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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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October 31st, 2012 | 3:07pm

Intimate Weddings at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

What is the newest wedding trend?  A smaller guest list.  

Not only do intimate weddings provide the bride and groom the opportunity to celebrate with the closest people they love and cherish – it grants them more options when choosing a venue.  The Inn and Spa at Loretto has multiple locations on property to host such an event.

Nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the historic city of Santa Fe lies the enchanting Inn and Spa at Loretto. A setting custom-made for weddings, this Inn is the most photographed building in New Mexico creating a magnificent backdrop for your wedding photos.

Offering a lush and inviting sculpture garden, the Inn presents a romantic setting in front of flowing fountains, beautiful free standing harps, and delightful greenery for an intimate ceremony.  Or the bride and groom can exchange vows on our fourth-floor Sunset Terrace amongst scenic mountain vistas and the endless New Mexico sky.

For intimate wedding gatherings, nothing can compare to Santa Fe’s spiritual energy.  Please contact me at 505-984-7954 so you can start planning your Santa Fe wedding now.

Visit Ginger Russell’s Blog for images of a recent Sunset Terrance wedding, this love story and photos will bring tears to your eyes.

Posted by Vicki Rojas, Catering Manager

October 24th, 2012 | 1:02pm

Cocktail Recipe: Calabacita Tini

Spice up your fall parties with the Living Room’s delicious Calabacita Tini. Our amazing bartender, Sergio Perez, created this autumn inspired cocktail. It’s spicy, comforting, and creamy – a combo that wraps the spirit of fall into a single sip.

Calabacita Tini

2 oz Jose Platino
1 tbs pumpkin purée
½ oz cream
fresh nutmeg

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

You don’t have to be a fan of sweet martinis to enjoy this cocktail, it’s perfect for all fall occasions. Garnish with a ghoulish decoration for Halloween or a cinnamon stick or crushed graham crackers around the rim for Thanksgiving.

Feel free to share this delicious concoction with friends and tell us what they (and you) think.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

October 19th, 2012 | 12:14pm

Come to your Senses at The Spa at Loretto - Aromatherapy Oils

The days when a woman walks into a room accompanied by a cloud of perfume and leaving an indelible fragrance footprint in her wake are so over - thank goodness!  As more and more woman are learning about the danger of phthalates, a fragrance stabilizer used in most synthetic perfumes that can wreak havoc on hormones, perfume as olfactory assault is obsolete.  Natural perfumes and essential oils, besides being a healthier choice, is a subtler one.  Uplifting the mood of the wearer and making only her most intimate circle privy to the richly textured scent hovering on her skin.

Blending these subtle mood enhancing scented oils is an ancient craft dating back to 3500 BC where distillation pots were found in Ancient Egypt.  The use of essential oils and aromatherapy has gained mass popularity in recent times with easy access to an unlimited selection of exotic oils from around the world.  We can now experience these oils pure, blended, or used in natural perfumes.  The Spa at Loretto, located in the Inn and Spa at Loretto, has been blending aromatherapy oils for a few seasons now.  The most popular seasonal blend for massage or bath is called Winter - Santa Fe

I have lived in Santa Fe for 33 years now and have always been enchanted by the scent of the city on a cool winter evening.  There are exquisite moments when the air smells crisp, woodsy, and light I have always thought, 'That should be bottled and sold!'

I believe I have come captivatingly close to creating this scent.  An earthy yet soulfully light scent.  Santa Fe at dusk, its crisp fragrant evening air with the faint scent of pinon burning in kiva fireplaces, cradled in a hint of ancient earthy spices.

I am currently blending Winter – Santa Fe. Come by The Spa at Loretto today and come to your senses ...

Posted by Suzanne Chavez, Spa Director

October 17th, 2012 | 11:31am

Guest Review: This Should be Ranked #1

Look no further, this place is what you are searching for.  Great valet guys that meet you at your car, friendly, kind and knowledgeable. Front desk staff, personable and fun and ever helpful concierge service.  An absolutely magnificent restaurant Luminaria, a beautiful spa where we had the MOST amazing massages for our life ( deep tissue 80 minutes - do it!), and all the staff at this very special Inn always greet you with a smile and kind words.

Beds are dreamy, pool is perfect, and the views and location could not be better.  It had been a magical trip and will be our choice every time we visit Santa Fe!

Cheers and Thank You Loretto.

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

October 16th, 2012 | 2:19pm

Condé Nast Traveler Reveals 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler has released their list of hotels, cities and islands that are the “Best in the World” according to readers of this premier travel magazine. We are so proud that 14 hotels and resorts within our collection made the list of top hotels and top resorts. In addition, some of the destinations in which we operate made the list of top cities and islands. See which hotels and resorts within the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection made the list below.

Top 25 Hotels in the Southwest
Inn and Spa at Loretto - Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Driskill – Austin, Texas

Top 15 Resorts in Northern California
Resort at Squaw Creek - Lake Tahoe, California

Top 20 Resorts in the Northeast
Stowe Mountain Lodge – Stowe, Vermont

Top 20 Resorts in the South
Wild Dunes Resort – Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Top 20 Resorts in Southern California
Terranea Resort – Ranchos Palos Verdes, California
L’Auberge Del Mar – Del Mar, California

Top 10 Resorts in the Pacific Northwest
Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa – Kirkland, Washington
Suncadia Resort – Cle Elum, Washington
Sunriver Resort – Sunriver, Oregon

Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest
Royal Palms Resort and Spa  - Phoenix, Arizona

Top 40 Resorts in the West
The Hotel Telluride – Telluride, Colorado Vail
Cascade Resort & Spa – Vail, Colorado

Top 25 Resorts in Hawaii
Wailea Beach Villas – Maui, Hawaii

Top 10 Cities in the United States
Charleston, SC
Chicago, IL
Santa Fe, NM
Seattle, WA Boston, MA

Top 10 Islands in the United States
Maui, HI

Learn more about the Destination's hotels and resorts that made this year’s list and explore our entire collection. View the entire list of awards from Condé Nast Traveler.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

October 15th, 2012 | 12:34pm

Restaurant Recipe: Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream and Cajeta

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 APPLE!!

Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream and Cajeta
Serves 6 people

6 pre-made tart shells
1 recipe apple compote, recipe below
1 c cajeta sauce, available at Latin markets
1 qt vanilla bean ice cream

Apple Carmel Compote

1 c sugar
1 lb Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
2 oz butter

In a large sauce pan heat sugar until it starts to melt and caramelize.  Add apples and butter, cover and cook slowly for twenty minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to evaporate completely.

Finish the Dish

Place equal amounts of Apple Carmel Compote in tart shells and heat until warmed thoroughly in oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Place generous scoop of ice cream and drizzle with cajeta sauce. 

Posted by Brett Sparman, Executive Chef

October 4th, 2012 | 4:24pm

Creating Dinner, Creating Art with Barry Thomas and Chef Sparman

Join Barry Thomas and Tim Wiford, owner of Wiford Gallery, for an art influenced wine dinner on October 25, 2012.  Enjoy a superb six course meal constructed by Luminaria’s new Executive Chef, Brett Sparman and Executive Pastry Chef Andrea Clover.

Barry Thomas is best known for his majestic, sensitive, and breathtaking paintings. His vivid palette and evocative subject matter has made him a widely collected and sought after artist.

  • The Details:
  • Reception starts promptly at 6pm Dinner is $125 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

October 4th, 2012 | 3:15pm

Thoughts on Riesling from Luminaria’s Wine Expert

Riesling wine originated in Germany’s Rhein and Mosel river valleys. These vineyards are said to be the steepest in the world and also the coldest. The precious grapes are specifically planted on the south-facing slopes to acquire only a few hours per day of sun exposure. The rareness is the slate that the vines live in, retaining heat at their roots that assists the ripening. This lends to the wet stone minerality of a Riesling. 

Rieslings are known as the wine world's newest sweetheart. Extremely dynamic, ranging from dry to sweet, light to full-bodied, and exceptionally food friendly. Riesling wines are highly fragrant with apple, peach, and pear at the forefront mixed with delicate floral undertones and often honey and spice on the nose. On the palate, Rieslings echo the fruit along with citrus and tropical hints. They are able to stand up to the strongest flavors of spices and equally compliments the intense flavors of the Southwest. Next time you’re enjoying Luminaria’s Pork Tacos ask for a glass of Markus Molitor’s 2010 Riesling. Enjoy!

Posted by Natasha Aasgaarden, Director of Restaurants




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