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.

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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 a 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.

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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 Sophias’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 palpable. 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.

Smooth Class

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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Let’s Get Outdoors!

Your visit of Santa Fe has been filled with delicious food, fascinating museums and even flamenco dancing but now it’s time for some exercise and fresh air.  Santa Fe outdoor beauty is filled with opportunities to walk, hike, bike or golf!

Santa Fean’s love to get outdoors, earning us the title of “Santa Fe, the 3rd  healthiest city in the world” by Citiesjournal.com. Take a leisurely stroll on the Santa Fe River Walk!  Conde Nast named it as one of the “10 Great River Walks.  As you walk and hike, know that you are breathing in some of the cleanest air in the country. So now you have heard the Santa Fe outdoor awards…it is time to explore.

Santa Fe’s outdoor beauty is your host to walking, hiking or biking in the City Different.

Santa Fe’s outdoor beauty is your host to walking, hiking or biking in the City Different.

Trail Mix

You say you have no time for a hike?  The Dale Ball Trail will change your mind. Sherman’s Travel spotlighted the Dale Ball Trail as one of “Six Under The Radar” hiking trails in 2014. These trails are 10 minutes from downtown…so no excuses! The system is a 22 mile network of trails from easy to challenging in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The trail features well numbered signs to provide easy navigation, as well as connecting to other local trails, including the Nature Conservancy, and the Dorothy Stewart trail.

Next up is the Atalaya Mountain Trail which is located on the east side of Santa Fe near St. John’s College. You will see why this is one of the most popular and easily accessible hiking trails in Santa Fe. The uphill hike is not for the faint of heart…it takes about three hours round trip, but you will be rewarded with great vistas!

Set your pace with an easy or challenging hike on the Dale Ball Trails.

Set your pace with an easy or challenging hike on the Dale Ball Trails.

Are you a bird watcher? If so, you’ll want to visit the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary trail. Bring your binoculars and camera as approximately 190 species of birds can be found there. To protect bird peace dogs are not allowed on this trail.

Walk And Catch A Sunset

You say you want to catch a sunset? Why not walk to one? The Cross of the Martyrs is located on the northeast side of Paseo de Peralta between East Marcy and Otero Streets. This walk is a steep climb but well worth it as you will be treated to one of Santa Fe’s best kept secrets for sunset watching.

Don’t forget your camera. You will want to capture a “Santa Fe Sunset”.

Don’t forget your camera. You will want to capture a “Santa Fe Sunset”.

Paw-er Walkers

A walk just isn’t the same without your best friend…dogs like walks too! Santa Fe is definitely pet friendly all City parks allow dogs but leashes are required. If “Fido” and “Precious” want to run free like the wind, don’t worry. The 130-plus acre Frank S. Ortiz Park allow dogs without a leash. Your pet will also love to play off-leash at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Dog Park. This dog park is fenced and includes a separate area for small dogs.

Dogs romp and run free at specifically designated dog parks.

Dogs romp and run free at specifically designated dog parks.

Park The Car And Ride A Bike

Santa Fe is an ideal bicycling environment due to its compact size, moderate terrain, and sunny weather. There are several bike rental shops that can help you find the right bicycle for your outing. Mellow Velo, New Mexico Bike and Sport and The Broken Spoke are three that are ready to help. In 2011, the City of Santa Fe was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) as a Bronze-level “Bicycle Friendly Community”.  The Silver Award was then bestowed by LAB in 2013 and 2014. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recognized Santa Fe as a Silver Level Ride Center. The International Santa Fe was also rated as “One of America’s Top Mountain Bike Towns” by USA Today.

Bicycle paths and trails for all types of riders are located in and around the city. Our Santa Fe city trail map will help you plot your bike excursion.

If you’re a mountain bike enthusiast, check out La Tierra Trails.  These trails are located in the northwest quadrant of Santa Fe. The Fat Tire Society also supplies information on group rides, trail conditions and maps.

Why not plan a family ride on a Santa Fe bike trail?

Why not plan a family ride on a Santa Fe bike trail?

Fore!

A golf course can provide between five to seven kilometers of walking so why not a play a game of golf the next time you visit?  Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe is Santa Fe’s well-run municipal golf course which most recently was featured on Fox Sports and Golf Life Television. You’re in for a spectacular golf experience with beautiful 360 degree panoramic views.

Golf with wonderful mountain views.

Golf with wonderful mountain views.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the walk, park or trail you choose. Bring plenty of water, sun screen, sunglasses and rain gear…just in case. If visiting from a lower altitude, take it easy.  Altitude sickness and dehydration can lead to serious difficulties, so rest often and drink plenty of water.

Getting out the door is one thing. Getting outdoors is another. Santa Fe beautiful blue skies and amazing mountains will connect you to the great outdoors.  So whether you hike, run, bike or golf your outdoor playground awaits you!

 

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The Santa Fe Opera: Summer in Song

Singing the praises of Santa Fe––it’s a never-ending tune. This year alone, our International Folk Art Market took top honors as USA Today’s 10 Best Art Festival, with Art Santa Fe close behind; and three Santa Fe hotels scored spots in the 10 Best Hotel Spas. Tuning into the best of the City Different is a skill worth practicing. In less than a month, however, the practicing ends and the music begins when the sun goes down and the lights come up at the renowned Santa Fe Opera. Now that’s worth singing about!

The Santa Fe Opera: The song of summer starts here!

The Santa Fe Opera: The song of summer starts here!

 

Inspiration Has a Santa Fe History

Who could have imagined back in the 1950’s that Santa Fe would be home to a world-class opera company? John Crosby did––by envisioning and creating a place for American singers, both professionals and those on the cusp of their careers, to hone their craft at home. SFO’s mission extends beyond vocal artistry, since the pioneering Apprentice Program cultivates stagecraft too. Over the 59 years since 1957’s inaugural season, Mr. Crosby’s vision has become a glorious reality. His inspirational guidance led the company forward before he ceded leadership in 2000 to the innovative Richard Gaddes, who in 2008 handed over the reins to native Santa Fean Charles MacKay, now SFO’s General Director. And Mr. MacKay knows how to ride into the future––seven successful seasons are about to become eight!

SFO Founder––and General Director for 43 phenomenal seasons––John Crosby watches a rehearsal with his mentor, composer Igor Stravinsky. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Opera)

SFO Founder––and General Director for 43 phenomenal seasons––John Crosby watches a rehearsal with his mentor, composer Igor Stravinsky. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Opera)

 It takes a village of skillful apprentices to put on a two-month season at SFO! (Photo Credit: Paul Horpedahl, Santa Fe Opera Production Director)

It takes a village of skillful apprentices to put on a two-month season at SFO! (Photo Credit: Paul Horpedahl, Santa Fe Opera Production Director)

One Opera + Two Months = A Repertoire of Five

From its inception, the Opera has been dedicated to showcasing music, drama and technical wizardry via treasured classics, revivals of neglected works, and remarkable premieres. The 2015 season––a mix of beloved standards and new revelations––is no exception. Five all-new (yes!) productions begin Friday, July 3, as scintillating soprano Anna Christy pours her heart out to Alek Shrader in The Daughter of the Regiment. Expect to feel all misty when the audience stands for the traditional singing of the National Anthem before this comedic Donizetti romp begins! No rest for the crew; Saturday’s quick change readies the stage for Verdi’s masterful Rigoletto, with 2015 Beverly Sills award-winner Quinn Kelsey in the title role. A return to founder Crosby’s favorite composer Richard Strauss comes with Salome when petite powerhouse Alex Penda adds the dance of the seven veils to her arias! Mozart is a Santa Fe regular and SFO offers a vocal bouquet in La Finta Giardiniera (composed at a mere 18 years old!) featuring William Burden, Heidi Stober and Susanna Phillips (another Beverly Sills Award winner). August brings the world-premiere of composer Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, with Charles Frazier’s best-seller hero and heroine sung by the amazing Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard (both previous recipients of the Beverly Sills Award).

It’s easy to imagine barihunk (that’s opera lingo for a dreamy baritone) Nathan Gunn as Inman in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain! (Photo Credit: M. Sharkey Photography)

It’s easy to imagine barihunk (that’s opera lingo for a dreamy baritone) Nathan Gunn as Inman in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain! (Photo Credit: M. Sharkey Photography)

Preludes Are Arranged for the Performance

Although what appears onstage is the ultimate draw, a bevy of singular experiences add zest to the vocal fireworks. Before an opera evening, consider daytime education in the newly-renovated hub of stagecraft magic below the stunning outdoor stage. One-hour backstage tours ($10 adults, $8 seniors, kids free) take place 9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday; augment your backstage prowl with a $10 tour of the extensive “Opera Ranch” grounds––including a “Meet the Artist treat––10:00 a.m. on the last Friday of June, July and August. Saturdays from June 6–August 29, the Opera Guild hosts free Insiders Days, with 8:15 a.m. refreshments before the backstage tour.

Even the mannequins waiting patiently in the Santa Fe Opera Costume Shop have roles to perform this summer!

Even the mannequins waiting patiently in the Santa Fe Opera Costume Shop have roles to perform this summer!

Refreshments got your attention? In that case, I recommend dining at the Opera! The July 3–4 Opening Weekend Celebration offers full-bore festivities, and the first performance of every opera is enhanced with an elegant three-course Opening Night dinner set amidst SFO’s lush landscape. Nightly preview buffets include an engaging talk on the performance while you relax over dinner and a glass of wine on the flowery patio. Critical note: once the overture starts, no seating until the first intermission!

Settle in under the white tent for dinner and an informative talk on the night’s performance at a preview buffet.

Settle in under the white tent for dinner and an informative talk on the night’s performance at a preview buffet.

For do-it-yourselfers, SFO tailgate parties are as traditional as at major league games––after all, we’re talking major league opera here. Feel free to go for the works, white tablecloths, candelabras and champagne flutes; or simply bring a pair of chairs and pre-order a tailgate dinner before heading to Stieren Hall for a free prelude talk.

Committed tailgaters like Jennifer and Khristaan Villela dress up the dining canopy to complement the formal wear! (Photo Credit: Lara Nickel)

Committed tailgaters like Jennifer and Khristaan Villela dress up the dining canopy to complement the formal wear! (Photo Credit: Lara Nickel)

Be Prepared to Be Enthralled

Be aware that weather affects fashion and comfort, but you’ll see tuxedos alongside cargo pants and diamonds rubbing elbows with denim. Locals’ tip for visitors: bring a warm wrap to accommodate for our 7,000-foot altitude.

Smart operagoers plan for a spot of changeable Santa Fe weather!

Smart operagoers plan for a spot of changeable Santa Fe weather!

Love of top-drawer opera suffers no economic boundaries since SFO makes it as affordable as possible. Subscriptions are the best way to see more than one opera and you can even craft your own series. Standing room tickets go on sale the day of the performance. If you’re cultivating a young artist, August 16 and 23 Apprentice Concerts are ideal for inspiring little ones who sing in the shower. You can even get a gift certificate to surprise the opera fan in your family. On the subject of gifts, Opera Shop goodies include the 2015 season poster by celebrated Native American artist Dan Namingha.

Understudy duties at the Santa Fe Opera mean apprentices must be ready to suddenly step on stage in a principal role––and Shelley Jackson did just that in 2014’s Don Pasquale! (Photo Credit: Ken Howard for the Santa Fe Opera)

Understudy duties at the Santa Fe Opera mean apprentices must be ready to suddenly step on stage in a principal role––and Shelley Jackson did just that in 2014’s Don Pasquale! (Photo Credit: Ken Howard for the Santa Fe Opera)

The Stage is Set for Your Santa Fe Visit

I guess it’s obvious that I’m a big fan––decades of Santa Fe Opera delights will do that! Year after year, talented and passionate souls come together to fill the piñon-covered hills with the sound of music as summer colors paint the sky above this cutting-edge edifice. It’s no wonder the Crosby Theater made USA Today’s list of 10 Best Outdoor Music Venues. A night––and a day––at the Santa Fe Opera is a summer must!

A night at the Santa Fe Opera is an electrifying experience! (Photo Credit: Paul Horpedahl, Santa Fe Opera Production Director)

A night at the Santa Fe Opera is an electrifying experience! (Photo Credit: Paul Horpedahl, Santa Fe Opera Production Director)

 

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The Sweets Sounds of Summer in Santa Fe

Ahh, the sweet sounds of summer in Santa Fe. Birds and crickets chirping and the occasional honk on the Santa Fe Plaza saying hello tells you summer has arrived. Every July event sings its own unique song. So, now is the time to highlight some of the top “songs” of July.

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of…

Opera for over 50 years has brought the Sangre de Cristo Mountains alive… Since 1957 the Santa Fe Opera has been presenting world class performances, including classics and world premieres. The opera’s acoustically and esthetically outstanding amphitheater is an ideal setting for staging each summer’s five different operas, one of which is always an American or world premiere. The campus parking lot opens three hours to curtain time allowing for tailgate dinners on site with breathtaking scenery and sunset views.  Don’t worry about cooking tailgate sampler and full-dinner picnic suppers are available for pre-order.

Opera goers raise their glasses and enjoy a full dinner picnic supper. (Photo: Santa Fe Opera)

Opera goers raise their glasses and enjoy a full dinner picnic supper. (Photo: Santa Fe Opera)

Red White and Blue

When locals think of Fourth of July in Santa Fe, Pancakes on the Plaza comes to mind. Now in its 40th year, Pancakes On The Plaza continues to be one of Santa Fe’s favorite annual events. Delicious pancakes, music on plaza and a car show is the perfect way to celebrate our country’s birthday! To sweeten the event the proceeds generated from this event go back to the community.

Pancakes on the Plaza

A rousing John Phillip Sousa anthem is certain to compliment your Pancakes on the Plaza! (Photo: Santa Fe Rotary Club)

Bandstand Makes Me Wanna Dance

Count them. Eighty musical performances bring to life the heart of Santa Fe starting on July 7, as part of Santa Fe Bandstand.  Plan to be entertained by local, regional and national acts on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. If you love to dance, bring your dancing shoes for the Plaza dance-a-thon. Produced by Outside In Productions a non-profit, community based group that brings the arts through live performances to people confined to shelters, residential treatment facilities, nursing homes or other human services programs.

Let’s rumba on the Santa Fe Plaza?  (Photo: Santa Fe  Bandstand)

Let’s rumba on the Santa Fe Plaza? (Photo: Santa Fe Bandstand)

Picnic On A Hill…Dance Along

One of Santa Fe’s popular signature events is The Music on the Hill™ concert series hosted by St. John’s College.  In celebration of the 10th anniversary local, national and international bands provide a varied musical lineup featuring blues, classic rock, world music and jazz––something for everyone.

Concertgoers may bring their own picnics, but too busy have no fear refreshments are available. Lawn seating tickles your toes so bring your favorite picnic blanket and/or chairs.

The Music on the Hill™ concert series is held Wednesday evenings on July 8, 15 and 22.

BYOPicnic and dance your cares away! (Photo: The Music on the Hill™)

BYOPicnic and dance your cares away! (Photo: The Music on the Hill™)

Do You Know The Way To Art Santa Fe?

Santa Fe boasts more than 250 art galleries and is home of Art Santa Fe, an international art fair that brings both buyers and tourists from around the world. It should be noted that Art Santa Fe was recently voted the 4th best Art Festival by readers of USAToday and 10Best! The fair provides an excellent overview of contemporary and modern art from the finest galleries in Europe, Asia and the Americas––now in its fifteenth year. Art Santa Fe runs July 10–July 12 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

Art Santa Fe is proud to welcome the “Puzzle Project” by Japanese artist Takashi Inaba. (Photo: Art Santa Fe )

Art Santa Fe is proud to welcome the “Puzzle Project” by Japanese artist Takashi Inaba. (Photo: Art Santa Fe )

See The World in Santa Fe

Just a month ago, readers of USA Today and 10Best named the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market as the #1 Best Art Festival. (If you’re keeping track that means Santa Fe hosts two 10Best art festivals!) The market welcomes more than 20,000 visitors to Museum Hill to participate in this intercultural exchange showcasing a vast array of folk artists. Attendees can enjoy international food and music, artist demonstrations, and unique folk art from throughout the world.  For the past eleven years, the International Folk Art Alliance has provided this opportunity to more than 150 folk artists from 57 countries as the world’s largest folk art market of its kind.

Smiles from over fifty-seven countries will grace Museum Hill this July. (Photo: International Folk Art Alliance)

Smiles from over fifty-seven countries will grace Museum Hill this July. (Photo: International Folk Art Alliance)

Fill My Eyes With That Double Vision

SITE Santa Fe’s celebrates its 20 year anniversary with SITE 20/20––a yearlong series of 20 shows including 15 exhibitions and 5 events. July 18 marks the official anniversary of SITE Santa Fe. Site Santa Fe nurtures innovation, discovery and inspiration through the art of today. This year SITE has reconnected with twenty artists who have exhibited at SITE over the years and invited them to return to SITE to present new work, sometimes in collaboration with other artists and creative producers.

Visitors immerse themselves in a mixed media work by artist Rose B. Simpson. (Photo: Drew Lenihan)

Visitors immerse themselves in a mixed media work by artist Rose B. Simpson. (Photo: Drew Lenihan)

Messiaen Around

The not-to-be-missed event of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Season 2015 season is Olivier Messiaen’s shimmering “From the Canyons to the Stars”. Artist-in-Residence Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, will lead 43 stellar performers—the largest-ever ensemble playing a single work at the Festival—in this celebration of colors, birdsongs, and nature.

The Miro Quartet strums on stage at the St. Francis auditorium. (Photo: New York Times)

The Miro Quartet strums on stage at the St. Francis auditorium. (Photo: New York Times)

Spanish Eyes

All eyes are on the 65th Annual Traditional Spanish Market and the Santa Fe  Contemporary Hispanic Market which runs July 25–July 26. Over 250 adult and youth Spanish Market artists exhibit hand-made artwork for sale along the streets surrounding the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Bandstand entertainment lasts the whole weekend, and you really shouldn’t miss the food court offering Hispanic cuisine, cold and hot drinks and dessert items. Leading up to the market is a series of events known as ¡Viva Cultura!––an historical cultural festival, with events for the whole family.

 

Visitors explore the detailed and colorful work of artist Charlie Carillo.

Visitors explore the detailed and colorful work of artist Charlie Carillo.

Play Your Tune and Plan Your Visit

So what tune will you dance to this summer? If you’re craving a memorable summer adventure, then Santa Fe should surely be on your July itinerary. Slip some of our signature events into your vacation, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Santa F(e)AQs

Are you the Sergeant Friday in your crowd who wants “just the facts, Ma’am?” Then you’re a traveler’s best friend! Your need-to-know questing spirit guarantees great adventures. So to you, I dedicate these Santa Fe frequently asked questions.

Santa Fe Has an Altitudinal Outlook

What’s the weather like in Santa Fe? Think 7,000 feet! Bookended east by the Sangre de Cristo range and west by the Jemez Mountains, Santa Fe enjoys four distinct seasons. Spring paints our piñon-juniper landscape in fresh green hues and summer brings bug-free outdoor enjoyment––pesky biting insects can’t live at this altitude! There’s no beating the City Different climate. Refreshing mornings give way to temperatures in the 80’s with no clammy humidity to chase us indoors. The shade of a graceful old tree on the Plaza offers comfort in people-watching.

A bench on the Santa Fe Plaza is the locals’ choice for color and comfort.

A bench on the Santa Fe Plaza is the locals’ choice for color and comfort.

Our sublime southwestern eco-system means first-rate outdoor activities. Hiking, biking and golf are year-round and guiding services abound for those who crave expert education along the way. Head north to historic Bandelier National Monument or see the Valles Caldera– a 13 mile-wide volcanic crater–or simply take an in-town trek along the extensive Dale Ball Trails. Abundant spring rains gave local rafting companies an early start and the fishing should be prime this year.

River rafting is a hold-on, no-holds-barred New Mexico adventure. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Mountain Adventures)

River rafting is a hold-on, no-holds-barred New Mexico adventure. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Mountain Adventures)

Pack it or Get It Here

What should I pack when visiting Santa Fe? Remember: 7,000 feet. Santa Fe enjoys cool mornings and evenings, so bring a light jacket or wrap. Sunglasses are good, adding a hat would be better, and sunscreen is best­­­. Whether it’s afternoons at the museum or nights at the opera, Santa Fe holds no sartorial rules, so wear exactly what you want. Cowboy boots, Daisy Dukes, exclusive labels and vintage finery all hang out in Santa Fe closets. Leave room for surprises––our legendary trading center has satisfied shoppers for centuries! The Plaza area is on everyone’s shopping list and I’m totally down with pilgrimages to Mira and WearAbouts for self-decoration. A saunter along the portal at the Palace of the Governors for Native American crafts is a must and the Shop of the Rainbow Man is an “ooh-ahh” for savvy collectors.

The Shop of the Rainbow Man is a browser’s––and buyer’s––paradise! (Photo Credit: The Shop of the Rainbow Man)

The Shop of the Rainbow Man is a browser’s––and buyer’s––paradise! (Photo Credit: The Shop of the Rainbow Man)

Expand your shopping route beyond downtown to the Santa Fe Railyard, where consignment stores share space with upscale boutiques like Daniella and cool home furnishings spots like Bon Marche and Reside Home. The new Modern General is perusal-worthy and making tracks afoot or “a-bike” to the Baca Street Railyard yields more offbeat surprises. Heading further afield leads to the Santa Fe Outlets­­––and we can all agree that “outlet” reads yummy deals.

Feeding the Foodie in You

What should I eat when I’m in Santa Fe? Santa Fe’s yum scale is justifiably renowned. The byword is chile and loyalists are known to eat it three squares. Breakfast burritos from El Parasol, enchilada lunches at the Plaza Cafe and green chile liberally adorning a thin-crust at Rooftop Pizzeria––that‘s an average day. “Lettuce” tell you, however, that chile is just the tip of the iceberg

Chef John Rivera Sedlar puts an Eloisa twist on tacos by stuffing them with pastrami! (Photo Credit: Eloisa at the Drury Plaza Hotel)

Chef John Rivera Sedlar puts an Eloisa twist on tacos by stuffing them with pastrami! (Photo Credit: Eloisa at the Drury Plaza Hotel)

Southwest flare is woven into contemporary cuisine at hotspots like Drury Plaza Hotel’s new Eloisa, named for Chef John River Sedlar’s grandmother (who obviously taught him well). Georgia (next to the O’Keeffe Museum) provides gorgeously artful dining and Julia (named for Santa Fe’s famed ghost) opens soon at La Posada Resort and Spa. Sushi­­, check! Shohko offers forty years worth of Japanese expertise and a star-lit soak at Ten Thousand Waves ends at Izanami. Bouche Bistro is a French flavor-fest and L’Olivier wows diners with divine patio dining. Old World Spanish? Take your pick: Taberna and La Boca give tapas the full treatment and El Meson adds Tuesday Night Tango to paella. Vegetarians and vegans need not worry­­––your dedicated diet gets full props from great chefs who gladly accommodate.

  The table is set for a bona-fide foodie adventure when you take a restaurant tour in Santa Fe. (Photo Credit: Nick Peña, Food Tour New Mexico)


The table is set for a bona-fide foodie adventure when you take a restaurant tour in Santa Fe. (Photo Credit: Nick Peña, Food Tour New Mexico)

If you just want to taste everything, two choices of restaurant walking tours: Food Tour New Mexico or the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Either one solves the dinner bell dilemma since you’ll be so full!

A Santa Fe Adventure is Yours to Choose

What is there to do in Santa Fe? Holy cow, how to distill it in a short read! Over 200 galleries and a bevy of world-class museums keep Santa Feans and visitors endlessly engaged. June boasts the cutting-edge CURRENTS New Media and fun FantaSe Fest; July welcomes Art Santa Fe and the International Folk Art Market (the 10Best readers’ choice for #1 Arts Festival). Four hundred plus years of culture and heritage get showcased in July at Spanish Market and in August, at the SWAIA (Southwestern Association of Indian Arts) Indian Market.

Whether it’s belly-dancers or a blues band, the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand is alive with movement and free music. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Bandstand, Outside In Productions)

Whether it’s belly-dancers or a blues band, the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand is alive with movement and free music. (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Bandstand, Outside In Productions)

Music holds sway all summer long. Our beloved Santa Fe Opera celebrates its 59th season with five (count ‘em) new productions including a world premiere. The eagerly awaited Santa Fe Bandstand summer music series rocks the Santa Fe Plaza from July 7–August 28, and jazz reigns supreme at the July 11–27 New Mexico Jazz Festival. Our Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival brings fabulous talents from around the globe to perform July 19–August 24. And there’s no better local scene than Music on the Hill, six Wednesdays of music on the grassy lawn at St. John’s College.

Getting Whole Again is a Wholly Santa Fe Ideal

How can I just relax in Santa Fe? New Mexico is the land of mañana––if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow. Taking today to relax into tomorrow is a fine notion, and Santa Fe has lots of therapeutic hands for rejuvenating assistance. Two of Santa Fe’s fine hotels––the Inn and Spa at Loretto and La Posada Resort and Spa––landed on USA Today’s 10Best Hotel Spa list with good reason. Independent spas BODY of Santa Fe and the afore-mentioned Ten Thousand Waves guarantee chill-out thrills, and daytrips to the Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa have cured New Mexicans for generations.

The Inn at Loretto’s spa has received the Condé Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice award four years running. (Photo Credit: Inn and Spa at Loretto)

The Inn at Loretto’s spa has received the Condé Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice award four years running. (Photo Credit: Inn and Spa at Loretto)

No Quiz Because You’ve Got the Santa Fe Answers

Questions? Now that I’ve separated fact from fiction, you’re ready to make your Santa Fe visit a reality, right? More answers are easy to find, and once you’re here, you’ll find locals who are happy to steer you right. Mark my words, Santa Fe is absolutely the right place for finding the best in culture, cuisine and color this summer.

Light up your summer vacation with the colors of Santa Fe!

Light up your summer vacation with the colors of Santa Fe!

 

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