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…
1.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.
3.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 www.outspire.com. 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!
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…
If 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.
At 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.
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.
If 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.
A visit to Santa Fe in March will definitely not leave you disappointed. You may think that it is a fairly quiet time of the year, but Santa Fe is never really quiet!
March 2015 is the time for the Santa Fe Japan Festival. Known as ‘Matsuri’ – the Japanese word for festival – this is an important event. When in Japan, you would find that festivals are a very important part of the culture. The Santa Fe Japanese Festival is held annually and it is designed to promote Japanese culture in New Mexico. This year the event is on March 28th and has been given ‘Cherry Blossom’ as a theme. You can find out more information on this event by checking out the official website here.
Alternatively you could spend a little time at DIY Santa Fe. The good news about this particular event is that it runs for the whole of March and focuses on the arts, specifically those that are unique to this part of the US. This gives local artists the opportunity to showcase their work with a variety of workshops and events and it attracts visitors from all over the world. 2015 will see the fifth time that this event has been held and there are workshops all over the city.
So what kind of events are available to you at DIY Santa Fe? You can take on individual painting sessions with a creativity coach and the aim is to help participants to free themselves from their own criticisms that will hold them back. Anyone can take part in this class but there are also classes that are suitable for families. You can take up watercolour painting, with classes and instruction adapted to suit your needs. You can also find out more about the art of the tinsmith by taking classes during DIY Santa Fe. The possibilities are endless – you can learn drawing, beadmaking, pottery and spinning wool, among many other options. Why not try photography or filmmaking?
DIY Santa Fe is designed for everyone – friends, families, single people. The idea of the workshops is to open people up to new experiences so you can take part in as many or as few as you wish. You need to make sure that you book the classes that you want – they fill up very quickly! The official website www.diysantafe.org has a complete list of classes and workshops that are available and details on how you can book.
Remember to book your santa fe lodging early – there will be plenty of people who come to the area for this event. If you would like to book a room at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast please call us today (505) 984-8200 or book online www.innonthepaseo.com.
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 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.
Art of Home Tour 12 Dream Residences in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County
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!
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!
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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.
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.