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November 29th, 2012 | 3:01pm

Thoughts on Rhône Blends from Luminaria’s Wine Expert

Composed of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, a red Rhône blend comes to mind when bridging the seasons. Contemplating cool evenings or perhaps a weekend grill night, this red’s velvety chocolate notes embrace the chilly air and earthy aromas on the palette.

Towards the south of The Rhône Valley, the steep slopes yield to an expansive basin in which is blistering during the summer. Here an authentic sea of everyday red is produced. With fall looming on the pink horizon, as we slowly surrender the brightness of days filled with fruit, cheese, and rosé, we welcome the bounty of squashes, pear, and pumpkins, and hearty wines to accompany the inevitable transition.

Rhone Blends are a wonderful combination of rustic and ripe. Next time you’re enjoying Luminaria’s Pork Tacos ask for a glass of Côtes du Rhône by Kermit Lynch.

Posted by Natasha Aasgaarden, Director of Restaurants

November 28th, 2012 | 12:54pm

Fifty Shades of Santa Fe - Romance Package

The Inn and Spa at Loretto has created the ultimate Santa Fe romance package for you and your loved one. Celebrate the romantic setting in The City Different with our newest romance package, Fifty Shades of Santa Fe. This city is steeped in romance, with winding, narrow streets, softly contoured adobe buildings, and dramatic sunsets that cast a brilliant glow on the surrounding majestic mountains.

Surprise your loved one this holiday season with a package that includes not only accommodations of your choice, but an array of items that will create the most romantic vacation ever.

In addition The Spa at Loretto embraces romance all year around.  However, the Inn and Spa at Loretto recommends the spa treatments listed below for the ultimate romantic experience. 

  • Ritual Bath for Two: Sink into a soaking tub prepared with aromatic oils of your choice and rose petals.
  • Heels over Head Treatment: A relaxing foot massage occurs with your heels elevated above your head in NASA designed zero gravity chairs.
  • Javanese Lulur Royal Spa Treatment: Begin with a scented Balinese massage and an invigorating skin scrub.  End with a soak infused with rose petals that completes an exotic experience.
  • I Want it My Way: Create your own personalized Santa Fe spa experience

Please call 866-582-1646 for more information.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

November 27th, 2012 | 1:58pm

Holiday Parties at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Tis’ the season to plan your Santa Fe Holiday Party. Contact your Santa Fe catering experts at 505-984-7903 for additional information. 

When booking your holiday party before January 31st you will enjoy the below specials. 

Holiday Lunches starting at $32.00++ per person
Holiday Dinners starting at $55.00++ per person

 Holiday Events Include the Following

 Complimentary Room Rental
Complimentary Bar Set Up
Complimentary Champagne Toast
Ivory Floor Length Linen with Festive Colored Napkins
Festive Holiday décor throughout the Hotel
Table Décor with Votive Candles
Gold Chivari Chairs
Holiday Music
Discounted “Take the Elevator Home” Rates

 For menu options view our Holiday Menu.

Posted by Erik Berntsen, Catering Sales Manager

November 15th, 2012 | 4:40pm

Cocktail Recipe: The Rosemary Gimlet

In honor of what would have been Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th birthday, Sergio Perez, The Living Room’s amazing bartender, has created The Rosemary Gimlet, an O’Keeffe inspired cocktail made with a locally crafted gin and house made rosemary infused simple syrup.  This drink will release your inner artist instantly and ready you for a trip to the O’Keeffe Museum or her home and studio tour in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  Enjoy this cocktail on the comfort of our Living Room or enjoy a simplified version in the comfort of your home.  

The Georgia Gimlet
2 oz gin of your choice  
1 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup, recipe below  
1 oz fresh lime juice

Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 c sugar
1 c water
6 fresh rosemary sprigs

Stir together ingredients in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Boil until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Discard cooked rosemary sprigs.  Pour liquid through wire mesh strainer into airtight container, then add two new sprigs to the complete simple syrup.  Cover and chill.

For Cocktail

Pour all ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Shake and strain into chilled glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

This sophisticated cocktail combines the juniper overtones from the gin with the herbaceous pine scent of rosemary and lime, which, in our opinion, creates an excellent offering.  This is definitely a drink everyone will enjoy!

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

November 13th, 2012 | 3:22pm

Guest Review: Gourmet Cuisine at Its Finest

During our recent trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Balloon Festival, we took a day trip to Santa Fe.  After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, for dinner, we decided to choose a restaurant near the plaza.  The restaurant is located in the Inn and Spa at Loretto, a luxury hotel. As usual, we had checked with TripAdvisor, and the reviews were excellent.

Although we did not have a reservation, we were seated in an area of our choice by the fireplace, which we appreciated because it was chilly outside. The dining room was beautiful, with large vigas (wood beams) on the ceiling and the decor was New Mexico southwest. The dining room had a view of the large patio area with a cascading fountain, mature trees, and mood lighting.

The server was excellent, explaining the various menu items in detail. She recommended several three course meals that included wine for each course. We all chose the blackened salmon. Two of us chose the fire grilled romaine salad, and although it was very good, after we tasted the lemony chicken tortilla soup, which is award winning, we wished we had chosen it too. However, before we were served our first course, the server brought a small serving of prime rib eye with chimichurri sauce on a large tasting spoon. What a nice way to start a meal!

Our blackened salmon, which was served with a creamy leak risotto with a crispy leak topping, was cooked to perfection, moist and flaky and it was so delicious! The wine pairing with each of the courses was well thought out and suited each course to perfection, and the servings were generous.

Next came the desserts. Each of us chose a different one. I chose the blackout chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. One of my family members chose the three sorbets, and my third family member chose a brulee. Each one was to die for!

The price for such a gourmet meal was very reasonable. I can't say enough good things about the service. Our water glasses were always filled, empty dishes were whisked away quickly.  This was a very special meal to end our very special visit to Santa Fe.

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

November 8th, 2012 | 12:43pm

The Spa at Loretto Introduces “Heels Over Head” Spa Treatments

Imagine soaking your tired feet in a luxurious copper basin with warm scented water and rose petals reclined back and covered by a richly textured blanket and scented eye pillow.  All while experiencing bliss in a lush leather Zero Gravity NASA-designed chair. 

The technician then begins the “Heels Over Head” experience, a pedicure and/or reflexology treatment.  Slowly removing tension from your weary limbs and exfoliating rough areas using The Spa at Loretto’s amazing moisturizing products, this indulgence will leave you relaxed and ready to witness more of Santa Fe’s beauty.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto has purchased two Zero Gravity NASA-designed recliners for spa treatments in the country’s #19th spa, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Poll.  Originally designed to reduce the amount of force exerted on astronauts’ spines during the high-speed launch into space, these chairs have a number of health benefits including:

  • Less pressure on the spine
  • Reduced stress on the heart
  • Relief of muscle tension
  • Lower blood pressure and expanded lung capacity
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased blood oxygen levels

For your Santa Fe Spa Experience at the Inn and Spa at Loretto visit The Spa at Loretto’s  website or call 505-984-7997.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

November 6th, 2012 | 2:10pm

Restaurant Recipe: Cranberry Lemon Pudding Cake

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 Cranberry!!

Cranberry Lemon Pudding Cake
Serves 6 people                                         

3/4 c granulated sugar
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, separated 2
tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c vitamin d milk
5 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
Cranberry Compote, recipe below

Cranberry Compote

1 lb dried cranberries
½ lb Sugar
2 c orange juice
½ c clear jell (substitute: corn starch)
¼ c water

Place items into sauce pot and bring to boil.  While waiting, place clear jell and water in separate bowl and whisk until incorporated (slurry), once sauce is at a boil  slowly add your slurry to the boiling mixture, until sauce begins to thicken to a gravy consistency.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray six six-ounce ramekins with vegetable oil spray.

In medium bowl, whisk sugar with flour.  In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks with butter until well blended.  Whisk in milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Pour lemon mixture into sugar mixture and whisk until smooth.

In separate medium bowl, beat egg whites with the salt until firm peaks form.  Gently fold egg whites into the lemon mixture.  Pour the batter into prepared ramekins and transfer to a small roasting pan. Place pan in oven and pour enough hot water in pan to reach halfway up sides of ramekins.

Bake for 35 minutes or until puffy and golden on top.  Using tongs, transfer ramekins to rack to cool for 20 minutes.  Serve cakes in ramekins warm with the cranberry compote served on the side or add dollop on top of each Lemon Pudding Cake.

Posted by Andrea Clover, Executive Pastry Chef

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