Passionate art lovers enjoy visiting Winterowd Fine Art, a premier contemporary gallery on Canyon Road.
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Welcome to our Santa Fe Blog. We've created a place for our guests to share their favorite Santa Fe and Inn and Spa at Loretto memories. In addition, they can catch up on Santa Fe events, enjoy restaurant recipes from The Living Room and Luminaria Restaurant, read about spa innovations, and much more.
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Discover our new curator program, designed to offer visitors the chance to experience Santa Fe through the eyes and spirit of our locals!
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is excited to announce the Loretto Curators Program, offering guests insider tips to getting the most out of their time in Santa Fe. By sharing what inspires and excites them about the City Different on the Loretto website, blog and during events in the hotel’s lobby, the Loretto Curators will help visitors uncover the best destinations for art, food, culture and adventure. The Curators will also give guests their lists of favorite places to go and things to see, allowing guests to experience Santa Fe through the eyes of locals
A city steeped in history, art and natural beauty, travelers from all over the world seek out Santa Fe for its vibrant blue skies and rich cultural offerings. The Inn and Spa at Loretto chose notable locals to comprise the group of curators to help vistors connect with the city’s cherished local traditions and wide variety of attractions.
The initial four Loretto Curators will include:
- Georges and Sue Mally: Avid outdoor enthusiasts and owners of Santa Fe Walkabouts. http://www.santafewalkabouts.com/
- Chef Johnny Vee: Head Chef and founder of Las Cosas Cooking School, cook book author, food critic and writer. http://chefjohnnyvee.com/home/
- Susan Topp Weber: Owner of Susan’s Christmas Shop and noted author. http://www.susanschristmasshop.com/
- Karla Winterowd: Owner of Winterowd Fine Art on Canyon Road, and board member and treasurer of the Santa Fe Gallery Association. http://www.fineartsantafe.com/index.php
“Finding your way through a new city is half the journey,” said Dana Ortega, Marketing Director at The Inn and Spa at Loretto. “We are excited to help our guest navigate the City Different to discover the cultural treasure trove that is Santa Fe. We hope guests are inspired to create their own personal adventure and memories to last a lifetime.”
Keep an eye out for these upcoming curator events and activities:
- Pysanka - Ukrainian Egg Decorating Demonstration: Saturday March 8, 2014 from 1-4pm–hosted by curator Susan Topp Weber. FREE and open to the public.
- Spring Gallery Hopping Blog Post (coming in March 2014)–provided by curator Karla Winterowd
- YOLO (You Only Live Once) Vacation Package (coming in March 2014) includes exclusive, all-access activities with our curators
Posted by Sarah Sims
The very first time that I performed the Native Reflections Ritual, a signature Santa Fe spa treatment, I finally understood the essence of what truly makes the Spa at Loretto stand out in a town overflowing with healing centers, spas, and talented body workers. At the time I had already enjoyed working at Loretto as a massage therapist for nearly two years, but had only recently been trained in the Sacred Stone massage modality. While preparing for the couple's ritual that day, Caroline, a more seasoned co-worker and kind mentor, agreed to take the lead during the prayer/blessing so that I could take witness and get a feel for how this ritual is performed.
We led the couple, adorned in matching cozy bathrobes and slippers, into a candlelit treatment room with an oversized bathtub already filled with steaming water, rose petals sprinkled around the room, bath mats and towels. We confirmed with our guests which unique, house-crafted, aromatherapy blend would be added to their bath and bodywork. Then, the magical part that I'd never experienced began.
Caroline instructed the couple to face to each cardinal direction while she read a Native American inspired prayer/blessing for each. I closed my eyes and turned with them, taking in the blessings one by one. The couple, celebrating their anniversary that day, held hands and gazed into each other’s eyes the entire time. The words of the blessing mesmerized me, and put us all into a deeply intentional place. We then sprinkled bath salts, aromatherapy oil, and petals into the tub and stepped into the hallway, allowing our guests time to soak together and deeply relax. As we sat outside sipping water and taking slow breaths to prepare ourselves as therapists, I couldn't help but smile as I imagined what this couple would be taking away from tonight. They hadn't just come into “any spa” and gotten a "fluff and buff" massage for their anniversary. They had truly entered a ceremonial space, and we had held that space for them with the utmost respect. This is what I love most about working at the Spa at Loretto. This is what makes us legendary.
Click here to learn more about the Native Reflections Ritual Treatment and make your appointment.
Posted by Lara Bache, Massage Therapist