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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 SantaFe.org 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: http://santafe.org/blog/?p=1383
Posted by Sarah Sims
Tequila Chocolate Pecan Tart
by Chef Brett Sparman and Executive Sous Chef Javier Barrera
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!
Posted by Sarah Sims
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!
- Strap on your snowshoes and head up to Aspen Vista Trail for the some of the best views in Santa Fe
- Hit the Slopes at Ski Santa Fe, and don’t forget to stop off at Totemoff’s for a bowl of green chile stew and local brew-ski
- Sip on some sweet history Kakawa Chocolate House
- Bundle up and head out to the Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains for an enchanted sleigh ride, winter hike or cross country skiing
- Deck the Halls at Susan’s Christmas Shop, a year-round favorite
- Don’t miss the majestic Santa Fe Desert Chorale winter concert series at the St. Francis Auditorium
- Or, the Las Posadas reenactment at the Palace of the Governors
- Head downtown for the annual Christmas Lighting on the Plaza
- Sing your way down Canyon Road during the annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk
- Relax with drinks next the a roaring pinion fire in The Living Room
- Rejuvenate with pre, or post, holiday pampering at The Spa at Loretto
- Fill up on award-winning red and green chile at a The Shed on Palace
- Dine like true foodie with the innovative, locally-sourced fare from Luminaria Restaurant
- Soak up local arts and culture visiting Santa Fe’s many museums and monuments
*NOTE: The Inn and Spa at Loretto is not responsible for the accuracy of the content listed. All activities subject to availability.
Experience the magic of winter in Santa Fe with our new Winter Wonderland package and save up to 30% Off!
Posted by Sarah Sims
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.
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
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
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