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Category: New Mexican Culture

Joe’s Blog: A Santa Fe 4th of July

Many flags have flown over Santa Fe from long before the first celebration of the 4th of July. New Mexico would not become any legal part of the United States until 1848 following the Mexican-American War. So the first 4th … Continue reading


Mike’s Blog: THE GETTYSBURG OF THE WEST | THE BATTLE AT GLORIETA PASS – Part 2

THE CONFEDERATE FLAG FLIES OVER SANTA FE Sibley reached Santa Fe on March 13, 1862 (having set out from Texas on February 23, but not before the Union had destroyed the town’s supplies).  The Confederate’s New Mexico campaign that was … Continue reading


Mike’s Blog: HOW THE U.S. DEFEATED THE CONFEDERACY TO WIN THE WAR OF THE WEST

“THE GETTYSBURG OF THE WEST” – THE BATTLE OF GLORIETA PASS PART 1: THE NEW MEXICO CAMPAIGN TO SEIZE THE U.S. WESTERN TERRITORIES   Located less than a half hour away from the Inn on the Alameda, the battlefield of … Continue reading


Joe and Mike’s Blog: El Ranch de las Golandrinas or Ranch of the Swallows

This beautiful rural and rustic museum to the south of Santa Fe is a wonderful experience for the whole family. Anyone interested in livestock, farming, culture and living conditions during the early Southwest’s history will find this restored one-time caravanserai … Continue reading


Joe’s Blog: Saint Patrick’s Day and the Importance of the Irish in New Mexico

  Saint Patrick is the pre-eminent patron saint of Ireland whom we recognize annually every  March 17th. This annual day of celebration in remembrance of Saint Patrick is an important spring festival in its own right, except when Easter falls on this … Continue reading


Joe’s Blog: Love…Santa Fe Style!

In spring, a young man’s fancy turns to love.  Saint Valentine himself was a martyr in ancient Rome but it is unclear how his name became associated with “Valentine’s Day”.  In 496, Pope Gelasius established the Feast of  Saint Valentine … Continue reading


Joe’s Blog: New Mexico Statehood is 102

January 6th, 2014 is the 102nd anniversary of New Mexican Statehood, which makes this a good time to take a look at the exciting and unique history of our town dating back much further than our statehood.  The story of … Continue reading


Ski Santa Fe…and Taos!

The snow has come to Santa Fe, and we are delighted! More snow is predicted for the holiday, and we may even have that fabled White Christmas. Ski Santa Fe opened on December 15, a little later than the hoped-for … Continue reading


Viva la Fiesta de Santa Fe!

A favorite time of year is here! The clement autumn weather is perfect, and the local festivities remind us of how rich and grounded the City Different is in its fascinating history and culture. One of the oldest capitals in … Continue reading


Spanish Market Santa Fe

For lovers of art and heritage, the upcoming weekend promises many delights, as the 61st annual Santa Fe Spanish Market swings into the Plaza. With 183 artists in the Market, and an additional 52 youth artists exhibiting their work, this is … Continue reading


Santa Fe Living, Water Loving!

Earth Day 2012 found us thinking about water, especially since the Santa Fe River has a gentle flow right now, thanks to the late spring snows and subsequent melt that we have so fortunately received. The Inn has a perfect … Continue reading


Santa Fe Visits SXSW Austin Texas!

We have always appreciated our Texas visitors, with their relaxed and congenial appreciation of all that Santa Fe has to offer, so when we had the chance to go straight to the source, we jumped right in! SXSW may have … Continue reading


Jaune Quick-to-See Smith at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

Jaune Quick-to-see-Smith at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum 217 Johnson Street Santa Fe NM It’s actually hard to remember back before the O’Keeffe Museum was here. Of course, the Santa Fe lightbulb joke asks how many Santa Feans it takes to change … Continue reading


A New Year’s Story

“When the world was very young, a beautiful tree began to grow in the forest. With every day that passed, the tree grew taller and taller. From its lofty place, the tree could look down on all the life of … Continue reading


Las Posadas: A Santa Fe Holiday Tradition

The holiday tradition of Las Posadas takes place on Sunday, December 11, at 5:30pm at the Palace of the Governors So much of the holiday season seems so familiar and so relentlessly repetitive, and once-only experiences are becoming a rarity. … Continue reading


November Snow

Nearly ever year, sometime around the end of October, Santa Fe gets its first little snowfall to let us know that winter is on its way. This year the reminder came a little earlier, the weekend before Halloween, and the … Continue reading


The Galisteo Studio Tour

One of the great joys of the autumn season in Northern New Mexico is the annual round of village studio tours. Artists open their homes and studios to wandering aficionados of the arts in many of the picturesque small towns … Continue reading


New Mexico Studio Tours

One of the best things about autumn in New Mexico is the chance to wander to the artists’ studio tours that occur throughout the fall months. Not only is the weather truly superb, one can meet the artists, see their … Continue reading


Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

Everybody seems to know about chile and New Mexico. But does everybody know how to pair our unique regional fare with fine wines? Given the vast quantity of vino out there in the world, selecting good taste and good value … Continue reading


Viva La Fiesta de Santa Fe

The big art events are behind us, the Opera season has concluded, and now it’s time for the Santa Fe locals to have a party….a party that’s almost 300 years old! Although the City of Santa Fe celebrates its history … Continue reading


The Santa Fe Show Pulls into the Railyard Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Show takes place August 12-15 and August 18-21 at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM, 505-660-4701 Such a simple title for what is surely a much more complex endeavor! Adding another major … Continue reading


SOFA Santa Fe

SOFA West Santa Fe 2010 takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center located on the northeast corner of West Marcy and Grant Avenue from August 4-7. No, no, not a seating arrangement…it’s an acronym for Sculptural Objects and … Continue reading


Spanish Market = Timeless Santa Fe Travel

Summer in Santa Fe is the time of year when we celebrate the deep Hispanic roots of La Ciudad Diferente. It’s a satisfying experience to encounter a place that honors its traditional arts and, at the same time, celebrates the ingenuity of … Continue reading


Santa Fe Opera Here and Now!

The Santa Fe Opera, Highway US 84/285 For tickets: Box Office 505-986-5900 and 800-280-4654, or by email boxoffice@santafeopera.org It’s a fact that some times of year are just more exciting than others. And for Santa Fe and its myriad of … Continue reading


Santa Fe Art This Summer

Santa Fe richly deserves its artistic reputation, and summer is a season that brings many opportunities to learn why. Free Friday evenings at the museums, First Friday Artwalks at the Railyard and Last Friday Artwalks in the West Palace and … Continue reading


Santa Fe History, Living and Thriving

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Rd, Santa Fe 505-471-2261 http://golondrinas.org/Museum_Info/Driving_Directions/index.html Just south of the city of Santa Fe, visitors can find a beautiful and unique place that seems almost unchanged by the winds of time. At the … Continue reading


Cooking Up Santa Fe Flavor

The Santa Fe School of Cooking is located at 116 West San Francisco Street , Santa Fe, NM  1-800-982-4688 or 505-983-4511 On Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeSchoolofCooking?sk=wall When people think of Santa Fe, frequently the first thing they think of is the food. … Continue reading


Simply Santa Fe South of Town

The Allan C. Houser Compound is located at 26 Haozous Road, 22  miles south of Santa Fe on Highway 14 “Simplicity appeals to me in a land where the simple things are respected and appreciated – simplicity is a way … Continue reading


Navajo National Monument and a hike to Betatakin

Santa Fe, New Mexico, occupies a unique position in the spacious geography of the American Southwest. We bask in the invigorating climate of the Southern Rockies, which mount up to our north and east. The great rift valley of the … Continue reading


A Santa Fe Guy, A Santa Fe Gala

The Lensic Performing Arts Center at 211 West San Francisco Street  celebrates a 10th Anniversary Gala on April 16, 2011 The admiring glances seen every time we attend a performance event at the Lensic Performing Arts Center are a reminder … Continue reading


The Stone Lions Shrine in Bandelier National Monument

In spite of having a week off with splendid weather – except for today with its blowing dust – I chose to do spring cleaning and intensive yard work instead of hiking, and consequently I don’t have an up-to-the-minute entry … Continue reading


Santa Fe Travel Leads Home

Santa Fe may be a southwestern paradise, but we locals do leave on occasion, even if the time of year is foreboding…and even when the foreboding is borne out in fact! When the weather delays that froze up 2/3 of … Continue reading


North to Taos from Santa Fe!

This week, we are pleased to welcome as a guest blogger, Taos resident Susan Mihalic, who shares her thoughts on our neighbor to the north. Susan is a writer and editor who has lived in Taos since 1995. The Inn … Continue reading


Santa Fe Museum Hop & Shop

The Wheelwright Museum of the Almerican Indian, International Museum of Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture are all located on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo in Santa Fe, NM New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Avenue, … Continue reading


Sangre de Cristo

The Blood of Christ. Sangre de Cristo. An unusual name for a range of mountains in any part of the world. But if you happen to be in Santa Fe, or Espanola, or Taos, or up Colorado-way in the altiplano … Continue reading


The Mystery of Christmas: Las Posadas

A cold winter night and the overriding need to seek shelter. Cruel setbacks from those in high places. Persistence in the face of denial. And at last, a humble welcome among the beasts and the straw, a place to rest, … Continue reading


Santa Fe Open House at IAIA

The Institute of American Indian Arts is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico While many cities can boast an art school or two, Santa Fe has unusual bragging rights by virtue of having an … Continue reading


Santa Fe Red Reporting for New Mexico Elections

Engaging and educational! That’s what I would call a sudden opportunity to help cover the midterm elections for Albuquerque Public Radio, KANW-FM. Although I’ve been a conscientious voter since I first registered, this was the first time I’ve had any … Continue reading


Amazing Chaco Canyon

Of all the thousands of archaeological sites you can visit on a trip to the American Southwest, the remains of the Chacoan Great Houses, preserved in Chaco Culture National Historical Park –  a three hour drive west of Santa Fe … Continue reading


Santa Fe Fiesta: A Favorite Time of Year

A celebration that is almost 300 years old has certainly had time to age and mellow…but that’s not to say that one can call burning a 40-foot tall puppet a mellow way to start a festival! Moving the annual Fiesta … Continue reading


Santa Fe Indian Market Says Indian Summer Soon!

Well, we hope it will be an Indian Summer! Weather in Santa Fe is always pretty decent, but like everyone else, we hate to see the warm days go with the summer. And with the much-anticipated arrival of the Santa … Continue reading


Santa Fe Spanish Market means La Herencia!

The 59th Annual Summer Spanish Market takes place from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, July 24 and 9am to 5pm on Sunday, July 25 on the Santa Fe Plaza. Each year, Santa Fe celebrates 400 years of Spanish heritage with … Continue reading


A Special Santa Fe Summer Symposium

Located at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on the NE corner of West Marcy Street and Grant Avenue from July 6-8, 2010. Registration in advance at tcarlson@royalroadtours.com Every summer, the art opportunities in Santa Fe seem to get better … Continue reading


A Santa Fe Museum Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, my grand-daughter and I were crafting some beads and charms for her to use in creating a hand-made gift for her mom. As we looked through my high-school-vintage jewelry box for ideas, we … Continue reading


Free Money, Free Rest

Free Money? If only! But the fabled money tree does exist, even if the money is just paper! As I wound down a sojourn in the midwest, I continued my search for free entertainment, especially welcome in these economic times … Continue reading


Art Wants to be Free

A Free Museum? That’s a novel concept! As it happens, however, it’s not so novel after all, as evidenced by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with free admission since the museum opened in 1916. Away from Santa Fe for a … Continue reading


One on One in Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe continues to open the minds and the eyes of the City Different with its new exhibition, “One on One,” which runs through May 9 of this year. A suite of works by five artists, this expansive show … Continue reading


Santa Fe Serves Up Restaurant Week

Great dining destinations deserve great deals once in a while…and New Mexico delivers with its first annual restaurant week! For two exciting weeks, Santa Fe and Albuquerque restaurants will be upping the ante in the kitchen while they’re dropping the … Continue reading


Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian ~ The Little Gem of Santa Fe’s Museum Hill

One of the hidden gems of Santa Fe is the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Perched up on Museum Hill, but not part of the Museum of New Mexico system, this petite treasure house is a great museum visit … Continue reading


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