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 Santa Fe B&B 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 Santa Fe bed & breakfast, please make your reservations early.

Molasses-Spice Cookies

Spice Molasses Cookies Inn on the Paseo

 Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling cookies
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses

Directions:

   1.    Adjust racks to upper- and lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together in medium bowl; set aside.

2.    Either by hand or with electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl with rubber spatula.

3.    Add egg, vanilla extract, and molasses. Beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl.

4.    Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.

5.    Place remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar in shallow bowl. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll dough into 1 3/4-inch balls. Rolls balls in sugar and place them on ungreased baking sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

6.    Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets (from top to bottom and front to back) halfway through baking, until outer edges begin to set and centers are soft and puffy, 11 to 13 minutes. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to cooling racks with wide spatula.

(Recipe from the Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe Cookbook)

Santa Fe Events in March!

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!

santafejapanfestivalMarch 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 DIYsantafesessions 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.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (for waffles)

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, milk, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until smooth. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt over the ricotta mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.

In another large bowl, using a whisk or hand mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and continue beating until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold one-third of the egg whites into the ricotta mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Spray the griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on top and the pancakes are golden underneath, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a warmed plate. Makes 12 to 14 pancakes.

To Make Waffles:

Follow above directions, but add 4 tablespoons of butter to the ricotta/milk mix. Spray waffle iron with non-stick vegetable oil cooking spray. Make 8 to 12 4” waffles

Come to Santa Fe, NM for Restaurant Week!

santaferestaurantweekOne 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 Santa Fe 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!

Santa Fe’s ARTfeast in February

artfeastsantafeFebruary 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.

Friday, February 20

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
Jazz, Classic Cocktails & Designs by Patricia Michaels
Hearty Appetizers by Walter Burke Catering
Tickets $75
Purchase Tickets 

Saturday, February 21

Step Up to the Plate
Gala Dinner, Paint-Out & Auction
Three courses by Adobo Catering, Paired with Select Fine Wines
And a dessert bar to die for!
Tickets $175
Purchase Tickets

Saturday & Sunday, February 21 – 22

Art of Home Tour
12 Dream Residences in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County
Free Admission

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.

Santa Fe Events in January

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!

winterbrewsantafeAlmost 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!

A Beautiful New Deck Coming Soon!

As many know, our family took ownership of the Inn in May of 2013. At that time we mapped out a multi-year renovation plan to breathe new life into our already top rated bed & breakfast.

One very exciting renovation currently underway is a brand new beautiful deck for our guests to enjoy! Our new composite deck will serve up to 24 guests and will include LED pathway lighting.

Progress is being made quickly and we anticipate the deck being finished by the first of the year, if not sooner. We hope to see you soon and when we do, you’ll be able to enjoy breakfast, a glass of wine or peace and quiet on our new deck…

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