Spring Santa Fe Style

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Spring in Santa Fe is a wonderful time to catch up on art and soak up the sun before the hustle and bustle of tourist season kicks in.  If you love art and enjoy leisurely taking it in without a crowd, now is the time to visit.  While you’re here, you might want to check out some of our favorite museums:

The Georgia O’Keeffe

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Now through September the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is featuring a compelling exhibit where you can compare and contrast the photography of Ansel Adams with the paintings of O’Keeffe from their time in Hawaii.

The New Mexico Museum of Art

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It’s located right in the heart of downtown Santa Fe making it just too easy to stroll through the Plaza, catch the blossoming trees and fill up on some amazing art and history.

Museum Hill

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Home to The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, The Museum of International Folk Art and The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.  There is also an amazing courtyard, stunning views and the Museum Hill Café. This location is a must see and well worth your afternoon.

In addition to the variety of art institutions, Spring in Santa Fe is a great time to get out and hike.  The sun is out  during this lovely season.  Driving up the mountain and venturing into Hyde Park is great as there are plenty of hikes that vary in difficulty.  The Dale Ball Trails are also easy to navigate, dog friendly and accessible without having to leave town.  These trails are also known for their ‘buena vistas’.

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Featured Properties

Stewart Compound on Acequia Madre

 Betty Stewart homes are synonymous with Santa Fe traditions. Four fireplaces, brick floors, custom touches, antique beams. This classic two bedroom, two bath suite home is perfect for two couples with a king and queen suite each with a fireplace. This single level, 1850 sq ft adobe is surrounded by a canopy of lovely trees and enchanting gardens. The basement offers lots of storage as well as the laundry area. It doesn’t get any better than this. No pets.

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Las Campanas Lake View

Fabulous two bedroom, two bath home in prestigious Las Campanas overlooking the golf course. This is a bright and professionally done home with a den/study to accommodate extra guests. The newly completed outdoor living space with fireplace is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the serenity of the area. In addition, there is a covered portal with gas BBQ and dining area.  The king master bedroom suite with huge bath and walk in closet has access to the patio and views. The guest bedroom is at the other end of the house and offers a queen bed and bath across the hall. The study offers a desk area and comfortable sofa bed sleeper as well as a closet.

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Here Comes the Sun!

It has been a cold and long winter!  And Santa Fe is a delightful escape from the deep freeze!

With 60 degree weather, sunny Santa Fe will envelope you in warm sunshine, whether you want to hike, ski, walk Canyon Road and shop the art galleries, or simply sit quietly on your private porch and soak in the rays.

Book a massage at any number of our spas, indulge in World-class dining during Santa Fe’s 2014 Restaurant Week, or just come for the sunshine and smiling faces.

We’ll treat you like a local in a Santa Fe vacation rental; it’s the next best thing to living here!

         ~Marilyn 

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Winter Specials!

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Now is the perfect time to visit Santa Fe! Avoid the summer crowds, and enjoy our wonderful museums, restaurants, galleries, skiing and don’t forget shopping – there are sales galore all over town!
 
Many of our exclusive inventory of homes are offering specials but you need to call us to see what dates and what homes may work for you. Whether you want to walk to the Plaza or have a view up in the foothills, we will find the place for you.
 
We’ll treat you like a ‘local’ in a Santa Fe vacation rental – It’s the next best thing to living here!
 
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Taking a Winter Break

chocolateWith the holiday season in our rearview mirror, the early weeks of the New Year can sometimes seem long, dark and cold. Winter is howling outside, never letting us forget its presence. The days are short, the sun sets early, and curling up by the fireplace with a good book is all we ever truly want to do.

So when the schools close down for winter vacation, take a break. Pack up your family’s suitcases and head to Santa Fe for an escape from the everyday routine of the January and February months. Recharge and refresh with a family trip to Santa Fe, a city that lights up all year long.

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The final week of February is Restaurant Week in Santa Fe, when various eateries offer three-course meals for a fraction of the cost. The Chocolate Challenge, taking place March 1st, is a sweet way to experience the best of Santa Fe chefs. Take the kids to a museum, a musical performance or venture into the beautiful outdoors of the great New Mexico. Changing up the pace in a new locale is a perfect way to de-stress and rid yourself of the winter blues.

When you take advantage of our vacation rentals, you get a home to call your very own for your Santa Fe stay. Let your culinary skills take over a new kitchen, allow the kids and pets to frolic in the yard, wake up to a fresh view of the Santa Fe mountains or the downtown streets from your private balcony, explore and wander.

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Adventure to Santa Fe for winter break this year. We promise there is no better way to awaken yourself from a sleepy winter than with a stay in The City Different.

We’ll treat you like a local in a Santa Fe vacation rental; it’s the next best thing to living here.

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Tradition: Santa Fe’s Guiding Light

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Santa Fe is a place of unparalleled history. Descending from two distinct cultures, the present-day city takes tremendous pride in honoring the traditions of both the Native Americans and the Hispanic peoples. When the paths of two cultures cross as they do in Santa Fe, the result becomes a beautiful blend of festive, fun and meaningful celebrations.

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The story begins with the Native American people. Adding splashes of vibrant color to the land of Northern New Mexico, Pueblo Indian dances and feast days take place throughout the winter season and have become a cherished event to attend, a window into Santa Fe’s deepest roots.

Hispanic celebrations include Los Posadas, a traditional Spanish outdoor play which all join in. The many luminaras and farolitos that light up Santa Fe in the darkness of winter are another touch of the Spanish culture. On Christmas Eve, tradition continues with the Farolito Walk on Canyon Road, an event to light the hearts and souls of the many who take part.

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To the past and present people of Santa Fe, the outdoors also holds special meaning. Even in the heart of the city, you can hear nature calling. From skiing the infamous New Mexican mountains to hiking through snow-draped woods, it is easy to experience the glorious solitude of winter. For a fairytale twist, head to the Valles Caldera National Preserve for a gentle horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride. Breathe in the crisp air and observe the peaceful wildlife while traveling slowly through the beautiful landscape.

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There is a magic in the air of Santa Fe during the winter months, a lingering warmth calling people to come together, celebrate and partake in these wonderful events. We invite you to unpack your bags, join in these traditions and make them your own. No matter where you are in Santa Fe, the atmosphere is festive and pure, and Adobe Destinations will find the perfect Santa Fe vacation rental for your visit!

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Experience a Santa Fe Winter

The snow may soon be falling, but the livelihood of Santa Fe never ceases to exist. To see this community in the wintertime is nothing short of a treat, one that will leave you coming back to Santa Fe again and again. The downtown life is vibrant in all aspects, from cuisine to museums and everything in between, and the snow-covered mountains come alive.

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The traditional heart of our Spanish-settled community is none other than the Plaza. On November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving, the tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6pm, a magical event to welcome in the holiday season. The historic streets of downtown are a picturesque walk during the daytime where people are found browsing the unique shops and cafés, catching up with friends, making new ones and purchasing gifts for loved ones. When night falls, the tree-lined streets are glistening with twinkling lights, flavorful scents are wafting out the doors of world-renowned restaurants, and the sound of laughter fills the air.

Get lost skiing in the mountains surrounding Santa Fe. Shop the SWAIA Winter Indian Market November 30th to December 1st. Attend one of the exquisite performances by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. On December 13th, take part in a regal evening of “Christmas at the Palace,” a party honoring the holiday traditions of the Pueblo people. Spend a day browsing the art galleries that dot the streets of this heartwarming city.

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With 300 days of sunshine a year, Santa Fe is a place to relax, unwind, dive into a diverse culture, indulge in award-winning foods, and soak in the beauty of nature. At Adobe Destinations, we are very much looking forward to finding you the ideal vacation rental for this incredible time of year.  Join us as we come together to celebrate this joyous season in Santa Fe.

*If you mention the word “Posada” when making your winter reservation, we’ll provide you with a box of Senor Murphy Chocolates!

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Thankful for Santa Fe

This time of year, we are feeling extraordinarily thankful. Even with the cooler weather making its way into New Mexico, Santa Fe has a way of making our hearts warm. The holidays are on their way, and this year at Adobe Destinations, we are making sure your holiday getaway is exactly what you pictured it to be.

With the leaves finding their way to the ground and snowy weather seeking out Santa Fe in the upcoming months, we picture fireplaces lit, loved ones gathered around, and the Plaza tree lighting the Friday after Thanksgiving. The ski mountains will begin to open in the next weeks and cross country ski trails will be re-blazed. The four seasons of Santa Fe are distinct, yet the way Santa Fe shines this time of year is something not to miss.

Find some Plaza Luxury at El Corazon. With this home’s downtown location, the events of Santa Fe can be fully experienced, all the while with a cozy house to return to at the end of the day. The warmth of the Mariposa home is beautiful and located just a block from the historic Canyon Road, it is the ideal downtown location.

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Multiple fireplaces and the secluded location of the Aria: Adobe at the Opera house, are the perfect place to spend a quiet, cozy winter.

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Our Jewel of Circle Drive home boasts a hot tub with a stunning sunset view, fireplaces and a wonderfully chic home.

With the Thanksgiving holiday looming in the near future, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the wonderful family, friends, businesses and loyal clients in our life at Adobe Destinations. As we have the past ten Thanksgivings, we are looking forward to continuing our tradition of making pies for the Christian Brothers at St. Michael’s High School. We are excited to embrace this marvelous time of year.

As always, we look forward to accommodating your visit, and we hope to see you in the upcoming months!

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FIVE GREAT REASONS TO VISIT SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

The Roaming Boomers is an online luxury travel magazine with an eye towards experience, adventure, learning, and exploration.  They recently wrote about the top five reason to visit The City Different. Read about their reasons below!

“Santa Fe, as we look back and consider all of the magnificent U.S. cities we’ve visited over the years, is absolutely on our top ten list. And, if we pull out all of our favorite large U.S. cities, Santa Fe quickly becomes prominent in a very short list.

Our love affair with Santa Fe began as we were making a 10-day culinary tour from Michigan to Arizona in the fall of 2006. Even though that journey gave us only one night in Santa Fe, we knew that we would be back.  And since then, we’ve been back quite a number of times.

Not too long ago, someone asked us why we love Santa Fe, and that question has become the inspiration for this article.

The Top 5 Reasons we Love Santa Fe, New Mexico

It’s charm, history, and setting – at nearly 7,000 feet, Santa Fe is our nation’s highest state capital.  Further, Santa Fe was founded in 1607, making it our nation’s oldest state capitol.  In the early Spanish tradition, historic Santa Fe is laid out around a beautiful central plaza surrounded by the Palace of the Governors, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, and a necklace of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and boutique hotels, all keeping the historic mystique of the town central to one’s senses

Arts and culture – in the early 1900s, artists, writers, and retirees flocked to Santa Fe for it’s rich culture, the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, and its arid climate.  Today, Santa Fe is known world-wide as a UNESCO Creative City for these very reasons.  Perhaps beginning with Georgia O’Keefe, 21st century Santa Fe has become the nation’s third largest art market, and one of the world’s meccas for artists, art collectors, and other cultural venues.  Music, dance, and opera are also drawing cards for Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Opera has become world-renowned for its unusual summer opera season.  Even further, Santa Fe boasts over a dozen fantastic museums and was recently ranked #3 by Travel + Leisure for its museum offerings.

Cuisine – Santa Fe has become a foodie’s paradise over the past decade.  With several James Beard Foundation Nominees in residence, Santa Fe is consistently atop travel culinary lists for its cuisine ranging from ethnic Native American and Mexican styles, to New World Cuisine, and the ever popular farm-to-table local offerings.  Even further, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is one of the largest and most recognized markets in the U.S.  There’s a lot to like about the culinary scene in Santa Fe!

Luxury hotels and resorts – with Santa Fe hosting luxury travelers from around the world, there are ample supplies of luxury accommodations; ranging from the ultra-lux Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe, to award-winning luxury boutique hotels surrounding the city’s central square, to wonderfully intimate Bed & Breakfast Inns.

Its relaxed style – with a population of only 70,000 people, you won’t find yourself fighting the massive crowds found in America’s large cities.  Nearly everything is within walking distance of the town’s central plaza, and you’re certain to find yourself enjoying the moment, rather than fighting elbow-to-elbow to enjoy the sights.

Well, we hope we’ve convinced you to put Santa Fe on your bucket list.  We love this town, and highly recommend it!”

Read about The Roaming Boomers’ upcoming Santa Fe Culinary Group Tour.

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