Santa Fe and Taos tidbits, monks, dining and more

There’s a lot going on in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Tibetan Monks in town, news, concerts and more.

Santa Fe

We’re excited to announce that one of Santa Fe’s oldest restaurants The Pink Adobe, closed in November is reopening under the stewardship of founder Rosalea Murphy’s grandson Joe Hoback and Jennifer Hoback. The iconic Dragon Room Bar is already open and the restaurant is opening Friday (December 12th). And, really great news for old fans, they’re bringing back a lot of the Rosalea’s old favorites.

Speaking of The Pink Adobe, former manager Natasha Aasgaard is the new Director of Restaurants at the Inn and Spa at Loretto. She will oversee both Luminaria, the hotel’s restaurant and their lobby lounge, The Living Room.

Another Santa Fe restaurant is gone. El Nido, a Tesuque landmark for over 80 years, closed for the second time in a year. First closing was last January. Dennis Dampf and Don Scharhag owners for twenty-seven years, threw in the towel. It was reopened later that month by Tom Vimont, owner Steaksmith at El Gancho also in Santa Fe. The restaurant, originally opened as a roadhouse and dance hall in the 1920’s, was a hangout for the Los Alamos folks during the Manhattan Project years and later a great place for celebrity sightings. The restaurant’s following included some of the famous names living in the little village north of Santa Fe.

Fireplace, Las Fuentes, Bishop's Lodge

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa has a new chef, Chris McLean. Formerly of Red Sage, Mark Miller’s eatery at Buffalo Thunder Resort, on the Pojoaque Pueblo, he has taken over the reins at the Lodge’s restaurant Las Fuentes.

Vanessie, a fixture in Santa Fe for over thirty years, has a new owner. Ron Bulard has taken over from Fran Mullin, owner of the restaurant and piano bar for over ten years. Fran’s are hard shoes to fill. He has been supportive of the community, hosting special evenings and weeks where a portion of the proceeds go to various local non-profits including the Santa Fe Opera. Bulard, a dentist from Oklahoma, has also purchased the Water Street Inn right next-door. New things are in the works. The great news; manager Hideko Amasaki says that things will remain the same. Here’s hoping.

Seret and Sons, Santa Fe

A little bit of Tibet has come to Santa Fe. Now through January 1, 2019, monks from The Drepung Monastery in Tibet are here to create a sand mandala. They have been doing this for the last ten years. Seret and Sons, a shop showcasing what their website calls “one of the largest and most unique collections of central and south Asian imports and antique Tibetan furnishings in the world,” and the Keagan’s of Santa Fe’s Clearlight Publishing have been sponsoring their visits over the years. The monks begin work on the mandala at 10am daily. At 4:30pm to 5pm they chant. On New Year’s Eve, their efforts will be erased by the sweep of a broom.You can stop by and view the mandala project or the chanting at 121 Sandoval Street (next to Alpine Sports, enter at the back of the building). The Serets also own the Relais and Chateaux, Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe has some holiday music coming up this week.

Family Fun

Sunday December 19th the New Mexico Museum of Art holds its annual open house featuring the Gustav Baumann Puppets on December 19, from 1-4pm.

The Santa Fe Southern Railway offers a bunch of family trips on their vintage trains through the holiday season.


Roast Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary at El Meze, Taos, NM

El Meze, a popular Taos restaurant, closed due to a fire in August is finally reopened. If you are planning a trip there, put it on your list. Chef Fred Mueller and his partner Annette Kratka know how to give good restaurant. He is the genius in the kitchen turning out wonderful, fresh dishes with Mediterranean flair and she runs the front of the house flawlessly. It’s a great combination.

Opening at the Harwood Museum on December 15th, The Return of Blue Lake, an exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of the return of sacred lands to the Pueblo in 1970. The lands became part of Carson National Forest in 1910 under Teddy Roosevelt’s administration.

If you have any news to share about what’s going on in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, we’d love to hear from you.

Author’s note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of businesses mentioned in this article. While these experiences have not influenced this post in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

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