Santa Fe

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New Mexico - Santa Fe: Old Clock With Adobe Buildings (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)
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Affordable activities and hotel discounts make this spring a great time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. Walk the shoestring budget tightrope while exploring the arts scene, marveling at local wildlife, discovering Native American culture, and indulging in spa treatments.

Spring discounts are popping up all over the city. For instance, at the Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast Inn, nightly rates in March and April start at $95 instead of $130, and start at $115 in May and June instead of $150. La Fonda has special rates between $99 and $139 for stays through the end of May, while Fort Marcy Hotel Suites has 20 to 30 percent discounts on stays through April 30.

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Its unique blend of arts, nature, and culture make Santa Fe a world-class destination, but not necessarily an expensive one. Gallery events, artists' receptions, and exhibition openings, plus art walks on the first and last Friday of every month, are all free. Saturday mornings are a birder's delight with free guided bird-watching trips at the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary. On May 28 and 29, the Native Treasures Indian Art Festival showcases more than 200 emerging artists and established masters. Entrance is $5 on Saturday and free on Sunday. And the RockResorts Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe is celebrating national Spa Week with discounts on its High Altitude Recovery Massage.

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