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Cast Your Vote for the Top Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe 10 Aug 2014, 10:00 pm
Green Chile’s are something of an icon in New Mexican cuisine. While there are several amazing New Mexican dishes that allow this versatile ingredient to shine, it’s safe to argue that there are none more delicious than a green chile cheeseburger. Over the years, these burgers have taken on legendary status. Burger fanatics have been known to go on pilgrimages in search of the most delicious bite of green chile perfection. If you’ve never heard of, or never had to chance to try a green chile cheeseburger, then now is the perfect time for you to visit the charming city of Santa Fe as we gear up for the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. You don’t want to miss this mouth-watering experience. Book your room at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today!
Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown
Symbolic of Southwestern culture, the green chile is New Mexico’s largest crop, and brings the distinctive heat and flavor to our distinctive cuisine. So how does one participate in the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown? That’s the best part of the entire competition: You get to try any number of amazing Santa Fe restaurants, and their own version of this classic Santa Fe burger, and then vote for your favorite. It’s as simple as that. Voting is over soon, closing on August 15th, and the winner will be announced at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion on September 12th. Even if you don’t get a chance to vote, you can still sample burger bites from 7 local restaurants, enjoy brews, music and a night of fun at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion while helping crown the 2014 Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown winner at the grande finale event. For more green chile-centered fun, join the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute in the Green Chile Harvest Festival on September 7th, where you’ll enjoy green-chile centered cooking demonstrations.
There are a wide variety of restaurants participating in the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, and you’d be hardpressed to sample them all. However, we can help recommend a few of our favorites to get you started. Tempt your tastebuds with what is being called the sexiest Green Chile Cheeseburger at Las Fuentes Restaurant and Bar, located at The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa. Other Notable places to dine include Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, Anasazi Restaurant and Bar, Terra, and Luminaria Restaurant. There’s even a zesty vegetarian offering at the Body Cafe. No matter where you choose to try this culinary sensation, we’re sure you’ll enjoy every bite. Book your room at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today, and get tasting!
Sign Up For a Cooking Class in Santa Fe 17 Jul 2014, 12:53 pm
The city of Santa Fe, home to an amazing variety of world-renowned restaurants, is a food-lovers paradise. It is easily a city where you can spend your days exploring the streets, and moving from one great meal to the next if you so desire. The creative spirit that is so central to life in Santa Fe is not limited to the arts, as it extends to the table as well. Here, you’ll find award-winning chefs always daring to push their own envelopes, and try something new and innovative. In Santa Fe, you’ll find it all; from traditional New Mexican fare, including of course our legendary New Mexican chiles, to equisite fine dining, and fresh farm to table discoveries. If you’d like to take a little bit of Santa Fe home with you, so you can keep recreating your wonderful memories of time spent here, then why not sign up for an exciting cooking class? Or spend some time wandering through the farmers markets, or take culinary tours across Santa Fe. Book your room at Four Kachinas Bed and Breakfast Inn today, and let your culinary adventure through Santa Fe begin.
Sign up For a Santa Fe cooking Class
With more than 200 worthy restaurants to choose from, there really is no need to do any cooking while in Santa Fe. However, if you’re looking for a more hands on experience, then perhaps a cooking class is exactly what you’re looking for during your time here. Every year, thousands of people come to Santa Fe for the unique classes and workshops offered here. Cooking classes are available at a variety of places around Santa Fe, including Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe and Cooking School, the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, and the Santa Fe School of Cooking.
Another great places to get a hands on experience with Santa Fe’s local cuisine is at the Santa Fe Farmers Market in the Railyard. The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market begain in 1960, and is now considered to be New Mexico’s largest farmers’ market, as well as one of the most widely recognized markets in the United States. Here, you’ll find over 150 vendors, countless of locally-grown agricultural products, as well as cooking demonstrations and other fun events. There is no better place to meet the people growing your food, and learn more about the fascinating culintary movement in Santa Fe. Book your room in Santa Fe, and start tasting your way through the oldest capital city in the country.
Fly Fishing in Northern New Mexico 28 Jun 2014, 10:00 pm
As home to the purest air in the country and 320 days of sunshine every year, it’s no wonder that Santa Fe is a huge draw to outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. From skiing, hiking and biking in the mountains, to river rafting or fly fishing along the lakes and rivers, there truly is something for everyone. Northern New Mexico just so happens to be one of the best places for fly fishing in the western United States, and Santa Fe serves as a great jumping off point for your fishing adventures. There are wonderful fly fishing opportunities in the Santa Fe, Chama, and Taos regions. Book your room at our luxurious Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, where you can enjoy the exciting nightlife and great restaurants of Santa Fe after a long day of fly fishing and relaxing at the many rivers, lakes, and streams in Northern New Mexico.
Fly Fishing in Northern New Mexico
For many outdoor enthusiasts, fly fishing epitomizes what it means to relax and enjoy your natural surroundings. If the fishing isn’t enough for you, then you’ll surely enjoy the breathtakingly diverse landscapes on your fly fishing adventure, where you’ll find everything from deserts, canyons, and mountains with forests of pines and aspen, to mesas brimming with cactus and juniper. Northern New Mexico is home to a variety of fishing opportunities also, including large rivers, high mountain spring creeks, and lakes. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or are just testing out the waters, the areas surrounding Santa Fe are great places to sample the finest of New Mexico fly fishing. Local guide companies, such as The Reel Life or the Land of Enchanment Fly Fishing Guides, can help you find the perfect fishing experience to suit your needs.
In Northern New Mexico’s fly fishing waters, four main species of trout can be found, depending on the area you choose to fish. The most popular fly fishing areas include the Chama River and it’s main tributaries, the Rio Grande and it’s main tributaries, the Pecos River, and the Jemez River. The Chama River is one of the least known, yet most diverse, trout fishing streams, and is also one of the most scenic, lending itself to wonderful fishing adventures for those seeking an authentic fly fishing experience. If you’re looking for a fishing experience amongst our beautiful alpine meadows where large fish don’t make your day, then the Jemez River is for you. It should be no surprise that the Rio Grande is one of the more popular trout fishing rivers in New Mexico, rewarding fishers with large trout along its 70 miles of water. The Pecos river is very easily accessed, making it a popular fly fishing destination for families and tourists. As you can see, there is a lot to choose from when planning a Northern New Mexico fly fishing adventure. We look forward to hearing your fishing stories when you stay with us at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Enjoy A Summer of Santa Fe Art 12 Jun 2014, 2:05 pm
There is always something happening within the art scene of Santa Fe, and for newcomers, knowing where to start or what to see can be more than overwhelming. The history of Santa Fe’s artistic culture dates back to the New Deal Era, when artists were sent to the southwest to reinvigorate the economy. Today, Santa Fe ranks as the 3rd largest art market in the country, and is home to over 300 art galleries and dealers as well as several wonderful art museums worthy of exploration. The types of art found in Santa Fe are as diverse as the artists that live and produce here. Browse through the galleries of Canyon Road or the Railyard district, and you’ll find a variety of art to look at, including Native American Art, International Folk Art, as well as a variety of contemporary art. Book your room at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast Inn today, and get ready to dive into the world of Santa Fe art.
The Best of Santa Fe Art
If there is a better time than others to be in Santa Fe, it’s certainly during the busy summer months, where special art exhibits, art markets, and other festivals abound. A special exhibit, which happens only twice each year since its inception in 1995, is the SITE Santa Fe Biennial. The newest Biennial exhibit, which opens in Santa Fe July 20th, 2014, is titled Unsettled Landscapes, and is part of a larger program called SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas. This wonderful six-year long series of exhibits are dedicated to contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. This year’s Unsettled Landscapes explores contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego. Through the use of three different themes – lanscape, territory, and trade – this art exhibit attempts to focus on the political and historical conditions of this region, linking the past with the present. The artists participating in this exhibit are from multiple geographic regions, and their works consist of new and existing works, 13 new commissions, and several offsite installations as well.
Also happening in the month of July are the wonderful annual Santa Fe art fairs and markets. From July 10-13th, the 14th annual ART Santa Fe will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center, featuring excellent contemporary galleries from all over the globe, cutting-edge art installations, as well as emerging artists and dealers. This international art fair is a wonderful opportunity fort the artisans of Santa Fe to shine, while at the same time allowing visitors to meet and speak with dealers and artists themselves. For a more laidback art experience, try the Traditional or Contemporary Spanish Market, of the world-famous International Folk Art Market. You will love your time spent exploring the world of Santa Fe art, no matter where you choose to spend that time. Book your room at our Santa Fe Inn today, so you don’t miss an exciting summer of art in Santa Fe.
Sip Your Way Along the New Mexico Wine Trail 27 May 2014, 10:00 pm
New Mexico is not always the first place that pops into your mind when you think of sipping your way through wine country, but we think you may want to reconsider. In fact, New Mexico is the oldest wine growing region in the country, and it is high past time to come experience the unique and relaxing beauty of New Mexico’s wine country. We can think of no better way to experience the history and deep cultural roots that are the bedrock foundation of life in Santa Fe. New Mexico’s wine trails offer a glimpse into the winemaking industry that New Mexico has perfected over hundreds of years. With a history so rich and wine so delicious, sipping your way along the New Mexico Wine Trail is sure to quench the thirst of any wine lover. Book your room at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, and begin your journey into wine country just steps away from the bustling center of downtown Santa Fe.
The New Mexico Wine Trail
One of the best things about taking the time to explore a lesser-known wine trail than California’s Napa Valley, or even the Pinot Noir fields of Oregon, is the intimate experience you’re sure to find here. On these less-traveled wine trails, such as the New Mexico Wine Trail, it’s possible to gain a deeper appreciation for what’s in your glass by walking among the vines, feeling the soil, and talking directly to the owners as you sip and sample your way through their delicious wine selections. If that’s not enough to entice you, then perhaps the scenic beauty that will surround you throughout your time in New Mexico’s wine country will. From the Northern wineries around Taos to the southern wineries of Las Cruces, let the beauty of New Mexico enchant you.
In northern New Mexico, stop in the fresh, young, and edgy Vivac Winery to taste their complex reds. Afterwards, continue south along the wine trail to Black Mesa Winery, where you’ll find wines produced with an array of Pinot Grigio, Syrah, Montepulciano, and Riesling grapes. Black Mesa’s most popular wine is Black Beauty, a deep red, chocolate flavored dessert wine. Continuing south along the New Mexico Wine Trail will bring you to Santa Fe’s #1 winery, Estrella Del Norte Vineyards. Here, there are over 50 select wines to taste, including their gold medal Estate Pinot Noir. If you’re looking for something a little different, try their Holy Molé wine, with hints of almonds, chocolate, and red chiles. Near Albuquerque, you’ll find the beautiful Anasazi Fields Winery, which is surrounded by orchards watered by a spring-fed irrigation system that dates back more than a thousand years to a time when the Anasazi people farmed the Placitas Valley. End your journey along the New Mexico Wine Trail by visiting the oldest existing winery, La Viña Winery. It’s possible to spend many relaxing days exploring the hidden treasures and beautiful scenery along the New Mexico Wine Trail, and is by far the best reason to book your room at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today.
Spring Hiking in Santa Fe 27 Apr 2014, 10:00 pm
Hiking through the hills and mountains surrounding Santa Fe during the spring is a thing of beauty. The Santa Fe area is world-renowned for it’s pristine air quality, brilliant blue skies, and phenomenal opportunity for outdoor adventure. Plan a spring getaway to Santa Fe, and you’ll be nestled amongst the southernmost Rocky Mountains, surrounded by 12,000 foot mountain vistas. Tucked into the Rio Grande Valley, Santa Fe is surrounded by over 1.5 million acres of juniper, aspen, and Pinon begging to be explored. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then book your stay at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast Inn today, and start exploring the wonderful hiking trails found here.
Santa Fe Hiking Destinations
Our luxury bed and breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of historic Santa Fe, where you’ll have over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails at your disposal, such as the La Tierra Trail network, the La Piedra Trail, or the popular Dale Ball Trail system, which is a 22 mile network of multi-use trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Another wonderful place to visit for some great hiking in the Santa Fe area is the Randall Davey Audubon Center, where you’ll find 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife bordering the National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed. Over 190 species of birds can be found in this sanctuary, making it a wonderful place for birdwatching.
For the true hiking enthusiast, there are a number of wonderful and more challenging hikes just outside of Santa Fe. The Petroglyph National Monument offers several hiking trails, including those that navigate around the regional volcanoes, and trails into Rinaconda Canyon, Boca Negra Canyon, and the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. If you want to experience some of the legendary history of Santa Fe while getting in a hike, then head out to the village of Abiquiú and Ghost Ranch along US 84. Ghost Ranch is where Georgie O’Keeffe used to stay, and it offers great hiking trails open to the public. Other popular hiking destinations for visitors to Santa Fe include Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and the beautiful canyons and mesas of Bandelier National Monument. No matter where you choose to spend your time hiking through the hills surrounding Santa Fe, we know you’ll leave here rejuvenated and full of appreciation for these beautiful lands. We look forward to your stay with us at our luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Experience the beauty of the Santa Fe Opera 19 Apr 2014, 10:00 pm
Santa Fe is a city beyond measure: It’s magical, exuberant, and colorful, as any visitor will tell you. Santa Fe is a city rich with culture, arts, and history, which have been developed and cultivated over its over 400 years of existence. As most visitors to The City Different know, Santa Fe is a city with a dynamic love of art, and has been recognized internationally as one of the world’s great centers for the visual and performing arts. At Four Kachinas Inn, we think every one of our guests should experience this unique, artistic beauty found throughout our city. One of the most popular activities to do in Santa Fe is to catch a performance of the Santa Fe Opera, located at the stunning Crosby Theatre. Reserve your room at the Four Kachinas Inn today, and start planning your amazing journey into the artistic world of Santa Fe now.
2014 Santa Fe Opera Season
One of the most famous and world-renowned performing arts in Santa Fe is the Opera. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned opera lover or a newcomer to this beautiful artistic display; The Santa Fe opera will thrill all visitors. In fact, we would argue that there is no more beautiful way to experience opera for the first time than at the Santa Fe Opera. The 2014 season runs from June 27th through August 23rd, and is an enticing array of shows. The season starts with Carmen, the world’s most popular opera performance, and ends with what is considered to be the most enthralling of historical operas, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The Santa Fe Opera is immensely popular with locals and visitors alike, so don’t hesitate to buy your tickets to your favorite performance, or you may lose your chance this year.
If the world-class performers, musicians, set design and productions aren’t enough to captivate your soul, then perhaps the view at this remarkable venue will be. This world renowned venue is an amphitheater in the rolling hills just outside of Santa Fe, and rewards its visitors with incomparable views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. Opera performances start at sundown, but the fun starts hours before. Join in one of the preview buffets, featuring dinner, wine, dessert, and an informative talk about the evening’s opera. If you’d rather join your friends for some tailgating in the parking lot, head to the Opera three hours before curtain-call and take in the spectacular scenery and sunset views while eating dinner. No matter how you choose to do the Santa Fe Opera, we’re sure you’ll love it and return year after year for these spectacular performances. Book your stay with us now, so you don’t miss this unbelievable opportunity.
Experience Santa Fe Culture at our Destination Bed and Breakfast 22 Mar 2014, 10:00 pm
It can sometimes be hard to adequately describe the great city of Santa Fe to those that have never experienced it. There is so much to see and do in The City Different, that it will surely require more than one or two trips. Unlike many other cities throughout the country, a visit to Santa Fe is sure to be magical and full of excitement at any time of the year. Santa Fe is overflowing with history and culture, which is ultimately what led this fascinating city to be declared the top cultural getaway in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine. If you’re looking for a one of a kind getaway, then there is no better time to book your room at our destination bed and breakfast in Santa Fe.
Our Destination Bed and Breakfast In the Heart of Santa Fe
The rich, smoky scent of Pinón trees is a constant presence in this ever-changing city, where you’ll find centuries old adobe buildings still standing, juxtaposed with modern, and often avant-garde art galleries and lively new restaurants. The strong connection to the Native American and Spanish roots of this city, despite the fast-paced and ever changing nature of a modern city, are what make Santa Fe so special, and are what earn Santa Fe travel accolades year after year. Not only has Santa Fe been ranked as a top cultural getaway, but it’s also been voted the The Best Food Town in 2012, and has been listed as a top city for independent boutiques and shopping, historic destinations, and art.
Like any great city, Santa Fe has an extensive list of “must do” activities and sites to see. When you stay at our luxury destination bed and breakfast, you’ll be conveniently situated near the thriving cultural heart of downtown Santa Fe. If you’re new to Santa Fe, get some quick and enriching lessons or the regional history at one or more of the fascinating Santa Fe museums. Our favorites include El Rancho De Las Golondrinas, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe’s rich past is preserved in historic sites located throughout and near the city. Some of the most popular historic sites in the Santa Fe area are the Loretto Chapel, with its miraculous spiral staircase, and the Chapel of San Miguel, which is the oldest church in Santa Fe. If you want an up close and personal glimpse into historical life in Santa Fe, then we recommend visiting one of the Indian Pueblos in the area, where their timeless cultures, traditions, arts and beliefs continue to thrive. After a day spent immersed in the fascinating history of Santa Fe, your appetite is bound to be ready for some of Santa Fe’s world-renowned cuisine. With so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, you’ll never go hungry. At the end of your long day, come back to our luxury bed and breakfast, relax in front of our Kiva fireplaces, and unwind at our destination Inn, where modern luxury meets southwestern charm. Make your reservations today, and get ready for an unforgettable Santa Fe adventure.
Explore Our Santa Fe Winter Playground 27 Feb 2014, 3:11 pm
If the cold, gray winter weather is starting to feel oppressive, then now may be the perfect time to fly south for the winter and explore the wonderful Santa Fe winter playground. It really doesn’t matter what time of year you visit Santa Fe; all four seasons have plenty to offer. In Santa Fe, you’ll be greeted by 320 days of sunshine, brilliant blue skies, and some of the purest air in the world. There are more than 30 miles of scenic hiking trails suitable for year-round hiking, and during the winter there is also choice skiing, ice skating, and snow shoeing. If the inexhaustible Santa Fe winter playground isn’t for you, then there are still plenty of other activities to lure you to a Santa Fe Winter. Don’t miss your opportunity this year! Book your winter getaway to Santa Fe now at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast.
Santa Fe Winter Playground
The city of Santa Fe sits at a high elevation of 7,000 feet, which during the winter provides for a plentiful amount of snow for nordic skiing, snow shoeing, and alpine skiing. While north of Santa Fe, in Taos, there is a wonderful ski area, Ski Santa Fe is nothing to miss either. Ski Santa Fe boasts the second highest base in the U.S., and is home to 660 acres with 1,725 feet of elevation and 74 named trails. Most importantly, this wonderful ski area is only 16 miles from downtown Santa Fe. The smaller crowds often found here during the winter months make Ski Santa Fe the perfect place for families to spend some time having Santa Fe winter fun. With amazing snow conditions and a huge variety of terrain, including standard groomed trails and 30-foot drops, you’re sure to find something for everyone at Ski Santa Fe.
If you aren’t an adrenaline-loving outdoor enthusiast and would prefer a slower paced winter getaway, then Santa Fe is your perfect winter match. During these slower winter months, you’ll find Santa Fe less frenzied and full of tourists, and you can enjoy all of the shops, museums, galleries, restaurants, and attractions at a more leisurely pace. The Santa Fe Opera may not be in season yet, but there are still a variety of performances to enjoy at the stunning Lensic Performing Arts Center. In a city with such a legendary art culture, it’s no surprise that there are art events every week of the year in Santa Fe, particularly in the gallery-laden Santa Fe Railyard district, downtown in the Plaza area, and up on artistic Canyon Road. As you can see, a Santa Fe winter can be as diverse and unique as the city itself. Santa Fe is a virtual winter playground for people of all interests and backgrounds, and we look forward to your stay with us in Santa Fe this winter.
Savor the Flavors in Santa Fe Restaurant Week 11 Feb 2014, 7:36 pm
It’s no secret that Santa Fe is a food lovers paradise, with a reputation for legendary and innovative flavors stemming from a fantastic mix of cultural influences. February is upon us, and for many Santa Fe residents and frequent visitors, that means it’s time to let our taste buds do some exploring around town. The 2014 Santa Fe Restaurant Week is here; an annual tradition perfect for the food lover in you. That’s right, the most delicious week of the year is back, with even more ways to experience the incomparable cuisine of the City Different. Santa Fe boasts more than 200 restaurants, ranging from our local New Mexican flavors to creative Southwestern cuisine to authentic world cuisines. You’ll find it all here, and you’ll quickly discover why so many visitors have fallen in love with Santa Fe. Four Kachinas Bed and Breakfast is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, making it the perfect destination for your next Santa Fe vacation. Book your room now, start making your restaurant reservations, and don’t miss this years Restaurant Week!
Santa Fe Restaurant Week
Santa Fe restaurant week is a treasured time where we get the opportunity to sample the amazing and unique flavors produced throughout the world-renowned Santa Fe culinary scene. It is perhaps the best antidote to the winter doldrums that plague so many of us, as it’s your chance to feast on delicious, three-course meals at a fraction of the cost. This wonderful event kicks off on Sunday February 23rd, and runs through Sunday, March 2nd, and features discounted prix-fixe dinners and lunches in the city’s finest restaurants, plus special events, such as classes, demos, and tastings. Wonderful menus will be available from popular Santa Fe favorites, such as the Anasazi Restaurant and Bar, Andiamo!, Restaurant Martin, and The Compound, as well as about 50 other Santa Fe restaurants. If you want to extend your Restaurant Week experience and bring home more than just your leftovers, then be sure to try out some of the great demonstrations and classes available during this week. Why not try your hand at an amazing mole sauce in The Magic of Mole class, or test out your skills at making Chile Rellenos in the Chile Relleno Master Class?
Whether you new to the culinary scene in Santa Fe, or are returning to sample more of your favorite cuisine, don’t miss your opportunity for the wonderful taste combinations sure to hit the plate at this years Santa Fe Restaurant Week. Reservations for this incredible event are already under way, and are highly recommended if you want a seat in the finer Santa Fe venues. Book your stay at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast now, so you can stay right in the heart of the action during 2014′s restaurant week.