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Begin Some New Thanksgiving Traditions in Santa Fe This Year

by Susan Orth

A city as enchanting as Santa Fe is the perfect place for the upcoming holidays and Thanksgiving is officially upon us. More than just a holiday of big meals and indulgences, it is also a time to spend with family, respect old traditions, and possibly make some new ones. Never one to disappoint, the city of Santa Fe has the events and activities that are sure to make your Thanksgiving one to remember.

The Holiday Train/Family Gathering Hotshot
Date: November 24th
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Place: The Santa Fe Railway, 410 S. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Click Here for the Train Schedule and Ticket Prices
There are two options for a great new holiday tradition here - Take family and friends on a fun afternoon train ride to the Galisteo Basin the day before Thanksgiving OR take the train to Lamy and enjoy beautiful scenery, and maybe even a picnic the day after Thanksgiving. This may very well depend on how highly you value your Black Friday shopping day.


Circus Luminous at the Lensic
Date: November 26th - 28th
Time: Friday - 7 pm, Saturday - 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday - 4 pm
Place: The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street   Santa Fe, NM 87501
You may have thought you've been to the circus before, but then you experience Circus Luminous. This is the circus in fitting Santa Fe style - local aerialists and acrobats that perform breath-defying circus acts created and performed by an all dance and musical cast. The entire circus is predominantly local which is no surprise considering the unparalleled artistic ability of the Santa Fe community.


The 2010 SWAIA Winter Indian Market with Robert Mirabal in Concert
Date: November 27th & 28th (Robert Mirabal Concert)
Time: Saturday - 9am - 5pm & Sunday, 10am - 4pm.
Place: Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.
This Winter Indian Market is a tradition in Santa Fe - always held during the Thanksgiving weekend. This year the market includes 130 Native artists, 8 artist demonstrators, a silent auction, the "Fashion Row" fashion show, and a special holiday concert by Robert Mirabal.  At only $5 for admission or $15 for the concert and entrance fee, this annual event is definitely not to be missed!

If you are new to Santa Fe New Mexico, you may still be suffering from a little shell shock of moving to a new town, especially during the holidays. I can assure you, Santa Fe New Mexico is a friendly and welcoming place. This city is rich with traditions and annual events. The best thing to do is jump right in and become a part of it all! I am here to help if you are looking for a friendly face and a knowledgable source. I know everything there is to know about Santa Fe Real Estate and the Santa Fe Community.

Susan Orth & Isabella Luconi
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-216-6535
Email: [email protected]om

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Santa Fe is A Top Travel Desination - Again!

by Susan Orth

For the 19th Year in a row, Conde Nast Traveler magazine has voted Santa Fe New Mexico one of the best travel destinations in the U.S! Considering the poll has only been around for 23 years, this is quite an accomplishment.

Santa Fe was selected as the third most popular travel city in the country.  The best part is, this award was not selected by the editors of the magazine, but by the knowledgable travelers who read Conde Nast. More than 25,000 readers voted on the city's restaurants, lodges, retailers, galleries, performances, attractions and service providers. The ratings were based on Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping.

The kind of people who voted have visited Santa Fe, or possibly already live in Santa Fe, and have been enthralled by its beauty...

They know that the Santa Fe restaurants have an atmosphere and quality of food you can't find anywhere else. They know that the galleries represent an artistic presence that lingers throughout Santa Fe's streets. They know that the city of Santa Fe has a personality all its own and is so addicting, they can't help but come back.

It's often these same travelers that become permanent residents of Santa Fe. They visit once, then find themselves returning on a regular basis, then realize that moving to Santa Fe is something they want to make a reality. Santa Fe real estate is a highly sought after commodity. Not just because of the beautiful Santa Fe homes, but because of the wonderful Santa Fe lifestyle. Sounds like something you might be interested in? Give me a call. I can help you make it a reality.

Susan Orth & Isabella Luconi
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-216-6535
Email: [email protected]

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Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos in Santa Fe New Mexico

by Susan Orth

Celebrating Halloween in Santa Fe is not the same as celebrating Halloween any place else. You see in Santa Fe New Mexico, All Hallows' Eve coincides with the Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead.

On November 1st, it is believed that souls return to the Earth and are greeted with feasts, music and dancing. Instead of embracing the concept of death as Halloween does, Dia De Los Muertos is a holiday meant to celebrate the lives of passed on loved ones.

A large part of the celebration includes altars that are set up all throughout Santa Fe, where pictures of the deceased are placed, along with food, drink and activities the deceased cherished while they were alive. To guide the soul's way back to home, loved ones light candles to cover the altars and graveyards.

To celebrate this Day of the Dead like only Santa Fe can...
Attend the Dia De Los Muertos Community Celebration and Dance

When: Friday, 10/29, from 6 pm - 10 pm
Where: 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Alters, ofrendas, shrines, music, dancers, costume contest, art, food and prizes! Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel and bring a photo or an item of a loved one. This event is free to the public. If you'd like to install an altar or shrine, just call 992-0591 to reserve your space.

The beautiful thing about living in Santa Fe Real Estate is celebrating such events as Dia De Los Muertos. The people who live here are passionate about their traditions and it makes one feel proud to call Santa Fe Home. If you have any interest in relocating to Santa Fe New Mexico, or just want to find out a little bit more about it, I would love to hear from you.

Susan Orth & Isabella Luconi
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-216-6535
Email: [email protected]

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Only Santa Fe Would Have a Gym as Beautiful as This!

by Isabella Luconi

Santa Fe Business Spotlight: Genoveva Chavez Community Center

There are lots of outdoors activities to do in Santa Fe but sometimes its good to find a place you can go to that is completely devoted to fitness and wellness. What better way than spending your time in the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico?

This place is certainly not your average gym! You can be on a bike and look down over the skating rink or walk on a stairmaster and get lost in the shimmering blue of the swimming pool below.

Spinning classes, yoga classes, stretching casses...

Racquet ball, basketball,volleyball... you just have to find your niche.

The Chazez Center is located next door to the Rodeo Grounds in Southeast Santa Fe. Just couple of miles from Rancho Viejo Santa Fe, Nava Ade Santa Fe, Oshara Village and Pueblos del Sol Santa Fe.

I have never seen such an admirable expression of contemporary architecture in a gym!

The Chazez Center is the ultimate example that no matter what you are doing in Santa Fe New Mexico, even if it's running on the treadmill, you can still be surrounded by art and culture. If you are looking for a home in Northeast Santa Fe Real Estate or Northwest Santa Fe Real Estate, I can help you find what you are looking for. Just give me a call or email me, anytime!

Susan Orth & Isabella Luconi
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-216-6535
Email: [email protected]

SantaFeHomeStore.com
Santa Fe Homes
Santa Fe Real Estate Podcast

A High Ranking for Santa Fe

by Susan Orth

It's a pretty amazing feeling to live in a place that is consistently ranked in Travel magazines as "The Best" or the "The Top." Santa Fe's most recent notoriety made it to not just one U.S. News and World Report list, but two.


Ranked #3 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA 2010

Noted for its abundance of outdoor and indoor activities, specifically art gallery hopping, boutique shopping and spa treatments. This is a picture of
Eldorado Hotel & Spa. In true Santa Fe form, this spa reflrects the Southwestern heritage through the use of essential earth elements and ancient healing techniques.


Encantado Resort RestaurantRanked #10 in Best U.S. Luxury Destinations 2010

With Santa Fe's arts and culture scene being one of the biggest in the country, luxury is inevitable. Museums, galleries and fine dining all come together to create one magnificent destination. This photo is of Terra Restaurant at Encantado Resort. One of the best culinary experiences in Santa Fe, and definitely one of the most luxurious.


Just because other people view the City Different as a vacation destination, doesn't mean that it isn't also an amazing place to live. Relaxation and luxury should be qualities that enter your every day life. If you are interested in exploring Santa Fe Real Estate, I would love to be the one to introduce you to it.

Susan Orth
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-310-4133
Email: [email protected]
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My Featured Properties
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The Markets of Santa Fe New Mexico

by Susan Orth

Living in Santa Fe means embracing its "market" culture.  From farmers' markets to art markets, Santa Fe was made for these kinds of cultural exchanges. The Santa Fe Farmers' Market is proud to be New Mexico's largest farmers' market and of the most widely recognized markets in the United States. With its unique offerings, community dedication and year-round availability, it is truly unlike any other farmers' market in the country.

Santa Fe holds some very high standards for its Farmers' Market, which may be what contributes to its success. Rule #1 - 100% products sold by its vendors are locally grown. Rule #2 - Craft items must use at least 80% of local ingredients and materials. Rule #3 - Only the people who grow and produce the products may sell the products.

If you're not convinced yet that Santa Fe has the very best Farmers' Market around, then maybe this will drive it home. CNN rated the Santa Fe Farmers Market in the top 10 in America's Best Farmers' Markets.

According to CNN, every region's farmers' market is known for that one distinctive food. For Santa Fe, it's our chili peppers. We boast the country's most diverse collection of chilies - which proves very important once we bring our loot from New Mexico market to New Mexico kitchen for some real southwestern cooking.

Tuesday and Saturday Farmers' Markets
Place: The Railyard
Time: 7 am - Noon

New Mexico Artisans Market
Place: The Railyard
Day: Every Sunday
Time: 10 am - 4 pm

New Thursday Farmers' Markets
Place: The Railyard
Time: 3 pm - 7 pm

New Tuesday Southside Market
Place: San Ysidro Plaza
Time: 3 pm - 6:30 pm

Also check out the Upcoming Special Event...

Cook with the Chef
Event: Area chefs feature their signature dishes, emphasizing the season and ingredients that are available locally (like at your Farmers Market!) and perform cooking demonstrations for the public.
Place: The Railyard
Day: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm


Santa Fe Indian Market
August 21-22
This may not be a Farmers' Market, but it is the ultimate art market - not just for Santa Fe, but for the entire nation of Native artists. 80 years going strong, the Santa Fe Indian Market has become the world's largest and most highly acclaimed Native American arts show and New Mexico's largest attended annual event. These great artists come from all sides of the country to gather in Santa Fe's Plaza, which often becomes the setting for getting "discovered."

 

Santa Fe is the perfect place for a Market of any kind - food, craft or otherwise. When one thinks of a market, they envision an open atmosphere, neighbors conversing, fresh local produce, and an inviting environment. This is essentially what Santa Fe is all about. If you are interested in Santa Fe Real Estate, please give me a call today. I would love help you discover what life could be like.

Susan Orth
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-310-4133
Email: [email protected]
SantaFeHomeStore.com
My Featured Properties
Santa Fe Real Estate Podcast

Santa Fe New Mexico - An Unexpected Wine Country

by Susan Orth

Whether you realize it or not, New Mexico is well respected for its wine and has a deep-rooted history in wine making. While many people associate California as wine country, it is actually New Mexico that is the oldest wine-producing state in the nation. 140 years before California's first vineyards were even planted, Spanish monks smuggled vine cuttings into New Mexico.

By 1804, wine was one of New Mexico's top three exports. Vineyards stretched from Bernalillo to Socorro. Unfortunately, the turn of the century brought repeated flooding to the Rio Grande, destroying vineyards. Prohibition only further drove the fall of New Mexico's wine industry.

1978 was another turning point, but this time in the right direction. Today, New Mexico is home to 42 wineries and tasting rooms and produces 700,000 gallons of wine a year.

Maybe you are just considering Santa Fe Real Estate, or maybe you have lived in New Mexico all your life. Either way, experiencing its wine is like re-visiting its history. The following are a few of Santa Fe's best wine vendors:

Vino Del Corazon Wine Room

235 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
At the center of Santa Fe's Historic shopping and Arts District, the Vino Del Corazon tasting room offers a charming and comfortable atmosphere. Try their spicy "Santa Fe Siesta Red" or their soft and fruity "Beso Blush."

La Boca
72 W. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87503
It may be a tapas bar, but it has an extensive wine selection. From Spanish, to Argentinia, Italy, to France - they have wines from all different regions that perfectly pair with their amazing tapas.

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard
106 N Shining Sun, Santa Fe, NM 87506
Located about 20 minutes north of Santa Fe, this small vineyard offers a wide variety of wine that they grow, make and sell. The wine tasting room is set in a European style garden and orchard, completing the tasting experience.

For more information on all of the amazing amenities, events, and discoveries of Santa Fe, don't hesitate to contact me. It's impossible to run out of things to do and places to go in this fantastic city I call home. If you contact me, I can help you call Santa Fe home too.

Susan Orth
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-310-4133
Email: [email protected]
SantaFeHomeStore.com
My Featured Properties
Santa Fe Real Estate Podcast

World Class Opera At Your Fingertips in Santa Fe

by Susan Orth

The beauty of living in a city like Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the availability of arts, theater, and culture right at your fingertips. While most people would die for a trip to a world-class opera house, Santa Fe has one right in their backyard.

The Santa Fe Opera is recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals. Imagine a state-of-the-art adobe theater set against a backdrop of the high desert landscape - a beautiful fusion of nature and art - and you have the Santa Fe Opera House. Located just five minutes north of downtown Santa Fe, the Opera is housed on a 99 acre property with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains.

More than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas, 9 world premiers and 40 American premieres - all held at this one-of-a-kind theater. Conductor John Crosby's vision was to provide American singers with an opportunity to perform in a setting that allowed ample time to prepare each and every production. With its laid back personality, tranquil setting and passion for the arts, Santa Fe was the perfect city for such a novel concept.

Open for the months of July and August, it is one of the best places to spend your time in Santa Fe. Here are a few more things to add to your list of things to do this summer in Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Opera Backstage Tours
Available: May 31-August 28
When: 9 a.m., Monday - Saturday
A docent-led, hour long sneak peak of what goes on behind the scenes of one or Santa Fe's world-class productions. Its open air stage requires hundreds of behind-the-scenes visionaries and stage hands to create the magic of the opera. Along with that, there are no curtains on the stage, so all scenery and cast changes must be built in to the production. Find out all the little secrets of the Santa Fe Opera, which is sure to lead you to an even greater appreciation for this theater.

The Tales of Hoffman
An Offenback masterpiece and never before seen in Santa Fe, this production is a must see. A poet duels with the deceitful Councilor Lindorf over the opera star Stella. Starring Tenor Paul Groves, conducted by Stephen Lord, and directed by Chirtopher Alden.

Madame Butterfly
Even the most unseasoned Opera-goer has heard of the highly regarded Madame Butterfly. There is no better time to catch this classic than at the Santa Fe Opera. Kelly Kaduce stars as Puccini's heroine Cio-Cio-San, while Antony Walker and Lee Blakely debut as conductor and stage director.

The Magic Flute
The romantic story of how the powers of music and love trump evil, this is Mozart's ultimate opera. Enough said. Sold out in 2006, you will want to get your tickets for this one now. Joshua Hopkins and Andrea Silvestrelli star as Papgeno and Sarastro, while Lawrence Renes serves as the valiant conductor.

An avid Opera-goer myself, I look forward to the opera season in Santa Fe.  Did I mention tailgating?  You need to get there early for a spot in the upper parking lot.  Fine food, wine, champagne and watch as the sun sets in the gorgeous skies.   With Madame Butterfly checked off my list, my next stop is the Magic Flute.   I can't help but appreciate living in Santa Fe when I attend productions at this fantastic opera house. You too can live in such a place. Just give me a call if you'd like to look at some Santa Fe real estate. Always happy to answer any questions, even if it's just  my review of the Opera.

Susan Orth
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-310-4133
Email: [email protected]
SantaFeHomeStore.com
My Featured Properties
Santa Fe Real Estate Podcast

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Susan Orth
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Santa Fe NM 87505
505-216-6688
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