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University of New Mexico

Retirement: Go west in retirement

For retirees who thrive on culture and really good food, these two western destinations fill the bill. SANTA FE, N.M. Population: 69,976 Median home price: $244,000 Cool feature: Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is a longtime resident. Santa Fe has an average of 283 sunny days a year. You can get to the ski slopes in 35 minutes or less, or hike or bike for miles in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains (bring sunscreen). The city has more than 250 art galleries and 12 museums. The Santa Fe Opera provides world-class entertainment. In addition to innovative southwestern fare, local restaurants offer every kind of cuisine, from French to Middle Eastern. Santa Fe's major...