Published: January/February 201048 HOURS
Santa Fe Destination Guide
Photo: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Terraced gardens and pine trees surround the Inn of the Turquoise Bear.
Photo by Krista Rossow

For an old lady of 400, Santa Fe has never looked so good. The town of 70,000 is celebrating a new history museum and a renovated historic district, not to mention a 16-month-long birthday party. Aggressive state film incentives over the past seven years have brought feature productions like No Country for Old Men and the upcoming Legion to town, adding to Santa Fe's artsy rep. But some things never change: You'll still find the adobe architecture and eclectic vibe that has lured countless writers, painters, and actors—such as Willa Cather, Shirley MacLaine, and Cormac McCarthy—to the "City Different."

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