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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.

Burning of Zozobra – September 5th, 2013

Burning of Zozobra Santa Fe 2013

Join us on September 5th, 2013 in Fort Marcy Park to say good bye to last years woes! Stuffed with shredded paper, Old Man Gloom (or Zozobra) is over 50 feet tall and looks to be part ghost and part monster! Legend has it that as Zozobra burns, so does the doom and gloom from the past year!

The Inn still has availability the night of this great event which is just a few blocks from the plaza. Call us at 855-984-8200 or book online to reserve your stay!

Harvest time in Wine Country – One of New Mexico’s Best Kept Secrets

The arid climate of New Mexico and its fertile Rio Grande Valley has made it ideal for wine growers. The Spanish influence since the 1600s brought an appreciation for wine that truly became established in the 1800s. Today, New Mexico has become one of the nation’s largest wine producers, with many family owned vinters producing almost a million gallons annually. With over 3,100 acres of vineyards in the State – New Mexico is ideal for wine enthusiasts.

During your visit to our Inn, we urge guests to consider exploring the wineries here. They are often set in some of our most fertile and picturesque valleys, marked by traditional architecture and mountain views. Taking a drive along highway rte. 25 from Bernalillo to Socorro is a great day trip and can be undertaken either as an organized or spontaneous winery tour.

The wine harvest comes to the Santa Fe area at this time of year and to celebrate this annual ritual, Bernalillo County – which has a long history of producing some of the finest wines in New Mexico and beyond, celebrates the New Mexico Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend in the town of Bernalillo. We urge you to attend and we are offering a 20 percent discount for guests booking a two night stay.

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The Best Time of Year to Visit Santa Fe is…NOW!

Late August and early September  – or what we call late summer – is one of the best times to visit Santa Fe. The weather tends to become more fall like with beautiful crisp days and still warm nights. It is the best time to pursue outdoor walks, hikes, and bike trips throughout the region. At the Inn on the Paseo, bed & breakfast in Santa Fe, we think this is a great time to plan a longer trip or a weekend getaway. With that in mind, we are offering 20 percent off any two night stay at the Inn from August 18th through September 22nd.

Santa Fe is not just museums and art galleries and historic buildings. It is a real walking city and one of the unique things we love most about it. In fact, Santa Fe has been recognized as New Mexico’s top city for walkers and was ranked as the 22nd best walking city in the country out of 500 American towns surveyed.

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Santa Fe in August and September – Music, Art, Culture, Roasted Chilis & Fiesta!

August and September in Santa Fe is an incredibly rich and fun-filled time of year featuring fiestas, harvest, music and cultural gatherings.  It is truly one of the most diverse and interesting times to be in this historic city – as we celebrate many of the things that are so bountiful here – with a style all our own.

The Inn on the Paseo has listed our top favorite events and tips for last minute visits in August and September. We still have rooms available, but don’t wait long and don’t miss these unique events we wait all year long for.

We have suggested some events starting with mid-August and running through September -  wrapping up with the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival!

August 9th-12th,  Wild West Weekend

Join us for a weekend of family fun celebrating the heritage of cowboys, featuring singing cowboys, hatmaking, rawhide-brading, silver work, trick ropers, poets, dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, and lots more. Learn how to tie cowboy knots, measure your height in hands, and figure out your cowboy hat size. On Saturday, Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout will lead a one-hour workshop for families on traditional cowboy songs and discuss the New Mexico cowboy lifestyle and culture as represented in the songs. This event will take place at the New Mexico History Museum. Free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily).

For more information, go to http://thesantafevip.com/ai1ec_event/wild-west-weekend/?instance_id=

August 10th-13th,  The Santa Fe Show

The Santa Fe Show is an exciting addition to the city’s summer season. This four day event, August 10th–13th, will be held at El Museo in the Railyard district. As Santa Fe is a hub for artist and events, the Santa Fe Show is offering the widest range you will find in this city in one place. With 65 exhibitors displaying material ranging from contemporary to historic, antique to modern, the show offers paintings, sculpture, and fine art of all kinds. You’ll find furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, and tribal, folk, American Indian, African, and Asian art.

For more information, go to www.thesantafeshow.com

August 12th-18th, 2013, Santa Fe Indian Market

The 92nd Annual Indian Market will be underway August 12th-18th with a week long celebration of Native American art, cinema, music and clothing, plus all of the other ancillary activities that take place during Indian Market Week.

This spectacular festival brings over 150,000 people to Santa Fe every August with its unique, exciting and inspiring events. From families with young children to avid art collectors, Santa Fe Indian Market attracts international visitors from all walks of life.

For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures A unique awards process means that Santa Fe Indian Market awards are the standard by which all other accolades for Native art are measured.  The Market awards make and change careers for these artists.

For more information, go to swaia.org

August 23rd – 25th,  Santa Fe Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity throughout the country. With the 23rd annual Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival kicking off August 23rd-25th, it is a chance to become exposed to the unique sound of the “Southwest Pickers.”

For more information, go to southwestpickers-festival.org

August 31st – September 8th,  Fiesta de Santa Fe

The Fiesta de Santa Fe is a particular favorite for those who love to take part in our ancient traditions when Spanish culture influenced and shaped the life of this city. The celebration commemorates the re-conquest of Santa Fe in 1692 by the Spanish after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Fiesta opens with a procession bearing a statue of the Blessed Virgin known as La Conquistadora to the Cathedral of St. Francis. Revelry starts with the Thursday night burning of Zozobra, also known as “Old Man Gloom,” a huge, animated figure whose demise at the hands of a torch-bearing dancer symbolizes the banishing of cares for the year. The Fiesta closes with a solemn, candle-lit walk to the Cross of the Martyrs.

For more information, go to www.santafefiesta.org

September 5th – The 89th Annual Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra

The 89th annual torching of 50-foot-tall Old Man Gloom, a puppet stuffed with thousands of scraps of paper bearing the citizenry’s sad thoughts, is a highlight of Fiesta time.

Although the Fiestas celebration dates back to 1712, renowned Santa Fe artist Will Shuster added Zozobra in 1924. Kiwanis became officially involved in 1963. Shuster assigned all rights, title and interest in Zozobra on June 19th, 1964 to The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, which retains exclusive copyright and Trademark to the figure. Thus Kiwanis continues the Zozobra tradition, and as a major fundraiser has become a great way for locals to participate in community service.

For more information, go to burnzozobra.com

September 11th-22nd, New Mexico State Fair

Want to see a rodeo?  Just north of Santa Fe – 40 miles away – is the unique New Mexico State Fair.

This is an annual state fair held for 17 days in September at Expo New Mexico (formerly the New Mexico State Fairgrounds). The event features concerts, competitions, rodeos, carnival rides, games, farm animals, horses, agriculture and art.

Fore more information, go to festivals4fun.com/new-mexico-state-fair-2013/

September 21st and 22nd – Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair event features medieval combat, jugglers, live entertainment and dancers. It is a great event for families that activities for all ages.  The fair takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Spanish colonial outdoor living history museum, with 200 acres of historical recreations, including working gristmills, a blacksmith, a wheelwright and many other outstanding attractions.

For more information, go to sfrenfair.org

September 25h-29th,  Santa Fe Wine and Chili Festival

This event coincides with the chili roasting season throughout New Mexico. Early fall is the time of year to harvest the chilis and it is celebrated in Santa Fe with the 23rd edition of the Wine and Chili Festival featuring 75 great Santa Fe restaurants and 100 world class wineries partnering in 5 guest chef luncheons, 6 cooking demonstrations by the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 8 wine and food pairing seminars, 40 nightly wine dinners and the piece de resistance, the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon September 28th at the Santa Fe Opera. That is a lot of chili time!

For more information, go to santafewineandchile.org