This is Joe, the proud owner of the Inn on the Alameda.
What has this past year been like? Well, kinda like waiting for Christmas, Chanukah, your birthday, and the 4th of July all rolled into one. You can add to it waiting for the bell to ring at the end of Algebra 3 class, or to get out of the dentist chair, or for school to end and summer to begin. But finally, the waiting is ending, and it could not have come sooner for me, the Inn, or Santa Fe, and I am sure for you, our great guests.
Hundreds of our daffodils and tulips have raised their heads from their beds and are already up and growing. You can feel the lilacs, wisteria, forsythia, aspens, and rose bushes starting to wipe the sleep out of their buds. For many avid gardeners, this can actually be the most beautiful time of year, the awakening of dormant plants, and the annual return of migrating birds on vacation for the winter. Just like our hotel’s beautiful gardens and cozy rooms, a spring stay in Santa Fe is full of charm, warm sunshine, and relaxation.
At the Inn on the Alameda, we are like family, and that’s how we treat our guests. Our loyal staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming and often develop friendships with our repeat guests.
We truly care about you and take pride in giving you an authentic — and safe — Santa Fe experience.
Through our commitment to safety as an NM Safe Certified business — combined with statewide progress — we can now consider a return to relative normalcy. A year ago I scratched my head speculating what the “new normal” would be like. Well, it appears it will just be a better old normal! America is a country founded on travel, all the way over the Atlantic from Europe and then across the Great Plains, over the Rockies, and on to the Pacific Ocean. Then centuries later, people began migrating from Asia, over the Pacific, populating the nation on an eastern pilgrimage. We are a country of travelers, and we are itching to get out of our cocoons, spread our wings, and take off with the freedom we have grown to expect as almost our birthright. Now, every day will be safer, brighter, fresher, freer, better appreciated. So, we wait to welcome all of our regular returning guests and to meet new ones. This will be a wonderful time for all! I promise.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Inn. Call us directly at (505) 309-4509 to plan your stay with our reservation specialists. Stay safe and see you soon!
Among the many natural resources the state has to offer, few are as conducive to well being as the hot springs. Soaking in hot, natural waters, is one of the primal pleasures of humanity – a pleasure shared by many cultures, and even other species, as seen in the Macaque monkeys of Japan.
Some of New Mexico’s most fabled hot springs are found in the Jemez mountains, the resort town of Ojo Caliente, the historic pools of Montezuma near Las Vegas, and the artesian springs of Truth or Consequences. A brief description of them should help the visitor decide which of these unique offerings might best fit their needs or itinerary.
Ojo Caliente is a true jewel of a town, located about 50 miles north of Santa Fe. Named by the early Spanish explorer Cabeza De Vaca, the earliest description dates to the 16th century.
“The greatest treasure I have I found these strange people to possess,” De Vaca wrote, “are hot springs which burst from out of the foot of the mountain…. so powerful are the chemicals contained in this water that the inhabitants believe they were given to them by the gods.”
Image of Round Barn from ojospa.com
Nestled in, and fully a part of the landscape, the hot springs of Ojo Caliente offer much to appeal to the visitor. The historical amenities offered by the resort include several buildings entered in the National Registry of Historic Places. These include the famous ‘Round Barn’ who’s unique architecture and design remain remarkably appealing to the visitor.
The hot waters of the town of Jemez Springs have tempted Santa Feans to make the trip for decades. Named for the nearbly Pueblo of Jemez, the small town offers numerous springs and bathhouses. The atmosphere of the Jemez Valley is a special and spiritual one, being home to both Catholic monasteries and Zen Buddhism centers.
Retreats and spas are found throughout the valley, including a village owned non-profit spa whose proceeds are invested within the community. The Jemez Bath House is over a hundred years old and remains a hub for community life.
Visitors can also find numerous free natural springs throughout the valley and are advised to check visitor reports for current conditions here.
Truth or Consequences has become synonymous for misguided civic boosterism. Originally named Hot Springs, after the myriad natural pools and springs, the city changed its name to that of a popular Radio show in 1950 as an effort to boost tourism. The town contains numerous resorts and baths, though there are significantly fewer than there used to be. Before World War 2, there were around 40 registered spas. Today there are ten, all featuring the minerally rich and complex waters of the region.
Many of these resorts can be found here, and a discerning traveler should be able to find “The cure for what ails them” through judicial booking and soaking.
Image from ojospa.com
As you can see, New Mexico has many geothermal amenities for the visitor. Assistance with booking or visiting any of these locations can be obtained through the Inn on the Alameda. We can’t wait to hear about your epic NM hot spring soaks!