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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.

January

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: http://www.santafeartistsmarket.com/

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: http://santafe.org/perl/jump.cgi?ID=5071

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.

February

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.

ARTFeast

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 www.nmrestaurantweek.com.

March

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.

 April

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: http://santafe.org/perl/jump.cgi?ID=5460

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.

Ski Santa Fe Vacation Package

Winter Ski Package Inn on the PaseoNew Mexico’s landscape makes visitors think of desert colors and ancient, flat landscapes. Yet Santa Fe is actually nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. These ‘foothills’ soon turn into mountains and at 12,075 you will experience Ski Santa Fe. A hidden gem, this ski area is only 16 miles from Santa Fe and is one of the most undervalued ski areas in the southwest.

Ski Santa Fe is a rare gem that has managed to thrive, yet remains under the radar. Skiers experience wide open spaces and plenty of time skiing, not waiting in lift lines. The vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and include steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers.  Ski Santa Fe is family oriented, but those seeking a challenge can find it on this mountain’s trails or some of their backwoods.

With the 2013/2014 Inn on the Paseo Ski Package, guests can experience western skiing at Ski Santa Fe with its 73 trails and 7 chairlifts.  There, you’ll find a base area elevation of 10,350 feet and a chairlift ready to take visitors as high as 12,075 feet. Perfect for beginner or intermediate skiers, the mountain also features runs that are well-suited for advanced skiers.

For non-skiers, there is plenty to do in Santa Fe as the region is well known for its art galleries, restaurants, day spas, and museums. For those who are looking for outdoor activities, Outspire Santa Fe provides private, customized hiking tours and snowshoe outings for singles, couples and small groups.

Ski Santa Fe Ski Package:  Two nights in one of our deluxe rooms, two lift tickets to Ski Santa Fe, and late check-out all for $395 plus taxes. We also serve a delicious hot breakfast each morning and you’ll enjoy luxury linens, free wifi and free parking! (not valid with other offers)

Santa Fe on Business? Make the Most of your Stay ‘Off the Clock”

Hotel deals for Santa Fe Business Travelers Whatever you may need during your business trip to Santa Fe, we encourage you to stay at Inn on the Paseo in the heart of Santa Fe.  We offer the flavor of a locally-owned inn that is a blend of Southwestern style and country charm, only three blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and the Canyon Road Gallery District and five blocks away from the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. During your stay, we offer business travelers a complimentary breakfast each morning, luxury Frette Italian linens and towels, and luxury bath amenities, free wireless internet and free guest parking. Currently, we are offering 10% off Sunday through Thursday midweek stays. Additionally, we are offering business travelers one free night after ten nights booked. Call to reserve (505) 984.8200.

For those business travelers that may have some free time while in Santa Fe, we’ve put together a list of ideas and activities for you while ‘off the clock’:

 Playing Golf in Santa Fe

Northern New Mexico proudly offers a range of golf outings in and around Santa Fe. The courses are affordable and provide a mix of high desert, open links and mountain courses.

Spa Treatments

At the end of a busy work day, there is nothing better than a spa treatment in Santa Fe. Choose from treatments utilizing ancient remedies of the Southwest or timeless traditions from Thailand, Indonesia and Sweden.

Finish up a day of exploring Santa Fe by taking a deep breath and sinking deeper into the hot mineral springs at Ojo Caliente. Drink in the beautiful mountain view under the stars and let all your cares melt away.

Nightlife

Santa Fe has a vibrant and eclectic music scene that is diverse and rich. On any given night, you can listen to the blues, two-step, country, salsa,  Latin American music, or bluegrass. Santa Fe’s musical genres also include Americana, rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, reggae, electronica, avant-garde, Native American, African, and others.

Fly Fishing in Santa Fe

From large rivers to high mountain spring creeks and lakes, there is an immense amount of fly fishing available in Northern New Mexico.

Living Legacy of Los Alamos

Experience the living legacy of Los Alamos, where scientists from around the world secretly created the first atomic bomb during World War II’s Manhattan Project.

Movie Theaters for Movie Lovers

Santa Fe is a mecca for movie-lovers. The city has huge appeal not only for the hundreds of film professionals who make great movies here each year, but also for the fans who love to watch movies.

World-Class Restaurants and Cuisine

Santa Fe is a foodie paradise with legendary and innovative offerings including local chile which is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. There are more than 200 restaurants serving everything from traditional New Mexican home cooking to contemporary fine dining to local farm to table discoveries, created by nationally acclaimed chefs.

Bikeways and Trails

Bicycle paths and trails for all levels of riders are located in and around the city. The Santa Fe Bikeways & Trails guide provides extensive information.

Hiking

Santa Fe is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. Just a few minutes away from bustling downtown lays acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here you’ll find miles of excellent trails to explore that range from easy to challenging.

River Rafting

The rivers are famous, appealing to those seeking whitewater thrills or a leisurely float along calm waters. The legendary Rio Grande and the Rio Chama are both designated as two of America’s wild and scenic rivers.