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I want to personalize your Santa Fe travel experience and help you discover the authentic Santa Fe that we locals know and love.

I was born in England and found my way to Santa Fe in 1984. I immediately felt an affinity for this beautiful part of the world. Its ancient history and culture gives it a European feeling, and yet it is unique unto itself. New Mexico has a depth of character and diversity of culture that has been earned over many centuries. I loved it so much that I moved here, and I've lived in Santa Fe for almost 30 years. Over those years I've learned a great deal about the special "off the beaten path" places to visit, and things to do, the fave locally-owned and operated shops, restaurants, tours, artist studios and their workshops, that contribute to the unique charm and character of Santa Fe.

On my first visit in 1984, I was fortunate to be shown around Santa Fe by locals who loved their home town and showed me their favorite places, introduced me to colorful characters, and helped make my experience of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico very special, and I'll always be grateful for that. I explored places and enjoyed experiences I would never have found on my own, and I realized that Santa Fe isn't like anywhere else.

Travel sites nowadays are so impersonal and overwhelming with their exhaustive lists and distracting ad content, and reviews from folks who are strangers to the area themselves.

I created Santa Fe Selection Travel Guide so that I could impart my personal recommendations to travelers - much as I received when I first visited. My curated travel guide website focuses on those locally-owned small businesses, tour operators, artists, restaurants, and immersive experiences; those things that I know offer an insider's knowledge of the area's history, art, culture, people, traditions, and flavors that are authentic and characteristically New Mexican. Our lodging category offers special discount links where you can book directly and receive discounts that are exclusive to Santa Fe Selection.

Click the "blog" link at the top of this page, and you'll find my blog articles help you know greater detail about everything from "Weather and What to Pack", things to do, places to see, people to meet and interesting historic details about the area. You can sign up to receive our monthly updates and stay in touch with the Land of Enchantment.

In addition to the free travel guide of my favorite places in this simple and easy-to-navigate site, you can get personal referrals from me, either by email or by phone. I also offer a trip planning service that involves creating your customized itinerary from start to finish, including lodging and all activities for your visit (fees do apply for this service).

Look for our popular, pocket-sized concierge cards, and essential Mini Guide with 3 detailed maps showing all points of interest with restaurant, unique shopping and tour ideas for your stay. These are also displayed in hotel lobbies, and visitor centers around Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. I will mail you a Mini Guide for free, in advance of your arrival, if you ask for one, and provide your name and mailing address via the contact form link above. We also have our downloadable, color-coded maps that are great tools for mobile users found in our Maps category on the Home Page. Once downloaded, they remain accessible even if you wander off the cell tower grid (which tends to happen quite a bit in these parts:)

I hope that having us as your local connection will enhance your Santa Fe experience. And I hope you leave with fond memories and a sense that you've explored and discovered and seen more than the surface of this enchanted place.

Wishing you a wonderful visit and please share our site with your friends. I appreciate hearing from you about your visit and experience of our site and service, so feel free to send me an email with your feedback, questions and comments about your stay.

Kind Regards,

Maria Johnson

**Know who you are buying from. Please be warned that it is important to know the origin of certain goods before you buy. For example, certain "Native" art, silver and turquoise items being sold as Native, may be imported even though they come with a certificate of authenticity. Santa Fe Selection vendors are reputable and they guarantee authenticity of their products.**

"wow wow... you are on top of it... Amazing, thank you! This is fun getting your expert feed back. We will share your site and insightful help with all. Many friends love to venture to Santa Fe and your ideas have been just perfect... What a great experience this has been to visit with you. I thank you... looking forward to a great trip. Best," Pam B

"Hey Maria,
Thank you for the information on Santa Fe. Our week was fabulous! ...Thank you for all your help and information.
You have a lovely city, and we enjoyed our visit." - C.S.