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September in Santa Fe!

September is a lovely time to visit Santa Fe and below we’ve highlighted just two of our favorite events…

Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon

 santa fe thunder accomodationsOkay, we know that running isn’t for everyone, but this event is one of the most popular sporting events in the region and on September 20th this year the city is going to be packed with both participants and spectators. The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon is a great charity event, with runners raising funds for a variety of projects. If you want to (or just find out more) you can check out the official website here. Runners will follow a course that leads them 1000 feet down into the beautiful Rio Grande Valley. Participants for both this and the 5k event can register online or in-person. All the races begin at 8 am and runners will be supported during the event with aid stations. There are a couple of cash prizes linked to the half marathon too, so if you have a competitive streak then this might be the event for you!

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

 santa fe wine and chileThis is something a little more on the relaxing side and ideal for those who want to enjoy the best fare that the region has to offer. Taking place from September 23rd to the 27th, this event will be held at a number of different venues across the city. All of the top restaurants will be taking part in this year’s event, the 25th anniversary of the fiesta. Widely considered to be one of the best wine and food events in the region, this year will see 75 restaurants and 100 wineries showcasing their best food and drink.

Events that will be held during the fiesta include a number of winery luncheons with guest chefs, a number of cooking demonstrations at the city’s School of Cooking, wine seminars at some of the city’s hotels and a wine tasting at the Community Convention Center. You can also take part in the Live Auction Guest Chefs Luncheon. Chefs taking part in the event include Stephan Pyle, John Sedlar, Matthew Accarrino, Mark Miller and Laura Werlin, among others. No less than four Master Sommeliers will be hosting the wine seminars and there will also be plenty of local chefs appearing at the event too. Golf  and biking events will also take place for those who want to be a little more active! Find out more at the official website here.

If you would like to reserve a room at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast in September, make sure to contact us early as we fill up in advance!

Featured Itinerary: White Water Rafting & Beer Tour

(Guest Blog by Kathy M.)

In the beginning of June I had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Fe with three girlfriends. Truth be told, we’re all family and our ages span from 33 to 56 (all from “Bahston” Massachusetts). We were looking for a combination of relaxation, adventure, and fun.

Staying at Inn on the Paseo was the perfect choice for us as it is just a couple blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and is arguably the best value in Santa Fe with a delicious gourmet breakfast, free parking (yes, please!) and free wifi. The luxury linens, afternoon treats, and amazing staff didn’t hurt either!

We had a total of three nights and four days to get our fill of the area and decided to schedule one “tour” in advance. After much research (I’m a TripAdvisor junkie), I contacted Cindy from New Mexico Wine Tours and discussed her “River Rafting & Wine Tasting Tour” which sounded like a lot of fun, but definitely out of my comfort zone (the rafting part!). We all decided we had to do it. Life begins where fear ends, right?

This particular tour would combine a morning of rafting down the Rio Grande with the top rated, New Mexico River Adventures, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch prepared by Cindy, and an afternoon of beer tasting in Taos. Although I consider myself a “wino” and Cindy could have easily planned an afternoon of wine tasting, the rest of my group preferred beer. Cindy told us this was no problem and she had the perfect day planned for us.

The day started out with Cindy picking us up from Inn on the Paseo bright and early around 7:30am. We headed north to the New Mexico River Adventures shop where they fully prepared us with gear and all the safety information we would ever need for that morning and life in general! :) . We were on the river in no time and our guide, Mike, was absolutely fantastic. To say the trip was fun, thrilling, scenic and educational, is an understatement. We all had a blast and wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone!  Here is a shot from the trip…

new mexico river adventures

The rafting trip ended around lunch time and we walked across the street to the Blue Heron Brewing Company where we ate outside and sampled a flight of their delicious beers. Cindy had prepared an amazing spread of cheeses, fruit, chicken salad, and more. Thank you, Cindy!

After lunch we headed north towards Taos and the views were absolutely breathtaking. We stopped off along the side of the road to take in the spectacular views…

road to taos

After pinching ourselves we continued on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge in the US.  We walked out the center, looked down, confirmed our fear of heights, and walked back. Just kidding, it was actually very cool. Well, maybe not kidding entirely.  Thankfully, the Taos Mesa Brewing Company was just beyond the bridge…

taos mesa brewing company taos

We sat outside and sampled more than a handful of beers from this brewing company. I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite from their great selection.

Our last stop of the day was at Eske’s Brew Pub in downtown Taos. We sat outside with a pitcher of Apricot Ale in a shaded area and relaxed. It was a nice way to end the day before our drive back to Santa Fe.

Planning this tour was one of the best decisions we made in Santa Fe…we won’t talk about the poorest decisions ;) Kidding! To this day we can’t stop raving about how much fun we all had and about the exceptional service we received from both Cindy of New Mexico Wine Tours and the team at New Mexico River Adventures.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Eggs Blackstone ala’ IOTP

(adapted from Breakfast Comforts by Williams Sonoma)

 Ingredients: 

  • 4 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced lengthwise ½” thick
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, halved crosswise
  • 4 Slices good quality bread, thickly sliced ¾” thick
  • 4 large eggs
  • About 1 cup (8 oz./250 ml.) hollandaise sauce (recipe below)

 Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, on the baking sheet. Drizzle with the 1 tablespoon oil, then sprinkle with the thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Bake until the tomatoes have shrunk slightly and their juices are bubbling, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Lightly brush the bread slices with olive oil then place on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until lightly crisped, about 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  5. In a large fry pan, fry the bacon over medium heat, turning once, until crisp and browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  6. Add a small amount of olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Fry the eggs to sunny side up (or over easy if you prefer), being careful to keep the yolks runny.
  7. You can alternatively poach the eggs in boiling water with 2 TBLSP of white vinegar for 3-4 minutes
  8. To serve, place 1 slice of toasted bread on each plate. Place several pieces of baby arugula on each slice then top with 1 or 2 roasted tomato slices and 2 pieces of bacon. Gently place eggs on top of bacon.
  9. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of hollandaise over each serving, then sprinkle with pepper.
  10. Serve at once, passing the remaining hollandaise sauce on the side. Serves 4.

 Hollandaise Sauce

 Ingredients: 

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup (8 oz./250 g.) unsalted butter

Directions: 

  1. In a blender, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. With the blender running, slowly add the warm melted butter through the vent in the lid, processing until the sauce is thick and smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water to thin it.
  4. Transfer the hollandaise sauce to a heatproof bowl. Cover and place over (not touching) a saucepan of hot, not simmering, water to keep warm.
  5. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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

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Ingredients:

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

 Directions:

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 accomodations in advance if you wish to stay at our Santa Fe NM Bed & Breakfast!

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 www.outspire.com.  As always, if you’re in need of accommodations during your Santa Fe visit, we welcome you to our Santa Fe bed & breakfast anytime of year!