Springtime in Santa Fe

While we love winter in Santa Fe – there’s nothing quite like the feeling of renewal during Springtime. The sun comes out and warms up the adobe and everyone wants to be outside soaking it all up. There’s no bad time to visit Santa Fe, but Springtime is probably our favorite. The weather this time of year is, we think, perfect – with temperatures hovering around 65-70º fahrenheit and sunny most days. The most you’ll need to bring is a light sweater if you’re going out for dinner!

There’s no shortage of activities and events going on this time of year, so come prepared to satisfy all the senses!

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One event not to miss, and runs through the summer is the Santa Fe Artists Market opens back up on the Railyard in downtown Santa Fe on Saturdays from April -November, with juried selections from a wide variety of artists. It’s also right next to the Farmers Market, so come with your walking shoes on!

The month of May is jam-packed with events every weekend for every interest. History buff? Check out the Civil War reenactment. Art Lover? Don’t miss the Eldorado Studio Tour. Love beer and/or bikes? The new Bike & Brew Festival is a great way to experience some new craft beer and enjoy the beautiful scenery Santa Fe has to offer on two wheels!

No matter where your interests lie, you will find something worthy of a trip to Santa Fe – and while you’re here you don’t even have to worry about spring cleaning! Each of our properties is professionally maintained between visitors, so you know every dust bunny and cobweb will be taken care of! Here are some of our featured properties for springtime, that have outdoor living spaces.

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Las Campanas Lake View

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Casita Corazon de la Reina

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North Hill Hideaway

 

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Spend Your Honeymoon in Beautiful Santa Fe

In honor of the month of love, we’re talking about celebrating your honeymoon amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in magical Santa Fe. Brilliant sunsets and an elegant South Western ambiance offer the perfect backdrop to a romantic getaway.

Santa Fe offers the ultimate honeymoon experience. From activities for those who like to be active and those who want to sit spa-side, and everything in between, you’ll never run out of things to do or things to see during your getaway. Romantic and intimate, you’ll be able to savor time together by indulging in cuisines from award-winning restaurants, and exploring more than 250 galleries, museums, boutiques, cultural events and attractions.

Spend the day creating memories with your sweetheart, while experiencing some of the romantic activities the area has to offer such as soaring in a hot air balloon, relaxing in the hot springs, dining by candlelight or being pampered with a massage at one of the spas.

Then, as the day comes to an end, your once-in-a-lifetime escape deserves a captivating retreat, and you’ll find just that in one of our vacation rentals. Our rental properties will exceed your expectations and delight your senses. Enjoy the comforts of your vacation haven, which boasts the perfect combination of comfort and style. These properties offer privacy, but with all the amenities, and will send you off feeling rejuvenated as you begin your wonderful new life together.

Check out some of our beautiful properties, perfect for your honeymoon!

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Benefits of Vacation Rentals

New Year, new vacation plans! Thinking of visiting some place new this winter? Looking for an adventure getaway? Just need a change of scenery? When you’re planning your next vacation, consider a short term rental instead of a traditional hotel. Short term rentals can offer you accommodations and amenities like the ones you have at home, and are generally a better value than area hotels. It’s an excellent choice if you’re traveling with family, or as a couple, or alone! Sure, you may not get the fancy restaurant, the concierge service, or your towels folded, but when you’re in a city like Santa Fe, you’ll want to get out and try as many of the amazing restaurants as you can, explore the city on your own, and rest assured that nobody was rummaging around your room while you were gone!

Some of the other benefits of short term rentals include:

More square footage for the dollar – When you use a short term rental, you get an entire home! Living room separate from the bedroom, what a luxury! Some of our rentals even have two bathrooms, giving you much more flexibility, convenience, and privacy when you’re traveling with your family.

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Casa Bonita

Creature Comforts – Many of our rentals come stocked with the comforts of home: Laundry facilities, comfy couches and furniture, a back yard, you can even bring your fur babies to some of our rentals!

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Casa Santa Fe 

Kitchens! – Yes, we understand that when you’re on vacation, you don’t want to cook, but you may find it’s nice to be able to grab some essentials to have for breakfast and snacks. You can even make your coffee just the way you like – you won’t find packets of non-dairy creamer in our vacation rentals.

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Plaza Luxury at El Corazon

 

Even if you’re not coming to beautiful Santa Fe, consider looking up vacation rentals in the city you plan on visiting – you may just find your home away from home!

Check out some of our properties when you’re planning your next vacation!

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North Hill Hideaway

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Casita Del Sol

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800 East Elegance

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Vista Miramonte

 

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Have a Rejuvenating Winter Getaway in Santa Fe!

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. Train stop at the Railyard district.Most people tend to think that the Southwest is hot and dry all year round, but here in Santa Fe, we have the most beautiful winters. At the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains, we have some of the best skiing in the area. But when you combine that with the unbeatable hot springs & spa experiences that Santa Fe is also known for – you will definitely come for the skiing, but stay for the après ski.

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Ski Santa Fe, only 16 miles from Santa Fe, is a great mountain for bunny slopers to those who crave double black diamonds. With 77 trails and over 1700 vertical feet of trails – you’ll need more than one day to get your fill. Bring your gear or rent! There are plenty of packages available for all skill levels.

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Once evening comes and the lifts shut down, it’s time to wind down with an après ski to beat all others. Picture yourself relaxing in a private hot tub or sauna to melt away the stiffness and soreness of a day on the slopes. At the foothills of Ski Santa Fe is Ten Thousand Waves, a japanese-inspired spa that will sweep you off your feet (even more than the chairlifts!) Open until 9:30 PM during the week and 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday nights (holiday periods have a different schedule, please refer to their website for details), you can soak all your cares away. Take advantage of their other spa services too – slough away that dry, dull skin with a salt scrub, treat yourself to a relaxing massage – the possibilities are endless.

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Or, if winter sports aren’t your thing, you could have a winter spa getaway and check out even more of the hot spring action Santa Fe has to offer. Once you’ve exhausted the services at Ten Thousand Waves, check out the different mineral baths at Ojo Caliente, one of the oldest natural health resorts in the USA. Opened in 1868 on a site known for its restorative waters, people have been returning to Ojo in droves for hundreds of years to experience the baths themselves. With yoga classes, tibetan monks, and miles of hiking trails, you are sure to find peace and health at Ojo Caliente.

After a day of full of whatever it is that you love, retreat to the privacy and comfort of your vacation rental. Here are our top picks for the whole family, for a couple’s retreat, and for those who love to travel with their furbabies:

For Families:

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Situated in the historic district on Garcia Street, this large family home was built in 1990 and is a true Santa Fe contemporary home with two fireplaces and brick floors throughout the upper level. It is a two story home with a large open kitchen/dining room with fireplace and breakfast nook. This large home is perfect for Holiday or summer gatherings. It is a short stroll to Canyon Road or the Santa Fe Plaza and just minutes from Museum Hill.

For the Couples:

 

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Located in the prestigious Betty Stewart Compound just one block from the galleries of Canyon Road and an easy 15-minute stroll to downtown’s Santa Fe Plaza, Casita de Sol is a lovely single-floor home with two spacious bedrooms — each with its own fireplace and remodeled bathroom. This vacation home is ideal for the discerning traveler looking for accommodations for one or two couples.

For those traveling with their pets:

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Authentic eastside compound of two casitas on Palace Avenue. Almost identical two little houses with hardwood floors. Each property has two bedrooms and one full bath. The bedrooms offer a king and a queen and each has a Flat Screen TV. Professional décor, wonderful linens, patio/garden with sitting areas for outdoor dining, BBQ, market umbrella. For a romantic get-away, you can rent one property or for a larger gathering or reunion, you can rent the compound and sleep eight guests in comfort.

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Book your holiday in Santa Fe!

People tend to think of visiting Santa Fe during the summer, but let us tell you a secret – the holiday season is the best time to visit. The crisp, cool air; the big, fluffy snowflakes; the bright, warm sun set the scene for the most magical holiday season you’ll ever experience. The rich Spanish & Mexican history, combined with the spiritual Native American traditions create a festive atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the world.

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Ski Santa Fe – Only 16 miles away from downtown Santa Fe, Ski Santa Fe is a great place to get on the mountain! Sitting on the edge of the Santa Fe National Forest, Ski Santa Fe has packages for every level of skier, starting with their “Never-ever” package which includes lessons, lift ticket and rentals for under $100!

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Christmas at the Palace – A family favorite, free event held at the Palace of the Governors – the oldest continuously used public building in the United States! Christmas at the Palace is a day filled with food, crafts, piñatas, live music and an unforgettable visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Celebrating their 30th year this year on December 12.

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Santa Fe Farolito Walk – A Santa Fe Christmas Eve tradition, the Farolito walk is enough to make you want to come to Santa Fe on its own! Farolitos (sometimes called Luminarias) are unique to the Southwest – coming from Spanish merchants hundreds of years ago, they have been a staple Christmas decoration throughout the ages. This free, all-day event picks up at dusk with dozens of stores, galleries, and restaurants along Canyon Road hosting special hours to celebrate. This is a sight not to be missed!

But most importantly, when you’re done experiencing all of what Santa Fe has to offer, you’ll be able to return to your cozy furnished vacation rental and it’ll feel like you’re coming home! We’ll even let Santa know you’re coming!

 Adobe Destinations Staff Picks for Holiday Events:

November 28thTraditional lighting of the Christmas Tree on the historical Santa Fe Plaza

November 29th and 30thWinter Indian Market

December 12thChristmas on the Plaza

December 14thLas Posadas

December 20th and 21stAspen/Santa Fe Ballet – Nutcracker

December 24thFarolito walk

In addition to these traditional and memorable events, various Indian dances take place during the holidays at pueblos not far from Santa Fe. For more information, visit: http://indianartsandculture.org/42

 

Available Listings for your holiday escape:
Casita del Sol in Stewart Compound is a sophisticated choice but cozy as well in the heart of the Christmas Eve Walk, a half block to Canyon Road:

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Enjoy all the fun in the Railyard District from Dream Catcher:

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Top 10 Day Trips from Santa Fe

Ranked the Number 1 Best Small City in America by Condé Nast Traveler this summer, Santa Fe is gaining recognition as a destination city. Sure, there’s plenty to do here in Sante Fe, but what about those who want to get out and see what else is out there? At first glance, distances in the Southwest can seem daunting, but there’s plenty to see just on Santa Fe’s doorstep! Here are the top 10 day trips from Santa Fe:

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Ojo Caliente – One of the oldest spa resorts in the US, this luxury getaway offers an escape like none other. With an array of amenities and services, including 4 different mineral baths, biking trails, traditional spa treatments and on-site dining, you may never want to leave! Distance from Santa Fe: 50 miles

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High Road to Taos – Getting its name from cutting through the mountains, the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos is a driving tour through some of the best of what New Mexico has to offer. Passing through sites like the Sanctuario de Chimayo and ending in the city of Taos, plan for more time to traverse this scenic byway so you can stop and enjoy the sites along the way! Distance from Santa Fe: 56 Miles

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks – Meaning “White Cliffs” in the traditional Keresan language of the pueblo, the tent rocks, or “hoodoos,” were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Now a national monument, the site is full of these geological wonders! Enjoy your day walking on the miles of trails and keep an eye out for variety of birds that call Kasha-Katuwe home. Distance from Santa Fe: 41 miles

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Turquoise Trail – Take a detour onto this nationally recognized Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and enjoy the 50+ miles of arts, crafts, museums and restaurants. The trail is named after the gemstone mined in this area for over a thousand years. From breathtaking views from the Sandia Crest and through historic mining towns, a day spent on the Turquoise Trail will surely inspire you with the best of New Mexico. Distance from Santa Fe: 62 miles

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Bandelier National Monument – Experience some of New Mexico’s oldest history at Bandelier National Monument, a park with over 33,000 acres of canyon and mesa landscape. Home to several sites of human history spanning over 10,000 years, the ancient Puebloan people permanently settled here by forming cave dwellings in the soft rock cliffs. Bring your bikes to see more of the site and the gorgeous views of the Rio Grande. Distance from Santa Fe: 44 miles

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Ghost Ranch – Part retreat, part education center, part museum, Ghost Ranch is an escape for the brain and the body. A favorite place of Georgia O’Keefe, she spent many summers exploring and painting the landscapes around Ghost Ranch. Visit both of their history museums of Paleontology or Anthropology. With different activities each day of the week, your day pass grants you access to a variety of activities from archery to rock climbing to day hikes and history tours. Distance from Santa Fe: 62 miles

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Los Alamos – Visit one of the most storied cities in American history. Not just the center of the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos is home to lots of New Mexico History. The city has created a walking tour to showcase the architectural highlights of downtown Los Alamos. Starting at the Los Alamos Historical Museum and getting an introduction to the history of the area, you will traverse the city and the decades and learn more about some of the more recent history of New Mexico. Distance from Santa Fe: 34 miles

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Nambé Pueblo & Falls – Located on the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Nambé Pueblo is one of the “Eight Northern Pueblos” of New Mexico and is home to Nambé Falls, known to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area. While visiting the Pueblo is restricted during certain times of the year, as it is still an active Pueblo community, the falls and 20,000 acres of high desert landscape are open year-round. Distance From Santa Fe: 25 miles

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Pecos National Park – Bring your family to visit the ruins of this ancient Pueblo. With easy walking trails and activities for children, this national park caters to families. Enjoy the vistors; center with historical displays and rangers to answer your questions then venture out into the park and through a civil war battlefield. A great place to bring kids to learn about nature and history! Distance from Santa Fe: 31 miles

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Taos – While it’s worth more than a day trip, the city of Taos is a must-see if you’re in Santa Fe, no matter the season. Famous for its artists, heritage and skiing in the winter, Taos also offers many year-round attractions. One of the best ways to see the city, however, is with a walking tour. Learn more about the “Wild West” on the city’s Hauntings, Hangings, Murders and Mayhem Tour – particularly appropriate for this time of year! Distance from Santa Fe: 70 miles

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Santa Fe: The Best of the Best

We all loving reading those “best of” lists that appear on the Internet and in magazines. Well, then we must all love the fact that Santa Fe has been named on countless numbers of these lists!

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In the past couple of years, the city of Santa Fe has been listed on numerous “best of” this and that lists.  These awards range from being one of the Coziest Cities in the United States by the Huffington Post, to being on the top ten of Best Foodie Cities according to Livability. Santa Fe even made it onto MSN’s list of 18 Cities With the Prettiest People. Talk about a “view”, huh?

These different lists show that Santa Fe is the place to be. If you’re the type of person who likes to travel with your furry friend, TripAdvisor will tell you to bring your pup to sculpture gardens at the Andrew Smith Gallery or hang out at the Frank Ortiz Dog Park. If you’re looking for a rather romantic time, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons mentions on their list how Santa Fe “seduces visitors” with its “Southwestern style and flavor-rich cuisine.”

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Santa Fe has something for everyone, from the art lover to the hiker, and it shows by how often “The City Different” pops up on these “Best of” lists. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic farmer’s market (Sherman’s Travels) or a sunny place to retire (AARP Magazine), you’ll find it in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Adobe Destinations ranks high on reviews with TripAdivsor for the best vacation rentals in Santa Fe, so if you are planning an upcoming trip for Thanksgiving, Christmas or the 2015 Legislature, better reserve today for best accommodations! 


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