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January 22nd, 2015 | 3:17pm

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU – Santa Fe spa treatments designed to help you start 2015 off right!

A new year means a new opportunity to enhance your best asset – YOU! This year the Spa at Loretto is focused on helping you do just that. With Spa Packages designed to help guide your intention for the year, Spa Director Suzanne Chavez, is an expert at helping clients find their glow – inside and out. 

Opt for the New Year, New You package and embark on a half day spa treatment complete with a high-tech OxyGeneo™ facial – deemed the new “super facial” – Signature Sacred Stone Massage Treatment with a sage oil and rose petal ritual soak, and custom year ahead astrological reading. [TIP: This package in on special for the month of January]  

Set your intention and the tone for the New Year and celebrate the return of the light with our Season of Light package. Scrub away any woes from last year—and bring in the celebration of the New Year, Santa Fe style!  You’ll be surrounded by candles and scents, and be invited to create your personal intention for the New Year.  Begin with our Purifying Signature Aromatherapy Scrub followed by our 80 minute Mindful Massage. [TIP: This package in on special for the month of January]   

Or, get straight to the heart of it with a Sage Vision appointment where you’ll have the opportunity to consult one – on –one with an experienced intuitive reader who’ll help guide you to more soulful, purposed based living. You’ll come away with a renewed sense of focus and empowerment, and a deepened appreciation for the wisdom and meaning of your own unique Soul path. [TIP: Advanced notice required for booking] 

Seeking balance? The spa’s Chakra Balancing treatment is perfect for those looking to refocus and awaken their vital life energy. According to Tantric tradition, everyone has seven energy centers that serve as junction points between the body and spirit. These spinning vortices, called chakras in Sanskrit, receive and express our vital life energy. When the chakras become blocked, we may develop physical and mental illnesses. By removing such blockages this enables the body, mind and spirit to function optimally.

If its instant insight you’re looking for, you’re in luck. Suzanne has your 2015 horoscope right here. 

Ready to discover your path of self-renwal? Contact the spa at 505-984-7997 or view full offering of treatments here.


Posted by Sarah Sims

January 16th, 2015 | 4:52pm

Souper Bowl Santa Fe Sneak Peak - White Chocolate Bisque Recipe

With the 21st annual Santa Fe Souper Bowl just hours away, we thought we'd entice your appetite with a sneak peak of what Chef Marc is cooking up for the competition. Below you'll find Chef's award-winning recipe for White Chocolate Bisque.

Tomorrow from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, thousands of tasters will gather at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to name Santa Fe's "Best Soup" of 2015. We just know this recipe will win over the crowds with the first spoon full!

Don't miss the action. Head to the event to cast your vote, or cook up this delicious soup at home. Bon Appétit! 

White Chocolate Bisque with Red Chile Crema & Hazelnut Crumble by Chef Marc Quinones of Luminaria Restaurant and Patio. 

Yield: 6 servings

16 ounces shaved white chocolate

16 ounces heavy cream

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Red Chile Crema

6 ounces Mexican lime crema

2 ounces red chile puree

Vegetable broth (if needed)

Mexican Lime Crema

½ cup sour cream

½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest

2 teaspoons lime juice

Red Chile Crema

Mix the ingredients for the Mexican Lime Crema together, then mix with the red chile puree (such as frozen Bueno red chile puree). Add a small amount of vegetable stock, if needed, to thin the crema enough to drizzle onto the soup.

Hazelnut Crumble

5 ounces hazelnuts

Hazelnut Crumble

Toast the hazelnuts, skin them, and chop roughly until crumbly.


  1. Simmer cream in a heavy bottomed saucepan until reduced by half. Using a whisk, gradually incorporate the shaved white chocolate into the reduced cream.
  2. Add ginger and nutmeg to taste.
  3. Strain soup into individual bowls, drizzle with Red Chile Crema, sprinkle with Hazelnut Crumble and serve.

Posted by Sarah Sims

December 31st, 2014 | 10:30am

The Best Winter Hikes Around Santa Fe

by Sue and Georges Mally, Loretto Curators and local outdoor experts

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."
~ John Muir

Even as winter sets in and collective thoughts turn to skiing and snowshoeing up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, there are still many wonderful hiking trails to be found at the lower elevations around Santa Fe, New Mexico. We particularly love hiking at Tent Rocks or at Ghost Ranch in the winter months, but we also enjoy being able to explore sites that are rich in the history of the Pueblo peoples. Below are a few of our favorite winter outings and day trips. 

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site – located only about 20 minutes southwest of Santa Fe on BLM property, the hike along the basalt formations yields thousands of petroglyphs “dating from pre-contact time and the Spanish colonial era.”  There are fascinating images of Kokopelli, the hump-backed flute player, as well as many depictions of birds and other animals.  Our favorite petroglyphs are of the legendary Thunderbird, the Kokopellis, and the handprints, especially those with 6 digits.


While the hike is short and the majority petroglyphs are located within a one-mile stretch, the first portion of the trail requires you to scramble up towards the petroglyph panels and, as you continue along the cliff wall, be mindful of your footing, as you will have to climb over and maneuver around basalt rock formations.

Tsinat Ruins and Santa Fe River Canyon Hike – an off-the-beaten path adventure, the trailhead starts at the edge of La Bajada Mesa, about a 45-minute drive from Santa Fe. The hike takes you down, about a mile, along basalt rocks that are jet black in color; the path is rocky and overgrown in areas and, although you can hear the hum of traffic from Interstate 25, you will feel like you are hundreds of miles from civilization.


This trail was most likely used by Native Americans as a route to Central and South America and, in later years, by Spanish settlers and traders traveling between Mexico City and Santa Fe. Hiking down, you can tell that there was a road, probably used by pedestrians and livestock and maybe caravans. 

Ample evidence exists that the Pueblo Indians inhabited the area - petroglyphs and pottery shards, as well as the remains of a settlement. With the Santa Fe River peacefully flowing through the canyon, and protected by the massive cliff walls, Tsinat must have been an inviting place to live for the indigenous people.  It is certainly one of our favorite places to hike along La Bajada Mesa.

Tower Ruins and Tapia Canyon – for the intrepid explorers, those of you who want to get more than beyond the edge of civilization, the hike to Tower Ruins through Tapia Canyon beckons.  The location of this hike is in the Rio Puerco River Valley, at least 2 hours by car from Santa Fe, with the last 30 miles on a dirt road that can be challenging depending on weather conditions.

If you are willing, however, to spend the day exploring, you will be treated to some of the most spectacular volcanic rock formations and historic ruins that the area has to offer. Cabezon Peak, rising to 8,000 feet is one of the many volcanic cones and plugs that dot the landscape. 

There are supposedly over 10,000 archaeological sites in the Rio Puerco Valley, which lies to the south of Chaco Canyon. On the drive to the trailhead, you will pass Guadalupe Ruins, a Chacoan outlier. The history of Tower Ruins is less clear but it remains an important site for the Navajo people and it is closed for several days each season for ceremonies.

The hike from the parking lot to Tower Ruins is 3.5 miles one way, with stunning petroglyph etched into the sandstone cliffs along the trail. To get to Tower Ruins, you will have to make a steep climb out of the canyon to the top of the mesa. Overall, this is rated as a challenging hike because of the rugged terrain, the climbing that’s involved, and the difficulty of walking through the soft loam of the canyon floor. It is well worth the challenge, however, as you will see breathtaking vistas and experience a truly spiritual site. 

When visiting any of these historic and cultural sites, please be respectful and take care not to damage the petroglyphs or any of the sacred structures. We also highly recommend that you embark on these hikes when the temperatures are cooler – temperatures in the canyon lands and along basalt rocks can be high in the summer months and you will risk running into rattlesnakes. As with any hike, make sure you have an adequate water supply and know the place and your own capabilities before venturing out.  Or contact us, Santa Fe Walkabouts, for an adventure of a lifetime!

*Sue and Georges Mally of Santa Fe Walkabouts work closely with the Inn and Spa at Loretto as outdoor curators, offering their insight and expertise into navigating Santa Fe’s hiking trails and cultural monuments.

Find out more about our Loretto Curators. Click here

Posted by Sarah Sims

December 23rd, 2014 | 4:46pm

Santa Fe Winter Art Guide

by Karla Winterowd gallery owner & art curator for the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Art is always in season here in Santa Fe and winter is a perfect time to visit.  Become part of the magic of the holidays as you stroll the over 240 art galleries that put Santa Fe on the map as one of the most important art destinations in the country. From gallery hopping to muesum going, here's your Santa Fe Winter Art Guide. 

An event fun for the whole family! Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk is an annual tradition for many of us. Lit by traditional farolitos & luminarias, stroll Canyon Road with your favorite Christmas song book in hand. Make your own caroling or join in on one that has already begun. It won’t take long to feel the spirit of the holidays.  Glimpse inside century old adobes filled with elegant works of art. Take in the holiday lighting and merry making on this magical eve.

Photo by Eric Swanson Photography. 

On January 30, 2015 the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum presents a new exhibition titled Modernism Made In New Mexico. This exhibition investigates how the high desert landscape and the local cultures of New Mexico inspired a radical new direction in American Modernism during the first half of the twentieth century. It explores the unique creative efforts of artists: Jozef Bakos, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Raymond Jonson, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe and Cady Wells. This exhibition will be up through April 30th. 

If you haven't had a chance to see the Turqouise, Water, Sky exhibit at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture you still have time. It is a fascinating exhibition that presents questions to answers regarding turquoise and its deep significance. The exhibition is up through May 2, 2015. Also at the Museum you will find an exhibition of Native American Portraits that begins February 16th. See the changing perceptions of Natve peoples documented over a 100 year span. HINT: If you're planning a visit to see this incredible exhibit check out the Inn's Native Reflections Vacation Package which includes two tickets to the museum. 

Photo property of Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts features an important exhibition of work by famed ceramic artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse. Any contemporary art lover will quickly fall in love with Christine’s groundbreaking ceramic forms. This exhibition is up through July 31st and is a MUST SEE exhibition. This exhibition alone is worth a trip to stay at the Inn At Loretto in Santa Fe! 


Posted by Sarah Sims

December 18th, 2014 | 11:42am

Handmade Holiday Magic at the Inn and Spa at Loretto

Every winter as we perpare for the holiday season, carefully decking our halls with garland and lights and planning our annual celebrations, artists across the Atlantic are preparing and packaging a very special holiday treasure for us to unwrap. A project that starts each year in July, the Loretto's handmade holiday ornaments make their way from the Calik studios in Poland to our door, and then into the homes of our friends and guests. These delightful ornaments have become a symbol of the holidays at the Inn, and each year we are just as excited as the last to receive our order! 

About the Ornaments: 

Paying homage to the architectural beauty of the Taos Pueblo, a 1,000 year-old historic landmark, the Inn and Spa at Loretto holiday ornaments glisten in copper and are lightly dusted with snow. 

The orginal design process expended eighteen months from conception to production. Now, each holiday season when new ornaments arrive we are delighted to know that every single glass ornament was individually hand blown and painted by artists in Krakow, Poland - each one taking two weeks to make! 

Below are images of the artists at work, showcasing the attention to detail and artistry that goes into each one-of-a-kind ornament. 

You can now take home your very own remembrance of Santa Fe and the iconic Inn and Spa at Loretto by purchasing an individual ornament at our front desk for $55.00 each. Or, book our Winter Wonderland package for a truly enchanting holiday experience!    

Posted by Sarah Sims

December 9th, 2014 | 10:19am

Holiday Mixology - Spiced Apple Pie Cider Cocktail

'Tis the season for holiday cocktails, and our master mixologists are shaking up some of the best. Impress your guests with this Spiced Apple Pie Cider recipe from the Living Room at Loretto. Made with plenty of holiday cheer and topped with extra season's greetings. Cheers from Santa Fe!

Spiced Apple Pie Cider

  • Spice infused Cider of choice
  • ½ oz Apple brandy
  • 1 oz Goose Pear
  • ¾ oz Captin Morgans Rum
  • Dash of Orange bitters

Heat cider over low heat to just before the boiling point. Mix in the apple brandy, goose pear, Captin Morgans Rum, and orange bitters. Top with whipped cream, cinnamon stick and a slice of carmelized apple. Serve hot.

Posted by Sarah Sims, Marketing Manager

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