My Town: Santa Fe

Top picks from Budget Travel readers who live in some of our favorite places.

By , Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009, 12:00 AM

Earrings from the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market

Walk around The Plaza with an open map and a perplexed look, and a local will help you find what you're looking for. It's probably just on the next block. —Eliot Kohen, 65, moved to Santa Fe in 1976

For breakfast at Cafe Pasqual's, order the huevos motuleños—eggs over easy on corn tortillas with black beans, feta, and bananas. Get it Christmas style, with red and green salsas (pasquals.com, $12). —Genia Michaela, actress

Each room is different at the El Rey Inn, a 1930s adobe motel with kiva fireplaces and lush rose gardens (elreyinnsantafe.com, from $84). —Janet Buchbinder, 56

No meal says home to me like red-chile cheese enchiladas with posole, a hominy-like dish, and a Silver Coin Margarita at The Shed (sfshed.com, $7.50). —Stephanie Reynolds, 41

More than 300 vendors sell folk art, salsa, cowboy boots, Native American jewelry, and much more at the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market (Exit 171 off U.S. 84). —Karen Gano, medical social worker

Since it opened 33 years ago, Jackalope has grown into a six-and-a-half-acre international bazaar with an animal barn, a furniture store, and a glassblowing studio for local artists (jackalope.com). —G.M.

On the weekends, yuppies flock to Ten Thousand Waves, the famous onsen-style spa. Any other time, the spa is all yours; soak in a hot bath overlooking the mountains—it's all very Southwestern Zen (tenthousandwaves.com, 55-minute private bath $29). —J.B.

Hike the Atalaya Mountain Trail, a path from the edge of town into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The trek gets steep near the top, but the payoff is worth it: sweeping views of the Rio Grande valley and an unbeatable panorama of the city. —Stacey Lydon, 27