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Winter Art Markets in Santa Fe

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winter art marketThe type of art produced in Santa Fe is as widely diverse as the people that live here. Santa Fe is a historic and colorful city, influenced deeply by Native American, international folk art, and contemporary arts.  Within Santa Fe, there are a number of ways to interact with art, and the artists that call this community home.  Walk the halls of Santa Fe’s world-class museums, or visit some of the 250+ art galleries lining Canyon Road, Lincoln Avenue, or the Railyard District.  For a more personal and engaging experience, there is nothing better than heading to a local art market, where you can see and purchase goods made by local artists, and often meet the artists themselves.  Santa Fe is a legendary trading center, dating back to the days of early explorations.  While many of the popular Santa Fe Markets occur during the summer months, the winter months provide you with yet another wonderful chance to experience this aspect of Santa Fe’s culture; the winter art markets.  Book your stay with us now, so you don’t miss your chance to experience these one of a kind experiences in Santa Fe. Read More


Santa Fe Cooking Class

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cooking classesIf you haven’t already experienced the world-renowned cuisine of Santa Fe, then this fall or winter is the perfect time to escape to the city different for a culinary experience you’ll never forget.  In recent years, it’s no secret that Santa Fe has earned itself a stellar reputation from foodies the world-over.  The rich cultural diversity of Santa Fe, which has melded Anglo, Hispanic, & Native American cultures together, has created a fusion of flavors unique to the Southwest.  The the legendary and innovative flavors of Santa Fe, especially those involving our local chile, will please your taste buds from first bite.  While here in Santa Fe, delight your senses at the more then 200 restaurants, which specialize in everything from traditional New Mexican home cooking to contemporary fine dining to local farm to table discoveries.  If you’d like to take your food journey to the next level, then we have just the experience for you.  Stay with us this fall or winter, and try your hand at making some of our delectable cuisines in a cooking class at the famous Santa Fe School of Cooking.


Santa Fe daytrip Itineraries to the West, East, & South

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Santa Fe daytripIn an earlier post, we discussed some fantastic Santa Fe Daytrips to the northern region, but these aren’t the only magnificent Santa Fe daytrips at your disposal.  At Four Kachinas Inn, we’ve also put together 3 additional daytrip ideas for you to enjoy; one to the west, to the east, and one down south.

Our Santa Fe daytrip to the west takes you through the ruins of an ancient civilization, a high-tech research center (birthplace of the atomic bomb), traditional Pueblos, and the collapsed center of a long-dormant volcano.  Here, you’ll find the San Ildefonso Pueblo, the Bradbury Science Museum, and an abundance of outdoor recreation.  The recreational highlights include Bandelier National Monument, where you’ll find thousands of ancestral pueblo dwellings among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  Valle Grande is one of the largest collapsed volcanic calderas in the world, and is the perfect place to experience the solitude of the Santa Fe outdoors.  End your day relaxing in the mineral waters of Jemez Springs. Read More


Northern Santa Fe Daytrip Itineraries

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Santa Fe daytripSometimes, there is no better way to get a feel for the land your visiting than to hit the road for a good old-fashioned daytrip.  It’s often the best way to discover the magnificent landscape and diverse cultures surrounding beautiful Santa Fe.  From our luxurious bed and breakfast, a Santa Fe daytrip to nearby Taos, Abiquiú, Chama, Los Alamos, Madrid, Pecos or Las Vegas are just a hop, skip and a jump away.  Book your stay at Four Kachinas Inn, and take the time to travel north of Santa Fe for a unique cultural, historical, and geological experience. Read More


Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

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wine and chile fiestaOver the past few years, Santa Fe, home to more than 200 restaurants, has earned itself a wonderful reputation as a foodie paradise, where the creativity famous to Santa Fe extends to your plate.  Santa Fe cuisine is widely varied, ranging from local New Mexican flavors to creative Southwestern cuisine to authentic world cuisines.  There is, however, no food more popular and well known to Santa Fe as the green chile.  The legendary and innovative flavors of Santa Fe cuisine, including our local chile, will astound you and leave you hungering for more.  Keeping Santa Fe on the map as a world-class culinary destination is a central mission to our popular Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta.  This fabled wine and chile fiesta is truly a taste of history.  It combines wine, with New Mexico being the oldest wine growing region in the United States, and the defining ingredient of this region’s cuisine, the New Mexico chile, into one unforgettable event.  Book your stay at our well-appointed Santa Fe bed and breakfast now, so you don’t miss your chance to experience this amazing culinary event. Read More


Santa Fe Tours

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Santa Fe tourSanta Fe is one of the country’s most famous walking cities.  There is so much to do and see in Santa Fe, and walking around can be one of the best ways to get your lay of the land.  With our expansive turquoise skies and endless sunny days, we can’t think of a better city to explore on your own two feet.  Hit the streets with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly guide, or walk Santa Fe at your own pace.   Try a fun and informative walk with a local professional historian, where you’ll learn about the fascinating history, art and architecture of our unique city.  You’ll maybe even hear a spine-tingling ghost story or two.  Or simply meander through the winding streets to admire the charming adobe shops, homes and historic buildings along the way, as you create your own Santa Fe tour.  It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for; you can find it in Santa Fe.  Our luxury Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast is situated perfectly near the historic center of town.  Book your room with us now, and take this opportunity to enjoy one of our many walking Santa Fe tours. Read More


The Railyard

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The RailyardThe Railyard History

The Railyard, located on Guadalupe between Montezuma and Cerrillos Rd., has long been a focal point for transportation in Santa Fe.  Over 100 years ago, in the year 1880, the Santa Fe Railway Company pulled its first train into the Santa Fe depot, putting an end to horse and wagon travel along the Santa Fe Trail.  The railroad brought tourists and new residents, including artists hired by the rail line to draw and photograph images of Santa Fe, designed to entice faraway Easterners to come see the West.  New neighborhoods were created around The Railyard to house the workers and their families, leading Santa Fe’s Railyard to become a center of activity of  Santa Fe.  The Railyard stayed a central hub until rail transportation gradually gave way to modern day highways and airports.  As seen in so many other locations around the country, Santa Fe’s station, tracks, equipment and surrounding neighborhoods began to decline with the decline of the railways themselves.  By 1987 it was designated as a neighborhood needing redevelopment. Read More


Santa Fe Art

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Santa Fe Art
Excitement is in the air as the art-filled, performance packed, full of fun summer of 2013 in Santa Fe New Mexico begins.  Santa Fe has long been known as an art and cultural destination.  This historic city is home to a colorful journey of Native American art, international folk art and contemporary art suitable for all tastes. Those visiting in search of amazing Santa Fe art can wander through the halls of the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Museum of contemporary Native Arts, or you can simply stroll through the more than 250 galleries found along Canyon Road, downtown Lincoln Avenue, and the Railyard District.  There is no better time than summer for art enthusiasts to visit the vibrant city of Santa Fe, so don’t miss your chance to experience this one of a kind city.  Book your stay at the Four Kachinas Inn now, and see for yourself why Santa Fe has been consistently ranked as one of the top art cities in the world. Read More


Santa Fe wine festival

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Santa Fe Wine

Santa Fe wineWine is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Santa Fe.  That being said, New Mexico still has a long history of wine production.  Our warm sunny days and cool nights provide the perfect climate for growing certain varieties of wine.  Local wineries are earning awards at national and international competitions due to their elegant qualities.  The first vines were brought to New Mexico by the 17th century.  By the late 1800’s, New Mexico  was 5th in wine production in the US, producing approximately a million gallons of wine from 3,150 acres of vineyards.  Wine production struggled throughout the 1900’s, until a renewed interest in the region in the 1970’s.  Today, New Mexico boasts 46 wineries and tasting rooms, which produce 800,000 gallons of award-winning wine annually.  Some of this delicious Santa Fe wine can be tasted when you visit the beautiful wine bar and wine patio at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, which houses over 65 varieties of Santa Fe Vineyards, Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, and Black Mesa Winery.  Each of the Santa Fe Vineyards wines capture the essence of this beautiful sun-kissed region, and feature labels made by well-known artists Amado Pena, Virginia Maria Romero, Carrie Fell and Bruce King.  Starting in June, you can take part in a cooking class at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, where a chef from Santa Fe School of Cooking demonstrates cooking southwestern foods, and pairing the meal with some of our award-winning wines, all while you learn about the history of Santa Fe wine.  The Santa Fe School of Cooking also offers a variety of other specialty wine classes for the burgeoning wine enthusiast in you. Read More


Pueblo Indian villages; visiting the living past

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The ground that Santa Fe is built upon was originally inhabited by a number of Pueblo Indian villages. Many of these villages, built around 1050-1150, were abandoned 200 years before Spanish settlers arrived, leaving little modern day evidence of their existence.  Despite this, the indigenous population at the time of Spanish settlement in the 17th century was approximately 100,000 people scattered throughout 70 multi-storied adobe towns known as Pueblos.  Many of these surviving Pueblos are still in existence today.  As was common in these times, the Spanish settlers and missionaries attempted to subjugate and conquer the Native Pueblo Indians.  Ultimately, in 1680, the Pueblo’s revolted against the colonists, burning most of Santa Fe and occupying the region until 1692.  One of the few buildings that survived this destruction is the Palace of the Governors; still a central part of the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  Come see all of this amazing history and more, when you stay at our luxurious Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, located right in the heart of Santa Fe. Read More