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Late Winter Turns to Early Spring

Santa Fe winters have been described by New York Times writer Frederick Turner as ” a world of brilliant, almost blinding contrasts: the virginal snow, the depthless azure of the sky, the baked brown of adobe (and faux adobe) buildings, the red of hanging ristras of chilies, and, over all, the high god of the region, the sun, yellow as a daisy’s heart.” More succinctly, locals call a Santa Fe winter one of “our best kept secrets.”

Santa Fe has that special combination of great winter outdoor activities and warm, inviting things to do indoors. It is not only a great place for winter sports – with Ski Santa Fe close by – but it is also a wonderfully cozy place to spend the weekend, a week or the whole winter! Winter in Santa Fe means adobe walls and a snowy backdrop and a mountain/desert air scented with fragrant piñon smoke.

Additionally, early Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Santa Fe. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s or 60s (and even 70s). The sun is usually out and it’s glorious. At night, temperatures drop into the 30s.

Early spring is considered the off-season for tourists, so there are better deals and less waiting for dining in prime spots. At Inn on the Paseo, we are currently offering some of the best bed & breakfast rates in Santa Fe.

As spring arrives, Friday night gallery openings pick up, the celebrated Santa Fe Farmers Market moves outdoors, and concerts, plays and dance performances resume around Santa Fe. Visit Santa Fe attractions in early spring if you’re not concerned about Santa Fe weather.

Here at the Inn on the Paseo we have come up with a number of interesting things to do – special things that make winter and early Spring in Santa Fe truly one of the best kept secrets of our region.


Ski Santa Fe

Ski Santa Fe is currently reporting great skiing with a base depth of over 37 inches. Located just a short distance outside of Santa Fe, this mountain makes for a great day trip for skiiers of all levels. Review Inn on the Paseo’s Winter Ski Package for a savings on room rates and lift tickets.

Santa Fe Artists Market Winter Show

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays

January thru March

Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma

(old Border’s building)

Guadalupe Railyard District

 The Santa Fe Artists Market sponsors juried art exhibitions at the Railyard Park during the winter months. More information:

Winter Brew 2014

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

WHEN: January 24, 2014

The Annual Winterbrew Festival returns to the Santa Fe Farmers Market this January for another session of exceptional craft beers and comfort foods from a variety of Santa Fe chefs. More information:

Pueblo Feast Days and Dances

WHEN: Various Fall & Winter Dates

Winter Pueblo feast days and dances held at Indian pueblos surrounding Santa Fe are open to visitors.


Souper Bowl

Community Convention Center

WHEN: February 1, 2014

Grab your spoon and sample amazing soups prepared by several dozen of Santa Fe’s finest chefs, then cast your vote for your favorites. This annual event raises funds for The Santa Fe Food Depot, which distributes food to struggling Northern New Mexicans. This annual soup competition also includes a silent auction and benefits the Food Depot. Purchase tickets in advance by visiting their website.


Various Venues

WHEN: February 21 – 23, 2014

Fine art meets fine dining in this one-of-a-kind event. There are fashion shows, an auction, home tours, and the Edible Art Tour–an evening of gallery hopping with art-inspired nibbles prepared by the area’s finest chefs. ArtFeast benefits art programs for kids.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Various Venues

WHEN: February 23 – March 1, 2014

More than 60 restaurants offer special menus at discounted prices. It’s a chance to eat out at a different restaurant every night. Watch for restaurant ads in local papers or check out the complete list at


DIY Santa Fe Art Month

WHEN: March 1 – 31, 2014

Various Venues

DIY Santa Fe, a month-long celebration of do-it-yourself artistic expression, featuring 30 + local artists teaching a variety of art forms throughout the city of Santa Fe. Class prices vary. All class reservations must be booked directly with the artist.

Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival

Community Convention Center

WHEN: March 22, 2014

The purpose of Santa Fe JIN is to introduce the unique culture of Japan and to provide opportunities for those who wish to participate in the cultural diversity of Santa Fe. Featuring stage performances throughout the day. Santa Fe Community Convention Center.


Santa Fe Railyard

April Through December 2013

Enjoy fine art and crafts by local artists from northern New Mexico. They bring a diverse collection of fine art together in a lovely and festive setting. Find pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture, textiles and more!

Saturdays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the RAILYARD next to the Farmer’s Market.

Baroque Holy Week

WHEN: April 17 – 19, 2014

Loretto Chapel

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents music featuring their Baroque Ensemble performing works of Purcell, Pergolesi, Bach, Handel and others using period instruments in the majestic Loretto Chapel. More information:

Ski Santa Fe Spring Skiing

Ski Santa Fe’s base area elevation is 10,350 feet, which makes the ski area one of the highest ski areas in the continental United States. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet and some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Check out our Santa Fe Ski Package.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay in July and SAVE!

We hope that you’re enjoying your summer!

It is the height of the season here and Santa Fe is in full swing. At this time of year, our city offers a unique variety of world renowned events, culture, music, delicious cuisine and much more.

We invite you to join us and take in all that Santa Fe has to offer during this exciting time.

For the rest of July we are offering 20% off a stay of two nights or more. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Please call to reserve (855) 984-8200 and mention JULYSAVE!

We look forward to making your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible.


The Spanish Market July 26th – July 28th!

Don’t miss this unforgettable event taking place from July 26th – July 28th on the Historic Plaza in Santa Fe! This Spanish Market is the oldest and largest Spanish Market in the United States featuring hundreds of Hispanic artists who share their culture and exhibit and sell their art. The Inn is filling up fast, reserve your room today!


The Inn featured in the Herald de Paris

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We recently had the pleasure of hosting award-winning director and actress Anna Wilding, of Carpe Diem Films, as she travels across North America in search of inspiring stories. Read about Anna’s journey and her stay at the Inn on the Paseo here.

Settling In

We have survived the website upgrade and we are ready to go! We hope you will like the new website and we are always open to suggestions or information you would like to see on it.

In the meantime, we have welcomed a new chef to the Inn, Erin McCartney, who will be helping with breakfast. As you can see, her breakfasts look quite tasty!

Erin McCartney's breakfast creation.

Erin McCartney’s breakfast creation.

More news will be coming along shortly along with an introduction to the new owners of the Inn. Stay tuned and welcome to Inn on the Paseo!

New Website!

Hi everyone, we’re in the process of giving the Inn on the Paseo website a makeover. Please be patient with us while we make this transition. If you have any questions about the Inn or making a reservation, please contact us at or call us at (855) 984-8200. Thank you!