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Summertime music events in Santa Fe

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Besides the visual arts, Santa Fe also has a vibrant and diverse music scene.  This coming summer there will be plenty of live music to hear with a variety of festivals and special concerts.  Take a look at a few of the events happening in June and July that are worth listening to.

Thirsty Ear Festival, Santa Fe Sol and various other venues

June 7th – 10th, 2012

This annual festival in Americana and roots music offers a range of local talent and national touring acts.  Santa Fe Sol is located just south of Santa Fe, and proudly boasts an outdoor performance space in addition to it’s indoor stage.  This year’s lineup includes: Mary Gauthier, Sister Carol, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and many more!  Concurrently, there will be an arts & crafts exhibit happening.

Southwest Festival of New Music, Center of Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail

June 21st – 23rd, 2012

The three day event examines the theme of “Music as Environmental Consciousness,” conceived in homage to popular modern composer, John Cage.  The festival will include several new works by young composers who are continuing on with Cage’s tradition of hearing all the world as music.  While you may not walk away humming any catchy melodies, you’ll surely be intrigued by the variations in the sounds produced.

Make Music Santa Fe, Railyard Park

June 21st, 2012

This is a worldwide ‘Day of Music’ taking place for the first time in Santa Fe.  Originally started six years ago in New York as a day long event for amateurs and professionals to create music in public spaces.  Santa Fe’s version will take place at the Railyard Park and feature a children’s music presentation, a brass quintet, Anthony Leon & the Chain, Havana Son, and The Attitudes.

Concordia Santa Fe, St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Avenue

June 24th, 2012

Santa Fe’s premier wind ensemble presents their second concert of the season, “It’s About Time”.  Rather than have a permanent music director, Concordia Santa Fe features a guest conductor for each performance.  For this concert, Dr. Paul Shewan from Roberts Wesleyan College will be leading the group.

Santa Fe Bandstand, Santa Fe Plaza

Ongoing July 5th- August 16th

This free summer music festival presents a wide range of performers on the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand.  Concerts are Monday through Thursday at 6pm, and noon on Monday and Wednesday.


Tours

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If you want to visit Santa Fe and the surrounding area but want to leave the navigating to others, there are numerous tour operators eager to help. You will enjoy the services of knowledgeable guides steeped in the history, culture and workings of this special place. You can start out by taking a walking tour of the historic Plaza area, followed by a regularly scheduled motorized tour covering the adjoining areas and Canyon Road. There are more extensive tour offerings including excursions to galleries and artist’s studios, restaurant and chef visits, wineries, ghost haunts, homes and gardens, and outdoor adventure destinations.

Review the list of tour operators that we have provided to find a match to your interests, budget and time. Many operators will customize the tour to your tastes. So if you are seeking just a short walking tour of the downtown or a more extensive air tour of the remote areas of New Mexico and the surrounding states, there’s a tour operator willing to assist. They can enhance your understanding and appreciation for this area’s richness and beauty.

We have provided a list of some of the many tour operators and identified their area of specialty. We have also provided descriptions of five self-guided day trips branching out from Santa Fe to the northwest, northeast, east, south and west.

Cultural Treasures

www.santafeculturaltreasures.com

505 231-0855

Historic Walks of Santa Fe

www.historicwalksofsantafe.com

505 986-8388

Loretto Line Tour Company

www.toursofsantafe.com

505 983-3701

Odyssey Trails

www.odysseytrails.com

855 297-5673

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

www.outspire.com

505 660-0394

Patricia Leigh Photography

www.patricialeigh.smugmug.com

505 310-1555

Santa Fe Studio Tour

www.santafestudiotour.com

505 466-4877

Santa Fe Walkabouts

www.santafewalkabouts.com

505 216-9161

Wild Vistas Adventures, LLC

www.wildvistasadventures.com

505 474-3452

Santa Fe Hiking Guide, LLC

www.santafehikingguide.com

505 917-6280

Santa Fe Tour Guides, LLC

www.santafeguides.org

505 466-4877

Santa Fe Traveler

www.thesantafetraveler.com

505 474-4155

Native Destinations

www.nativedestinations.com

505 570-0538

Great Southwest Adventures, Inc.

www.swadventures.com

505 455-2700

Santa Fe School of Cooking

www.santafeschoolofcooking.com

505 983-4511

Custom Tours by Clarice, Inc.

www.santafecustomtours.com

505 438-7116


Outdoor Sports and Activities

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If you are seeking outdoor sports and activities to experience the peaceful beauty of the area and breathe some of the cleanest air in the country, Santa Fe has a lot to offer.   Pristine forests in the Sangre De Cristo, Ortiz and Jemez mountains surround the city and the Rio Grande, Pecos and Chama rivers are nearby.   There are opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, skiers, snow boarders, snowshoers, river rafters, fisherman, and horseback riders.   You can participate in these activities at your own pace or use one of the many Santa Fe based activity operators to organize a trouble-free outdoor experience.

If you just want a peaceful stroll in the Santa Fe green-belt, check out the RiversidePark or the RandallDaviesAudubonCenter.  There are several firms offering horseback riding and even a llama trekking company.  The nearby rivers have some of the best fly fishing in the country and spring and summer are excellent times for river rafting, whether its the thrill of whitewater rafting (Class 4 and 5) or a leisurely float trip.   There are even opportunities to fly the magnificent blue skies of the Southwest in a hot air balloon ride or a more adrenaline-filled soaring and gliding experience.

We have listed outdoor sports and activity venues, operators and adventure companies below to assist you in selecting a rewarding outdoor experience.  Golf and hiking adventures are also described other sections of this website.

 

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Ski Santa Fe
www.skisantafe.com

505-982-4429

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

skipajarito.com

505-662-5725

Taos Ski Valley

skitaos.org

866-968-7386
575-776-2291

Enchanted Forest Cross Country & Snowshoe Area

enchantedforestxc.com

575-754-6112

Sipapu Ski Resort

sipapunm.com

800-587-2240

Valles Caldera National Preserve

vallescaldera.gov

886-382-5537
505-216-2690

 

Horseback Riding

Broken Saddle Riding Co.

brokensaddle.com

505-424-7774

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch

bishopslodge.com

800-732-2240
505-983-6377

Wild Vistas Adventures, LLC

wildvistasadventures.com

505-474-3452

 

River Rafting

New Mexico River Adventures

newmexicoriveradventures.com

505-983-7756
800-983-7756

  Santa Fe Rafting

santaferafting.com

888-988-4914

 

Hot Air Ballooning, Soaring & Gliding

Santa Fe Balloons

santafeballoons.com

505-699-7555

  Sundance Aviation

soarsundance.com

505-832-2222

 

Mountain Biking

Santa Fe Mountain Sports

santafemountainssports.com

505-988-3337

   

 

Fly Fishing

High Desert Angler

highdesertangler.com

505-988-7688

The Reel Life

thereellife.com

866-804-7335
505-955-8114

Land of Enchantment Fly Fishing Guides

loeflyfishing.com

505-927-5356

 

Guided Hiking & Trekking

Yogihiker, LLC

yogihiker.com

505-819-8445

The Santa Fe Hiking Guide

santafehikingguide.com

505 917-6280

Santa Fe Walkabouts

santafewalkabouts.com

505-216-9161

Santa Fe Mountain Adventures

sfmadv.com

505-988-4000
800-965-4010

Wild Earth Llama Adventures

llamaadventures.com

800-758-5262

Enchanted Packgoats,LLC

enchantedpackgoats.com

505-553-8790

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

outspire.com

505-660-0394

   

Scenic Train Rides and Travel

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Travel by train has been a significant part of New Mexico’s history for over 100 years.  Today, some people still prefer train travel than airplanes and car trips.  The railroad allowsfor travellers to relax and enjoy the diverse scenery that New Mexico has to offer.  While visiting, take advantage of some of the scenic railroad trips in the area.

Santa Fe Southern Railway

The SFSR is an 18-mile spur from Santa Fe to the small village of Lamy, NM.  This short stretch connects to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line that is also operated by Amtrak.  For visitors arriving by train, this connects with the Chicago-to Los Angeles and San Francisco lines.  In addition to bringing up travelers from Lamy, the SFSR runs several scenic rides and freight trains throughout the year.  The depot is located in the Guadalupe Shopping District of downtown Santa Fe.  Visitors will notice the historic California mission-style building and board the vintage railcars from there.  Passengers are surrounded by high-desert beauty on their relaxed trip to Lamy.  SFSR also offers several special events trains during holidays.  These trips often include live music and catering.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Known as “America’s Longest and Highest Narrow Gauge Railroad”, the C&TS connects Chama, NM to Osier and Antonito, CO.   The ride boasts an elevation change of over 2,000 feet, reaching its highest point of 10,015 feet in Cumbres, CO.  The breathtaking trip winds through several valleys and mountains.  On the trip, it is not uncommon to see antelope, eagles, bears, big horn sheep, and several other animals in their natural habitats.   The train offers three classes of service allowing everyone from the budget-conscience traveller to the first class person to enjoy a day trip.  The trips run from the end of May through October, seven days a week.

New Mexico Rail Runner

Opened in December 2008, the NM Rail Runner provides passenger train service to and from Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Although the train does not directly connect to the Albuquerque Airport, there is a shuttle service that will deliver guests to the train depot.   Travellers coming to Santa Fe will enjoy the scenery as they wind through various small villages and pueblos.  The Rail Runner shares the downtown depot with the Santa Fe Southern Railway.  Guests are only a few short blocks from the Plaza and several other attractions.


Visiting Chimayo, NM

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Only 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road to Taos, lies a small Spanish village called Chimayo.  With a population of less than 3,000, Chimayo is well known for several reasons.

Perhaps the villages most common claim-to-fame is the Santuario de Chimayo (http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.org).  The quaint adobe structure was built in the mid 1800’s on what is believed to be sacred ground.  There are many miraculous stories associated with the specific location.  Each year during Holy Week, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the Santuario.  Many believe the small pit of Holy Dirt holds healing and restorative powers.  As a visitor, you can bring a container to take some home with you.  As you walk through the church, pass the altar, you’ll notice a small room filled with devotional artwork and the walking sticks and crutches of those who claim to have been healed.

Chimayo is revered for it’s high quality weavings and traditional Hispanic and Tewa Indian artwork.    Be sure to visit Ortega’s Weaving Shop (http://www.ortegasweaving.com) and Centinela Traditional Arts (http://www.chimayoweavers.com) for the finest examples of local crafts.  In addition to weavings,  you will find intricate tin work, retablos (paintings of saints on flat wooden slabs), bultos (large wooden sculptures), and pottery.

There are also a few small museums in Chimayo, which expound upon the history of the area.  The Chimayo Museum is located in the ancestral home of the Ortega family.  The collection includes furniture, clothing, and tools from the past, highlighting the area’s rich history of farming and craftwork.    The newly opened Bernardo Abeyta Museum offers a thorough account of the man who founded the Santaurio de Chimayo and of the villagers in that era.

If you find yourself craving some traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine, be sure to stop into the famous Rancho de Chimayo (http://www.ranchodechimayo.com).  Utilizing the spiciness of red and green chile, the restaurant offers up the best of the area’s native cooking.

While Chimayo may only be the first stop of many on your way to Taos, it is arguably one the most memorable.  Be sure you make the time to take in this historic villages charm.

 


Visiting Chimayo, NM

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Only 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road to Taos, lies a small Spanish village called Chimayo.  With a population of less than 3,000, Chimayo is well known for several reasons.

Perhaps the villages most common claim-to-fame is the Santuario de Chimayo (http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.org).  The quaint adobe structure was built in the mid 1800’s on what is believed to be sacred ground.  There are many miraculous stories associated with the specific location.  Each year during Holy Week, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the Santuario.  Many believe the small pit of Holy Dirt holds healing and restorative powers.  As a visitor, you can bring a container to take some home with you.  As you walk through the church, pass the altar, you’ll notice a small room filled with devotional artwork and the walking sticks and crutches of those who claim to have been healed.

Chimayo is revered for it’s high quality weavings and traditional Hispanic and Tewa Indian artwork.    Be sure to visit Ortega’s Weaving Shop (http://www.ortegasweaving.com) and Centinela Traditional Arts (http://www.chimayoweavers.com) for the finest examples of local crafts.  In addition to weavings,  you will find intricate tin work, retablos (paintings of saints on flat wooden slabs), bultos (large wooden sculptures), and pottery.

There are also a few small museums in Chimayo, which expound upon the history of the area.  The Chimayo Museum is located in the ancestral home of the Ortega family.  The collection includes furniture, clothing, and tools from the past, highlighting the area’s rich history of farming and craftwork.    The newly opened Bernardo Abeyta Museum offers a thorough account of the man who founded the Santaurio de Chimayo and of the villagers in that era.

If you find yourself craving some traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine, be sure to stop into the famous Rancho de Chimayo (http://www.ranchodechimayo.com).  Utilizing the spiciness of red and green chile, the restaurant offers up the best of the area’s native cooking.

While Chimayo may only be the first stop of many on your way to Taos, it is arguably one the most memorable.  Be sure you make the time to take in this historic villages charm.


Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Offers Locally Grown & Produced Items Year-Round

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Action Packed Farmer's Market in Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market in central Santa Fe, is a bustling, high-energy market. With over 150 active vendors and hundreds of different agricultural products, this farmer’s market is the largest in New Mexico. Though the market has been in operation since the late 1960’s, with only a handful of producers, in 2002, the market moved to being open year-round.
The diversity of produce is highlighted by the fact that everything that is sold is produced by the vendors and comes from Northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is great for a quick outing to pick up some local produce, or to spend a half-day shopping, talking to the vendors about their crafts, and having a bite at the Farmer’s Market Cafe where they feature a “bottomless” cups of certified organic Red Rock Roasters coffee!

The location is central to many of the most treasured highlight in central Santa Fe, including the Santa Fe Railyard Park.

The market is open on Saturdays year-round as well as other days of the week depending on the time of year.
Hours:
Saturdays (Year-round!)
Fall/Winter hours: 8am-1pm (Summer hours: 7am-Noon), at the Santa Fe Farmers Market’s permanent home in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta (at S. Guadalupe St).
Tuesday Mornings May through November
8am to 1pm, at the Santa Fe Farmers Market’s permanent home in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta (at S. Guadalupe St).
Tuesday Afternoons – June through September
3pm to 6pm
Southside Market new location: San Isidro Plaza – Zafarano Dr and Cerrillos Rd

 


Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Offers Locally Grown & Produced Items Year-Round

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Action Packed Farmer’s Market in Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market in central Santa Fe, is a bustling, high-energy market. With over 150 active vendors and hundreds of different agricultural products, this farmer’s market is the largest in New Mexico. Though the market has been in operation since the late 1960′s, with only a handful of producers, in 2002, the market moved to being open year-round.
The diversity of produce is highlighted by the fact that everything that is sold is produced by the vendors and comes from Northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is great for a quick outing to pick up some local produce, or to spend a half-day shopping, talking to the vendors about their crafts, and having a bite at theFarmer’s Market Cafe where they feature a “bottomless” cups of certified organic Red Rock Roasters coffee!

The location is central to many of the most treasured highlight in central Santa Fe, including the Santa Fe Railyard Park.

The market is open on Saturdays year-round as well as other days of the week depending on the time of year.
Hours:
Saturdays (Year-round!)
Fall/Winter hours: 8am-1pm (Summer hours: 7am-Noon), at the Santa Fe Farmers Market’s permanent home in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta (at S. Guadalupe St).
Tuesday Mornings May through November
8am to 1pm, at the Santa Fe Farmers Market’s permanent home in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta (at S. Guadalupe St).
Tuesday Afternoons – June through September
3pm to 6pm
Southside Market new location: San Isidro Plaza – Zafarano Dr and Cerrillos Rd


Santa Fe Restaurant Updates

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Santa Fe is not only known for art and culture, but also for fine dining and a diverse range of cuisine.  Santa Fe Restaurant Week is March 4th – 11th, 2012 (santafe.restaurantweeknm.com) and will have more than 60 participants.  In addition to the popular tourist spots, there will also be several new restaurants and local favorites included.  Be sure to experience some of these eateries on your next Santa Fe culinary adventure!

 

New Restaurants

Azur : Mediterranean (azursantafe.com)  Features small plates and full entrees from the regions surrounding the Mediterranee.  Highlights include the Plum Lamb Tagine, Truffled Creamy Risotto, and Sardine Rilletes.

Junction : Casual American (junctionsantafe.com)  Located near the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, Junction features locally grown ingredients in it’s creative American fare.  Be sure to try the Ahi Tuna Tacos.

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon : New American/Italian (www.palacesantafe.com)  Newly restored and reopened classic Santa Fe restaurant.  Menu ranges from innovative Italian dishes to classic American comfort food.  Try the Pasta Carbonara, Beet and Pumpkin Risotto, and Mustard Crusted Grouper.

Raaga : Indian (raagacuisine.com)  Focusing on traditional Northern Indian cuisine with an added Southwest flavor.  The extensive menu includes several vegetarian and vegan options as well.  Highlights from include the Ancho Amchur Crusted Tandoori Chicken, Surmal Kofta, and Zaffrani Machi.

San Q Sushi and Tapas : Japanese (sanqrestaurant.com)  Located in the historic Burro Alley, where the atomic bomb was briefly parked before being deployed to Hiroshima.  Try the wide range of Japanese tapas, fire steaks and sake bombs.

Tomme : French (tommesf.com)  An intimate modern bistro featuring a select French inspired menu.  Don’t miss the Steak Frites or Moules Mariniere.

 

Local Favorites

Jambo Café : African (jambocafe.net)  Winner of the Souper Bowl three years in a row, this popular spot offers homestyle African cuisine.  Try the award-winning Goat Stew, Grilled Mahi Mahi, or Moroccan Chicken Kabobs.

Joe’s Diner : American (www.joessantafe.com)  Joe’s mission is to support local farmers and bring the freshest ingredients to your table.  Their menu features homemade smoked meats, desserts and oven-baked pizzas in addition to their salads, sandwiches and soups.

Mu Du Noodles : Asian (mudunoodles.com)  A nutritious and sustainable Asian restaurant located just outside of downtown.  Favorite dishes include the spicy Yaki Udon, Lemongrass Soup, and Malaysian Laksa.

Plaza Café Southside : New Mexican (www.plazacafesouth.com)  While the famous downtown Plaza Café undergoes renovations, make your way to the Southside location that features New Mexican comfort food and homemade desserts at their best!  Leave room for the Red Velvet Flan!

Santa Fe Capitol Grill : American (sfcapitolgrill.com)  Modern décor, elegance and fresh seasonal ingredients are the Capitol Grill’s specialties.  Highlights include the Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash, Sweet Chili Calamari, and Green Chile Fettuccini Alfredo.

Tune-Up Café : Central American (tuneupcafe.com)  El Salvadoran influenced cuisine with festive casual outdoor dining.  Try the El Salvadoran Combo with a banana leaf wrapped tamale, pupusa, rice, and curtido.

 


Santa Fe Restaurant Updates

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Santa Fe is not only known for art and culture, but also for fine dining and a diverse range of cuisine.  Santa Fe Restaurant Week is March 4th – 11th, 2012 (santafe.restaurantweeknm.com) and will have more than 60 participants.  In addition to the popular tourist spots, there will also be several new restaurants and local favorites included.  Be sure to experience some of these eateries on your next Santa Fe culinary adventure!

 

New Restaurants

Azur : Mediterranean (azursantafe.com)  Features small plates and full entrees from the regions surrounding the Mediterranee.  Highlights include the Plum Lamb Tagine, Truffled Creamy Risotto, and Sardine Rilletes.

Junction : Casual American (junctionsantafe.com)  Located near the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, Junction features locally grown ingredients in it’s creative American fare.  Be sure to try the Ahi Tuna Tacos.

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon : New American/Italian (www.palacesantafe.com)  Newly restored and reopened classic Santa Fe restaurant.  Menu ranges from innovative Italian dishes to classic American comfort food.  Try the Pasta Carbonara, Beet and Pumpkin Risotto, and Mustard Crusted Grouper.

Raaga : Indian (raagacuisine.com)  Focusing on traditional Northern Indian cuisine with an added Southwest flavor.  The extensive menu includes several vegetarian and vegan options as well.  Highlights from include the Ancho Amchur Crusted Tandoori Chicken, Surmal Kofta, and Zaffrani Machi.

San Q Sushi and Tapas : Japanese (sanqrestaurant.com)  Located in the historic Burro Alley, where the atomic bomb was briefly parked before being deployed to Hiroshima.  Try the wide range of Japanese tapas, fire steaks and sake bombs.

Tomme : French (tommesf.com)  An intimate modern bistro featuring a select French inspired menu.  Don’t miss the Steak Frites or Moules Mariniere.

 

Local Favorites

Jambo Café : African (jambocafe.net)  Winner of the Souper Bowl three years in a row, this popular spot offers homestyle African cuisine.  Try the award-winning Goat Stew, Grilled Mahi Mahi, or Moroccan Chicken Kabobs.

Joe’s Diner : American (www.joessantafe.com)  Joe’s mission is to support local farmers and bring the freshest ingredients to your table.  Their menu features homemade smoked meats, desserts and oven-baked pizzas in addition to their salads, sandwiches and soups.

Mu Du Noodles : Asian (mudunoodles.com)  A nutritious and sustainable Asian restaurant located just outside of downtown.  Favorite dishes include the spicy Yaki Udon, Lemongrass Soup, and Malaysian Laksa.

Plaza Café Southside : New Mexican (www.plazacafesouth.com)  While the famous downtown Plaza Café undergoes renovations, make your way to the Southside location that features New Mexican comfort food and homemade desserts at their best!  Leave room for the Red Velvet Flan!

Santa Fe Capitol Grill : American (sfcapitolgrill.com)  Modern décor, elegance and fresh seasonal ingredients are the Capitol Grill’s specialties.  Highlights include the Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash, Sweet Chili Calamari, and Green Chile Fettuccini Alfredo.

Tune-Up Café : Central American (tuneupcafe.com)  El Salvadoran influenced cuisine with festive casual outdoor dining.  Try the El Salvadoran Combo with a banana leaf wrapped tamale, pupusa, rice, and curtido.