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Passionate art lovers enjoy visiting Winterowd Fine Art, a premier contemporary gallery on Canyon Road.

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October 29th, 2014 | 5:03pm

Mixology 101: Ethereal Spirits

Mix up this concotion for your halloween party, but we warned, Sister George may just join you! 

"The Smoking Nun" Cocktail by Inn and Spa at Loretto

Paying homage to Loretto’s infamous ethereal resident, the cigar smoking Sister George, who roams the halls of the hotel leaving the scent of cigar everywhere she goes. 

  • 1 oz Taos Rye Whiskey
  • ½ oz Remmy VSOP
  • ½ oz Grand Ma
  • Muddled Orange
  • Brandied Cherry Juice 1 oz
  • Orange Bitters

Pour over ice and top with infused applewood smoke. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice. 

Posted by Sarah Sims

September 18th, 2014 | 9:31am

Autumn Art Events in Santa Fe

Fall brings more than changing leaves and green Chile to “America’s Best Small Town” (Conde′ Nast Traveler 2014); this time of year you’ll find a plethora of art experiences sure to warm your heart and soul. Loretto art curator Karla Winterowd has the inside scoop on Santa Fe’s creatively inspired events this season in her round up of autumn arts. Check out the line-up below, then plan your art-full autumn escape before the last leaves of fall make way for our winter wonderland.

High Road Artisan Tour September 20, 21 & 27, 28. Artists open their studio two consecutive weekends during the time of year when trees turn golden hues and the air becomes crisp. Afford yourself some time to take a beautiful winding drive through historic villages where people have lived for centuries, and meet a few artists along the way.

Historic Canyon Road Paint Out is one of our favorite autumn events on Canyon Road!  On Saturday, October 18th, over 100 artists participate in artistic demonstrations from sculpting to painting.  This event even features a festival parade at noon complete with marching bands. Fun for the whole family including the four-legged variety.

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ARTMatters|Santa Fe  October 17-26. This art-filled lecture series is hosted by the Santa Fe Gallery Association. Events are held at member galleries and museums. The lectures presented focus in on connoisseurship and the unique art experience Santa Fe offers to its collectors. In addition galleries & museums will showcase a breadth of exhibitions.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum presents an exhibition of drawings by one of Georgia’s friends Migues Covarrubias (1904-1957). Both met at the home of Mabel Dodge Lujan in Taos and were part of the same circles in New York City.  As their careers flourished so did their friendship. His line-drawings are the focus of this exhibit opening September 27th and running through January 18, 2015.

About the author: Karla Winterowd is the owner of Winterowd Fine Art on Canyon  Road, and works closely with the Inn and Spa at Loretto as an art  curator, offering her insight and expertise into navigating Santa Fe’s diverse art scene. In addition, Karla serves as a board member and treasurer for the Santa Fe Gallery Association.

Ready to book your escape? Save 20% on select fall dates. Click here.


Posted by Sarah Sims

September 2nd, 2014 | 5:28pm

Top Five Favorite Fall Activities in Santa Fe

From green Chile to golden leaves, the first signs of fall are here. One of the best times of year to visit Santa Fe, autumn brings a plethora of season specific activities. From peaks and pictures, to paintings and pairings – here are our “Top Five Favorite Fall Activities” in Santa Fe. Have fun exploring the many things to do, but remember autumn goes as quickly as it comes, so be sure to plan your autumn adventure today!


Burgers and Brews

It wouldn’t be fall without Chile and lucky for you Santa Fe has made an art out of celebrating this spicy ingredient. Start your musing with the 2nd Annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown on September 12th at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion. Eight chefs, including our own Chef Marc Quiñones, will compete for the title of “Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe.” And the best part is, you not only get to sample all eight of the delectable burgers (washed down with an ice cold local brew of course), you’ll also get to cast your own vote for the people’s choice award. Your Chile tasting expertise will be put to the test at this fun and fiery event! Ticket and event information is available here

Wine and Chile

The annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta provides a more sophisticated approach to the Chile season. Enjoy a myriad of events ranging from chef demos and tastings, to exclusive wine dinners and of course the grand tasting. You’ll get to sample and savor to your heart’s desire during this annual celebration held September 24 – 28th, all while experiencing the absolute best of Santa Fe’s culinary scene.  Luminaria Restaurant will be presenting two wine dinners this year, Justin Winery & Vineyard on September 25th and Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars on September 26th, each featuring perfectly paired five course menus by our award-wining Chef Marc Quiñones. View the menus and make reservations here and check out the full Wine & Chile line up here

Peaks & Pictures

Aspen Vista Trail

Noted by locals and travelers alike as the best trail for experiencing Santa Fe’s majestic fall foliage, the Aspen Vista trail provides a front row seat to this annual show. A gentle four mile hike through the golden leaves will provide many photo opportunities so make sure your camera is packed and ready. And once you’re at the summit you’ll enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the city below. If you’re looking for a more challenging trail, opt for the Alamos Vista trail (located just to the left of the Aspen Vista Trail head). The steep 3 mile round trip trail hikes you straight through the heart of the Aspen Forest, offering spectacular views as it ends at the quad chairlift at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. For more about the Alamos Vista Trail, click here.

Fall Foliage Chair Lift

Experience the kaleidoscope of colors from a totally different perspective as you ride the Ski Santa Fe Fall Foliage Chair Lift. Offering a birds-eye view of the glorious changing aspen vistas, the photo opportunities are unparalleled. The lift runs October 4th – 12th. Click here for dates and information.  If you just can’t wait for the leaves to change to enjoy the beauty of the ski basin head up in September for local brews and musical beats as Ski Santa Fe hosts their pre-season sale parties.


Canyon Road “En Plein Air”

While Canyon Road is a mecca of amazing art year-round, fall brings a special event that you won’t want to miss. The Seventh Annual Canyon Road Paint-Out takes center stage October 17th & 18th. Over 150 artists take their work outdoors to celebrate painting & sculpting “en plein air” – a tradition that began a century ago on this iconic Santa Fe trail. Experience the creative process of established and emerging artists as you stroll along Canyon Road. Music, refreshments and art shows round out this art-full experience. Click here to lean more.

Ready to experience fall fun in Santa Fe? Click here for great rates, or check out our Go Green Chile Package for a front row seat to Santa Fe’s favorite fall tradition. 

Posted by Sarah Sims

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