Nestled in the hills just south of Santa Fe, sits the Village of Cerrillos, an official “ghost town” whose streets welcome day‐trippers year‐round. Ghost towns exist all over the world but there’s something that makes those in America uniquely enchanting and even romantic. While the majority of abandoned towns across the country were paved over to make way for suburbs, Cerrillos found a second life.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your family’s 2017 Spring Break getaway, especially with all the free things Santa Fe has to offer kids! Santa Fe businesses have joined forces again for Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2017 , the 2nd Annual city-wide initiative that welcomes families throughout March and the middle of April by providing kids 12 and under with complimentary lodging, meals, spa and culturally immersive activities in The City Different. Experience a different kind of Spring Break this year in one of the world’s most award-winning destinations for families seeking adventure, relaxation, and genuine culture and experiences.
Santa Fe’s Kids FreeFestSpring Break 2017 includes a variety of lodging offers, treasure hunts, spa treatments, and sport and outdoor adventure. There’s also free art classes, museum exhibits, Flamenco classes, an Easter egg hunt—and of course some very delicious meals and including our famous Northern New Mexico cuisine. Here are few Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2017 suggestions for your family to consider.
Visit one of Santa Fe’s Most Unusual and Exhilarating Museum
The Museum of International Folk Art has gained national and international recognition as an accredited museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of folk art. The exhibition galleries will have a special appeal to children of all ages with interactive activities and docent-led hands on art making activities. Kids under 16 are admitted free.
If you’re looking for other culturally-immersive experiences, be sure to check out other participants that include The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presenting a J.S. Bach concert for you and your family to enjoy. You’ll also want to join Fifth Generation Trading Post owner Jed Foutz at this Santa Fe gallery for a special treasure hunt experience. All who come in and use the password “kachina” will get a piece of turquoise and have an opportunity to learn about Kachina dolls.
Ahoy! There Are Treasures At The Drury
Treasure hunting is always a fun way to have the children learn and discover. The Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe will be giving kids a Treasure Quest upon check-in, a map of items to search for around the hotel. If they find every item, they receive a small treasure! The Kid’s Quest package also includes a 10% discount at the hotel. Did we mention kids also stay free? Free hot breakfast, free Wifi, and free popcorn and soda round out the package.
This is just one of many amazing lodging offers during Spring Break. Check out the other specials for Inn at Santa Fe, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, La Fonda on the Plaza, Casas de Guadalupe, Eldorado Hotel and Spa, Hotel Santa Fe, Inn of the Governors, Santa Fe Sage Inn and The Inn and Spa at Loretto, Courtyard by Marriott, La Posada de Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Springbreak
Buy Two Lift Tickets, Get One Free
If you’re looking for a family outdoor activity with the family, Ski Santa Fe should be on your list! The ski area has great terrain from beginner slopes to small bowls. Learning to ski is fun and on Wednesdays in March, children will be able to obtain a free lift ticket at Ski Santa Fe when two adults purchase two.
Another outdoor activity that would interest your children could be a free skateboard lesson at the Skate School! Kids get a free private skateboard lesson with the purchase of any complete board. Ten Thousand Waves is also letting kids under four feet in free when an adult pays for a private hot tub! Free kids must be 4 feet or under and accompanied by an adult.
Outdoor activities always bonds the family! Be sure to check out even more offers at Kids FreeFest 2017.
Spend Time With Your Children
Attention Dads! Submit yourself to a massage and/or facial at The Spa at Loretto. (Photo courtesy of The Inn and Spa at Loretto)
Here’s a great opportunity for dads, moms and kids to spend quality time together by pampering the entire family with relaxing spa services. The Spa at Loretto is offering a free manicure for children under 12 with the purchase of an adult 50-minute or more spa service. Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder will also offer a mani or pedi at Wo’ P’in Spa for your child with one adult purchase. The Four Seasons Resort at Rancho Encantado will offer a 50% percent off a custom Teen Facial when you book one adult facial.
Bestow the enjoyment of spa and wellness to your children. It’s a lesson they’ll cherish as they get older. Check out more spa and wellness offers at Kids FreeFest 2017.
Who Doesn’t Love Hamburgers?
Five Star Burgers has been providing all Natural, hormone and antibiotic free Beef since 2008. (Photo courtesy of Five Star Burgers)
Five Star Burgers is a local chain that uses only the freshest ingredients and will be offering free kids meals with a drink to children 10 and under. You’ll want to bring the family and sample their signature hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. Five Star Burgers will off a free kids meal for children 10 and under.
Kids can also eat free at the following Santa Fe restaurants: Inn at Santa Fe, L’Oliver, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Terra Restaurant and Hotel Santa Fe. Ten Thousand Waves will be offering a menu drink at Izanami Restaurant.
This will be a truly different and unforgettable Spring Break for your family. To check out all of the deals and the expanding list of participating partners, please visit Kids FreeFest 2017. After you check out the deals, order the new 2017 Santa Fe Travel Guide for more ideas for your family getaway. We hope to see you real soon!
Christmas and New Year’s Eve may be over but Santa Fe’s winter wonderland is still going strong in the City Different. Just a gaze to the east and you will see the Sangre de Cristo Mountain’s gorgeous snowcap! Here are 5 events you’ll want to take advantage of while you visit our historic city this February. See why Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe one of America's Best Cities for Winter Travel.
2016 was another beautiful photographic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us and shared their photo memories of Santa Fe!
For decades, photographers have known on how special the “light” is in Santa Fe. Being home to our historic adobe architecture, clear azure skies, and magnificent vistas makes Santa Fe a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography named Santa Fe one of the World's Best Places to Photograph.
To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten Instagram photos from @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received…people’s favorites.
We hope you will enjoy these images that reflect how visitors see The City Different. We hope to see you (and your mobile phone cameras) in 2017. Oh, and don’t forget to enter our #MySantaFeHoliday Instagram contest. There’s still time to submit your photos for a chance to win a Santa Fe Getaway! The contest ends on January 6, 2017 so post your photos today.
Santa Fe has a long tradition of magical holiday lights that glow with the warm spirit of tradition. Throughout the Santa Fe holidays, farolitos line the streets and rooftops of houses and businesses in Santa Fe. These warm, glowing lights against adobe walls and snow-lined landscapes are a photographer’s dream and some of the most photographed scenes in Santa Fe— during the holiday season. During your stay in Santa Fe, you’re sure to find an abundance of opportunities to frame the perfect shot. Even better, that perfect shot can win you the chance for Santa Fe getaway. Keep reading to learn more about our “My Santa Fe Holiday” Instagram contest. But first, let’s learn about little more about these holiday traditions that include farolitos and luminarias! Camera in hand?
Gorgeous peaks tower over Santa Fe and in the winter, they’re coated in snow. Powder seekers need look no further than Ski Santa Fe, whose high altitude and abundance of sunshine promises ample gorgeous days on the mountain. Snow activities in the area far surpass those on skis or snowboard. If you’re looking for something a bit more slow-paced and scenic, the abundance of well-groomed trails throughout the County welcome snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding in the winter months. There’s no shortness of reasons to get outdoors during the winter.
Locals will tell you that Santa Fe is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but during the winter months there’s always something extraordinary in the air. January is no exception and a great reason to discover and start off your new year in Santa Fe! See why Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe one of America's Best Cities for Winter Travel.
Say “Prospero Ano Nuevo” the Santa Fe way and your 2017 is guaranteed to be a truly Happy New Year! To quote a well-known Ella Fitzgerald holiday tune, “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?”. From world-class musical performances, to ‘Galactic Jungles’ or artful illuminations, there’s something for everyone! Here are just a few that we know you will enjoy.
At the core of its being, Santa Fe County is a place of history, culture and ritual. During the holiday season it feels even more like the urgency of modern life quietly fades. A still, reverent ambience settles over Northern New Mexico as Christmas nears, intensifying the unique sights and scents of a culture preserved through centuries. Perhaps there’s no better sign of the holidays drawing close as the smoke of piñon wood rising from the adobe homes and dancing in the clear night sky. It wouldn’t be Christmas in Santa Fe County without chile, whose colors are, quite fittingly, red and green.
Santa Fe is one of America’s most popular foodie destinations, because, just as the culturally diverse landscape offers a variety of options for exploration and adventure, there are worlds of culinary culture to delve into as well.