Pet Friendly Lodging in Santa Fe, NM 12 Oct 2015, 4:13 am
Sometimes it’s hard to take that vacation if you aren’t sure that your pets are going to be able to handle the separation. The good news is that there is pet-friendly lodging no matter where you go and if you’re planning a trip to Santa Fe then look no further than Inn on the Paseo.
Our Inn is warm and welcoming and not only are we family-friendly, but we welcome well-behaved pets – after all, they are part of your family too! Both cats and dogs have taken a much-needed vacation here. We have a flat rate of $25 per night per pet and do not alter this according to size or weight. All you have to do is make sure that we know which pet you are bringing and then we will match you to one of our pet-friendly rooms so that the accommodation is suitable.
For active dogs a visit to this part of the world is going to be a memorable one. There are some great walks in and around Santa Fe – just remember to take some water with you when the temperatures are a little higher and to clean up after your pet.
Santa Fe is home to a few pet-friendly attractions so why not consider adding one or two of these to your itinerary?
Hyde Memorial State Park is open around the clock and dogs are welcome if they are kept on a leash. It costs nothing to take your dog into the park so it is a great place to visit if you are on a tight budget. Alternatively you can head over to the State Capitol Grounds. Again, dogs have to be kept on a leash but this is a great place to explore.
For dogs that love to be off-leash there is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Dog Park. This is a fenced area of the park where there are also separate areas for smaller dogs. Perfect for meeting other dog walkers. There is also an off-leash dog area at the Frank Ortiz Park. This is a great place for those who enjoy walking as there are plenty of walking trails here for you to enjoy.
With so many alternatives to taking your pet with you, you might be wondering why you wouldn’t just find a kennel or your pet. For some people the separation from their pets means that they spend their entire vacation just worrying about them and the pets can also suffer from separation anxiety. You can cancel all of this out just by bringing your pet with you.
If Santa Fe is on your list for consideration for your next vacation just call us to find out availability on our pet-friendly lodging for you and your dog/cat. Booking in advance is important as we have limited rooms available specifically for pets. Contact us for more information and check out our specials today!
New Shuttle Service to Ski Santa Fe! 12 Oct 2015, 3:54 am
There are many people who aren’t aware that there is great skiing in New Mexico! In fact, close to home is Ski Santa Fe, Santa Fe’s very own ski resort and every year it attracts skiing enthusiasts from all over the country (and other parts of the world!). Located just 15 miles from the city, getting there is easier than ever thanks to a new shuttle bus service launched to take skiers to and from the resort.
Ski Santa Fe has no less than 79 trails, 20% of which are ideal for beginners, with 40% aimed at the most experienced skiers. This year the resort is hoping to be open on November 28th and it is hoped that the ski season will be able to run until March 4th next year.
All in all there are more than 660 acres of terrain in and around the resort for you to ski and explore and this is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The resort itself dates back more than 30 years with construction beginning in 1985. In 1987 the resort was host to its first Winter Festival. Almost every year since then the resort has been developed and added to, making it one of the most impressive resorts in the US.
You might be wondering about that all-important après-ski and if so, look no further than the city of Santa Fe. There are more than 200 restaurants in our city, serving cuisines from all over the world or you can relax in the Santa Fe plaza which dates back more than 400 years.
And now with the addition of the RTD bus service you can reach the resort so much more easily when staying in Santa Fe. The bus picks up at South Capital Rail Runner Station between Cordova Rd. and Alta Vista St. and then makes an additional stop at Fort Marcy Park, just a couple streets over from Inn on the Paseo. The route takes the bus through the downtown area and along NM 475 until you reach the Ski Basin. To find out more about this service check out the official brochure here.
We look forward to welcoming you at Inn on the Paseo this winter! Our location can’t be beat and you’ll experience all the comforts of home while you’re here!
Pumpkin Pancakes 11 Oct 2015, 6:07 pm
1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
1/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
1 tsp sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
Whisk pancake mix, water, milk, pumpkin and spices until blended. Do not overmix; batter should be lumpy.
Spray a heavy griddle with nonstick spray; heat griddle over medium heat. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the batter onto griddle to form each pancake. Cook about 2 minutes or until bubbles appear. Turn pancakes over and cook 2 minutes longer.
Really, really good slathered in butter and drizzled with warm maple syrup!
Makes enough for 4.
Pound Cake Cookies 11 Sep 2015, 7:34 am
(From Harvey’s Best Cookbook)
2 sticks butter (no substitute)
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (We used a bit of almond extract too.)
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup chopped pecans (optional – We used them – good. I think coconut would work well, too.)
Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg yolks.
Stir in vanilla and flour.
Roll in balls and place on cookie sheet.
Flatten with a fork to about 1 ½ inches in diameter.
Bake in a 350 degree oven until edges are brown, about 10 minutes.
The recipe said the yield was 5 ½ dozen cookies. We only got 4 dozen. This was so easy and the ingredients are the things we always have on hand. It’s a great little buttery cookie that could be a base for adding coconut or chocolate chips and on and on . . . .
A World-Class Photographic Experience in Santa Fe 11 Sep 2015, 7:08 am
Here at the Inn on the Paseo, we love the fact that Santa Fe has so much to offer those who like to spend their time being creative. Every year, thousands of artists come here to rediscover what it is they love about art. For photographers in particular, Santa Fe is a magical place that provides endless opportunities to engage the imagination and stimulate inspiration.
(Photo Credit: Jeanie Adam Smith)
One such organization that guides photographers in harnessing their creativity and reaching their photographic goals is Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Sharing their passion for photography and offering world-renowned instructors, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offer a state-of-the-art photographic education for participants of all levels.
Operating year round and held with a stunningly beautiful campus, there are workshops suitable for every level of photographer. Those who are completely new to photography can take a class in the basics of digital photography. More experienced photographers can learn about the various techniques for studio lighting. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers it all. Participants leave Santa Fe with a whole new set of skills that could be the start of a passionate new hobby or even form the basis of a new career. There is even a workshop for those who want to capture the power of the iPhone to take better photos.
(Photo Credit: George Cooke)
The official website for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has a complete list of the workshops that are taking place throughout the year. Some can be completed in just a few days while others span up to a week. Whatever you choose, be prepared to be inspired. In the words of the Director of the organization:
“Photography deepens our connections to the world around us, to ourselves, and to one another. It adds meaning and delight to our lives.” – Reid Callanan
(Photo Credit: Will Van Beckham)
Art and creativity are a big part of life in Santa Fe. With such beautiful scenery all around, the desire to capture it for posterity is often too great to resist. Depending on the workshop you chose you may have the opportunity to make photographs of the many different landscapes and aspects of life in Santa Fe. Just think, one day your photos could even be gracing the wall of a gallery!
Remember that these workshops fill up fast and it’s important to register in advance. For more information, please visit Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
(Photo Credit: Erik Unger)
Santa Fe Events in October 5 Sep 2015, 9:19 am
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The highly anticipated Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is in it’s 7th year and will be taking place between October 14th and 18th. The festival will take place across multiple venues including the city’s Lensic Performance Arts Center and Warehouse 21. With five days of independent movie screenings, there is sure to be something that you’ll want to see and there are also plenty of other events such as workshops. You can get tickets for the festival at the official website here.
Each year the Harvest Festival takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. You can watch and take part as the villagers crush up grapes with their feet, string up chiles and make plenty of fresh produce such as bread, tortillas and more. Taking place from October 3rd-4th, this is one of the most popular events at the ranch and it starts at 10 am each day, running until 4 pm. The cost of an adult ticket for this event is just $8 and for teens and seniors it’s just $6. Those aged 12 and under can get in free of charge. To find out more about the event visit the El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.
Canyon Road Paint Out
One of the world’s largest public art demonstrations will be taking place on October 17th in Santa Fe this year. The Canyon Road Paint Out is in its 7th year and draws thousands of art enthusiasts from around the country to witness live demonstrations from artists who will bring live models, clay, paint, blow torches, carving knives, easels and materials from their studios. Canyon road, lined with carefully preserved historic adobes and gardens, will be filled with dancers live musicians and more. Most galleries will be open the Friday night before the event with artist receptions & demonstrations, new shows, and exhibits. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and preview their work. Find more information on the Canyon Road website.
Galisteo Studio Tour
Those who are interested in the work of local artists will not want to miss out on the Galisteo Studio Tour. Galisteo is located approximately 25 miles south of Santa Fe and the tour takes place on October 18th & 19th this year. The event is free to attend and you can do most of it on foot. This is an adobe village and has just 250 residents. The artists are drawn here by the beauty of the landscape, setting up their studios to produce works such as ceramics, paintings, sculptures, weavings and photographs. This studio tour has taken place each year for 25 years and it is the only chance that the public gets to find out more about the way that each artist works. Visit the event’s official website for more information.
September in Santa Fe! 7 Aug 2015, 10:55 am
September is a lovely time to visit Santa Fe and below we’ve highlighted just two of our favorite events…
Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon
Okay, we know that running isn’t for everyone, but this event is one of the most popular sporting events in the region and on September 20th this year the city is going to be packed with both participants and spectators. The Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon is a great charity event, with runners raising funds for a variety of projects. If you want to (or just find out more) you can check out the official website here. Runners will follow a course that leads them 1000 feet down into the beautiful Rio Grande Valley. Participants for both this and the 5k event can register online or in-person. All the races begin at 8 am and runners will be supported during the event with aid stations. There are a couple of cash prizes linked to the half marathon too, so if you have a competitive streak then this might be the event for you!
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta
This is something a little more on the relaxing side and ideal for those who want to enjoy the best fare that the region has to offer. Taking place from September 23rd to the 27th, this event will be held at a number of different venues across the city. All of the top restaurants will be taking part in this year’s event, the 25th anniversary of the fiesta. Widely considered to be one of the best wine and food events in the region, this year will see 75 restaurants and 100 wineries showcasing their best food and drink.
Events that will be held during the fiesta include a number of winery luncheons with guest chefs, a number of cooking demonstrations at the city’s School of Cooking, wine seminars at some of the city’s hotels and a wine tasting at the Community Convention Center. You can also take part in the Live Auction Guest Chefs Luncheon. Chefs taking part in the event include Stephan Pyle, John Sedlar, Matthew Accarrino, Mark Miller and Laura Werlin, among others. No less than four Master Sommeliers will be hosting the wine seminars and there will also be plenty of local chefs appearing at the event too. Golf and biking events will also take place for those who want to be a little more active! Find out more at the official website here.
If you would like to reserve a room at our bed & breakfast in September, make sure to contact us early as we fill up in advance!
Featured Itinerary: White Water Rafting & Beer Tour 16 Jul 2015, 7:34 am
(Guest Blog by Kathy M.)
In the beginning of June I had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Fe with three girlfriends. Truth be told, we’re all family and our ages span from 33 to 56 (all from “Bahston” Massachusetts). We were looking for a combination of relaxation, adventure, and fun.
Staying at Inn on the Paseo was the perfect choice for us as it is just a couple blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and is arguably the best value in Santa Fe with a delicious gourmet breakfast, free parking (yes, please!) and free wifi. The luxury linens, afternoon treats, and amazing staff didn’t hurt either!
We had a total of three nights and four days to get our fill of the area and decided to schedule one “tour” in advance. After much research (I’m a TripAdvisor junkie), I contacted Cindy from New Mexico Wine Tours and discussed her “River Rafting & Wine Tasting Tour” which sounded like a lot of fun, but definitely out of my comfort zone (the rafting part!). We all decided we had to do it. Life begins where fear ends, right?
This particular tour would combine a morning of rafting down the Rio Grande with the top rated, New Mexico River Adventures, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch prepared by Cindy, and an afternoon of beer tasting in Taos. Although I consider myself a “wino” and Cindy could have easily planned an afternoon of wine tasting, the rest of my group preferred beer. Cindy told us this was no problem and she had the perfect day planned for us.
The day started out with Cindy picking us up from Inn on the Paseo bright and early around 7:30am. We headed north to the New Mexico River Adventures shop where they fully prepared us with gear and all the safety information we would ever need for that morning and life in general! . We were on the river in no time and our guide, Mike, was absolutely fantastic. To say the trip was fun, thrilling, scenic and educational, is an understatement. We all had a blast and wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone! Here is a shot from the trip…
The rafting trip ended around lunch time and we walked across the street to the Blue Heron Brewing Company where we ate outside and sampled a flight of their delicious beers. Cindy had prepared an amazing spread of cheeses, fruit, chicken salad, and more. Thank you, Cindy!
After lunch we headed north towards Taos and the views were absolutely breathtaking. We stopped off along the side of the road to take in the spectacular views…
After pinching ourselves we continued on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge in the US. We walked out the center, looked down, confirmed our fear of heights, and walked back. Just kidding, it was actually very cool. Well, maybe not kidding entirely. Thankfully, the Taos Mesa Brewing Company was just beyond the bridge…
We sat outside and sampled more than a handful of beers from this brewing company. I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite from their great selection.
Our last stop of the day was at Eske’s Brew Pub in downtown Taos. We sat outside with a pitcher of Apricot Ale in a shaded area and relaxed. It was a nice way to end the day before our drive back to Santa Fe.
Planning this tour was one of the best decisions we made in Santa Fe…we won’t talk about the poorest decisions Kidding! To this day we can’t stop raving about how much fun we all had and about the exceptional service we received from both Cindy of New Mexico Wine Tours and the team at New Mexico River Adventures. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Eggs Blackstone ala’ IOTP 15 Jul 2015, 6:38 pm
(adapted from Breakfast Comforts by Williams Sonoma)
- 4 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced lengthwise ½” thick
- 1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for cooking
- 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 8 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, halved crosswise
- 4 Slices good quality bread, thickly sliced ¾” thick
- 4 large eggs
- About 1 cup (8 oz./250 ml.) hollandaise sauce (recipe below)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.
- Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, on the baking sheet. Drizzle with the 1 tablespoon oil, then sprinkle with the thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Bake until the tomatoes have shrunk slightly and their juices are bubbling, about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Lightly brush the bread slices with olive oil then place on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until lightly crisped, about 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- In a large fry pan, fry the bacon over medium heat, turning once, until crisp and browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
- Add a small amount of olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Fry the eggs to sunny side up (or over easy if you prefer), being careful to keep the yolks runny.
- You can alternatively poach the eggs in boiling water with 2 TBLSP of white vinegar for 3-4 minutes
- To serve, place 1 slice of toasted bread on each plate. Place several pieces of baby arugula on each slice then top with 1 or 2 roasted tomato slices and 2 pieces of bacon. Gently place eggs on top of bacon.
- Spoon about 3 tablespoons of hollandaise over each serving, then sprinkle with pepper.
- Serve at once, passing the remaining hollandaise sauce on the side. Serves 4.
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup (8 oz./250 g.) unsalted butter
- In a blender, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- With the blender running, slowly add the warm melted butter through the vent in the lid, processing until the sauce is thick and smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water to thin it.
- Transfer the hollandaise sauce to a heatproof bowl. Cover and place over (not touching) a saucepan of hot, not simmering, water to keep warm.
- Makes about 1 1/2 cups.