About Maria Johnson

I was born on the northwest coast of England. I first arrived in Santa Fe in 1984. I had traveled extensively for many years as a fashion model, and lived in many amazing places; New York, Paris, London, L.A. I was so taken by the diverse culture, history, landscape, weather and lifestyle of Santa Fe that I decided to make it my home. I finally moved here permanently in 1990. I feel Santa Fe is my true home and I'm so glad that I have been able to live in this enchanted place for so many years. In 2010, I began Santa Fe Selection, the free mobile and online guide to the authentic Santa Fe experience. It is aimed at helping guide travelers to the businesses and experiences that I believe make Santa Fe unique. I hope you're able to visit here someday. There really is no place like it. And if you like my blog, please comment. I am available to help you with your questions about your trip here. Feel free to comment on my blog or contact me directly at info@santafeselection.com or (505) 470-2991. I look forward to hearing from you. Best Wishes, Maria Johnson.

David Richard Gallery – Immersive Art in Santa Fe

David Richard Gallery has been a must-see art experience since it began in 2010. David Eichholtz and Richard Barger have created extraordinary, immersive exhibits at their expansive 4500 square foot space in the innovative Midtown area of Santa Fe, at 1570 Pacheco St, suite A1.

David Richard Gallery is known internationally for its museum-quality exhibits. It has been ranked as one of the top galleries in the U.S, and in the top two in Santa Fe by the international art news source Blouinartinfo.com.

Historical and contemporary works are featured by many renowned artists, with a focus on post World War II art movements from the 1950s to the present, including Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Conceptualism, Pop Art and Op Art. They have shown works by such greats as DeKooning, Judy Chicago, Tamarind Institute founder and lithographer June Wayne, Washington Color School and Color Field artist Thomas Downing, and many more. With as many as twelve shows a year, there is always something fresh and exciting at David Richard Gallery.

OP ART TEASES THE EYE

A favorite of mine is Op Art. In the 1950s, artists began creating the optical illusion of movement on a two-dimesional surface using abstraction, pattern, contrast and line. These works “excite” the eye and stimulate the mind. The name “Op Art” was coined in 1965 from a review of the work of Julian Stanczak at the critically acclaimed exhibitions, “Vibrations Eleven” at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York. Stanczak was also included in the seminal exhibition, “The Responsive Eye” at MOMA in New York City, which is often credited with ushering in the Op Art movement.

Tactile See-Through, 1974 Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in 91 x 91 cm David Richard Gallery

Julian Stanczak – Tactile See-Through, 1974. Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 in. Image Copyright Julian Stanczak, courtesy of David Richard Gallery

January 2017, David Richard Gallery brings you the exhibit “Altered States: A Psychedelic Legacy”, which is now showing Stanczak’s work along with other renowned “Responsive Eye” artists, such as Richard Anuszkaiwicz and Oli Sihvonen. Oli Sihvonen (1921 – 1991) was born in New York, but is known in New Mexico from his years living in Taos in the 1950s – ’60s. David Richard Gallery is the exclusive estate representative of Sihvonen’s work.

Fugue (004), 1988 Formatting Oil on canvas 90 x 72 in 229 x 182 cm

Oli Sihvonen – Fugue (004), 1988.
Oil on canvas. 90 x 72 in. 229 x 182 cm © Oli Sihvonen, courtesy David Richard Gallery.

Currently Showing until January 28th:”Altered States: A Psychedelic Legacy”

Don’t miss this feast-for-the-eyes experience on exhibit through January 28, 2017. David Richard Gallery has brought together iconic artists of the psychedelic era with a current perspective by artists of today, such as Jennifer Joseph, Daniel McCoy Jr., and Heather McGill. Journalist Emily Van Cleve writes about this current exhibit in her Santa Fe Arts Journal blog article, “Psychedelic Art: Yesterday and Today.”

Daniel McCoy, Jr. New Jams New Jewelry, 2014 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 40 “ Copyright © Daniel McCoy, Jr. Courtesy David Richard Gallery, LLC.

Daniel McCoy, Jr. New Jams New Jewelry, 2014 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 40 “ Copyright © Daniel McCoy, Jr. Courtesy David Richard Gallery, LLC.

These works draw you in and envelop your mind when you experience them first hand.

Heather McGill Untitled, 2016 Acrylic on paper 25.5 x 48 “ Copyright © Heather McGill. Courtesy David Richard Gallery, LLC.

Heather McGill. Untitled, 2016. Acrylic on paper 25.5″ x 48″
Copyright © Heather McGill. Courtesy David Richard Gallery, LLC.

David Richard Gallery has been pivotal in helping the Santa Fe art scene to thrive, and in developing the opportunities for local New Mexico artists to gain acclaim. In 2016, they began The Santa Fe Art Project,  a collaboration of David Eichholtz’ expert curation and as many as 50 local artists, and six guest curators. This eight-week-long art event, held in the fall, draws attention to the “cutting-edge” contemporary side of the current local art scene with immersive exhibits and interactive events.

But that’s just the beginning. With fresh exhibits each month, there is so much to learn and experience, making David Richard Gallery a must-see for visitors and locals.

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Santa Fe Happy Holiday Wishes

It’s that time again. Another year has passed and I want to say a great big “Thank You!” to you, our readers. I’ve put together a photo gallery of Santa Fe winter wonderland pics I hope you’ll enjoy…

Wishing You and Yours a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

& A Healthy, Prosperous New Year!!

From Maria & Santa Fe Selection Travel Guide & Concierge...

After a snow storm - overlooking Santa Fe's downtown toward Sangre de Cristos

After a snow storm – overlooking Santa Fe’s downtown toward Sangre de Cristos

Inn at Loretto parapets.

Inn at Loretto parapets.

Acequia Madre

Acequia Madre

St. Francis Basilica

St. Francis Basilica

Christmas Carols on the Plaza Bandstand

Christmas Carols on the Plaza Bandstand

Santa's Fire Truck

Santa’s Fire Truck

I saw Mrs Claus "Kissing Santa Claus."

I saw Mrs Claus “Kissing Santa Claus.”

Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk - photo by Katharine Egli.

Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk – photo by Katharine Egli.

Plaza Christmas Lighting

Plaza Christmas Lighting

Christmas Eve on the Plaza

Christmas Eve on the Plaza

Snow laden Chevy

Snow laden Chevy

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My sweet girl - 2001 - 2016.

My sweet girl – 2001 – April, 2016. She “lurved” the snow.

Sunset on the Sangres

Sunset on the Sangres

Tetilla Peak Winter Sunset

Tetilla Peak Winter Sunset

Happy Holidays to All!!

Maria.

GOMO Santa Fe -There’s So Much to Do!

In honor of the trending #GOMO (Going Out More Often) and to help defend against #FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), it’s mid-September and Zozobra and Fiestas are over, and you might think that the summer is winding down and fall is the time when you curl up and anticipate shorter days and colder weather. But, think twice, because New Mexico is still getting busy with fun traditions and annual events, so don’t hibernate just yet. The aroma of roasting chiles fills the air, the leaves are turning into gold, and the weather is gorgeously crisp in the mornings and warm throughout the day. It’s the time when the sky is that particularly deep New Mexico blue. There’s so much to do during fall that it’s become the most popular time of year to visit.

Santa Fe Plaza's Fall Colors.

Santa Fe Plaza’s Fall Colors.

These are some of the most popular and fun annual events happening in and around Santa Fe in September and October.

September 17 & 18, and 24 & 25, 2016: The High Road Studio Arts Tour. Always the last two weekends in September, folks head out along the scenic High Road to Taos to see the foliage in its autumn glory, and discover wonderfully creative art at over 40 private artist studios and galleries en-route through quaint historic villages.  See this link for maps and more info.

Painting by High Road Artist: J. Chris Morel.

Painting by High Road Artist: J. Chris Morel.

September 17 & 18 and October 1 & 2, 2016: The Santa Fe Artists Market adds the Cathedral Park at St. Francis Basilica, just one block from the Santa Fe Plaza, as a second popular location to its ongoing market that runs May through December. It’s usual Saturday market will also be at the Railyard. Explore beautifully creative artworks by as many as 100 local, juried artisans.

September 17 & 18, 2016: The Renaissance Fair at El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. Two days of fun events take you back in time to celebrate the history and culture of the area.

Renaissance Fair - Dressing the part of Royal Attendees.

Renaissance Fair – Dressing the part of Royal Attendees.

September 21 – 25, 2016: For more than 26 years, The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta has attracted foodies from all over the globe, and those of us who just LOVE eating and drinking. Enjoy a five-day culinary adventure of events, featuring as many as 75 local top restaurants paired with up to 90 national wineries.

September 23 – 25, 2016: The Santa Fe Concorso has grown quickly in just a few years to become a national treasure of an event. It is now the Southwest’s premier gathering of more than 100 rare and exotic cars and motorcycles. This three-day celebration of mechanical motion includes many stars in the field of vehicles, and world-renowned celebrities of the racing world, and culminates with the finale Concorso on September 25th.

Concorso Judging podium.

Concorso Prize Winners podium.

October 1 & 2, 2016: The Annual Harvest Festival at Rancho De Las Golondrinas. Gather round the historic living museum of Las Golondrinas to enjoy the rewards of harvest. Events, tours, hay rides, grape treading, wool-dyeing, food tastings and lots of fun for the family.

October 1 – 9, 2016: The Annual International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque. UP UP and AWAY… Join thousands of balloon admirers for early morning Mass Ascensions, and evening Balloon Glows and so much more at the World’s Premier Balloon Event, just 1 hour’s drive from Santa Fe. For the October 1, 2, 8 & 9th Mass Morning Ascensions, transportation is available from your Santa Fe location, provided by New Mexico Wine & Scenic Tours. It’s a welcome service for the early morning schedule. For $60 per person roundtrip, you’ll be picked up at your Santa Fe location, at approximately 4am, taken to the event, and by approximately 11am, returned to your point of origin. It’s a great deal and saves you the sleepy-eyed drive in the dark. Click here to book your transport. Admission to the Fiesta is $10pp.

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October 19-23, 2016: The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival began in 2009 as a fringe festival that took place in a community center. By 2011 it was the biggest event of its kind in New Mexico, screening over 100 films during a 5 day Fest.

And this is just the beginning.  GOMO Santa Fe! Get Out More Often and enjoy the good stuff in the world. There’s so much of it here in New Mexico, year-round!

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Happy Autumn!

 

Zozobra – The First Burning Man

Zozobra, or “Old Man Grouch” as he was initially named, first burned in 1924, long before the first Burning Man Festival in 1986. He actually served as inspiration for the Burning Man creators, after they experienced a Zozobra Festival in the early 1980s. Old Man Grouch was later named Zozobra, which means “the gloomy one” in Spanish, and now also goes by the name, “Old Man Gloom.”

1928 - Zozobra in front of St. Francis Cathedral. Image courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe.

1928 – Zozobra in front of St. Francis Cathedral. Image courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe.

In 1924, he was a six-foot-tall effigy, burned for a private party of artists and writers in Santa Fe. Over the past 92 years, his face and wardrobe have gone through a few changes, but he’s become an iconic figure. He’s also grown to fifty feet tall and weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, making him one of the world’s largest functioning marionettes. Waving arms, rotating eleven-foot-tall head, and enormous, ugly mouth all move to his audible groans of frustration, impatience, and later agony, as the night progresses.

2011 Zozobra from a safe distance- Image courtesy of Kiwanis Club SF. Photo by Kelli Abeyta.

2011 Zozobra and Fire Dancer from a safe distance.  Image courtesy of Kiwanis Club SF. Photo by Kelli Abeyta.

Zozobra represents all things that rain doom and gloom upon us. He was created as a despicable personality, a “sheep-stealer,” an egotistical, grouchy old geezer – arrogant and evil, whose only aim is to bring misery to the townspeople of Santa Fe. Every year, he thrives on our own sad and gloomy thoughts and feelings as they build throughout the year, then we take delight in burning them along with Zozobra on the Friday of Labor Day weekend at Fort Marcy Park, just a few blocks from the plaza.

Zozobra just as his head explodes.

Zozobra – just as his head explodes.

He dies a slow, loud, agonizing death, amid a sea of thundering, effervescent fireworks and explosions, music and cheers of “Burn Him! Burn Him!” from the jeering crowd of thousands – certainly a sight to behold, and one the original creator would have loved.

Fort Marcy Park - filled with happy gloom busters.

Fort Marcy Park – filled with happy Gloom Busters.

In 1923, artist Will Shuster was the man behind the first flames and fiery cheer – with the help of friends, such as renowned artist Gustave Baumann, and the artist community known as Los Cinco Pintores (The Five Painters), which included Fremont Ellis, Willard Nash, Józef Bakós, Walter Mruk and Will Shuster.

Will Shuster - on the cover of New Mexico Magazine, September 1989 issue.

1930s image of Will Shuster on the cover of New Mexico Magazine, September 1989. Created by Daniel Martinez, superimposing a 1930s image of Will Shuster, onto a 1989 photograph by Martinez of Zozobra.

William Howard Shuster II moved to Santa Fe from Philadelphia in 1920. He was 25 years old. He had fought in France during WWI and suffered from the mustard gas he’d been exposed to in the trenches. His doctor diagnosed him with tuberculosis and prescribed that Shuster move to the mountains of the Southwest as soon as possible, saying that maybe the clean air and lots of rest would extend his life by a few years.

After moving to Santa Fe and enduring the boredom of the prescribed “rest cure” for a few months, Shuster began taking walks around the area. He met well-known New York artist John Sloan, and began painting under Sloan’s mentorship. Before long, Shuster was staying out all day and taking his easel and paints with him on strenuous hikes around town and into the nearby mountains. He became a familiar face around town. In social circles, he was known as a colorful, vivacious, honest, outspoken character, with an “every-man-is-a-friend” philosophy.

According to Shuster’s personal journals, part of the original Zozobra inspiration began as a means to cheer up his friends while at La Fonda’s bar on Christmas Eve in 1923. Shuster, or “Shus,” saw how gloomy his friends were. They were the quintessential starving artists, and they felt little hope for the coming year’s prospects. Shus wanted to cheer them up, so he got everyone to write their dark thoughts and feelings on a paper napkin. He then proceeded to burn it in an ashtray. Needless to say, they were kicked out of the bar.

1923 - La Fonda Hotel by Julian Gans. Photo courtesy of Palace of the Governors Photo archives. Neg # 040752

1923 – La Fonda Hotel by Julian Gans. Photo courtesy of Palace of the Governors photo archives. Neg # 040752

Another key element to the genesis of Zozobra came from a trip Shus took to Mexico where he saw a papier-mache puppet representing Judas, filled with firecrackers, and paraded through town for the Catholic Easter tradition.

Shuster decided he wanted to create an event that offered two things: to burn all the demons that haunt our thoughts and moods, and make it a popular spectacle that everyone can enjoy. The first Zozobra burned to a crisp at the end of August in 1924, at a private barbeque party for fellow artists and writers.

Over the years, Shus continued to work on the puppet, developing Zozobra’s image and character. Below is a sketch and notes from his journal of the head. These original sketches and instructions are still used today in the puppet’s creation.

Sketch of Zozobra's Head and instructions by Will Shuster, from Shuster's Journal, courtesy of Ray Sandoval.

Sketch of Zozobra’s Head and instructions by Will Shuster, from Shuster’s Journal, courtesy of Ray Sandoval.

Will Shuster in the mouth of his monster.

Will Shuster in the mouth of his monster.

In 1925, Shus approached The Santa Fe Fiesta Council. He thought it would be fun to open the Fiesta’s celebrations with Zozobra.  But his idea was not well received by the Fiesta Council at first. The Fiestas de Santa Fe’s proud religious and historical weekend of events have been an important part of Santa Fe’s Spanish culture since 1692.

This initial rejection inspired Shus and friends to come up with a series of “counter Fiesta” events that took place the same weekend. They called it “El Pasatiempo”. The light-hearted shenanigans included the now much-loved Pet Parade, the Desfile de Los Niños, and the Hysterical Historical Parade, also known as the Desfile de los Gentes.

The parades and burning ritual were so popular that the Fiesta Council acquiesced, and in 1927, Zozobra and Pasatiempo began the weekend’s celebrations.

Zozobra in the year 1933.

Zozobra in the year 1933.

To this day, the Pasatiempo events remain part of Fiesta weekend, which is held the second weekend in September. Because of the extensive popularity of both celebrations, the Zozobra burning is now held the Friday of Labor Day Weekend, kicking off the week of events leading up to Fiestas.

248th edition of the Fiesta Council's publication "Fiesta" from 1960.

248th edition of the Fiesta Council’s publication “Fiesta” from 1960, features Zozobra on the cover.

In 1964, after his first heart attack, Shuster entrusted the copyrights and all the secrets of Zozobra to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, with the understanding that they would continue the tradition into perpetuity. He was sad to let go of his role with the puppet, but he continued to help with its creation until the year he died of his second heart attack in the spring of 1969. He was 75 years old.

1935 - Will Shuster with his creation.

1935 – Will Shuster with his creation.

It is with great pride and diligence that the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe works to continue the now time-honored tradition of Zozobra. Kiwanis Club members and many volunteers work hard to bring Zozobra back to life each year.  Santa Fean, Ray Sandoval has been a part of the production team for over 20 years.  Ray’s enthusiasm and dedication to the event’s success seems to carry the spirit of Shus with him every year.

Ray experienced his first Zozobra at the age of four and was transfixed by the monumental puppet. He loved the whole event so much he hasn’t missed a burning since 1978. At the age of 12, he began his “apprenticeship” helping Harold Gans (also known as the Voice of Zozobra for many years) build the head of the massive marionette. “I was the tool go-fer,” Ray says. “I helped fill the head with stuffing, and I’d run and grab the tools Harold needed. He was very territorial about his role as the builder of the head. I was seventeen before he let me build my first head alone – with his guidance, of course.”

Ray in his teens working with Harold Gantz on the puppet head.

Ray in his teens working with Harold Gans on the puppet head.

When the time came to pass the torch, so to speak, Ray had proven his dedication throughout his teens and was Harold’s first choice. Now in his early forties, Ray still works on building Old Man Gloom’s head. Even during his law school years in Seattle, he would always travel back in enough time to help with the puppet’s creation.  “I love that Zozobra is upholding an amazing tradition and giving to the future at the same time.”

2014 - Ray taking a crane to work on the final touches and ensure the head is in place.

2014 – Ray taking a crane to work on the final touches and ensure the head is in place.

From doom and gloom, goodness is born. The net proceeds from Zozobra’s ticket sales benefit numerous non-profit children’s health, education and recreation programs, both locally and internationally. By the year 2020, UNICEF projects that over 6,000 children’s lives will have been saved by the tetanus vaccines Zozobra has funded each year, since 2012.

Zozobra is 93 in 2017, and the older he gets, the more he gains widespread fame and popularity. He’s the “nasty ol’ guy” you can’t help but love, and love to watch burn. He has gone from being a mostly local affair to being a spectacle that attracts tens of thousands of spectators from all over the U.S and from around the globe each year.

The annual celebration is held the Friday of Labor Day weekend. The weather is often ideal at that time of year, but be prepared for the elements, because whatever the weather, Zozobra will burn! Click here for all ticket and event details and tips on “How to be an Expert Gloom Buster”.

Come and join Santa Fe – cast off all your doom and gloom and celebrate the beginning of fall!

2014 Zozobra in full burn mode. Image by Melinda Herrera. Photo courtesy of Ray Sandoval.

2014 Zozobra in full burn mode. Image by Melinda Herrera. Photo courtesy of Ray Sandoval.

It’s recommended that you plan ahead to book lodging well in advance of the Labor Day Weekend. Here are some great discounts on lodging through SantaFeSelection.com Travel Guide & Concierge.

And don’t just “burn and run,” you can spend at least three or four nights here and take in the sights. Enjoy the entire weekend – stay for the Fiestas Fine Arts & Crafts Market held the Saturday through Tuesday, on the Plaza, and many other fun events held during the following week of Viva La Fiesta! Explore more of the area’s historical and cultural attractions, culinary indulgences, world-class arts and leisure, and outdoor activities. See this link for ideas on things to do in Santa Fe.

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References:

Excerpts from Will Shuster’s Journals – Courtesy of Ray Sandoval.

New Mexico Magazine, September 1989. Article, “Zozobra and His Master.” – by Louise Turner and Joseph Dispenza.

Website reference: https://burnzozobra.com/all-about-zozobra/

Fun for Kids at Harrell House Bug Museum

Kids will tell you that it’s tons of fun and worth a trip to the Harrell House Bug Museum & Science Shop in Santa Fe.  Granted, bugs aren’t something many of us want to get cozy with, but owners Wade Harrell and Oliver Greer have created a unique opportunity for us to visit one of the largest and most diverse collections of insects in the United States. These experts have been “buggin’ out” since they were eight years old, and now they enjoy teaching us about a world of wonder and weirdness in the seemingly alien existence of bugs, amphibians, aquatics, reptiles, arachnids and more.

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Harrell House features Oliver Greer’s amazing Crawlywood Collection of over 2,400 mounted insects from around the world, including gigantic specimens, and those of an extremely rare variety that you will not see anywhere else. Don’t worry, they’re all under glass, but if you wish it is possible for you to touch some of the safer beings on view.

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They also have more than 100 live animals, including giant tarantulas as big as a dinner plate, scorpions that glow under ultraviolet light, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and lizards that remind us of dinosaurs.

Live exhibit of arachnids.

Live exhibit of arachnids (traveling exhibit). But similar nests are at the museum also.

They have a giant monitor lizard too.

Monitor Lizard poking his head up. - Harrell House.

Monitor Lizard poking his head up. – Harrell House.

DAILY FEEDING FRENZIES

Every day at 4pm, there’s a feeding frenzy at Harrell House when visitors get to watch as the various meals are “dished out”.

Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays are reptile feeding days. The dish of the day is most likely of the cricket, worm, and rodent variety.

Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are the days for feeding the aquatics.

Lungfish - Harrell House

Oxolotl – Harrell House

Wednesdays are for the tarantulas, scorpions, and arachnid pals. They enjoy a menu of crickets, cockroaches and other such delights.

There’s no doubt about it, there is a world of fascination behind the entry gates at Harrell House. Entrance into their Science Shop is free, and it’s worth the small fee of only $4 (child) – $6(adult) to enter into the museum and exhibit area to meet these creatures – great and small.

Kids with the museum's special flashlights to shine on the scorpions that glow in the dark.

Kids with the museum’s flashlights to shine on the scorpions in their dark cages.

It’s also fun to get up close and almost personal with the bugs. (Personally speaking, I feel better knowing there’s a pane of glass between me and “it”.)

I enjoyed asking Oliver and Wade many questions, some I’m sure you’ve probably had at some point or another about scary critters, such as Killer Bees, black widows, and brown recluse spiders (a variety I’m assured do not exist in Northern New Mexico to date.) I got the truth behind the legends and folk tales about some bugs, and how often they are greatly misunderstood – mostly because they’re not as pretty as we’d like.

Oliver Greer speaking to an awe-struck audience.

Oliver Greer speaking to an awe-struck audience.

And to think that this is just a tiny fraction of the many thousands of varieties there are walking the earth with us. If you’re squeamish at the thought of bugs, this experience may change your thinking, or at least put some of your fears into a healthier perspective. But there are also some pretty amazing, scary critters in there too.

If you’re planning a school outing, a party, or event and you want a little education to go with your “crawly” fun, Harrell House offers group rates for parties of 15 – 30 people, currently only $60 per group. Or if you prefer, they can bring a limited-sized bug party to your location for a reasonable fee. Don’t worry, they promise – no escapees.

Chameleon - up close. Harrell House.

Chameleon – up close. Harrell House.

Whether you’re a kid or not, I highly recommend a stop at Harrell House Bug Museum…it’s a fascinating journey.

They are conveniently located inside the De Vargas Mall at 552 North Guadalupe Street. Open daily: Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm, Sat: 10am- 6pm. Sun: 12pm -5pm. Holidays, they’ll close at 5pm. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.

For more information or to book a group or party at Harrell House Bug Museum, please call Wade Harrell at (505)695-8569.

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Native American Pottery in the Making with Chris Youngblood

Chris Youngblood is an amazing, Native American potter from Santa Clara pueblo. At 27 years of age, his talent and exquisite creations are well on the road to establishing him among the top Native potters of his generation.

Chris specializes in carved black, or red pottery with alternating surface elements that are either stone polished or matte, or finished with micaceous slip.

Please enjoy this photo essay on the production of one of Chris’ uniquely beautiful pots – a lidded, carved, black jar with koi.

Chris Youngblood Pottery Creation

Chris Youngblood Pottery Creation –

Chris is from a family of famous potters whose names are considered “royalty” in the world of pueblo pottery.  His great grandmother was Margaret Tafoya (one of the most famous 20th century potters), his grandmother was potter Mela Youngblood; and his mother is Nancy Youngblood one of the most highly regarded potters of the last 20 years.

Chris Youngblood - Fish pot begins to emerge.

Chris Youngblood – Koi Jar begins to emerge.

His works are shown at the Lyn A. Fox Fine Pueblo Pottery Gallery on Canyon Road, where his exquisite talent is coming to the attention of many of the world’s most avid collectors and enthusiasts.

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Like his ancestors, Chris uses traditional building and firing methods, plus a few twists of a wheel.

Chris Youngblood Fish pot with lid.

Chris Youngblood Koi Jar with lid.

Traditionally, lids were not made for most Native jars and pots. A flat piece of clay would be made to place over the opening if the jar was used for food storage. But Chris has enjoyed perfecting the art of the lid – accentuating his unique style.

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This appears complete to me. It look gorgeous in this matte and polished red slip. But the best is still to come.

Crate firing.

Crate firing.

When Chris’ grandmother Margaret Tafoya, was at the height of her creativity, during the 1930s, her signature “blackware” was winning top awards at Santa Fe’s Indian Markets. Back then, the average price for a pot was $3.  Margaret’s pots would bring as much as $11 at the markets. That was at a time when a can of milk cost 10 cents, coffee was 35 cents a pound, and a pair of men’s britches could be bought for $1.75.

Black on black, a style made famous by Maria Martinez and Chris' great grandmother Margaret Tafoya in the early 1900s.

The beautiful finished Jar – Black with koi design and alternating surface elements of polish and matte.

Lyn A. Fox Fine Pueblo Pottery offers custom pottery demonstrations by special request (not including the firing process, of course). It’s a wonderful activity for tours, or private parties (fees will apply). All the artists Lyn features are excellent, young stars of the Native pottery world. Meeting them and watching their works come to life is a very memorable experience. To book a demonstration call (505) 470-2991.

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Santa Fe Weather & What To Pack!

Whatever the time of year, one thing is for sure, pack layers, layers, layers!

The locals say, “If you don’t like the weather in Santa Fe, wait a minute.”

When I first arrived in Santa Fe back in 1984, I was fascinated by the quality of light, and changes in weather that occurred throughout the day.  And almost thirty years later, I’m still fascinated.  The elevation of 7000+ feet, clean air (rated best in U.S by American Lung Assoc.) and varied terrain all play a dramatic role in the weather, lifestyle and beauty of New Mexico.

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Overlooking Santa Fe from Sun Mountain in June

Along with an amazing diversity of terrain, culture, art, history, and culinary adventures, we have excellent year-round outdoor activities; terrific skiing, river rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, biking and more.

SEASONS

We are blessed with an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, and although many people mistakenly believe we are a sand-filled desert, our Sangre de Cristos mountain range is the southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains… and they are green, with rivers, lakes and streams. We have 4 distinct seasons – sometimes in as little as one day or even an hour, during certain times of year. You can keep up with our weather trends through the live weather link in our Visitor Info category on SantaFeSelection.com

Here’s a guideline chart of annual temperature and precipitation averages.

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PACKING TIPS
As temperatures may vary broadly during any season, the main thing to remember is that layering is the best way to be prepared for whatever the day’s weather in whatever season in Northern New Mexico.

The fall brings cool nights and mornings beginning in late August – early September. The days can warm up considerably into the mid to high 70s, and even low 80s. You’ll want to bring a warm jacket for evenings and mornings and have a light shirt under your layers for the high temps of the day. In late September through mid-October the lows are colder, down to 40s, the days can warm up to low-mid 60s, and maybe low 70s if we’re having a warm streak. By early to mid October, we see the peak of beauty in the changing leaves. By the end of October, it’s touch and go, you definitely need to be prepared for anything from cold to warm, rain or an odd snow flurry at higher elevations, so packing the layers is a must.

Aspen Vista - Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Aspen Vista – Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Winters tend to rev up starting from late November and can last toward the end of March, but there’ll be warm days interspersed through January and February just to remind us that spring is on its way. Winter snow brings great skiing and winter sports activities. Daily temperatures can vary radically from high 50s to low 30s. But the cold air is dry, so it doesn’t feel as cold as the damp, bone-chilling cold I experienced growing up in England. For a winter visit you’ll want that puffy coat, or something that will keep out the chill, and some nice warm boots with rugged soles that grip well (with scarf, hat, gloves close by, just in case).

 

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November Snow

Spring shows up from time to time during February and March, but the steady spring temperatures aren’t until late April. As a rule, we don’t plant anything in our gardens until after Mother’s Day to be sure they won’t be crippled by a late frost. Spring highs can range between an ideal low to mid 70s to nippy low 40s – high 30s at night.  Intermittent winds are common between March and May, which, though not necessarily cold, can be strong. Late April, the trees are starting to blossom and in early May there’s usually an abundance of lilacs and wisterias coloring the town with shades of blue, purple, white and pink. You’ll need a spring jacket for the early morning and late evening chill, and a hat for shade.  Be prepared to shed layers during the day.

After mid-May the spring is in full swing and the highs are getting higher, toward the low – mid 80s during the afternoons.  By Memorial Day Weekend summer is on its way. And by June, the highs average between 80 – 90 degrees (sometimes a little higher for short spurts). Cool nights and early mornings may require an extra light layer. By 10 am it has warmed up considerably and the lightest shirt and shorts, with good walking sandals, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses are ideal. An extra light layer is always a good idea if you can fit one in your bag, or tie around your waist or shoulders in the case of an occasional rain shower.

Kokopelli Rafting Adventures - Kayak class.

Kokopelli Rafting Adventures – Kayak class.

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Taking a sec in the shade, hiking Sun Mountain in July

In July, the heat and mountainous terrain can stir up an afternoon thundershower, locals refer to it as the monsoon season. These welcome storms add a touch of drama to the skies and may last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour delivering refreshing rains. I’d say bring an umbrella, but honestly, who cares if you get wet when it is so brief, and deliciously warm and fun!  On occasion, there may be hail that can vary in size from styrofoam looking baubles to the less common golf ball size (I’d take cover for those episodes). The accompanying lightning displays are phenomenal! And then there are often gorgeous rainbows (some doubles) arcing after or during a storm.

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And after maybe an hour of drama, you’re left with a fantastic sunset, slightly cooler temperatures and a perfect evening to take a nice peaceful stroll around the Plaza, listen to free music at the Plaza bandstand, and eat dinner at any of the favorite restaurants in the vicinity.  A light extra layer, shawl, or sweater may be needed, if not for outside, then perhaps for inside where there may be air conditioning. Air conditioning is not a big necessity here as the adobe buildings are quite good at keeping us cool in summer but some restaurants, museums and theaters may have A/C.

There is little need for high fashion, or high heels here. Casual dress is accepted everywhere, unless you have a special occasion to attend that calls for gowns and tux (rare but has been known to happen). If you do dress up for a special occasion remember, some parking lots and some small streets are unpaved, uneven, or covered with loose gravel. (Those leather heeled Jimmy Choos might want to stay home.)

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Governor’s Palace Portal

Comfortable walking shoes or hiking sandals are recommended for most activities, from strolling around the many museums and sites, to the beautiful long or short hikes that can vary from easy to moderate inclines, up to extremely steep terrain. I recommend Santa Fe Walkabouts for a great variety of fun excursions. They’ll custom cater to you and your skill level. Here’s Georges Mally of SFW in January on the beautiful red rocks at O’Keeffe’s favorite place, Ghost Ranch.

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Whatever the season, layers are the best way to be prepared. Year-round it is wise to carry sunscreen, chapstick and a brimmed hat and sunglasses. We are high up and the sun is strong.

**Another Very Important Thing

At 7000+ feet, the air is excellent quality, but thinner. Regardless of age or physical condition, your body may need a little time to adapt to the altitude. DRINKING LOTS OF WATER IS A MUST!!! You might think you drink enough already, but a minimum of 2 litres is a starting point here. And drinking alcohol can hinder and extend the adjustment period.

When you first arrive, it is best to allow a day or two to adjust before any strenuous activity or excursions. Take it easy, drink plenty of water, skip the alcohol, eat regular light meals, take a nap if needed. And if you feel you need some assistance, no worries, there’s the ultiMED Urgent Care facility just a few blocks from the historic Plaza, to help you out. No lines, no hassle, no appointment necessary, just a pleasant environment and swift, professional medical attention (most insurances accepted). They’ll have you back to enjoying your vacation in no time! Click here for more details on altitude adjustment symptoms.

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Dozin’ by the Jemez River in late May.

There’s something for everyone in New Mexico. So be sure to add it to your bucket list.

To help you plan your trip, find the right lodging for your needs and budget, access excellent maps, or if you have any questions about things to do, where to eat, etc., please visit SantaFeSelection.com Travel Guide & Concierge.

If you would like personal referrals, you can also call or write to me with your questions. (505) 470-2991, email: info@santafeselection.com.

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Happy Travels! ~ Maria!

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas – Living in History

There’s a beautiful valley of rolling hills, steeped in history and timeless tradition just 25 minutes south of downtown Santa Fe, called El Rancho De Las Golondrinas (The Ranch Of The Swallows). A variety of adobe and wooden buildings stand in beautiful defiance of modern times, offering us a means to travel back through centuries.

Entrance to the Courtyard with the well and horno ovens.

Entrance to the Courtyard with the well and horno ovens.

For many centuries, Las Golondrinas was a popular paraje, (Spanish for stopping place) for Meso-American and North American Native traders. It’s natural cienegas (spring-fed ponds) and streams made it a traveler’s oasis after months of arduous trekking across the dry lands of Mexico, Arizona, and southern New Mexico.

Las Golondrinas pond. Image: Las Golondrinas archives.

Las Golondrinas pond. Image: Las Golondrinas archives.

Today, El Rancho de Las Golondrinas keeps the past very much alive, and continues to be a cherished place, loved by locals and visitors.  Each year, from April to October, markets, fairs and festivals are held there, making it one of Santa Fe’s top destinations. In 2015, their Harvest Festival was voted #2 in USA Today’s Best Harvest Festival poll.

2016 Schedule of Events

April 30th & May 1st – New Mexico: The Civil War & More. 10am-4pm

April opens with the Civil War Re-enactment

April opens with the Civil War Re-enactment

May 14th & 15th – Fiesta de la Familia. 10am-4pm

June 4th & 5th – Spring Festival & Fiber Arts Fair. 10am-4pm

Authentic Wool Dyeing at Las Golondrinas.

Authentic Wool Dyeing at Las Golondrinas.

June 18th & 19th – Herb & Lavender Festival. 10am-4pm

July 2nd & 3rd – Santa Fe Wine Festival. Noon-6pm

July 16th & 17th – Viva Mexico. 10am-4pm

Viva Mexico Performers

Viva Mexico Performers

August 6th & 7th – Summer Festival & Wild West Adventures. 10am-4pm

September 17th & 18th – Santa Fe Renaissance Fair. 10am-5pm

Renaissance Fair - Dressing the part of Royal Attendees.

Renaissance Fair – Dressing the part of Royal Attendees.

October 1st & 2ndHarvest Festival. 10am-4pm

The root cellar at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas during Harvest Festival.

The root cellar at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas during Harvest Festival.

Las Golondrinas is a valued reminder of the area’s Native American and Spanish cultures, the settlers’ traditions, and their staunch perseverance in the face of tumultuous times. Pathways wind through two hundred acres of living history, and canopies of ancient cottonwoods – some dating back over four hundred years – arc overhead.

Canopies of Cottonwoods.

Canopies of cottonwoods.

If those trees could talk…they might tell you that in 1598, the first Spanish colonists arrived by way of the 1500-mile-long El Camino Real de Tierra Adentra (The Royal Road of the Interior Lands).

El Camino Real Map showing Las Golondrinas and the original capitol of New Spain - San Juan Pueblo (Ohkay Owingeh).

El Camino Real Map showing Las Golondrinas and the original capitol of New Spain – San Juan Pueblo (Ohkay Owingeh).

This was the trade route that stretched from Mexico City to the Tewa village of Ohkay Owingeh, (the name is Tewa for Place of the Strong People). ConquistadorJuan Oñate, leader of the Spanish colonizing expedition, claimed the Native village as the first capital of New Spain. He renamed it San Juan Pueblo. (In 2003, the pueblo people reclaimed their Native name.) Ohkay Owingeh, sits 45 miles north of Las Golondrinas. Once travelers reached Las Golondrinas they knew they had only one more day to journey to the capitol of Santa Fe.

El Molino Grande de Sapello. The Big Mill from Sapello.

El Molino Grande de Sapello. The Big Mill from Sapello.

Settlers at Las Golondrinas had all that was needed for independent living. Water was a most important resource, along with mud for adobe bricks to build shelter, fertile soil, and nearby mountain forests for lumber. The Spanish built acequias (irrigation ditches) from the natural springs and ponds. The same acequias are still used today to water the ranch’s land, livestock and crops. They introduced sheep and winemaking to the area, and many other ways of life that remain part of Las Golondrinas’ living history today.

Sorghum crop during Harvest Festival.

Sorghum crop during Harvest Festival.

During the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Spanish fled from New Mexico. In 1692, Don Juan de Vargas reclaimed New Mexico for the King of Spain. Spanish settlers returned in droves by way of El Camino Real. There are many travelers’ diaries and records from the time that mention el paraje de Las Golondrinas (the place of The Swallows).

Once again, the area thrived and villagers were able to trade their goods for outside provisions they didn’t have on hand, such as iron.

The Blacksmith building at Las Golondrinas

The blacksmith building.

But Comanche raids were a common and devastating occurrence. Circa 1770 – 80, military leader and governor Don Juan de Anza stopped at Las Golondrinas, with his expedition of 150 soldiers.

By 1786, Anza’s efforts initiated a treaty between Spain and the Comanche, which reduced the number of raids and eventually led to a more peaceful existence for the inhabitants.

In 1933, Leonora Curtin and her mother bought the property. They are known for their roles in founding Santa Fe’s Spanish Colonial Arts Society, which is responsible for the Annual Spanish Market that draws thousands of visitors each July to Santa Fe’s historic plaza and surrounding areas.

1948: Left to right: Leonora Scott Muse Curtin, Y.A Paloheimo and Leonora Curtin Paloheimo at Las Golondrinas.

1948: Left to right: Leonora Scott Muse Curtin, Y.A Paloheimo and Leonora Curtin Paloheimo at Las Golondrinas.

In 1946, Leonora married Yrjo Alfred Paloheimo, and together they had the foresight to maintain the ranch as a living history museum. Two hundred acres are dedicated to the museum, leaving an additional two hundred acres of protected “green space.”

A few of the wooden buildings that are part of the living history exhibit.

Sierra Village representing Northern New Mexico in the 1800s.

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas appears much as it would have in the 1700s and 1800s. The rolling hills are dotted with buildings, some original and a few replicas, and lifestyle methods remain true to their origins. From cider and wine making, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, wool dyeing, carpentry and weaving, to crop-growing and milling, hide-tanning, basket making and more, all are done by traditional methods.

Ristra making from their own crop of chiles

Ristra making from their own crop of chiles in La Placita (courtyard, well & horno ovens) representing the 1700s.

Kids having fun making tortillas to cook in the horno ovens. Delicioso!

Kids making tortillas to cook in the horno ovens. Add butter and marmalade -Delicioso!

Children always have fun at Las Golondrinas. Each festival brings with it a variety of themed activities for the whole family; making tortillas by hand, archery, and treading grapes, are just a few.

Treading Grapes at Harvest Festival.

Crushing Grapes at Harvest Festival.

Giant bubbles at the Renaissance Fair.

Giant bubbles at the Renaissance Fair.

Don't try this at home! Jousting is performed by professionals during the Renaissance Fair.

Don’t try this at home! Jousting is performed by professionals during the Renaissance Fair.

Delicious bread fresh from the horno is drenched in honey butter and enjoyed by all.

Fresh bread, hot from the horno is served with honey butter.

Fresh bread, hot from the horno is served with honey butter.

As well as being a great living history museum, Las Golondrinas’ authenticity makes it a popular location for film-makers. Such films as The Missing, starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Ron Howard, All The Pretty Horses, starring Matt Damon and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, are just two of many films shot here. Below is a set image from the filming of the popular TV series, Gunslingers.

Filming of the TV series Gunslingers 2.

Filming of the TV series Gunslingers 2.

And let’s not forget the swallows. If you visit, especially in the spring, the area is filled with swallows building their nests and skimming the waters.

If you’re planning a visit to New Mexico, or are a local, remember to include a a day at this much-loved paraje on El Camino Real.

Schedule: The museum is open for visitors: June – October, Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm. Guided tours are free with admission and depart at 10.30am, (except when there’s a special event). Self-guided tours optional.

Contact El Rancho de Las Golondrinas at (505)471-2261 for more info. Click link for map.

Special events begin in April and run through October, ending with the Harvest Festival.

April 30th & May 1st – New Mexico: The Civil War & More. 10am-4pm

May 14th & 15th – Fiesta de la Familia. 10am-4pm

June 4th & 5th – Spring Festival & Fiber Arts Fair. 10am-4pm

June 18th & 19th – Herb & Lavender Festival. 10am-4pm

July 2nd & 3rd – Santa Fe Wine Festival. Noon-6pm

July 16th & 17th – Viva Mexico. 10am-4pm

August 6th & 7th – Summer Festival & Wild West Adventures. 10am-4pm

September 17th & 18th – Santa Fe Renaissance Fair. 10am-5pm

October 1st & 2ndHarvest Festival. 10am-4pm

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Santa Fe Spa Days & Valentine’s Getaways

It’s well known Santa Fe is a top destination in the U.S. for world-class spa getaways, which makes being a local pretty fun too. If you’re like me and can’t seem to tear yourself away from work to take a multi-day vacation, then a couple of hours in a Santa Fe spa can rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

Since February is for lovers and the ideal time to find that special treat for Valentines, I thought I’d take advantage of being in such close proximity to blissful states of “spa-dom” and sneak in a couple of precious hours vacating from the daily grind, to give you a little insight into some top Santa Fe spas. Here are three of my faves offering great specials for Valentines…

No, this isn't me in the photo. It's the Rose Petal Bath for Couples at Absolute Nirvana

No, this isn’t me in the photo. It’s the Rose Petal Bath for Couples at Absolute Nirvana

Absolute Nirvana Spa is a wonderful, intimately cozy boutique spa providing luxurious, pampering treatments in authentic Balinese style.  The spa is located in the gardens of the Madeleine Inn, tucked in a quiet historic compound just a couple of blocks from the Plaza.

The owners have taken great care to ensure their guests experience authentic treatments with a Balinese philosophy, organic ingredients, and a tranquil, relaxing environment that melts away all stress and tension. Such names as Heaven on Earth, Chocolate Decadence, Foot Fetish, and Bliss grace their treatment menus and awaken the senses. Unique, hand-carved granite tubs set an exotic tone for their highly popular “Rose Petal Baths”.

I recently referred a couple to Absolute Nirvana for a romantic getaway Rose Petal Bath and Couples Massage, and they said, “…it really was nirvana!” Conde Nast Traveler rates them “One of the hottest new spas in the world.”

I experienced a luxurious facial filled with delicious aromas from oils and creams that my dry skin soaked up like a sponge. The youthful glow stayed with me for days afterward. Absolute Nirvana offers a wide range of treatments from 1 hour to 3+ hours. Prices range from $115 – $250 +. They have special “add-on” treatments you can keep piling on to enhance the heavenly experience, starting at $30.  There are always tempting special offers and packages each month. See their Valentine’s Chocolate and Roses Special for February.

Call (505)983-7942 to book at Absolute Nirvana and mention Santa Fe Selection for 10% off your treatment, year-round (not valid with other special discounts). Open 7 days by appointment. See here for more info.

A few organic and exotic ingredients used for treatments at Absolute Nirvana.

A few organic and exotic ingredients used in treatments at Absolute Nirvana.

The Wo’P’in Spa is a little slice of heaven too. Wo’ P’in means “medicine mountain” in the Native Tewa language. Their facilities are at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, just a short 15-minute drive north from downtown Santa Fe. They offer a broad range of treatments with an indigenous Native American theme and philosophy. The men’s and women’s changing/shower areas each have private access to soothing saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzi tubs. The spacious couples treatment room also has a jacuzzi tub.

Wo'P'in Spa Couples treatment room with jacuzzi.

Wo’P’in Spa Couples treatment room with jacuzzi.

At Wo ‘P’in I experienced a deep-tissue massage with the added melting effect of steamy hot towels, and a luscious facial and pedi pampering. Let’s just say I was a very happy noodle afterward. They offer a wide range of treatments lasting 50 minutes to packages lasting up to 4+ hours. Prices range from $120 – $400+ with further pampering add-ons available. I spotted their unique four-hour treatment, Spirit of the River Journey, which includes a Hot Stone Massage, Dead Sea Wrap and Flowering River Pedicure, that I wouldn’t mind sacrificing an afternoon of work for, someday. Each month, they offer new discounted specials too. Open 7 days by appointment. Call (505)819-2140.

Luxurious Indoor Pool close by Wo' P'in Spa.

Luxurious Indoor Pool close by Wo’ P’in Spa.

Whether you want a relaxing massage or if you’re in need of something aimed at helping you recuperate from that injury, they should be on your list.

This is just a sampling of the many world-class spas in our area. When planning your weekend, day off, or vacation in Santa Fe, remember to include a few hours for a spa treatment. It’ll be a memory that will stay with you, and have you coming back for more.

Happy Valentine’s month Santa Fe!! ~ Cheers!

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Ski Update & Happy Holidays from Santa Fe!

A big “thank you” to our loyal subscribers! Here’s wishing you and yours a warm, safe and Happy Holiday Season from Santa Fe Selection!

The root cellar at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas.

The root cellar at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas.

If you’re looking to hit the slopes this winter, we’re off to a great start this year.

Skier in Flight at Ski Santa Fe.

Skier in Flight at Ski Santa Fe.

For the first time in a long time, Ski Santa Fe opened on Thanksgiving Day and it’s promising to be a terrific ski season.  58 inches have already fallen. 7 of 7 lifts are open. 98% of the mountain is open. And the forecast is for more snow! So, we’ll see you soon!

It’s been a while since I posted, but I’ll be gearing up for monthly posts again soon. I’m looking forward to sending you some interesting Santa Fe insights in the New Year, so stay tuned. In the meantime, for more information on Santa Fe, lodging, restaurants, unique shops, museums, tours and activities, go to SantaFeSelection.com Travel Guide & Concierge.

If you’d like assistance finding the best lodging to suit your needs and budget, I’m here to help. With my local connections, I can often find you better discounts than third party sites and you will be booked directly with the hotel. Please contact me at info@SantaFeSelection.com. Or call (505)470-2991.

May 2016 be kind to us all!

Cheers!

Maria