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Body, Mind and Spirit: On the Slopes and at the Spas in Northern New Mexico

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This time of year, with the holidays in high gear, there’s no better place to be than in Santa Fe. Renowned as a snow lover’s paradise, the mountains offer sunlit slopes and perfect powdery conditions. The region has also drawn people for centuries who seek well-being and inspiration, whether they visit ancient sacred sites, majestic mountains or natural hot springs with healing properties. Spend a day skiing some of the most prized slopes in the Southwest, then relax in one of Santa Fe’s world-class spas, and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to ring in the New Year.

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6 Santa Fe Events to Kick Off The New Year

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Locals will tell you that Santa Fe is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but during the winter months there is something extra special and exciting in the air. January is no exception and these six events are a great reason to begin your new year in Santa Fe! This first month of the New Year is an ideal time to see why Santa Fe was voted “Destination of the Year 2017” by the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine!

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6 “Not To Miss” 2018 Museum Exhibits in Santa Fe  

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Santa Fe is one of the world’s most diverse hubs for art, history and culture. If this is your thing, you’ll be happy to know that The City Different is a premiere destination for culturephiles, rich with intriguing and thought-provoking museum exhibits.  The slate of brand new exhibits coming in 2018 excites us and will compel you to plan a visit.  At the 100-year-old New Mexico Museum of Art one show will highlight the past, present, and future through photography. Exhibits at the Museum of International Folk Art always entertain and inform and the two new exhibits next year will surely do both. Thought you knew all about Apache culture? Guess again.  The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will show us the diversity of Apache culture.

Whether you’re a first time Santa Fe museum visitor or returning one, the 2018 lineup is exciting and are not to be missed! Here’s a selection of the upcoming exhibitions to get on your calendar:

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On the Trail of the Ancient Ones

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November is a great time for a trek to Bandelier National Monument and its nearby Tsankawi ruins, where you’ll hike a trail blazed by Ancestral Puebloan people. It is also the perfect time to visit Pecos National Historical Park—the site of what was once the Southwest’s largest pueblo to explore and learn about the history of the Pecos Valley.

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Celebrating Culture and Community on Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day

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New Mexico is renowned for its many seasonal celebrations of arts and culture throughout the state, many of which are centered on the beautiful and diverse multi-cultural landscape.  As the state capitol and a hub for events, markets and festivals, the City of Santa Fe draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many of whom are seeking to experience the living Native American culture and traditions that thrive in the area.

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Meet the Artists of the New Santa Fe Artists in Residence Program

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Hotel guests staying in Santa Fe this winter will experience the city’s renowned art scene right in their hotels. The inaugural season of the city-wide “Santa Fe Artists In Residence” program creates a new art experience connecting visitors with New Mexico artists at 16 participating properties. Santa Fe Artists In Residence will be offered November 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4-7 p.m.

Visitors to The City Different can easily meet, interact and observe the artists as they create masterpieces in a variety of mediums. From painting and sculpting to jewelry making and basket weaving these skilled artists are ready to share their craft and invite guests to delve into the creative process first hand. Participating locations include: Drury Plaza Hotel, Eldorado Hotel and Spa, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Hotel Santa Fe, Inn of the Governor’s, Inn on the Alameda, La Fonda on the Plaza, La Posada de Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs and more. (more…)

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9 Santa Fe December Events To  Enjoy The Season

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Do you want to experience December differently this year? Then plan a visit to The City Different. Santa Fe never looked prettier dressed in all her holiday color and lights! Add to that a town nestled in historic traditions, then throw in some snow, mix in a bit of annual celebration and voila!  You have the perfect Santa Fe winter holiday getaway! It’s our good fortune to have a myriad of festive events that spotlight a different kind holiday season. Bright blue skies with crisp frosty air and ski ready landscape? Got it. World renowned regional cuisine? Always. Holiday music and performing arts? Hello! We’ve got it all.

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Santa Fe: A Sense of Place In Memory of Billie Frank

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On October 12, 2017, Santa Fe lost one of its avid and colorful local ambassadors, Billie Frank. Billie was a travel writer and blogger who in conjunction with her husband Steve Collins wrote and published, “The Santa Fe Traveler,” a blog that was read by many in Santa Fe, in New Mexico and even around the United States. Billie was a concierge at two of Santa Fe’s finest hotels for four years and her background in sales, marketing and customer service were evident throughout  her respected travel blogs.

She had great love for The City Different and in memory of her spirit and literary gifts, we are reposting a blog from March 11, 2017, that showcases that love. Billie’s sense of place in Santa Fe is honored and deeply admired by her friends, colleagues and those who were lucky enough to meet her.

Steve Collins and Billie Frank (Photo by Wendy Forbes, Courtesy of Steve Collins)

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Fall into the Best Season in Santa Fe

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Fall in New Mexico is a spirited season, with golden aspens, crisp days and nights and a full calendar of events for everyone. Take in a world-class independent film festival or a groundbreaking art exhibit from a MacArthur “genius” award recipient. Meet the ghosts of New Mexico’s past during a spooky Halloween festival on historic grounds. However, you spend autumn in Santa Fe, you’ll be bewitched by the beauty of the season.

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