The Must-See October Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico

October Is In The Air

Shhh! Here’s a little secret: one of the best times to visit Santa Fe is in October. Yes, it’s cooler than summer and a little less busy, but being in the City Different in the fall will let you take part in some of the city’s most vibrant festivals. Trust me; you’ll know what I am talking about. So here are the must-see events and activities in Santa Fe New Mexico during the month of October!

October arrives in full golden glory as aspen trees display their glowing fall colors, usually through the middle of the month. Courtesy of CNN)

October arrives in full golden glory as aspen trees display their glowing fall colors, usually through the middle of the month.

Lights! Camera! Film Festival Action!

Attend a film festival in Santa Fe? Why not? Santa Fe has always had ties and a love affair with all things film. Make sure to pencil in The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on your must-do list. The festival began in 2009 as a fringe festival but, by 2011 was the biggest event of its kind in New Mexico—screening over 100 films over five days. More recently the 2012 festival honored Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skins), Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima), and Judy Blume (Tiger Eyes) and included two sold out screenings at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and a red carpet event. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has been named one of Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest General Film Festivals on the planet and one of “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014”. Need I say more?

Movie goers begin to line up for the evening film at the historic Lensic Theater. (Courtesy of the Santa Fe Film Festival)

Movie goers begin to line up for the evening film at the historic Lensic Theater. (Courtesy of the Santa Fe Film Festival)

A Harvest Bounty

The smell of roasting chile and autumn in the October air sets the perfect scene to celebrate the harvest season, One ideal way to celebrate is by attending the Harvest Festival—one of the most popular celebrations at Rancho de las Golondrinas. You’ll help bring in the harvest by watching villagers crush grapes for wine by foot. If you have never strung a chile ristra, this would be a wonderful time to learn. Also try your hand at making tortillas and baking bread. The harvest event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3–4, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Harvesting traditions are passed down from one generation to the next at the Harvest Festival. (Courtesy of Rancho de las Golondrinas)

Up, Up And Away

For more than four decades, during the first week in October, guests from all over the world come to Northern New Mexico to celebrate ballooning. Santa Fe is a short drive or train ride away from Balloon Fiesta Park. Consider catching the morning glow and mass ascension—marvel as 500+ balloons launch at the same time—in the morning and return to Santa Fe to extend your day with good food and some relaxation. The event takes place October 3 –11. Don’t forget to bring your camera as this is one of the most photographed events in the world!

Tickets are available by calling (855) 725-1824 or online. General admission tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the days of the event.

The mass ascension begins on a cool and crisp October morning. (Courtesy of photographer Marlon H. Long)

The mass ascension begins on a cool and crisp October morning. (Courtesy of photographer Marlon H. Long)

En Plein Air

In just seven years, the Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out has evolved into one of the nation’s largest annual artist demonstrations. You will see hundreds of artists and thousands of art enthusiasts come together for the daylong outdoor artist demonstration. Artists bring live models, paint, clay, carving knives, blow torches, easels and materials from their studios and begin working on the iconic art road.

. Interacting with artists is encouraged as they demonstrate their artistic processes. (Courtesy of

Interacting with artists is encouraged as they demonstrate their artistic processes. (Courtesy of Visit Canyon Road)

Three Studio Tours

Personally, I love October because it gives me the chance to visit artist studio tours and enjoy the fall foliage along the way. Make Santa Fe your home base and make the pleasant drives to the surrounding communities to like Galisteo, El Rito and Abiquiú.

The Galisteo Studio Tour, for instance, will guide you through the many studios where you’ll see photography, paintings, pottery and ceramic art, retablos, jewelry, bronze sculpture, weavings, and hand-crafted local arts as well as tasty local fare. The ancient cottonwoods that line the Galisteo River give portions of the tour a special ambiance rarely found in New Mexico. The El Rito Studio Tour and the Abiquiu Studio Tour are also definitely worth exploring. El Rito—an early Spanish settlement, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Santa Fe—features everything from blacksmithing, fiber arts and pottery. While in Abiquiú you can see the studios of more than 70 artists and also explore the gorgeous place where Georgia O’Keeffe once lived and worked. The tours run from October 10th through the 12th.

For more information on popular Northern New Mexico tours, please visit our website.

Bring your camera to catch the cottonwoods basking in a golden glow along the Galisteo Creek. (Courtesy of Inn on the Alameda)

Bring your camera to catch the cottonwoods basking in a golden glow along the Galisteo Creek. (Courtesy of Inn on the Alameda)

Fall Into Santa Fe In October

Why not add an October Santa Fe visit into your schedule? Between the harvest, film, hot air balloons, and artists studios, you’ll find October is a beautiful time to visit the City Different.

Start planning your fall adventure in Santa Fe!

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Make Summer Last in Santa Fe!

Make Summer Last in Santa Fe!

As the summer season comes to an end, it can feel like you’re running out of things to do. However, this August, you can truly unlock any creative potential here in “The City Different” with classes like glassblowing, cooking, and yoga—just to name a few! Come and get involved in activities that have some serious Santa Fe flair.

row of custom boards

A sick row of custom skateboards wait for riders at Skate School of Santa Fe!

Relax Your Mind, and BODY!

Lorin Parrish’s BODY is a haven for healthy-living individuals. With classes for beginners and advanced yogis, BODY provides a welcoming community for those seeking to change their routine. Drop by the café after your workout to replenish and refresh with one of their organic smoothies. And if that isn’t enough to get you moving—how about this deal? Now through September 15th, BODY Studio is offering one free yoga, Nia, or dance class of your choice. Stop at the guest services desk to redeem your free class. BODY also offers drop-in space for their daycare center, so that you can “flow” without fear.

BODY Studio

Find your center in BODY Studio’s ambient and open class space.

Shred the Weekend Away at Skate School

The Skate School of Santa Fe can make a novice feel like a pro. Come to one of their safety, skill, or online courses to get yourself street-ready. They also feature private lessons and skate camps for all ages and abilities! Founded and run by 44—year skateboarding guru Joe Lehm, Skate School of Santa Fe is dedicated to “traditional” style skateboarding. The school provides students with helmets, pads, and boards for the cost of the class, and teaches you to use all the gear properly. For any pros or ex-skaters returning to the circuit, the Skate School of Santa Fe offers lessons for those who want to become teachers, too!

Joe Lehm

Owner and skater Joe Lehm is all about safety first. Here, he shows an afternoon student the proper fit for gear.

Unlock Your Creative Potential

On Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm, you can find local artist Lauren Mantecón at work in her studio with visiting local artists. At Open Studio Wednesdays with Lauren Mantecón, you can immerse yourself completely in artistic pursuits. Lauren allows you to bring ideas and materials to work on whatever inspires you. She offers a one—hour “crash course” or a lesson on materials and mixed media that is not required, but still encouraged. Spend your afternoon in the stunning Sandia foothills while exploring the artist within.

Become a true Santa Fe artist at Lauren’s studio. Photo credit:

Become a true Santa Fe artist at Lauren’s studio. Photo credit:

Cook Up Some Fun

This is a Santa Fe classic! The Santa Fe School of Cooking gives everyone the opportunity to cook like a real professional, either through hands-on or demonstration class work. SFSC also offers walking tours of Santa Fe’s most unique and well-respected restaurants. On August 20th, take your pick of classes like the famous, hands-on “Green Chilé Workshop” or “Southwest Party Fare”—a demonstration class with goodies like gazpacho, crab and corn fritters, and mini shredded pork tacos! Pull up a chair at the “Southwest Brunch” demonstration class on August 30th at 11:00 am. It features an incredible meal that incorporates local produce and tradition. Indulge in chipotle spinach and goat cheese quiches, blue corn pancakes with fresh berry compote, and much more!

Red Chile Photo

You can’t beat this heat: Try Red or Green Chilé workshops at the Santa Fe School of Cooking!

Shatter Expectations

If you haven’t been by to check out the regional displays of pottery and housewives at Jackalope, don’t wait another day! With enough clolor to fill a rainbow and endless styles to choose from, Jackalope has become a New Mexico staple. At Prairie Dog Glass, artists and glass workers eagerly wait to show visitors and natives a thing or two about glass blowing. With intimate three people sessions, lasting about an hour, each participant gets to choose their own gift to make and take home. Pick from options like flowers, a paperweight, or even a vase. There is always something exciting for everyone at Jackalope. Classes are open to all ages and require 24—hour notice.

Gorgeous rows of glass stems bask in Santa Fe sunlight!

Gorgeous rows of glass stems bask in Santa Fe sunlight!

Summer School is in Session

Whether you are looking to mater a New Mexican recipe or cozy up with paint and canvas, Santa Fe has something to offer you. Come learn something new in Santa Fe and discover why summer is so enlightening in The City Different.

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¡Que Viva Los Vestidos De La Fiesta!

Viva La Fiesta” is the chant one hears over and over during the Santa Fe Fiesta, but I suggest shouting “¡Que Viva Los Vestidos de la Fiesta”! (Long live those who dress up for Fiesta!). Locals who attended annual fiesta celebrations of the past put much thought and detail into their fiesta attire—and there are still some who dress traditionally—but many of today’s fiesta-goers interpret fiesta wear in new and interesting ways. Santa Fe is a blend of many cultures and one can find fiesta inspiration from the Anglo, Hispanic and Native American customs and traditions that transform The City Different into a melting pot of fiesta fashion.

Read on to learn about the fiesta fashion of the past and present and get inspired to put together your own Santa Fe Fiesta look!

fiesta couple

A well-dressed couple pose for the camera at the 1952 Santa Fe Fiesta. (Courtesy of Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, Negative HP.2013.39.3)


Santa Fe Fiesta Fashion Show

During the 2015 Santa Fe Fiesta weekend—September, 11 through 13—make plans to attend the fashion show exhibiting Spanish traditional and fiesta fashion from yesteryear. Back in 1935, La Sociedad Folkorica was started with a mission to make sure Santa Fe’s culture, history and faith would never be forgotten. The mission statement remains true today. Each year during Fiesta, La Sociedad Folkorica present a fashion show called “Exhibicion de Modas y Merienda.” Loosely translated this means an exhibition of fashion and afternoon tea. The event takes place on Saturday, September 12, at 3:00 pm in the courtyard of the James A. Little Theater. This year’s Fiesta royalty will attend. The fashion show exhibits dresses from the 1880s and beyond. After the show, a merienda takes place—a twist on the afternoon tea with Mexican chocolate and homemade biscochitos. The society will celebrate it’s 80th birthday this year.

Miranda Anaya, Alayna Montoya and Carla Aragon model some of La Sociedad Folklorica’s collection. (Courtesy of Carla Aragon)

Miranda Anaya, Alayna Montoya and Carla Aragon model some of La Sociedad Folklorica’s collection. (Courtesy of Carla Aragon)


The Ever Popular Fiesta Skirt and Blouse

One of the more popular pieces to a Fiesta look is the skirt and blouse. Whether a broom skirt or the “patio/squaw” dress, these looks have stood the test of time. The look was popularized in the 1950s and is still worn by many women today. Many of these brightly colored skirts and blouses are collectables as they can be tricky to find.

A 1950s Simplicty Pattern for a “Squaw/Patio” skirt and blouse. (Courtesy of Simplicity)

A 1950s Simplicty Pattern for a “Squaw/Patio” skirt and blouse. (Courtesy of Simplicity)


Squash Blossom Necklaces and Concha Belts

No fiesta ensemble is complete without an adornment of a squash blossom necklace or a concho belt.

The concho belt is a Fiesta favorite: a distinctive belt that is both functional and a work of art. These embellishments are displayed in groups and named from the Spanish word conchas meaning “shells.” For this reason, a concho belt is sometimes referred to as a concha belt. To spice up your fiesta ensemble, pair your concho belt with blue jeans or a jean skirt, a basic black turtle neck or a simple black dress. Do not underestimate the power of the concho belt!

Another champion of Fiesta style is the squash blossom necklace. Squash blossom necklaces are a reminder of the close interaction between the Pueblo and Navajo Indians since the mid-1800s. Here’s an interesting fact: the necklace itself is Navajo and adopted by the Zuni. The incorporation of turquoise on each of the blossoms, however, is an advent of the Zuni, later adopted by the Navajo. Now that’s a classic example of culture blending! Wouldn’t you say?

Why not overlay two concha belts? (Courtesy of

Why not overlay two concha belts? (Courtesy of

Navajo and Men’s Ribbon Shirts

Men’s Navajo velvet and ribbon shirts have been part of the men’s Fiesta fashion landscape for many years. Historically, ribbon shirts were made from calico cloth that was obtained from trading posts. The shirts were originally used as part of the regalia used during pow wows and celebrations. The shirt later went on to become a signature Fiesta look for men in the 40’s. They are still worn today. Many ribbon shirts are available online.

Celebrate Fiesta with a ribbon shirt! (Courtesy

Celebrate Fiesta with a ribbon shirt! (Courtesy

Complete Your Look With Fiesta Jewelry

Most recently silver Zozobra charms and earrings have become popular Fiesta accessories. Fairchild and Company donates a percentage of the sales of these charming adornments to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe which produces The Burning of Zozobra.

Another accessory seen on women during Fiesta is the highly-prized and sought after beaded Zozobra earring. They have become rare as they are no longer being produced. You can still find some on Ebay.

Less traditional, but just-as-fun accessories for Fiesta include glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets! These may be purchased starting the night of the Burning of Zozobra and in various vendor booths in and around the plaza during the Santa Fe Fiesta weekend.

Zozozbra beaded earrings are no longer being produced, so if you find a pair, grab them! (Courtesy of Kim Harmon)

Zozozbra beaded earrings are no longer being produced, so if you find a pair, grab them! (Courtesy of Kim Harmon)

Top-Off Your Fiesta Look!  

The Mexican sombrero is worn mostly by mariachi musicians during Fiesta, but donning one also adds to the festive mood. Inexpensive sombreros may be found at the Five and Dime on the plaza.

The cowboy look is never out of style during Fiesta. Several stores sell vintage cowboy hats and boots. Kowboyz has Santa Fe’s largest selection of new and used western apparel for men, women and children! Gentlemen, you might also try Santa Fe Vintage to find comfortable vintage cowboy boots and hats.

Santa Fe Vintage carries beautifully selected one-of-a-kind garments, accessories and objects. (Courtesy of Santa Fe Vintage)

Santa Fe Vintage carries beautifully selected one-of-a-kind garments, accessories and objects. (Courtesy of Santa Fe Vintage)

If you’re fashion forward adventurous, you need to visit Mira! on Marcy Street. They carry a big selection of fun, fabulous and affordable clothing. Imagination is the key here!

Whether you plan to dress traditionally or pull together a one-of-a-kind look, be sure to have fun as you create your Santa Fe Fiesta look. We look forward to your visit and know you’ll enjoy taking part in one of our most colorful and fun events, Fiesta de Santa Fe! See and feel how our distinct cultures come together to enhance the city’s tri-cultural legacy of “Fiesta fashion”. Long live those who dress up for Fiesta. ¡Que Viva!

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Que ¡Viva Santa Fe!

Join us this September as we celebrate tradition, culture, music, food and nature.  ¡Viva Santa Fe! brings together a wide array of colorful and fun events during the month of  September Here are just a few events to enhance your ¡Viva! fever!

Que Viva La Fiesta

For the past 303 years, shouts of “Viva La Fiesta” have been echoed throughout the streets of Santa Fe. Fiesta de Santa Fe, September 11th through the 13th is the oldest, most colorful and vibrant community celebration in the nation. The week-long Santa Fe Fiesta honors the city’s deep history and traditions with a unique blend of Spanish, Native American and American traditions. The Fiesta marks the Spanish re-colonization of Santa Fe and kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Santa Fe Fiesta parade is loved by many. It takes place on Sunday, September 13. (courtesy of Salvador Zapien)

The Santa Fe Fiesta parade is loved by many. It takes place on Sunday, September 13. (courtesy of Salvador Zapien)

Burn Your Worries Away

How can I describe Zozobra to you? Well, he’s a fifty-foot tall paper marionette, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG). He is made of muslin and stuffed with shredded paper. Zozobra is an eerie, groaning character who appears to be part ghost and part monster. The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged each year by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe. He was conceived to be part of Fiesta by Santa Fe’s band of boisterous artists in the roaring 20’s. Zozobra is the inspiration of artist Will Shuster. The event is now in its 91st year! Zozobra is a show-stopping highlight of Fiesta as he moans, flails and then goes up in flame. The chants of thousands of spectators fill  Ft. Marcy Ball Park—just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.. Fireworks light up the finale and as the gloom and doom of the crowds goes up in smoke.

Each year the Firedancer (seen below) taunts and teases Zozobra, much to the crowds delight. (Courtesy of The Burning of Will Schuster’s Zozobra.)

Each year the Firedancer (seen below) taunts and teases Zozobra, much to the crowds delight. (Courtesy of The Burning of Will Schuster’s Zozobra.)

Green Chile On My Cheeseburger? You Bet!

If you haven’t tasted a green chile cheeseburger, September is the time to do it— particularly during Edible’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. Now in its third year, this delicious event takes place on September 10 at the Santa Fe Railyard Pavilion.

Restaurants will gather at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market at the Railyard, the competing restaurants, selected by thousands of public votes will prepare their green chile cheeseburger creations to compete for the honor of the 2015 Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe. Each burger is considered by a panel of judges who select the final winner. In addition, extra burger bites are cooked by each competitor for a public tasting and vote to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Plan early for this event—last year’s sold out!

Bite into Bang Bite’s green chile cheeseburger. Bang Bite delicious! (Courtesy of Simply Santa Fe)

Bite into Bang Bite’s green chile cheeseburger. Bang Bite delicious! (Courtesy of Simply Santa Fe)


Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

The ever popular Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta takes places on September 23rd through the 27th Five days of events include food and wine, seminars, cooking classes, culinary walking tours, guest chef demos, guest chef luncheons, and both live and silent auctions.

Local Santa Fe, New Mexico culinary artistry is featured as many top Santa Fe chefs couple their skills with sophistication and wines of national wineries. This favorite Santa Fe event brings over 90 wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants—together creating a delectable schedule of food and wine events. The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera. All 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine to those lucky enough to get tickets.

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta goers enjoy culinary delights along with national wine distributor samplings. (Courtesy of

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta goers enjoy culinary delights along with national wine distributor samplings. (Courtesy of

See You At The Concorso

The 2015 Santa Fe Concorso—the Southwest’s premier gathering of more than 110 rare and exotic cars and motorcycles—will take place September 25 – 27 on the grounds of The Club at Las Campanas, 15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. The Concorso is a three-day celebration of mechanical motion: seminars, an evening gathering at Hangar K at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, a Mountain Tour for entrants, and culminating with a judged exhibition of “rolling works of art,” including classic cars, racing champions and speed-record seekers, as well as legendary motorcycles.

santa fe concorso

Scenic Scene-Stealer

The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon is New Mexico’s fastest and most scenic half marathon. The 1,000 foot net downhill USATF-certified course provides spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains while dropping into the colorful Rio Grande Valley. You’ll run past the Santa Fe Opera, Tesuque Village, Camel Rock and through the Tesuque Pueblo on your way to Pojoaque along a route that the area ancestors have run and walked for centuries.


Run this marathon in a splendid scenic setting! (Courtesy of Santa Fe Thunder)


Santa Fe Ski Basin Before The First Snowfall

Have you always wanted to ride a chairlift in autumn—before the first snowfall—in Santa Fe? Well here’s your ticket for a mountain escape! Ski Santa Fe will run its Super Chief quad chairlift during weekends in September. The lift takes you on a slow, breathtaking ride high into the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The chair begins operations with the Labor Day holiday, September 5 through September 26, with music on the La Casa Lodge deck. For more information, visit the Santa Fe Ski Basin website.


All aboard the Super Chief quad chairlift! (Courtesy of Santa Fe Ski Basin)


I’ve highlighted just a few of Santa Fe’s September events. The entire month celebrates the unique richness of the city’s extraordinary past and even more extraordinary present. Plan today to visit any or all of these events in September. I’m sure it will have you shouting “Viva Santa Fe!”


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The Great Ladies of Santa Fe

It’s no secret that the foundation of New Mexico’s culinary history can be attributed to women. Grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters and friends have all contributed to New Mexico’s colorful culinary past. Santa Fe is no exception. We are proud to tout several well-known restaurants that are named after inspiring women. Let me introduce you to the the culinary great ladies of Santa Fe.

Georgia On My Mind And Plate        

I find it fitting that one would name a restaurant after one of the great painters of modern times—not only because of her art, but by inspiration of her singular culinary style. You’ll find Georgia right next to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on Johnson Street. Fitting wouldn’t you say?

If you’re a history buff, I’ll let you know that the restaurant––a brown stone building––occupies what was originally two United States army officer’s quarters built at the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Upon entering you’ll love how the dining room has been fully restored to the elegance of a Victorian mansion, allowing you to dine and enjoy an intimate evening with family and your friends. The black and white photographs of Georgia O’Keefe compliment and round out your dining experience. Your taste buds will thank you as you sample the seasonal, creative and delicious contemporary American cuisine Georgia is known for.

georgia restaurant

Enjoy a meal in a stylish dining room. You could also say you dined with Georgia in the room!

 Abuelita Eloisa

We all know that there’s nothing like grandma’s cooking. That is why Chef John Rivera Sedlar named his restaurant, Eloisa, after his grandmother Eloisa Rivera. Eloisa was the first person to teach him how to cook.

Sedlar was named “the Father of Modern Southwest Cuisine” by Gourmet magazine and has competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. He also guest-taught at the Culinary Institute of America and is the author of many cookbooks including Modern Southwest Cuisine.

Chef Sedlar’s accolades are numerous. In 2011, Sedlar was named “Chef of the Year” by Esquire magazine and RIVERA restaurant was acclaimed as one of the nation’s “Best New Restaurants 2011.” Sedlar was recognized in the legendary Cook’s Magazine feature “Top 50 Who’s Who of Cooking in America,” and in Food & Wine’s “Honor Roll of American Chefs.” He then received the Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts Magazine. More recently, Eater named Eloisa to its “Top 21 Restaurants in America.”

Eloisa is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and serves Southwestern Latin fusion cuisine.

Be sure to order the Chile primavera. A mix of roasted green chile, fresh queso, baby peas and favas with a New Mexican springtime pistou!

Be sure to order the Chile Primavera. A mix of roasted green chile, fresh queso, baby peas and favas with a New Mexican springtime pistou!


Maria’s In The Kitchen

You might consider Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen as one of the great-grandmother restaurants in Santa Fe. Maria’s has been in business for over 60 years. Let’s go back to 1952 when Maria and Gilbert Lopez started a small take-out kitchen that offered traditional, Northern New Mexican cuisine.

The small take-out business soon became a local favorite and over the years has grown into a full service restaurant. It is now a Santa Fe institution. A local historian told me that it opened on Fiesta weekend in 1950. They served the same menu then that they serve today. Now that’s tradition! It has built a history specializing in authentic, home-style New Mexican dishes made with traditional red and green chile, handmade tortillas, and made-to-order margaritas, using only 100% agave tequila.

I urge you to visit Maria’s in Santa Fe and see why The Seattle Times called Maria’s “The Motherlode of American Margaritas!”

This original menu from Maria’s dates back to 1950. Take a look at those prices! (Courtesy of Al Lucero)

This original menu from Maria’s dates back to 1950. Take a look at those prices! (Courtesy of Al Lucero)

Julia’s Spirit

In 1882, Abraham Staab, a European immigrant who became one of Santa Fe’s most prosperous merchants, built a Victorian mansion on property that now belongs to the La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa. Abraham’s elegant wife, Julia, entertained local society and visiting dignitaries in incomparable style. Legend has it that Julia so loved her home that she has never left it. A spirited restaurant and bar indeed!

Julia Staab has now become a muse and the resort now honors her name and legendary hospitality with Julia. The restaurant features innovative, locally sourced dishes by award-winning chef Todd Hall as well as an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits.

Chef Todd Hall and Julia Staab

Chef Todd Hall and Julia Staab


Tomasita’s Tradition

Tomasita’s restaurant is another Santa Fe tradition serving classic Northern New Mexican cuisine. Founder Georgia Maryol started at a small café on Hickox Street in 1974, working with Tomasita Leyba. Leyba brought her local recipes to the restaurant. After building and outgrowing the small space with a dedicated clientele, Tomasita’s moved to a red brick building in Santa Fe’s Railyard where it still is today.

Tomasita’s is locally owned and operated by the Maryol and Gundrey families who have been in business for over 40 years. The restaurant is known for taking great pride in their quality of food, friendly and fast service and great margaritas. Make this a must-do on your Santa Fe restaurant list.


Tomasita Leyba is seen here in her later years. Tomasita enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting with customers.

Aunt Sophia

Tia Sophia’s Restaurant celebrated its 40th anniversary this past May. This legendary, family-owned restaurant has been serving breakfast and both classic and traditional New Mexico fare to locals and visitors since the 1970’s.

Tia Sophia’s was named after Sophia Kellis who was originally from the town of Mytilene on the isle of Lesbos in Greece. She was first married to Tony Maryol in 1917. He brought Sophia to the United States in 1936.

The breakfast burrito at Tia Sophia’s makes a perfect, hearty breakfast. Soft tortillas are stuffed with bacon and hash browns, then smothered in melted cheese and served with a poached egg on top. For added kick, order the Christmas version that comes with extra-spicy red and green chiles!

Georgia Maryol, Sophia Kellis (for whom the restaurant is named) and Jim Maryol.

Georgia Maryol, Sophia Kellis (for whom the restaurant is named) and Jim Maryol.


The “Great Ladies” have stood the test of time and have single-handedly left an indelible mark in Santa Fe’s rich culinary world! Plan a visit to Santa Fe to taste it for yourself. Here’s to the next group of great ladies of our local restaurant universe. Who knows who they will be?


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Viva National Tequila Day!

Summer in Santa Fe is a time for celebration! July 24th marks National Tequila Day, and Santa Fe is offering its best to both locals and visitors alike!

Tequila was North America’s first distilled drink as well as its first commercially produced alcohol. From the moment it was bottled and sold, it has become one of the world’s most sought after spirits.

Legend has it that tequila is good for your health. In fact, during the Spanish Flu of 1918, doctors prescribed tequila shots as remedy due to a shortage of medicine. They advised that it should taken with lime and salt to make the taste more palatable. These days, we still take it with a grain of salt and lime, but it’s more than just doctor’s orders. Tequila has become an experience.

So, why spend National Tequila Day in Santa Fe? From daily gallery openings and showings to shopping and nightly excursions to the number of exceptional restaurants, there’s something here for everyone. Bars and lounges throughout the downtown districts of Santa Fe offer their tequila in many enticing ways. The local mixologists behind the bar turn tequila into art.

Santa Fe sunset

Experience beauty wherever you are in Santa Fe!

Quick, Fun, and Fresh!

Del Charro

Nicknamed “Santa Fe’s Watering Hole,” Del Charro provides a cool, historical portrait of Old Santa Fe. Behind the heavy wooden doors waits an attentive staff who are quick to serve exquisite food and drink. Standard fare like the house margarita—made with El Jimador Reposado Tequila, real lemon, and lime juice—are served daily! With two daily food specials to boot, Del Charro offers a classic Santa Fe experience. Not into a margarita on the rocks? No problem—they also serve Mexican Mules, the irresistible combination of ginger beer, agave nectar, tequila, and lime. Seat yourself on the enclosed back patio year round!

Del Charro Bar and Grill

Anything pairs well with a house margarita at Del Charro!

Cowgirl BBQ

With weekday happy hour lasting from 3–-6, and live music daily, Santa Fe’s Cowgirl serves up BBQ with a side of imaginative drink options. Boasting a 100% agave margarita, Cowgirl offers reposado tequila with triple sec and fresh lime and lemon juice. Want something new? Try a Lava Lamp: a frozen dollop of margarita in a pint of Lagunitas Pilsner.

Cowgirl BBQ

Whether at a patio table or stretched across the colorful bar, Cowgirl is sure to whet your whistle!

El Paseo Bar and Grill

El Paseo is a favorite for locals and visitors alike! Here, the only thing that equals the happy hour margaritas are the happy hour tacos, both served daily. With a homey, classic Santa Fe interior and a broad choice of both food and drink items, El Paseo has something to satisfy any craving. Try the Razzarita, made with Hornitos tequila, a dash of Chambourd, fresh lime and orange juices––shaken, not stirred!

El Paseo Bar and Grill

El Paseo provides high-class drinks in a comfortable, old-school bar experience.

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The Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda on the Plaza

From the rooftop of the posh La Fonda on the Plaza, you can quench your summer thirst at The Bell Tower Bar. Open in good weather, this bar plays host to its own specially made signature tequila—100% Blue Weber Agave Herradura Double Barrel Reposado from the village of Amatitan Jalisco, Mexico. The Double Barrel is known for this house-special tequila, but be sure to try the Silver Coin made with Herradura silver tequila and Patrón citrónge for a more classic taste. Or, amp up the spice and flavor of Santa Fe with The Bell Ringer: Tanteo jalapeño tequila, and jalapeño juice with triple sec.

The Bell Tower Bar

Drinks with a perfect view at The Bell Tower Bar.

Secreto Lounge at the Hotel St. Francis

Secreto Lounge downtown changes their menu seasonally in order to bring you the award-winning “garden-to-glass” experience that made them famous. With unique wine lists and vintage cocktails, this is more than just a bar—it’s an experience. The Agave Way blends red grapes, New Mexican green chilé, Espolón Reposado Tequila, lime juice and agave nectar. Still feeling adventurous? Secreto’s Smoked Sage Margarita makes use of organic Republic Añejo Tequila, ’03 Brazilian orange liqueur, and lime juice, all sage smoked into the glass with a hickory smoked salt rim. Enjoy flavors as original as Santa Fe!

Secreto Lounge

Give yourself all the comforts of relaxed, high-end living at the Secreto Lounge in Hotel St. Francis!

The Agave Lounge at the Eldorado Hotel 

Voted Best Happy Hour 2015 in the Santa Fe Reporter, the Agave Lounge at the Eldorado Hotel serves happy hour food and drink every Monday through Friday from 4—7 pm. Pair kobe green chilé sliders with the La Casa: Sauza Blanco tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice. The Agave also serves your choice of two delicious tequila flights.

The Agave Lounge

Pair historical artifacts native to Santa Fe with a delicious La Casa margarita!

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi 

Share tequila tastings with friends (or strangers!) at The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, one of the city’s most favorite hotels and bar. Chef Juan Bochenski pairs ceviche plates with Rosewood’s collection of premium tequilas. Both the bar and lounge areas serve different and frequently updated menus, making for a different but lasting experience with each visit!

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Rotate your way through some of Mexico’s most sought after flavors at the Rosewood Inn.

Celebrate National Tequila Day, Your Way

With enough options to satisfy any palette, Santa Fe and National Tequila Day go together like lime and salt. Quench your thirst in The City Different, but be sure to pair your drink of choice with a view of the sunset. Now, that is truly something to celebrate!

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Getting To And Around Santa Fe

No matter how you get to Santa Fe—plane train or automobile—you’ll have no trouble zipping around the historic streets of the City Different.

Santa Fe offers ways to get around the city easily with: a local taxi service, a public transportation system, charter vans, scooters, bikes and limousine services. It’s also good to know that rental cars can also be picked up at several locations in Santa Fe.

 You’ve landed at the Santa Fe Airport. Rent a car? Cab? Shuttle service?

You’ve landed at the Santa Fe Airport. Rent a car? Cab? Shuttle service?

How Do I Get To Santa Fe From The Airports?

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport boasts three direct flights from Denver, Dallas or Los Angeles—making for an easy weekend or extended getaway. Once you’ve arrived, you can find two car rental agencies right at the airport so you can begin your Santa Fe adventure right away.

You can also fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport—a short 45 minute drive away from Santa Fe. At the Sunport you can choose from more than seven car rental agencies. If driving a rental car to Santa Fe isn’t your plan you may prefer to take a shuttle. One service at the ABQ airport is the Sandia Shuttle Express–a convenient service between Santa Fe and the Albuquerque International Sunport with 30 trips daily to fit your travel schedule. The shuttle offers pick up and drop off at all Santa Fe hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, colleges, and other locations. Shuttle time is 75 minutes one way. Just remember to call to make a reservation.

The Road Runner Shuttle and Charter has daily service from the Santa Fe Airport and Albuquerque International Sunport. There are also shared and private shuttles, and group charters.

How Do I Get To Santa Fe From The Lamy Train Station?     

If you take the Amtrak train to Lamy, New Mexico the Lamy Shuttle and Tours is your shuttle service to Santa Fe. This shuttle outfit has been shuttling travelers to and from the Lamy train station for over 32 years. One way service is $20 per adult.

Here Comes The Rail Runner 

The New Mexico Rail Runner (NMRX) is a commuter rail system serving the metropolitan areas of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The train service operates between Albuquerque and Santa Fe seven days a week.

You’ll know you’re at the Rail Runner’s northern terminal (Santa Fe Railyard) when you notice bustling activity—an active farmers market, restaurants and cafés, and a range of retail offerings.  Rail runner fare is $9 per person for a one way ticket.

The New Mexico Rail Runner makes its final stop at the Santa Fe Railyard.

The New Mexico Rail Runner makes its final stop at the Santa Fe Railyard.

Take A Cab  

A popular mode of transportation in the City Different is Capital City Cab. The cab company has been in operation for many years and most recently has partnered with Sandia Shuttle Express.  Capital City Cab is a 24 hour taxi service which makes runs to the airport, all casinos, and can be used for food or beverage deliveries as well as package deliveries. Fares vary. A one way to the Albuquerque International Sunport is $28 and $48 for a roundtrip cab fare.  The cab company has also partnered with the Santa Fe County Community Services DWI Program. The program provides safe transportation via Capital City Cab to adults from a liquor establishment or parties to your residence within the Santa Fe city limits. Cab rides are $5 per cab for one or two riders and $10 a cab for three or more. The service runs Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

 You’ve landed at the Santa Fe Airport. Rent a car? Cab? Shuttle service?

Capital City Cab is the only taxi service available in the City of Santa Fe.

Happy Santa Fe Trails To You

Just catch the Santa Fe Trails bus at any of the convenient bus stops along Cerrillos Road. There’s service every 15 minutes, so you’re sure to be in the midst of Santa Fe’s famous attractions in no time—including special events on the Plaza! Plus, from the downtown Transit Center on Sheridan Avenue, you can connect to Route “M” that takes you within a short walk of Canyon Road and directly to Museum Hill—home to four distinct and diverse world-class museums.  Avoid the congestion and the hassle of finding parking when you attend major events in Santa Fe like Spanish Market, Indian Market, the burning of Zozobra and the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The Santa Fe Trails provides free bus service on these special event days.  You can find bus routes and schedule here.

Capital City Cab is the only taxi service available in the City of Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Trails buses arrive and depart from Sheridan Avenue.

The Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle service is a great way for train passengers to get around once they step off the Rail Runner Express at the Santa Fe Depot or for others who want a fast, free way to get around downtown, Museum Hill and Canyon Road. Two shuttles run daily. This is a free shuttle service that starts and ends in front the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Montezuma Avenue and runs counter-clockwise with various stops around downtown.

Scooters & Bikes

Did you know that you can get around Santa Fe without renting a car? Scooters are a great way to see Santa Fe, conserve gas, ease traffic congestion, simplify parking, and are just great fun!  iScoot scooters are small and require only a standard driver’s license to drive.  The scooters reach a top speed of 30 mph. iScoot scooters are available April through September.

Ever thought of traveling in Santa Fe on a scooter?

Have you ever thought of traveling in Santa Fe on a scooter?

Centaur Cycles and Scooters also rent scooters and motorcycles. You can rent a motorcycle or scooter starting at just $75 per day. There’s no better way to tour Santa Fe than on a motor scooter. For the more adventurous folks, tour around the state on a powerful highway motorcycle.

Another way of seeing Santa Fe is by bike. Paths and trails for all types of riders are located in and around the city. You can download the Santa Fe City Trail maps here. Mellow Velo is an independent bicycle dealer in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic Downtown. They offer a diverse bike fleet and provide expert route advice and maps for adventures both on and off road.

Limousine Style

Thinking of getting around in style? Santa Fe Valet has become the premier transportation provider in Northern New Mexico. They provide luxury transportation services for groups of all sizes including board of directors meetings, road shows, group meetings, and destination weddings.

santa fe valet

Santa Fe Valet offers luxury transportation services.

Santa Fe Limo is New Mexico’s Elite Black Car Service, specializing in transportation for business and leisure travelers. Their “attention to detail” means your transportation will be handled by a team of executive chauffeurs with a fleet of late model town cars and SUV’s, and vans. They also offer Transportation Concierge Service when booked in advance.

Well, there you have it! No matter how you choose to see Santa Fe—by zipping around on a scooter or in the comfort of a chauffeured car—you’ll have no trouble seeing why so many people love Santa Fe. So book your trip now and let’s get around Santa Fe!



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Why We Love August (And You Should, Too!)

There is so much to see and do this coming August in Santa Fe! With Summer of Color in full swing and a wide range of events taking place, you’ll see why we love August.

Two Markets, One Weekend  

The Santa Fe Indian Market is one of the biggest events in Santa Fe and also the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world. You will see visitors interacting with over 1,000 of the “best of the best” Native artists and designers in this two day festival market. Check out our calendar for more events revolving around Indian Market as numerous galleries and other venues around the city host special events during the week.

One event overlapping Indian Market weekend is the Indigenous Fine Arts Market. IFAM is a celebration of native art and cultures. IFAM’s art events, music and literary programs, aim to create a greater understanding of the complexity and beauty of Native American culture and people as they exist today. IFAM is also a juried art show.

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Over 100,000 people will be attending Indian Market this year.

Santa Fe Loves A World Premiere!

We love world premieres and there is no better way to start off August than at the Santa Fe Opera with the premier of Cold Mountain.   This highly anticipated world premiere kicks off on August 1. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon captures the fervor of Charles Frazier’s thrilling novel. The opera is based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel, which was turned into an award-winning movie. Cold Mountain tells an American story about the desertion of Confederate soldier W.P. Inman and his return to his love in the mountains of North Carolina during the Civil War.

If you’re an opera lover you’ll be drawn to the magnificent northern New Mexico mountains to enjoy productions by one of America’s premier open air summer opera festivals.

Santa Fe Opera goers enjoy a production in a striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater .

Santa Fe Opera goers enjoy a production in a striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater .

Count ‘Em—Two Antique Shows!

The Whitehawk Antique Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 37 years.  These antique shows are called “the granddaddy of them all” by Maine Antique Digest’s Alice Kaufman. These amazing events offer something for everyone. The 31st Annual Ethnographic Art Show starts with an opening night party on Thursday Aug. 13th from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.  The show continues from Friday, Aug. 14–Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

The Whitehawk shows have gained a reputation as the premier showcase to see, buy and sell the finest examples of Antique Ethnographic, Tribal, and Antique American Indian artwork.

Whitehawks 37th Annual Antique Indian Art Show follows with an Opening Night Party on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.  You don’t want to miss either of these shows!

Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else.

Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else.

I’ll See You at the Bandstand

Summer wouldn’t be summer without Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza…a summer long free music festival! You’ll feel a community vibe  as you mingle with visitors and locals.  If you like to dance like I do, this is your chance to strut your moves on the plaza dance floor!  Here’s a treat we’re all looking forward to: American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist Juice Newton headlines on August 4!

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Joe West & The Santa Fe Revue entertain the plaza crowd.

Flamenco Times Two

If you love flamenco you’ll want to experience the passion and mystery of Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe! Juan Siddi is the lead dancer and artistic director for this international performing troupe that presents rigorous choreography and captures flamenco’s rich cultural heritage, mixing it with contemporary flair. Musicians and vocalists, many hailing from Spain, heighten the dramatic power.

Entre Flamenco––another show worth checking out¬––offers Santa Fe a taste of Spain.  World-renowned Spanish Flamenco dancer Antonio Granjero presents his troupe’s performance season along with his featured artist Estefania Ramirez.  Shows run nightly at 8:00 p.m. at the Maria Benitez Cabaret located in The Lodge at Santa Fe.

Experience the thrill of Juan Siddi Flamenco at its finest!

Experience the thrill of Juan Siddi Flamenco at its finest!

Color Me Summer

Summer of Color has coordinated a series of exhibition and events with some of the city’s leading and cultural institutions.  Museums chose a special color theme and have woven a summer-long program that features the history, the use, and the joy of using color.

The Santa Fe community has also embraced the lead of Museum Hill Partners and over 75+ art galleries and restaurants have joined the Summer of Color celebration! The citywide collaboration offers visitors a wide palette of colorful experiences to enjoy! Take turquoise for example….

Don't miss "Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning" at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Don’t miss “Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

There is so much to see and do in Santa Fe during August with markets, a world premiere, antique shows, arts and crafts, flamenco and exhibits. So don’t let the summer end without planning a getaway…your itinerary of fun is waiting!

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The Top Three Santa Fe Art Walks You Must See

Here in our beautiful city the “Art Walk” has become a very popular way for art lovers to take in Santa Fe’s many galleries. Santa Fe has over 250 galleries, many clustered in three unique areas, including Canyon Road, the Santa Fe Railyard and Downtown Santa Fe.

What I love about art walks is the wonderful opportunity to interact personally with the artists and gallery owners. They are often available to answer questions and chat. You’ll feel the general “art opening” vibe in the air. This is a great way to meet and strike up a conversation with artists, locals and visitors alike!

If you are an art enthusiast or collector, you will find in Santa Fe an unparalleled diversity of fine art ranging from traditional to contemporary, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphic art and textiles.

A Road That Has Inspired Creativity For More Than A Century

Canyon Road is a special hub of art and has inspired creativity for over a century.  Walk this magical  mile against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and you’ll be treated to more than a hundred galleries.  An artist colony in its early history, Santa Fe still attracts painters and sculptors who work in studios along Canyon Road and invite the public to watch them at work.

The Canyon Road galleries have joined together to remain open until 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of the month. If you’re like me, you’ll be delighted that some galleries offer refreshments and/or entertainment to round out your art walk experience.

One must stop on your walk should be Ventana Fine Art which is housed in a 107 year old schoolhouse. You’ll marvel at the collections of contemporary art from artists all over the country. Enchanting oil canvases, watercolor masterpieces, statuesque ceramics and metallurgy fill their galleries.

Walk half way up Canyon Road and you’re at  Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art!  This gallery is housed in an rambling 1890 adobe complete with oak floors.  The eclectic artwork Giacobbe Fritz displays the common qualities of excellence, warmth and freshness in all of its artwork.

No Canyon Road art walk is complete without viewing some folk art. Walk past El Farol–a restaurant and bar famous for it’s Alfred Morang murals on the walls–and look for Ed Larson’s iconic brightly painted wood fish over the entrance on your left.  Ed Larson has been painting, sculpting, and carving for decades and he is well known for his wind toys and story quilts.

You’ll find plein aire artists and sculpture on Canyon Road.

You’ll find plein aire artists and sculpture on Canyon Road.

Downtown Art And Museums

On the first Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. you will want to soak up the vibrant energy of the Downtown Arts and Museum District walk!

The deep-rooted history and abounding culture of Santa Fe is preserved and celebrated in this charming walking district. Immerse yourself in Santa Fe’s rich heritage while strolling through a large array of prestigious galleries and museums. It’s easy to discover artwork from more than a thousand contemporary artists to masterworks from the 19th and 20th centuries to historical art treasures from around the world.

If you’re looking for a fresh collection of contemporary and traditional western art, you will want to visit Sorrell Sky Gallery located on Palace Avenue.

Right up the street you’ll find Lacuna Galleries, in the historic Felipe Delgado building. This gallery specializes in contemporary figurative realism and mixed media.

A family-owned and operated gallery located on Lincoln Avenue, Niman Fine Art specializes in representing the works of internationally known artist Dan Namingha, contemporary sculptor Arlo Namingha, and mixed media photography by Michael Namingha.

Once you have taken in a few galleries why not take in one of three museums in the downtown area? The Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art are open and free from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, May through October and the first Friday of the month, November through April.

Pop Gallery showcases emerging Contemporary and New Brow artists.

Pop Gallery showcases emerging Contemporary and New Brow artists.

That’s So R.A.D.

For an exciting world-class contemporary art experience, visit the Railyard Arts District (RAD) where ten galleries boast the best in international contemporary art. Art galleries surrounding the Santa Fe Railyard are housed in spacious warehouse-style buildings, all within easy walking distance. The Railyard art walk is held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the last Friday of every month.

Artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies between the 1950s and 1980s are represented at the David Richard Gallery .

The LewAllen Gallery is a single flagship location where they represent internationally acclaimed contemporary artists working in a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper and glass.

James Kelly Contemporary was established in 1997 in the renovated Sears warehouse. An inaugural art exhibit in 1998 focused on the work of four major artists who were then all living in the Santa Fe region: Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg and Richard Tuttle. The gallery continues to exhibit established and emerging post-war artists from the United States and Europe.

Charlotte Jackson Fine Art carries some of the most unique Contemporary American and European Art in Santa Fe. Here you will find monochrome, concrete, light and space, modernism and color field painting to fill your comtemporary art soul.

One walk in this district and you’ll see why this has evolved to become a recognized center for contemporary arts in the United States!


With nearly 14,000 square feet of space, the LewAllen Galleries Railyard location is the largest and most modern facility in the Railyard.

With nearly 14,000 square feet of space, the LewAllen Galleries Railyard location is the largest and most modern facility in the Railyard.

Art is an integral part of the look, feel and fame of Santa Fe, that a trip here is just not complete without walking the gallery-lined streets of Downtown Santa Fe, Canyon Road, or the Railyard. Both savvy art collectors and curious casual gallery goers will find art that appeals to their aesthetic. Don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes and prepare yourself  to view some truly memorable, incredible  and captivating works of art!

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Serving Up A Slice Of Santa Fe Music

Serving Up A Slice Of Santa Fe Music

Santa Fe is known for its cuisine but did you know that with all that amazing food, hot music is also served up! Talk about efficient entertainment…food, cocktails and diverse music. On any given night you can be country western dancing in a downtown lounge to getting your groove on in a nightclub. Let’s rock the Santa Fe music scene!

Be Part Of Café Society

Love Santa Fe’s oldest bar, El Farol! A favorite amongst locals, enjoy world-class entertainment and  Spanish tapas, wines and liqueurs to savor. One way to sum up El Farol’s music programming would be “cafe society”. A term coined in New York in the late 30’s, it describes a place visited routinely by guests who expect the same type of music on that night. Musicians such as Tito Dimitrov, Sean Healen, Nacha Mendez and the Canyon Road Blues Jam keep that spirit ongoing.

Remember your dancing shoes for “El Farol”dance mania.

Remember your dancing shoes for “El Farol”dance mania.

Sing Us A Song, You’re The Piano Men

Ready for a piano sing-along requests? Well, Santa Fe has it’s own Piano Men! “Where can I find a world class piano bar in Santa Fe?” Look no further than Vanessie located on San Francisco Street. You’ll find on any given night you might be sitting around the piano requesting a song from the pianist or just enjoying the nights repetoire. You’ll be treated to some of the best local singer-songwriters to world class pianists and cabaret singers. You may also hear Doug Montgomery, who for over 30 years has entertained visitors and locals alike.

There’s another “Piano Man” in town and that’s David Geist. David entertains at Pranzo’s Italian Grill several nights a week and runs the gamut from Gershwin to Sondheim in his musical selections. If you’re in the mood for a memorable Italian dinner with great music and a tree top view, this is the place!

Pianist Doug Montgomery takes the helm four nights a week.

Pianist Doug Montgomery takes the helm four nights a week.

Broadway At Your Table

If you hear music from “Rent” emanating from a beautiful adobe doorway you most likely have discovered La Casa Sena’s La Cantina”. A Santa Fe favorite, the singing wait staff entertains you in this historic adobe building that dates back to 1868. The atomosphere in La Cantina is a convivial one and you may find yourself singing along. Music runs nightly from 6 pm until closing.

A server belts out a Broadway tune.

A “La Cantina” server belts out a familiar Broadway tune.

Hey Mr. DJ!

In the mood for some serious DJ dance music? Check out Skylight! Dance in of the hottest nightspots in town with nightly entertainment that includes live music, DJs, comedy and dance. You’ll want to watch dancing below from the second floor aptly named “Skylab”. Local DJ’s mix it up on the wheels of steel and Skylight occasionally brings in celebrity DJ’s such as UK house sensation, Dave Seaman.

Catch DJ acts at Skylight.

Catch DJ acts at Skylight.

Santa Fe Favorite Bands

Once you enter The Palace Restaurant and Saloon you’ll notice red flocked velvet wall paper that recalls the era gambling halls and saloons of the wild west of the 1850’s. If you’re looking for late night eats and music, this is the place! Fabulous local bands such as Nosotros, Anthony Leon and the Chain and Vanilla Pop are recurring favorites that perform here. You’ll see why British newspaper “The Guardian” listed it as one of its top ten bars in Santa Fe.

The saloon, with its red, flocked velvet wallpaper recalls the   gambling halls and saloons of yesteryear.

The saloon, with its red flocked velvet wallpaper recalls the gambling halls and saloons of yesteryear.

It Takes Two To Two Step

There’s always a lively party at La Fonda’s La Fiesta Lounge”, where live acts such as country western bring down the house six nights a week. The mood here is friendly and festive. Hear some of Santa Fe’s finest like the Bill Hearne Trio, Night Train and The Bus Tapes. Don’t know how to country two step? Here’ your chance to learn a few dance moves as you watch some of the seasoned regulars show you how it’s done.

A visit to the La Fiesta Lounge will have you two stepping in no time.

A visit to the La Fiesta Lounge will have you two stepping in no time.

One Man, One Guitar, One Voice

The “Living Room Lounge” at the Inn and Spa at Loretto plays host to Matthew Andrae, one of Santa Fe’s favorite musicians. Relax and take advantage of the romantic ambience the lounge offers. The lighting is just right as you sit back in a sumptuous couch with that special someone. Take in Matthew’s unique musical stylings while ordering delicious appetizers. Andrae’s music has been featured in movies, television shows and events such as the Winter Olympic Games and the World Expo.

You'll fall in love with Andrae's fiery flamenco rhythyms.

You’ll fall in love with Andrae’s fiery flamenco rhythms.

Nuevo Latino Rhythm

Drawing on a wide range of influences the Nacha Mendez Quartet repertoire consists of originals and music from all the Spanish speaking countries. Nacha Mendez has been serenading visitors and locals at the Staab House bar for over ten years in a beautiful setting. Hear Nacha transport you to Old Mexico or maybe even Cuba in song and rhythm. The mood  is heightened with a  stellar roster of musicians that include Chase Morrison, Carla Kountoupes and Jesus Gachupin who accompany her on Wednesday nights. Paired with this quartet you will see why Travel & Leisure Magazine said “the Staab House is the coziest bar in Santa Fe.”

These four musicians will open the door to your Latin world music journey.

These four musicians will open the door to your Latin world music journey.

Seven Nights A Week
The Cowgirl serves up some of the best local bands seven nights a week! Sit at a table outside or inside and  you will still hear acts such as Townes Van Zandt, Patsy Montana, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Shawn Mullins, Joe West, Mary and Mars and more.

Santa Fe “The City Different” showcases its impeccable range in culinary delights and music-hopping opportunities. Santa Fe provides the perfect nightlife experience combining  great food, refreshing cocktails and the rhythms of night. As you’re planning your next trip to Santa Fe don’t forget your dancing shoes!

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