Silk Road and beyond, attracts people so famous the shop has to sign a confidentiality agreement before they show up. On the other end is the fun Jackalope with its acres of world imports on Cerrillos Road or the Traveler’s Market, part high-end boutique, part foreign bazaar. Santa Fe marches on its stomach. There are great food shops waiting to be discovered. Explore the Santa Fe Farmers Market or check out the array of specialty shops for chocolate, wine, gourmet vinegars, spices, foreign foods and and distinctly New Mexican ones.
Billie Frank is a freelance travel, food and feature writer based in Santa Fe New Mexico. Her blog, Santa Fe Travelers, is a treasure trove of information on the oldest capital city in the USA. Billie is also co-owner of The Santa Fe Traveler, a trip-planning and tour business.