Soak up Santa Fe's global vibe

Where to go and what to do on an international vacation in New Mexico

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  • Professionals take to the floor for flamenco at Chispa.


    photo by David Fenton

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Cruise the minimalistic Site Santa Fe, a former beer warehouse loosely modeled after a German Kunsthalle, or exhibition space. You'll quickly surmise that this is an arena for bold, new art. Beginning in late June, see works at Site's Seventh International Biennial, the only show of its kind in the United States, bringing in 25 of the globe's most promising artists. The projects will be dismantled and recycled at the end of the show. INFO: Jun 22-Oct 26; closed Mon-Tue; $10; 1606 Paseo de Peralta; 505/989-1199.

Worldly Touch Santa Fe, one of the largest art markets in the world, has 250 art galleries and 16 museums.


A leisurely late-afternoon walk is de rigueur in Europe's sunniest countries - it's called la passeggiata in Italy, el paseo in Spain. Santa Fe's Eastside neighborhood is perfect for your own wander; you'll feel like you've been transported to a village in Andalusia, Spain. Especially picturesque: the side streets off Acequia Madre, such as Camino Manzano and San Antonio Street. For an intermezzo, seek out the lounge at La Casa Sena. Pair the nachitos and duck confit with Bieler Père et Fils "Sabine" rosé. INFO: Bar menu: $$; 125 E. Palace Ave.; 505/988-9232.

Worldly Touch La Casa Sena carries wines from around the globe, including Chile, France, New Zealand, and South Africa.


The folds of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, aspens shouldering up against spruce and fir, and the bare cap of 12,622-foot Santa Fe Baldy rising above - this is the setting for the Santa Fe Opera. Join in on the opera tailgate party by calling Angel Food Catering ($32; 505/983-2433), which will deliver dinner to you there. The open-air opera house, with its cantilevered roof, allows stargazing. And each seat has a translation system. INFO: From $26; 17053 U.S. 84/285; 800/280-4654.

Worldly Touch Ten world premieres have happened here.



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