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301st Annual Fiesta de Santa Fe

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Fiesta de Santa FeSanta Fe, New Mexico is a magical, vibrant, and wonderful city to visit at any time of the year.  Santa Fe, nicknamed the City Different, embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, the art and so on.  There is no better time to experience the splendor of our city than in early September, when you can enjoy two spectacular weekends of celebration on our historic plaza.  Join Santa Fe in celebrating the historical and cultural beauty that is Santa Fe in the Fiesta de Santa Fe.  The Fiesta de Santa Fe has been held every year since 1712, thus making it the oldest continuous community celebration in the United States.  This stunning fiesta is a unique blend of rich multicultural heritage commemorating the return of the Spanish colonists to Santa Fe.  Don’t hesitate to book your room with us at El Farolito Bed and Breakfast Inn now, so you don’t miss this spectacular event.    Read More


Santa Fe nightlife

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Santa Fe nightlifeFew, if any, small cities in America can claim an arts scene as thriving as Santa Fe’s—with opera, symphony, and theater in abundance.  Music is as integral to Santa Fe art and culture as our famous galleries and restaurants, culminating in a Santa Fe nightlife scene as eclectic and diverse as the culture.  The quaintness of Santa Fe provides a wide variety in choice of nightlife.  If you’re in a spontaneous mood, simply take a walk through the city streets and listen for music.  You may end up at any given bar enjoying an intimate musical experience.  Navigate your way through the Santa Fe nightlife, and you’ll experience a variety of music with the reputation of being raw, edgy, and original, complete with rhythms that move the body and soul like only New Mexico can.  Santa Fe’s musicians and studios work together to create a singular Santa Fe sound, reflective of the City Different’s natural and cultural landscape, including genres such as Americana, rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, reggae, electronica, avant-garde, Native American, African, and others.  Venues throughout Santa Fe, often small and intimate, make for an unforgettable music experience.  Many of these spectacular places are just steps away from your door when you stay at our luxurious Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast Inn. Read More


Kids love Santa Fe

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Santa Fe kidsOften times, people think of Santa Fe as an adult-friendly travel destination.  Much of the Santa Fe scene revoles around the arts, history, and culture. But rest assured; Santa Fe is just as kid-friendly as it is adult-friendly!  Santa Fe has activities to keep children of all ages happy; from skiing, hiking, horseback riding and biking trails, to outdoor parks. Santa Fe offers more than 50 scenic parks, from neighborhood rose parks to historical and athletic parks.  The Genoveva Chavez Community Center is the city’s largest recreational facility, and offers classes in kayaking, ice skating, yoga, Pilates, cycling and more.  Ice skating and hockey is also available during the public skating times at the arena. Read More


Santa Fe shopping in the summer

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Santa Fe shoppingSanta Fe Shopping

Santa Fe shopping is an experience to be remembered.  Take a walk around Santa Fe’s historic plaza and the concentration of shops in that area, and you will discover what makes Santa Fe shopping so remarkable.  Storefronts sit wrapped around the historic Plaza and surrounding streets, tucked into historic adobe or Victorian buildings emanating originality.  You won’t find standard brand-name stores, or the high-end boutiques of New York showcasing international designers.  Instead, walking through the narrow streets of Santa Fe will bring you face to face with many local boutiques, galleries, food shops, home decor suppliers, and countless other unique retailers offering a variety of treasures for you to explore.  The free-spirited merchants behind these businesses embody the spirit of Santa Fe; a place where passion, inventiveness, and individuality speaks of the cities unbridled creativity.  If you’re looking for the chance to add some iconi turquoise jewelry to your collection, don’t miss The Golden Eye or Ortega’s on the Plaza.  Don”t hesitate to book your room at our luxurious Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, and let your inner shopper experience our legendary Santa Fe shopping.    Read More


Riding the Santa Fe Century

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Bicycling around Santa Fe

Santa Fe is renowned by outdoor enthusiasts of any sport.  At an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level, the city boasts 320 days of glorious sunshine each year; perfect weather to hit the great outdoors.  In 2012, Santa Fe was recognized as a “bicycle friendly community” by the League of American Bicyclists.  A growing network of multi-use paths, bike lanes and bikeways, combined  with world-class mountain and road biking, make Santa Fe an ideal biking community.   If you love the feel of the wind on your face as you bike through beautiful vistas, then Santa Fe is the perfect destination for you.  Not only can you hit over 30 miles of trails in the surrounding area, but you can join the 28th annual Santa Fe Century race!  In the Santa Fe Century, you can ride anywhere from 25, 50, and up to 100 miles on our beautiful roads.  If you decide to ride the full 100 miles, the Santa Fe Century will take you over many beautiful and historical New Mexican sights.  Following an exhausting, but thrilling day of bike riding, come stay at our luxurious Santa Fe bed and breakfast, located in the heart of Santa Fe’s thriving cultural scene!        Read More


Award winning Santa Fe Chefs

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Renowned Santa Fe cuisine

If you consider yourself a foodie, or maybe you just love food like the rest of us, Santa Fe is the perfect destination to explore your palette.  Voted the best food town in 2012, Santa Fe has a food culture that will make everyone’s taste buds tingle.  Steeped in a rich and diverse cultural background, Santa Fe brings centuries-old Spanish or Native American cuisine, as well as an innovative modern twist, to the table.  Here, you really can find it all when you let the Foodie Field Guide take you on a tasty Santa Fe journey.  Book your room now for a relaxing stay at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, and experience for yourself some of the nation’s finest offerings from our award-winning chefs.    Read More


Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

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Every Christmas Eve is Santa Fe’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. Thousands of people each year stroll up the gallery-lined street singing carols, meeting with friends, and enjoying artwork.

Farolitos (Spanish for little lantern) are small, sand-filled, paper bags illuminated with votive candles. Gallery owners and residents of Canyon Road line the streets and adobe walls with farolitos at dusk, with festivities starting shortly after. In addition, you’ll find people keeping warm around large bonfires, also known as luminarias. Several of the over 100 galleries on Canyon Road are open, sharing their incredible art collections, and sometimes hot cocoa and sweets!

Most restaurants along Canyon Road will also be open. For an upscale, fine-dining experience, try The Compound or Geronimo. Cozy up next to their pinon burning kiva fireplaces and delight in the finest cuisine the Southwest has to offer! Or for something more casual, dine at El Farol, a Spanish tapas restaurant.


Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th Birthday Celebration

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy is undeniable.  Her creativity, boldness, and talent made her one the world’s most significant female artists of the last century.  Her artistic achievements are valued even more so in Santa Fe, as she helped put New Mexico on the map.  The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is celebrating her 125th birthday with a series of events from November 14-17, 2012.   Concurrently, the museum is celebrating their 15th anniversary.

Wednesday, November 14.  Bone Wind Fire film screenings at 1 and 6pm.  Free.  This 30 minutes film uses the words of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Emily Carr to reveal their creative processes.   Each artist responds to their environment and the people who surround them to create their masterpieces.

Thursday, November 15 is Georgia O’Keeffe’s actual birthday.  To celebrate, the museum will have free admission all day.  In addition, they will be hosting a birthday party with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, featuring demonstration-style classes and desserts from the 1920’s – 40’s.  Later in the day, at 6pm, O’Keeffe’s biographer, Roxana Robinson, will give an illustrated lecture about O’Keeffe’s complex life and body of work.

On Saturday, November 17, jazz singer/pianist and multi-Grammy nominee, Karrin Allyson performs at the La Posada Resort.  The jazz concert will be celebration O’Keeffe with all proceeds benefiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

In addition to all of the special birthday events, the museum has it’s current exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image” on display until May 2013.  The show includes drawings and paintings inspired by the beauty of the painted dessert surrounding O’Keeffe’s house at Ghost Ranch.



Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th Birthday Celebration

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy is undeniable.  Her creativity, boldness, and talent made her one the world’s most significant female artists of the last century.  Her artistic achievements are valued even more so in Santa Fe, as she helped put New Mexico on the map.  The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is celebrating her 125th birthday with a series of events from November 14-17, 2012.   Concurrently, the museum is celebrating their 15thanniversary.

Wednesday, November 14.  Bone Wind Fire film screenings at 1 and 6pm.  Free.  This 30 minutes film uses the words of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Emily Carr to reveal their creative processes.   Each artist responds to their environment and the people who surround them to create their masterpieces.

Thursday, November 15 is Georgia O’Keeffe’s actual birthday.  To celebrate, the museum will have free admission all day.  In addition, they will be hosting a birthday party with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, featuring demonstration-style classes and desserts from the 1920’s – 40’s.  Later in the day, at 6pm, O’Keeffe’s biographer, Roxana Robinson, will give an illustrated lecture about O’Keeffe’s complex life and body of work.

On Saturday, November 17, jazz singer/pianist and multi-Grammy nominee, Karrin Allyson performs at the La Posada Resort.  The jazz concert will be celebration O’Keeffe with all proceeds benefiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

In addition to all of the special birthday events, the museum has it’s current exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image” on display until May 2013.  The show includes drawings and paintings inspired by the beauty of the painted dessert surrounding O’Keeffe’s house at Ghost Ranch.


South on the Turquoise Trail

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Five Day-Trip Recommendations

South on the Turquoise Trail

The Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway (also known as NM 14) takes you south from Santa Fe through old mining towns, scenic landscapes of wide-open prairies, to the mountaintops of the Sandia Mountains.  You can take NM 14 south to the Sandia Mountains, take a side trip up to Sandia Crest on NM 536 and return through Albuquerque via I-40 and I-25 to Santa Fe.  An alternate return route takes you from I-40 east to Moriarty, north on NM 41 onto the Great Plains through the Galisteo Basin to the village of Galisteo and back to Santa Fe via NM 41, US 285 and I-25.

Allan Houser Compound:
  Follow NM 14 south from Santa Fe to NM 42, turn left and proceed 1.4 miles to Haozous Road, turn left and look for the sign on the left to the Compound.  Here you’ll see about 85 sculptures created by renowned Apache artist Allan Houser, considered the most influential Native American artist of the 20th century.  The sculptures in this 12-acre garden are only a fraction of the 450 limited edition bronzes and over 500 unique works in wood, stone and fabricated metal he produced.  The hilltop site yields a spectacular view of the Galisteo Basin and the surrounding mountains.  Call 505-471-1528 for an appointment.

Cerrillos: 
Continue on NM 14 south to County Road 57 (right turn) into the village of Cerrillos.  Founded during a lead boom in the late 1800’s, this town once boasted several hotels and several dozen saloons. Some of the buildings still stand today, accurately reflecting the look of an Old West frontier town.  There are a few galleries and antique shops scattered throughout the village.

Madrid: 
As you proceed south on NM 14, you’ll come to the lively town of Madrid (pronounced “MAD-rid”). This former coal mining town, larger than Albuquerque in 1890, thrived until the closing of the mines in 1954 when the entire town was listed for sale for $250,000.  Today, the town, kept alive by committed members of the 60’s counterculture and numerous artists, offers galleries and crafts shops, antique and import stores, and a local jazz festival.

The Mine Shaft Tavern and Museum in Madrid: 
Live music happens daily, a seasonal melodrama is performed, and the cold beer tastes great in this way station between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Next door is the coal-mining museum featuring mining and railroad relics, including a fully restored 1900 Baldwin Steam Locomotive. Call 505-473-0743 for more information.

Golden: The remains of the mining town of Golden lie in a quiet valley 15 miles south of Madrid.  See the picturesque San Francisco Church, the ruins of the stone schoolhouse, and visit the Golden General Merchandise built in 1918 and stocked with reasonably priced pueblo pottery and jewelry.

Tinkertown Museum: Continue south for another 11 miles to the Village of San Antonito and turn right on NM 536.  One mile on the left you will find the Tinkertown Museum, an amazing 22 room mansion filled with tens of thousands of hand carved figures assembled into automated dioramas.  The collection is housed in a structure made up of 51,000 glass bottles and western artifacts assembled over 40 years by the museum’s creator, Ross Ward.

Sandia Crest: NM 536 will take you to the top of Sandia Peak via a 14-mile winding drive through the Cibola National Forest.  The peak is nearly 11,000 feet above sea level and more than a mile above downtown Albuquerque.  The crest, the highest point in the Sandias, offers a panoramic view in all directions. The snack bar and gift shop on the crest is open daily from May through October.  Miles of hiking and cross country ski trails allow you to explore the many natural wonders of Sandia Crest year round.