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Magazine’s readers say Santa Fe is snobby, but still among best places to visit

SANTA FE, N.M. — The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine find Santa Feans. or at least those on Canyon Road, pretty snobby, but they apparently still love to visit the City Different.

One T+L poll posted recently ranked Santa Fe as tied for the fifth snobbiest among 35 destination American cities, tied with Seattle and behind San Francisco, New York, Boston and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The magazine’s website  said this:

“When you browse Santa Fe’s galleries, a love of art isn’t necessarily enough.

Ysmay Walsh makes a point to dress up when she gallery-hops along the city’s Canyon Road. “I feel like I have to step up my game a bit, because I wanted to be taken seriously at the galleries,” says the founder of residential guide “Without a certain appearance or air about yourself, gallery owners barely acknowledge you when you walk in.”

That attitude helps explain how the otherwise diverse and quiet Santa Fe made the top 20 snobbiest cities, according to Travel + Leisure readers. In the annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, we asked readers to rank 35 major metropolitan areas for features such as trendy food trucks or good-looking locals”.

And this, after noting Santa Fe’s high ranking as snobby:

“Georgia O’Keeffe’s old stomping ground certainly ranks as an A-list art town with readers: it won the survey for being a cultural getaway and scored highly for its museums. Beyond the galleries and boutiques of Canyon Road, the New Mexicans also came across as being pretty affable—but it may depend on your topic of conversation: the city ranked near the bottom for its sports bars.”

Meanwhile, annother Travel + Leisure poll says Santa Fe is the fifth most popular city to visit in the U.S. or Canada.

Here is a city of Santa Fe news release on that ranking:

Each year for the last 18 years Travel + Leisure magazine (T+L) has polled its readers for the cities, hotels, islands, spas, cruises and service providers that represent the very best in travel for the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards. For 2013, Santa Fe is included for the twelfth consecutive time as a top 10 favorite for United States and Canadian travel destinations.

This year Santa Fe is ranked as the fifth most popular travel city in North America as determined by the magazine’s travel-savvy readers. Santa Fe moved up one spot from 2012 when the city was in sixth place. For having been in the top 10 in the World’s Best Awards for ten or more years, Santa Fe is also in the Travel + Leisure Hall of Fame.

“Santa Fe’s consistent acknowledgment from Travel + Leisure’s readers as one of the country’s top travel destinations is a recognition of our tourism businesses as a whole,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss “I am proud the city’s culture, cuisine and many attractions continue to be recognized as the very best the U.S. has to offer.”

In its online Santa Fe Guide, T+L says, “Ages old and New Age, rich in art and artsy in attitude, deeply charming and more than a little eccentric, New Mexico’s magnetic colonial city draws all kinds of pilgrims.”

For 2013 the top 10 U.S. and Canadian cities, in Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards are:

1. Charleston; 2. San Francisco; 3. New York; 4. Chicago; 5. SANTA FE; 6. New Orleans; 7. Savannah; 8. Quebec City; 9. Vancouver; 10. Washington D.C.

Charleston was given an overall score of 88.65. Santa Fe received an overall score of 86.95. Cities were rated, through a questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, on sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping and value with an optional ranking for romance.

In addition, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi made the World’s Best Awards list for Top Small City Hotels in the Continental U.S., slotting in at #2.

Complete results and methodology can be found online at: