Testimonials for Santa Fe Selection:
We just returned from Santa Fe and my family and I believe it was one of our best family vacations. Of course it helps to be in a wonderful location but I really believe Maria's concierge services made the difference. Maria does not just recommend great restaurants, tours, and sporting outings but plans the entire itinerary. Maria saved us hours of time and was very patient with us. She was also available by phone while we were in Santa Fe to answer any questions we might have. I only wish Maria offered her services for all our upcoming trips! K.D. - New York
Maria, I wanted to send a note about how awesome you were in organizing our family reunion in Santa Fe. Everything was perfect, especially the catered dinner and art tour. We loved Meow Wolf and our dinners out. Thank you so much! Martha H. - AZ
After being referred by the Santa Fe CVB, I recently worked with Maria from Santa Fe Selection to help coordinate three social events during our annual conference. After sharing our budget, Maria did a great job coming up with a number of options for us to consider. Once we made our decision, she took care of every last detail! She even came to the start of each of three different activities to make sure everything went off smoothly. As I told her, she made me look like a superstar! She also helped with coordinating overnight accommodations for one of our participants when the hotel we were using was sold out. She is a lovely soul, and an absolute pleasure to work with... a very calming presence who was on top of the whole planning process and kept in touch throughout. Would highly recommend her services if you are coordinating from afar, or even once you're in Santa Fe. - Tanya Spelts ODF Group. Arizona.
Three Sisters & Me February, Valentines Week. Our trip to Santa Fe. I came across (Maria's)Page "Santa Fe Selection.com." I read that she was a local and that she was willing to concierge my vacation to Santa Fe. I was in at any cost. I was surprised the price was so affordable. In fact with the discount cards she gave us, it paid for her service and saved us money. Her guidance saved me tons of time planning, and she confirmed reservations for everything we did. She was a pleasure to work with and together we created an unforgettable authentic Santa Fe experience. Maria was quick to reply to calls or emails, she was always available to answer questions. She was genuinely concerned that everything she recommended was perfect - and it was. I wish there was a Maria in every town I travel! Don't gruel over the internet and decisions about your trip, give Maria a call and start enjoying the process of planning your Santa Fe experience now. Guaranteed ease and great times. S. Wright & Sisters - San Diego.
Maria, Thank you so much for your efforts to make our Santa Fe trip so memorable. Santa Fe was a great choice for a girls' trip away. It served as a geographic "midpoint" between Miami and Seattle for my friend and I to meet before she returned to live in Australia. It was fortuitous that we found your website, SantaFeSelection.com, and you, to help us plan our week there. Your suggestions were unique to our interests...an introductory walking tour of the city, great restaurants, trail hikes, side trip to Taos Pueblo, a cooking class, and a private docent and tour of the Georgia O'Keefe museum. And aside from all these events, plenty of time to shop and visit the amazing array of art galleries in Santa Fe. Neither of us had ever been to Santa Fe, and we both came away with enormous understanding and respect for a city that has maintained its different offerings... history, culture, inhabitants, topography, and spirituality, to remind us that we are all ONE! Thank you for sharing Santa Fe with us. Kate Mayes - Coral Gables, FL
I was excited to find such a valuable resource in Maria! With a busy travel schedule for work, I was short on time to try and put together a fun trip to Santa Fe with family. Maria listened to what I was looking to create and she went to work! She put together a fabulous itinerary for a fun weekend in Santa Fe! I found Maria easy to work with, very responsive, and full of ideas! I would highly recommend her services, she knows all of the best places and things to do in Santa Fe! K. Hiley - AZ.
Maria completely arranged my visit to Santa Fe for me: hotel, wine tasting, meeting artists, a Thanksgiving Dinner. She even recommended shops and restaurants for me to visit: when I mentioned that Santa Fe Selection had recommended I visit, I was treated with a special friendliness. Maria was completely attentive and sensitive to the special needs imposed by my disability on my travel plans. Really, Santa Fe Selection is like a Native American blanket: Maria pulled the four corners of New Mexico towards me and I felt totally cosy in the Wild West. Thank you, Maria! - E. Williams - Wales. U.K.
Maria, we are still talking of the memorable visit to Santa Fe you arranged for us with the Dillards and Morgans. Your management was professional, well-organized, genuinely personal and appreciated. We loved all of it, including the accommodations at La Fonda, the restaurant meals, and the tours. Highlights for us were the visit to the home of the Guzmans where we observed him painting, and enjoyed a wonderful meal in their home; the "edible art tour" through the arts district; and the visit and pottery demo at the Fox Gallery. How so much could be packed into two and one-half days is amazing. Thanks to the guides you provided, and most especially for your overall direction. We hope to visit your special city again. Lane and RuthAnn - Texas.
Hi Maria - I just wanted to thank you (and Santa Fe Selection) for all your help in making my visit to Santa Fe so special. I was delighted that you were able to take care of everything, from organizing day trips and local visits to recommending and making restaurant reservations. It was delightful to know all of that was in your capable hands, and I could simply enjoy myself! No detail was too small, and nothing was overlooked, even when I changed my mind about restaurants at least twice - thank you for your patience on that. I very much enjoyed the days out with Robbie, and you two seem to have a great partnership. It was a real pleasure to work with you, and I would be happy to recommend you to any prospective clients. Many thanks, C. R. - California
Hi Maria, Sandy and I want to thank you at SantaFeSelection.com for your outstanding job in helping us to secure lodging and set up reservations at restaurants in New Mexico in both Taos and Santa Fe. The Inn on the Alameda was wonderful in every way; truly an excellent place to stay in location as well as amenities. I will heartily recommend your service to any of our friends who go out West. Regards, Ted & Sandy Ryder - New York
Santa Fe Selection was instrumental in providing us with our "out of the ordinary" request for our visit to Santa Fe. Maria Johnson, of Santa Fe Selection travel guide and concierge, has the contacts and knowledge that can put together a very memorable visit to the Santa Fe area. We shall certainly be sure to call her when making plans for our next trip there! - The Ream Family, Texas
In planning our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Fe Selection was recommended to us and I couldn't be more pleased that it was. Maria Johnson at Santa Fe Selection, took a great deal of time to help us plan an itinerary that was tailored to our interests. Not only did she provide us with a great deal of information that helped us make our choices, she even went so far as to book reservations and follow up to make certain we were pleased. When we arrived at our hotel, she had a packet of information waiting for us to review. The map she provided was simple to follow and made finding our destinations very easy. She's extremely knowledgeable and an expert on the area. Without question, Santa Fe Selection made our visit exciting and memorable. I wouldn't plan a visit without contacting Santa Fe Selection. - Chris A., Berlin Center, Ohio
Just a short note to thank you again for your terrific web site and the outstanding options that you offered to my self, my wife and our friends that helped to make our vacation very memorable. Although my original purpose for the trip was to ride the Cumbres and Toltec and the Durango and Silverton railroads your input added so much to the times that we were not on the trains. The three days that we were in Santa Fe gave us an insight into the city and showed us so much to see on return trips. Jim M., Rockford, IL (flat land)
Maria, Your help and effort made our stay more enjoyable and allowed us to be able to feel comfortable in our choice of the hotel suggested by you. Your blog allowed us to gain an insight into more of the history of the Santa Fe area and of several of the restaurants we dined at...that made the dining experience more than just going to a place to eat. The package of coupons and places of interest allowed us to open up our areas of interest to places we would not have considered when here in the past. It was nice to go to attractions and restaurants, mention your name and have folks light up based on their past experiences with you. I would definitely recommend you and your services to any and all folks taking a trip to the Santa Fe area. - W. Oberg, IN
Just wanted to thank you for your invaluable help with my recent trip to Santa Fe. I followed your recommendations to the letter and I was totally impressed by all your recommendations. You gave me peace of mind before and during my travel. I have recommended you to others and will continue to do so when I hear anybody else is travelling to the area. I also hope to visit again and will definitely be in touch. Thank you soooo much. Darren James (United Kingdom)
"Hi Maria, I can't thank you enough for all your assistance in planning my trip to Santa Fe. Your website alone was great, but the fact that you took the time to talk to me over the phone was an extra bonus. I really appreciated that you were so readily available and eager to help. Thanks to your suggestions, we had an amazing trip. All of the recommendations for lodging, food, and activities worked out great! Riding with Broken Saddle and our jeep tour with Santa Fe Walkabouts were both highlights. The El Pueblo Lodge [Taos] was great and we loved eating at the Cowgirl, and sampling the chocolates at Shugarman's. Your knowledge and enthusiasm helped make our first visit to Santa Fe and Taos amazing! I had no idea there was so much to do and see. I will highly recommend that anyone considering a trip to this area talk to you. Thanks again!" - Tina Fain
"Hey Maria! Your knowledge on all activities that Santa Fe has to offer is absolutely amazing. Not only does your website provide an abundance of activities to participate in the local area, but it's all so easily accessible! Santa Fe Selection is much more than that to me though. You went completely above and beyond to help me with my trips to Santa Fe. And trust me, trips aren't easy when you're planning for a big group. You made it seem effortless. You did more than I could've ever expected and I'm completely grateful. You kept me up to date on all reservations, prices and policies of all the locations I was interested in visiting. But more importantly, talking and planning with you has made me realize that you truly love to help and that's an admirable quality. I look forward to working with you in the future" - Brandy T
"Thank you Maria for your help for our group, originally from Kansas. Your coordination of the transportation, and dinner/show arrangements was most helpful... We did enjoy our time in Santa Fe and would gladly share your information about Santa Fe Selection llc." - N. Ward. Kansas.
"Dear Maria, I want to thank you for your business and what it has to offer. Our guests love the information as your site has a wealth of activities for them to do while they are visiting Santa Fe. I appreciate your recent assistance with group packages, family reunion assistance and corporate gift ideas. What would I do without you? You have been so helpful in meeting customers' needs. Keep up the good work!!" Josette Lucero, Director of Sales, Hyatt Place Santa Fe
"Hi, Maria- I cannot describe to you how much we enjoyed the casita you found for us. It was everything I had hoped for & your help was invaluable. Thank you ever so much! We enjoyed eating at The Shed, and The Cowgirl (twice). I loved being able to walk to Museum Hill to visit The Spanish Colonial Museum, which I had not yet seen. And we took a Day Trip to Taos. Thanks again, SantaFeSelection.com is a great guide & I will contact you for my next trip!" Best, Betty F - Texas
"Hey Maria, Thank you for the information on Santa Fe. Our week was fabulous! ...Thank you for your help. You have a lovely city, and we enjoyed our visit." - C.S.
"wow, how can I thank you... you are on top of it... Amazing, thank you... This is fun getting your expert feedback." Best, Pam
"SantaFeSelection.com is my first choice for assisting our customers in planning their itinerary in Santa Fe. It is easy to use, beautifully designed and is portable for guests to use on their smart phones. With a few keystrokes they can access the best of the best in Santa Fe dining, shopping, and area activities, and the printable maps are fantastic! Our guests also really appreciate the convenience of the pocket-size minibrochures with maps and useful info, in our reception area... I love those little guys!" - Janice Dunington, Sales Manager, Courtyard by Marriott
"Maria, During our recent visit to Santa Fe, I found your card in our room, and I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to have found Santa Fe Selection. And thanks so much for being personally available to answer my questions. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, but moved away a long time ago and your site makes me feel right at home again. You have chosen the places and things that I remember and miss, and more great things I never knew existed! I don't get to visit as much as I'd like, but I've been using your site to buy my holiday gifts and it's been so easy... I like to give original Santa Fe stuff to my friends and family. I follow you on Facebook too and your announcements are a great way for me to keep in touch. So, thanks for helping me feel connected." - S. Owen, AZ
"Thank you very much. Your attachment and website are just what we needed. We have been to Santa Fe many times but typically for only a day or two or with a tour group. We decided to make a week of it and re-visit the places we didn't have enough time to enjoy previously...We will certainly use SantaFeSelection.com as we fill out our agenda." - J & P Pierce, Arizona
"How great your suggestions are!! I was raised there but my parents moved to Colorado about 20 years ago, so I'm out of touch...I shall remember you and make sure my friends are aware of your web page...Thanks again for your wonderful help!!!" - Susan H., Colorado
"Santa Fe Selection is my GO-TO information source. I use the information from the website and Facebook every day to assist my guests. If a guest is doing a day trip to Taos, I show them your maps that will help them get there (along with the fun stops on the way). The cards give guests new ideas to unique stores and great restaurants (sometimes with special offers). If guests want something different, how about a Pueblo Pottery tour or Painting class to make their trip special! Santa Fe Selection is a great resource for me to help my guests in the best way possible!" - Tina Richards, Guest Services/Concierge, Las Palomas Hotel
"Thanks for the great info Maria.
I have come to the conclusion that your website is the best that Santa Fe has to offer. Way better than Santafe.org and I think that they do a good job. Thanks for all your hard work...I send people to your site for everything whether they need maps, things to do, restaurants whatever. I've been here over 8 years and some of the things you write about I have never heard of, and I'm so glad to finally have a well done, easy to read resource to go to for me and my guests.
Thanks for everything"
Steven Cloud Santa Fe Guest Service Manager
"Maria, I would like to take a moment and thank you for all your hard work with Santa Fe Selection. As a hotel property without a dedicated concierge service, having a place to send our guests with a comprehensive list of activities and events in Santa Fe has been invaluable...
Recently I was helping a family plan their parent's 60th wedding anniversary and Family Reunion to Santa Fe. When I started looking for activities to keep everyone busy for the 5 days they will be here, I immediately turned to Santa Fe Selection, sending them the web link to your site. After they had a few weeks to really look at all the activities and options offered, and share your site among the people coming to Santa Fe, they expressed their gratitude at having such a concise place to find all the information they would need to have a success and fun-filled trip to our wonderful city.
Santa Fe Selection has been a real life line for us as we try to help our guests have a memorable time during their time here in Santa Fe. Please continue working to keep your site relevant and up to date as this is a real asset to us and the hospitality community at large."
General Manager Luis Bayardo Fort Marcy Hotel Suites