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Antique American Indian Art Show 2015

antique american indian art showAre you fascinated by American Indian art?  The dedication to the traditional American Indian arts in Santa Fe means that every year hundreds of thousands of people visit the city just to find out more and immerse themselves in this ancient and interesting culture.  One event that draws thousands here each year is the Antique American Indian Art Show, this year starting on August 17th at 6pm for the opening night gala.

The venue for the event is El Museo in The Railyard.  The opening night gala is a charity event with all proceeds being donated to KNME New Mexico PBS and it begins at 6pm.  The art show starts in earnest the next day and runs until August 20th.  This is considered to be one of the most popular social occasions in the Santa Fe calendar.  It is a chance to enjoy a glass of wine in the company of other art enthusiasts.

So what can you expect to see?  The event is a chance to see some of the historic art works created by different American Indian tribes.  Every year the show also hosts a couple of special exhibitions.  This year one of the exhibits is entitled ‘Deeply Yao’.  This is an exhibition of textile art, jewelry, headdresses and a wide range of spiritual objects connected to the Yao people, a community native to southern China and other parts of Asia.

The second special exhibit for the show is the ‘Chilkat Blankets: Artistic Masterpieces’.  This is a great opportunity to see these traditional weavings.  They are not often on display so visitors will need to make the most of it this year!  The blankets are highly regarded as beautiful pieces of art work, but getting hold of one for your own collection is almost impossible.  This one exhibition will have more than a dozen such weavings on display – definitely not to be missed!

Entrance for both the special exhibitions is included in the cost of your show ticket. Tickets for the Antique American Indian Art Show in Santa Fe are available online so make sure that you get yours in advance.

Things to do in Santa Fe in June

June in Santa Fe is a very special time – it’s the start of the summer season, just before the busiest months of the year, July and August! It’s a great time to plan a visit as the weather is beautiful, many city tours are in full throttle, and there are a whole host of fantastic events!

Why not consider the ‘First Friday Art Walk’? For much of the year the first Friday of the month is an opportunity to take a guided walk through a variety of arts venues in the city. You can explore the Downtown area of Santa Fe and stop in at some of the top galleries and museums. The venues on the tour include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors. For this tour the galleries stay open until 7.30pm while the museums are open until 7pm. If you can’t make it in June don’t worry the tours run through October.

herb and lavendar fairSanta Fe is the home of the Herb & Lavender Fair and this year it’s taking place on June 20th and 21st. On both days it’s running from 10 am to 4 pm and it’s held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Attendees can enjoy garden tours and the opportunity to buy herbal products from a variety of vendors. If you want to learn more about growing herbs you can attend one of the lectures or workshops on how to do this successfully. This is a great event for all ages, kids under 12 are free and tickets for adults cost $8. For more information check out the official website of the ranch here.

Another event that is held on a monthly basis is the Delgado House walkthrough, one of Santa Fe’s top historic houses! The tour is run by Lacuna galleries and it takes place on the first Monday of every month. This is one of the most important historic houses in Santa Fe and the tour offers a peak inside life during the 1800s. Find out more about these tours at the official website.

In addition to these events you can also take advantage of other city tours, sporting events and musical performances at a variety of locations around Santa Fe. If you decide to come visit our fantastic city we hope you’ll choose to stay at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast located just walking distance to the Plaza.

Top 3 Spring Hikes in Santa Fe

Spring is a great time to go hiking in Santa Fe and hundreds of people do just that each week. The Santa Fe region (and beyond!) attracts hikers of all levels as there is an abundance of great trails to choose from. Narrowing down the choices isn’t easy, but we’ve asked Karen Denison, owner of Outspire Hiking & Snowshoeing to pick her top 3 hikes for this spring…

santa fe tent rocks1. Slot Canyon Trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. A favorite hike among many, you’ll want to get there early to avoid the crowds. This trail will take you up through the canyon and onto the mesa. You can enjoy great views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains. This is a good trail for beginner to intermediate hikers to try at any time of the year, although you’ll need to be prepared for high temperatures in the summer and floods after storms.

2. Falls Trail at the Bandelier National Monument. This is another hike that you’ll want to arrive early for as the parking lot fills up quickly! This trail descends 400 feet and covers 1.5 miles as it takes you to the Upper Falls. This hike is great for hikers of all levels, although there are some steep drop-offs that might bother those who have a fear of heights. The trail is in great shape, fairly wide, and will offer the chance to see some wildlife along the way. It should be noted that the trail beyond the falls is no longer safe following a flood in 2011. You can drive yourself to the visitor parking center until May 22nd, after that you’ll need to check the park’s website for shuttle bus requirements.

chamisa trail3. Chamisa Trail – a hike that is very close to the city. This is a great trail if you’re looking for a good workout. Once you’ve made your way to the top you’ll get to follow an easier trail down towards the Big Tesuque Creek basin. Here you’ll have the chance to rest in a very green environment. There are wildflowers and meadows and you’ll meet plenty of other hikers, mountain bikers and runners along the way.

While most of the trails can be self-guided without too many issues, just imagine how much more interesting it could be if you had your own private hiking guide! If you’re new to the area you’ll especially want to consider this as your guide can provide a rich history of the region and will also be able to take you on many lesser-known hikes. To learn more about Outspire and the wide range of hiking opportunities visit  As always, if you’re in need of accommodations during your Santa Fe visit, we welcome you to our Santa Fe B&B anytime of year!

Rebecca’s Rainbow Sweet Potato Hash

rainbow sweet potato hash


2-3 large heirloom sweet potatoes (white, orange, and purple if you can find them), peeled and diced

1 large red onion, diced

3 granny smith apples, cubed

1 stick of butter


Melt the butter in a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan and add the onions.  Cook the onions down until they are nearly caramelized – I like them to just be turning brown around the edges.  Add the potatoes and cook until soft- usually about 20-30 minutes.  I cover the pan and stir them occasionally.  If you’re using enough butter (I’ve been known to use a stick and a half for a large batch), they won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  Once the potatoes are cooked through, add the apples at the very end and cook just enough to start to soften.  Salt and Pepper to taste!  I have also been known to throw in some chipotle seasoning for variety but the mix of flavors easily stand on their own.

Santa Fe Events in May

The good news about May in Santa Fe is that art lovers will not be disappointed! There are are also great events for families to enjoy! Read on for a few highlights…

canyonroadpassporttotheartsIf you happen to be in the city on the 8th and 9th of May you won’t want to miss the Passport to the Arts. This is an annual event and has been described as a real ‘art adventure’. It attracts both artists and art enthusiasts from all over the country. All you have to do is head over to Canyon Road and immerse yourself in the world of art. There is an Artists’ reception, an Artist Quick Draw and a live auction of art works on the second day. There is a variety of exhibitions, openings and receptions that will be held at the various galleries and studios on Canyon Road. It is estimated that more than 100 artists will be taking part in the event. For more information visit the event’s official website.

east mountain fiber farmAt the end of May we have the East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour. This takes place on May 30th and 31st and the farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm each day. This is the 12th year for the event and this is a real family day out. Here you get to see up close the fiber animals and learn how the yarn is used to make all kinds of clothes and accessories. The work of the fiber artisans is fascinating and this is an event that should not be missed. You can also enter a prize draw for a basket of goods from the farm and studios. Check out the official website for updates on this event.

While you’re in town we hope you’ll choose Inn on the Paseo for your stay. Our B&B in Santa Fe was recently renovated and has 18 rooms and a beautiful new deck. Contact us to make your reservation (855) 984-8200.

Santa Fe, New Mexico Events in April

April is the time of year when we all begin to look forward to the summer and here in Santa Fe we are no exception! There are plenty of things happening here at this time of year so if you are thinking of making a trip go right ahead and book because you will not be disappointed.

April coincides with Holy Week and the Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage is due to take place this year on April 3rd. Around 30,000 people come to this part of New Mexico each year to take part in this pilgrimage. Some want blessings but there are other reasons for taking part. It is traditional to walk as part of this pilgrimage and some people even come from Albuquerque on foot. Part of the pilgrimage sees many people taking some of the ‘holy dirt’ – sometimes for themselves or sometimes for others who need a cure. Years ago, people used to eat the dirt, but most people opt to just keep it or rub it on themselves these days! The church itself does not claim that miracles can happen as a result of your pilgrimage. To find out more click here.

contemporaryclayfair_santafeIf you have any interest at all in pottery you will love the Contemporary Clay Fair. Held at the Santa Fe Women’s Club on the Old Pecos Trail on April 25-26th, here you can find out more about the work of the local potters. More than 30 New Mexico artists are going to be taking part in this event and if you go along you get to find out more about how their incredible pieces are designed and constructed and you can pick out a few bargains as souvenirs or gifts too. Styles range from traditional pottery to sculptures and even one or two pieces that you can wear. Find out more right here on the official website.

Music fans will not want to miss out on the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble in their Loretto Chapel outing. This takes place on Saturday April 4th and starts at 6 pm. The music is powerful and the setting is beautiful. Music by Pergolesi and Purcell will be included and the performance will feature the soprano Kathryn Mueller and Debora Domanski, the mezzo-soprano. Tickets are sure to go quickly so make sure you book yours in advance. To find out more click here.

Whenever there are several events of this caliber taking place in Santa Fe it can be difficult to find lodging in downtown Santa Fe. If you would like to stay at our bed & breakfast in Santa Fe NM, please make your reservations early.

Molasses-Spice Cookies

Spice Molasses Cookies Inn on the Paseo


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling cookies
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses


   1.    Adjust racks to upper- and lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together in medium bowl; set aside.

2.    Either by hand or with electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl with rubber spatula.

3.    Add egg, vanilla extract, and molasses. Beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl.

4.    Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.

5.    Place remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar in shallow bowl. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll dough into 1 3/4-inch balls. Rolls balls in sugar and place them on ungreased baking sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

6.    Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets (from top to bottom and front to back) halfway through baking, until outer edges begin to set and centers are soft and puffy, 11 to 13 minutes. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to cooling racks with wide spatula.

(Recipe from the Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe Cookbook)

Santa Fe Events in March!

A visit to Santa Fe in March will definitely not leave you disappointed. You may think that it is a fairly quiet time of the year, but Santa Fe is never really quiet!

santafejapanfestivalMarch 2015 is the time for the Santa Fe Japan Festival. Known as ‘Matsuri’ – the Japanese word for festival – this is an important event. When in Japan, you would find that festivals are a very important part of the culture. The Santa Fe Japanese Festival is held annually and it is designed to promote Japanese culture in New Mexico. This year the event is on March 28th and has been given ‘Cherry Blossom’ as a theme. You can find out more information on this event by checking out the official website here.

Alternatively you could spend a little time at DIY Santa Fe. The good news about this particular event is that it runs for the whole of March and focuses on the arts, specifically those that are unique to this part of the US. This gives local artists the opportunity to showcase their work with a variety of workshops and events and it attracts visitors from all over the world. 2015 will see the fifth time that this event has been held and there are workshops all over the city.

So what kind of events are available to you at DIY Santa Fe? You can take on individual painting DIYsantafesessions with a creativity coach and the aim is to help participants to free themselves from their own criticisms that will hold them back. Anyone can take part in this class but there are also classes that are suitable for families. You can take up watercolour painting, with classes and instruction adapted to suit your needs. You can also find out more about the art of the tinsmith by taking classes during DIY Santa Fe. The possibilities are endless – you can learn drawing, beadmaking, pottery and spinning wool, among many other options. Why not try photography or filmmaking?

DIY Santa Fe is designed for everyone – friends, families, single people. The idea of the workshops is to open people up to new experiences so you can take part in as many or as few as you wish. You need to make sure that you book the classes that you want – they fill up very quickly! The official website has a complete list of classes and workshops that are available and details on how you can book.

Remember to book your santa fe lodging early – there will be plenty of people who come to the area for this event. If you would like to book a room at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast please call us today (505) 984-8200 or book online

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes




  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (for waffles)


In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, milk, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until smooth. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt over the ricotta mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.

In another large bowl, using a whisk or hand mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and continue beating until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold one-third of the egg whites into the ricotta mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Spray the griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on top and the pancakes are golden underneath, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a warmed plate. Makes 12 to 14 pancakes.

To Make Waffles:

Follow above directions, but add 4 tablespoons of butter to the ricotta/milk mix. Spray waffle iron with non-stick vegetable oil cooking spray. Make 8 to 12 4” waffles