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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.

Late Winter Turns to Early Spring

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:

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:

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.


Souper Bowl

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.


Various Venues

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

Various Venues

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


DIY Santa Fe Art Month

WHEN: March 1 – 31, 2014

Various Venues

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

Loretto Chapel

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:

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.

A Valentines Weekend for Knitting Lovers!

Knitting lovers rejoice!

Inn on the Paseo is excited to announce a 3 day weekend for knitting lovers in partnership with Miriam Leth-Espensen and the Santa Fe School of Weaving.

Spend three days with renowned weaver, Miriam Leth-Espensen, exploring her new technique: “Knitting in all directions”.

Class Description:
Combining stitches and colours, moving in all directions, creating vertical and horizontal planes with whimsical details. A structured project, a shawl will provide all the necessary techniques, which can be duplicated in infinite ways for future projects.

Valentines Day weekend for Knitting Lovers

Registration opens: December 1st, 2013
Registration closes: January 15th, 2014

Class size is limited to 15. Register early to secure your space!

February 14th – 16th
Friday: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10.00a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Class location: Inn on the Paseo

Package fee: $ 635.00 (pre tax)

Package fee includes:

• Lodging for 3 nights, single occupancy
• Five meals: Breakfast (Sat, Sun, Mon) Lunch (Sat and Sun)
• 14 hours of instruction
• Project Kit

Please register for this package by contacting the Santa Fe School of Weaving: (505)982-6312 or send an email to

For more information regarding Miriam and the Santa Fe School of Weaving visit:

12 Great Reasons to Love Santa Fe during the 12 Days of Christmas (and before)!

It’s easy to love Santa Fe during the holidays. As a New York Times writer put it best, “Perhaps nothing defines Santa Fe at Christmas so much as the piquant scent of piñón wood in the clear night air.” There are many smells, sights and sounds that make Santa Fe special during this time of year. The seasonal stews cooking on the stoves, the farolitos (luminous little bags of candles and sand that flicker against the sand, sky and adobe style homes) and the snow-capped mountains in the distance. The art galleries and shops are tastefully decorated and silvery lights are strung from every tree so that in the last glow of the sunset, the adobe buildings lining the Plaza are truly magical. And, it is most fitting that the bright colors of chili – green and red – are strung and really enhance that feeling of a Santa Fe Christmas.

 12 Reasons You Can’t Beat Santa Fe at Christmas…

Ski Santa Fe Opens

Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles from the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico.  With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States.  Currently, Inn on the Paseo is offering a Winter Ski Package which includes a two night stay in one of the Inn’s deluxe rooms, two lift tickets to Ski Santa Fe, and late check out for $395 (plus taxes). This package offers a savings of $70 off regular pricing!

La Cienega Studio Tour

November 30 – December 1, 2013

La Cienega is a lush valley 10 miles from Santa Fe. This quaint village is home to many different kinds of artists from painters, ceramic artists to sculptors and woodworkers that open their studios to you during every Thanksgiving weekend. This is the 40th year of the La Cienega Studio Tour, one of the oldest of northern New Mexico’s studio tours.  The tour will be from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. More information:

Contemporary Hispanic Winter Market

Santa Fe Community Convention Center
November 30 – December 1, 2013

During the winter market, more than 200 acclaimed Hispanic artists, creators of jewelry, weaving, ceramics, paintings, prints and more exhibit their work in a public venue. Giving both the casual and serious collector a rare opportunity to meet and visit with some of its most respected Hispanic Artists currently creating art.

Christmas at the Palace

Palace of the Governors
December 13, 2013

Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for an evening of hot cider, live music, entertainment — and the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Claus — in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors.  For more information:

Las Posadas

New Mexico History Museum
December 15, 2013

The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus – and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments.

 The Nutcracker

The Lensic Performing Arts Center
December 21, 2013

The acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company brings to life one of the world’s most beloved ballets. For more information:

Santa Fe Concert Association – Christmas Eve Concert

The Lensic Performing Arts Center
December 24, 2013

Spend Christmas Eve with The SFCA orchestra and young violinist Caroline Goulding, whose immense talent has already earned her appearances everywhere from the Cleveland Orchestra to NBC’s “Today” show and the “Martha Show” hosted by Martha Stewart. More information:

Christmas Eve – The Santa Fe Plaza

December 24, 2013

The heart of the city is filled with 1,000 glittering farolitos, turning it into a magical place. There are carols and cider and many people walk a few blocks to the Cross of the Martyrs where there are views of the entire city, more farolitos, and bonfires. Nowhere is tradition stronger than along Canyon Road and the nearby neighborhoods where every surface glows with farolitos and luminarias creating a warm inviting stroll as locals and visitors come together, chatting and caroling.

GLOW – Winter Lights Event at Santa Fe Botanical Garden

December 5, 6, 7
December 12, 13, 14
December 19, 20, 21
December 26, 27, 28
January 2, 3, 4

Gather friends and family together to explore the Garden as never before when it is transformed into a glowing winter wonderland by Santa Fe designer, Lisa Samuel.

With dramatic and creative lighting, magic and ingenuity the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is being transformed into a place of beauty and intrigue – A vision of wintery radiance. Tickets will soon be available online or at the door.

For more information:

Canyon Road Farolito Walk

Canyon Road and neighboring streets
December 24, 2013

This beloved Christmas Eve tradition lights up the heart and soul, as thousands of people stroll this famous road, which is decorated with farolitos and luminarias. The joyous sounds of carols and friends and families greeting each other fills the air.
More information:

Winter Pueblo Feast Days and Dances


Winter Pueblo feast days and dances held at Indian pueblos surrounding Santa Fe are open to visitors.  More information:

King’s Day

Most Pueblos
January 6, 2013

Native Americans celebrate King’s Day on January 6th. It is a celebration in honor of new Tribal Officers, Antelope, Buffalo, and Deer dances for the Native Americans. King’s Day is also a Spanish tradition.

Spend Thanksgiving in Santa Fe!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re looking for the perfect place to spend time with family & friends, come to Santa Fe!

At Inn on the Paseo we are planning a special Thanksgiving Day Brunch for our guests and we would love for you to join us!

The SWAIA Santa Fe Winter Indian Market will also be taking place over Thanksgiving Day weekend – November 30th & December 1st. Over 175 Native American artists will be in attendance showcasing their one-of-a-kind pieces!

In addition, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be taking place on the plaza on Friday, November 29th at 6pm.