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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”

BOTANICAL 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.

 

Red, White & Blue! Happy 4th of July!

We had the pleasure of celebrating our great country with our guests on July 4th. On the menu:

Watermelon Soup with Blueberries & Bananas:

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Ham & Blue Cheese Tart with Tomatoes & Greens:

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Radicchio, Red & White Endive, Jicama, & Blueberries with Straw-blueberry Vinaigrette:

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Cream Biscuits with Strawberries & Blueberries:

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The Santa Fe Wine Festival – July 5th & 6th

santa fe wine festivalThe highly anticipated Santa Fe Wine Festival is upon us! Coming up this weekend, July 5th & 6th, the wine festival will open in its 21st year. Held at the historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a 200 acre Spanish colonial living history museum, the wine festival will feature varietals from seventeen New Mexico wineries. In addition, visitors will enjoy a festive atmosphere with live music, food, traditional agricultural  products and handmade arts and crafts for sale.

Details:

Dates:  July 5th and 6th, 2014.
Time:   12 noon to 6 pm.
Adult Admission:   $13   Includes festival wine glass.
Youth Admission:   $5   (13 – 20 years old).
Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal age guardian.
Glass sales and tasting end at 5:30 pm. Bottle sales end at 6:00 pm.

Transportation:

New Mexico Wine Tours is offering safe transportation to and from the Santa Fe Wine Festival at Las Golondrinas, on July 5th and 6th for all guests at downtown Santa Fe hotels.

Please call Cindy Capelli at NM Wine Tours for pick up at 1.505.250.8943 or 877.264.9463
Advance reservations recommended.

One way per person – $10.00 – round trip $20.00 (Santa Fe Plaza area & Railrunner train depot).

Information regarding other upcoming Santa Fe events in July.

Our Famous Oatmeal Cake Recipe!

Inn on the Paseo Oatmeal Cake

(Serves 6 to 8)

Inn on the Paseo Oatmeal Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canola oil ( may substitute ½ cup hazelnut or walnut oil)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder (3 teaspoons for high altitude)2
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 6 cups thick cut rolled oats (not quick or instant)
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, almonds, or walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine oil, sugars, eggs, spices, baking powder, vanilla, salt, milk, and cream into mixer.  Beat until well blended
  2. Add the oats.  Beat or stir to mix thoroughly
  3. Fold in nuts if using
  4. Pour mix into greased 9 x 13” glass baking dish (or 2 – 9” glass pie dishes)
  5. Cover with plastic wraps and chill in refrigerator overnight
  6. When ready to cook pull dish out of refrigerator and allow to sit while oven pre-heats.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350o F.
  8. Bake uncovered on middle shelf for 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting to serve
  10. Cut into square or slices and serve plain, with fruit sauce or with Crème Anglaise

(Adapted from the Art of Breakfast by Dana Moos)

Indian Market Santa Fe August 2014

The hallmark of a good event is when it comes back year after year.  This year the Santa Fe Indian Market will be in its 93rd year.  Starting on August 18th and running through August 24th, visitors will get to learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures, meet artists from all over the US and Canada, buy authentic art of all kinds, and ultimately attend an event that has no equal.

It is estimated that more than 175,000 people from all over the world will be flocking to Santa Fe to experience this unique event and visitors will need to book their accommodations well in advance.

So what is Indian Market?

The Santa Fe Indian Market is an annual event showcasing Indian arts run by an organization called the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).  The aim of SWAIA is to bring Indian arts to the attention of the broader public.  This event has the distinction of being the largest of its kind in the world and the largest cultural event in the southwestern United States.  On average more than 1,100 artists take part each year.  Only authentic Indian art is featured and some of the artists have been taking part for 50 years or more.

Just before Indian Market takes place (August 23rd & 24th), we have Indian Market Week.  This is when visitors can learn more about Indian culture through films, literature, music, fashion, and other related events produced by the artists.

One of the highlights of the market week is the ceremony for the Best of Show.  The organizers present more than $100,000 in prizes. One piece of artwork will be selected from the hundreds that are submitted and this will be given the status of Best in Show.  This is considered to be the most important award in Native arts and is highly sought after.  Unfortunately, only those who are members of the SWAIA can attend this particular ceremony but later the same day there are previews that can be attended by the general public.

We regularly see visitors who stay with us during the Indian Market going home laden with native arts and crafts including textiles, pottery, jewelry, wood carvings and paintings.  While these make great souvenirs or gifts, it is also an opportunity to support the individual artists and help them to continue their work.  To find out more check out the official SWAIA website.