Santa Fe: The Holiday Different

Take a town steeped in historic traditions, sprinkle with mountain snow, mix in a bit of annual celebration, and presto, you have the perfect Santa Fe holiday. It’s our good fortune to have a treasure trove of festive events that highlight a different kind holiday season in Santa Fe. 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. Read More

Make This Your Santa Fe November To Remember: Upcoming Events

November always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the season. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the beauty of the mountains and the many diverse experiences that are available. From celebrating sustainability to the kick off of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun.  So join me in discovering a few of Santa Fe’s best November events.

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Six Awesome Gift Shops to Hit Up in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico was recently voted the #1 Best Destination for Shopaholics by USA Today 10Best readers. So I want to share with you that one of Santa Fe’s best kept shopping secrets is the number of unique gift shops that accompany our magnificent museums. We have several places where you can find the perfect treasure for yourself or a friend. There are a total of eight museum gift shops in The City Different that carry everything from apparel, furnishings, jewelry, accessories, music, movies, and Native American art. You can always count on the museum shops to sell items related to current or permanent exhibits. No two gift shops are the same! So let me take you through a shopping odyssey filled with treasures, handmade art and crafts, and one-of-a-kind- gifts.

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The Top Three Santa Fe Art Walks You Must See

Here in our beautiful city the “Art Walk” has become a very popular way for art lovers to take in Santa Fe’s many galleries. Santa Fe has over 250 galleries, many clustered in three unique areas, including Canyon Road, the Santa Fe Railyard and Downtown Santa Fe.

What I love about art walks is the wonderful opportunity to interact personally with the artists and gallery owners. They are often available to answer questions and chat. You’ll feel the general “art opening” vibe in the air. This is a great way to meet and strike up a conversation with artists, locals and visitors alike!

If you are an art enthusiast or collector, you will find in Santa Fe an unparalleled diversity of fine art ranging from traditional to contemporary, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphic art and textiles.

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Ancient Spirits Make for an Unearthly Adventure!

Santa Fe is the second oldest city in the U.S., which means that ghosts and spirits have had over four centuries to make Santa Fe their home.  As the city settles into autumn, the Halloween season begs visitors and locals alike to explore Santa Fe’s haunted history. Do you dare?

Santa Fe’s Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and pioneer cultures each contribute to the city’s spirited remnants. History points to a city built on the ground of an abandoned Tanoan Indian Village, including the sacred Tanoan burial sites. That’s almost a guarantee for spookiness.

Depiction of lady La Llorona. Photo courtesy www.legendsofamerica.com

As you stroll along the shaded Santa Fe River, be aware of  La Llorona (pronounced “LAH yoh ROH nah”) the “Weeping Woman”. Her tall, thin spirit is said to be blessed with natural beauty and long flowing black hair. Wearing a white gown, she roams the rivers, wailing into the night and searching for children to drag, screaming to a watery grave. These days many Santa Fe parents use the legend of La Llorona to keep their children in line. Be good, or La Llorona may come looking for you!

Holy ground always intrigues the spirit-curious and the Chapel of San Miguel, the oldest church in the city, is an iconic staple that will not disappoint. It too was built on top of a burial site in the early 17th century, and was the first building burned in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Hundreds of human remains have been found beneath the church, and many visitors have claimed to see and feel ancient spirits in the sanctuary. Even the gift shop is haunted by the presence of a child that died in the 1940’s. His heavy footsteps and laughter can be heard about the room.

The San Miguel Church in 1880. Photo courtesy Library of Congress and www.legendsofamerica.com

Hoping to visit a site with a bewitched history? The Oldest House, approximated to be 800 years old, once housed a witch and her sister. The two were tried for witchcraft, found guilty and beheaded. The spirit of one can be seen roaming the narrow road just outside the home.

Legendary hotels like the La Posada Hotel, La Fonda on the Plaza and the Palace of the Governors add to the haunted legends in downtown Santa Fe. The ghost of Julia Staab still haunts the room she died in at La Posada, once her lavish residence. Ask for room 101 if you’re brave enough to spend the night. La Fonda Hotel has sightings ranging from ghosts moving through walls to the spirits of a hanged judge stalking the hallways.

This painting hangs in Julia Staab’s room at the La Posada hotel. Photo courtesy of www.legendsofamerica.com

If you can’t make it to Santa Fe this Halloween to explore your mysterious side, it offers year-round tours of its most eerie locations. The Original Santa Fe Ghost Tour guides you through the paranormal activity in the city’s past and present.

Listening to the unearthly accounts of Santa Fe’s resident spirits offers a glimpse into the city’s paranormal activity. Book a stay in one of the haunted hotels and they just may come calling!

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