Inspiring Art Destinations: Santa Fe, New Mexico


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The former home of Georgia O’Keeffe, the ranch’s 21,000 acres have inspired people from around the world. A stunning combination of paleontology, geology, archaeology, history and art, this education and retreat center is a must-visit according to Jorden. Located in Abiquiú.


Separate from the museum, this tour provides visitors with a deeper glimpse into the life and work of the iconic artist, says Hartley. Located in Abiquiu.


With more than 80 galleries lining the historic street, Canyon Road is the city’s most famous avenue. Look for traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture, handmade jewelry and pottery and Native American textiles.

From the watercolor deserts of New Mexico to the unfathomable architecture of Florence to the crystalline waters of Tahiti, the world around us has inspired countless works of literature and fine art. In this series, we take a closer look at five inspiring destinations the world over with histories steeped in art and literature.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

"New Mexico is the most completely beautiful place I have ever seen." –Ansel Adams

“Santa Fe is just one of those special places that you can revisit every couple of years, discover something new and know that your favorite spots are still there,” says Joyce Jorden of the Andrew Harper Alliance.

Known for its famed Canyon Road and stark natural beauty, Santa Fe has long been a regional cultural center. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the area inspired artists and writers such as evocative landscape painter Georgia O’Keeffe and black-and-white photography master Ansel Adams, and it continues to be a source of artistic inspiration and innovation today, says Cody Hartley, executive curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “The arts play a role in all aspects of life in the community.”

What makes Santa Fe such an inspiring place for artists? According to Stephen Kirschenbaum with Hacienda del Cerezo, “It has always been the nature and the light that brought artists to this area.”

Cow's Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O'Keefe
Georgia O'Keefe

This article is an excerpt from the July, August, September edition of the Traveler magazine. Click here to access the full issue.

By Hideaway Report Staff

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