One of the biggest events in the culinary calendar in New Mexico, Restaurant Week is due to begin on Sunday, February 22nd and lasts for 8 days – giving you and your family the chance to sample some of the best fare that Santa Fe restaurants have to offer. The good news is that this week means that you do not have to spend as much as you normally would to eat out; you can enjoy multiple course dinners and lunches at fixed prices.
For a meal for two in one of the city’s casual restaurants you will only have to pay $25 and there are $20, $30 and $40 per person options too. Lunches will be available in some of the restaurants, but not all. However, if you think that this week only means that you get to eat a few great meals then think again. You can take the opportunity to learn more about the preparation of your favourite dishes in one of the cooking demonstrations or classes. There are also plenty of other events that are taking place during the week.
So who exactly does Restaurant Week cater to? The truth is that there is something here for everyone. There are several restaurants that serve American cuisine, or you can opt for Italian, French or New Mexican cuisine. If you can’t make up your mind why not consider a restaurant that serves a range of cuisines or one that specializes in ‘fusion’ foods. Spanish cuisine is very popular in the area, of course. This is also a great opportunity to try out new cusines. Have you ever tried Japanese foods? Are you the sort of person who would normally avoid a seafood dish? Here in Santa Fe we have restaurants that specialize in both. How about African homestyle?
But what if you have a specific dietary requirement? There is no need to worry – there are several restaurants that serve organic food, vegetarian or vegan dishes or cater to diets that have to be gluten free. If you have other dietary requirements just call ahead to your restaurant and ask if they can help. Participating restaurants are being added to the list all the time so keep checking out the Restaurant week website to find an eatery that is suitable for you.
You can find out more about the various events and how to purchase tickets from one of the official websites. Check out either www.nmrestaurantweek.com or www.dinenewmexico.com. At our Santa Fe bed & breakfast we are offering a great lodging deal for Restaurant Week! Stay for one night and receive 10% off, two nights and receive 15% off, three nights and receive 20% off, and four nights for 25% off! Call for details or to make a reservation today (855) 984-8200!
February in Santa Fe is not as quiet as you might think – consider a visit even if you only want to know more about the ARTfeast event. The Winter 2015 event is called the Art of Living and runs from February 20th to the 22nd.
The Friday event named ‘It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere’ is a music and dance event where you can also enjoy a designer cocktail or two. You can pick up a ticket for this for $75 and the doors open at 6pm at Peters Projects. This kicks off the weekend of events and you can spend the evening enjoying the music of the New Mexico School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble. Throughout the evening is fashion designed by a textile artist, Patricia Michaels who was featured on Project Runway and has won a number of awards. There will be a few auctions too so you can help with the fundraising for the various ARTsmart programs.
On Saturday you can go along to the ‘Step up to the Plate’ event, with tickets priced at $175. Held at the city’s Convention Center, the doors for this event open at 6pm. Here you can enjoy a three course gourmet dinner prepared by a top local chef and enjoy a few fine wines too. Finish off your meal from the dessert buffet. There will be a live auction where you get your hands on one or two pieces of original art work and you can also see a few local artists at work. There is even the chance to become a character in a novel.
On both Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy the Art of Home Tour and the free admission is perfect if you’re on a low budget. This takes place at a variety of locations throughout the city and the county area. You get to tour 12 amazing homes that showcase every type of décor. The tour is being organized by Keller Williams, the area’s top real estate agency. A variety of artworks will be displayed in the homes and these can be purchased as you tour, with all the funds going to the ARTsmart cause. To find out where all these homes are you can check out the map and list of homes on the ARTsmart website. This will be available by February 15th.
If you want to make the most of your weekend at the ARTfeast event it makes sense to be here for as much of it as possible. With tickets limited for some of the events you need to get tickets early. If you would like to stay at our Santa Fe b&b we recommend booking early as well! To find out more about the ARTfeast, check out the official website here.
You might be wondering what Santa Fe has to offer in the month of January. After all, December was a fairly action-packed month with plenty going on and lot of celebrations. Surely everybody has run out of steam now and will just be waiting for winter to be over? Actually, nothing could be further from the truth!
Almost everyone likes a beer from time to time so why not drop by and find out what’s happening at WinterBrew. This is the first beer festival of the year and is held at the Farmer’s Market. Make a note in your schedule and keep January 23rd free. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 9 pm. The New Mexico Brewers Guild organizes the event to promote craft beers. There will be 16 locally-based breweries taking part including two new breweries. Sample beers from brewers such as Taos Mesa, Second Street, Blue Corn, Bosque and Turtle Mountain, among others. Make sure to grab your tickets early because they sell out quickly! For more information and to buy tickets click here.
If you like the idea of a cultural weekend then why not make sure that you’re in Santa Fe for the weekend of January 24th & 25th! The Classical Weekend Orchestra takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. You can also go to the Artist Dinner that takes place on the 25th and join Per Tengstrand. However, due to the fact that there’s limited seating you need to make sure that you book your seat well in advance. You can do this via the Pro Musica Box Office. Per Tengstrand will be on the piano at the performances and the conductor is Thomas O’Connor. Featured works will include Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-Flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor. Get your tickets at the box office and to find out more, click here.
If your musical tastes are a little different then why not consider the Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center? This takes place on January 27 and tickets are already on sale so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to attend. The band was formed in the 1980s and has developed a wide fan following since they started out in the Colorado clubs. The band’s latest album, ‘Black Beehive’, is a collection of new music. Find out more by clicking here.
As always, we hope that you choose our Santa Fe bed & breakfast for your Santa Fe accommodations. At our Inn you’ll find relaxed luxury, daily gourmet breakfasts, free parking and wifi, and much more. Book your Santa Fe stay today!
As many know, our family took ownership of the Inn in May of 2013. At that time we mapped out a multi-year renovation plan to breathe new life into our already top rated bed & breakfast.
One very exciting renovation currently underway is a brand new beautiful deck for our guests to enjoy! Our new composite deck will serve up to 24 guests and will include LED pathway lighting.
Progress is being made quickly and we anticipate the deck being finished by the first of the year, if not sooner. We hope to see you soon and when we do, you’ll be able to enjoy breakfast, a glass of wine or peace and quiet on our new deck…
3/4 cup steel cut oats
2 & 1/4 cups water
3/4 cup applesauce
2 large carrots- grated
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream (we mix)
Vanilla Bean Cream
2 cups sour cream
4 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
In a large slow cooker (at least 3 quarts), add the oats, water, applesauce, grated carrots, raisins, chopped nuts, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Give everything a good stirring with a rubber spatula. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours (or over night). Just before serving, add the milk/cream mixture and stir in the meal. Add between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of this to get to the consistency you like.
To the make the vanilla bean cream, toss all the ingredients into a large bowl and stir together with a whisk until smooth and well mixed.
Serve the oatmeal hot with a drizzle of cream on top- add toppings as you like!
There is nothing better when you’re traveling than enjoying local wines and the beautiful region of New Mexico is no exception. The state has been involved in wine production since the 17th century and there is now a wide variety of wines produced here. Luckily we have New Mexico Wine Tours on hand to help make the most of every moment and guide visitors around some of the best wineries in the state.
New Mexico Wine Tours are run seven days a week throughout the year and you can join a group tour or a private tour can be arranged for you. The great news is that tours can be customized so you can plan in advance exactly what you want – great for a special occasion!
However, wine tours are just a small part of the services that we offer. How would you like to try rafting? Opt for a tour that takes you on this amazing adventure sport experience and then a wine tasting afterwards to relax. Or a hot air balloon trip? Cooking classes in native cuisine are offered as well as scenic tours. All of these can be combined with wine tasting experiences that you will never forget.
So what can you expect from one of their public wine tours? A basic public tour takes a day and will take you around either the northern part of the state or the central wine region. New Mexico Wine Tours has guides that can tell you about the area, local history, significant landmarks and much more. Every tour is slightly different as they customize even the public tours based on client requests and which events are taking place each day.
Tours of the northern part of the state are perfect for those who want to see something of the countryside. Anyone who wants to take in the southern part of the state and see wineries in the Albuquerque region will need to book a private tour.
The great thing about the public tours is that you will not find yourself packed on a bus with 60 or 70 other people. Tour numbers are limited to make sure that each guest gets the most from it so there will be no more than 12 people on each tour. New Mexico Wine tours will pick you up from wherever you’re staying and will even make sure you have a gourmet lunch as part of this amazing day out. There will be special offers at some wineries but the tasting fees are not included as part of the trip. This means that you do not have to feel obliged to take part at all of the wineries if you don’t want to and can pick and choose as you go along.
The New Mexico Wine Tours office is open all day and evening so make sure you give Cindy a call to arrange your perfect tour. Booking in advance is essential as spaces on tours are taken up very quickly. Inn on the Paseo Guests who book a tour with New Mexico Wine Tours will each receive a complimentary glass of wine, two delicious EK. chuah chocolates and a complimentary cheese and cracker plate.
Christmas in Santa Fe is something very special and many of the events held here focus around the festive season. Nothing slows down in the city in winter – if anything, it gets even busier, particularly with the ski slopes at Ski Santa Fe fully open. With 73 ski runs in total the place is a magnet for winter sports enthusiasts and those that don’t want to hit the slopes can head for the hiking trails that in winter attract the snowshoeing and Nordic skiing crowd. Alternatively you can consider visiting one of the numerous events that take place at this time of the year. How about one of these?
Christmas Eve is a magical time here and a visit to the Santa Fe Plaza on this day will delight the senses. 1000 farolitos can be seen here to give the place a magical feel and you can enjoy locally made cider while listening to Christmas carols. For those who are not familiar with farolitos, they are a very simple style of lantern – a votive candle, some sand and a brown paper bag but when the area is completely lit up with them it has an amazing effect. Dotted around the city on Christmas Eve there are also luminarias – small bonfires where you can stop for a while to warm your hands while strolling around the streets. Both the farolitos and luminarias are traditional in the region.
Make sure if you’re here on Christmas Eve you see Las Posadas – a traditional play based on part of the Nativity story. Start out at the Palace of the Governors and you can follow it as it winds its way through the streets. The Devil makes an appearance and you can relax with cookies and cider when the play finishes in the courtyard of the palace.
Another Christmas Eve event is the Noche Buena – the midnight mass of the Rooster. This is based on a folk tale regarding the animals that were present in the stable when Christ was born. This is held every year in the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Music is major part of the festive season in Santa Fe so keep an eye open for the listings. With so much going on there is too much to list here but the Santa Fe Concert Association always has plenty to choose from as does the Santa Fe Symphony.
Christmas at the Palace is always a special event. It brings together all the different cultures and traditions that have made their home in Santa Fe and takes place each year at the Palace of the Governors – this year it will be December 12th. Enjoy the music and refreshments as well as the storytelling – and keep an eye open for Santa!
There is no doubt that Christmas is a very special time in Santa Fe and if you get the opportunity to visit at this time of year we would love to see you. Don’t forget to make your reservations at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast in advance as we book up early during the holidays! We look forward to welcoming you!
November is set to be a busy month so make sure that you plan your trip to fit in everything you want to do. To help plan your itinerary here are a few ideas…
Santa Fe has a rich culinary heritage and it is definitely the place to be on November 15th this year if you want to learn how to make an amazing pie. Professional chefs show you how it’s done and you get to sample some of the pies. The proceeds from Holiday Pie Mania go to the Santa Fe Food Depot. More details can be found on the official website.
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is set to host the Wild & Scenic Film Fest at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion in Santa Fe. Tickets cost just $10 and you get to see a series of acclaimed short films on sports, adventure and nature. Live music, a raffle and silent auction all add to the fun.
If you have ever wondered where those artifacts or historic objects in your house come from, now is your chance to find out. The highly trained and experienced curators at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will be holding a bring-along event on November 19th. Make your way to the lobby of the museum and they will do their best to help you to learn more about your prized possessions. It costs nothing to attend and everyone is welcome. For more information take a quick look at the official website.
A musical evening is always a favorite choice in Santa Fe and the La Santa Cecilia Benefit Concert Event is going to be no different. Held at the La Fonda on the Plaza, the concert starts at 8pm on November 21st. The musical style of this group is a blend of rock, world and Latin music and the group has taken inspiration from musical styles all over the world. It is a unique sound and one that is always popular here in the city, with many people visiting from other parts of the country just to attend these concerts. To find out more about the event and to arrange tickets take a look at the official website.
This is just a few examples – there are plenty of tours and exhibitions taking place all the time so you will never be stuck for something to do when you arrive in Santa Fe. As you plan your trip don’t forget to check out our Special Promotions before making your reservations. Our Santa Fe bed & breakfast is top rated and we look forward to seeing you in November.
(approx. 2 dozen cookies)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Tequila (optional)
- 1 ½ teaspoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (optional)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
- 2 large eggs
- Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside.
- Combine sugars, lime zest and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds.
- Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lime juice, Tequila, and orange liqueur if using.
- Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up dough
- Roll dough into 1” balls then roll briefly in sugar to coat.
- Space cookies 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake cookies until golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
- Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.
October is a beautiful time of the year in Santa Fe. The Aspen trees have changed color, the weather is marvelous and there are a variety of fantastic festivals and events to attend. Here are a few of October’s highlights…
Mark your calendars October 4th and 5th for the Harvest Festival which takes place at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas. This is a living history museum where visitors can find out more about Spanish Colonial life. Visitors will have the chance to help with the harvest, taking part in tasks such as crushing grapes to make wine, grinding sorghum and stringing chile ristras. Those who do come along can also spend some time sampling local cuisine and listening to live music. To find out how you can take part, visit the event’s official website.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
From October 15th-19th, you’ll get the chance to see some great independent movies as part of the 6th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. There are various venues throughout the city for this event, which will be showing around 80 feature films this year. There will be panels and workshops and even a handful of parties! Visitors come to the film festival from all over the world and it has grown each year. This year is not expected to be any different. As thousands of visitors will be expected in the city for this, accommodations need to be booked in advance and make sure to reserve tickets early for the screenings you want to attend. Find out more about the film festival by visiting their official website.
7th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out
This is the event for you if you’re looking to unleash your inner artist! It takes place on October 18th this year and the artists of Canyon Road work outdoors, inviting the public to watch. This is one of the historic parts of the city, home to more than 100 stores including galleries, jewelry stores and boutiques. You can browse the artists’ galleries and dine in a variety of the gourmet restaurants. The type of art that you can see and buy here ranges from traditional Native American art to more contemporary pieces and photography. Sculpture is very popular with many people who visit and hardly anyone leaves empty-handed. Santa Fe has long been known as an artists’ colony and this is a particularly special event, not to be missed. Additional details can be found on he official website.