Local Area Attractions
Historic Santa Fe Plaza
Come see the most enduring symbol of Santa Fe’s history. The Plaza served as a focal point for this sleepy provincial capital. Locals met here to trade gossip or goods, and couples would promenade on warm evenings to romantic melodies played by strolling musicians.
The Loretto Chapel is a private museum known for its choir-loft staircase. According to legend, the corkscrew stairs were built (without nails or support beams) by a carpenter who mysteriously appeared and left without taking money or leaving his name. Visit the Loretto Chapel online for more information.
San Miguel Mission
The San Miguel Mission is a Catholic Church worth visiting. It was originally built in 1625 to serve Mexican Indians who were conscripted by the Spaniards as soldiers and servants. The Mission was rebuilt in 1710 after being burned by the Indians at the start of the Pueblo Revolt. Its high windows and thick walls are typical of the fortress-like construction that followed the uprising.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
The El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a "living history" museum in the village of La Cienega. Visitors can tour many historic sites, including an 18th-century "placita-style" home, a water-powered mill, and a stone tower built to defend travelers against Indian raids. Visit El Rancho de las Golondrinas online for more information.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
May 4-5 Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More.
Military drills, camp life, lectures, and reenactments of Civil War battles fought in New Mexico. 10am-4pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 505-471-2261, http://www.golondrinas.org .
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival.
More than 200 Native American artists sell their museum-quality work in this weekend festival. Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St., 505-476-1250.
Spring Festival and Children’s Fair.
Costumed villagers shearing sheep, baking bread and more, plus animals, games, and hands-on activities for kids. 10am-4pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 505-471-2261,