Santa Fe winters have been described by New York Times writer Frederick Turner as ” a world of brilliant, almost blinding contrasts: the virginal snow, the depthless azure of the sky, the baked brown of adobe (and faux adobe) buildings, the red of hanging ristras of chilies, and, over all, the high god of the region, the sun, yellow as a daisy’s heart.” More succinctly, locals call a Santa Fe winter one of “our best kept secrets.”
Santa Fe has that special combination of great winter outdoor activities and warm, inviting things to do indoors. It is not only a great place for winter sports – with Ski Santa Fe close by – but it is also a wonderfully cozy place to spend the weekend, a week or the whole winter! Winter in Santa Fe means adobe walls and a snowy backdrop and a mountain/desert air scented with fragrant piñon smoke.
Additionally, early Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Santa Fe. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s or 60s (and even 70s). The sun is usually out and it’s glorious. At night, temperatures drop into the 30s.
Early spring is considered the off-season for tourists, so there are better deals and less waiting for dining in prime spots. At Inn on the Paseo, we are currently offering some of the best bed & breakfast rates in Santa Fe.
As spring arrives, Friday night gallery openings pick up, the celebrated Santa Fe Farmers Market moves outdoors, and concerts, plays and dance performances resume around Santa Fe. Visit Santa Fe attractions in early spring if you’re not concerned about Santa Fe weather.
Here at the Inn on the Paseo we have come up with a number of interesting things to do – special things that make winter and early Spring in Santa Fe truly one of the best kept secrets of our region.
Ski Santa Fe
Ski Santa Fe is currently reporting great skiing with a base depth of over 37 inches. Located just a short distance outside of Santa Fe, this mountain makes for a great day trip for skiiers of all levels. Review Inn on the Paseo’s Winter Ski Package for a savings on room rates and lift tickets.
Santa Fe Artists Market Winter Show
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays
January thru March
Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma
(old Border’s building)
Guadalupe Railyard District
The Santa Fe Artists Market sponsors juried art exhibitions at the Railyard Park during the winter months. More information: http://www.santafeartistsmarket.com/
Winter Brew 2014
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market
WHEN: January 24, 2014
The Annual Winterbrew Festival returns to the Santa Fe Farmers Market this January for another session of exceptional craft beers and comfort foods from a variety of Santa Fe chefs. More information: http://santafe.org/perl/jump.cgi?ID=5071
Pueblo Feast Days and Dances
WHEN: Various Fall & Winter Dates
Winter Pueblo feast days and dances held at Indian pueblos surrounding Santa Fe are open to visitors.
Community Convention Center
WHEN: February 1, 2014
Grab your spoon and sample amazing soups prepared by several dozen of Santa Fe’s finest chefs, then cast your vote for your favorites. This annual event raises funds for The Santa Fe Food Depot, which distributes food to struggling Northern New Mexicans. This annual soup competition also includes a silent auction and benefits the Food Depot. Purchase tickets in advance by visiting their website.
WHEN: February 21 – 23, 2014
Fine art meets fine dining in this one-of-a-kind event. There are fashion shows, an auction, home tours, and the Edible Art Tour–an evening of gallery hopping with art-inspired nibbles prepared by the area’s finest chefs. ArtFeast benefits art programs for kids.
Santa Fe Restaurant Week
WHEN: February 23 – March 1, 2014
More than 60 restaurants offer special menus at discounted prices. It’s a chance to eat out at a different restaurant every night. Watch for restaurant ads in local papers or check out the complete list at www.nmrestaurantweek.com.
DIY Santa Fe Art Month
WHEN: March 1 – 31, 2014
DIY Santa Fe, a month-long celebration of do-it-yourself artistic expression, featuring 30 + local artists teaching a variety of art forms throughout the city of Santa Fe. Class prices vary. All class reservations must be booked directly with the artist.
Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival
Community Convention Center
WHEN: March 22, 2014
The purpose of Santa Fe JIN is to introduce the unique culture of Japan and to provide opportunities for those who wish to participate in the cultural diversity of Santa Fe. Featuring stage performances throughout the day. Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
Santa Fe Railyard
April Through December 2013
Enjoy fine art and crafts by local artists from northern New Mexico. They bring a diverse collection of fine art together in a lovely and festive setting. Find pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture, textiles and more!
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the RAILYARD next to the Farmer’s Market.
Baroque Holy Week
WHEN: April 17 – 19, 2014
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents music featuring their Baroque Ensemble performing works of Purcell, Pergolesi, Bach, Handel and others using period instruments in the majestic Loretto Chapel. More information: http://santafe.org/perl/jump.cgi?ID=5460
Ski Santa Fe Spring Skiing
Ski Santa Fe’s base area elevation is 10,350 feet, which makes the ski area one of the highest ski areas in the continental United States. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet and some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Check out our Santa Fe Ski Package.