Discover These Hidden Gems Along the Turquoise Trail

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From legendary ghost towns and saloons to charmingly eccentric art galleries and studios, the attractions along the Turquoise Trail will ensure that your visit to Santa Fe and surrounding areas is an authentic one. A journey along the scenic trail is the quintessential Santa Fe day trip; it’s a chance to get in touch with the remarkable history and spirituality of the Native American people, adventurous miners and explorers. The trail extends for about 60 miles along State Highway 14 and passes alongside numerous old Wild West mining towns, who in their glory days, extracted gold, silver, zinc, and coal, not to mention turquoise.

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Enjoy Santa Fe Cuisine, Cocktails, Confessions and Croppers

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When it comes to dining destinations, few can top Santa Fe.  One of the best times to experience the city’s rich culinary diversity is during Santa Fe Restaurant Week which takes place February 19th through the 26th. The City Different’s participating restaurants are offering multiple-course dinners for just $15, $25, $35, or $45 per person, and several also will feature prix-fixe lunches. Some hotels will offer special rates for Restaurant Week, making this the perfect time to plan a wallet-friendly gourmet getaway.

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The Wonder of Taos Pueblo in Winter

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Seeking a transformative journey that will take you to great heights? Taos Pueblo is just a heartbeat away from Santa Fe.  As a designated World Heritage Site and one of 19 Indian Pueblos in New Mexico, a visit to this special place  will transport you to another time and immerse you in the living, breathing Pueblo culture and traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation since time immemorial.

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Santa Fe County: A Ski and Spa Haven

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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.

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Five Ways To Kick Off Your New Year In Santa Fe

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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’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.

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Enjoy the Holiday Season in the Heart of Santa Fe County

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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.

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Six Paths To A Holiday Different In Santa Fe

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Whether you’re snowshoeing the majestic terrain of the Santa Fe National Forest or strolling amidst the magical farolitos during our annual celebration of light, wintertime in Santa Fe is an experience of a lifetime. The City Different offers so much for  a well-deserved break from the busy holiday season. Here are some of our holiday offerings to those who need a true escape and rejuvenation of body and soul.

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Time To Take An Autumn Three Day Weekend

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Sshhh! Here’s a little secret: one of the best times to visit Santa Fe is in the fall between September and November. If you don’t have the chance to visit during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, there’s another three day weekend coming up in October—Columbus Day. This year, there’s even more reason to appreciate this national holiday. Our Mayor Javier Gonzales is making great strides to celebrate New Mexico’s indigenous people by also declaring this day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Come and experience the different sights and flavors this fall during this long weekend. What better way to enjoy it than by spending it in Santa Fe?

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New Media Currents Run Deep In Santa Fe

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Santa Fe is far from ocean waves, but there’s a noticeable current of excitement about contemporary art that flows annually in June. That’s when CURRENTS International New Media Festival takes over El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe and a variety of other Santa Fe venues from now through June 26.

Since 2002, this feast for the eyes has entertained art-lovers with a pageant of cutting-edge curiosities and craftsmanship. Video and new media installations, performance art, live music, artist presentations, panels and workshops, outdoor events and digital dome programs all captivate the creative eye and mind––and best of all, most CURRENTS 2016 events are free to the public!

For the following two weeks, Santa Fe will host an international roster of new media artists exhibiting exceptional and extraordinary work and visitors eager to experience this distinct festival. This year features 100 artists from 18 U.S. states and 19 countries.

We’ve highlighted a few events and performances that we think you will enjoy. For your ease, we have featured some of the events by their location.

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