On October 12, 2017, Santa Fe lost one of its avid and colorful local ambassadors, Billie Frank. Billie was a travel writer and blogger who in conjunction with her husband Steve Collins wrote and published, “The Santa Fe Traveler,” a blog that was read by many in Santa Fe, in New Mexico and even around the United States. Billie was a concierge at two of Santa Fe’s finest hotels for four years and her background in sales, marketing and customer service were evident throughout her respected travel blogs.
She had great love for The City Different and in memory of her spirit and literary gifts, we are reposting a blog from March 11, 2017, that showcases that love. Billie’s sense of place in Santa Fe is honored and deeply admired by her friends, colleagues and those who were lucky enough to meet her.
Fall in New Mexico is a spirited season, with golden aspens, crisp days and nights and a full calendar of events for everyone. Take in a world-class independent film festival or a groundbreaking art exhibit from a MacArthur “genius” award recipient. Meet the ghosts of New Mexico’s past during a spooky Halloween festival on historic grounds. However, you spend autumn in Santa Fe, you’ll be bewitched by the beauty of the season.
Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban Indian citizens, and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.
When arriving in Santa Fe, visitors who wish to experience Native American culture often ask, where do I begin? The exploration of greater Santa Fe’s rich cultural landscape and history might at first seem like an overwhelming endeavor, with such a wide range of exemplary choices, but that’s the good news! As the third largest art market in the country, Santa Fe is chock-full of fine art galleries, shops, and cultural institutions that offer magnificent displays of the region’s art and culture and endless opportunities for learning and discovery.
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.
2016 was another beautiful photographic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us and shared their photo memories of Santa Fe!
For decades, photographers have known on how special the “light” is in Santa Fe. Being home to our historic adobe architecture, clear azure skies, and magnificent vistas makes Santa Fe a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography named Santa Fe one of the World's Best Places to Photograph.
To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten Instagram photos from @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received…people’s favorites.
We hope you will enjoy these images that reflect how visitors see The City Different. We hope to see you (and your mobile phone cameras) in 2017. Oh, and don’t forget to enter our #MySantaFeHoliday Instagram contest. There’s still time to submit your photos for a chance to win a Santa Fe Getaway! The contest ends on January 6, 2017 so post your photos today.
If there’s one overarching truism about Santa Fe residents and visitors, it’s the love of chile and colorful vistas. Fall in Santa Fe is not only characterized by the vibrant aspen foliage, but also the iconic aroma of fresh roasting chile. Your love of chile will be satisfied this September with two of Santa Fe’s standout chile events.
A Super Bowl and a Souper Bowl within weeks of each other? Unheard of you say? Not in Santa Fe, The City Different! While we appreciate a good Super Bowl game, we really love the “Souper Bowl”. The Souper Bowl is a favorite Santa Fe event for locals and visitors alike and benefits The Food Depot, a local organization that raises money to provide approximately a quarter of a million meals for Northern New Mexicans in need.
The New Year naturally encourages all of us to recommit to a healthy start. People have traveled to the Santa Fe area for centuries for wellness and new beginnings. Now is your opportunity to check out Santa Fe’s truly rejuvenating spas and their treatments.
Our spas offer tantalizing treatments and perfect panoramas. In this blog I will reveal several very special spa packages that are good for you and your wallet and will send you into blissful relaxation.
So resolve to get back to wellness and make some truly life-affirming joyous discoveries in a renowned Santa Fe spa:
This exquisite new package is designed to guide guests on a path of enlightenment to help them reveal their true self and assist in living a more purpose driven life. Through a series of intuitive and balancing treatments by expert healers and therapists, guests will gain a deep sense of peace and inner inspiration. The Soul Journey Package includes:
Three (3) nights’ accommodation of choice
An full offering of spa treatments including the signature Native Reflection Ritual, Chakra Balancing or Sage Vision Reading
An autographed copy of Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth by acclaimed author Dana Micucci
This property is set on six beautifully landscaped acres just steps from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza, includes a range of quiet, luxurious suites in romantic adobe “casita” cottages. The Savor Santa Fe Package includes:
Complimentary breakfast daily
$50 discount toward any treatment at Spa Sage at La Posada
Guests entering the spa at Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa are immersed in a sense of nature’s elements: water falling, open sky, and Mother Earth’s nurturing presence. The spa offers special Native American inspired treatments that draw on ancient healing techniques. This special Spa Package is available for two (2) or three (3) night stays, and includes:
Overnight accommodations in a Picuris Junior Suite
This luxurious five-acre property opened in early 2015 and is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe featuring 182 guestrooms with décor reflecting authentic Territorial Style inspired by the Spanish missions of New Mexico. The Spa Getaway in Santa Fe Package includes:
15% discount on accommodations
10% discount on spa services at the Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens
Live life to the fullest and make your new year a source of adventure and health. Embracing new experiences is an authentic way to live in the now. So pencil in joy on your calendar and then start planning your Santa Fe spa adventure by ordering the 2016 Santa Fe travel guide and checking out other great packages.
2015 was a fantastic year in Santa Fe and we thank everyone who visited us. Santa Fe is home to historic adobe architecture, clear blue skies, and open landscapes – a photographer’s dream. It’s no surprise that Popular Photography has named Santa Fe the “World’s Best Place to Photograph.”
To celebrate all the extraordinary memories and images from the past year, we’ve selected the top ten photos on our Instagram page, @cityofsantafe. Photos were selected by the number of likes each photo received.
Enjoy! We hope to see you (and your cameras) in 2016.