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Indian Market Santa Fe August 2014

The hallmark of a good event is when it comes back year after year.  This year the Santa Fe Indian Market will be in its 93rd year.  Starting on August 18th and running through August 24th, visitors will get to learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures, meet artists from all over the US and Canada, buy authentic art of all kinds, and ultimately attend an event that has no equal.

It is estimated that more than 175,000 people from all over the world will be flocking to Santa Fe to experience this unique event and visitors will need to book their accommodations well in advance.

So what is Indian Market?

The Santa Fe Indian Market is an annual event showcasing Indian arts run by an organization called the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).  The aim of SWAIA is to bring Indian arts to the attention of the broader public.  This event has the distinction of being the largest of its kind in the world and the largest cultural event in the southwestern United States.  On average more than 1,100 artists take part each year.  Only authentic Indian art is featured and some of the artists have been taking part for 50 years or more.

Just before Indian Market takes place (August 23rd & 24th), we have Indian Market Week.  This is when visitors can learn more about Indian culture through films, literature, music, fashion, and other related events produced by the artists.

One of the highlights of the market week is the ceremony for the Best of Show.  The organizers present more than $100,000 in prizes. One piece of artwork will be selected from the hundreds that are submitted and this will be given the status of Best in Show.  This is considered to be the most important award in Native arts and is highly sought after.  Unfortunately, only those who are members of the SWAIA can attend this particular ceremony but later the same day there are previews that can be attended by the general public.

We regularly see visitors who stay with us during the Indian Market going home laden with native arts and crafts including textiles, pottery, jewelry, wood carvings and paintings.  While these make great souvenirs or gifts, it is also an opportunity to support the individual artists and help them to continue their work.  To find out more check out the official SWAIA website.

Santa Fe in July

Summer is rapidly approaching and if you’re planning a trip to Santa Fe then July is a great time to do it.  Apart from the fact that you get to mingle with visitors from all over the world as well as the friendly and welcoming locals, there are plenty of great events taking place that are perfect for the entire family.

The Santa Fe Wine Festival

Santa Fe wine festival Okay, this might not be ideal for the kids, but it’s a great option for those who want to find out more about wines that are produced locally.  The kids are welcome to attend but anyone aged under 21 will need to be in the company of a guardian.  The event will be taking place on July 5th and 6th and this year will be the 21st event.  The festival is set on the historic ranch, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and you get to sample all the different varieties produced in the area.  Entertainment is provided with live music and you will also get to try some amazing foods.  In addition, all kinds of arts and crafts will be on sale.  The setting will appeal to all those who want to immerse themselves in local culture.  With 34 buildings on the ranch as well as waterways, this is a place that can really bring local history to life.  For more information check out the official website.

Art Santa Fe

This will be the 14th Art Santa Fe fair, one of the highlights of the contemporary art calendar.  Here you will be able to see unique art installations and view the artists of the future.  Contemporary galleries from all over the world will be descending on Santa Fe to take part.  This is a glamorous event but it is also very down to earth.  Visitors will be able to speak directly to both artists and dealers and there are several events throughout the week.  Art industry experts have listed this event as one of the best in the world so art lovers should make sure that they head to Santa Fe between July 10th and 17th to check out the latest innovations in art.  Get more details on the event by visiting the official website for the event.

Viva Mexico! Celebration

el rancho de las golondrinasTap into the multicultural nature of the city by making sure you are here on July 19th and 20th.  Mexico is a close neighbor and over the centuries has had a profound influence on all aspects of life in Santa Fe and New Mexico.  The festivities will celebrate culture, food, arts and crafts.  The event is run in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque and costs only a few dollars to attend.  For more information please visit  El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.

Whichever event it is that brings you to our amazing city, do not forget that July is a really busy time so booking your accommodations and event tickets in advance is a must. If you would like to book at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast please visit our reservations page.

Traditional Spanish Market July 2014 – Do Not Miss It!

Santa Fe is proud of the blend of cultures that have made their home here and there is a strong Spanish heritage that has survived for several centuries.  This can be seen every year in the Traditional Spanish Market.  This year the market will be held on July 26th & 27th and this historic event attracts thousands of people, both local and tourists.  The market is not simply a place to shop but an opportunity to experience all aspects of Spanish culture.

The market features the work of local Hispanic artists showcasing all types of handmade crafts and artwork.  In addition, live music and dance performances will be held, as well as demonstrations and art workshops, and of course there will be a great selection of delicious regional foods.

This will be the 63rd year for this particular event and it is one of the largest Spanish Markets held within the United States.  It is estimated that 70,000 make the trip to the Santa Fe Plaza each year to experience the atmosphere of the event and to learn more about the culture of the Hispanic people in the region.  The Plaza is the focus of the event every year and the location is just as important as the artists that take part.  The plaza is surrounded by the shops and museums that reflect the Spanish influences in the region and these are not to be missed either.

Meeting the artists is all part of the experience of the Spanish Market.  Many bring their families with them and are happy to chat with those who take an interest in their work.  Organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, there are also several days of events prior to the market which are just as popular and are well worth a visit.  These events include live performances as well as exhibitions.  Tickets to some events may need to be booked in advance and we recommend making reservations at our bed & breakfast in advance as well. July is peak tourist season and our rooms sell out quickly as we are within walking distance to the Plaza.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is also responsible for managing the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art where visitors can see a variety of exhibitions and take part in workshops and educations programs.  As the museum is located within downtown Santa Fe there is no reason not to pay a visit during your stay, although you may find that there is so much to do at the market that there is little time for anything else!

For more information regarding this incredible event visit the Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s website.

June delights in Santa Fe

We all know that Santa Fe has so much to offer visitors, so let us bring you up to date on a few events to expect in June.  With not long to go you may need to move quickly so that you don’t miss out on the following events:

One for the music fans

If blues music is your thing then you need to make sure you’re here in Santa Fe on the 4th of June armed with tickets for a show at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  TV’s Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) will be performing with the Copper Bottom Band.  This ensemble has quite a reputation and this is one evening of entertainment that you will not want to miss.  For more information visit the Lensic Center’s website.

Modern technology is upon us!

If modern technology and media are your thing then spending time in Santa Fe between June 13th and 29th will pay off.  The city will be home to ‘Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival’.  Here you can take in all kinds of multimedia performances, documentaries and a variety of new media arts exhibitions.  This is a large-scale event so you can expect to see artists arriving from all over the world to take part.  For those who are on a tight budget there will still be plenty to do as most of the events are offered free of charge, with just some events incurring a cost.  For more information visit the Santa Fe International new Media Festival’s website.

Cowboy heaven

The Rodeo de Santa Fe will be taking place from June 18th to June 21st at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.  If you already have an idea of what a rodeo is like then you will not be disappointed as events include barrel racing, bareback riding and bull riding.  The atmosphere is amazing and the fact that the event is still going 65 years after it was first started demonstrates just how popular it is.  Booking tickets and accommodation in advance is essential as the city attracts thousands of visitors at this time of the year.

Horticultural help

For a gentler pastime in Santa Fe you can spend time on June 21st and 22nd at the Herb & Lavender Fair.  Here you can take tours of the herb gardens, learn more about growing your own herbs, purchase plants and herbal products and generally get a bit more hands-on with the growing process.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about your existing hobby or find a new one.

These are just a few of the events taking place in Santa Fe during June.  For a list of additional upcoming events visit

Bring your jazz hands – New Mexico Jazz Festival

newmexicojazzfestivalSanta Fe is just one of the homes of the New Mexico Jazz Festival and if you plan your visit for July you could be here in time to see some of the amazing acts that will be entertaining both locals and tourists alike.

The festival dates back to 2006 and built on the work already established for the Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival that took place every year between 2000 and 2005.  The event is divided between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and every year there are plenty of concerts in both to choose from.   The good news is that some of these are offered free of charge so a tight budget will not stop you from joining in.  One of the partners of the event is the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation.  This is an organization that dates back to 1990 and works to help musicians that need support, usually those who cannot work or who lack health insurance.  The event is not simply designed to bring lots of visitors to town to entertain them, but also supports charitable works such as those carried out by the foundation.

This is a two week festival and taking part will be both local and international artists.  The event starts on July 11th and runs to the 27th and tickets will be on sale soon.

The Santa Fe lineup: 

Sunday, July 20, 7:30pm
Bumble Bee’s Jazz All Stars w. Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Greene, Randy Sandke, Jay Leonhart & Lewis Nash
Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe

Tuesday, July 22, 6pm
Raoul Midon
opening: Cal Haines 5 play Ray Charles w. Glenn Kostur, Jim Ahrend, Bert Dalton, Colin Deuble & Cal Haines

Santa Fe Bandstand |
Santa Fe

Friday, July 25, 7:30pm
Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project with Lizz Wright, Gretchen Parlato, Tia Fuller,  Grace Kelly, Rachel Z and more
Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe

Saturday, July 26, 2pm
Meet the Artist:
A.B. Spellman  & NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette

Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe

Saturday, July 26, 7:30pm
NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette Trio with Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison
Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe

Many visitors to the city at this time of year come just for the jazz festival but you can always combine a few of these concerts with trips to some of the local museums and take advantage of everything else that Santa Fe  has to offer such as the markets, art galleries and outdoor activities.  In addition, the unique history and culture of Santa Fe adds its own flavor to the festival, giving it an ambiance that you will not experience elsewhere.

This year the event will also be promoting the first ‘Signature Jazz Cruise’, due to take place from 30th September to 10th October.  Guests choosing to board the Seabourn will travel from Monte Carlo to Barcelona and will be entertained by the likes of Diana Krall.  Booking for this event and mentioning the New Mexico Jazz Festival will earn you a discount on the cost of the cruise. For more information visit:

So where do you go to pick up tickets for some of the many concerts?  Tickets for Santa Fe can be found in The Lensic lobby on West San Francisco St.  If there is something special that you want to see then be sure to book quickly as these events fill rapidly!

For more information visit on this festival visit:

Santa Fe is for Chocolate Lovers!

chocolate santa fe nmPlanning a trip to Santa Fe?  You may not know this but this is a great city for those who love good chocolate.  In fact, a trip around the various chocolatiers is a great day out.  Beautiful handmade chocolates can be found here, made using a wide variety of unusual ingredients, many of which are produced locally to the city.  Stop thinking that chocolate has to be from Switzerland or Belgium and find out just what New Mexico has to offer to this amazing craft.

Consider calling in at C. G. Higgins Confections on Ninita St.  This is a chocolate store that has won awards for its handmade creations that include chocolate fudge truffles and caramel corns.  Pick up a gift basket or two and enjoy refreshments while you’re there.  This is a great place to relax for an hour or two with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  There is also a store on Lincoln Avenue if you prefer and that offers the same range of products and the same relaxing ambiance.

Alternatively you could try Kakawa Chocolate House located on East Paseo de Peralta.  Here the specialty is a variety of drinking chocolates and you could find yourself enjoying chocolate blends such as the Pre-Colombian Mesoamerican Mayan Aztec blend, blends that come from 17th century Europe and others that were popular during Colonial American times.  This is a very unusual way to bring history to life!

Senor Murphy Candymaker is another option and there is a factory as well as retail stores.  These handmade chocolates are local specialties.  Regional ingredients are mainly used in the creation of these chocolates so you’ll find that chile and pinon nuts are popular additions.  These chocolates are unique and you will not find anything else like them in the city.

Chocolate Smith claims to offer the best dark chocolate in the world, blended with some of the freshest and local ingredients to create both classic and contemporary chocolates.  Chocolate Smith can be found on Cerrillos Road and is definitely worth a visit while you’re in town.

Another award-winning establishment is the Chocolate Maven on West San Mateo Road.  This is actually a bakery-café that serves fine pastries, quality coffee and a range of snacks.  Cakes are a specialty and the company will ship goods all over the US.  If you are looking for a wedding cake then look no further!

A real chocolate lover could spend a day or two exploring all of these and many other establishments in the city renowned for offering top quality handmade chocolates and other products.  If you love chocolate but are looking for a new take on the art then you have certainly come to the right place

Mother’s Day Weekend in Santa Fe

How will you spend Mother’s Day weekend? Mother’s day is right around the corner on May 11th and in honor of this special day we have put together a Mother’s Day package! Receive 15% off your stay at our Santa Fe B&B and join us for a Mother’s Day brunch. In addition, guests may add a bouquet of flowers, strawberries and chocolates for an additional fee of $60.

Each year over Mother’s Day weekend, Passport to the Arts is held on Canyon Road. This exciting three-day event includes openings, exhibitions, and receptions for more than 100 artists. Art exhibits, demonstrations, live music, trunk shows & activities for kids will take place along the magical mile that is Canyon Road.

Join us in Santa Fe!

Breakfast on the Patio

Our guests have been enjoying breakfast on the patio with the lovely weather we’ve been having.

This morning’s menu: Lemon Ricotta Waffles with Mixed Berry Compote & Cardamom Cream, Breakfast Sausages, Fruit Cup with Honey-Lemon Drizzle, and Red Grapefruit Juice.

santa fe bed & breakfast patio

Get Out and Enjoy the Approaching Spring in Santa Fe

After the entire USA has undergone a fairly brutal winter, it is finally time to start thinking about Spring in Santa Fe.  Although March can come in “like a lion” it does tend to go out “like a lamb” and is most ideal for spring or late winter skiing, and is also a great time to explore on bike, horse or foot.  In April the Friday night gallery openings begin in earnest as well as the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.  With the famous apricot trees blossoming, April marks the beginning of outdoor music venues and other outdoor exhibits sprout up. With highs around 74 degrees, May is one of the most enjoyable months of the year to enjoy the public parks, gardens, shops and galleries.

Things to do in Santa Fe to Get Outside and Enjoy the Spring!

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

In spring, Outspire Hiking tends to take off the snowshoes and put on the hiking boots. Springtime days are cooler and a spectacular way to enjoy our region before the summer heat.  They help you choose a challenging exploration of remote trails or a leisurely interpretive tour of nearby national monuments including ecology, archeology and geology tours.  For more information:

 High Desert Angler

Fish in the springtime with the oldest established fly fishing business in Santa Fe, serving Northern New Mexico and world-wide anglers since 1985.  A full service fly shop, school and guide service, High Desert Angler offers year-round fly fishing on private and public waters all over New Mexico. They can adapt their trips to any skill level and desire.  For more information:

 Santa Fe Climbing Center

SFCC has been guiding people of all ages and skill levels to the best climbing spots in New Mexico since 1989. Indoors, outdoors, and outfitted with gear, the Santa Fe Climbing Center invites you to an afternoon or evening of adventure and possibly the beginning of a lifetime affair with the sport of rock climbing. For ages 5 and up it’s a great way to spend a day.  For more information:

 Santa Fe Walkabouts & Pinzgauer Adventures

Spring is a great time for an outdoor adventure including trips to simply experience the beautiful New Mexico terrain. This adventure company caters to families, individuals and small groups of all abilities. For more information:

 High Road Artisans

If you are this close, you have to go to Taos. Take a day, get out of town, and explore the art, culture and natural beauty of the High Road to Taos. A river of art courses through this back-country between Santa Fe and Taos. Stop and shop at studios of acclaimed weavers, tin-smiths, carvers, potters, painters, and more. Draw inspiration from the hundreds of artists, high desert, mountains, forests, small farms, and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages.  For more information:

 Taos Day Trip Guide

Taos is only an hour and twenty minute scenic drive from Santa Fe. Take a day, spend the night, and enjoy exploring the unique beauty, history and culture of the area.

 Ghost Ranch

You cannot visit Santa Fe without wanting to learn more about one of its most famous artists – Georgia O’Keeffe.  The best way to discover her world is through Ghost Ranch. There is so much to discover here and children particularly love to learn about the dinosaurs who once roamed here.  For more information:

 Favorite Hikes & Dog Walking Spots

There are a few hiking trails and walks close to town. If you brought your favorite four-legged friend with you, you might want to let them off leash to do some exploring of their own at the Frank S. Ortiz Park. Just ask us at the Inn and we will tell you the best places to walk your dog!

New Deal Art Legacy Tour

Spring is such a great time to walk our city – check out the art that was created during the Great Depression in what was called New Deal Art. The New Deal employed at least 167 New Mexico artists who produced more than 1,000 works of art across the state, improving courthouses, city halls, libraries, schools and other public buildings with paintings, murals and interior design elements. It tells a great deal about our state’s history and can be found all over the city.