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November 20th, 2013 | 12:01pm

Holiday Pie Recipe from Luminaria

Tequila Chocolate Pecan Tart
by Luminaria Restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto


1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
4 each whole eggs
2 each egg yolks
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp good tequila
2 cups pecan halves

  • In a small sauté pan melt butter and heat until it begins to brown, set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl mix all ingredients except the pecans until smooth including the butter.
  • Set aside and make the crust


1/2  pound AP flour
1/4  pound butter room temp, unsalted
2 oz ice water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

  • put the salt sugar and flour into a large bowl and mix
  • work in the butter with your hands until the mix resembles peas
  • add the water and mix just until a dough forms
  • set aside at room temp for a bit to let rest
  • on a floured surface roll out the dough into a big enough piece to line your pan 
  • press into your pan and trim the edges
  • Let pan rest for a bit in the fridge as this will help with shrinkage.
  • When ready line the bottom of the pan with pecans and pour filling in
  • bake at 350 for 45 minutes
  • when done it will be browned and a little puffed up from the eggs
  • Let cool and refrigerate.

Top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with Dulce de Leche. Enjoy!

 Tequila Pecan Tart Luminaria

Posted by Sarah Sims

November 13th, 2013 | 8:34am

Winter like the Locals - A Guide to the Perfect Santa Fe Winter

Welcome to Santa Fe. The winter months offer a myriad of ways to take in the sights, sounds and flavors or the City Different. But doing it like the local’s do is always a sure way to truly experience the magic of Santa Fe in the winter months. Below is a list of the top local must-do activities to warm you heart and soul this season. Enjoy!

*NOTE: The Inn and Spa at Loretto is not responsible for the accuracy of the content listed. All activities subject to availability.


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Posted by Sarah Sims

November 11th, 2013 | 3:54pm

Forrest Fenn, an Honored Veteran

Many of us know notable Santa Fe resident Forrest Fenn from his notorious treasuring hunting book “The Thrill of the Chase.” While tales of hidden treasure may leave you dreaming of finding chests of gold– the tale he tells in his recent blog is nothing but real.  In “Why Was I not Mad at Him,” Forrest recounts his time serving in the Vietnam war, and reminds that even in times of war, peaceful human connection can prevail.

We want to thank Forrest for sharing his experience and invite you to get to know a different side of this brave and charismatic Santa Fean.

Read his full blog post here

Honoring all the brave men and women who serve our country.
We salute you today and every day!

Image: Forrest Fenn

Posted by Sarah Sims

November 11th, 2013 | 2:57pm

The Benefits of Aroma Therapy Oil

When Suzanne Chavez, spa director at The Spa at Loretto, was developing the first aromatherapy oils for our signature, handmade massage oils, she wanted simple and effective. Her inspiration was the natural beauty of Santa Fe and the earthy, spiritual nature of its inhabitants. She considered the elements and the properties of each; then matched the aroma counterpart with what that element represented.  

The Significance of the 5 Elements

  • Earth – grounding and calming
  • Air- inspiration and energy
  • Water – emotional balance and peace
  • Fire - joy and heart opening
  • Spirit – reflection and meditation

Spa Oils

This process led to the development of many of the Spa’s signature oils. When guests experienced the luxurious essence and healing nature of these oils they began requesting mixtures for specific needs. Take for example, the “high altitude” relief oil. Considering that Santa Fe sits at an elevation of 7,000 ft., guests were naturally inquiring about oils that would alleviate altitude sickness. Several of the blends had properties that would be helpful, but did not deal with the symptoms directly. So Suzanne developed the High Altitude Bath and Body Oil which is now one of the Spa’s most popular varieties for travelers and locals alike.

Likewise, for the second year in a row and back by popular demand, is the seasonal “winter” oil.  Infused with forest pine, citrus and hints of cinnamon, this blend is designed to alleviate sinus pressure, dry skin and inflammation– all of which are great benefits for the harsh winter months. With scents reminiscent of snowy evenings in Santa Fe cuddled by a fire with a steaming cup of cocoa or warm sangria, this oil is sure to cure the winter blues!

Booking a spa treatment with one of the many talented therapists is the best way to reap the full benefits of these oils. Each treatment is attuned to your personal needs. Your therapist will consult with you prior to the treatment to create the perfect mix of oils to soothe your body, relax your mind and refresh your soul.

If a Spa day is not in your near future, you can also purchase a bottle from our retail shelf. All oils are handcrafted by Suzanne using premium organic ingredients and bottled in sustainable recycled glass bottles – offering the perfect opportunity for a little at home pampering.

For more information about any of the oils mentioned here or to book your aroma therapy escape please contact The Spa at Loretto at 505-984-7997.

Posted by Sarah Sims, Inn and Spa at Loretto

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