January and February are hopping in Santa Fe. There’s a lot to see and do and March comes in with a bang. It’s a great time for locals to get out and do stuff and there’s a lot to attract visitors including great off-season rates.
Speaking of which, the lovely and quiet, Inn on the Alameda, an easy walk to the Plaza and the Canyon Road gallery area has a rate special: stay two nights and get a third for $25.00 (can’t be combined with other special rates)
While we’re on bargains, 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar has what is probably the best dining deal in town. Their three-course prix-fixe menu offers an appetizer, a choice of two entrees and dessert for $18.00. The menu changes on Wednesdays. According to Executive Chef, Ryan Mann, the appetizer is always vegetarian and a vegetarian entrée can be substituted. To complement your meal, there’s a great list of wines by the glass.
Another great dining deal: Sundays and Mondays from 4pm to 9pm, Dinner for Two has a three-course dinner for $19. The menu offers a choice of soup or salad, 9 entrée choices and three desserts.
While we’re on the subject of dining, Lulu’s, Santa Fe’s newest Chinese restaurant, is hosting a Chinese New Year buffet welcoming the Year of the Rabbit Fe. The celebration is on February 4th and 5th. Lulu says the buffet will have about ten items including shrimp and fish dishes. On Friday night there’s a Dragon Dance to celebrate the occasion and on Saturday a band plays retro music throughout the evening. The cost is $25 per person with Champagne for toasting (tax included). Reservations recommended. Call 505-473-1688.
And still more dining: The 2nd New Mexico Restaurant Week runs from February 20th to March 20th. Yes, we know that’s a month; under this collective umbrella, four cities entice dinners with bargains for a week each. The event kicks off in Las Cruces; next comes Taos. Santa Fe Restaurant Week is March 6th to 13th and batting clean-up; Albuquerque.
Two food benefits:
You may be going to the Super Bowl, or maybe you’ll be watching it on TV. In Santa Fe, we have the Souper Bowl. Almost 30 local restaurants will be ladling up tasty soups; the audience gets to vote on the best. Proceeds go to The Food Depot, a local food bank. You can buy tickets in advance and save a few bucks or they’re available at the door. The event is Saturday January 29, 2011 from 11:30am to 2:00 pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
Want to support St. John’s College’s free summer concerts, Music on the Hill™? Dine at the Capitol Grill Wednesday, January 26th from 6pm to 8pm and 20% of your check will go to this popular Wednesday night music series. While you dine, jazz pianist Andy Kingston and bass player, Justin Bransford will provide music for your enjoyment.
Friday, January 21st at 7pm, the Coen Brother’ cult-classic, The Big Lebowski comes to Big Screen Classics at the Lensic. A box office flop, it developed a huge following over the years. Santa Fe favorite, Jeff Bridges plays The Dude, as the title character in this comedic, noir film is known. The star-filled cast includes: John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and John Turturro. Some of these actors were virtual unknowns at the time the film was released in 1998.
A big Santa Fe welcome to the The Art Economist, a new international magazine making its business headquarters here (creative ones are in Palm Beach). The publication is aimed at investors and collectors of contemporary art. According to Andy Ruppanner, COO; The Art Economist approaches art as an investment, like gold or pork bellies. An investment that he says, potentially has a much larger return. In order for an artist to be considered an investment by the magazine, he or she has to have prices established in the auction market. According to Ruppanner, it’s the only reliable indicator of what art is actually selling for. He says that art in the auction market has appreciated more than anything else you can invest in. A year’s subscription (10 issues) is $400. Their first issue was January 2011.
Santa Fe makes another list. The Advocate, the country’s largest LGBT paper has named The City Different #2 Gayest City in the US. According to the online publication it’s a “list of where gay people are living, loving, voting, and creating communities”.
The Taos Winter Wine Festival takes place from January 26th to 30th. The opening event is Taste of Taos & Reserve Tasting. The five-day wine features wine dinners and seminars. The Grand Tasting pairing ten restaurants and thirty wineries is Friday January 28th from 4pm to 6:30pm at the Taos Ski Valley Resort Center. Free shuttles will run from 3pm; you don’t have to drink and drive.
If you know anything new and exciting happening in Santa Fe, let us know.
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.