Taking today to relax into tomorrow is a fine notion, and Santa Fe has lots of therapeutic hands for rejuvenating assistance. Mark my words, Santa Fe is absolutely the right place for finding the best in culture, cuisine and color this summer. Actually, forget may and make that should because this is first dibs for capturing the best in handcrafted Native American jewelry, pottery, rugs and artifacts before summer shoppers get their chance.
Since , this feast for the eyes has wowed art-lovers with an extravaganza of cutting-edge curiosities and craftsmanship. Video and new media installations, performance art, live music, artist presentations, panels and workshops, outdoor events and digital dome programs at IAIA IAIA is the nickname for the Institute of American Indian Arts all captivate the creative eye and mind——and best of all, Currents events are free!
The sounds of music onstage and whirring wheels at the skateboard park cast their spell over Santa Fe from 6: Now in its third year, FantaSe is a do-it-yourself fantasy of color and creativity. Axle Contemporary Art mobile gallery will pull up alongside the food trucks and rumor has it that the festival is looking to host a classic low-rider car show, too. Find your shady spot on the downtown route before This outdoor history museum has earned my undying loyalty for comprehensive programs detailing New Mexico life past to present.
Two weekends offer family-friendly educational experiences that turn learning into hands-on entertainment. Gotta hand it to the professionals wielding sheep-shearing tools with amazing speed and accuracy! Getting out and about showcases different tools at the annual Santa Fe Studio Tour. The tour adds up to a bevy of beauties worth seeing, with 44 studios, 5 days and countless paintings, pottery, jewelry, photographs and sculpture to choose from.
Have I given you enough temptations for you to make that Santa Fe visit now instead of later? If your answer is yes, start planning because the fun and festivities are already planned for you——and all you have to do is get here! Summer is literally one month away! I simply mean that my daily chile fix is being administered via savory red chile.
Chile has been a cornerstone of New Mexico cuisine for hundreds of years.
Before the days of canning jars and refrigerators, the season for eating fresh green chile was lamentably short. Green chile ripens rapidly into red, so the homey solution for keeping chile flavors on the table resulted in handsome scarlet strings adorning New Mexico haciendas. Once the ristras are strung and hung, all Mama has to do is collect a handful for cooking up a spicy family meal——breakfast, lunch or dinner. No matter how eggs are prepared, they brighten up with a generous smothering of red chile sauce.
Lunchtime is a colorful munch-time for me. La Choza Spanish translation: End your day by sating your hunger at Atrisco with a ruby-hued platter of carne adovada slow-cooked chunks of pork marinated in red chile that packs a powerful punch. Atrisco has a sister restauraunt, too, and her name is Tomasita. While every chef has a secret recipe, no one can really agree on whether dried whole pods or dried ground chile makes the better sauce.
What everyone can agree on, however, is that mastering the art of red chile is a skill worth having. Higgins chocolates also receive props for piquancy and their Red Chile Caramel Corn is the perfect snack to bring home for movie night. For centuries, chile has been a feel-better-fast cure-all. The capsaicin that gives red chile its heat acts as an anti-inflammatory and the bright color signals the presence of immunity-boosting vitamins A and C. Take a deep breath. Think about Santa Fe as I ask this question: What color do you see?
Now open your eyes. Think Santa Fe again and consider this: Associated with energy, creativity and balance, turquoise was mined all over the Southwest and the variety of hues and uses are well worth exploring. Its importance to ancient and modern Native American life is displayed via intricate jewels and objects embellished with every shade of this culturally significant stone. No museum could be more deserving of silver than the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
Silver is said to reflect back energy given out, and the hushed atmosphere of the Wheelwright imparts nothing but good energy. Compliments of attention to the color wheel, folk art fans receive the gift of complementary colors when the Museum of International Folk Art embraces red and the International Folk Art Market takes on green. The garden-worthy panoply of greens on display from around the globe grows annually, with fresh indigenous artworks from a multitude of global cultures.
The artisans, some of whose cottage industries help support whole villages, bring with them the optimism that their wares will find appreciative owners and the proceeds returning home will continue to move the culture forward. The downtown museums are also part of the multi-colored amusements. The New Mexico Museum of History offers summer-long events centered on adobe architecture, which boasts far more than one shade of brown. Have I offered proof enough of a kaleidoscope of experiences turning the City Different into a colorful portrait of artistry and nature? Why not paint your summer vacation with Santa Fe colors——even the sunsets are happy to oblige!
The month of May is National Burger Month and the only distress signal conceivable is a lack of the singular element that lifts any burger to a higher culinary plane than every other beefy iteration——green chile! My guidelines for matching flavor and fire are here for your drooling pleasure. Pretty impressive considering that there are 50 states with who-knows-how-many cities boasting a panoply of perfect patties!
Their reigning chomp, the Alien Burger——a wacky combo of beef, bacon, green chile, cheese and a green chile relleno on top——makes repeat landings at all of their locations. Or, you can build your own fantasy burger while sampling their locally brewed craft beers.
A stop at this friendly village hangout yields a half-pound of Black Angus with aged cheddar and a duo of chiles roasted and fired resting comfortably on a brioche bun. A meaty threesome of buffalo, bacon and beef meet their match when green chile and brie join the five-alarm taste sensation.
The chile-cheddar bun adds its own special flare to the fun. My green chile meanderings frequently lead to Caffe Greco , where the simplicity of the burger lets each individual ingredient shine. You can cuddle by the fire pit with a margarita until your burger arrives topped with candied chile bacon and a crispy poblano. A word of advice: Do not——I repeat—— do not forego the onion rings! April showers do bring May flowers, but spring itself brings so much more to the City Different.
The weather is beautifully breezy and the city is blooming with the bounty of events this season brings. An all-day scavenger hunt is only part of the adventure. Budding gardeners can help plant fruit trees in the Earthworks Garden and aspiring young craftsmen get hands-on artistic experience making outdoor bird feeders. The plus installations include a selection of guest artists——upping the ante on talent.
The promise of food trucks onsite definitely adds to the City Different flavor. May 8—9 sees the return of the wildly popular Passport to the Arts.
When Saturday dawns, artists line the street in choice spots for plying their brushes, cameras or sculpting tools. May 24—25 is another artistic bonanza, with not one but two events! With more than talents on display, this invitation-only exhibit at the Convention Center hosts the best of the best in indigenous arts——traditional to contemporary.
That Northern New Mexico moniker is the clue; the artists and craftsmen come from both Santa Fe and serene villages scattered throughout our scenic countryside. Also on tap are three nights of beer festivals and nine bands including the hot, hot Reverend Horton Heat. The extremely refreshing and very popular Tour de Brewer rides from brewery to brewery anchors the ride schedule on Friday and Saturday, and bike clinics presented by professionals like pro mountain biker Rebecca Rusch are sure to please the pedal-happy.
Ideas and inspiration both await you, and all you have to do is spring into action by planning that Santa Fe getaway. You already know how to spring forward, so go ahead and take the leap into spring excitement City Different style. So rather than tell you, let us show you and also invite you to discover and share the colors you find with all who love our City Different. There is definitely a beating heart in the center of our historic town.
Like all Spanish Colonial cities, Santa Fe boasts a beautiful plaza anchoring a fascinating neighborhood that draws both locals and visitors to downtown adventures. Francis may be unfinished but the overall picture is still a beauty. The gorgeous glowing stained-glass windows of the Scottish Rite Temple are just one of the stars of this magnifiecnt Masonic edifice on the Paseo de Peralta.
With multiple arts districts in which to wander, something essentially Santa Fe is easy to find. Patina Gallery is just one of the ooh-ahh destinations for spring green in the West Palace Arts District. And no wonder——the variety of options is as awesome as the taste! A visit to the bright, brand-new Modern General store makes a person feel sunny.
The Meow Wolf Art Collective is sure to drape their new space colorfully in an old bowling alley which is on its way to becoming an arts hot spot. The cider craze has hit Santa Fe and Santa Sidra has the goods. In Santa Fe, spring deliveries are arriving daily! Scott Renbarger, Outspire Hiking.
The weirdly fantastic landscape of Kasha Katuwe ——Tent Rocks—— is worth a daytrip. By now, your shutter finger is probably raring to go. If your album is currently devoid of Santa Fe delights, then spring is the ideal time to make a Santa Fe getaway part of your photographic history. Iconic spots for making memories abound in Santa Fe, a truly iconic city in and of itself.
Everyone has a favorite posing place, but I thought it would be interesting to take an informal selfie survey gathered from our photo-happy followers and friends. You can simply transfer the scene to a portrait by the obelisk on our Santa Fe Plaza! The historic Palace of the Governors looks much as it did years ago and makes a great backdrop for your shot. When you tire of Plaza pics, trot over to the New Mexico Museum of Art to see some old school selfies. The Cathedral Basilica of St.
Or catch moment with the azure sky above the unfinished Romanesque belltowers incomplete only because the founder of the Cathedral,Bishop Lamy, passed away. Inside, look to the soft flickering of red votive candles lit with requests to La Conquistadora. Shadow self, silent night, Santa Fe howtosantafe simplysantafe purenm.
A photo posted by SantaFeRed santafered on Apr 2, at 9: You can give your selfie some mystery when you add Santa Fe history! Any time of day is a good time for a walk on Canyon Road. A photo posted by dawn chandler taosdawn on Apr 8, at Artist Dawn Chandler lets her Studio Mascot fill the frame! Once Canyon Road whets your appetite for art, hop in the car and head to Shidoni Sculpture Garden for an afternoon of photo-crafting.
Five miles north of the Plaza, Shidoni has a grassy lawn dotted with artworks ranging from sharply angled modernist steel to folk art whimsies. Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours.
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