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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.


Santa Fe Local’s View: Snowshoeing in Santa Fe’s National Forest

“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” Andy Goldsworthy.

I love this quote! It embodies how I feel when I am getting ready to head up to the mountain after a fresh powder of snow. My energy level rises and I am a bit euphoric at the mere thought of getting my snow boots and mittens on. Do you remember when you were a little kid and you would get all bundled up to go outside and just couldn’t wait for the final scarf and hat to be pulled on? The anticipation was just too much. Well, I am thrust back to that very special time when I get ready for snowshoeing in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Snow shoeing and “hiking in the snow” are one of the easiest and most fun activities that can be done in our very own backyard. Just recently, during our Tea and Sherry hour, a guest shared her love of her families annual hiking trip on Christmas day in the snow on Aspen Vista. If you, too are visiting and need to rent a pair of snowshoes, Aspen Sports is nearby and is where I rented my first pair. The Santa Fe National Forest offers many trails that are easily accessible by car and just a short swoosh through the snow brings you to a quietude that makes you feel extremely present in the moment.

Before I start to share these blissful moments with you, please remember that anytime we venture into the wilderness we must be prepared. Be sure to have adequate clothing, water and snacks, a first aid kit and if at all possible; hike with a buddy.

Big TesuqueBig Tesuque campground was where I parked my car for my first time out. This was the weekend with the most snow and I had my trusty snowshoes, my ski poles and my backpack full of goodies. It’s fun to start from this area and hike towards Aspen Vista because you get to see all the children sledding down the hill. Safety note: “Stay out of the line of sledders!” It’s hard to move quickly when there’s a sled full of little ones heading your way. This trail follows along the river as it gradually moves up the mountain. As I breathed in that fresh, cold air I realized it was the most alive I had felt all week. In about 40 minutes I had intersected with Aspen Vista and paused to take in the beauty of the moment. I was alone and it was breathtaking. From here I turned onto Aspen Vista and started heading up the trail. After about two more hours of snowshoeing, I paused where the aspen trees had given way to the fir and spruce trees and enjoyed the change in the mountain flora at 11,000 feet. Because it was late afternoon, I decided to turn around here and I headed back down before dusk descended upon me. I paused for another moment and took in the various shadows as they shape shifted over the slopes. There was a chill in the air and it was time for me to make it back to my car. Once I was back in my car with my hot tea and goodies, I watched three fathers taking their children’s sleds down for one last run. They were falling, laughing at each other and having the best of time. I have to share that this all happened while their wives and children waited patiently in the car for them and I would say that they, too had been transported back to their childhood. What fun!

aspen vista outcropping (2)My second trip out was the following weekend and we had not had any snow in the past week. The weather had warmed up slightly, too so there was no need for my snowshoes. I did have my warm snow boots with a good tread on for the icy places though. I started at the base of Aspen Vista and headed up the trail again. This trail is 11.5 miles round trip and you can make it all the way to the microwave relay station at the peak and back down again in a wonderful day hike. I think I saw eight people in my four hour, round trip, snow hike. We greeted each other with a smile and the shared knowledge of the beauty of the day. Half way up the trail there was an outcropping of rocks that has a stunning view of Santa Fe. It is my favorite area to pause, have some tea and eat a few carbs. Just remember, that when you pause, the cold seems to settle in and I find it is best to get moving to stay warm.

There are numerous trails, with varying difficulty, for hiking in the snow, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in Santa Fe. When you visit the Inn of the Governors, we have the Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area books at our front desk that you are welcome to borrow. I highly recommend Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing for private tours. They are not only knowledgeable about the trails but experienced in the geology of the area, too. It’s an educational adventure! I am always available for questions on hiking in Santa Fe and look forward to meeting you on your next visit and sharing my favorite spots.

When you visit this year, look for our 50th anniversary package for a four day stay and a donation to a local non-profit.Travel safely, Deb Swanson.


Santa Fe Local’s View: The Food Depot’s 21st Souper Bowl


“There is not a man among us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

chowder1We thought that this quote might be worthy of the good that the The Food Depot and our local restaurants have been doing for the past 21 years. You might think that we have forgotten that the big game is happening Sunday, February 1 (but we haven’t) and although people gather together and share food during the Super Bowl, it just isn’t quite the same experience. This Saturday, January 17, from Noon to 2:30pm the annual event takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and all proceeds benefit nine counties in Northern New Mexico. Now that’s some good work!

You be the judge. Yes, we’ve got it right. When you purchase a ticket you get to taste 29 local restaurants serving up their best soup competing in four categories: vegetarian, savory, cream and seafood, including our very own Del Charro’s Green Chile Chicken Chowder. I’ve linked the recipe here, just in case you aren’t able to make it to Santa Fe for the event. Taste them all and cast your ballot for the best soup in Santa Fe! We know…. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Why not you, right?

Soup isn’t the only thing happening at the Souper Bowl. Be sure to take some time and view the silent auction items. Because we all like to bring something home that is special from the area we are visiting, we encourage you to check out the art, jewelry, local gift certificates and much more. You can also purchase event T-shirts, serving trays and our favorite – cookbooks.

When you visit Santa Fe and the Inn of the Governors you truly can make a difference. Safe travels, Deb Swanson.


Santa Fe Local’s View: 50th Anniversary and our Facebook Contest

Have you stayed at the Inn of the Governors before? Do you have a photo or memory that you would be willing to share? Visit our Facebook 50th Anniversary contest page and post your memory (with or without a photo) to share with our locals and visitors. Each entry will be eligible to win a one night stay in a Superior room with a wood burning fireplace. Winners will be chosen from the submissions we receive throughout the year.

We are also pleased to share that at the time of this blog posting, we have already reserved twenty-four (24) anniversary packages for our first quarter. Last week’s blog was all about the wonderful work Kitchen Angels does in Santa Fe and we hope to have many more donations for them by March 31, 2015. Our 50th anniversary package continues throughout the year and benefits other local non-profits each quarter.

As always, we wish you safe travels to the beautiful city of Santa Fe and the Inn of the Governors. Deb Swanson


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


We are very excited that our 50th anniversary package begins on January 3, 2015. We have been honored to welcome travelers to Santa Fe since 1965 and the city of Santa Fe was recently named “The Best Small City to Visit in America” by CNTraveler readers. We have created the perfect package for you to visit the Inn of the Governors and Santa Fe.

Stay with us for four evenings beginning on January 3 – March 31, 2015 (blackout dates do apply) and the 4th evening (which is just $50 plus tax) will be donated to our local non-profit, Kitchen Angels. Rates include our daily $15 Del Charro food and beverage credit, our Mountain Sunrise Breakfast Buffet, Tea and Sherry hour at 4pm and free parking.

 Kitchen Angels is dedicated to providing free, nutritious meals to our home bound neighbors facing life-challenging conditions. Their mission is accomplished through the generous efforts of 348 volunteers each week who donate 29,000 hours of service annually. Volunteers are the heart of this organization and contribute in numerous ways: in the kitchen, delivering meals, at events, administrative support and so much more. For kitchen and delivery crews, each volunteer commits to serve one shift, one day a week. Founded in 1992, they have only 4 paid staff members and have delivered over 834,150 meals.

The impact on the lives of their homebound clients is hard to put into words. But while providing consistent, healthy and appetizing meals is their chief aim, they also do the following: improve their clients’ quality of life by ensuring that fragile, homebound individuals have a daily opportunity to interact with a concerned person; provide nutritional consultation to clients with extreme dietary requirements through the services of a certified nutritionist/registered dietitian; support clients to stay out of institutional care settings such as nursing homes and remain in the comfort and security of their own homes; and increase their collaboration with other agencies dedicated to ending hunger in New Mexico.

We are so pleased to be making our own donation, along with yours, to support such a worthy organization. We hope to see you this first quarter of 2015 and encourage you to visit our Facebook 50th Anniversary contest, too. Share your memory or photo of the Inn and we will enter you into a monthly drawing for a night in a Superior room with a wood-burning fireplace. We look forward to you sharing your memories of a past visit and maybe, just maybe, you will create some new memories this year. Safe travels, Deb Swanson




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