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Fall Destination: Tesuque

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Saying goodbye to summer is hard, but there’s no better place to take in a deep breath of the crisp fall breeze than the quaint village of Tesuque. Enveloped in towering cottonwood trees that roll out a carpet of blazing orange, red and yellow foliage, the village has a sense of tranquility, making it an idyllic fall getaway. Located just a quick 15 minutes north of the plaza, the village is named after the Tesuque Pueblo it lies adjacent to. Tesuque has been attracting visitors with it’s old-world charm and unparalleled scenery for centuries.

Shidoni Foundry and Galleries

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(Photo courtesy of Shidoni Foundry)

 

Spectacular surroundings often inspire spectacular art. Featuring 8 acres of sculpture gardens and a bronze art foundry, Shidoni – meaning a greeting to a friend in Navajo – is an art lover’s paradise. The brick floors and wooden beam construction is the perfect warm and relaxing environment to admire a multitude of contemporary sculptures. Mediums include bronze, stainless steel, copper, iron, and mixed media represented in an unparalleled collection of styles. Such styles include abstract, non-objective, realism, functional, kinetic, found object and fountains.

(Photo courtesy of Shidoni Foundry)
(Photo courtesy of Shidoni Foundry)

Visitors can witness the intricate process of bronze pouring at the foundry on Saturday afternoons year-round. The measured and precise movements of the artists are much like watching a choreographed dance.

 

Tesuque Glassworks

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(Photo courtesy of Tesuque Glassworks)

 

Tesuque Glassworks, an artsy gem just next door to Shidoni, offers exquisite one-of-a-kind glass works for purchase as well as daily glassblowing demonstrations. The process of glass blowing is sure to mesmerize, and the friendly and engaging artisans are happy to answer questions and explain their techniques. Allow your imagination to be dazzled by the power of art and the artistic process itself.

(Photo courtesy of Tesuque Glassworks)
(Photo courtesy of Tesuque Glassworks)

 

Tesuque Village Market

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(Photo courtesy of SantaFe.org)

For a taste of local quirkiness head over to the Tesuque Village Market, a staple in the local community. The charmingly rustic atmosphere is the perfect spot to dine on local favorites like huevos rancheros or pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. Extinguish the lingering heat left behind by the red chile with a crisp blood orange margarita.

 

Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Rancho Encantado)
(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Rancho Encantado)

 

If you’re in the mood for something a little more romantic and adventurous, don’t miss the Terra restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado for excellently crafted classic American dishes with a touch of New Mexican flavor. Spectacular views of the sun setting behind the mountains can be seen from the patio, or gather a group of friends for the chef’s table, an outstanding experience right next to all the action of the kitchen.

 

The Stables at Bishop’s Lodge

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(Photo courtesy of Bishops Lodge)

What better way to take in the sights and smells of fall than from horseback? Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the Stables at Bishop's Lodge offer guided horseback rides through juniper trees and wildflower fields culminating in stunning ridgetop views. No prior experience is necessary, just climb aboard the sure-footed equine and let the winding trails relax your mind.

The Equus Experience 

(Photo courtesy of Equus Experience)
(Photo courtesy of the Equus Experience)

The Equus program assists group in establishing collaborative relationships and leadership development for organizations. They use various evidence-based experiential approaches to ignite powerful lasting change and breakthrough learning in people and companies.

EQUUS is located in beautiful Tesuque on a ten-acre campus next door to their partner Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. No horse experience is necessary. No riding is involved

Visiting Tesuque during the fall will allow you to take in the some of the area’s most vibrant restaurants and galleries. Plan your autumn escape now by ordering the 2016 Santa Fe travel guide.. There’s always deals and specials happening so make sure and be sure to check these out.

 

This blog was written in partnership with TOURISM Santa Fe and Santa Fe County.

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