Celebrate Dad In Santa Fe This Father’s Day!

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Can’t decide how to celebrate your fathers? How about a Father’s Day different! Surprise Dad with an adventure that includes a Santa Fe City Different getaway! Here are some ideas for memorable ways to honor and treat the “World’s Greatest Dad” on Father’s Day.

Santa Fe’s Museums Are Dad-Perfect Adventures

1963 Chevrolet Impala, Owner Lee Cordova of Alcalde, NM, 1998. Jack Parsons, photographer. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives HP.2007.11.
1963 Chevrolet Impala, Owner Lee Cordova of Alcalde, NM, 1998. Jack Parsons, photographer. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives HP.2007.11.

 

Beyond the wealth of artistic treasures on display in Santa Fe’s world-class museums, there’s also a world of history and New Mexican culture close at hand. The New Mexico History Museum's  extensive collection is housed in a state-of-the-art building adjacent to the 400-plus-year-old Palace of the Governors. Dad can step in either and emerge hours later.

There’s a great museum exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum where Dad can shift gears and experience the world of “low ‘n slow”. He may want to ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and, yes, actual cars. Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico  focuses on mobile works of art and their makers—home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has assembled an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubinstein and others. In addition, Dad will see a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies, memorabilia and other ephemera.

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The New Mexico National Guard Military Museum is housed in the actual Armory where the soldiers of the 200th and 515th were processed before their deployment to the Philippines in 1941. (photo courtesy of New Mexico National Guard  Military Museum)
The New Mexico National Guard Military Museum offers the opportunity for your history buff Dad to delve deeper into the Land of Enchantment’s past. Learn more about how storied figures like Kit Carson fought on the Union side in the Civil War era and New Mexicans who served with Teddy Roosevelt’s Roughriders; how World War Two’s Pacific Theater intelligence relied on the Navajo Code Talkers’ unique skills, and the notorious Bataan Death March which claimed many of our native sons. New Mexico boasts one of the nation’s largest per capita veteran populations, with their experiences intriguingly represented at this fascinating museum.

 

Craft Beers and Spirits In The City Different

 Dad will have a hard time selecting a craft brew from the extensive selection at Second Street Brewery (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Dad will have a hard time selecting a craft brew from the extensive selection at Second Street Brewery (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

If Dad loves craft beer, you’ll take comfort in knowing that Santa Fe is a goldmine of craft beer brewpubs! Check out local favorite, Blue Corn Brewery. To get a sampling of their many heavenly hops, order beer flights including everything from Atomic Blonde Lager to the Roadrunner IPA and Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout. Blue Corn recently medaled at the Great American Beer Festival, so this place is more than legit. And if Dad wants a plate of bona fide Santa Fe “New Mexican” food, their stacked enchiladas and braised pork stew will easily win his heart.

Want a little sweeter? How about New Mexico Hard Cider. It is New Mexico’s first hard cider taproom. They have teamed up with a few orchards around the state to provide quality hard cider that is pressed from New Mexico apples.

Don’t forget about Santa Fe’s other microbrew pubs! Other local microbrews Dad might be interested in are Duel Brewing , Draft Station , Second Street Brewery , Fire and Hops , Santa Fe Brewing Company , and the new Chili Line Brewing .

Let Dad learn about the distilling and aging process in a state of the art distillery. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Spirits)
Let Dad learn about the distilling and aging process in a state of the art distillery. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Spirits)

Raise Dad’s spirits even further at Santa Fe Spirits . These folks distill a dizzying array of small-batch spirits ranging from single-malt whiskey to gin and vodka to brandy. The master distiller gives guided tours of the entire distillery, and samples of various cocktail concoctions in the tasting room.

 

Does Dad Love The Great Outdoors?

Experience a par three course that is ranked one of the "top three big little courses in the United States" by Travel + Leisure Magazine (Photo courtesy of Marty Links de Santa Fe)
Experience a par three course that is ranked one of the “top three big little courses in the United States” by Travel + Leisure Magazine (Photo courtesy of Marty Links de Santa Fe)

While museum-going is a must in Santa Fe, being outdoors may be equally tempting for the “World’s Greatest Dad”. Suggest a round of golf at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe , a city course surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges. With 320-plus days of sun, golfing is year-round activity in Santa Fe. The Baxter Spann course is a par three known as “The Great 28.” And those 18 holes can be followed by a brew and the view at the Links Bar and Grill.

High Desert Angler guides are experienced instructors, friendly people, and knowledgeable about northern New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of High Desert Angler)
High Desert Angler guides are experienced instructors, friendly people, and knowledgeable about northern New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of High Desert Angler)

Is your father anxious to embark on an outdoor spree? Does he want to strap on the waders and do some fly fishing? Look no further. High Desert Angler is the oldest established fly fishing business in Santa Fe, serving world-wide anglers since 1985. They are a full service fly shop, school and guide service. High Desert Angler offers year round fly fishing on private and public waters all over New Mexico and cater trips to any skill level and desire. They specialize in fly fishing for warm water species on several of our area reservoirs for a change of pace and an eager take on the fly.

The Reel Life is another premier fly shop and guide service located in the DeVargas Mall. They specialize in guides on public and private waters throughout Northern New Mexico––with full and half day trips on the Pecos, Chama, Rio Grande, Brazos, Jemez and more!

Museum excursions, craft beers, distilled spirits, golf, and fly fishing  like no other. The list of reasons why Santa Fe offers the perfect escape for Dad goes on and on.

We’ll help you get started on planning his getaway. Start by getting a copy of our free 2016 Santa Fe Travel Guide . Then, check out all the current deals and specials . This will be one Father’s Day getaway Dad will love you for!

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