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…)
Whether you are looking for a secluded spot to relax or simply a quiet space to enjoy the outdoors there are lots of options in Santa Fe. The City Different enjoys 320 days of sunshine a year, all four seasons, brilliant blue skies and some of the purest air in the world. Here are some of the best places to relax within the Santa Fe’s historic downtown area. You might even want to have a picnic!
In the Beginning
I always love when a visitor asks me about the Lensic Performing Arts Center. I start by explaining that the Lensic Theater—as it was originally called—was built in 1931, and that it is more than a theater to the people of Santa Fe. For many, the Lensic balcony was the place for sneaking that first kiss. It was a grand silver screen in the midst of the Depression and a vaudeville venue featuring the singers, actors, dancers, and comedians of the day. Most of all it was a place to escape and be entertained.
Not only did the locals love the Lensic but stars like Claudette Colbert, Judy Garland, Roy Rogers, Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Olivia de Haviland, Trapp Family Singers are just some of the acts that performed or attended this historic theater. Do you have stars in your eyes, yet? (more…)
DAY TRIP TO CHIMAYÓ
There’s no shortage of things to see, do and eat in Santa Fe. You could spend days here just visiting museums and soaking up the scenery. If you’ve spent some time exploring the city and are ready to see more of Northern New Mexico, consider a day trip to nearby Chimayó. Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the village of Chimayó, New Mexico is just 40 minutes from Santa Fe along The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway. This special place has known for its historic church also features several weaving shops and delectable food. (more…)
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! (more…)
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. (more…)
“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! (more…)