Photos: Southwest Smackdown: Santa Fe vs. Sedona

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The view from Airport Mesa, overlooking the city’s signature red rock formations, including Coffee Pot Rock (in the center)
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Sugarloaf Loop starts in a residential area and  climbs to a summit with 360-degree views of red rock formations like Coffee Pot Rock, which is shaped like a percolator
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New Agers claim the Chapel of the Holy Cross sits atop a “vortex,” one of the city’s eight alleged hotspots of spiritual energy
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An Arizonian cowboy on a stroll in uptown Sedona
Housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings, the Cowboy Club serves real-deal, high-desert fare like fried cactus, buffalo skewers, and green chile rattlesnake meatballs
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Sky Ranch Lodge is a homey alternative to Sedona’s chichi spa scene, with gardens that attract hummingbirds and an onsite bar serving Arizona beers and wines
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Constructed in 1922 as a post office, the Pueblo Revival-style Federal Building now houses the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Opened in 2008, the Railyard District is now home to 11 contemporary galleries, a 10-acre park, and a farmers market
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The Museum of International Folk Art houses the whimsical collection of designer Alexander Girard offers folk pieces—such as masks, dolls, and Day of the Dead figurines—from over 100 countries arranged in quirky dioramas
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Opened in 2009 in the shell of the city’s oldest hotel, the Hotel St. Francis takes its namesake seriously. The minimalist decor is monastic chic with rustic, white-plaster walls and wrought iron crosses, wooden statues of saints, and a candlelit baptismal font in the lobby
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Cafe Pasqual’s, named for the patron saint of the kitchen, nods to that past with a cross-border menu that includes a green chile bison cheeseburger
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The specialty is paté from Chocolate Smith is fudgy ganache infused with chipotle or ancho, then dipped in colorful wax that protects the spicy-sweet treat on all-weather hikes in the nearby Sangre de Cristo mountains
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Santa Fe vs. Sedona

Arizona and New Mexico just turned 100! Which Southwest retreat—Santa Fe or Sedona—is right for you?

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