Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that has been celebrated on November 1–2 in Mexico for many years and has gained a following recently in New Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed on, and help support their spiritual journey.Order My 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide
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:
From Diego Velázquez to Frida Kahlo, from Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs, from passionate flamenco to mind-blowing interactive art throughout 2017, visitors to The City Different will have the opportunity to experience a vast array of global cultural experiences during the yearlong, citywide Santa Fe Celebrates Global Arts & Culture festival. Many Santa Fe institutions—museums, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and of course our unique Santa Fe cultural markets—have all joined in this effort to showcase first-class art and culture from around the world.
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Throughout the centuries creative musical souls have sought out Santa Fe for the inspiration of its heavenly blue skies, its 300-plus annual days of sunshine, and the combination of mountain light and long shadows that makes the area so inviting to the imagination. Santa Fe became the first U.S. city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City, one of one hundred and sixteen in the world. Artists of all kinds ply their skills year-round, including those talented types who capture it all on canvas or music for us.
There is so much to see and hear during the month of March, you’ll see why it is a local favorite. Here are a few suggestions!
With Santa Fe’s 400 year Spanish history, The City Different is a bona fide flamenco town. Flamenco celebrates the culture and passion of Spain. Flamenco is Spanish folk music that is accompanied by singing and dancing. It began in Spain’s southern coastal region of Andalusia and developed over centuries, taking its current form in the 18th century. Fast forward to The City Different….
Santa Fe is known to showcase some of the best flamenco talent in the world. A big nod goes to Maria Benitez, Vicente Romero and Jose Greco––a few of the early U.S. flamenco pioneers who made their home in Santa Fe. The spirit and passion of flamenco still burns hot today. Here are few suggestions to make your flamenco experience in Santa Fe a memorable one!Order My 2019 Santa Fe Travel Guide
Are you looking for that perfect getaway for your family? Have you ever visited Santa Fe? If you’re not familiar with the destination, you may be surprised to hear the wide range of fun activities available throughout ‘The City Different’ for just about every member of the family. That includes you! Here are some fun activities that you and your family can enjoy year round!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner––it is time to start planning that perfect romantic Santa Fe getaway. Santa Fe is the perfect destination. We have been warming hearts and stirring passions for more than 400 years with breathtaking sunsets, picturesque mountain vistas, old world charm, cozy adobe kiva fireplaces, and delicious cuisine…love is always in the air.
What better way to reignite a romance or show your love than by spending a few days in Santa Fe indulging in fine art, rich chocolate, a movie, a romantic dinner for two, and dancing.
Now’s your chance to see why USA Today’s 10Best recognized Santa Fe as one of the most romantic cities in North America. Treat yourself to a lover’s holiday in Santa Fe!
Can you believe it? The holidays are over and you are thinking about your family’s spring break getaway. Tired of crowded and expensive amusement parks and beaches? This year, how about something different? Santa Fe is making it easy, affordable, and fun for you and your family to plan that unique spring break vacation. Beginning in March through mid-April, families have a chance to take advantage of deals and specials in Santa Fe and here’s the great part–– KIDS ARE FREE! From outdoor activities, arts, culture, lodging and accommodations, wellness, restaurants, and other kid-friendly attractions we have your family covered to maximize your budget and spring break fun.
An Unparalleled Cultural Family Experience
Santa Fe has been named as the #1 Cultural Getaway by Travel + Leisure and it’s no wonder––at 400+ years old, Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city. With the unique blend of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo traditions that have been woven into the fabric of Santa Fe over the last 400 years, there is so much history to explore. A great educational opportunity awaits your family. Get inspired by Santa Fe’s rich blend of history, arts, and cultural heritage by visiting more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe and take advantage of the more than 250 galleries!
Here are a few special offers to take advantage of during your #SpringBreakDifferent adventure!
New Mexico History Museum
From ancient artifacts to computer interactives, the New Mexico History Museum brings the past to life and challenges you to look at the American story in new ways. Transport your family through 500 years of New Mexico state history, by visiting the exhibit, “Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now” which explores the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more.
Admission for kids under 16 is free daily.
Museum of International Folk Art
With ongoing activities and special events, the museum is a great place for families! Exhibition galleries have special appeal to children of all ages with their interactive activities and regularly scheduled docent-led hands on art making activities. 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. It’s guaranteed to be a hit! Children under 16 are free daily.
Other museums participating are the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors. Also, kids under 16 are free daily.
Find Your Family Lodging and Accommodation Special Deal!
Santa Fe holds a sophistication all its own and this translates into historic hotels combining old world Southwestern charm with impeccable new world service. Santa Fe hotels are ready to welcome you and your family this spring break and are offering fun activities like cooking classes and treasure quests. You’ll want to start your adventure and find lodging that offers modern conveniences that blend our old World New Mexican style! Below are a few examples of family-friendly specials.
Hotel Santa Fe
Check-in to fun at The Hotel Santa Fe with their exclusive spring break package. Make it a family affair and explore with the kids. Enjoy a special kids eat free menu and a daily activity such as Native American storytelling, craft hour or cooking classes and an exciting discovery hunt complete with a selfie stick to document all the lifelong memories you will be making.
Drury Plaza Hotel
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, the new hotel in the heart of historic Santa Fe, sits on five beautiful acres and will bring friendly, award-winning hospitality service to you and your family.
The Drury Spring Break package includes daily hot breakfast and evening reception, daily afternoon popcorn and soda. In addition, a 10% room discount and a treasure quest for children upon arrival will include a map of items to locate in the hotel. Upon completion, children will receive a small treasure!
So Many Family Dining Experiences!
Santa Fe’s culinary scene is sizzling so when you pack for your trip, make sure to bring your appetite! Here are two suggestions guaranteed to please the entire family.
Who doesn’t love CHOCOLATE? FREE CHOCOLATE is even better! With the purchase of one adult, regular drinking chocolate elixir, you will receive one kid’s mini chocolate drinking elixir for FREE. Kids 12 and under qualify and must be present at time of purchase.
During your spring break, kids eat free at Luminaria Restaurant when accompanied by a parent. Buy one full price adult entree and receive one complimentary entree from the children’s menu.
Experience Mind, Body and Spirit in Santa Fe
The Spa at Loretto
Who says parents should have all the fun? Plan a family spa day and receive a complimentary Classic Scrub, Buff and Polish Manicure for your child with the purchase of any full price adult body or facial service.
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
It’s all about having fun at Buffalo Thunder! You can receive a free manicure for your child with an adult mani-pedi purchase. Be sure to check out other offers from Buffalo Thunder such as daily buffalo scavenger hunts, free kids golf lessons and more!
Ski The Santa Fe Slopes
Ski Santa Fe
Want to find an outdoor activity with the family? Try Ski Santa Fe! Ski Santa Fe has a wonderful range of terrain, from isolated beginner slopes to lots of cruisers, some long bump runs, great glades and tree runs, and even a few short chutes and small bowls.
Buy 2 Adult Full Day lift tickets and get 1 child (12 & younger) lift ticket free!
Family Learning Time
Thousands of people travel to Santa Fe each year in order to take our unique classes and workshops. With so many gifted artists, writers, and chefs in town, Santa Fe has become an appealing destination for inspired learning.
You’ll be amazed by the range of Santa Fe classes and workshops. But it’s not surprising––this is a place where creativity thrives. Here’s a sampling of one of the many workshops to be offered.
Skate School Santa Fe
Are your kids rocking their skateboards?? Why not make it a fun family affair and take advantage of Skate School Santa Fe’s offer of receiving one skateboard lesson from a qualified instructor using their boards and safety gear? There’s also an indoor skateboard park at the school to receive your lesson! Kids under 12 will receive a free lesson with each accompanying adult lesson.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance “flamenco”? Now’s your chance! Entreflamenco will be offering free flamenco dance instruction for you and your family every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Space is limited. Be sure to reserve a spot for your family today. Ole!
Bubbly Heart Studio
What better way for your family to connect than to create your own work of art? Kids paint free with each paying adult! Bubbly Heart Studio will supply a 16 X 20 canvas, canvas paints, brushes, aprons, and cupcakes too! Seating is limited. Book your slot today.
Visit #SpringBreakDifferent to learn more about Santa Fe’s special offers. Discover Santa Fe for family fun and start planning your #SpringBreakDifferent today! To get started, order our 2016 Santa Fe travel guide.
What would you do and see if you only had one day in Santa Fe? I get this question a lot! Since there is so much to see, do and taste in The City Different, to condense in to a day is no easy task! However, here as a great example of how to pack in Santa Fe in a single day. But, I’ll warn you—you’ll want to stay longer! Read More