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June 28th, 2012 | 11:37am

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Rank The Spa at Loretto

Last year, Condé Nast Traveler readers casted 28,876 votes to recognize the top 270 spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at Sea. According to Condé Nast Traveler, 10 years ago, their annual readers’ survey produced a list of 40 top spas, with the lowest score in the 60s. This year’s survey delivered 270 spas, all with scores above 80. Using the same 100-point rating scale, readers rated spas excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor on three criteria: 1) Spa Staff, 2) Spa Treatments and 3) Spa Facilities. Those scores, representing the percentage of respondents who rated a spa excellent or very good, were averaged to determine the overall rating for the spa. A minimum number of responses were required for inclusion in these rankings. The Spa at Loretto earned an overall rating of 92.9, which included a 95.2 for Spa Treatments, a 92.9 for Spa Staff and a 90.5 for Spa Facilities. The Spa at Loretto was one of two spas in Santa Fe to rank in this prestigious reader’s list.

Honoring the distinctive cultures and traditions that represent Santa Fe, The Spa at Loretto takes a respectfully holistic approach to the art of massage therapy and well-being. At the helm of this New Mexican spa is director Suzanne Chavez. An energy work specialist and ordained minister trained in the power of natural healing, Chavez infuses the curative spirit and traditions of Santa Fe’s Native American people into The Spa at Loretto.

“Santa Fe has long been a revered destination for its holistic and restorative powers,” said Chavez. “At the spa, we do our part to honor this tradition by using indigenous ingredients and rituals in our treatments to enrich a guest’s spa experience and help them achieve their desired outcome. We are grateful for this recognition and to the many guests that entrust their body, soul and mind to our therapists.”

Using locally-sourced ingredients, Chavez personally mixes the Spirit of Loretto; five custom blends of aromatherapy massage oils – Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Spirit – that infuse Mother Earth’s restorative powers into each spa treatment. In harmony with Santa Fe’s natural healing and therapeutic powers, the Spa at Loretto features a spiritual line of Intuitive Lifestyle treatments that complement its existing breadth of indulging services. From ancient global rituals to specialty body treatments, each treatment integrates age-old remedies, healing herbs and natural oils used by Native American spiritual healers to promote self-healing, tranquility and inner balance.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

June 27th, 2012 | 11:06am

Scallop Ceviche with Strawberries, Chili & Basil

Destination Hotels & Resorts has challenged their chefs across the country to take part in The Destination Dish. Each month one ingredient is selected for the chefs to create a recipe around the chosen element and to incorporate it into their restaurant menu. Be sure to check our blog each month for a new delicious recipe you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home or in Luminaria.

THIS MONTH'S featured Ingredient is STRAWBERRIES!

Scallop Ceviche with Strawberries, Chili & Basil
Serves 6 as a generous appetizer

10 fresh diver scallops (ask for U-10 size)
2 c fresh strawberries
½ c basil, chiffonade
2 fresh Serrano chilies, seeded and diced
2 fresh limes, juiced and zest
½ c extra virgin olive oil
1 oz micro basil (available at most Farmer’s Markets)
sea salt to taste

Slice scallops in halves horizontally, dice. Place in mixing bowl and place on top of another mixing bowl filled with ice. Keep cold throughout process.

Stem and half strawberries, dice and add to bowl of scallops. Stem and cut Serrano chilies in half, remove seeds and cut into long strips and dice finely, add to mixing bowl.  Stack basil leaves on top of each other and roll into a cylinder. Finely shred basil with knife, set aside.

Zest and juice limes directly over mixing bowl. Stir; let marinade for at least one hour.

Add basil and olive oil, season with sea salt.

Serve chilled in martini glasses with small spoon and garnish with micro basil.

Posted by Brett Sparman, Executive Chef

June 26th, 2012 | 3:58pm

Enjoy Craft Beer in Santa Fe: Deschutes Now on Tap

The Living Room at the Inn and Spa at Loretto has a new beer handle…Deschutes! Deschutes is a craft brewery founded in 1988 in Bend Oregon, USA. It’s early beginnings of a small brew house, named after the Deschutes river, they sold 310 barrels in their first year. 

Deschutes now has two brew house’s, brewing facility and is distributed in 18 western and Midwestern states. We love Deschutes Organically Certified Green Lakes Ale, 100% organic hops and malts, between amber and pale ale, nothing goes down so easily. Come join us to enjoy refreshing craft beer at our Santa Fe hotel.

Posted by Natasha Aasgaarden, Director of Restaurants

June 25th, 2012 | 4:56pm

Inn and Spa at Loretto: The Art and Soul of Santa Fe™

If you love art and culture the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico is the perfect place to visit.  Santa Fe is the second largest art market in the nation and has more than 100 art galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, and world class restaurants that give Santa Fe its legendary southwestern charm.

Known as the Art and Soul of Santa Fe™, the Inn and Spa at Loretto is an exquisite hotel reflecting the culture and sophistication of its historic setting.  Built at the end of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail high in the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Inn and Spa at Loretto is an architectural recreation of the Taos Pueblo and is one of the state's most photographed buildings.

Read more about the Art and Soul of Santa Fe™ and the Inn and Spa at Loretto from a recent Virtuoso guest.


Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

June 15th, 2012 | 1:13pm

Summertime in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Inn and Spa at Loretto located in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation. Nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the historic city of Santa Fe is framed by natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. 

 Below is a list of attractions in Santa Fe, New Mexico you will enjoy this summer.

  • One of the most popular things to do in Santa Fe is to visit Canyon Road, which has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city and is within walking distance of the Inn and Spa at Loretto.
  • First held in 1922, the Santa Fe Indian Market  displays work in stalls around the Santa Fe Plaza and adjacent streets, selling directly to the general public. This spectacular event that draws an estimated 100,000 people to Santa Fe from around the world each year.
  • Since 1957, the Santa Fe Opera has drawn opera lovers to northern New Mexico. The Santa Fe Opera is internationally known for introducing new and innovative operas as well as standard operatic productions.
  • Pulsing with free live performances four times a week, the Santa Fe Bandstand  start July 5th on the Santa Fe Plaza stage featuring everything from salsa to blues to R&B and jazz. 
  • More than 200 Hispanic artists gather on the Santa Fe Plaza for the Traditional Spanish Market. This features an array of Spanish Colonial art works, including hand-carved furniture, tinwork, weavings, straw appliqué and images of saints.
  • The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market provides a venue for artists to create and sell high-quality artwork on Museum Hill, only two miles from the Inn and Spa at Loretto. In doing this, the Market serves as an advocate for the preservation and transmission of folk arts worldwide. 

All of these summer attractions are within a short drive or walk from the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Be sure to take advantage of one of these events and check out our special offers today!

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

June 15th, 2012 | 10:59am

Restaurant Recipe: Chef Clover’s Gluten Free Pancakes

Since so many people are going gluten free these days I’ve created a delicious gluten free pancake recipe. This is made with almond flour, which is heart healthy, and agave instead of sugar. You are going to love these!

Almond Flour Gluten Free Pancakes
Serves 6 people as breakfast, lunch, or dinner

2 eggs
¼ c agave nectar
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 ½ c blanched almond flour
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp baking soda
grapeseed oil for sautéing

In a blender or mixer combine eggs, agave, and vanilla.  Blend on high until smooth.  Add almond flour, salt, and baking soda. Blend again and let batter sit for 15-20 minutes or until thick.  Warm grapeseed oil in large skillet over medium heat and ladle pancake batter onto skillet. (Tip – I use a cast iron skillet, it will create a crunchy outside and fluffy inside. Yum!) Pancakes will form little bubbles.  When bubbles open, flip pancakes over and cook other side.  Remove from heat to  plate and repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed.

Serve with fruit, maple syrup, or a jam of your choice. Enjoy!

Don’t forget:

Luminaria located at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico has an Early Evening Menu that is offered from 5:00 - 6:30, nightly.

Posted by Andrea Clover, Executive Pastry Chef

June 11th, 2012 | 1:54pm

Cocktail Recipe: Sage Brush

Our amazing bartender, Sergio Perez, creates mouthwatering cocktails in the Living Room at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are thrilled with the many compliments that have been received lately regarding our Signature Sage Brush Cocktail.  We’ve decided to share the recipe with you.

Sage Brush Signature Cocktail 

2 oz of organic vodka (We use Prairie Organic Vodka, it is made in Minnesota.)
5 oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
6 to 8 sage leaves ice

Add sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and muddle until leaves turn darker in color.  Add ice, vodka, and lime juice.  Shake well and pour into a glass of your choice.  Garnish with lime.  So fresh!

Don’t forget:

The Living Room hosts Happy Hour and a Half from 5:00 to 6:30 and a Reverse Happy Hour from 10:00 to 12:00, nightly.  In addition, Matthew Andrae performs every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00.  Please stop by and enjoy the comfort of our Living Room.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

June 7th, 2012 | 3:49pm

Let the Inn at Loretto Fulfill your Bucket List

Steeped in 400 years of artistic expression, Santa Fe is at the crossroads where culture, art, and inspiration intersect. Travelers from around the world descend upon Santa Fe to immerse themselves in the artwork that has made this town one of the world’s top three art markets. With its Art and Soul of Santa Fe packages, the Inn and Spa at Loretto helps guests fulfill bucket lists with two regionally-inspired art experiences that add color, depth, and texture to life’s everyday canvas.

With both packages, guests will visit the only museum in the world dedicated to Georgia O’Keeffe, indulge in a high-desert healing art spa experience, and enjoy award-winning cuisine with a notable artist. Guests interested in the elevated Art and Soul of Santa Fe experience can add the option to work with a featured Beals and Abbate Fine Art Gallery artist to commission their own Santa Fe work of art.

As the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe offers bucket list seekers a myriad of opportunities to check off items or add new ones to the list. People don’t come to Santa Fe to simply visit it; they come to be part of the rich and diverse experiences that abound in this charming town. If art, culture, and history move you, then there is no better place than The Land of Enchantment to fulfill your bucket list.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

June 4th, 2012 | 4:11pm

Santa Fe Opera: The Hidden Gem for a Group Gathering

Are many of your program attendees in the category of been there, done that regarding group activities? Are you constantly digging for new ideas and find ways to keep up with the attendees’ high expectations? Traveling for business can either be enjoyable and exciting if you experience new things and learn a little bit of the unexpected - or it can be drab and un-fulfilling.

Santa Fe is a great group destination due to the variety of activities as well as the ease of getting around and exploring when free time is available. The Santa Fe Opera is truly a hidden gem for group gatherings and is offered for groups of all sizes during the months of July and August.

Since 1957, opera lovers have been drawn to the magnificent northern New Mexico mountains to enjoy productions by one of America's premier summer opera festivals. Here, the Santa Fe Opera's dramatic adobe theater blends harmoniously with the high desert landscape. It is this fusion of nature and art that leaves such an enduring impression on all who come.

This beautiful indoor/outdoor space is also used for private concerts throughout the year and most importantly, the Grand Tasting for the Annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival held in September.

Please reach out to me if I can be of assistance when planning your next event. We can talk about the beauty of the Santa Fe Opera and the Inn and Spa at Loretto and how I can enhance your next group gathering! 

Posted by Kim Harmon, National Sales Manager

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