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My Favorite Things de Santa Fe

Santa Fe Farmer’s Market in the Railyard

I like to get to the market shortly after it opens at 8am while the tables overflow with abundance. The colors, aromas and smiling faces of the farmers and ranchers, beekeepers, herbalists, bakers and artisans engage the senses.  Everything is locally grown by the people selling them. And, they are passionate about growing!  I’m a believer of eating seasonally – it’s fresher, tastier and healthier. You will find the expected produce and 20+ varieties potatoes, mushrooms, garlic braids, heirloom greens and tomatoes, vinegars, bakery items, lamb, buffalo, beef, yak, cheeses, peppers, root veggies, honey, eggs, plants, soaps.  And, many local favorites, i.e. ground red chile, dried flower decorations and fresh flowers cut earlier that morning.  I’ve met several flower growers and have been to their gardens. I’m a florist from a past life and still do a few weddings and events each year. Anna Mae Salazar of Flor Del Rio helped me cut the perfect roses and dahlias for a bridal bouquet at her farm in Velarde. When I have visited every booth, I sit down with a cup of coffee and my favorite pastry – a blue corn, lavender, blueberry donut.  Delish!

My Garden

Whether its only a few minutes or a full day of “work”, I spend time nearly everyday of the year gardening. I have raised beds and a greenhouse, a large border of my favorite flowers, grasses, shrubs and 6 fruit trees. Gardening is therapy, interacting with nature, peaceful.  A beautiful landscape that I know intimately, am responsible for and have, in fact, created, makes me feel happy and grateful.  And, a little more in tune with the earth.

Canyon Road

Did you know Santa Fe is one of the top 3 US art markets?  (NYC, LA and Santa Fe) Santa Fe’s iconic Canyon Road hosts over 100 galleries filled with world class art.  A leisurely stroll up Canyon Road is soul satisfying in so many ways. The earthy and humble architecture along a narrow one-way street, cozy restaurants, a beautiful fall day add to the awe-inspiring wealth of talent. My “never-miss events” are the Spring Art Festival (May), Edible Art Tour (June), Canyon Road Paint Out (October), and the traditional Farolito Walk (Christmas Eve).

Friday Night Happy Hour

Sometimes with a couple of girlfriends, sometimes with just my husband, sometimes with clients after a day of house tours, Happy Hour (any day of the week) is a great way to connect and let your hair down. I especially love HH in warm weather at one of the many quaint, outdoor courtyards of Santa Fe’s finest hotels, B&B’s and restaurant bars.  My favorite courtyard HH’s include Midtown Bistro, Inn on the Alameda, Terra Cotta, La Fonda’s Rooftop Bell Tower, Pink Adobe, La Casa Sena. My favorite margarita? Smoked Sage Margarita at Hotel St Francis.  Cheers!

In Search of Beads, Stones, Silver and Turquoise

My husband and I lived in our vacation condo for a year while searching for a home. Needing a creative project that I could do in a small space I gave beading a try. They’re small, right? You might call it an addiction. And, Santa Fe is a hotbed for beads, stones and everything jewelry. Some of my favorite bead hunting haunts are: Beadweaver, Glorianna’s, Santa Fe Jewelers Supply.