New Mexico is often referred to as the “Land of Enchantment,” and nowhere in the state is this more evident than in Santa Fe. Renowned for decades as a colony for artists and artisans, it beckons countless visitors who travel here to marvel at the breathtaking desert landscapes and centuries-old architecture. Among the extensive array of remarkable accommodations is the Encantado
resort, featuring elegantly designed casitas with majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The historic Hotel St. Francis
embodies the authentic spirit of Santa Fe while offering all the modern comforts and a hospitable gathering spot, the Secreto Bar. The Inn of the Five Graces
is a charming, family-operated boutique hotel with private suites and secluded courtyards. Completed in 1887 and named for the patron saint of Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
boasts a storied legacy. No trip to the city would be complete without a visit to the prestigious Museum of International Folk Art
, which showcases more than 135,000 artifacts. Tour Ortega's on the Plaza
, and purchase more than 100 local artists one-of-kind pieces of jewelry. Or browse a host of eclectic local shops, including Back at the Ranch
—the world’s largest retailer of custom cowboy boots. To learn more about this unforgettable destination, see “The Soul of Santa Fe,” on page 24 of the July/August 2012 issue of Victoria magazine.