Santa Fe Events in August

A trip to Santa Fe in August is always one worth making as there are so many great events taking place! August is our busiest month and with plenty of events for both young and old there is no reason not to make the most of your time in Santa Fe.

Girls Inc. Arts & Crafts Show

santa fe events in augustFor over 60 years, Girls Inc. has been inspiring young girls to be strong, smart and bold. This organization has developed a wonderful program to give girls the tools they need to succeed. Now here is your chance to support them too! Held on August 1st & 2nd at the historic Santa Fe Plaza, over 150 national and local artists will showcase their work at the Girls Inc. Arts & Crafts Show. This is the 3rd largest market at the Santa Fe Plaza! Visitors will find a rich mix of fiber art, jewelry, painting, pottery, sculpture, metal work, wood work, photography, specialty foods, and much more! Proceeds from artist booth fees will benefit the Girls Inc. organization. Learn more!

Summer Festival & Wild West Adventures

The Wild West fascinates many people who come to the city and this is the chance to find out more about what life was really like back then. The event is held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas on August 1st & 2nd and you’ll get to meet quite an array of characters from the lawmen who kept everyone safe to the desperados that made life much more interesting. You will get to hear stories from the time period and there is always the opportunity to pick up a souvenir or two from one of the many vendors here. On both days of the festival there is a Peruvian Paso Horse show and demonstration. The event starts at 10am each day and runs until 4pm. Tickets for adults cost just $8, for seniors and teens they are $6 and kids aged 12 and under get in for free. Check out the official website here.

Hands on History

Mark your calendars for August 15th! Held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the “Hands on History” event is your chance to broaden your horizons and pick up a new skill – or two! You can take up colcha embroidery, learn how to make a bow, become a tin-smithy or start on leather work. There are also plenty of other skills to choose from. With whatever you choose to engage in, you’ll be trained by a fully qualified and experienced instructor. This is the first time that this event has been held so be sure not to miss out! The event starts at 10am and runs until 4pm. Keep an eye on the official website for details on tickets and entry.

Santa Fe Indian Market

A run-down of events in August is definitely not complete without mention of the Indian Market. This market is now in its 93rd year and is designed to showcase Indian culture and crafts. It is the largest event of its kind in this part of the world. Always held on the third weekend in August, this year’s event is August 22nd & 23rd. It is estimated that around 1,100 artists will be taking part in the event and you get the chance to talk to them, learn more about their work and buy something unique for yourself or as a gift. Take a look at the website to find out more.

Remember that no matter why you want to visit Santa Fe in August, there is something for everyone! Don’t forget to book your lodging as far in advance as possible! Our Santa Fe bed & breakfast is located just a couple blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza.

Garlic Cheese Grits



1 cup quick grits
1 Tab Worcestershire sauce
4 cups water
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ stick butter
Dash of hot sauce
2 ½ cups sharp cheddar, grated
3 eggs whites stiffly beaten
3 egg yolks beaten with 1 tablespoon milk


Add grits to boiling water. Cook until thick. Remove from heat. While hot, add 2 cups of grated cheese, egg yolk mixture, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and hot sauce.

Cool mixture. Fold in egg whites. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and paprika. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. If made ahead and refrigerated, allow extra time for baking.

For a creamier texture, substitute half a cup of water for half a cup of milk, adding after the water has boiled and the grits are thicker, add a few tablespoons at a time.

Serves 8.

July in Santa Fe!

July is one of the busiest months in Santa Fe and for good reason! In addition to the well-known International Folk Art Market held July 10th -12th, there are host of other events taking place including the beginning of the Santa Fe Opera season AND the Santa Fe Bandstand performance series!

Passing-ParadiseIf you’re an art enthusiast, Santa Fe will not disappoint! Make sure to check out the Michael Ethridge: Transitions event. This exhibition will take place at Pippin Contemporary between July 2nd and 14th with a reception on July 3rd between 5 and 7pm. This popular artist is known for abstract landscapes, inspired by the natural scenery in and around Santa Fe. Michael has worked all over the world and this is reflected in his work.

Another exciting contemporary art exhibition will be held at the William and Joseph Gallery. The ‘Kiss my Glass’ exhibition will be on display from 5-7pm during the month of July. Featuring the work of Jason Chakravarty & Sean Hennessy, this exhibition is anything but traditional. These two artists share an affinity for mixing glass with other mediums. This Canyon Road gallery is one of the most popular in the city so if you’re here in July make sure that you do not miss this exhibition.

santa fe wine festivalThe Santa Fe Wine Festival is also taking place July 4th & 5th. Each day the event opens at 12 noon and runs until 6 pm. For adults to get in it costs just $13 and there are concessions for those who are under the age of 21, but they have to be accompanied by an adult. Please note that each day the glass sales and tastings stop at 5.30pm. This is an event that lets you try the various wines of the region in the setting of one of the state’s most historic ranches. You can taste the wines and pick up a bottle or two to take home. Seventeen local wineries will be taking part in the event and there will also be live music, local dishes to try and a range of local crafts if you want non-alcoholic souvenirs.   The wine festival is taking place at El Rancho de lasGolondrinas, a unique venue that will offer a great day out for the whole family. This ranch covers 200 acres and has become a living history museum. Find out more about the venue at the official website.

If you prefer not to visit museums there are also plenty of outdoor activities in and around Santa Fe that you can take part in. The area is ideal for hiking and mountain biking and there are plenty of family-friendly activities too. Why not visit and find out more? As always we suggest making your accommodations in advance if you wish to stay at our Inn at Santa Fe!

Antique American Indian Art Show 2015

antique american indian art showAre you fascinated by American Indian art?  The dedication to the traditional American Indian arts in Santa Fe means that every year hundreds of thousands of people visit the city just to find out more and immerse themselves in this ancient and interesting culture.  One event that draws thousands here each year is the Antique American Indian Art Show, this year starting on August 17th at 6pm for the opening night gala.

The venue for the event is El Museo in The Railyard.  The opening night gala is a charity event with all proceeds being donated to KNME New Mexico PBS and it begins at 6pm.  The art show starts in earnest the next day and runs until August 20th.  This is considered to be one of the most popular social occasions in the Santa Fe calendar.  It is a chance to enjoy a glass of wine in the company of other art enthusiasts.

So what can you expect to see?  The event is a chance to see some of the historic art works created by different American Indian tribes.  Every year the show also hosts a couple of special exhibitions.  This year one of the exhibits is entitled ‘Deeply Yao’.  This is an exhibition of textile art, jewelry, headdresses and a wide range of spiritual objects connected to the Yao people, a community native to southern China and other parts of Asia.

The second special exhibit for the show is the ‘Chilkat Blankets: Artistic Masterpieces’.  This is a great opportunity to see these traditional weavings.  They are not often on display so visitors will need to make the most of it this year!  The blankets are highly regarded as beautiful pieces of art work, but getting hold of one for your own collection is almost impossible.  This one exhibition will have more than a dozen such weavings on display – definitely not to be missed!

Entrance for both the special exhibitions is included in the cost of your show ticket. Tickets for the Antique American Indian Art Show in Santa Fe are available online so make sure that you get yours in advance.

Things to do in Santa Fe in June

June in Santa Fe is a very special time – it’s the start of the summer season, just before the busiest months of the year, July and August! It’s a great time to plan a visit as the weather is beautiful, many city tours are in full throttle, and there are a whole host of fantastic events!

Why not consider the ‘First Friday Art Walk’? For much of the year the first Friday of the month is an opportunity to take a guided walk through a variety of arts venues in the city. You can explore the Downtown area of Santa Fe and stop in at some of the top galleries and museums. The venues on the tour include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors. For this tour the galleries stay open until 7.30pm while the museums are open until 7pm. If you can’t make it in June don’t worry the tours run through October.

herb and lavendar fairSanta Fe is the home of the Herb & Lavender Fair and this year it’s taking place on June 20th and 21st. On both days it’s running from 10 am to 4 pm and it’s held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Attendees can enjoy garden tours and the opportunity to buy herbal products from a variety of vendors. If you want to learn more about growing herbs you can attend one of the lectures or workshops on how to do this successfully. This is a great event for all ages, kids under 12 are free and tickets for adults cost $8. For more information check out the official website of the ranch here.

Another event that is held on a monthly basis is the Delgado House walkthrough, one of Santa Fe’s top historic houses! The tour is run by Lacuna galleries and it takes place on the first Monday of every month. This is one of the most important historic houses in Santa Fe and the tour offers a peak inside life during the 1800s. Find out more about these tours at the official website.

In addition to these events you can also take advantage of other city tours, sporting events and musical performances at a variety of locations around Santa Fe. If you decide to come visit our fantastic city we hope you’ll choose to stay at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast located just walking distance to the Plaza.

Top 3 Spring Hikes in Santa Fe

Spring is a great time to go hiking in Santa Fe and hundreds of people do just that each week. The Santa Fe region (and beyond!) attracts hikers of all levels as there is an abundance of great trails to choose from. Narrowing down the choices isn’t easy, but we’ve asked Karen Denison, owner of Outspire Hiking & Snowshoeing to pick her top 3 hikes for this spring…

santa fe tent rocks1. Slot Canyon Trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. A favorite hike among many, you’ll want to get there early to avoid the crowds. This trail will take you up through the canyon and onto the mesa. You can enjoy great views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains. This is a good trail for beginner to intermediate hikers to try at any time of the year, although you’ll need to be prepared for high temperatures in the summer and floods after storms.

2. Falls Trail at the Bandelier National Monument. This is another hike that you’ll want to arrive early for as the parking lot fills up quickly! This trail descends 400 feet and covers 1.5 miles as it takes you to the Upper Falls. This hike is great for hikers of all levels, although there are some steep drop-offs that might bother those who have a fear of heights. The trail is in great shape, fairly wide, and will offer the chance to see some wildlife along the way. It should be noted that the trail beyond the falls is no longer safe following a flood in 2011. You can drive yourself to the visitor parking center until May 22nd, after that you’ll need to check the park’s website for shuttle bus requirements.

chamisa trail3. Chamisa Trail – a hike that is very close to the city. This is a great trail if you’re looking for a good workout. Once you’ve made your way to the top you’ll get to follow an easier trail down towards the Big Tesuque Creek basin. Here you’ll have the chance to rest in a very green environment. There are wildflowers and meadows and you’ll meet plenty of other hikers, mountain bikers and runners along the way.

While most of the trails can be self-guided without too many issues, just imagine how much more interesting it could be if you had your own private hiking guide! If you’re new to the area you’ll especially want to consider this as your guide can provide a rich history of the region and will also be able to take you on many lesser-known hikes. To learn more about Outspire and the wide range of hiking opportunities visit  As always, if you’re in need of accommodations during your Santa Fe visit, we welcome you to our Santa Fe B&B anytime of year!

Rebecca’s Rainbow Sweet Potato Hash

rainbow sweet potato hash


2-3 large heirloom sweet potatoes (white, orange, and purple if you can find them), peeled and diced

1 large red onion, diced

3 granny smith apples, cubed

1 stick of butter


Melt the butter in a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan and add the onions.  Cook the onions down until they are nearly caramelized – I like them to just be turning brown around the edges.  Add the potatoes and cook until soft- usually about 20-30 minutes.  I cover the pan and stir them occasionally.  If you’re using enough butter (I’ve been known to use a stick and a half for a large batch), they won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  Once the potatoes are cooked through, add the apples at the very end and cook just enough to start to soften.  Salt and Pepper to taste!  I have also been known to throw in some chipotle seasoning for variety but the mix of flavors easily stand on their own.

Santa Fe Events in May

The good news about May in Santa Fe is that art lovers will not be disappointed! There are are also great events for families to enjoy! Read on for a few highlights…

canyonroadpassporttotheartsIf you happen to be in the city on the 8th and 9th of May you won’t want to miss the Passport to the Arts. This is an annual event and has been described as a real ‘art adventure’. It attracts both artists and art enthusiasts from all over the country. All you have to do is head over to Canyon Road and immerse yourself in the world of art. There is an Artists’ reception, an Artist Quick Draw and a live auction of art works on the second day. There is a variety of exhibitions, openings and receptions that will be held at the various galleries and studios on Canyon Road. It is estimated that more than 100 artists will be taking part in the event. For more information visit the event’s official website.

east mountain fiber farmAt the end of May we have the East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour. This takes place on May 30th and 31st and the farm is open from 10 am to 4 pm each day. This is the 12th year for the event and this is a real family day out. Here you get to see up close the fiber animals and learn how the yarn is used to make all kinds of clothes and accessories. The work of the fiber artisans is fascinating and this is an event that should not be missed. You can also enter a prize draw for a basket of goods from the farm and studios. Check out the official website for updates on this event.

While you’re in town we hope you’ll choose Inn on the Paseo for your stay. Our B&B in Santa Fe was recently renovated and has 18 rooms and a beautiful new deck. Contact us to make your reservation (855) 984-8200.

Santa Fe, New Mexico Events in April

April is the time of year when we all begin to look forward to the summer and here in Santa Fe we are no exception! There are plenty of things happening here at this time of year so if you are thinking of making a trip go right ahead and book because you will not be disappointed.

April coincides with Holy Week and the Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage is due to take place this year on April 3rd. Around 30,000 people come to this part of New Mexico each year to take part in this pilgrimage. Some want blessings but there are other reasons for taking part. It is traditional to walk as part of this pilgrimage and some people even come from Albuquerque on foot. Part of the pilgrimage sees many people taking some of the ‘holy dirt’ – sometimes for themselves or sometimes for others who need a cure. Years ago, people used to eat the dirt, but most people opt to just keep it or rub it on themselves these days! The church itself does not claim that miracles can happen as a result of your pilgrimage. To find out more click here.

contemporaryclayfair_santafeIf you have any interest at all in pottery you will love the Contemporary Clay Fair. Held at the Santa Fe Women’s Club on the Old Pecos Trail on April 25-26th, here you can find out more about the work of the local potters. More than 30 New Mexico artists are going to be taking part in this event and if you go along you get to find out more about how their incredible pieces are designed and constructed and you can pick out a few bargains as souvenirs or gifts too. Styles range from traditional pottery to sculptures and even one or two pieces that you can wear. Find out more right here on the official website.

Music fans will not want to miss out on the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble in their Loretto Chapel outing. This takes place on Saturday April 4th and starts at 6 pm. The music is powerful and the setting is beautiful. Music by Pergolesi and Purcell will be included and the performance will feature the soprano Kathryn Mueller and Debora Domanski, the mezzo-soprano. Tickets are sure to go quickly so make sure you book yours in advance. To find out more click here.

Whenever there are several events of this caliber taking place in Santa Fe it can be difficult to find lodging in downtown Santa Fe. If you would like to stay at our bed & breakfast in Santa Fe NM, please make your reservations early.