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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: http://www.outspire.com/

 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: http://www.highdesertangler.com/

 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: http://climbsantafe.com/

 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: http://www.santafewalkabouts.com/

 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: http://highroadnewmexico.com/

 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: http://ghostranch.org/

 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.

January

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.

February

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.

ARTFeast

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 www.nmrestaurantweek.com.

March

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.

 April

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: 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.

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 miriamsf@me.com

For more information regarding Miriam and the Santa Fe School of Weaving visit: http://www.sfschoolofweaving.com/knitting.html

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: lacienegastudiotour.blogspot.com

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: nmhistorymuseum.org

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: www.lensic.org/event_calendar/detail/2313

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: http://www.santafeconcerts.org/santa_fe/performances/christmas-eve-with-the-sfca-orchestra

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: http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/events/glow/

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: www.farolitowalk.com

Winter Pueblo Feast Days and Dances

January

Winter Pueblo feast days and dances held at Indian pueblos surrounding Santa Fe are open to visitors.  More information: http://santafeselection.com/visitor-info/pueblo-feast-days-calendar

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.

Explore our Wilderness but we recommend Outspire’s trained guides

Chimney Rock Outspire HikingSanta Fe is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. Just a few minutes away from bustling downtown lay acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here you’ll find miles of excellent trails to explore that range from an easy stroll to a challenging climb. And if you’d like to experience something a little different, there are trails nearby through dramatic canyon areas, too.

Many of our guests at Inn on the Paseo come to Santa Fe to tour our natural areas but we feel that our wilderness is best explored with a guide.

Some of the best guides in Santa Fe for hiking and snowshoeing tours are found at Outspire. There is so much cultural and ancient history in the regions around Santa Fe and Outspire guides can offer insights that independent trekkers would miss. Of course, the guides know what to expect and will help you safely enjoy your time outdoors around Santa Fe, too.

Day hikes can be enjoyed year-round – while snowshoeing treks offers a nice alternative during the winter season. Outspire keeps track of New Mexico’s weather forecasts, trail conditions, and seasonal items of interest. Outspire is also very flexible and offers a variety of day hikes to both the experienced hiker or snowshoer or first- timer.   Outspire can offer hikers or snowshoers a milder morning hike, an interpretive walk through nearby national monuments, or a seven hour day on a backcountry trail. The emphasis is on private outings, tailored to your priorities.

As a professional guide service, Outspire is recognized and approved for leading guests into the outdoors of Santa Fe National Forest, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument, Bandelier National Monument and other public lands by permit.   Every guide has emergency medical and specialized outdoor training.

Guests need not worry about packing supplies from home as Outspire will provide a day pack, rain poncho, adjustable trekking poles, bottled water and trail snacks. Snowshoe trips include fitted snowshoes, poles and leg gaiters for your comfort. For those going snowshoeing, the snowshoes come from Mountain Safety Research and are lightweight which enable some off trail walking and coasting along through pristine winter woods. Also, one does not have to have prior snowshoeing experience. Guides have special first aid training, carry extra supplies, and will make every effort to look out for each individual’s needs.

An added benefit is that Outspire guides will meet guests at the Inn.

Ski Santa Fe Vacation Package

Winter Ski Package Inn on the PaseoNew Mexico’s landscape makes visitors think of desert colors and ancient, flat landscapes. Yet Santa Fe is actually nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. These ‘foothills’ soon turn into mountains and at 12,075 you will experience Ski Santa Fe. A hidden gem, this ski area is only 16 miles from Santa Fe and is one of the most undervalued ski areas in the southwest.

Ski Santa Fe is a rare gem that has managed to thrive, yet remains under the radar. Skiers experience wide open spaces and plenty of time skiing, not waiting in lift lines. The vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and include steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers.  Ski Santa Fe is family oriented, but those seeking a challenge can find it on this mountain’s trails or some of their backwoods.

With the 2013/2014 Inn on the Paseo Ski Package, guests can experience western skiing at Ski Santa Fe with its 73 trails and 7 chairlifts.  There, you’ll find a base area elevation of 10,350 feet and a chairlift ready to take visitors as high as 12,075 feet. Perfect for beginner or intermediate skiers, the mountain also features runs that are well-suited for advanced skiers.

For non-skiers, there is plenty to do in Santa Fe as the region is well known for its art galleries, restaurants, day spas, and museums. For those who are looking for outdoor activities, Outspire Santa Fe provides private, customized hiking tours and snowshoe outings for singles, couples and small groups.

Ski Santa Fe Ski Package:  Two nights in one of our deluxe rooms, two lift tickets to Ski Santa Fe, and late check-out all for $395 plus taxes. We also serve a delicious hot breakfast each morning and you’ll enjoy luxury linens, free wifi and free parking! (not valid with other offers)

Santa Fe on Business? Make the Most of your Stay ‘Off the Clock”

Hotel deals for Santa Fe Business Travelers Whatever you may need during your business trip to Santa Fe, we encourage you to stay at Inn on the Paseo in the heart of Santa Fe.  We offer the flavor of a locally-owned inn that is a blend of Southwestern style and country charm, only three blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and the Canyon Road Gallery District and five blocks away from the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. During your stay, we offer business travelers a complimentary breakfast each morning, luxury Frette Italian linens and towels, and luxury bath amenities, free wireless internet and free guest parking. Currently, we are offering 10% off Sunday through Thursday midweek stays. Additionally, we are offering business travelers one free night after ten nights booked. Call to reserve (505) 984.8200.

For those business travelers that may have some free time while in Santa Fe, we’ve put together a list of ideas and activities for you while ‘off the clock’:

 Playing Golf in Santa Fe

Northern New Mexico proudly offers a range of golf outings in and around Santa Fe. The courses are affordable and provide a mix of high desert, open links and mountain courses.

Spa Treatments

At the end of a busy work day, there is nothing better than a spa treatment in Santa Fe. Choose from treatments utilizing ancient remedies of the Southwest or timeless traditions from Thailand, Indonesia and Sweden.

Finish up a day of exploring Santa Fe by taking a deep breath and sinking deeper into the hot mineral springs at Ojo Caliente. Drink in the beautiful mountain view under the stars and let all your cares melt away.

Nightlife

Santa Fe has a vibrant and eclectic music scene that is diverse and rich. On any given night, you can listen to the blues, two-step, country, salsa,  Latin American music, or bluegrass. Santa Fe’s musical genres also include Americana, rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, reggae, electronica, avant-garde, Native American, African, and others.

Fly Fishing in Santa Fe

From large rivers to high mountain spring creeks and lakes, there is an immense amount of fly fishing available in Northern New Mexico.

Living Legacy of Los Alamos

Experience the living legacy of Los Alamos, where scientists from around the world secretly created the first atomic bomb during World War II’s Manhattan Project.

Movie Theaters for Movie Lovers

Santa Fe is a mecca for movie-lovers. The city has huge appeal not only for the hundreds of film professionals who make great movies here each year, but also for the fans who love to watch movies.

World-Class Restaurants and Cuisine

Santa Fe is a foodie paradise with legendary and innovative offerings including local chile which is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. There are more than 200 restaurants serving everything from traditional New Mexican home cooking to contemporary fine dining to local farm to table discoveries, created by nationally acclaimed chefs.

Bikeways and Trails

Bicycle paths and trails for all levels of riders are located in and around the city. The Santa Fe Bikeways & Trails guide provides extensive information.

Hiking

Santa Fe is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. Just a few minutes away from bustling downtown lays acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here you’ll find miles of excellent trails to explore that range from easy to challenging.

River Rafting

The rivers are famous, appealing to those seeking whitewater thrills or a leisurely float along calm waters. The legendary Rio Grande and the Rio Chama are both designated as two of America’s wild and scenic rivers.