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May 14th, 2012 | 5:35pm

Santa Fe’s Best Kept Secrets

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a perennial favorite travel destination, well-known for its arts, cultural and historic offerings, unmatched scenery and outdoor activities, fantastic year-round weather, and world-class culinary scene. A rare few know about Santa Fe’s hidden gems. Below are a few local top picks for things to do (and eat) and places to go in and around the United States’ oldest capital city.

“I’m a fan of white water rafting in Santa Fe. May and June are the best times, when the water is high from all of the snow melting off the mountain.”  
- Andrea Clover, Pastry Chef at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“My favorite Santa Fe things to do are to take the Santa Fe Southern Railways train ride to Lamy, people watch at the Plaza, visit the historical churches including Loretto Chapel, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, and San Isidro, take in the exhibits at the Friday night art-walk on Canyon Road, and enjoy the culinary and hand-made treasures offered at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market.”  
– Jenna Proctor, Sales Manager at Hotel Santa Fe

“Favorite eats include the stuffed French Toast at Tune-up Café, burritos at the stand in front of Big Jo Hardware, and anything (especially homemade pies and cinnamon rolls) at San Marcos Café and Feed Store on the Turquoise Trail.  A perfect spot to visit is the peacock/quail/turkey/dog/cat/goat reserve, also on the Turquoise Trail.”
– Susan Vander Mast, Sales Coordinator at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“My favorite out-of-the-way places are the wind sculpture garden at Wiford Gallery, just off Canyon Road, and the Allan Houser sculpture garden off the Turquoise Trail.”
Patti Rogoff, owner of Santa Fe Baskets

“My top favorites include Ristra’s Glass Class, a two hour art class and culinary experience, Santa Fe Opera behind-the-scenes tour, the Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and stone-carving lessons at Rift Gallery in Rinconada, near Taos.”
Betsy Ehrenberg, a Santa Fe resident and host to 2,500 visitors to Santa Fe in 2011

“Anyone who enjoys tennis should check out Shellaberger Tennis Center.  It offers world-class facilities, terrific pro shop, and well-trained and fun-loving staff." 
– Guin White, Corporate and Leisure Travel Manager at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“I always enjoy Del Charro, which I consider the best casual spot to meet up with friends, Tesuque Village Market for lunch, Ojo Caliente Hot Springs for a quick and indulgent day-trip, Sunrise Springs Resort at La Cienega as a tranquil place for dinner or just walking around, and The Pantry for a great breakfast (their home made potatoes are the best!!!)”  
– Christine Steinhauser, HR Director at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“One of my favorite places to take out-of-town guests is Tent Rocks.  It’s a great photography spot as well.”  
– Lisa Chadwick, Concierge at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“In town just off Canyon Road, the School of American Research is a hidden treasure, unknown to most people who live in Santa Fe and rarely visited by tourists. Their Indian Arts Research Center hosts tours of its incredible working collection of pottery, baskets, and jewelry on Fridays. A really splendid little get-away is Los Poblanos Lavender Farm in Los Ranchos, between Albuquerque Old Town and Corrales. It has a fascinating history and the food is marvelous. Michelle Obama recently held a fundraiser there.” 
– Mary Thomas, Concierge at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

“One of my top picks would be the Original Johnnie’s Cash Store, just off Canyon Road. It’s Santa Fe’s least known landmark and the city’s oldest neighborhood grocer.Their tamales are the best in town.”
- Erik Berntsen, Catering Manager at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Posted by Guin White, Corporate and Leisure Travel Manager

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