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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.

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.