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This is an art experience like you have never seen.  “The House of Eternal Return” will surely amaze you, with numerous interactive exhibits that you will become a part of. (Photo courtesy of Kate Russell)

5 Santa Fe Events That Will Have You Marching Into Spring!

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As days grow longer and the sun shines brilliantly in our clear, blue skies, the promise of a memorable spring adventure in Santa Fe awaits you and your family. The season is a great time to visit The City Different. What are you waiting for? Here are five Santa Fe events and adventures to tempt the enterprising traveler and family in March!

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Dear Cupid, Take Us On A Santa Fe Getaway

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner––it is time to start planning that perfect romantic Santa Fe getaway.  Santa Fe is the perfect destination. We have been warming hearts and stirring passions for more than 400 years with breathtaking sunsets, picturesque mountain vistas, old world charm, cozy adobe kiva fireplaces, and delicious cuisine…love is always in the air.

Hike with your loved one, reach the top and you’re in paradise. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Hike with your loved one, reach the top and you’re in paradise. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

What better way to reignite a romance or show your love than by spending a few days in Santa Fe indulging in fine art, rich chocolate, a movie, a romantic dinner for two, and dancing.

Now’s your chance to see why USA Today’s 10Best recognized Santa Fe as one of the most romantic cities in North America. Treat yourself to a lover’s holiday in Santa Fe!

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It’s Soup Soup Super Time in Santa Fe!

A Super Bowl and a Souper Bowl within weeks of each other? Unheard of you say? Not in Santa Fe, The City Different! While we appreciate a good Super Bowl game, we really love the “Souper Bowl”.  The Souper Bowl is a favorite Santa Fe event for locals and visitors alike and benefits The Food Depot, a local organization that raises money to provide approximately a quarter of a million meals for Northern New Mexicans in need.

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There’s Much to Explore in Santa Fe

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Follow the “road less traveled” to exploration and adventure in Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of @paurodilla)

Courtesy of its high altitude, the City Different enjoys 320 days of sunshine a year, brilliant blue skies and some of the purest air in the world. Santa Fe sits 7,000 feet above sea level in the start of the Rocky Mountains with 12,000 foot mountain vistas. It’s tucked into a valley of the Rio Grande, surrounded by 1.5 million acres of unspoiled national forest filled with juniper, pine and aspen. During your trip, spend your days breathing in the crisp mountain air while skiing atop the Sangre de Cristos or walk the streets of Santa Fe admiring the distinct architectural style of our warm sensous adobe buildings. You’ll spend spectacular nights enjoying exceptional food in acclaimed restaurants and luxuriously comfortable beds in world-class accommodations. As you sink into a deep sleep, you’ll dream about your amazing experiences and awaken refreshed and ready for new adventures.

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A Santa Fe Family Spring Break Is Calling You!

Can you believe it? The holidays are over and you are thinking about your family’s spring break getaway. Tired of crowded and expensive amusement parks and beaches? This year, how about something different? Santa Fe is making it easy, affordable, and fun for you and your family to plan that unique spring break vacation. Beginning in March through mid-April, families have a chance to take advantage of deals and specials in Santa Fe and here’s the great part–– KIDS ARE FREE! From outdoor activities, arts, culture, lodging and accommodations, wellness, restaurants, and other kid-friendly attractions we have your family covered to maximize your budget and spring break fun.

An Unparalleled Cultural Family Experience

Santa Fe has been named as the #1 Cultural Getaway by Travel + Leisure and it’s no wonder––at 400+ years old, Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city. With the unique blend of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo traditions that have been woven into the fabric of Santa Fe over the last 400 years, there is so much history to explore. A great educational opportunity awaits your family. Get inspired by Santa Fe’s rich blend of history, arts, and cultural heritage by visiting more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe and take advantage of the more than 250 galleries!

Here are a few special offers to take advantage of during your #SpringBreakDifferent adventure!

New Mexico History Museum

From ancient artifacts to computer interactives, the New Mexico History Museum brings the past to life and challenges you to look at the American story in new ways. Transport your family through 500 years of New Mexico state history, by visiting the exhibit, “Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now” which explores the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more.

Admission for kids under 16 is free daily.

Museum of International Folk Art

With ongoing activities and special events, the museum is a great place for families! Exhibition galleries have special appeal to children of all ages with their interactive activities and regularly scheduled docent-led hands on art making activities. The Museum of International Folk Art has gained national and international recognition as an accredited museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of folk art. It’s guaranteed to be a hit! Children under 16 are free daily.

Other museums participating are the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors. Also, kids under 16 are free daily.

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Your children will marvel at the world’s largest collection of folk art in the world! (Photo courtesy of Wikiwand)

 

Find Your Family Lodging and Accommodation Special Deal!

Santa Fe holds a sophistication all its own and this translates into historic hotels combining old world Southwestern charm with impeccable new world service. Santa Fe hotels are ready to welcome you and your family this spring break and are offering fun activities like cooking classes and treasure quests. You’ll want to start your adventure and find lodging that offers modern conveniences that blend our old World New Mexican style! Below are a few examples of family-friendly specials.

Hotel Santa Fe

Check-in to fun at The Hotel Santa Fe with their exclusive spring break package. Make it a family affair and explore with the kids. Enjoy a special kids eat free menu and a daily activity such as Native American storytelling, craft hour or cooking classes and an exciting discovery hunt complete with a selfie stick to document all the lifelong memories you will be making.

Drury Plaza Hotel

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, the new hotel in the heart of historic Santa Fe, sits on five beautiful acres and will bring friendly, award-winning hospitality service to you and your family.

The Drury Spring Break package includes daily hot breakfast and evening reception, daily afternoon popcorn and soda. In addition, a 10% room discount and a treasure quest for children upon arrival will include a map of items to locate in the hotel. Upon completion, children will receive a small treasure!

Hotel Santa Fe is an award winning hotel, steps away from historic downtown Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of Hotel Santa Fe)
Hotel Santa Fe is an award winning hotel, steps away from historic downtown Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of Hotel Santa Fe)

 

So Many Family Dining Experiences!

Santa Fe’s culinary scene is sizzling so when you pack for your trip, make sure to bring your appetite! Here are two suggestions guaranteed to please the entire family.

Kakawa Chocolates

Who doesn’t love CHOCOLATE? FREE CHOCOLATE is even better! With the purchase of one adult, regular drinking chocolate elixir, you will receive one kid’s mini chocolate drinking elixir for FREE. Kids 12 and under qualify and must be present at time of purchase.

Luminaria Restaurant

During your spring break, kids eat free at Luminaria Restaurant when accompanied by a parent. Buy one full price adult entree and receive one complimentary entree from the children’s menu.

Luminaria Restaurant and Patio is an award-winning restaurant offering casual fine dining. (Photo courtesy of Inn and Spa at Loretto)
Luminaria Restaurant and Patio is an award-winning restaurant offering casual fine dining. (Photo courtesy of Inn and Spa at Loretto)

 

Experience Mind, Body and Spirit in Santa Fe

The Spa at Loretto

Who says parents should have all the fun? Plan a family spa day and receive a complimentary Classic Scrub, Buff and Polish Manicure for your child with the purchase of any full price adult body or facial service.

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

It’s all about having fun at Buffalo Thunder! You can receive a free manicure for your child with an adult mani-pedi purchase. Be sure to check out other offers from Buffalo Thunder such as daily buffalo scavenger hunts, free kids golf lessons and more!

 

Ski The Santa Fe Slopes

Ski Santa Fe

Want to find an outdoor activity with the family? Try Ski Santa Fe!  Ski Santa Fe has a wonderful range of terrain, from isolated beginner slopes to lots of cruisers, some long bump runs, great glades and tree runs, and even a few short chutes and small bowls.

Buy 2 Adult Full Day lift tickets and get 1 child (12 & younger) lift ticket free!

Ski Santa Fe is the launching point for a ski experience your family will never forget. Photo courtesy of @skibunny505
Ski Santa Fe is the launching point for a ski experience your family will never forget. Photo courtesy of @skibunny505

 

Family Learning Time

Thousands of people travel to Santa Fe each year in order to take our unique classes and workshops. With so many gifted artists, writers, and chefs in town, Santa Fe has become an appealing destination for inspired learning.

You’ll be amazed by the range of Santa Fe classes and workshops. But it’s not surprising––this is a place where creativity thrives. Here’s a sampling of one of the many workshops to be offered.

Skate School Santa Fe

Are your kids rocking their skateboards?? Why not make it a fun family affair and take advantage of Skate School Santa Fe’s offer of receiving one skateboard lesson from a qualified instructor using their boards and safety gear? There’s also an indoor skateboard park at the school to receive your lesson! Kids under 12 will receive a free lesson with each accompanying adult lesson.

Entreflamenco

Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance “flamenco”? Now’s your chance! Entreflamenco will be offering free flamenco dance instruction for you and your family every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Space is limited. Be sure to reserve a spot for your family today. Ole!

Bubbly Heart Studio

What better way for your family to connect than to create your own work of art? Kids paint free with each paying adult! Bubbly Heart Studio will supply a 16 X 20 canvas, canvas paints, brushes, aprons, and cupcakes too! Seating is limited. Book your slot today.

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Feel of passion of flamenco in a dance lesson! (Photo courtesy of Entreflamenco)

 

Visit #SpringBreakDifferent to learn more about Santa Fe’s special offers. Discover Santa Fe for family fun and start planning your #SpringBreakDifferent today! To get started, order our 2016 Santa Fe travel guide.

 

 

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Five Fab Santa Fe Events In February

Winter in The City Different is, well, different. In a city blessed with a gorgeous array of winter scenery, you’ll often find lunchtime temperatures 30 degrees warmer than our crisp mornings, and sunshine during a snowfall is not uncommon. Few things match the sublime sight of light rays dancing between giant snowflakes.

Locals will tell you that Santa Fe is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but during the winter months there’s something magical in the air. See why Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe one of America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel. Here are five fab Santa Fe events and activities happening in February.

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Santa Fe Spa Getaways for the New Year

The New Year naturally encourages all of us to recommit to a healthy start. People have traveled to the Santa Fe area for centuries for wellness and new beginnings. Now is your opportunity to check out Santa Fe’s truly rejuvenating spas and their treatments.

Our spas offer tantalizing treatments and perfect panoramas. In this blog I will reveal several very special spa packages that are good for you and your wallet and will send you into blissful relaxation.

So resolve to get back to wellness and make some truly life-affirming joyous discoveries in a renowned Santa Fe spa:

 

Inn and Spa at Loretto, A Destination Hotel – Soul Journey Package

This exquisite new package is designed to guide guests on a path of enlightenment to help them reveal their true self and assist in living a more purpose driven life. Through a series of intuitive and balancing treatments by expert healers and therapists, guests will gain a deep sense of peace and inner inspiration. The Soul Journey Package includes:

  • Three (3) nights’ accommodation of choice
  • An full offering of spa treatments including the signature Native Reflection Ritual, Chakra Balancing or Sage Vision Reading
  • An autographed copy of Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth by acclaimed author Dana Micucci

Reservations: (505) 984-7997 or https://www.destinationhotels.com/inn-at-loretto

Promo code: LORSOUL

The Spa at Loretto  was most recently named #45Best Hotel Spa by USA Today.
The spa at La Posada de Santa Fe was most recently named #5 Best Hotel Spa by USA Today.

 

La Posada de Santa Fe – Savor Santa Fe Package

This property is set on six beautifully landscaped acres just steps from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza, includes a range of quiet, luxurious suites in romantic adobe “casita” cottages. The Savor Santa Fe Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Complimentary breakfast daily
  • $50 discount toward any treatment at Spa Sage at La Posada

Reservations: (866) 716-8135 or http://www.laposadadesantafe.com/

 

 

 

Recognized as the #5 "Best Hotel Spa in the U.S." by USA Today 10Best
Recognized as the #4 “Best Hotel Spa in the U.S.” by USA Today 10Best

 

 

Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa – Spa Package

Guests entering the spa at Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa are immersed in a sense of nature’s elements: water falling, open sky, and Mother Earth’s nurturing presence. The spa offers special Native American inspired treatments that draw on ancient healing techniques. This special Spa Package is available for two (2) or three (3) night stays, and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in a Picuris Junior Suite
  • Continental breakfast for two (2) daily
  • Two (2) one-hour Cielo massages

Reservations – (855) 825-9876 Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa

Established in 1984 as the City’s first Hotel Massage/Spa program, Santa Fe Massage is dedicated to being a gateway to the Healing Arts and a relaxing retreat for both visitors and local residents.

 

Drury Plaza Hotel – Spa Getaway In Santa Fe Package

This luxurious five-acre property opened in early 2015 and is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe featuring 182 guestrooms with décor reflecting authentic Territorial Style inspired by the Spanish missions of New Mexico. The Spa Getaway in Santa Fe Package includes:

  • 15% discount on accommodations
  • 10% discount on spa services at the Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens
  • Complimentary hot breakfast

Reservations: 1-800-DRURYINN or www.druryhotels.com. Promo code: SPASFE

Absolute Nirvana is an Balinese inspired spa featuring deluxe massage treatments, rose petal baths, facials, hot stone massage and classic massage.
Absolute Nirvana is a Balinese inspired spa featuring deluxe massage treatments, rose petal baths, facials, hot stone massage and classic massage.

 

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – Winter Dreaming Package

The legendary waters at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa have been soothing body, mind and spirit for centuries. The Winter Dreaming and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two guests
  • Access to the Kiva Pool, available to guests in suites with extended soaking hours
  • Two (2) 50-minute Essence of Ojo Custom Massages—one each in separate therapy rooms
  • Yoga Class: One class for each guest
  • 50-minutes in a Private Outdoor Pool w/Kiva Fireplace
  • Unlimited access to all Mineral Pools, Mud Area, Steam & Sauna
  • S’mores for two (2) to enjoy at the outdoor fire pit

Reservations: 505-583-2233 or http://www.ojospa.com/

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years.

Live life to the fullest and make your new year a source of adventure and health. Embracing new experiences is an authentic way to live in the now. So pencil in joy on your calendar and then start planning your Santa Fe spa adventure by ordering the 2016 Santa Fe travel guide and checking out other great packages.

Here’s to your health!

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The Top Ten Santa Fe Instagram Photos of 2015

2015 was a fantastic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us. Santa Fe is home to historic adobe architecture, clear blue skies, and open landscapes – a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography has named Santa Fe the “World’s Best Place to Photograph.”

To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten photos on our Instagram page, @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received.

Enjoy! We hope to see you (and your cameras) in 2016.

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8 Accolades To Put Santa Fe At The Top Of Your Travel List

Santa Fe is one of the world’s top award-winning and most beloved destinations. “The City Different” is four centuries of history and legend, ancient and modern cultures, a majestic outdoor world of recreation and adventure, vibrant visual and performing arts, expansive culinary delights, revitalizing spas, and uniquely tasteful shopping.

This year the city has achieved high distinctions in all these categories by some of the most credible and competitive venues in the world. A complete list of awards and accolades runs almost two pages single spaced. Here are some highlights: (more…)

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8 Farolito Photos to Brighten The Holiday

Nothing warms the heart and brings the holidays to life  like the beauty of candlelight and crackling fire. Santa Fe has a long tradition of magical holiday lights that glow with the warm spirit of tradition. Through out the holidays, farolitos  line the streets and rooftops of houses and businesses in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The farolitos are constructed of a brown paper bag, sand , and a votive or tea candle.

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