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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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December 30th, 2013 | 3:01pm

Love Letters to Loretto

At the Inn and Spa at Loretto our guests are our family. We love hearing about all the wonderful memories made here and invite all our guests to share their experiences with us. Personal testimonials are the best compliment and truly validate our teams’ efforts.

Below is a review of Luminaria Restaurant and Patio. We hope this letter will inspire you to share your fond memories of the Inn and Spa at Loretto, or to create new memories of your own.

Yours Truly,
The entire team at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Dear Ms. Litton (Restaurant Manager),

We wanted to let you know how much we have been enjoying Luminaria breakfasts for many years (and the occasional lunch). Your blue corn apple pancakes are tops. But we also want to say how very much we enjoy our conversations with Carlos almost every weekend and also Marcel if there. Both are superb staff members and, no doubt, are a reason not only we but others come as often as we do. They are delightful and always make us feel not only welcome but at home at Luminaria.

We have been sending Carlos post cards from our overseas travels for a long time and enjoy that he then greets us in Japanese or Danish - whatever - when we return.

What an asset he is for you. He is also solicitous if one of us has a walker or cane (hip replacement surgeries over the years) or a boot (fractured foot) and, this past Friday when I (Karen) was out of the boot for the first time in 3 months, he sprinkled rose petals on the table making it a festive and celebratory breakfast. It is heartwarming.

Needless to say we have brought a number of friends to Luminaria some of whom often meet us there - most also Santa Fe residents but others from Albuquerque and further away. We also tell newcomers about you. 

Don’t change a thing! We will keep coming.

D. K. Haworth and K. F. Beall

Posted by Sarah Sims

December 19th, 2013 | 2:50pm

Holiday Mixology

'Tis the season for holiday cocktails, and our master mixologists are shaking up some of the best. Impress your guests with this Christmas Crème Brulee Martini recipe from the Living Room at Loretto. Made with plenty of holiday cheer and topped with extra season's greetings. Cheers!

Christmas Crème Brulee  Martini

  • 1oz Captin Morgans Rum
  • 1 oz half and half
  • 1 oz eggnog   
  • 1 TBLS Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 oz Liquor 43
  • ½ oz jim beam
  • Micro plain zest of a lemon

Garnish with Mint and Brulee

Posted by Sarah Sims

December 18th, 2013 | 1:53pm

Loretto's Enchanted "Made in New Mexico" Christmas Tree

While Santa Fe is a great place to visit year-round, no time is quite as revered as Christmas in the City Different. Maybe it’s the mingling of old-world cultures, twinkling Farolitos and billowing white snow that enchants our city at this special time of the year. Or maybe it’s the aromas of Biscochitos, homemade Chile (Christmas style of course) and warm bowls of Posole. Whatever it is, Christmas in Santa Fe is truly magic.

This year the Inn and Spa at Loretto wanted to highlight the local spirit of Christmas for our friends and guests. Thus was born what we hope will be a lasting annual tradition – Loretto’s Enchanted “Made in New Mexico” Christmas tree. We brought together the best of Santa Fe holiday makers to help us realize our vision, and the outcome truly is enchanting.

Our tree was exclusively designed by local holiday icon Susan Topp Weber of Susan’s Christmas Shop and noted local designer Glynn Gomez. Susan and Glynn spent countless hours selecting and placing every ornament using all local, hand-made decorations from New Mexico artists. Each ornament tells a story and connects the viewer with the traditions and heritage of our past, present and future. Santa Fe’s Native American history is represented by delicate ornaments that showcase traditional designs and techniques from the surrounding Pueblos; like the Navajo sand painted spheres and the Cochiti Pueblo clay figurines.  The City Different’s Spanish Colonial heritage is remembered through handmade replicas of New Mexico’s historic churches and missions. And our modern Anglo history is embraced with hand painted Red Chile pods that commemorate a daughter’s admiration for her mother’s love of Christmas. 

We invite you discover the beauty of the holidays and the richness of our culture through the artistry that each ornament beholds. Below you will find images and information about the stunning collection that adorns our tree. It is our hope that you too will find the magic of Christmas in Santa Fe nestled among the branches of our “Enchanted Tree.”

About the Ornaments:

These delicate glass balls were hand-painted by Navajo artist Melinda Smith-Watchman using the traditional Navajo technique of sand painting.

These colorful glass balls are all hand-painted by Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Angel Bailon depicting original designs from the Santo Domino Pueblo.

Cochiti Pueblo artist Pamela Quintana hand-paints and molds these angles using traditional Cochiti pottery making methods.

Local artist Carolyn Johnson has been hand-making these delicate churches for over a decade. She currently has over 50 models in her collection—all representing historic churches and missions from around New Mexico.

Melissa Rose Weber, daughter of beloved shop owner Susan Topp Weber of Susan’s Christmas shop, dries, dips and hand-paints these charming Red Chile pods.

All ornaments featured here can be purchased at Susan’s Christmas Shop located just a few blocks from the Inn and Spa at Loretto at 115 East Palace Ave.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto would like to thank Susan Topp Weber and Glynn Gomez for designing and decorating our amazing tree!

Posted by Sarah Sims

December 6th, 2013 | 1:00pm

Santa Fe Winter Concerts

Winter in Santa Fe is truly music to the ears. With time honored classes and contemporary ensembles taking stage all over the City Different, locals and travelers alike delight in the myriad of holiday concerts offered each season. A few noteworthy performances include:

  • Pro Musica’s annual Baroque Christmas concert series
  • Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Treasures
  • Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Winter Festival
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker

And there is so much more. Read the new blog post from to plan your symphony of adventure this holiday season!

[Excerpt] Tune Into the Holidays in Santa Fe

“Wherever we may find ourselves over the holiday season, making merry simply wouldn’t be the same without a musical backdrop. A familiar carol heard in the distance, the strains of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker welling up, a haunting Baroque composition sung a cappella … these are the beautiful sounds that accompany the distinctive quality of a holiday spent in Santa Fe.

It’s our festive good fortune that talented performers of all stripes have chosen to make the City Different their permanent home. And the fact that guest artists from all over the world welcome an opportunity to perform here is an additional blessing, particularly at the holidays, when Santa Fe sparkles with color, excitement, and music.”

Read the full article here:

Posted by Sarah Sims

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