New Mexico Wine Tours – The Best Way to Wine Taste!

newmexicowineriesThere 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.

December in Santa Fe New Mexico – Experience the Magic!

Chirstmas-Tree-Lighting-on-the-PlazaChristmas 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!

Visit Santa Fe in November!

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…

piemaniaSanta 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.

lasantaceciliaA 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.

Margarita Cookie Recipe

“Margarita Cookies”

(approx. 2 dozen cookies)

 

margaritacookiesIngredients:

  •   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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5.  Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up dough
  6. Roll dough into 1” balls then roll briefly in sugar to coat.
  7. Space cookies 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  8. 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.
  9. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

October Highlights in Santa Fe

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…

Harvest Festival

harvestfestivalMark 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

 canyonroadThis 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.

September Splendor in Santa Fe!

Never make the mistake of thinking that once the summer season ends so do the big events!  In fact, Santa Fe is busy all year round and there is plenty to see and do if you want to visit in September.

The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

santafethunderOkay, we understand that not everyone wants to run a half marathon but you would be surprised just how many people come to the city just to see this event.  This year will mark the events fourth year in existence and its popularity has grown rapidly thanks to the fact that this is not just a sporting event but also a cultural one.  The race begins at Fort Marcy, an historical building.  The course it follows takes in the Old Taos Highway, the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, views of both the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains and runs through the Rio Grande Valley.  Along the course the runners will hear live music.

However, if you do want to run and feel that a half marathon is not for you, you can take part in the 5k run or the 1 mile fitness walk instead.  The event is organized by Global Running Culture and the proceeds are used to fund their various projects that promote sports.  To find out more about the half marathon, which takes place on September 14th, visit the official website here.

The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

king_falcon_santaferenaissancefairThe Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is one of the most popular cultural events on the local calendar.  This year the event takes place on the 20th and 21st of September.  The fair opens at 10 am on each day and ends at 6 pm.  There is a small admission fee but children under 12 can go free, so this makes for a great family outing.  You will get to see sword fighting and a variety of Celtic games in addition to finding out what life was like for residents of a Medieval village.  You will also have the opportunity to take part in belly dancing, learn flamenco and aim for a prize in the costume contest.  Treat yourself to something from one of the vendor stalls – wouldn’t you like to purchase a handcrafted shield?  The proceeds from the event go to a local homeless charity as well as educational programs.  For more information visit the official website.

The Pecos Studio Tour

The Pecos Studio Tour is an annual event that celebrates the best independent artists that the region has to offer.  These are based in Pecos village just 20 minutes from Santa Fe. This is a small community and the artists that are based here work with all media.  There is usually a preview event where you can get an idea of what is on offer and decide which artists’ studios you want to visit.  This year’s event is set to take place on 27th and 28th September, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Details on the event are gradually being released on their official website.               

 

 

Look forward to the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta!

Every year, Santa Fe plays host to the Wine & Chile Fiesta, an event that lasts for five days and celebrates the best of wine and food that can be found in both the local area and the country.  No less than 90 wineries will be attending this year’s event in addition to around 75 restaurants.  Those who want to attend will be able to take part in cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, seminars, workshops, luncheons and dinner.  The event runs from September 24th-28th this year and attendees come here from all over the world.

santafewine&chileSo what types of events could you be taking part in if you attend?  With many different workshops and seminars available we can only give you a couple of examples, but why not consider the ‘Secrets of the Somms: Blind Tasting of Red Wines’?  This is where you can get expert input from top sommeliers to guide you through a blind tasting of eight red wines.  They will help you to detect the region of origin and the vintage during the workshop, unleashing skills you never knew you had!

The finale of the weekend is the Grand Tasting, where all participants provide samples of their food and wine for people to try.  This will be held at the Santa Fe Opera and there will be shuttles provided between the Opera and the local Information Office as well as valet parking.

One of the most popular aspects of the event are the tours that can be taken.  The winery tours always attract plenty of attention but there is also a tour of the Allan Hauser Sculpture Garden.  Buses are provided to get you there and back.  For the cooking demonstrations you only need to make your way to the Santa Fe School of Cooking.  These also fill up very quickly, so reserve your place as soon as you can.

However, it is not just about the opportunity to awaken your taste buds.  There are events which raise money for community events, so local people can attend cooking classes.  There is also a Cooking with Kids scheme that is sponsored through the event.  Many of the events taking place are ticket only so if you want to see a specific demonstration or seminar then you need to reserve your ticket as soon as possible.  There will be a hospitality desk located in Santa Fe from September 22nd and it should be noted that the events are only open to those aged 21 and over.

To get more information on tickets and events, check out the official website for the event.  Don’t forget, when you reserve your event tickets you need to reserve your accommodations also.  Rooms are scarce when events like this are held in Santa Fe and we would like to see as many of you as possible at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast!

“Living Lines” – Botanical Art Retreat

                                                                  “LIVING LINES”

botanicalpictureBOTANICAL ART RETREAT

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

 Oct 20 -21, 2014

with Lisa Coddington MA

 Join Lisa in beautiful historic Santa Fe while autumn lingers for a 2-day Botanical Art retreat. Two art sessions offer botanical drawing, and watercolor glazing techniques. Autumn art subjects are ideal for beginner and experienced alike.  Lisa teaches Botanical Drawing and Watercolor at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College. Her art is represented in galleries in South Carolina and Santa Fe.

INCLUDES:  3 nights (Oct 19, 20, 21) at charming Santa Fe B & B, admission to Georgia O’Keefe Museum, historic walking tour, admission to the new Santa Fe Botanical Garden, breakfasts, two artists’ lunches, parking, and wi-fi.

B&B is a short walk to Canyon Road Art Galleries, Historic plaza, restaurants, shops, and museums. Santa Fe is a 1-hour flight or 6.5 hour drive from Denver via I-25.

ASBA Member Cost: $920.00

Non-member: $950.00

Deposit payment: $500.00 due at time of registration.

 Final payment due Aug 20, 2014 -– no refunds after August 25, 2014.

Payable by credit card, check, or money order to Lisa Coddington.

 Group rate is available one week before and one week after the art session.

For Further information contact LISA Cell: 315-256-8639 Email: Lisa@LisaCoddington.com

www.LisaCoddington.com

 Supply list is available after registration

Watermelon Soup with Jalapeno Peppers

Watermelon Soup

(serves 6 to 8)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Watermelon
  • 2  Jalapeno Chile Peppers (or Serrano if you want more heat)
  • 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • Touch of Sea Salt

 Directions:

  1. Cut melon into quarters
  2. Take one quarter and cut melon into ¼ to ½ ” dice and set aside
  3. Take remaining 3 quarters and cut into large junks
  4. Place large melon junks into blender or food processor with lime juice and salt.
  5. Process until smooth puree
  6. Remove stems, ribs and seed from jalapeno chiles
  7. Take one chile and cut into fine dice.  Set aside for garnish
  8. Cut remaining chiles into large junks, then add to pureed melon.  Pulse several times until chile segments are pureed.
  9. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  10. When ready to serve, place large spoonful of diced melon into bottom of martini glass or parfait glass. Spoon  ½ to 2/3 cup of melon soup over diced melon.
  11. Garnish with finely diced chiles and serve

August Highlights

August events in Santa Fe

If you want to visit Santa Fe at one of the most colorful times in its calendar, then August is the time to do it.  There are plenty of events taking place throughout the month and the only difficulty you might have would be to narrow down your choices!

Fiesta de los Ninos: A Children’s Celebration

This is an event that will appeal to all members of the family, but particularly the children.  There are games, crafts and a number of entertainments as part of this event.  Children aged 12 and under can attend free of charge and it is the perfect end to the summer.  The event is set to be held on the last weekend of the month, the 30th and 31st of August.  Tickets for the event cost just a few dollars and more information can be found on the El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.

Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous

If you should happen to be in Santa Fe at the beginning of August (2nd and 3rd) then you can experience a real taste of the Old West at the Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous.  This event will take you right back to the 19th century and you can buy a variety of authentic souvenirs such as buffalo and elk pelts, leatherwork, hand-made ironworks, traditional blankets and knives.  You can also pick up antiques such as guns.  This re-creation of an event from the 1830s features people dressed in authentic costumes, live music performances, activities and games for children, a variety of entertainments and plenty of good food and drink.  Visit the official website for more information.

Zozobra

zozobra santa feThis is actually a celebration that the city is returning to the locals as the tourist season comes to an end but it is a unique event that should not be missed if you do happen to be here on 29th August.  Zozobra is a giant 55 foot tall puppet that has been filled with thousands of pieces of paper.  The locals write on these with information about everything that has not worked out over the last 12 months.  The puppet is raised high and there is a ceremony with live music and dance before it is burned as night falls.  The crowds cheer and all their worries from the last year are dealt with by the fire.  This is a unique tradition and has been taking place since 1924.  Zozobra is a character created by an artist named Will Shuster who took inspiration from the celebrations of the Yaqui Indians in Mexico.  To find out more visit the official event website here.

Santa Fe during August has so much to offer and every year thousands of people flock to the city to find out what makes it tick.  Events that celebrate our culture are among the most popular and as there is always something happening here it does not matter when you visit, you are sure not to be disappointed.  With that in mind, remember, it is the high season and so accommodation reservations should always be made in advance.