By Eileen Richardson

With 275 days of sunshine in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico you should get outside and take advantage of Free Fun Outdoors activities. In the Spring and Summer these are some great ideas:

Have a picnic in the Park. Some of the better parks for picnics I think are:

  • Harvey Cornell Rose Park, 1315 Galisteo Parkway
  • Orlando Fernandez Park, 500 Buena Vista Street
  • Cathedral Park, E. Palace Avenue and Cathedral Place
  • Cross of the Martyrs, 617 Paseo de Peralta
  • Railyard Park, 600 S. Guadalupe
  • Monsignor Patrick Smith Park, 1001 Canyon Road
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By Eileen Richardson

My first comment to those of you who have never been here before. You will be very amazed at the caliber of restaurants here in a small city of about 60,000, in the middle of a very poor and isolated state. I know I was when I first moved here from Southern California.

As other art forms thrive and excel here, so does the art of cooking I have found. The other thing is that the mix of Spanish, Mexican, Pueblo, and American cuisines converge here. So what normally would be American cuisine is blended with touches of Pueblo styles or Mexican or Spanish styles and visa versa.

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By Eileen Richardson

Tent Rocks

One of my favorite hikes is this one. Here you can be walking on sandy paths between giant shadowing pillars of solid sand and climbing in-between crevices. You also can hike to the tallest elevation and get an astounding view.

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The National Monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, (about 30 minutes outside Santa Fe) includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.

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By Eileen Richardson

Taos is located about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It is a very culturally and historically rich area like Santa Fe, but much more rustic and conscious of keeping their small town feel.

Taos started as a Pueblo 900 years ago when the Taos and Picturis Pueblos established the area as their home. It was thought that the mountain was sacred and was very generous to the pueblo. In reality it was a very fruitful area for farming and the pueblos survived well there for centuries.

In 1540 Conquistador Hernando de Alvarado followed the Rio Grande north to Taos Valley. When he saw the sun shining on the straw in the adobes at Taos Pueblo, he believed he has found the famed Cities of Gold. This began the influx of the Spanish where today there are ancestors of these settlers.

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By Eileen Richardson

Held annually in Albuquerque, NM, an hour south of Santa Fe, the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show (March 3-5, 2017) is a destination for spicy food lovers across the US, and may now be considered the foremost copulation of spicy hot lovers and makers in the U. S.

Now in its 29th year, the Fiery Foods show was launched in 1988 by founder Dave DeWitt. DeWitt is also the brainchild behind several authoritative publications focused on chile, peppers, and the fiery foods market in general, as well as the Scovie Awards.

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By Eileen Richardson

What more romantic place than Santa Fe the “Dancing Ground of the Sun” to have a wedding. This place that has been such spiritual and creative inspiration for so many, and is a perfect place for the spiritual and creative inspiration that is marriage.

There are a number of locations to have the ceremony done that are nontraditional, but the minister/priest/celebrationist must be willing to go there.

Wedding Ministers and Officiants
Reverend Naomi Fiske of Unique Unions promises a Love and Joy filled occasion. You are invited to involve yourselves more intensely and choose a blend of rituals from both traditional and non-traditional spiritual and religious paths. The details, such as music, location, readings and wedding vows can be enhanced and altered to reflect the bride and groom perfectly.

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By Eileen Richardson

“Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an attraction that you can explore filled with art, technology, and fantastic environments to inspire visitors of all ages. This imaginative space is a collaboration of over 100 local artists and is a unique combination of children’s museum, art gallery, jungle gym, and fantasy novel.”

This is the description you will find on their website. But if you ask those who have been to this attraction you may hear “Wild” “Crazy” “Never Ending Fun” “You just can’t’ appreciate it in one visit” “You see something new each time you return” And this last quote may be true because at times the attraction is closed to update and add clues and new components.

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By Eileen Richardson

New Mexico offers continual unique opportunities to see and do things even in the Winter. The events listed are spread out throughout the state but just hours from Santa Fe. The following events are usually scheduled in January February and March, but research first to find the exact dates because the dates may change from year to year.

Torchlight parade and fireworks - Every Saturday during the winter season - Red River Ski and Summer Resort 

The grill at the Lift House deck is where the skiing torchlight parade can be seen and enjoyed. This unique is a must see if you are in New Mexico in the Winter. Don’t forget the fireworks are great too!

Big Ol’ Texas Weekend - January 27-29 – Taos

This is a fun-filled weekend of activities including live music from some great headlining acts. You can also sample food and whiskey and enter or observe the world famous “Big Texan Steak Challenge.”

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By Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe has been known as an exclusive and perhaps expensive town to visit and stay in. That does not have to be the case and that is what you will learn in this article.

Lodging

The first concern you have is lodging. On a Santa Fe vacation there are different parts of town to stay in. The closer to the Plaza, the more expensive the rates are. As you go further out in circumference from the Plaza it gets cheaper. The accommodations described here within 4 blocks are walking distance from a lot of the sites downtown and wouldn’t require a rental car unless out of town trips are planned.

Read more: Santa Fe Vacation on a Budget