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Exciting Day Trips from Santa Fe 11 Oct 2014, 9:20 am
There is no shortage of fun and exciting things to do and places to see when visiting Santa Fe. In fact, you could spend days exploring this diverse and exciting city, without feeling the need to leave and explore the surrounding region. However, as wonderful as Santa Fe is, there are several equally as wonderful places to visit outside of the city, which make for unique and exciting day trips during your vacation. Choose from any or all of these day trips, and allow us to show you even more of Santa Fe. Reserve your room at our Bed and Breakfast today, and begin the journey through Santa Fe’s rich and unique culture.
Four Fantastic Santa Fe Day Trips
North of Santa Fe, there are two beautiful and historically
important locations that should be on any itinerary to Santa Fe.
If you only have enough time to visit one place, then
Taos should be it.
Taos is a beautiful, historic town located at the base of the
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and is home to the Taos Pueblo, whose
classic adobe structures are estimated to be over one thousand
years old. Highlights of a trip to Taos are the Taos plaza, the
thriving center of the old Spanish settlement, which today is full
of many colorful shops, galleries and restaurants. After
taking a historic walking
tour of Taos and seeing the many interesting sites along the
way, you’ll want to see the views on the The Rio Grande Gorge
Bridge. This bridge is the second highest cantilever bridge in the
U.S., at 650 feet above the river. Another popular day trip
destination outside of Santa Fe is the tiny town of Abiquiu, which
is known for the stunning colors and vistas that inspired famous
New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who made her home at
Two other popular destinations for visitors to Santa Fe are the stunning natural areas known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Bandelier National Monument. Tent Rocks National Monument is located on the Pajarito Plateau, and is a fun and interesting place to spend the day exploring ancient geological events. The characteristic tent-like formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Bandelier National Monument is a beautiful place to visit, complete with 33,000 acres of rugged and beautiful canyons and mesas. As you explore Bandelier, you’ll find Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls that pay tribute to the early days of the ancestral Pueblo people that first lived here, and whose culture has been kept alive in the spirit of Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a deeply inspiring place to live and visit, and these day trips are the perfect way to help you explore the reasons why. Hurry and book your stay with us this fall, and come discover Santa Fe.
Santa Fe is the Perfect Fall Destination 28 Sep 2014, 10:00 pm
As we end what has been a beautiful month of September in Santa Fe, it’s time for us to look forward to what fall has in store for us this year. It is often said in travel circles that the best time of the year to visit Santa Fe is between September and November. During these months, the temperature is mild and enjoyable, the streets are less crowded, fall colors begin to show their vibrant hues, and the City Different becomes an even more affordable fall destination. And of course, we couldn’t talk about fall in Santa Fe without mentioning the fantastic fall festivals that are happening, too. No matter what it is you’re looking to do this fall, book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast Inn, and see for yourself why Santa Fe is the perfect fall destination.
Let Santa Fe Be Your Fall Destination
The colors of fall in Santa Fe are as distinctive and beautiful as they come. While many, when they first hear of fall foliage, think of the vibrant reds, oranges, and golds of Maine or Vermont, let us assure you that the colors of Santa Fe are just as stunning, when the native trees change into the deep crimson and golds we usually reserve for sunsets. There are a tremendous variety of hiking opportunities to suit all fitness levels in Santa Fe, all with different but equally rewarding views out over the stunning colored mountains and valleys. As its name suggests, Aspen Vista in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is a great place to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view featuring our distinguished golden aspens. Another popular hike in the area is the Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail, which features great fall views of the Rio Grande Valley. If you want the views without all the work, then take a drive up to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, where you can get on the Santa Fe Ski Quad Lift, taking you to soaring heights and a stunning view of the area.
While the beauty of Santa Fe during this time of year is worth seeing, there are so many other reasons to make Santa Fe your fall destination. During no other time of the year will you have such personal access to the artists and artisans famous to Santa Fe, than in October during the Canyon Road Paint Out. It’s a great time of year to explore Santa Fe’s art scene, and likely even find a new piece of work to take home with you. Other fun fall events in Santa Fe include the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, the Harvest Festival, the Galisteo Studio Tour, nearby Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta, and many other great events. To complete your trip, be sure to sample some of the delicious green-chile based food around Santa Fe, too, because autumn is harvest season for these local favorites. For these reaons, and so many more, Santa Fe is the perfect fall destination. Book your room at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today, and fall in love with Santa Fe.
Don’t Miss These Great Santa Fe Art Galleries 19 Aug 2014, 10:00 pm
First time visitors to Santa Fe may at first glance be taken aback by the seemingly plain buildings, brown, and built in the traditional adobe style. It doesn’t take long, though, for visitors to unearth the hidden beauty and exquisite culture that have melded together and made Santa Fe the top travel destination that it is today. Today, even the architecture throughout Santa Fe is considered an art form, echoing the deep layers and history that make Santa Fe so exquisite. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an art collector, an artist, or just someone who appreciates beautiful and oftentimes unique things. Art lies at the heart of Santa Fe’s culture, and rests at the fingertips of those who stay in Santa Fe, fully accessibly in the city’s 250+ art galleries. Our luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, within easy reaching distance of many of the best art galleries. Book your room with us today, and fall in love with the artistic flair of Santa Fe.
Browse the Best Santa Fe Art Galleries
One of our favorite things to do in Santa Fe is to walk the beautiful streets of legendary Canyon Road, around the downtown Plaza, or in the upandcoming Railyard District, discovering one gallery after another. You may even have the chance to meet some of the artists at Santa Fe’s famous Friday evening gallery openings throughout the year. Two of our favorite galleries include the Gerald Peters Gallery and the Nedra Matteucci Gallery, both of which feature beautiful representations of American art from nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the Taos Society of Artists, artists of the American West, and masters of American Impressionism and Modernism. If you’re a particular fan of Jean-Claude Gaugy, then don’t miss the Gaugy Gallery, where you’ll find a full variety of his artwork, including his signature medium of carved wood paintings. Canyon Road staple, the Waxlander Art Gallery, is also an exquisite place to browse works by local aritsts. If you’re in the mood for more contemporary art, then we suggest both the new LewAllen Gallery in the Railyard District, which is fast becoming the primary center for contemporary art in Santa Fe, as well as the Turner Carroll Gallery on Canyon Road.
If you’re interested in learning about and seeing fine examples of regional Native American Art, then we highly suggest the Blue Rain Gallery, Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery, Mark Sublette’s Medicine Man Gallery, and Niman Fine Art. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful mix of historic and contemporary Native American art, ranging from baskets and beadwork, to pottery, include Pueblo Pottery, Jewelry, and much more. Santa Fe is also home to a great variety of interesting specialty galleries. The Andrew Smith and Verve Galleries showcase beautiful contemporary and historic photography, and the Tai Gallery showcases stunning pieces of bamboo art. Head five miles north of Santa Fe, to the village of Tesuque, and you’ll find the Shidoni Gallery, featuring 8 acres of sculpture gardens and a bronze art foundry situated along the Rio Tesuque. While there, don’t miss the beautiful Tesuque Glassworks, featuring a sales gallery, daily glassblowing demonstrations, and tours of the cast glass facility.
No matter what kind of art speaks to you, a visit through Santa Fe’s art galleries is nothing short of fantastic. Book your room at our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today, and the world of Santa Fe art will be at your fingertips.
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.