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My Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Melodi Wyss-Feliciano's passion for Santa Fe began the first time she visited. Nearly two decades later she still loves the "City Different," nicknamed for its unique architecture and signature chile.

By Krista Meyerhoff

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I've lived all over the world—everywhere from Kansas City, Missouri, to Hamburg, Germany. But Santa Fe's cultural diversity and desert scenery make it unlike any other place I've been. Before our kids were born, Aaron and I knew we'd want to retire to New Mexico. But when Eli was 2 years old, we fast-tracked our plans and moved here to raise our family.

It's almost impossible to get tired of Santa Fe's Southwestern cuisine. Our restaurant pick is Maria's New Mexican Kitchen, where the menu features more than 100 types of margaritas. Aaron loves the enchiladas served with "Christmas," the term locals use to describe the combination of red and green chilies. Every time we take a vacation, I'm homesick for the food.

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