There’s always something new going on in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This season, Santa Fe welcomes a new hospitality partner with a focus on integrative wellness, new major cultural programs, new additions to established favorites, and a slew of new restaurants and nightspots in a city that never stops innovating across all the categories that travelers desire. Here’s a sample:
Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort opened in late August 2015 with the mission of providing guests with a transformative wellness experience. The resort is located on 70 acres of towering cottonwoods and spring-fed ponds and offers an “integrative spa” and therapeutically-designed programming which allows guests the opportunity to pause, decompress and nourish both the body and the mind. Guests have access to a highly-credentialed team of wellness providers from medical doctors and licensed counselors to experiential instructors and massage therapists. Daily experiential and nature-based activities include mindfulness, meditation, yoga and fitness, Native American teachings and expressive arts. The dining experience incorporates locally sourced ingredients grown using organic and sustainable practices. www.sunrisesprings.com.
RESTAURANT & BAR NEWS
New Restaurant: Infierno
This Italy-meets-the-southwest establishment is billed as “Santa Fe’s premier wine bar and lunch-until-late-night gourmet dining destination” and has the long, dark, sleek bar and speakeasy feel to back it up. Diners select from antipasti including calamartichokes—calamari with artichoke hearts and three dipping sauces—and gourmet pasta, salads, and pizza with the benefit of an internationally-focused wine list and unique beer selection. Finish with house-made tiramisu, panna cotta, flan, and other desserts. www.infiernosanta.weebly.com.
New Downtown Club: The High Note
The High Note aims to fill a sophisticated niche in Santa Fe, targeting the mature traveler seeking an upscale evening out. The High Note opened in late summer and offers an intimate “listening room” and a stage for nightly live entertainment and the occasional drop in from a headliner at one of Santa Fe’s premier performance venues. The club features 60 seats and a full bar. www.facebook.com/thehighnotesantafe.
Acclaimed Santa Fe Chef Fernando Olea’s new eatery is scheduled to open in early September. Chef Olea has been enthralling diners in Santa Fe since 1991 with his innovative interpretations of contemporary and traditional Mexican dishes. The menu at Sazón will feature traditional New Mexican cuisine with fresh, locally-sourced meats and produce. www.sazonsantafe.com.
In September the Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites will open Derailed, a new bar and restaurant from chefs John Bobrick and Jessica Butler. The restaurant will feature an eclectic menu with cuisine ranging from American comfort food to stylish fusion dishes. Derailed will also offer craft beers, wine, locally-distilled spirits and specialty cocktails. Derailed is adjacent to the celebrated Santa Fe Railyard and Arts District. The interior space will provide a warm and appealing industrial railyard motif with a fireplace, outdoor portal and patio with personal fire pits and stone water features. www.santafesageinn.com.
Luminaria Restaurant at Inn and Spa at Loretto
Santa Fe’s award-winning Luminaria Restaurant at Inn and Spa at Loretto has launched a “Chef’s Table,” featuring eight globally-inspired menu options designed by renowned Executive Chef Marc Quiñones. The experience will be offered to groups of six to eight people at a private table near a roaring kiva fireplace on the Luminaria patio. Following the meal, guests will be treated to a surprise bonus course and a culinary gift to take home. Pricing for the Chef’s Table is $79 per person excluding wine pairings and $99 including wine pairings. For more information, visit www.innatloretto.com.
Red Sage, the fine dining new American Steakhouse at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, recently unveiled a new menu including colorful, New Mexican-inspired small plates, seasonal dishes and traditional cuisine with a modern twist. New Chef de Cuisine Edgar Morales joined Red Sage in spring 2015 after spending nearly 20 years building his culinary career in Las Vegas, Nevada. Morales takes a modern approach to traditional cuisine with new signature menu items that include Chicken Chop, Summer Risotto, and Durham Ranch Bison. www.buffalothunderresort.com.
Terra Restaurant has launched a weekly event, “Artful Pairings: Wine, Bites, Art.” The resort has combined two past popular events—Wine & Bites and Artist Reception—to create this engaging event. The night features a live artist demonstration, gourmet bites and wine pairings. The event is free and open to the public every Friday at 5:30 p.m. www.fourseasons.com/santafe.
New Citywide Arts Celebration: Fall Of Modernism
Fall Of Modernism launches in September 2015 and runs until February 2016—a citywide Santa Fe collaboration anchored by the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum that celebrates the Modernist art movement in America. Ten leading galleries are also participating and eight premier Santa Fe hotels are creating packages for travelers. www.fallofmodernism.org.
New Exhibit: Flamenco—From Spain To New Mexico The Museum of International Folk Art will present Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as art form. The exhibition opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 11, 2016. More than 150 objects will be featured that trace flamenco's journey from fifteenth and sixteenth century Spain to twentieth century Europe's most cultured cities, including costumes both historic and contemporary, musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. www.internationalfolkart.org.
Facility Enhancement: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts opened a new wing showcasing a permanent collection on August 21. The new Kieve Family Gallery renovation features a 1,670 square foot gallery on the second floor, which increases the exhibition and public space of the museum by nearly one-third. The exhibition Visions and Visionaries curated by MoCNA Chief Curator Candice Hopkins, inaugurates the Kieve Family Gallery. www.iaia.edu.
New Exhibit: New Mexico Museum of Art – Georgia O’Keeffe in Process
This exhibit is part of the Fall of Modernism cultural collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Georgia O’Keeffe In Process opens September 10 and will run through January 17, 2016. The show spans the artist’s career from her student portraits of her family members created in 1905 to her paintings in the late teens and early 1920’s. The museum will open an additional Fall of Modernism collaboration on October 2, An American Modernism, which will include work drawn primarily from the museum’s own collection of Modernist art. www.nmartmuseum.org.
New Exhibit: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism
The exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will open on September 25 and feature over 60 works from the Vilcek Collection, known as one of the finest collections of American modernists from the 1910s to the Post-war era. The exhibition will run through January 10, 2016. www.okeeffemuseum.org.