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5th Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival Features Superstars April 28-30

What's New in Santa Fe? - Plenty

Round Pen Duets -- A kinetic installation designed for The Breaking Ring at The Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

Winter Gets Hot With Scores of Culinary, Cultural & Other Openings in Santa Fe

New Mexico's Centennial Exhibitions

Did you know that New Mexico has 40 official state symbols, including a state guitar and a state cookie?

Visit the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces and take a refresher course and see the display of all of New Mexico’s official state symbols as the state Centennial is celebrated this year. The exhibit of official state symbols is one of over 20 exhibits at museums across New Mexico designed to highlight our state’s 100th birthday and rich culture and history. The participating museums include all of the Department of Cultural Affairs state-run museums, as well private and community museums.

Community leaders, museum directors, curators and organizers across New Mexico have worked together to create historic and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout the state. Through these exhibits residents and visitors to the state can learn about the amazing contributions New Mexicans have made to the growth and development of our state and to the nation.

About New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward – charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic monuments, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest state cultural agency in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs and services of the department support a $3.3 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.
www.nmcentennial.org
www.newmexicoculture.org

ACOMA SKY CITY

About Acoma Sky City

Sixty miles west of Albuquerque, atop a sheer-walled, 370-foot sandstone mesa, Acoma Sky City has remained suspended in time for hundreds of years. With an eye toward the future, North America's oldest continuously inhabited community in North America, Acoma Sky City is now the 28th National Trust Historic Site, named by the National Trust.

Overlooking a vast desert-and-mountain sweep of northern New Mexico and dating back to 1150 AD, Acoma Sky City is a vibrant community characterized by its adobe houses, plazas, walkways and the San Esteban del Rey Mission Church, completed around 1640. The Acoma people have long welcomed visitors to their community, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a Save America's Treasures site in 1999. Today, approximately 15 families live year-round atop the 70-acre mesa.

The Pueblo of Acoma owns Acoma Sky City, and the tribal council is responsible for all decisions and operations. By entering into the agreement with the National Trust, the pueblo will avail itself of the National Trust's expertise in preservation, conservation and interpretation as well as national standards, best practices and legal advocacy. Furthermore, the agreement allows Acoma Sky City access to technical services, special grant funds and cooperative marketing programs available only to National Trust Historic Sites.

For the National Trust, the addition of Acoma Sky City adds to an ever expanding group of diverse and cherished pieces of American heritage. From a massive castle overlooking the Hudson River to a tenement on Manhattan's Lower East Side, from Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio to Philip Johnson's Glass House, National Trust Historic Sites are both a legacy from the past and a gift for the future.

Hour-long tours of Acoma Sky City are offered throughout the year. Guided by Acoma residents, they provide an introduction to the history and culture of the pueblo as well as an exploration of the church, plazas and residential areas.

The mesa-top village is known worldwide for its unique art and profoundly rich culture. Potteryˇhand coiled and tempered with walls so thin that they ring with the clarity of a bellˇhas been revered by art collectors for more than a century. Visitors can see examples of the pottery at the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum or purchase pottery directly from the artists along the tour route in the village or from the expansive gift shop at the Sky City Cultural Center.

For more information, contact Brian D. Vallo, Director of the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum, at 800-747-0181 or visit web site www.skycity.com or www.nationaltrust.org .

ALBUQUERQUE

What to See & Do

Albuquerque unveils North America’s largest concave fresco Masterpiece at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Rarely does a destination have the opportunity to announce a project that transcends geographic boundaries and cultural norms. With the completion of a 4,000 sq. ft. fresco inside the Torreon of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque , visitors are invited to experience an extraordinary work of art and labor of love.

New Mexico artist Frederico Vigil has spent close to a decade on the project, which shares the story of Hispanic culture through the ancient art of fresco. The mural depicts Hispanic history through historical periods plus significant and iconic people and places.

Following in the footsteps of fresco masters such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Masaccio and Goya, and, more recently, muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, Vigil continues this time-honored tradition inside the Torreon of the NHCC.

The intricate process of fresco requires many steps for each component of a mural. When the exhibit is completely finished, the NHCC will offer interpretive materials, classes and workshops showing the process so even non-artists can comprehend the magnitude of the masterpiece they are viewing.

As it is painted in the round, there are several points of entry into the fresco, allowing visitors to begin their journey wherever they choose. Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted in the broadest sense. In short, the fresco depicts and conveys the complexities, diversity and richness of the Hispanic experience. Themes such as science, literature, religion, acculturation, and technological evolution are followed across geographical expanses and time.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Artist Frederico Vigil grew up infused with the rich history that has become the trademark of his art. Vigil first became involved with fresco during an internship in the 1970s with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were notably, apprentices to Diego Rivera. This initial experience piqued his interest and he has since dedicated his life to creating frescos. Since completing his first fresco in 1984, he has created 12 major frescos; the one at the NHCC is his largest to date.

National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque Transforms Museum Has Reopened with new name, new home

The new National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has reopened. This “new” museum has served as a national resource through its collections and programming for 40 years. Formerly the National Atomic Museum, which opened in 1969 and was chartered by Congress in 1991, the new museum will continue to serve as a repository and steward of nuclear-related historical items and remain a Smithsonian affiliate.

The new location at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, includes a newly constructed 30,000-square-foot building and 12 acres of exterior space. For the first time in more than seven years, the public will be able to view the historic aircraft, nuclear missiles, and other large artifacts belonging to the museum, as those items have been moved from their location on Kirtland Air Force Base to the new site.

The interior space will continue to present nuclear history, power, medicine, weapons, uranium mining, energy and radiation in its major exhibits. Also included is Little Albert’s Lab, complete with an animatronic Little Albert, where children of all ages can learn the fundamentals of Albert Einstein’s famous formula of E=mc©˜.

The museum started out in 1969 as the Sandia Base Weapons Museum at its location on Kirtland Air Force Base. After September 11, 2001, the museum was forced to seek an alternative site that would allow visitors from other countries to continue to visit. Space was then rented in Albuquerque’s Old Town, a tourist destination.

The museum’s artifacts range from a minute sample of ekanite, an uncommon gemstone with a high Thorium content, to a B52-B bomber airplane, an item regulated in the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty to this day. The museum’s best-known artifacts are casings used for the Fat Man and Little Boy atomic bombs of World War II.

The Museum has a thriving education effort, designed for life-long learning. The museum's educational programs include docent-led school tours, summer camps, visits to schools by the “Up n Atom Mobile” and lectures for the public.

The museum is open 361 days a year. The museum’s web site is www.nuclearmuseum.org with the same phone number --- 505-245-2137.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

One of Albuquerque's best assets is Rio Grande Nature Center State Park (the Nature Center) along the Rio Grande River. In both 2004 and 2006, Rand McNally recognized the park as one of the "Best of the Road" attractions nationwide.

The Nature Center is also recognized locally as a resource in which to learn and conserve nature through observation. Managed by New Mexico State Parks, the 270 acre park is situated along the Rio Grande Bosque, and is a haven for 270 species of birds in a forest of native Cottonwoods (Bosque). The Nature Center is unique in that it is located in the middle of one of the largest remaining tracts of Bosque along the State's Middle Rio Grande Valley (from Cochiti Dam to San Marcial).

The Nature Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007, with numerous events. The park is popular for its interpretive programs including "star parties," hands-on workshops, guided daytime and nighttime trail hikes, special events and outdoor educational programs throughout the year.

Over 8,000 schoolchildren visit the Nature Center each year on school-sponsored field trips, and another 2,000 to 3,000 visitors attend classes and special walks such as the full moon walks, owl prowls, and weekend bird and nature walks. The park contains two scenic trails - the Riverwalk Trail and the Bosque Loop Trail - which allow visitors to view the more than 60 species of wildlife and birds in their natural setting.

Resident birds include great-horned owl, western screech owl, house finch, northern flicker, red-winged blackbird and many others can be seen nesting or flying around the park. The park offers a viewing area, observation room and Discovery Pond in which to experience the flora and fauna of the Bosque through sight, touch and sound.

State Parks plans to make improvements to the park including expansion of trails, construction of a new educational facility, rehabilitation of wetlands and removal of non native vegetation.

Visitors to Albuquerque can also take short day or camping trips to other New Mexico State Parks, many which are only a few hours away. Spring runoff, resulting from abundant winter moisture, is expected to increase water levels at most of State Park's 19 lakes - providing excellent conditions for boating, fishing and swimming. State Parks Annual Camping Permit is the best way to experience New Mexico and any of its 34 parks, providing unlimited camping for a full year from month of purchase. In fact, it costs less than $4 for a family of four to utilize the camping permit each weekend for a year.

Most of New Mexico's parks are within close proximity to Albuquerque, providing an opportunity for visitors to see why parks like the Rio Grande Nature Center should be at the top of the "must see" list when it comes to authentically experiencing New Mexico.

For general information on New Mexico State Parks, call 888-NMPARKS (888-667-2757) or log onto www.nmparks.com. For information on Rio Grande Nature Center State Park contact the park at (505) 344-7240.

The mission of the New Mexico State Parks Division is to protect and enhance natural resources, provide recreational facilities and opportunities, and promote public safety and education to benefit and enrich the lives of our visitors.

Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club ranked No. 3 for best public golf courses

Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club was recently ranked No. 3 in the United States for best public golf courses in a Readers Choice Poll by subscribers of Golf Magazine. Albuquerque is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. Our forested mountains, lush river valleys and high desert plains combine to make central New Mexico a dream come true for golf course designers. In addition, Albuquerque’s weather allows for one of the longest playing seasons, making golf enjoyable year-round. Plus you get all of this and more at great value. Learn more about Albuquerque's golf at www.itsatrip.org/golf

Where to Stay

 Hilton Albuquerque Hotel to undergo renovations

The Albuquerque Hilton Hotel, a landmark in the city’s midtown area for nearly 40 years, is undergoing a comprehensive $14 million “greenovation” that will incorporate energy and water conservation and feature a fresh, contemporary Western style inside and out. The completion date of this "greenovation" is set for early this year. The "greenovation" includes redesigning of the outside property, hotel rooms, the hotel entryway, elevators, the fitness center and more. The already completed rooms include high-efficiency bathrooms and new furnishings from floor to ceiling. The hotel's entryway will be expanded to allow guests and visitors to check email, surf the internet or grab a quick snack or light meal. In addition, both existing elevators will be revamped to run more efficiently and a new entrance to the award-winning Rancher’s Club Restaurant will be added for the convenience of guests. A state-of-the-art fitness center will be relocated to look out over the hotel’s central courtyard. As part of the later stages of renovation, the Hilton plans to update meeting space with new carpeting and wall coverings and rework its Cantina Bar and Casa Chaco Restaurant.

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LAS CRUCES

5th Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival Features Superstars April 28-30:

Opening with Local Favorite Bri Bagwell; Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Marshall Tucker Band Start the Festivities Friday

Are you ready for more great country fun? The Las Cruces Country Music Festival is back for its Fifth Annual weekend of legendary country music April 28-30, 2017!

The fifth anniversary of the festival kicks off Friday night with a once-in-a-lifetime lineup featuring the Marshall Tucker Band, Tanya Tucker and Travis Tritt, all on the north stage. The trio has accounted for dozens of country hits and awards including two Grammys and five number one singles from Tritt, and multiple Grammy nominations and country hits from Tanya Tucker.

On Saturday night, the festivities continue with current country superstars Kacey Musgraves and The Eli Young Band. Musgraves, a two-time Grammy winner and three-time CMA winner, has reached the top of the country charts with hits like “Mama’s Broken Heart”, “Merry Go ‘round”, “Follow Your Arrow”, and most recently “Biscuits”. Her recent concert with country legend George Strait was one of the highest grossing country shows of the year. The Grammy-nominated Eli Young Band has also taken the country charts by storm with three number one hits including: “Crazy Girl”, “Even if it Breaks Your Heart”, and “Drunk Last Night”.

Opening on Saturday will be hometown favorite and four-time Texas Female performer of the Year Bri Bagwell, whose video for her single “Las Cruces” has received numerous awards and social views.

Over on the south stage, local and regional favorites will keep the music going between acts on the north stage.

In addition to all the great music, the festival will feature plenty of activities for the entire family including food, vendor, and a free kid’s area with activities for kids of all ages. And for all you cowboy and cowgirls, there will be a mechanical bull for you to show off your rodeo skills!

Be sure to make it over to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Sunday morning for the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Country Breakfast. This event, a perfect end to a great country weekend, features acoustic performances as well as a western-wear fashion show. All proceeds from the event benefit the Las Cruces Tough Enough to Wear Pink foundation which raises money for cancer research.

Entering its fifth year, the festival has established itself as one of Las Cruces’ and New Mexico’s premier events. Having grown tremendously from its first year, the festival has hosted country legends like Kenny Rogers and recent Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels. The festival has also featured many of the current and future stars of country music including Cassadee Pope, Cam, Chase Bryant, the Swan Brothers and Dustin Lynch, each having seen early success on the country charts.

Tickets are on sale now at www.lccountryfest.com, with several options including VIP passes for $150 per person, festival passes for $50 per person and single day passes for $30 per person. Members of the military can receive a $5 discount. Limit one per person. Ticket prices will increase on January 1, 2017. 

The festival is hosted by Visit Las Cruces and the Friends of Visit Las Cruces Foundation. For more information visitwww.lccountryfest.com, contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2150, or email cfaivre@las-cruces.org.

About Las Cruces

Nestled in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination. Visitors can experience 72 holes of spectacular year-round golf and world-class Mexican food along the Green Chile “Walk of Flame” and throughout the region, complemented by the Mesilla Valley Wine Trail and the Las Cruces Ale Trail. Birding, cycling and hiking draw outdoor lovers, and nearby White Sands National Monument is the only spot on the planet of its kind. The annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival celebrates its Fifth Anniversary in late April 2017, and Christmas in Cruces welcomes the holiday season in early December. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of such special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year. For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2150 or visit www.visitlascruces.com. 

SANTA FE

What to See & Do

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe is one of the world's top award-winning and most beloved destinations. "The City Different" is four centuries of history and legend, ancient and modern cultures, a majestic outdoor world of recreation and adventure, vibrant visual and performing arts, expansive culinary delights, revitalizing spas, and uniquely tasteful shopping. TOURISM Santa Fe, a department of the City Of Santa Fe, promotes the city to leisure and business travelers and operates the LEED Gold Certified Santa Fe Convention Center. For information, visit www.santafe.org.

What's New in Santa Fe:

For centuries Santa Fe has been a destination where savvy travelers visit for memorable experiences, and as always 'The City Different' embraces spring with new restaurants, new faces in some of the cityâs hottest kitchens, creative partnerships, cultural performances and an interactive art installation that longtime Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin describes as ãlike nothing youâve ever seen before.'Here's just a few of What's New':

THE ARTS

Opening: Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return

Renowned Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf recently announced the opening of the highly-anticipated House of Eternal Return installation. The House of Eternal Return is Meow Wolf's first permanent exhibition and the follow-up to their wildly successful The Due Return. Game of Thrones creator, longtime Santa Fe-resident and supporter of the project George R.R. Martin says, 'House of Eternal Return is going to be like nothing you've ever seen before. -- 135 artists are involved in creating 70 different individual immersive spaces, a 300-person music venue, an arcade with 14 games, four tree houses, an interactive cave system and more. The exhibition takes audiences of all ages into a fantastic world of exploratory imagination by way of a radical new form of storytelling where audiences are immersed within a multi-media art experience that unfolds through an interactive and magical narrative.

New Performance: Santa Fe Opera - UnShakeable

In commemoration of 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera presents 'UnShakeable,' a new opera composed by Joe Illick with libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters. Set in an abandoned New Mexico theater 25 years in the future, UnShakeable tells the story of Wyatt and Meridian, Shakespearean actors and former lovers who have fallen victim to Erasure, a viral pandemic resulting in memory loss. Exploring themes of memory, connection, and the power of song, UnShakeable incorporates language from some of Shakespeareâs iconic works to create a modern romantic comedy. UnShakeable is entirely suited for audiences of all ages and premieres at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe with a full chamber orchestra before hitting the road for the 22nd annual Spring Tour, presenting ten free performances throughout the region.

New Exhibit: Museum of International Folk Art - Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune Across Asia

Santa Fe has historically been home to a diverse religious and ethnic population, so itâs only fitting that the new 'Sacred Realm' exhibit is currently featured at the city's Museum of International Folk Art. 'Sacred Realm' highlights the museum's wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune. This exhibition presents interesting similarities within the many countries and regions making up Asia and its more than 50 countries, thousands of ethnic groups, more than ten language families÷encompassing more than 2,000 spoken languages÷and is the birthplace to such world religions as Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as well as many local faiths.

New Exhibit: SITE Santa Fe WorkSHoP and SITE 20 Years / 20 Shows Spring 2016

SITE opened two new exhibitions on March 19, WorkSHoP, a new exhibition exploring the work of the New York-based architecture and design firm SHoP Architects. SHoP, selected as the architects for SITE's future building expansion, has distinguished itself as an innovative and highly collaborative firm that embraces a range of approaches from novel sustainability concepts to next-generation fabrication techniques. 20 Years / 20 Shows Spring 2016 features the work of Wangechi Mutu with Edgar Arceneaux, Terry Allen, and Luis Camnitzer.

New Exhibit: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities

In the 10th through 13th centuries, Spain flowered into a golden age, as Muslim, Jewish and Catholic peoples achieved new heights in science, philosophy and the arts. That triculturalism, though, endured repeated challenges, first by fundamentalist Islamic Almohads in the 12th century, then by Christian kingdoms in the late-14th century, when it finally deteriorated into dissent, segregation and riots. This exhibit, opened May 22, 2016 and tentatively through December 31, 2016, stands on the brink of that chasm and leaps into a diaspora that dates to biblical times.

For the first time, a major institution tells the comprehensive story of how Spain's Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution, its people persisted --sometimes as upright Catholic conversos, sometimes as secret "crypto-Jews"÷-finally to make a mark as successful merchants, artists and philanthropists in New Mexico. Emblems of that struggle for cultural identity appear even today: A menorah carved into a tombstone in a Catholic cemetery, oral histories of tangled roots, Hispanic villages where genetic clusters speak to Jewish lineage.

CULINARY NEWS

New Trail: The Santa Fe Margarita Trail

The new Santa Fe Margarita Trail launched May 5, 2016 as an ongoing culinary cocktail experience for everyone. The Trail highlights restaurants and bars that offer a special, uniquely designed and named margarita using the finest tequilas and ingredients. A Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passport will describe participating establishments and include the recipe for each margarita. Passports will be available for three dollars to those 21 and older at the establishments and at TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers÷and will be used to collect stamps for each margarita sampled. Passport holders can turn them in at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Visitor Center for a special Santa Fe Margarita Trail t-shirt or other tiered gifts based on number of stamps received.

New Restaurant: State Capital Kitchen

Former Arroyo Vino chef Mark Connell recently opened this artisanal American dim sum restaurant to great fanfare. Housed in the space formerly occupied by Infierno, State Capital Kitchen is serving up delectably creative bites like rabbit pot pie and dashi-braised bacon with lemongrass white bean puree to hungry patrons. The menu, in keeping with Santa Feâs locavore mentality, is sourced from local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Locally sourced and crafted with love has proven to be the unofficial motto of this hot new Santa Fe eatery.

New Restaurant: La Fogata Grill

Jorge Santos and Chef Luis Geobani De La Rosa Ortiz own and operate this taco truck turned brick-and-mortar eatery, which is now serving up an eclectic menu of pan-Latin-American cuisine to hungry diners. Oaxacan-style banana-leaf-wrapped tamales, slow-cooked Guatemalan-style barbacoa and watermelon agua fresca are just a few of the tasty treats found here. The restaurant has a prime downtown location near the historic Santa Fe Plaza so both travelers and Santa Feans alike are finding their way in droves to La Fogata Grill.

New Pop-Up: The Hive Market
Local chef, co-owner of The Beestro and longtime bee enthusiast Greg Menke recently opened this pop-up artisanal foods and crafts market in downtown Santa Fe along with his business partner Paul DeDomenico. The Hive Market sources all of its products directly from local producers, and offers a multitude of scrumptious items including varieties of honey, chile jams, cookies, seasoning mixes, salsas, chocolates and more. thehivemarketsantafe

A First For New Mexico: Casa Dragones Tequila
The Anasazi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is now the first restaurant in New Mexico to carry one the world‚s most prestigious tequila brands: Casa Dragones. Earlier this year, the restaurant completed an exquisite redesign which included the addition of a dedicated tequila table at which guests can taste the impressive collection of premium tequilas, and enjoy unique food pairings. Both the Casa Dragones Joven and Blanco varieties are now available. www.rosewoodhotels.cominn-of-the-anasazi-santa-fe

THE ARTS

Gallery Opening: Gérard Vachez Gallery
Renowned French artist Gérard Vachez opened the doors to his much-anticipated new downtown gallery in late October, offering the public unfettered access to collections of photography, drawing, painting and digital art. Vachez and his wife Cathy have garnered international acclaim throughout the years and the new Santa Fe residents are an impressive addition to the city's world-famous arts community. www.gerardvachez.com

Gallery Opening:  City Of Mud
This exhibit opened in late October and is a collaborative art space that focuses on home décor, vintage artifacts and funky wearables. City Of Mud is located in the city's 'Baca Street' district, the 'SoHo of Santa Fe,' and provides a different take on the traditional art gallery. www.cityofmud.com

New Art & Cultural Tour:  La Fonda on The Plaza 
The historic La Fonda on The Plaza hotel is now offering free docent-led tours of the property‚s diverse collection of artwork. The tours are offered three times a week, roughly one-hour long, and conducted on a rotating basis by more than 30 specially trained docents. The experience showcases the work of local artists including Gerald Cassidy, Tony Abeyta, and Paul Lantz while it weaves in the rich history behind the iconic hotel and the city of Santa Fe. www.Lafondasantafe.com

Artisanal/Beverage offerings

Artful Tea -The city's leading artisanal tea blender now has two locations: their brand new main shop is at 117 Galisteo St, two blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The tea masters will maintain their booth at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Shops. Artful Tea includes more than 75 exceptional teas and owner Karen Gardiner personally hand blends many of them, but allows some growers and suppliers whom she knows and trusts to do what they do best. Locals and travelers can also enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Artful Tea at The Santa Fe Espresso Co., located on the historic Plaza.

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard - The vineyard is celebrating the release of a new Zozobra Red Wine, a delicious blend of premium red wines celebrating the iconic Santa Fe legend Zozobra, who is burned in effigy every September to cast away all gloom and ill thoughts for the year. For more information, visit www.estrelladelnortevineyard.com.

Santa Fe Brewing Company - The brewing company broke ground in March 2015 on a $12 million expansion. The project will increase production and national distribution. SFBC is currently a regional brewery, with products sold in ten states, but plans to take its award-winning products to a national level and eventually to an international market. For more information, visit www.santafebrewing.com.

Santa Fe Spirits - Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey, home-made in small batches at Santa Fe Spirits, has staked its place as one of the best American whiskies at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The award is the second major prize in 2015 for Santa Fe Spirits. Earlier this year, Whisky Magazine in the UK awarded Colkegan its prestigious Editor's Choice Award over 30+ other competing whiskies from around the world.

Santa Fe Spirits is introducing a new liqueur that pays homage to the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains that hover over town. Atapiño is made from local ingredients like piñon nuts and ponderosa pine resin as well as their Silver Coyote Whiskey. The whiskey is soaked in local pinion for a few months and then sweetened with ponderosa sap that they collect themselves. For more information, visit www.santafespirits.com.

Verde Juice - This incredible tasting and nutrient-packed cold-press juice store just opened a downtown location within the Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse. With this convenient location near Santa Fe Plaza, locally-sourced organic juices are more readily available than ever. For more information, visit www.verdejuice.com.

THE ARTS

The Violet Crown
This beautiful new cinema is the latest addition to the celebrated Santa Fe Railyard--a new community and arts district with strong cultural and traveler growth in recent years. Violet Crown Santa Fe offers a variety of programming options including art, independent, foreign language, documentary and commercial or 'blockbuster' films. Violet Crown Santa Fe's 11 auditoriums feature state of the art technology, wall-to-wall screens, and large and luxurious cinema chairs. The restaurant offers entrees with an emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients when available, all delivered in a fast casual setting. The restaurant features a stone hearth oven used for cooking gourmet pizzas and a beer and wine bar that features more than 30 rotating taps of craft beer, wine and cider.

New Mexico History Museum

The doors of the newly created New Mexico History Museum opened to the public for the first time on Memorial Day Weekend and the crowds were dazzled by the state-of-the-art, immersive, interactive exhibition on New Mexico's complex and colorful stories. The multi-media environment explores the early history of indigenous people through 400 years of Spanish colonization, the Mexican Period, travel and commerce on the Santa Fe Trail, the flourishing of New Mexico’s world-renowned arts communities, and the coming of the Atomic Age. In the Museum's Changing Gallery is Fashioning New Mexico, from the museum's collection of nearly 4,000 costumes. The museum is part of the Museum of New Mexico and is a wonderful choice for the whole family, 505-476-5200, www.nmhistorymuseum.org.

Geocaching Challenge -- a New Way to Discover Santa Fe

The new Santa Fe Geocaching Challenge uses GPS (global positioning system) technology and some of the city's most prominent landmarks in an adventurous new way to explore the history and culture of Santa Fe. A high-tech treasure hunt using GPS devices, the Santa Fe challenge takes participants on a tour of historic downtown with some unexpected surprises along the way and prizes for those who find all of the locations.

Geocaching has developed worldwide interest as a fun adventure activity. The idea is to use a GPS device and specific coordinates to find interesting locations and their associated hidden caches. Santa Fe has a number of players taking part in an international, city-by-city form of the game and now introduces its own challenge that is all about Santa Fe itself.

To take the challenge, participants first pick up a free Santa Fe Adventure Passport either by downloading it from www.santafe.org, or by visiting the Santa Fe Visitors Center in the Lamy Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, or the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau information area–weekdays 8:00 to 5:00–at 60 E. San Francisco in the lower level of the Santa Fe Arcade. The passport contains specific coordinates for 8 different locations, their hours of operations, and instructions for finding a clue in each place. Players then use their own GPS devices'rentals* are available–to locate the eight different sites. Once a location is found, the passport is stamped, which is the cache in this adventure, and it's on to the next set of coordinates.

During the search players will experience Santa Fe's beauty and charm while being guided to some of the city's most interesting spots. Plus there are bonus prizes available, such as discounted entry fees to attractions, throughout the challenge. Once a player finds all 8 locations they can redeem their completed passports for gifts either at the Santa Fe Visitors Center in the Lamy Building or at the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Santa Fe Geocache Challenge will take several hours to visit all 8 locations and covers about 2 miles of walking. It is perfect for the whole family in a high-tech meets old world way and an innovative new approach to site seeing.

The Santa Fe Geocache Challenge is powered by Santa Fe Mountain Adventures.
*GPS devices are available for rental from Santa Fe Mountain Adventures for $25;
505-988-4000 or info@sfmadv.com

Spa Samadhi -- Restoration, Revitalization, Renewalat Santa Fe's Premier Eco Resort, Sunrise Springs Resort Spa

Nestled in the lush La Cienega Valley–just minutes from the shopping and culture of Santa Fe's historic downtown plaza–is a restorative retreat dedicated to nurturing body and soul: Spa Samadhi.

Samadhi is a Sanskrit word referring to the state of pure bliss that can be actualized through breathing deeply and living mindfully, and the philosophy guiding Spa Samadhi is one of healing from the inside out.

All elements are conceived with that vision in mind. Spa treatments are conducted in private rooms with windows that provide soft natural light, some with pond-side views, while sounds of nature mingle with the soothing scents of aromatherapy. Guests are provided with spa robes and sandals, and invited to unwind in the Relaxation Lounge, where they can enjoy fresh fruit and hot tea. Cedar sauna and outdoor hot tubs provide rest and relaxation.

Spa Samadhi boasts an exceptional range of intuitive and innovative bodywork, with a group of transformational treatments taking center stage.

Explore yourself through Holographic Therapy (which helps integrate the different levels of consciousness) and Medicine Helper (a deeply healing treatment for trauma that incorporates elements of Native American healing traditions, bodywork, fresh herbs from the property's heirloom gardens, traditional song, and prayer).

Other transformative treatments offered by Spa Samadhi:

Natural Medicine
Bartenieff Fundamentals: Movement Re-Education
Craniosacral Therapy
Polarity Therapy
Lymphatic Release
Intuitive Readings
Sound Healing
Reiki

The spa uses locally made, wild-harvested, organic wellness products, as well as the Naturopathica line. Indulge in one of Spa Samadhi's many rejuvenating treatments'a Cherry Blossom Regenerative Facial or a Hot Stone Massage featuring a blend of white pine, sage, and pink peppercorn oils.

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa is also a thriving center for the contemplative arts, featuring diverse ways to integrate mind, body, and spirit. Sages Art Center offers custom private or group instruction to enhance your getaway–from cooking classes and Tai chi to Chinese brushwork and Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging).

The resort maintains a dedication to the well being of visitors. The exquisite 70-acre property's tranquil walking paths, spring-fed ponds, and graceful cottonwoods offer visitors a myriad of ways to rediscover themselves. Respect for the environment manifests itself in the resort's commitment to sustainability.

To plan your own blissful spa break, visit web site www.sunrisesprings.com or call the reservationist directly at 800 955 0028.

Where to Stay

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa

-- Santa Fe’s premier AAA four-diamond luxury hotel, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa is located next to the historic Santa Fe Plaza. All 219 lavish and newly renovated, non-smoking guestrooms boast 32” flat-screen HD-compatible televisions, terry-cloth bathrobes; a hairdryer; a workstation with task light, a cordless phone with voicemail and high-speed internet access; overstuffed lounging furniture paired with a reading lamp and tables; a refrigerated mini-honor bar, and optional turndown service. The Eldorado Court & Lounge offers a casual and comfortable environment for breakfast and lunch and is a perfect spot for evening drinks and entertainment. The hotel also features a rooftop pool and whirlpool, and a business center. The 4,300 square foot posh Nidah Spa features seven treatment rooms and offers a bevy of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments which use ingredients that are prepared fresh daily and draw from the natural healing properties of plants, legumes and herbs indigenous to New Mexico.

For reservations visit www.eldoradohotel.com or call 800-955-4455.

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa

--offers a special 3-night, 2-day ski pass package for two adults. Package rates are $199 per night for a traditional room, $259 per night for a deluxe room, and $299 per night for a ridge room. This package is based on availability, and available for three nights or multiples of three. With a three-night stay guests receive two adult two-day lift tickets to Ski Santa Fe (not valid at any other ski area.) Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is just 25 minutes from the Santa Fe Ski Area. Fresh powder, blue skies, and warm sun are typical on the New Mexico ski slopes. The high altitude and dry air make for ideal ski conditions, mid-winter into spring. Other on-site resort activities include:

Horseback riding in the woods of the Tesuque Valley ($55 per person per hour for a private guided ride).
Skeet and trap shooting on the scenic Mesa Vista. Group and individual instruction are available for beginners, $35 per round (25 shots), 4-round minimum per session.
Hiking the trails. There are four main trails on the property and miles more on the adjacent Santa Fe National Forest.
Relaxing in the spa. Singles and couples' massages are available at the full service, award-winning SháNah Spa and Wellness Center. Guests can also soak in the outdoor hot tub or take a fitness class. (Massages range from $105 to $125 per person.)
Watch the sun set over a gourmet dinner (entrees $28-$38).

In addition to sumptuous culinary creations, Las Fuentes Restaurant & Bar has a cozy fireplace and spectacular mountain views.

To make a resort or spa reservation, call 800-732-2240 or visit www.bishopslodge.com.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto

-- invites guests to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate by indulging in authentic Santa Fe spa treatments with the Spa Indulgence Package. It begins with overnight accommodations in a luxurious guestrooms with a balcony or terrace overlooking the natural beauty of Santa Fe. Melt any remaining bit of tension with a $200 daily credit to the Spa and enjoy a very special amenity package which includes robes, slippers, and a beautiful gift box filled with scented body butter, soap and a scented soy candle. Relax with one of the many specialized treatments designed to pamper from head to toe.

This package is priced from $649 per night.

Call 1-800-727-5531 to book and ask for the Spa Indulgence Package. www.innatloretto.com

Hotel Santa Fe

-- has two packages for the winter traveler. The Romance Package includes room accommodations, fresh flowers, welcome basket, filled with strawberries, wedding cookies, mineral waters or champagne, a one-hour massage for two, and full breakfast. A two night minimum stay is required and prices range and start at $255.00 based on double occupancy and room type. The Ski Package includes accommodations, Ski Santa Fe lift ticket, and full breakfast. Prices range and start at $221.00 based on double occupancy and room type. Call 800-825-9876 for reservations or book online, www.hotelsantafe.com

Inn of the Governors

-- is providing winter discounts for travelers whether it is to ski, re-kindle a romance, or simply experience Santa Fe's azure winter skies. Rates vary from $99 to $199 for Traditional Rooms. Contact the inn for reservations at 800-234-4534 or online at www.innofthegovernors.com

Sage Inn Entry

When the night is over, The Sage Inn ( www.santafesageinn.com), located on Guadalupe and Cerrillos Road, gives travelers a chance to relax in one of the hotel's 157 Southwestern rooms. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, in-room coffee, business center, local calls, wireless Internet access, swimming pool, free abundant parking and pet–friendly lodging. The Sage Inn is also conveniently located by the developing Railyard which, when completed, will be an art and outdoor center for the entire city with it's galleries, live'in artist studios, farmer's market and 13 acres for outdoor recreation, a place where Santa Fe's historic aspects mesh with the more contemporary. Prices at The Sage Inn range from $75 to $110 in the fall. One of four hotels recommended in an August 5, 2007 New York Times article by Henry Shuckman, The Sage Inn charms it's guests with it Southwestern style, and desirable location.

Sheraton Uptown renovation complete

The Sheraton Uptown recently renovated its floors and the entire public space of the hotel, which consists of the lobby, registration, hotel bar and meeting space. The $25 million project included renovation of the 17,000 square feet of meeting space and furniture upgrades to the 295 rooms and suites.  Upgrades were made to the ventilation, heating and air condition systems and the indoor swimming pool, as well as new additions including an Internet lounge and a media center.

NOTE: These are not all of the savings opportunities available this winter but a representative sample of ways to save on a Santa Fe vacation. To find out everything that is going on in town and for a free 2008 Santa Fe Visitors Guide, go to www.santafe.org or contact the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-777-2489.

Where to Eat

Rio Chama Raises the Bar for Santa Fe Dining

Rio Chama, part of the Gerald Peter’s Santa Fe Dining group, opens a few new doors to tourists and Santa Feans alike. The restaurant is hosting a grand opening, presenting guests with two new banquet rooms, a spectacular wine cellar that holds 11,000 bottles and a menu full of seasonal favorites. Offering five private dining facilities, a popular bar, eight cozy kiva fireplaces and an exquisite menu, it is easy to see why Rio Chama is a premiere dining destination in Santa Fe.

Since its opening in 2001, Rio Chama has entertained a solid local crowd while offering visitors a true taste of the "City Different." The restaurant is also a prime destination for lobbyists during the legislative session, as it sits next door to the New Mexico State Capitol building.

Executive chef Tom Kerpon continues to create a menu that reflects the expectations of guests while remaining unique to Santa Fe. Bar guests can enjoy a relaxing and cosmopolitan setting with an array of menu items such as seasonal Pacific Northwestern oysters on the half shell. Dining room guests are treated to classic comfort- think hearty slow roasted prime rib, slow braised venison osso bucco, and cinnamon chile rubbed beef tenderloin medallions.

President's Room

Kerpon anticipates a promising future for the restaurant. "Rio Chama is beautiful; the popular bar is one of the best in Santa Fe," he said. "Our food continues to get spectacular reviews. This is going to be a destination unlike any other in Santa Fe."

The President’s Room is the restaurant’s newest banquet area with handcrafted wooden doors opening to a banquet room with seating for 80 guests, and standing room available for 100. The dramatic white adobe walls pleasantly contrast with dark wood flooring and are accented with 18th century Navajo and American Indian woven rugs from Gerald Peter’s private collection.

Abiquiu Room

Downstairs in the Abiquiu Room, Rio Chama caters exclusively to private parties by offering four to seven course meals with wine pairings. Thick transparent glass allows dining guests to view the large capacity display cellar while enjoying their meal.The banquet rooms are booking up quickly. "We have been pleasantly surprised with the public response," said general manager Jim Hargrove. With the new space, Rio Chama will have the capacity to hold up to 300 guests, making it one of the largest restaurants in Santa Fe.

Rio Chama is located in the historic Barrio de Analco, at 414 Old Santa Fe Trail. For more information please visit www.riochamasteakhouse.com .

Santa Fe Train Station

Shops and boutiques abound in The Sanbusco Market Center www.sanbusco.com, home to small retail shops such as fly fishing shop The Reel Life www.reellifesantafe.com, women’s fine clothing at Bodhi Bazaar, luxury pet boutique Teca Tu www.tecatu.com, and Wink www.winklifestyle.com, a salon and day spa which has been listed as one of the "Best in the West" by both Harper’s Bazaar, and Town and Country.

When you're done shopping and looking for a cozy hang out, you'll find it in the Aztec Café ( www.azteccafe.com ) with it's laid–back atmosphere and eclectic crowd. Or, stop by Cafe Dominic for a fresh salad or some of their trademark tortilla soup. Then head across the street to visit one of Santa Fe's best kept secrets, Double–Take. Vintage designer clothing, jewelry, cowboy boots and furniture cover two floors of the nostalgic shop.

The Cowgirl Hall of Fame Restaurant is an ever popular destination. Have dinner on the outdoor patio and listen to live music, or head inside and get a drink from one of the cowgirls behind the bar. Two doors down at Willie’s Blues Club live music draws a dancing crowd.

Blue Heron Restaurant

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa, tucked into a lush cottonwood oasis in the high desert just outside of Santa Fe, is a refuge for those seeking peace and balance for the mind, body, and spirit. With a warm, art-filled setting in a century-old adobe building, the Blue Heron Restaurant reflects this with the use of produce from the resort’s own biodynamic gardens as well as close attention paid to the Slow Food movement and local Farm-to-Restaurant Project.

House-made herb infused oils, vinegars, liquors, yogurt, breads and greenhouse-grown vegetables along with an extensive biodynamic wine list are just a few of the offerings at the Blue Heron. The focus on organic and biodynamic produce is a compliment to the resort’s overarching mission for providing a luscious getaway that is also eco-friendly and green. Reclaimed wood and adobe building materials, water, glass and metal recycling, heirloom seeds and organic, wild-harvested locally made spa products make a visit to Sunrise Springs a destination spa and retreat for all, including the eco-conscious.

For additional information contact Sunrise Springs
505-428-3603

Ski Santa Fe

It is rare to stand at the summit of Ski Santa Fe, at over 12,000 feet, and see nothing but a white landscape within the 8,000 square mile view. But right now, from the Truchas Peaks in the north to the Sandia Mountains flanking Albuquerque in the south out to Mount Taylor near the Arizona border in the west, it's nothing but snow as far as the eye can see.

And good snow makes for great skiing. This winter Ski Santa Fe already has 95 percent of its terrain open with excellent coverage on everything from the smooth cruisers to the steep bowls to the perfectly spaced trees. The mountain is evenly split between blue and black runs so there are plenty of comfortable trails for intermediates while the steep fall-line runs, glades, and moguls are ideal for experts. Heavy and frequent December and January snowfalls have provided outstanding conditions area-wide.


Ski Santa Fe offers a highly-regarded children's program and ski school, indoor and outdoor dining at the base and mid-mountain, and over 660 acres of Rocky Mountain terrain covered with more than 4 feet of dry, New Mexico snow.

A new lift, the Millennium Lift, began running this season to serve a new, higher summit (12,075 feet) accessing 2 new intermediate and 4 new advanced trails. The new quad (four place) lift adds an extra dimension to the area with faster access to the northern runs and a greater variety of ways to get around the mountain.

For non-skiers and boarders, or at day's end when the lifts close, all the legendary amenities, culture, and comforts of charming Santa Fe are at the end of a short, scenic drive back into town. Winter is Santa Fe's slowest time of year so while museums, shops, restaurants, and attractions are open, the price of lodging is typically less, and town is at its most leisurely. There is still a busy calendar of events throughout this low season and reliable sunshine makes even the chilliest day comfortable. But in the winter, skiers and visitors will feel like they have Santa Fe all to themselves.

A number of Santa Fe properties offer package deals for skiers and snowboarders with combinations of multi-night rates, value priced lift tickets, and ski area services. Which makes any Santa Fe winter getaway a real value for skiers and snowboarders looking to play in the snow and spend a little time in one of America's great small cities.

Sample Packages:

Eldorado Hotel & Spa: $255 nightly/double occupancy with lift tickets at Ski Santa Fe for each guest and continental breakfast.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa: $190 per night per guest for two night stay, spa treatment, two half-day lift tickets each day at Ski Santa Fe, and lunch for two at the property's Fuego restaurant.

Hotel St. Francis: $435 for two nights in a deluxe guestroom, 2 all-day lift tickets at Ski Santa Fe, full American breakfast each morning.

The Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau web site -- www.santafe.org -- can help with hotel bookings and general information. Ski Santa Fe's web site -- www.skisantafe.com -- has the latest grooming reports and snowfall totals as well as lift ticket prices, trail maps, and services.

Examples of the type of energy-conscious amenities available to visitors include the newly launched Rail Runner Express, one of the country's first commuter trains to run on bio-diesel. "I am committed to promoting clean renewable energy in New Mexico," said Governor Bill Richardson. "The Rail Runner is fast and clean, and -- with the switch to biodiesel -- it will be green as well."

Other "green" transport enterprises include the biodiesel-powered Santa Fe Southern Railway, a piece of living history carrying passengers through high desert scenery on a 4-hour round trip from the historic depot in Santa Fe to Lamy, a sleepy little village 18 miles southeast of Santa Fe and reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Wild West days; Santa Fe's extensive network of compressed natural gas fueled buses; and Taos' Chili Line pilot program for bio-diesel powered buses. But, when it comes to transportation, the most ambitious project yet is New Mexico's partnering with Virgin Galactic to create the first spaceport for civilian spaceflight . Virgin Galactic creator Sir Richard Branson declared, "New Mexico will be known around the world as the launch pad of the new space industry." Scheduled for completion in 2009/2010, the environmentally friendly spaceport, largely to be constructed underground, will extensively use solar energy and an advanced water collection system.

Museums & More To Do

New Mexico boasts a number of museums that are devoted to or include energy-related exhibits, including the Bradbury Science Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the National Atomic Museum. Visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo can learn all about hydrogen fuel cells and the hydrogen used for spaceflight.

The more adventurous eco tourist can enjoy such activities as gliding and hot air ballooning, with both holding the promise of magnificent views of New Mexico's spectacular landscape. Ballooning enthusiasts can also visit the dramatic Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.

Another area in which New Mexico is leading the way with its environmental and energy conscious approach is the construction industry. Santa Fe was the first city to sign the 2030 Challenge, a proposal adopted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to incrementally reduce green house gas emissions from new construction, with a goal of eliminating the carbon footprint of new buildings by 2030. The 2030 Challenge is being advanced by Architecture 2030 Founder and recognized Santa Fe green design expert, Ed Mazria. For Santa Fe, this pioneering spirit dates back to the 1970s when the city was a leader in solar design during the energy crisis. Santa Fe's progressive attitude continues today with its extensive green-oriented housing developments.

With Angels Nest and El Monte Sagrado, Taos showcases two pioneering examples of green construction. Angels Nest Retreat is an off-the-grid sustainable building that harnesses wind and solar energy for its power. Angels Nest is developing energy systems to harness renewable resources to produce hydrogen for powering the building and fueling the vehicles of its designers, Robert Plarr and Victoria Peters. Angels Nest, which offers public tours, utilizes rainwater and recycles wastewater to become what Plarr considers a model for off-the-grid buildings. "You have no other needs," Plarr told a local newspaper. "You don't have to worry about the outside world." A perfect place for the eco tourist to relax is El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa. Built in the shadow of the beautiful Sangre de Christo Mountains, El Monte Sagrado is an eco-friendly boutique haven which utilizes geothermal heating and recycled wastewater to pamper its guests.

Fischler forsees the myriad ways in which industry and tourism can cross-pollinate in the advancement of new renewable energy and environmental enterprises, with the emphasis on "tourism driving this forward as a catalyst for economic development as a complement to economic development being a catalyst for tourism." Amongst the areas of opportunity, Fischler envisions "tours of green homes and communities, solar and wind generating facilities, and waste-to-energy facilities, to name but a few. There's a whole facet of attractions that would appeal to an industry person, a lay person, a casual observer, a student or a family that is interested in learning more about renewable and sustainable energy."

In an effort to extend the progress being made by Santa Fe in green construction to the rest of the state, Governor Richardson has introduced a plan that includes building codes that promote lower energy and water use, and a tax credit to encourage the building of green homes and offices. There's also a $2.5 million program to give impoverished families low and no interest loans to make their homes more energy-efficient and an investment of around $9.5 million towards building public schools that can show a 50% increase in energy efficiency. The Governor's plan also incorporates several regulations aimed at reducing the level of greenhouse gases emitted by new trucks and cars.

Fischler was drawn to New Mexico's potential while attending the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Santa Fe. It's one of a number of energy-related conferences that New Mexico has hosted recently including the Border Energy Conference, the National Hydrogen Association's Renewables to Hydrogen Forum, and the New Mexico Hydrogen Business Council Annual Conference. These conferences bring in delegates from all over the world. What they, along with the millions of other visitors to New Mexico, find is a beautiful, unspoiled landscape, state of the art amenities, a wealth of attractions and also a state determined to do everything possible to be deserving of the title, the "Clean Energy State."

TAOS

HARWOOD MUSEUM OF ART HISTORY

The Harwood Museum of Art, located in Taos, New Mexico, founded in 1923, is the second oldest art museum in New Mexico. In 2010, the Harwood Museum inaugurated its expansion which includes an auditorium, library, additional exhibition space, and a state-of-the-art collection storage facility.

In 1916 Burt and Lucy Harwood, both natives of Charles City, Iowa, moved from their adopted country of France to the nascent art colony of Taos, New Mexico. That year the Harwoods bought land and buildings on Ledoux Street, purchasing additional adjacent parcels of land in 1917, 1918 and 1925. During that period the Harwoods extensively developed and remodeled the buildings, asking contractor Abe Browning to use traditional techniques. The resulting complex was called “El Pueblito” because its design was so strongly influenced by Taos Pueblo.

In November 1923 Bert G. Phillips, T.P. Martin, Victor Higgins, William M. Frayne, and B.G. Randall joined Lucy Harwood in creating what would become one of New Mexico’s most enduring institutions. The Harwood Foundation, first created as a private non-profit organization, would later go public and become part of the University of New Mexico. The Harwood Foundation is today known as the Harwood Museum of Art, engaging 24,000 visitors and community members each year with a vision to “Bring Taos Arts to the World, and World Arts to Taos.”

On the occasion of the Museum’s 90th anniversary, we look back at the history of an institution that began with the adventurous spirit of Burt and Lucy Harwood.

1861 Smith H. Simpson, a clerk for Kit Carson, acquires buildings and land on Ledoux Street.

1915 Taos Society of Artists is formed.

1916 Burt and Lucy Harwood move from France to Taos, New Mexico and, on December 6, purchase the property on Ledoux Street for $1,200 from the family of Smith H. Simpson.

1922 Burt Harwood dies.

1923 Lucy Harwood forms the Harwood Foundation with a group including Taos Society of Artists members Victor Higgins and Bert Phillips. The Articles of Incorporation were drawn up by the original board on November 19, the first bylaws were dated December 1, and the Articles were registered with the State Corporation Commission on December 7. The Articles of Incorporation state that the Foundation’s goals are “To establish and maintain, in said town of Taos, New Mexico, a public library, a museum, and other educational agencies.”

1924 The Harwood Foundation hosts its first art exhibition.

1926 The Town’s library is established at the Harwood Foundation, and is kept well stocked by gifts from Mabel Dodge Luhan.

1929 The University of New Mexico opens the Field School of Art at the Harwood Foundation.

1935 The Harwood Foundation becomes part of the University of New Mexico through a gift from Lucy Harwood. The “Deed of Conveyance” dated November 8, 1935 states that the property will “be utilized as an educational, cultural, and art center in connection with the work of the University.” Lucy Harwood continues to live in the property.

1937 The Harwood undergoes major renovation and expansion, designed by John Gaw Meem and constructed in cooperation with the Works Progress Administration.

1938 Lucy Harwood dies on December 11.

1984 The library housed at the Harwood Foundation comes under the jurisdiction of the Town of Taos. The library later moves to its own building.

1997 A major renovation and expansion project transforms 11,000 square feet of the building into seven new galleries, including the internationally renowned Agnes Martin Gallery.

2010 Another major expansion project adds a three-level, 10,700 square-foot wing. The $6.3 mil–lion expansion adds the Mandelman-Ribak Gallery, the Arthur Bell Audi–to–rium, a new collection storage area, an archive storage area, a collection work-study room, and a loading and receiving area for works of art.

2013 The Harwood Museum of Art celebrates its 90th anniversary.

www.harwoodmuseum.org

The Harwood Museum of Art, located in Taos, New Mexico, founded in 1923, is the second oldest art museum in New Mexico. The Harwood Museum of Art brings Taos arts to the world and world arts to Taos. In 2010, the Harwood Museum inaugurated its expansion which includes an auditorium, library, additional exhibition space, and a state-of-the-art collection storage facility.


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