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Santa Fe Local’s View: Summertime and the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market


This weekend we celebrate the first day of Summer.  Whether you are a local or a traveler visiting our beautiful city of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and the Shops at the Pavilion are a wonderful way to spend a Tuesday or Saturday during this abundant season.  There truly is a feeling of being part of our community as you stroll through the aisles of the pavilion, wander its grounds adjacent to the Santa Fe Railyard and take in the local music scene.

Santa Fe Farmer's Market

On either of these days you can find fresh baked breads, locally grown organic vegetables, natural honey products and even artisan goat cheese.    Selections are available from over 100 vendors so there is plenty to choose from and it’s very easy to find something for everyone.  If you’re visiting, you can put together a picnic lunch from the Farmer’s Market Café or bring some treats back to your hotel room for later that evening. Maybe you would like some fresh cut flowers to brighten up your day; some spicy chile to create that Santa Fe flavor in your very own kitchen; how about a hand crafted sage decoration or chile wreath to always remember your time spent in Santa Fe?  Whatever you choose, you will be reminded of this special time over and over again.

Once you have made your way through the Market, you’re ready to peruse the Shops.  All six shops are contained in one open space north of the Market.  Start with the Farmer’s Market Gift Shop and find local and global treasures; slip into Artful Tea (I recommend the rooibos blends) and now a location directly behind the Inn; stop by the café and have an espresso to get you through your day; taste the chocolate delicacy created by the ChocolateSmith, and last but certainly not least….. partake in the wine tasting at Vivac Winery’s tasting room. Now, I’m partial to Vivac Winery.  I love the story…. Local Dixon boys grow up in the mountains of Northern New Mexico; wander off to college; return home; marry amazing women; begin their family and create a wonderful winery!  Spend $5.00 and receive four tastings on-site… Now that’s a deal you can’t miss out on.

railyardThe Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7am-1pm, May through November, and Saturdays only, 8am-1pm, December through April.  We hope that you enjoy the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and Shops as much as we do and remember, there is parking near the Market if you prefer not to walk the .76 miles.   Also, after the market is open, visit the Railyard Arts District and enjoy galleries, restaurants and shops.  It actually might end up being a full day adventure for you.

Safe travels, Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: Instagram and Passport to the Arts


Santa Fe Local’s View: Instagram and 2015 Passport to the Arts

This year’s Canyon Road Passport to the Arts takes place Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th and marks the first #CanyonRoadPassport Instameet. Here at the Inn of the Governors, I am excited to be participating in the Instagram Scavenger Hunt with the Canyon Road Merchants.  Join me from 4:30pm – 7pm, outside of Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery (403 Canyon Road), as they hand out Passports which will have clues of art to photograph and upload to Instagram.  Be sure to use the #CanyonRoadPassport when posting your photographs.  Complete your Passport to the Arts to earn a raffle ticket so you can win prizes donated by the wonderful merchants on Canyon Road. What better way to spend the day or even both days than attending openings, exhibitions and/or receptions with our diverse artist community.

NM Passports painterSanta Fe’s historic Canyon Road galleries will have more than 100 artists participating over the course of the weekend.  Here’s a video from the 2013’s event so you can get an idea of all the fun events that will be happening.  This is a perfect event for the whole family!

On Saturday experience the famous Artist Quick Draw event from 11am – 1pm at over seven locations.  In just over two short hours, you can experience more than 50 artists creating an original work of art from beginning to end. There will also be five local schools with young musicians providing music from 1-2:30pm and a cocktail reception at 4pm.  Register to bid in advance, for the auction, at the big tent in the Wiford Gallery. The live auction begins at 5pm.

I hope to see you there.  Safe travels, Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: 50th Anniversary Package and Kitchen Angels


Merriam Webster defines hospitality as “the activity of providing food, drinks, etc. for people who are the guests or customers of an organization.”  What better way for the Inn of the Governors (who provides for those travelers visiting Santa Fe) to benefit the local non-profit Kitchen Angels; but to award them our 1st quarter anniversary package donations.  Our missions our similar; provide food and drinks for our guests (or clients) and to offer some companionship on their journey.

Kitchen Angels Check

We could not be more pleased that with the help of our guests and an additional donation from the Inn, we have raised $5700.00 for Kitchen Angels.  On Monday, Sam Gerberding, our General Manager, met with Tony McCarty (Executive Director) and Stephanie Gonzales (Board President) to share the good news. We received a tour of their facility and learned of their current capital campaign.  If you have any questions on how you, too might help this worthy organization we have provided the contact information here.

Kitchen Angel



So, this is just the beginning…. Our 50th anniversary package continues throughout the year and you, too may participate by staying at certain times for four evenings with a 4th night at $50, plus tax.  Your $50.00 will be donated to ArtSmart, International Folk Art Alliance, or Esperanza Shelter based on which quarter you stay at the Inn of the Governors.

Safe travels, Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: Santa Fe’s Best Restaurants – Joseph’s Culinary Pub

Cast-Iron Bronzed Cauliflower and Natural Beef, Red Chile and Potato Stew are just two ways to start off a meal at Joseph’s Culinary Pub, located on the corner of Agua Fria St. and Montezuma St., across from St. Guadalupe Church in downtown Santa Fe.  From there the choices blossom into a range of pastoral fair.

Joseph interior photoChef Joseph Wrede, previously of Joseph’s Table in Taos and Santa Fe’s Tomme, has captured an air of provincial Italian and French ambiance through austere wooden tables, antique copper pans, stone flooring, and an overall energy of reciprocal enthusiasm between the kitchen, servers, and his guests.  Chef Joseph incorporates  the “farm to table” approach, offering global level menu items brought home with local, traditional foods; he particularly enjoys using New Mexican lamb and beef for his signature dishes, yet still holds a place for the his delicious Sweet & Spicy Glazed ½ Duck Confit.  Each entrée is surrounded by a symphony of vegetables, highlighted by New Mexico tastes like foraged mushrooms, local goat cheese, and chiles.


In describing his approach to food, he stressed the importance of providing food the sophisticated traveler has come to expect in a larger city, yet highlighting ingredients and approaches accentuating the agricultural and family traditions of rural New Mexico and his own family’s European roots.  After reaching for the words to describe this approach, he landed on “uncommon food made from common ingredients.”

JosephBeyond his approach to the menu itself, Chef Joseph prides himself on creating a dining experience moving away from the long-standing “master/servant” relationship seen in restaurants of old.  Instead of the owner or chef driving the staff and guests’ interaction out of his own approach to food, he works to cultivate knowledge and enthusiasm within his server team, encouraging a dialogue with his customers to learn what works best from their expectations, constantly evolving the menu to match his warm, yet austere ambiance.

Feel free to request special dietary constraints on arrival—his team will work with you directly to understand your needs and create a dish honoring them while reflecting his passion for contemporary food melded with time-honored flavors.

In Health and Prosperity, SamG of the IOG


Santa Fe Local’s View: ARTSmart New Mexico


This month marks the beginning of the 18th season of ARTFeast which is a year round celebration benefiting the local non-profit, ARTSmart New Mexico.

Since its inception, more than $4,485,000 has been invested to subsidize student art programs for Northern New Mexico youth and to support their “Art Changes Lives Scholarship” for high school seniors to pursue the visual arts in colleges.

ARTSmart KidsWe invite you to visit Santa Fe this February 20th and 21st, stay with us at the Inn and join our General Manager, Sam Gerberding, at these special events.  The ARTFeast package begins at $568 plus tax and includes a two night stay, tickets to the “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” event on Friday and the “Step Up to the Plate” event on Saturday. Friday evening you’ll enjoy cool jazz, classic cocktails and “Designs by Patricia Michaels”. Saturday evening is the Gala event and includes dinner at our General Manager’s table, a paint-out and auction.  Of course, your stay includes our “Mountain Sunrise” buffet breakfast each morning, Tea and Sherry hour from 4pm-5pm in our beautiful lobby, $15 daily Del Charro food and beverage credit and complimentary parking.


We think you will enjoy this special evening in Santa Fe with memories not only of your stay in our beautiful city, but the knowledge that you have benefited a wonderful local organization, as well. Safe travels, Deb Swanson.


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