Tidbits: a Splurge, Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, ARTfeast and more

A Santa Fe Public Schools 5th grader works on his ceramic plate for ARTfeast. Photo/Vickie Kirsh, Courtesy Artfeast

Splurge is an exciting new local coupon based on the formula popularized by Groupon. What we love about this is version is, it’s run by Santa Fe’s privately owned, local newspaper, the New Mexican, so profits stay in the community. We went to talk to Jim Keyes, the man who runs the show, were so impressed we signed up The Santa Fe Traveler, our travel-concierge and trip-planning service, for the program. Our Splurge coupon runs on January 12th (coincidentally our 37th anniversary) and 13th and is our gift to you. If you’re planning to visit Santa Fe or know someone who is, this is a great deal. You save 59% on The Santa Fe Traveler’s basic weekend service (can also be used weekdays). If you live here and are expecting family or other visitors and want to keep them busy, we’ll plan their visit; you don’t have to. The coupons are good through October 15, 2019.

The first annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta takes place February 18th through the 27th. The week is bookended by Presidents Weekend and ARTFeast (see below). Admission to events and access to discounts at participating businesses are by lanyard. They cost $20 and go on sale January 18th. Potential savings are substantial during Fiesta week. Whether you live here or are visiting The City Different for a President’s Weekend getaway, take advantage of the great savings and activities on offer. Check the Fiesta’s website; and check back, more events are coming online every day. A few concerts are in the works and will be firmed up this week.

Winter Fiesta ends with the 14th annual ARTfeast February 25th to 27th. This not-to-be-missed event joins great art with delicious food, always a winning combination. And it’s for a worthy cause; they raise money for art in the schools. The Edible Art Tour, a gallery crawl on Friday evening is always a popular, well-attended evening. About forty galleries pair with local restaurants for a fun evening. Attendees view art while sipping a little wine and nibbling on a tasty morsel. The party continues at The Ore House at Milagro for Feast or Famine. Featuring DJs, dancing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, free beer and a cash bar, it’s a great way to end a fun evening. Admission is $15; free to Edible Art Tour attendees. Check the website for a full schedule of ARTfeast events.


Santa Fe is bidding another restaurant good-bye. Los Mayas, a popular Mexican eatery where you could dine while listening to great music and occasionally watch Flamenco dancers, is closing its doors sometime this month. Consummate host and owner, Fernando Antillas has gone into the frozen yogurt business. He bought Yoberry at 325 West San Francisco Street. He also opened a branch of the franchise in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque and plans at least one more in Santa Fe. We’ll miss the restaurant, an evening at Los Mayas was always fun. We wish him great luck with this new endeavor.

Going on vacation:

The following restaurants will be closed during January:
Max’s: closed from the 9th reopening the 25th.
La Casa Sena: closed for its annual winter maintenance, reopening for lunch on January 13th.
Amavi: closed January 9th through the 19th.


January 16th: Joe Ely, Ryan Bingham and Terry Allen at The Lensic
January 23rd: The Santa Fe Symphony at The Lensic, and a Piano Concert at St. John’s College
January 27th and 28th: Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Beethoven Festival at The Lensic
January 31st and February 1st: Russian National Ballet at The Lensic. They dance two Tchaikovsky classics: Swan Lake the first evening and Romeo and Juliet the next.

Pueblo Dances: (list courtesy of Santa Ana Pueblo)

January 22nd: San Ildefonso Pueblo, Vespers Evening with firelight procession 6 pm (call to confirm)
January 23rd: San Ildefonso Pueblo, Annual Feast Day, Buffalo, Comanche & Deer Dances The day begins with a torchlight procession at dawn.
January 25th: Picuris Pueblo, St. Paul’s Feast Day, various Dances

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

Note: As  former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned. 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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One Response to “Tidbits: a Splurge, Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, ARTfeast and more”

  1. Charles Higgins
    January 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

    Great coupon op here..would like to attend the fiesta, as well..


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