Read More from Jenny on her blog, View from the Plaza.
Spanish Market, Indian Market, International Folk Art Market — these are hardly new events in the City Different, and yet they continue to attract larger audiences every year. At a time when many destinations are unveiling the latest undiscovered attraction, Santa Fe receives most visitors for events hosted by the city’s tried-and-true institutions.
Maybe it’s because fixtures like the Santa Fe Opera and the Lensic Performing Arts Center exist not only to attract outsiders, but to partner with locals and offer unique venues for community events. We like to think La Fonda is like that too — a welcoming spot for visitors, but also Santa Fe’s own living room, where residents come to meet, celebrate, wed, and show visitors what their town is really about. When a city displays a strong sense of identity, outsiders naturally want to come and explore and get to know its personality. And there’s no better time for it than high season, when Santa Feans and visitors alike can enjoy all the colors of civic pride.
Jennifer Lea Kimball