Snow has graced the mountaintops, seasonal foods are simmering, and good times are in store. Santa Fe is a gift givers heaven. So, I hope your list is made and you’ve checked it twice. This is the best time and place to grab one-of-a-kind Santa Fe holiday surprises.
There’s a cornucopia of reasons to abandon your kitchen this Thanksgiving holiday in Santa Fe. Let our world-renowned chefs turn your day of thanks into an epicurean feast without the dirty dishes. Many of our cherished restaurants are creating menus just for this holiday to satisfy everyone in your party.
In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated the very first Thanksgiving. By that time, Santa Fe had already been established as a provincial capital in our region for more than 10 years. That should paint a picture of the delicious feasts that greet you in the City Different.
What would you do and see if you only had one day in Santa Fe? I get this question a lot! Since there is so much to see, do and taste in The City Different, to condense in to a day is no easy task! However, here as a great example of how to pack in Santa Fe in a single day. But, I’ll warn you—you’ll want to stay longer! (more…)
Take a town steeped in historic traditions, sprinkle with mountain snow, mix in a bit of annual celebration, and presto, you have the perfect Santa Fe holiday. It’s our good fortune to have a treasure trove of festive events that highlight a different kind holiday season in Santa Fe. Bright blue skies with crisp frosty air and ski ready landscape? Got it. World-renowned regional cuisine? Always. Holiday music and performing arts? Hello! We’ve got it all. (more…)
Day of the Dead is a holiday that has been celebrated on November 1–2 in central and southern Mexico for many years. More recently it has been embraced by Santa Fean’s and visitors alike. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas; honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed; and by visiting graves with these gifts.
Whether you have long celebrated the holiday, or are just learning about it, here are few businesses and events that honor this cultural tradition.
If you love history – disturbing history, you’ve come to the right place. Santa Fe, New Mexico’s rich past is preserved in spooky historic sites located throughout the city. With such a layered history, Santa Fe draws visitors back over and over again to uncover a fascinating past and experience its unforgettable present. So, as the crisp fall air descends and the nights get longer in The City Different, it is time to share with you a few spooky ghost tales that add to the richness of this city’s history.
Beer is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and the third most popular drink (behind water and tea). There is no exception in Santa Fe. Here you’ll find hand crafted micro beers are as good or better than anywhere else! Let me walk through making the most of your beer experience when you visit Santa Fe.
Whether you travel to Santa Fe for a week, a weekend, or a season, you’ll have no problem wetting your whistle with new and different award-winning brews during your visit.
Santa Fe is recognized as one of America’s Best Beer Towns by Travel + Leisure and stands proud in the top of the ranks. Santa Fe is also home to New Mexico’s oldest microbrewery and the first Belgian brewery.
November always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the season. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the beauty of the mountains and the many diverse experiences that are available. From celebrating sustainability to the kick off of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun. So join me in discovering a few of Santa Fe’s best November events.
Santa Fe, New Mexico was recently voted the #1 Best Destination for Shopaholics by USA Today 10Best readers. So I want to share with you that one of Santa Fe’s best kept shopping secrets is the number of unique gift shops that accompany our magnificent museums. We have several places where you can find the perfect treasure for yourself or a friend. There are a total of eight museum gift shops in The City Different that carry everything from apparel, furnishings, jewelry, accessories, music, movies, and Native American art. You can always count on the museum shops to sell items related to current or permanent exhibits. No two gift shops are the same! So let me take you through a shopping odyssey filled with treasures, handmade art and crafts, and one-of-a-kind- gifts.
Santa Fe is historically linked to the days of cowboys and gunslingers, covered wagons and pioneers. The city was built on adventure, action and excitement! Buildings on the Plaza and downtown Santa Fe offer visitors and residents the opportunity to step into character. Take a walk through downtown to see a film history that spans over 100 years and across more than 600 productions.
Recently, New Mexico was named by Trade Publications as one of the “Top Five” film locations in the entire world. Movies like “No Country for Old Men”, “Crazy Heart”, and “True Grit” have all been produced using the New Mexico landscape as a backdrop. TV classics like Breaking Bad—infamously known for its Albuquerque location—have even come to share the stage in Santa Fe. (Be sure to check out the New Mexico Film and Media Industry Conference, too!) (more…)