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My Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico


Jewelry sold outside Palace of the Governors

Eli is an accomplished sketch artist—he spent six summers taking lessons at Dragonfly Art Studio, and his work has been shown at several local galleries. For his birthday last year we went to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which owns the largest collection of pieces by the famed painter. He's also toured Ghost Ranch, O'Keeffe's home for more than four decades, and walked through the very desert that inspired her.

Even if the temperature drops below freezing, it's nearly always sunny. Whenever we have the chance we take a day trip to Ski Santa Fe, just 30 minutes away in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Halfway down is Totemoff Bar and Grill, a cozy lodge where we can take a break, grab a snack or, in my case, refuel with lots of water before hitting the slopes again.

My favorite spot to soak in the adobe architecture is the Plaza. American Indian vendors sell handmade pottery, jewelry, and even bread in front of the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously used public building in the country. During Santa Fe Bandstand, a free festival held in July and August, musicians perform reggae, bluegrass, jazz, and more.