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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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August 27th, 2013 | 5:27pm

The Inn and Spa at Loretto - Southwestern Appeal and Upscale Charm!

"Having visited the Inn & Spa at Loretto more than once in the last couple of years, we were delighted that our travels took us back through the charming town of Santa Fe once again to further indulge in everything this affluently charming property has to offer. Possessing the livelihood and creative heart and soul of Santa Fe itself, we were once again enchanted by the local artistry, unique cuisine, and luxurious surroundings. Having received a plethora of awards and accolades, (in addition to being a AAA Four-Diamond hotel), this luxury boutique destination offers an award-winning full-service spa, in-house art galleries, intriguing shops, noteworthy gardens, and many other attention-grabbing features that are sure to refresh, calm, and entice the weary traveler.

Guest suites are intimate and colorful upon entering, and private and semi-private patios are available upon request. There are 134 vibrant rooms exuding warmth and inviting tones throughout. Beamed ceilings, local artwork, and even a stuffed black bear perched against a bed pillow await to greet your arrival. The location is quite convenient being just one block from the popular historic Santa Fe Plaza shopping, dining, and entertainment part of the city as well, which we spent far too much time indulging in of course!"

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Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

August 22nd, 2013 | 3:27pm

Touring Santa Fe One Cup at a Time – A list of Santa Fe Coffee Shops

Chile, beans, corn, squash … you already know the ingredients that make Santa Fe’s world-renowned cuisine so deliciously compelling.  Mix in 300-plus days of sunshine a year and you’d think that would be recipe enough for rising bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every morning, but we’re just like the rest of the world: there are times when a jump-start is a necessity.

Santa Fe is a city chock-full of dedicated coffee and tea enthusiasts, with a crew of independent brewers and tea-masters who provide a quality quick sip or a place to linger after lunch. Travel + Leisure Magazine named Santa Fe one of America’s Best Coffee Cities, noting that our coffee spots “reflect this southwestern city’s artsy, quirky vibe.”

Ohori’s Coffee - This little roasting giant with the big, bold flavor was founded in 1984 by namesake and former owner Susan Ohori.  From the Arabian Peninsula to the Americas, the coffee selection at Ohori’s is a global gathering.  The fragrance in this shop alone can wake you up!  Regardless of your coffee craving, rest assured, Ohori’s has a locally roasted brew that’s right for you.

The Downtown Subscription - There’s a good chance you’ll land in Santa Fe with a dual need for fresh coffee and new vacation reading material. This dilemma is easily rectified if you satisfy your coffee jones indulging in an artfully-made latte from the sweet barista at The Downtown Subscription, while you catch up on Santa Fe and world news. Since a whole corner of the DTS (as the locals call it) is devoted to every magazine you can think of, as well as a broad selection of national and international newspapers, you can drink, think, and wake up to the world all in one sweet spot.

Museum Hill Café - The charming Museum Hill Café is nestled to offer respite, and there’s nothing like an Illy Caffe to revive an avid museum-goer who has to switch gears from learning about Spanish Colonial Arts to admiring Japanese kites or comparing Native American pottery designs.  This Café bills itself as “the best seat in Santa Fe you haven’t discovered,” and if that’s not an enticement, what is?

The Teahouse - Walking all the way up Canyon Road after that long-ago morning coffee means your feet are tired and your palate is ready for something different. Relax … The Teahouse beckons! Slowing down with a cup of tea in the serenity of this quiet courtyard on historic Canyon Road imparts the sense of authenticity that special destinations like Santa Fe possess.

Given its well-earned reputation as a unique destination, be assured Santa Feans know where to find the buzz, and a Coffee Lovers’ Tour can take you there.  Dip into the taste of other cultures simply by stopping for coffee or tea at a local spot where the staff is as committed to their beverages as the City Different is to its diverse community.

Choose adventurously — and drink deeply — to enjoy the flavors of Santa Fe.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

August 21st, 2013 | 10:40am

Guest Review: “Nice Hotel & Great Restaurant”

"The hotel was very nice and the staff was great. The location was very convenient to the Plaza. This was my fifth trip to Santa Fe and my best hotel experience so far. The hotel restaurant, Luminaria, was the best food I have had in Santa Fe and I would highly recommend the restaurant even if you are not staying at the hotel! I highly recommend staying at the Inn and Spa at Loretto and will definitely return on my next visit to Santa Fe."

Posted by Sandra Morello, Posted on Behalf of TripAdvisor Guest

August 15th, 2013 | 2:51pm

Five Great Reasons to Visit Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Roaming Boomers is an online luxury travel magazine with an eye towards experience, adventure, learning, and exploration.  They recently wrote about the top five reason to visit The City Different. Read about their reasons below!

"Santa Fe, as we look back and consider all of the magnificent U.S. cities we’ve visited over the years, is absolutely on our top ten list. And, if we pull out all of our favorite large U.S. cities, Santa Fe quickly becomes prominent in a very short list.

Our love affair with Santa Fe began as we were making a 10-day culinary tour from Michigan to Arizona in the fall of 2006. Even though that journey gave us only one night in Santa Fe, we knew that we would be back.  And since then, we’ve been back quite a number of times.

Not too long ago, someone asked us why we love Santa Fe, and that question has become the inspiration for this article.

The Top 5 Reasons we Love Santa Fe, New Mexico

It’s charm, history, and setting – at nearly 7,000 feet, Santa Fe is our nation’s highest state capital.  Further, Santa Fe was founded in 1607, making it our nation’s oldest state capitol.  In the early Spanish tradition, historic Santa Fe is laid out around a beautiful central plaza surrounded by the Palace of the Governors, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, and a necklace of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and boutique hotels, all keeping the historic mystique of the town central to one’s senses

Arts and culture – in the early 1900s, artists, writers, and retirees flocked to Santa Fe for it’s rich culture, the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, and its arid climate.  Today, Santa Fe is known world-wide as a UNESCO Creative City for these very reasons.  Perhaps beginning with Georgia O’Keefe, 21st century Santa Fe has become the nation’s third largest art market, and one of the world’s meccas for artists, art collectors, and other cultural venues.  Music, dance, and opera are also drawing cards for Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Opera has become world-renowned for its unusual summer opera season.  Even further, Santa Fe boasts over a dozen fantastic museums and was recently ranked #3 by Travel + Leisure for its museum offerings.

Cuisine –  Santa Fe has become a foodie’s paradise over the past decade.  With several James Beard Foundation Nominees in residence, Santa Fe is consistently atop travel culinary lists for its cuisine ranging from ethnic Native American and Mexican styles, to New World Cuisine, and the ever popular farm-to-table local offerings.  Even further, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is one of the largest and most recognized markets in the U.S.  There’s a lot to like about the culinary scene in Santa Fe!

Luxury hotels and resorts – with Santa Fe hosting luxury travelers from around the world, there are ample supplies of luxury accomodations; ranging from the ultra-lux Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe, to award-winning luxury boutique hotels surrounding the city’s central square, to wonderfully intimate Bed & Breakfast Inns.

Its relaxed style – with a population of only 70,000 people, you won’t find yourself fighting the massive crowds found in America’s large cities.  Nearly everything is within walking distance of the town’s central plaza, and you’re certain to find yourself enjoying the moment, rather than fighting elbow-to-elbow to enjoy the sights.

Well, we hope we’ve convinced you to put Santa Fe on your bucket list.  We love this town, and highly recommend it!"

Read about The Roaming Boomers' upcoming Santa Fe Culinary Group Tour.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

August 5th, 2013 | 3:28pm

Santa Fe Farmers Market Lives (and Grows) at the Amazing Santa Fe Railyard

A sensory of color, music, and pride explode weekly at The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. Fresh breads, seasonal herbs, aromatic chilies, and homemade tamales fill the air with scents unforgotten. The cross section of locals and visitors happily strolling, sipping coffee, and filling baskets with local produce, will transform a mood instantly. 

The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market began as a loose-knit group of farmers selling produce on Saturdays, from the back of their trucks, in the late 1960s.  By the mid 70′s, the organization grew stronger, adding more vendors and outgrowing The Alto Recreation Center and Sanbusco Market Center. It was then relocated to its current home, The Santa Fe Railyard.  Sherman’s Travel recently award The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market as The Ninth Best American Farmers’ Markets and the coveted Sunset Magazine listed it as one of the “Top 10 Farmers’ Markets.

Supporting local farming community gives extreme satisfaction. The knowledge that we gain from consuming products directly from our neighbors brings peace of mind, knowing exactly where food comes from is something important.  Strict standards require all food and products be made with local ingredients, which means you buy directly from the source. 

Enjoy the spirit of the lively vendors, the quality of every product laid out before you, and the energy of excited visitors every Tuesday and Saturday morning.  It’s a magical and lush experience that makes an impression on every guest.  A day spent at The Farmer’s Market is a day immersed in the best that Santa Fe has to offer — fresh food, fine arts, diverse music, and a vibrant community.

More information on The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

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