Tidbits: the leaves are peaking…..

It’s really fall in Santa Fe. It’s been sweater weather most of the day, a first for the season. We went and stocked up on green chile for the freezer to get us through as much of the year as we can. Foliage is almost at its peak and we’ll head up the mountain later this week and get a few photos. I know it gets busy during Balloon Fiesta which starts this coming weekend and runs through October 12th. The surprise: there are lots of visitors here enjoying the great weather. Hotels are packed and there are tour buses all around town. It’s a great time to visit Santa Fe.

Santa Fe lodging news

La Fonda on the Plaza Santa Fe NM photo Steve Collins

La Fonda’s sign welcomes guests , photo/Steve Collins

The most exciting and shocking news this week is the sale of Santa Fe’s historic hotel, La Fonda on the Plaza. An email arrived in my inbox yesterday with a daunting subject line: “La Fonda on the Plaza Announces New Ownership.” The recently refurbished hostelry was one of the only family owned ones in town. The email was actually good news. The buyer is Jenny Kimball, chairwoman of the hotel’s board and her brother, Phillip Wise. Kimball knows and loves the property and is an active member of the Santa Fe community. We wish them luck with their new venture.

So far this year, La Posada de Santa Fe, the Eldorado Hotel and Spa, and Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa have been sold. There seems to be a bit of a trend. Wonder who’s next.

Santa Fe art

Canyon Road Paint Out, photo Steve Collins

Artists on the street at the 2013 Canyon Road Pain Out, photo Steve Collins

The 7th annual Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out takes place on Friday and Saturday October 17th and 18th. The festivities begin Friday night with artists’ receptions at various galleries as well as interactive art exhibits. On Saturday, over 150 artists will take to the street to celebrate the over a century old plein air art tradition. There will be art demonstrations and musical performances at various venues on the gallery-lined street throughout the day. There will also be food offered along the mile-long road. At 3pm, everyone is invited to a “Flash Mob Art Collaboration” that will include dancing. In addition, five Canyon Road artists will paint a large canvas. Onlookers are also invited to pick up a brush and paint or to join the dance. Come join the fun!

This is the season of studio tours in the area. If you’re looking for one for your weekend enjoyment, click here.

Santa Fe, misc.

We noticed that the vintage Santa Fe Southern Railway wasn’t running their brunch train. The official word is out, the railroad, whose management was taken over by XTrain, a Las Vegas Nevada company, has suspended operations. A note on the SFSR website notes Service has been Temporarily suspended.” There’s no further information. We rode the train in August and had a great time. We hope they restore service. Stay tuned.

The circus is coming to town. The National Acrobats of China will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1st at 7pm and there are still seats left. If you’ve never seen Chinese acrobats, go! You will be amused and amazed and may even make audible sounds of surprise as you watch. The troupe will perform their signature acts including the “high chair” act, where an agile acrobat performs tricks on top of a stack of eight chairs.There should not be an empty seat in the house. Tickets, $20 to $45) are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Churo Sheep at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, photo Steve Collins

Churro Sheep at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, photo Steve Collins

The 43rd annual Harvest Festival, the last weekend event of the season at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, will be held on Saturday October 4th and Sunday, October 5th from 10am to 4pm. There are lots of events planned including story-telling on Saturday and flamenco on Sunday. You can crust grapes by foot, see sorghum crushed by burros, press and drink fresh apple cider and more. It will be a fun time for all! Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and teens and free for children 12 and under.

That’s it for this week. Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. That’s what we’re going to do! ¡Hasta Luego!











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