My husband and I like to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico, as we are interested in Native American and Spanish art and culture. We stayed at the Inn and Spa at Loretto last November, which is why there are luminarias set up on the pueblo architecture of the Inn.
This is the Palace of the Governors on the main square in Santa Fe, dating to the 1600's. Americans from the East Coast and the Midwest focus on the settlement of America from the 13 colonies, but overlook the settlement of New Mexico and California from Mexico. From this building, Spain and Mexico ruled New Mexico for longer than New Mexico has been part of the USA. One of American territorial Governors who ruled from this building in the late 1800's was Lew Wallace, who is best known as the author of Ben Hur. If you ask my husband, he will tell you all about Lew Wallace having been the Union General at the Battle of Monocacy outside of Frederick, Maryland, in 1864 during the Civil War.
Religious themes are an important element of Spanish colonial art and were an important element of the work of the missionaries who converted the indigenous population.
We had a light dusting of snow when we were in Santa Fe last November, which added a little outline to the architecture of the Inn at Loretto.
When we woke in the morning, this was the view of the hotel courtyard from our room. I liked the pattern of the flagstone walkway on which the snow did not stick when it landed on the lawn and trees.
The front entrance of the hotel leaves no doubt that you are arriving at an Inn in Santa Fe. You won't find any Chippendale or art deco furnishings in here.
The lighting of the hotel provides a warm and dramatic welcome after returning from one of the many excellent restaurants in Santa Fe.