Plan Three Days of Fun (and Some Sun) in Santa Fe

At last, a glorious three-day weekend in Santa Fe the City Different. If you’re like me, you’ll want to pack in as much of as you can into these precious moments. So get ready, because I have some suggestions to help you to capture the true essence of what Santa Fe has to offer over just three days. From delicious meals and world-class spas, to museums, shopping, and hiking, here are favorite picks to help you have a trip to remember back at your desk.

Day 1: Eat Breakfast, Ride the Tram, Indulge in Chocolate

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest you start your first morning off with a bang. Cafe Pasqual’s is quintessential Santa Fe, with bright colored tiles and a festive atmosphere. Locals and tourists alike flock to this legendary joint. Order the huevos rancheros (try both red and green chile) or the papas fritas (scrumptious home fries in chile, cheese, and sour cream). Then, revel in your wise decision, whichever dish you choose.

With your belly full, a great way to explore downtown while digesting is to take a 90 minute Custom Tour by Clarice. These open-air tram rides leave from the Plaza several times a day and are an ideal way to see the sights and hear some history. The tram also picks up passengers at many hotels. The knowledgeable and humorous guides will point out must-see shopping destinations, restaurants, and galleries.

Plan to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to get a look at the exquisite work of New Mexico’s most beloved artist. You can choose a self guided audio tour or a free docent-led tour. There, you will be privy to a new exhibit which opens May 17: “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land.” In addition to the exhibit, the museum maintains a comprehensive permanent collection, as well as a fantastic gift shop and bookstore.

Another schedule to keep an eye on is the Santa Fe Culinary Academy. This renowned culinary school offers diverse one day cooking classes on topics such as gluten-free spring dinners, Thai curries, and puff pastries that are open to the community. Indulge your taste buds while picking up some mouthwatering and innovative recipes from Santa Fe’s top chefs.

After all of this touring around, you will probably be ready or a treat. Why not hit the chocolate trail this afternoon? Santa Fe is home to some innovative chocolatiers. Check out my previous blog with tips on how to get your chocolate fix around the city.

Santa Fe Culinary Academy – Chef Rocky Durham demonstrating how to hone a knife’s edge on the unglazed edge of a plate

Day 2: Stroll, Spree, Listen and Relax

Start your Saturday off by strolling the Santa Fe Farmers Market, one of the country’s premiere farmers markets. Centrally located in the Railyard district, this market is a delight for the senses. Local farmers, bakers, gardeners, and herbalists convene to create a lively, bustling market. Grab a breakfast burrito and an organic coffee, and peruse the bountiful selections. The people watching is great, and be sure to catch one of the ongoing cooking demonstrations utilizing local ingredients. I guarantee you won’t leave empty handed. And while you’re at the Railyard, check out the groundbreaking contemporary art at SITE Santa Fe, which is free on Saturdays.

Shopping for produce at the Santa Fe Farmers Market

Of course, after the market, it’s time for some retail therapy. While in the Railyard, head over to Chapare for the finest in South American imports including textiles, jewelry, and an impressive selection of woven and embroidered scarves and shawls. Also in the area, stop by the über trendy Daniella Clothing for a wardrobe boost unlike any you are likely to find in the rest of the city.

For the man in your life, make an appointment to see the fine artistry of Randall D. Moore. His collection of silver and gold belt buckles, cuff links, and bolo ties are museum quality with a hint of a contemporary Western flair. For handmade jewelry, be sure to hit the Plaza and walk the length of The Palace of the Governors. There, you will find a vast selection of Native American handiwork such as silver, turquoise, beading, and leather, sold by the artists themselves. It’s a Santa Fe tradition.

Retail shopping in Santa Fe

End your day enveloped in luxury. Treat yourself to a facial or blissful massage at Nidah at the Eldorado Hotel. This deluxe spa incorporates local ingredients like sage and lavender, chocolate, and even gemstones into their treatments. You deserve it.

If you have plans for a three-day trip later in the summer, don’t forget to check out the Santa Fe Opera schedule; the season begins June 28. Whether you’re an opera aficionado or a complete novice, the world-class performances are not to be missed.

Day 3: Coffee-Fueled Hiking Followed by Rejuvenation and Dinner

Grab some caffeine for your big day ahead at Ohori’s Coffee, a local favorite for espresso, coffees, and treats. This should give you fuel to make the short 45-minute drive out to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument for a hike that is sure to be a highlight of your travels. These dazzling rock formations, located within the Pueblo de Cochiti, are a stunning visual and a fascinating study in ecology and history.

There are two trails available. The Cave Loop Trail, rated as easy, is 1.2 miles long. The more challenging route, The Canyon Trail, is a one way, 1.5 mile trek through narrow canyons, eventually winding up to a mesa, with awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Be sure to have appropriate footwear, water, and sunscreen for this fantastic excursion. A must see!

Glorious summit at Tent Rocks National Monument

Once back in town, there is no better way to revive your tired muscles than to take a dip in warm water. Ten Thousand Waves is Santa Fe’s world-renowned Japanese style resort. A soak in one of their outdoor hot tubs will relax and rejuvenate your body and soul. A state of nirvana is guaranteed here. See my Healing Waters blog for other spa and local springs you can visit to reward yourself after a day of exercise.

To conclude this lovely day, dine at Luminaria, located inside the Inn and Spa at Lorretto. Whether you choose the three-course happy hour prix fixe menu, available 5-6:30 pm, or one of their signature dishes from the regular dinner menu, dining at Luminaria is an affair to remember. Only top quality meats, seafood, and vegetables are used here to create simple, refined meals that are sure to please your palette. The warm and inviting atmosphere will leave you in no rush to leave, and your day will end with a sense of satisfaction and well-being.

Dining at Luminaria

If you want to end your day (or start your night) with drinks or dinner outdoors, you should know some of our city’s most beloved restaurants dish out their best treats on patios, rooftop decks, and secret gardens. High on my al fresco list is Restaurant Martín because I’m partial to umbrellas. That, and duck confit quesadillas, and crab cakes with sweet corn purée and roasted pasilla peppers. I’m also a big fan of the lively scene and Southwest creations on the Rooftop Cantina at Coyote Café. I recommend you start with the Persephone (a pomegranate martini with a touch of cinnamon), followed by Navajo tacos filled with pulled pork, roasted chicken, and ground buffalo. Keep your sunglasses on so no one can see you cry with happiness.

You Can’t See All of Santa Fe in Three Days — But You Can See a Lot

A getaway to Santa Fe is guaranteed to rejuvenate and inspire you. Plan your time to take in the natural beauty, cuisine, art, and culture that make our corner of the world so special. Once you get home, you can start planning your next Santa Fe adventure. Enjoy!

 

Visiting Santa Fe for Memorial Day Weekend?

Don’t miss these events!

 

Event: Native Treasures Indian Art Festival

When: May 25-26

Where: Santa Fe Convention Center

 

Event: Northern New Mexico Fine Arts & Crafts Guild

When: May 25-27

Where: Cathedral Park

 

Event: Aspen Ballet and Folklórico Annual Spring Recital

When: May 26

Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center

Find Your Happy (Hour) Place in Santa Fe

Who doesn’t love Happy Hour? If you’re like me, you welcome the opportunity to try out a new bar or restaurant or revisit a favorite haunt. Bargain prices and smaller crowds are always a bonus, of course, but perhaps the very best reason of all? You can be safely home and in your sweatpants by 8 pm. The illusion of a bonafide night on the town without the flash of regret that comes when the lights flicker on at last call. Really, what could be better? I’ve taken it upon myself to scope out some of Santa Fe’s best happy hours at a few of the city’s beloved locales.

La Boca

Tapas at La Boca

There’s something delightfully sinful about ducking into a bar at 3 pm while the sun blazes overhead. If you want to catch the happy hour specials at this little gem of an establishment, that’s just what you must do. 3-5 pm on weekdays you can experience the renowned tapas appetizers and fresh sangria that this award-winning restaurant is known for. With its simple, unpretentious decor and intimate seating, La Boca is all about quality ingredients and adventurous flavors.

I justified the early hour by ordering the light and citrusy kale salad and hummus trio, both of which were fantastic. The blood orange sangria paired perfectly with the Mediterranean flare and slight spice of the hummus, making this a fab late-afternoon treat. Happy hour menu includes a selection of half-price appetizers, $5 sangria, and other beer and wine priced $4-7.

Secreto

Tasty cocktails at Secreto

Secreto is one of those places where I could linger all day and into the night. I’ve always had a love for hotel bars, and Secreto, located in the historic Hotel St. Francis, is up there with one of my faves. Popular amongst tourists and locals alike, this is no humdrum lounge. On a nice day, the action is on the patio.

Sitting under the grand arches that face Don Gaspar, I watch as smiling guests unload from shuttle vans, stopping for a beverage before even checking in to their rooms. Groups of girlfriends lean in for chips and salsa while sipping on artfully inspired cocktails. Bicyclists dismount and head in for refreshments. There is a special liveliness here, a kind of artsy-traveller-vibe that gives the atmosphere life and energy.

And, oh, those aforementioned cocktails! Who could resist the signature margarita, the “Agave Way”?  It’s an award-winner made with red grapes, New Mexico green chile, Espolón Reposado Tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar. The fresh ingredients make good on the “Garden to Glass” credo that the bar is known for. The use of seasonal spices and herbs such as basil, sage, and rosemary are combined inventively with local produce to deliver wholly original (and dangerously delicious) libations. If you’re feeling sassy, ask one of the talented mixologists to surprise you and delight in the creativity of these concoctions. Happy Hour at Secreto is every day 5-7 pm. All specialty drinks $7, all appetizers $7, 16 oz. draft beers $5, $1 off wines by the glass.

Agave

Grown up drinks at Agave

Agave is hip and modern with an elegant nod to the southwest in decor. The low lighting and deep tones of wood and leather are inviting and relaxing. Located inside the Eldorado Hotel, this place is serious about fresh ingredients and has perfected the blending of tequila into some mighty fine cocktails. If you are a tequila aficionado, Agave is your dream come true.

I chose the jalapeño-infused “Picante.” It had just enough bite, but smooth and not too sweet and the fresh-squeezed lime juice paired perfectly with the tequila. This is a grown up margarita without the syrupy, sugary mix and I loved it. I made the very wise decision to order the spinach artichoke dip. The use of tangy feta melted in was a divine touch. The warm pita made it all the easier to clean the plate.

Happy hour is daily 4-7 pm and includes $3 draft beer, $5 house wines and cocktails, and half-priced appetizers. If you are out late, Agave is one of the handful of places serving until midnight and, as a bonus, they do a reverse happy hour. If you come in after 10:30pm, the happy hour pricing is good until closing. Win-win all around!

Blue Corn Cafe

Chile Mac and Cheese at Blue Corn Cafe

Just steps from the bustling Plaza is the Blue Corn Cafe, a welcome respite from a day of shopping and sightseeing. Tucked upstairs in the Plaza Mercado, the restaurant has an open, airy feel with the windows open to let in the breeze. The decor is subtle, in earth tones of ochre and Saltillo.

The happy hour special that day was the house margarita ($7.25) and the green chile mac and cheese. When in Rome, right? I situated myself so I could see people walking along the street and feel the cool air. The drink came (and went) quickly. It was served in a tall glass, but wasn’t too strong or sweet. The mac and cheese was sinfully rich with just the right spice level. A decadent midday treat, to say the least. I made a promise to myself to only eat spinach for dinner after this stop.

If you love beer, check out their other location, The Blue Corn Brewery, for fresh, local taps and happy hour specials as well.

The Living Room at Loretto

Lounging at the Inn at Loretto

The aptly named bar inside of the Inn at Loretto, The Living Room, is tailor-made for socializing. The inviting and comfy sofas and chairs, the dark wood and copper, and the crackling fire all combine to make this a perfect place to gather with friends.

The “happy hour and a half” from 5-6:30 pm gave me an extra half hour to enjoy my $6 Cabernet. If you’re out late and get the munchies, The Living Room offers a reverse happy hour 9-10 pm. Drink specials are available, along with discounted appetizers like buffalo sliders, garlic shrimp with chorizo, red chile BBQ ribs, tortilla soup, chips + guacamole, as well as the famous carrot cake. Hey, no one says you can’t bar hop back to where you started!

From lively and arty, to polished and refined, Santa Fe offers ample opportunity to experience great deals and innovative cocktails and cuisines from a diverse array of eateries. Get out there and discover why Happy Hour is so appropriately named.

Find Your Inner Calm in Santa Fe’s Soothing Waters — Pools, Springs, and Spas

The concept of “taking the waters” is nothing new. For centuries, people from all walks of life have sought refuge in natural, mineral-rich water for ailments ranging from arthritis to zinc deficiency. Here, in Santa Fe, restorative waters abound. From outdoorsy rustic to a deluxe pampered spa experience, Santa Fe and the surrounding area have much to offer for those of us wishing to unplug from our hectic lives and reconnect with ourselves. As if The Land of Enchantment could squeeze in any more magic, a visit to one or all of these places will deepen your appreciation of what long-time inhabitants have known all along — water is powerful medicine.

Although I can’t claim, as wealthy women in the Victorian era often did, that I am cured of gout or hysteria after a dip, I can tell you that a trip to these spots will relax, rejuvenate, and inspire you with the simple act of slowing down and soaking your body in warm water.

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Santa Fe Arts Neighborhoods Elevate Art Appreciation

If your heart beats for the arts, then plan an escape to Santa Fe. With a vibrant and growing gallery scene, Santa Fe has become one of the world’s major arts centers without sacrificing its small town warmth. The art-tropolis of Santa Fe is divided into neighborhoods, making it easy for you to jump from gallery to gallery. Lovers of all genres and movements — from contemporary and abstract, to super realism and Western — will find something to love.

I asked Kathrine Erickson, president of the Santa Fe Gallery Association, what sets Santa Fe apart. “Santa Fe is the only city in the world that can boast over 200 galleries in two square miles,” she said. “Art collectors can travel to biennial art fairs in Berlin, Miami, New York, or they can come to Santa Fe 365 days a year to experience our unique year-round art fair, and view an unlimited selection of artwork by international and regional artists alike.”

Santa Fe’s rise as an art market can be traced back to the opening years of the 20th century, when artists began to discover the charm of the landscape and the beauty of the native people’s craftsmanship. By the time the Museum of New Mexico opened its Museum of Fine Arts in 1917, there was no stopping the love affair between artists and Santa Fe — a love that has blossomed into a full fledged city of the arts, with creativity, craftsmanship, and individual expression pretty much everywhere you look.

With so much to see where does one start? Katherine prudently advises you start with “ … comfortable shoes, dressing in layers, and a good handbag.” She also recommends the guides found on the Gallery Association’s website. Karla Winterowd, owner of Winterowd Fine Art Gallery on Canyon Road, says that a Santa Fe art excursion is an awakening experience for a first time art collector. “If you are a first time buyer of art, truly, Santa Fe is the place to come because you can walk around, take a couple of days, and go with yourself, your partner, or your designer.

For those with a little more experience, you can discover new artists as well as new work from artists you might already be following. It’s an inspiring trip whether you are new to buying art, a savvy veteran collector, or just interested in seeing some amazing work.

And, of course, in-between visiting galleries and studios, you can experience some of Santa Fe’s other charms. Shop at unique specialty stores, eat at world-renowned restaurants, and enjoy the historic adobe architecture that defines Santa Fe. And if you need a lift, just take the free Santa Fe Pick-up shuttle. Art appreciation has never just been about acquiring, so enjoy the gorgeous downtime and culture.

The Never Ending Canyon Road Art Galleries

Canyon Road is a great place to start your visual arts voyage. This neighborhood is the bustling heart of the gallery scene with more than a hundred art galleries in a mile-long stretch. The Canyon Road galleries have a wide selection of modern, contemporary, Native American, and Russian art.

A stroll down the historic Canyon Road — the oldest adobe houses on Canyon Road date at least to the 1750s — leads you to unique fashions, sculptures, photography, dazzling Navajo jewelry, and stunning handmade embellishments. In the fall, I love watching artists at work at the gallery’s “paint outs.” Anytime I have winter visitors, one of their favorite experiences is walking the famous Christmas Eve Farolito Walk. For Santa Fe newbies, Farolitos are small, sand-filled, paper bags illuminated with votive candles, which line the historic neighborhood streets and adobe walls. The effect is nothing short of magical. Luckily, the picturesque beauty of Canyon Road can be enjoyed any season of the year.

Canyon Road in full effect – photo courtesy of Essential Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railyard Arts Neighborhood

If your artistic tastes lead you to modern work, follow the tracks to the Railyard Arts District to find the best in contemporary art. This neighborhood houses 10 must-see galleries in new warehouse-style buildings. Besides avant-garde painting, you’ll also find jewelry, exquisite furnishings, textiles, and bamboo pieces. Go international with a visit to the Railyard’s standout gallery, SITE Santa Fe. SITE Santa Fe is a dynamic art space, featuring contemporary photography, painting, sculpture, installations, and its signature international exhibition. The last Friday of each month is the perfect time to stop by as the Railyard features Last Friday Art walks. Galleries hold opening exhibitions and stay open late. If you need a little energy during the course of your art appreciation, the Railyard’s Flying Star Cafe serves tasty plates and a menagerie of delicious baked goods.

Santa Fe Railyard District

West Palace Arts Neighborhood

Located between the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on West Palace Avenue and Johnson Street, the West Palace Arts Neighborhood has the best of both worlds: museums and galleries. Dive into the rich history of New Mexico’s art at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Then head over to the galleries to work on your collection, or to just pretend like you’re a jet-setting art buyer.

The galleries here are outstanding. The LewAllen, Manitou, Peterson-Cody, and Wadle galleries combine to represent more than 350 nationally recognized artists. Plus, every first Friday of the month, the West Palace galleries offer an assortment of openings and exhibitions featuring the work of exceptional contemporary artists. A perfect opportunity for some high-culture mingling.

Manitou Gallery in the West Palace Art District

Studio Tours

Taking a studio tour provides an unforgettable way to see new work from a large section of artists. The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association opens its studios May 18-19 for the Eldorado Studio Tour. 110 artists in 72 studios will showcase work in a variety of media and genres including painting, ceramic, glass, jewelry, oil, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital, wearable, and recycled art. If you want to get a sneak peak of what’s going to be on the tour, the tour’s Preview Gallery will open for early viewing May 4-17.

Looking for a fun day trip in the fall? The first weekend in November, the Dixon Studios offers its annual studio tour. A 45-minute drive through the scenic Embudo Valley will bring you to Dixon, home sweet home to more than 50 artists. Walk from studio to studio while you enjoy the beautiful village and discover gorgeous paintings, outstanding photography, fine sculptural jewelry, stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath and beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines, and traveling musicians. With so many studios and amazing pieces of art to choose from you’ll be glad you made the short trip – just make sure you clear some trunk space before you go. Some of the studios are open year-round, but call ahead before you hit the road.

Your Art Is Waiting for You

Santa Fe has a huge crush on the visual arts, and a massive appreciation for visitors who share that passion. If this preview has you eager to explore, as Karla recommended, The Santa Fe Gallery Association is a handy resource for learning about the galleries before you arrive. The Association’s website lists upcoming events and maps to help you plot your own individualized tour based on your tastes.

Katherine also has a one final tip for a perfect ending to any art-filled day. “Be sure to scope out your restaurant selections in advance and make reservations when possible — especially during the busy summer months. There are many great restaurants to choose from, and after a long day of gallery hopping you want to reward yourself with an equally artful meal.”

With so many artists, galleries, and opportunities to explore this amazing city, your new favorite piece of art is sure to be waiting for you in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Breakfast Trail

BREAKFAST RULES

Black Bean Breakfast Burrito from Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times – from doctors, fitness experts, and, most emphatically, from mom.

Well take heart, mom, Santa Fe, New Mexico not only has recognized the importance of breakfast, we’ve elevated it to a culinary art form. From the vibrant presentation, often featuring red or green chile (or both if you’re a commitment-phobe like me) to the intoxicating aromas, to the savory international culinary combinations, to the hearty comfort foods, breakfast in Santa Fe is a delightful wake-up call for the senses. And in a city already famous for inventive southwestern and global cuisine, breakfast in Santa Fe commands the kind of fan-worship usually reserved for only for the rarest of rock stars.

Tía Sophia’s – Freshly Made Huevos Rancheros

“We pride ourselves on being consistent, efficient, and friendly,” explains Nick Maryol, a proud member of the family locally famous for establishing and operating Tía Sophia’s, Santa Fe’s venerated breakfast icon, located just steps from our historic plaza. “We serve comidas nativas (local food) and that is a formula from which we’ll never stray.” Sounds good to me. And looking down on my plate of huevos rancheros, freshly made moments before, I try to restrain the urge to dig in, and take a moment to admire the rustic artistry of the lightly toasted flour tortilla, the fiery temptation of the chile, the plumpness of the local beans. Then I dig in. Breakfast heaven.

Santa Fe Baking Company – Masters of the Breakfast Burrito

Blue Corn Pancakes from Santa Fe Baking Company

Up the road just a few blocks, Santa Fe Baking Company masters the art of the breakfast burrito with modern flair. Updating Santa Fe’s classic breakfast staple, the bustling café offers farm-fresh local vegetables and tofu as burrito options. Color me skeptical. One bite of the popular black bean and tofu burrito, however, and I’m officially a convert. Santa Fe Baking Company is that comfy, reliable, everything’s-gonna-be-alright kind of breakfast spot–one that locals and visitors adore for its authentic flavors, friendly service, hearty portions, and quirky personality.

Tecolote Café – Santa Fe’s Best-Kept Breakfast Secret

Huevos Rancheros from Tecolote Cafe. Photo Courtesy of Steve Collins: Santa Fe Travelers

The Food Network’s popular Diners Drive-ins and Dives may have officially blown the lid off Santa Fe’s best-kept breakfast secret, Tecolote Café. Up until then, we locals were quite content to keep the divine biscuits, huevos, chile, and pancakes all to ourselves–and it’s easy to taste why. This Cerrillos Road standby serves up inventive interpretations of Santa Fe’s traditional breakfast staples. The revered Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes, for example, are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds–combining the good-morning comfort of a fluffy blue corn cake with the nutty goodness of New Mexico piñon seeds. Top with real maple syrup, and prepare for breakfast bliss. Word to the wise, when it comes to Tecolote come early. This popular breakfast landmark gets hoppin’.

The Pantry – Delectable Stuffed Pancakes and Satisfying Carne Adovada

Travel just blocks south on Cerrillos to be transported back in time to a classic Route-66 Santa Fe diner, the Pantry. Here, patrons enjoy traditional favorites like huevos rancheros, burritos, and oatmeal, along with made-to-order specialties including tempting Stuffed Pancakes (as outrageously delicious as they sound) and French Toast. Cross the border into serious breakfast territory by turning to the New Mexico Breakfasts section of the Pantry’s well-worn menu. Here, generations of sleepy-eyed diners have kick started their day with what is arguably Santa Fe’s most satisfying Carne Adovada–a local specialty of red chile marinated pork slow-stewed ‘til tender. Enjoy the Pantry’s famous Carne Adovada in a chile-topped burrito, or with their seriously addictive breakfast potatoes.

Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen – Natural Food and Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly

Quality organic ingredients, inventive cooking, soothing ambience, and local art combine to make relative newcomer Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen a bounty of breakfast goodness. Tucked into a rustic adobe farmhouse-style locale on Pacheco Street, Sweetwater satisfies cravings for natural food and soothing vibes. Here vegan and vegetarian selections like Buckwheat Pancakes, artfully made with organic buckwheat flour, delight planet-conscious patrons. I still dream about the Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa with dates, apricots and local honey. And my Sonoma Sunrise smoothie–a velvety blend of carrots, beets, kale, apple, and ginger made a natural foods believer out of me. Expect delightful surprises from a place that hand-mills its own flour, and infuses global flavor into fresh local ingredients.

Don’t Sleep In — Your Santa Fe Breakfast Is Ready

Suffice it to say, when it comes to dining in Santa Fe, you definitely don’t want to sleep in. From traditional to organic to everything in between, we’re keeping Santa Fe fueled with breakfasts that warm your spirits and nourish your taste for all things delicious.

Buenos Días my friend!

Santa Fe – Spring Must Do’s

Make the Most of Your Post–Hibernation this Spring in Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abandon your cozy seat by the fire and finish up your gourmet hot chocolate, because spring has arrived in the City Different! It’s time to go out, get active, and explore more of what makes Santa Fe so magical. Let the city’s creative spirit awaken yours from hibernation and explore the rich traditions of Santa Fe’s many cultures. Here are some ways to make the most out of a springtime trip to this wondrous and surprising city.

DIY Month

At a modest size of 37.4 square miles, and internationally recognized as a premier art market, Santa Fe packs in more creativity per square foot than anywhere else in the country. Get inspired by more than 250 art galleries, museums, and centers, and five art schools.

You’ll need those creative juices flowing as Santa Fe celebrates DIY Month in March, a creative tourism journey that gives you the chance to spend all or part of a trip taking workshops from experienced artists and artisans. It’s okay if you’re not an O’Keeffe. Classes cater to all artistic explorers, from beginners to aficionados. Fulfill a dream, refine a skill, or fall into something completely different. Want to tap into your inner artist? Take an expressive painting workshop with artist Cathy Carey. In this five-day class, limited to a small enrollment, you’ll learn techniques to loosen up your drawing and painting, capturing the feeling and fluid movement of Matisse and Van Gogh, and build a new connection to your work.

The Land and Light photography workshop teaches you the skills you’ll need to capture the majesty of Santa Fe with a lens. Walk this enchanted land with photographer Craig Varjabedian, photographing unique environments in an atmosphere of adventure and discovery. It’s a great way to explore the diverse culture, architecture, and landscape of northern New Mexico while upping your shutterbug game.

Personally, I can’t wait for the Glass Ristra workshop, a luxurious creative workshop brought to you by Bridges to Santa Fe. Held in a gorgeous home gallery, you assemble your own red, green, or Christmas glass ristra, while dining on red and green chile appetizers served on artisan-rendered glass platters.

That’s just a small sampling of the exciting do-it-yourself offerings. Transforming photographs with beeswax, traditional tinwork, Japanese papermaking, spinning wool, and many more possibilities await.

Bead Fest Santa Fe

Align the do-it-yourself spirit with do-it-for-yourself results at Bead Fest Santa Fe. Perfectly suited for both jewelry making novices and experts, Bead Fest is four days of discovering the latest techniques, tools, and tips. Take one of the 95 different workshops offered by jewelry artists from around the country, or shop at more than 150 booths and tables with everything you need to craft your own amazing creations. I’ll be going to behold the beautiful work on display, and, just maybe, end up with an amazing piece of my own design.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Photo: Rosalie O’Connor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all that making and creating, make sure you’re getting a balanced cultural intake. Along with the visual arts, Santa Fe is also a vibrant city of the performing arts. At the end of March, you can catch the dual-city Aspen Santa Fe Ballet as they return home for a program featuring Jiri Kylián’s poignant Return to a Strange Land, Alejandro Cerrudo’s striking new ballet Last, and Trey McIntyre’s seductive Like a Samba. Not sure if ballet is for you? Give this group a chance. Just don’t be surprised if you spend the entire performance at the edge of your seat. I asked ASFB’s director of marketing Jennica Lundin about the upcoming shows. “It’s not traditional ballet but way more contemporary,” said Jessica. She also told me that two of the three pieces would be performed on pointe, where the dancers perform entirely on their tiptoes. “Performing on pointe shows that our dancers’ technique is rooted in classical style.”

Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival

Go from nimble dancers to nimble swordsmen at the sixth Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival. Nothing feeds creativity like knowledge and experience, and I can’t think of a more exciting mental meal than a large serving of Samurai culture. Witness master swordsmen demonstrating their skills, Taiko drumming from Grammy winner Koji Nakamura, and a Grand Samurai Performance from Japan’s Nobuyuki Sato. You can also feast on Japanese food (yum), enjoy workshops (this city is workshop crazy), a silent auction, and – you guessed it – arts and crafts. It wouldn’t be a Santa Fe event if it didn’t involve creating something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Fe in Bloom

All of this culture can wear a person out. Make sure you leave yourself some time to enjoy and relax in Santa Fe’s natural beauty. Spring is a time when the outdoor world of Santa Fe turns into a collage of blooming plants. Why not try out some of those newly acquired photography skills on the blooming Aspens, tulips, poppies, and more. If you want a peek at some gorgeous gardens, the Santa Fe Garden Club is offering Pequeno Tours, private tours of some of Santa Fe’s finest homes and gardens. The Pequeno Tours start in mid-April and with spring temperatures in the 50s and 60s and plenty of sunshine, being outside in the fresh air of Santa Fe — named cleanest in the country by the American Lung Association — just feels great.

Start your Creative Season

Spring in Santa Fe is truly an inspiring time. Whether you want to jumpstart your own artistic renaissance or just recharge, there’s more than enough to wake your sense of adventure from its winter slumber. With all the opportunities to create and explore, there’s no time like spring to experience all the creative energy, diverse culture, and natural beauty that Santa Fe has to offer.

Santa Fe Women’s History – Nothing Boring About It

With its formidable, winding alleys, stately adobe facades, and love of all things chile, Santa Fe could justifiably be accused of exuding a somewhat manly – dare I say macho –air.  But hold it right there, bro-meisters. Being Women’s History Month and all, I not so humbly draw your attention to just a few of the women who shaped Santa Fe. I’m talking about genre-defying artists, social advocates, nationally recognized preservationists, and legendary rabble-rousers who left their indelible footprints in our beloved city.

Santa Fe women embody the best of both frontier spirit and cultural élan-presiding proudly in that place where local color meets Louboutin. Let’s celebrate their cultural legacy by proudly sharing their stories, and inspiring the next generation of history makers.

Confession moment: not too long ago my grasp of women’s cultural history went about as far back as Mary Tyler Moore. A coffee-talk with Dorothy Massy of Santa Fe’s Collected Works Bookstore encouraged me to dig deeper. “Santa Fe has a long history of nurturing creative thinking,” she says. “To this day Santa Fe is a mecca of creative expression not only for women, but for all individuals.” I was intrigued. And burrowing into a stack of non-Kindle volumes in our surprisingly charming public library, founded by the Women’s Club and Library Association 1896, I quickly discovered an inspiring truth: the legacy of Santa Fe’s most influential women is alive and permanently on display all across the city I love.

With a few fascinating field trips under my belt, I offer you this nonacademic guide to doing Santa Fe right – that is, enjoying this colorful city through the lens of landmarks and icons Santa Fe’s monument-worthy women literally put on the map. Much like Santa Fe women’s history itself, this guide is a work in progress. Read it, share it, add to it. Before you know it, you’ll be that interesting dinner party guest who starts a conversation about Santa Fe County’s first living history museum–hint: founded by a woman. Or the colorful character who invokes the name of Santa Fe’s most notorious gambler at your next game night–fyi: she charmed priests and judges alike.

SANTA FE CELEBRATES NOTABLE WOMEN AT EVERY TURN            

Georgia O’Keeffe

Santa Fe’s most famous visual artist was actually born and educated in the Midwest. Early in her career, however, O’Keeffe discovered the spiritual allure of Santa Fe and the surrounding landscape. For more than 20 years she visited the area to work, explore and seek inspiration. Today, Santa Fe proudly boasts the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American woman artist–The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Stroll to the eponymous Museum, just steps from the historic Plaza to enjoy the single largest repository of O’Keeffe’s work in the world. The Museum is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday evenings until 7 PM.              

Pablita Velarde

Born at Santa Clara Pueblo, Velarde is an internationally acclaimed painter considered one of the founding mothers of Native American art.

Experience Velarde’s iconic depiction of Pueblo life by visiting the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, just three blocks from the plaza. For a full immersion into the landscape and legacy that shaped Velarde’s vision, trek nearby Bandelier National Monument, where a young Velarde completed murals and paintings commissioned by the Work Projects Administration.              

Laura Gilpin

Ansel Adams called Gilpin, “one of the most important photographers of our time.” Dramatically capturing photographic images of Southwestern cultures and landscapes, her pioneering use of platinum and palladium printing earned international recognition.

Let Gilpin inspire your Santa Fe journey. Awaken your creative spirit, and enhance your photographic or printmaking skills at one of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ weekly instructional seminars. Novices welcome. (Take it from a novice.)              

Maria Gertrudis Barceló – AKA Doña Tules

A noted gambler and courtesan, Barceló operated a gambling house and saloon on Burro alley. She traveled up El Camino Real from Sonora, Mexico in 1815, and ruled the social set with a golden fist.

Burro Alley

Trace Barceló’s adventurous footsteps in downtown’s Burro Alley, a charming, European-flavored walkway just three blocks West of the Plaza. Grab what many locals (including me) consider Santa Fe’s most decadent pastries in Burro Alley Café, and imagine yourself in untamed 19th century Santa Fe.              

Mary Cabot Wheelwright

Transcending barriers of class and culture, Boston art heiress Mary Cabot Wheelwright adopted Santa Fe as her home, and devoted her life to the preservation of Navajo spirituality. In honor of southwestern native culture, Wheelwright created the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Wheelwright Museum

Wander just 2 miles South of the Plaza for a cultural journey unmatched in authenticity and quiet power. Experience what the Museum describes as “…an opportunity to sense the beauty, dignity, and profound logic of Navajo religion.”              

Mother Magdalen and the Sisters of Loretto

The Sisters of Loretto arrived in Santa Fe in 1852. In January, 1853 they established Our Lady of Light Academy, later known as the Loretto, the first school for young women in the Territory of New Mexico.

Do the Sisters proud by thinking global and reading local. Visit Collected Works, Santa Fe’s oldest independent, woman-owned bookstore, located just blocks from the plaza on the corner of Galisteo & Water Streets. Browse an extensive collection of books on local travel, Southwest and Native American culture and much more, then relax Santa Fe style in the local-is-better coffeehouse featuring organic, locally-roasted coffee and tempting treats.              

Sisters of Charity

Enduring a hardscrabble environment and unstable living conditions, the first Sisters of Charity arrived in New Mexico Territory in 1865 with the mission of serving all peoples regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. Today’s St. Vincent Hospital and Orphanage and St. Elizabeth Shelter for the Homeless endure in testimony to the power of their spirit.

Live the Sisters’ mission in Santa Fe by embracing our multicultural roots. Visit Museum Hill, a cultural “neighborhood” housing the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Celebrate Santa Fe Women Every Month of the Year

Santa Fe celebrates our most prominent women’s cultural contributions every day of the year. Discovering the deep-down influence Santa Fe’s notable women have had on our city, I am humbled by their ingenuity, dedication, heart and love of Santa Fe, a town that’s never been afraid to show its feminine side.

Mom, Abuela, Daughter, Sister, Girlfriend, we celebrate YOU this Women’s History Month. And for all you who happen to be in this colorful corner of the world, I hope you’ll let the richness that is Santa Fe inspire your journeys – near and far.

2013 Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Once a year I take a deep dive into Santa Fe’s culinary scene and expand my palate (and my pants). It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in all my favorite meals around town as well as exploring new ones. This delectable week is underway and the feasting continues through March 3rd. Restaurant Week is eight days of flavor-packed goodness, keeping your stomach and your wallet full. How? By providing 3 and 4-course meals from Santa Fe restaurants at “try it now” prices. You won’t find deals like this the rest of the year, but of course the great food can be enjoyed anytime.

While preparing my taste buds for this year’s Restaurant Week, I made a list of eight restaurants I plan to visit. I wish I could sample them all, but there are so many restaurants (60 restaurants to be exact) and not enough time. My suggestion: create your own list of restaurants you’ve been dying to try, and discover as many flavors of Santa Fe as you can.

La Casa Sena

La Casa Sena, one of the oldest adobe buildings in Santa Fe, will be my first stop. If you choose to dine in the Cantina, you’ll feel like you’re having dinner in the middle of a Broadway musical. Every Wednesday through Sunday, the wait staff sings and entertains while delivering gorgeous platters to your table. I’ve always been a fan of Chef Patrick Gharrity, whose Restaurant Week menu includes Rabbit Confit Tartlette for starters, an entrée of Grilled Quail, and Lemon Curd Crème Brule for dessert – all for just $30 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Compound Restaurant

Restaurant Week isn’t complete without experiencing James Beard Award Winner Mark Kiffin’s diverse menu. I take advantage of every opportunity to visit The Compound just to admire this gem of a building, which is a work of art by famed designer Alexander Girard. I’m salivating just thinking about Chef Kiffin’s Fried Pacific NW Oysters, which I’ve had many times and can’t get enough of. However, the Braised Short Rib entrée is what I’m most excited about. The Compound is also offering Seared Scottish Salmon and Stone Ground Polenta for you non-meat eaters. And for dessert, an array of Sorbet will be the perfect ending to an exquisite meal. The meal is $40 but the experience is priceless.

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Martín

One of the menus I’m most excited for is Restaurant Martín’s four-course meal. The ambiance, along with Chef Martín Rios’ take on American cuisine makes Restaurant Martín a superb dining experience. For $40 per person, he’ll take your palate on a tasty journey. The first course I’m having is Potato Leek Veloute, which is Chef Rios’ unique spin on Tempura Oysters. Next I’ll be having the Grilled Golden Pineapple and Pear Salad. I hope to save room for the main dish, which is a Coconut and Lemon-infused Atlantic Salmon. And finally, I’ll finish it off with the Chocolate Brioche Pudding for dessert. You might be interested to know Chef Rios has many accolades, including the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence, James Beard runner up for “Best Chef of the Southwest” in 2011, and he was featured in the 2008 season of Iron Chef America.

 

 

 

 

 

Il Piatto

Highly acclaimed Chef Matt Yohalem and his lavish Restaurant Week menu make Il Piatto a top restaurant stop for me. I plan on starting with the famous Tomato Mozzarella Bruschetta. One of my favorite main dishes is Il Piatto’s Rosemary Roast Chicken, and the Tiramisu for dessert is to die for. $20 per person is just icing on the cake, no pun intended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shohko Café

I have to satisfy my sushi fix during Restaurant Week at Shohko Café, one of the first sushi restaurants in Santa Fe. What better to way to start off a seafood meal than with some sea-salted edamame? For my entrée, I plan on spoiling myself with the Sashimi Combination,12-pieces of sliced fish selected by the chef. Shohko’s dessert options are a little more difficult to decide ahead of time because they all seem incredibly alluring. I’ll have to wait until the day I’m there to choose from Green Tea Ice Cream Tempura, Panko Breaded Bananas, and Mochi Ice Cream. This seafood special is only $30 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe

I love to go into Amaya just to see the Native American themed art and authentic hand-painted pueblo pottery scattered throughout the restaurant. I’ve never actually eaten here, but that will definitely change after this week. For $20 per person, you can choose from Native American, Asian, Western, or Mexican cuisine. I’m going to begin with the Green Chile and Roasted Corn Chowder. All of the main dish choices sound tempting, but I’ll try the Oaxacan Red Chicken Enchiladas. For dessert, I’ll sample the Amaya Chocolate Decadence with Cinnamon Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

Luminaria at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

I’ve always been a fan of Luminaria because they only use local and organic seasonal ingredients. Their starter choices include Smoked Pork Posole, Spinach Salad, and Crispy Portobello Ravioli. I’m leaning towards the ravioli. As a main dish, I’m excited to try the Spice Crusted Tuna. And being that it’s winter, I’ll try the Apple Cider Float for dessert.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Corn Café

For $25 per couple (that’s right, per couple), Blue Corn’s special menu made my list. I can’t wait to start with fresh guacamole and chips. You’ll have the choice of two entrees from four attractive options. As I’m writing this I’m debating between the Blue Corn Tacos and the Honey Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, but that might change between now and then. For dessert, the Chocolate Chimichanga is a no-brainer for me. What can I say? I swoon for unique desserts with a Southwestern flare.

 

 

 

 

 

So pull out your stretchy pants and let your appetite and curiosity lead the way. Remember to make reservation during Restaurant Week to avoid waiting for a table. For all restaurant menus, visit http://santafe.restaurantweeknm.com/. Enjoy!

 

 

Romantic Guide to Santa Fe

Couple exploring Downtown Santa Fe

Santa Fe has been arousing spirits and stirring passions for over 400 years. Maybe it’s the city’s dramatic sunsets and picturesque mountain vistas. Or maybe it’s the charming adobe buildings, cozy kiva fireplaces, and tantalizing cuisine. Whatever it is, Santa Fe, like a Pablo Neruda poem, embodies true love, making it an ideal destination for a romantic getaway. Did you know that “Santa Fe” is the universal word for “love”? Ok, not really. However, The City Different does have the ability to inspire the heart, rekindle an old flame, or spark a new one. Don’t take my word for it. U.S. News Travel recognized Santa Fe as a top destination for romantic retreats and Livability dubbed it one of the Top 10 Romantic Cities in America. Below is my insider’s guide to a romantic stay in Santa Fe.

 

Chocolate elixir from Kakawa Chocolate House
Photo courtesy of Food Network TV

What better way to re-ignite a romance or proclaim your love than by spending a day indulging in fine art, breath-taking skies and mountains, and delectable cuisine? Start with a couple’s massage and a soak in one of Santa Fe’s calming spas. Then, make your way to Kakawa Chocolate House for some midday sweetness. Your senses will be invigorated after sharing a few cups of Kakawa’s “Tonantzin” chocolate elixir, an herbal aphrodisiac said to flame the passions within. While you’re there, purchase a box of Aphrodite Truffles, which were inspired by the Love Goddess herself.

Estrella del Norte Vineyard

Nothing is more sensual than a spicy encounter in the kitchen. Spend the day mastering  the flavors of the real Southwest with a cooking class taught by highly acclaimed local chefs. Try the “Green Chile Workshop” at Santa Fe School of Cooking, or the “Exploring España” class at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy to really heat things up. For you wine lovers, sample award-winning vino varietals with an intimate tour at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, which offers a “Cupid’s Arrow Wine Lover’s Special” for the month of February.

If museums and world-class art stimulate your desires, head to Museum Hill to explore exhibits like “New World Cuisine, the Histories of Chocolate Mate y Mas” at the Museum of International Folk Art. Then make your way to the legendary Canyon Road where you’ll discover vibrant international art galleries. Stroll the intimate adobe walled streets as you treasure hunt for the perfect piece of original artwork to fall in love with.

Enjoying the serenity of the Santa Fe wilderness
Photo Courtesy of Homes.com

In the midst of all the affection, take some time to appreciate the scenery with the person you love. Just the two of you…explore Santa Fe’s crisp, pure mountain air and whispering pine forests with a hike or horseback ride through the peaceful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Stop by the Santa Fe Farmers Market before you head up and grab a few ingredients like local red chile raspberry jam and artisan cheese, the perfect compliment for your romantic adventure. Having Santa Fe’s pristine wilderness to yourselves will reinforce your appreciation for nature, as well as each other.

Spectacular sunset from La Fonda Bell Tower

As daylight turns to dusk, Santa Fe’s evening skies create a symphony of colors, transforming from turquoise blue to deep orange and red. Marvel at the sunset and enjoy a specialty silver coin margarita from La Fonda’s fifth-floor Bell Tower, the highest terrace in Santa Fe (open weather permitting). Or hop on the Pinzgauer Tour offered by Santa Fe Walkabouts for a ride up to Baldy Peak, offering a 12,000-foot panoramic sunset view.

Indulging in a romantic dinner

The City Different is home to an unrivaled collection of James Beard recognized culinary gourmands and local farm-to-table food artisans. Whether you’re looking for elegant sophistication or something a little more quaint, Santa Fe is teeming with romantic restaurant options. After a day of passion, have an intimate dinner next to a crackling piñon fire at Rio Chama Steakhouse. And at the end of the night, enjoy a night cap with your amor at Secreto Bar, located inside the sublime St. Francis Hotel. Here you’ll discover ancient wine-making traditions introduced by Santa Fe’s Franciscan monks, as well as a wide array of award-winning, hand-crafted cocktails.

Romance is found everywhere in Santa Fe. Wherever you go, you’ll be smitten by the city’s charm, sophistication, and ever-present beauty. And as your love for Santa Fe grows, so will your love for one another.

 

Valentine’s Day & Annual Romantic Events

At the Artist Table

WHEN: February 14, 2013 from 6 – 9 pm

Looking for a truly memorable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? “At the Artist Table” presents an intimate evening of fine art and cuisine.

Moonstruck at the Lensic Performing Arts Center

WHEN: February 14, 2013 at 7 pm

Join us for a Valentine’s Day screening of this romantic comedy, released in 1987 starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.

ARTfeast

WHEN: February 22-24, 2013

Fine art meets fine dining in this one of a kind event. There are fashion shows, an auction, home tours, and the Edible Art Tour–an evening of gallery hopping with art-inspired nibbles prepared by the area’s finest chefs.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

WHEN: February 24–March 3, 2013

Feast on delicious, three-course meals at a fraction of the cost. Dinners will be priced at $25 for two for casual-dining restaurants, or $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant.

 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

WHEN: March 29-30, 2013

This innovative dance company returns home this March with a program featuring Kylián’s poignant Return to a Strange Land, Alejandro Cerrudo’s striking new ballet Last, and Trey McIntyre’s seductive Like a Samba.

First Friday Art Walks

WHEN: First Friday of the Month

Join the West Palace Arts District Galleries every month on the First Friday for a variety of openings and exhibitions. Hours for events are usually from 5 to 7:30 pm.

Last Friday Art Walk at the Railyard Galleries

WHEN: Last Friday of the Month

Held the last Friday of every month, this exciting world-class contemporary art experience opens up the hip Railyard Arts District at night. RAD (The Railyard Art District), a cooperative of 10 Railyard art galleries hosts its “Last Friday Art Walk” throughout the Railyard.

Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

WHEN: June 28 – August 24, 2013

The repertory includes a world premiere, the first Santa Fe performances of another brilliant opera by Rossini, the return of a comic opera by Jacques Offenbach, and two popular revivals.

By Gabe Trujillo 2/14/13

2nd Annual Santa Fe WinterBrew

Santa Fe WinterBrew, a celebration featuring local breweries and restaurants, “hop”ped onto the scene a year ago. This year’s WinterBrew sold out days before the event, a sign of the excitement surrounding it as well as the growth in popularity of the beer culture. None of this surprises me, though, since New Mexico is home to an array of stellar, high-quality microbreweries, most of them located right here in Santa Fe. On Jan. 25, these local vendors stimulated taste buds and quenched appetites inside the spacious Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion. The rustic warehouse, filled to capacity with restaurateurs, brewers, and beer enthusiasts, vibrated with exuberance all night long.

Vivacious crowd at Santa Fe WinterBrew 2013

The event kicked off at 4 pm and everyone was handed an empty beer glass and a $5 food/drink voucher upon entering. I immediately began salivating from the aroma of hops in the air, so with glass in hand, I took to the booths.

Marble Brewery

I first stopped at the ever-popular and always satisfying Santa Fe Brewing Company, where I purchased a glass of one of my favorites, the Happy Camper I.P.A. I then made my way to Marble Brewery and sampled their Red Ale. Everyone relished in the fun and the vendors exuded grandeur in showcasing their best beers. However, Duel Brewing, the newest brewery out of Santa Fe, generated the longest line and created the buzz of the night. Curious patrons were able to choose from two of their Belgian-style beers and they both exceeded expectations.

Duel Brewing

Other beers I sampled and loved were Second Street Brewery’s Cream Stout, La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA, Tractor Brewing Company’s 2Pac Red Ale, and Rio Grande Brewing Company’s Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza. But my favorite of the night was Blue Corn’s Imperial Porter, which was aged in bourbon barrels and contained sweet hints of vanilla.

2013 WinterBrew was a spectacular night filled with fun, laughs, lively conversations, and great beer. With all the unique and quality local breweries, New Mexico, and Santa Fe in particular, is now on the lips of many travelers as a beer lover’s destination.

Santa Fe Brewing Company
Marble Brewery
Junction Santa Fe

For more information on Santa Fe breweries, restaurants, and upcoming events, visit www.santafe.org!

P.S. Event organizers are already planning next year’s WinterBrew and say they are certain of growing the event even larger, perhaps needing an even bigger pavilion to host the event!