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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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March 29th, 2013 | 2:19pm

Zaca Mesa Wine Dinner at Luminaria Restaurant

Executive Chef Brett Sparman and Jessica Simmons from Zaca Mesa Vineyards has joined forces to create a one of a kind Santa Fe wine dinner in Luminaria Restaurant.                                                                                                                                                      

Since 1997, Zaca Mesa Vineyards has focused on growing the best Syrah, Viognier, and other Rhône varieties.  They have ripped up over half the original vines, replacing them with high-density plantings of new rootstock and clone combinations that has significantly improved the quality of their wines.  They now have nine clones of Syrah and the highest density vineyard in the county.

Please join us on Thursday, April 11, 2013 for a fabulous evening.  Our menu will feature four delightful courses and will be served alongside a wine pairing menu created just for this event by Ms. Simmons herself. 

The Details:

  • Reception starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner is $85 per person (not including tax and gratuity)
  • Valet parking is complimentary
  • Reservations may be secured with a credit card by calling 505-984-7915 

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

March 22nd, 2013 | 3:46pm

Santa Fe Pastry Chef’s High Elevation Baking Secret

The best secret I learned when first moving to New Mexico was a high altitude cooking trick. When I was staging for the first time I was living in Albuquerque, but commuting to Santa Fe each day. I thought to adjust all of my recipes for the altitude in Albuquerque, but didn’t know about the increase in elevation when baking in Santa Fe.

Needless to say, my carefully calculated recipe of brownies exploded in the oven, I was mortified!  Of course,  just as I pulled out the under baked, but burnt brownies from the oven, the Executive Chef ambled around the corner, to my horror.  She said, “Can I tell you a secret? .... Half the sugar.”  

She then explained to me and told me to forget adjusting all recipes by adding flour and eggs.  The culprit is the way the water boils and when baking high sugar recipes ijust splitting the sugar down the middle will work just fine.

Sure enough, I made the same recipe moments later, but this time added half the sugar.  They came out perfect and I couldn’t tell that half the sugar was missing.  I got the job and the Executive Chef said, “Anyone that can come back after something like that was someone that she wanted to work with!”

Posted by Andrea Clover, Executive Pastry Chef

March 15th, 2013 | 12:39pm

Guest Review: Santa Fe Wouldn't Be The Same Without The Inn and Spa at Loretto

If New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment (and it is), then Santa Fe is its heart and The Inn and Spa at Loretto, its soul. The Inn has become our home away from home -- we stayed nine times last year and three times already this year.

Why? We've never slept in more comfortable beds anywhere, and the linens and bathrobes are invitations to relax. Rooms with chairs that are actually comfortable offer a nice respite during the day. The interior decor is what you expect in the Southwest -- warmth and charm that keep inviting you back. The staff enjoys their jobs and is forever accomodating. A few years ago, we left behind a pair of diamond earrings. A call to The Inn the next day brought assurances from housekeeping that they had the earrings and would mail them to us that afternoon. Hospitality is genuine and friendliness, sincere.

Santa Fe is a walking city and The Inn at Loretto is central to about everything. Only a block-and-a-half from the Plaza, The Inn is an inviting retreat throughout the day -- either in the comfort of your room or by the fireplace in the bar.

We are often asked why we don't just get a place in Santa Fe as we visit so frequently and the answer is simple -- "Why when we can stay at The Inn at Loretto?" Or as my sister so often says, "A trip to Santa Fe just wouldn't be the same if we didn't stay at the Inn at Loretto."

Posted by Sandra Morello, Posted on Behalf of Trip Advisor Guest

March 13th, 2013 | 2:05pm

Introducing The Spa at Loretto’s 365 Minutes of Bliss Santa Fe Spa Package

Renew your body, revive your mind, and reset your soul with The Spa at Loretto’s 365 Minutes of Bliss Santa Fe Spa Package.  Suzanne Chavez, Spa Director at The Spa at Loretto, imagined a way to design the perfect Santa Fe spa vacation for our guests and locals.  This ultimate spa package is intended for healing and enhancing the year ahead and in our opinion does just that!

In addition to a guest room with convenient access to the private spa elevator, guests will enjoy $100 in hotel credit, signature Spa at Loretto gifts, and a day (or two) filled with 365 minutes of bliss in New Mexico’s City Different. 

Our Santa Fe spa package includes the following signature treatments:

  • Native Reflections: Sage clearing and blessing followed by ritual bath soak and Sacred Stone Massage
  • Zen Flower Organic Facial: Asian inspired organic facial treatment focused on relaxation, marma point massage, and glowing radiance
  • Loretto Manicure and Pedicure: Includes natural milk bath soak, massage, paraffin dip, and detoxifying seaweed lower-leg and arm mask
  • Milk and Honey Wrap: Gentle exfoliating organic sugar scrub and replenishing body mask of whole milk and honey
  • Chakra Balancing: Removes blocked chakras so that body, mind, and spirit can function optimally

For more information on The Spa at Loretto’s 365 Minutes of Bliss Santa Fe Spa Package call 505-984-7997.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

March 6th, 2013 | 4:01pm

Author Forrest Fenn and The Inn and Spa at Loretto Invites Guests on a Treasure Hunt to The Land of Enchantment

Santa Fe, known as The Land of Enchantment for art, culture, history and cuisine, now adds a new lure to its mesmerizing repertoire – treasure hunting.

Somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe, NM, a bronze treasure chest filled with gold, jewels, and other riches is hidden.  In Forrest Fenn’s latest book, The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir, clues are given to unlock the secret of the chest’s location.  For many, the adventure will begin at The Inn and Spa at Loretto, where guests can book the Thrill of the Chase Package and embark on a scavenger hunt inspired by the author himself.  The package includes hotel accommodations for two nights, a copy of The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir, and Luminaria Restaurant’s signature chocolate dessert at turndown.

Previously owning Fenn Gallery on Canyon Road, Fenn’s pursuit for adventure, passion, and self-discovery shaped him into the person he is today.  And, through his book, he hopes to awaken the reader’s sense of adventure and entice them to Santa Fe to experience this thrilling adventure.  According to Fenn, “This memoir includes a true story about a secret treasure and an outrageous dare.  Unlock the clues that are scattered among these pages and you can go home with a bronze chest that is so full of gold and precious jewelry that it’s almost too heavy for one person to carry.”  The intrinsic virtue of this dare is that anyone can get lucky.

Thrill of the Chase Package Details:

Whether a guest is a treasure hunter, adventure traveler, or simply a literary aficionado, the experience that awaits in Santa Fe is truly priceless.

The Thrill of the Chase package at The Inn and Spa at Loretto enables guests to vicariously experience some of Fenn’s most cherished moments in Santa Fe.  The author-inspired scavenger hunt takes guests on a walking expedition to special places that inspired notable moments in his life.  While the hunt may not lead guests to the actual treasure, a delightful dessert at turndown will be the sweet reward for guests staying at the Inn.

The Thrill of the Chase package is an independent hotel package and is not affiliated with Fenn’s actual treasure hunt.  For more information click here.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

March 4th, 2013 | 4:36pm

The Inn and Spa at Loretto’s Hopi and Hispanic Inspired Living Room Ceiling

The iconic Santa Fe hotel, Inn and Spa at Loretto, features artwork in and around the property.  The most obvious is the carved and painted wood ceiling in The Living Room and elevator walls.  This delicate design was created by Gregory Lomayesva. 

A Santa Fe artist, Lomayesva, had his first major commission at The Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe.  Half Hopi and half Hispanic, the painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist is not easily tied to convention.  Both his parents were renowned santera, folk artists, and woodcarvers.  His mother, Marie Romero Cash, painted The Stations of the Cross in Santa Fe’s St. Francis Cathedral.  

Lomayesva began as a carver of kachinas and masks before learning about contemporary art.  He draws from both his Hopi and his Hispanic influences, and his work emanates a sensitivity to the Native American art world.  The initial project for The Inn and Spa at Loretto was for the carved wooden sign at the front corner of the property walls.  This led to what became a huge partnership and project for Lomayesva, creating the large carved and painted ceiling in Santa Fe’s most unique lounge, The Living Room.   

The project at The Inn and Spa at Loretto gave Lomayesva recognition.  He was soon exhibiting in Santa Fe galleries and his success has led him to create kachina dolls infused with different cultures, reflecting his own mixed heritage.  He also expressed himself through pop culture with a Native American perspective and works with mixed media that he continues to evolve with. 

For more information on Lomayesva, click here

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

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