Why we live in Santa Fe

People often ask us why we live in Santa Fe. Our choice seems to intrigue them. The only conclusion I have been able to reach is that they’d like to be here too and want to know how and why we did it. When I was a concierge, one of the most frequently asked questions besides “How do I get to the Plaza?” was “Why did you move to Santa Fe?” There’s a long answer and a short one. The short answer is the Puye Cliffs.

Puye dwelling, photo Steve Collins

In the summer of 1986, while sitting on top of the mesa above these ancient cliff dwellings on the Santa Clara Pueblo, I felt like I had come home. For me it was more than the history, it was a sense of being one with the land.  I needed to be here.

This epiphany began an almost twenty-year journey for Steve and me to get here. I won’t bore you with the story. We arrived in January 2004 to work at an inn south of Santa Fe. Steve was the chef and I was the hospitality manager. I learned a lot about guest services during our eight months there. I was born for this job; I loved almost everything about it.

 When we left the inn, I became a hotel concierge. I knew almost nothing about Santa Fe. My first six months on the job were a crash-course in everything a hotel guest would want to know about the town. Now, six years later, I am an expert. If I don’t know the answer to a question, I know who to ask.

When we began The Santa Fe Traveler, our travel-concierge and trip-planning business two years ago, I began writing about the town for on-line publications to get the word out about the business. I really loved writing about my adopted city; there was so much to share. I was ecstatic; I had discovered a new passion. Writing felt, well… right.

Starting this blog was the next step. Steve and I look forward to sharing this city we love with you. We also will share our travels and our passions; food, history and culture. Join us on our life-journey. You never know where it will take you.

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12 Responses to “Why we live in Santa Fe”

  1. Pauline
    December 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Great new website! I subscribed.
    No one who has been to Santa Fe would ask why. It is a wonderful small town, with arts, food, and scenery. If it were just closer to our families…
    Cheers!
    Pauline

    • Billie Frank
      December 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

      Thanks for being our first comment on the blog. When you next come to Santa Fe, I’m taking you our to lunch. It deserves a prize. And thanks for subscribing!

  2. Tim Burke
    December 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Billie,
    Wonderful new blog! Look forward to reading future stories.

    Tim

    • Billie Frank
      December 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

      Thanks Tim! Still waiting for you to come visit Santa Fe.

  3. LeslieTravel
    December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    Congrats on your new website! It looks fantastic. I look forward to reading about your adventures in Santa Fe.

  4. Cora
    December 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I’ve traveled to Santa Fe once and I loved it! First because the scenery is totally different than what I see every day here in the Midwest. Second, there is great eclectic shopping at little shops. Third, I had the best pizza of my life in Santa Fe 🙂

  5. Paula keller
    January 29, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Hi Billy and Steve I really love your blogsite! I have looked for the two of you for a long time but no luck so glad Steve found me. Sounds like your life has been interesting and different.
    I never thought of Santa Fe but by all I just read it sounds like a great place to live and seems to fit both your personalities! Im intrigued. I’ll be writing a personal email soon..Paula

    • Billie Frank
      January 29, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Paula-
      Amazing to reconnect after all these years! Santa Fe is wonderful- we’d love to have you come out for a visit and see what we feel in love with.

  6. Madaline Resendes
    June 14, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    I love how you love your city! I have been in a book club at my local library for the past 17 years, or so. Yikes! And no – this is not a non sequitur…Some of my favorite books are the ones where the “place” is as dynamic and deeply felt a “character” in the novel as any humans. I don’t get to travel much, unfortunately, but if ever we make it to Santa Fe, we will surely know where to develop our Santa Fe game plan!!

    • Billie Frank
      June 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

      It’s a wonderful city to live in and of course visit. Hope you can make it here some day.

  7. Jenny
    June 15, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    I have visited other places in New Mexico, but never Santa Fe. I just was not drawn to visit thinking believing it was more of a touristy destination. I also had the impression that I would need to be wealthier than I am to appreciate it. Reading your heartfelt reflections and viewing the pictures has piqued my interest. I will put it on my list of places to check out/explore/experience.
    Thanks

    • Billie Frank
      June 15, 2017 at 10:33 am #

      Yes there are very touristy aspects to Santa Fe, but there’s much more. We are neither wealthy or tourists and we love it here. It’s a very special place! You can definitely do it on a budget. Come check it out!

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