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Mighty Oaks from Acorns Grow: The Santa Fe Wine + Chile Festival

September 20, 2016

What an incredible story this festival has to tell. In the very beginning, Al Lucero, past owner of Maria’s Restaurant, had been looking for an idea to keep Santa Fe’s hotels busy after Labor Day—when historically the market just dried … Continue reading


Short-term v. Local Term, or: Airbnb v. Inn on the Alameda

August 22, 2016

No need to ask if you’ve ever heard of this new lodging option; it seems everyone has. Like Uber, Airbnb is a direct product of technology. Whereas Uber, though, matches cars with riders, Airbnb matches out-of-town guests with rooms. With … Continue reading


My First Opera

June 20, 2016

It was in the early 1980’s when I first attended the Santa Fe Opera, one of the most beautiful and most unique opera houses in the world. It is, perhaps, a side effect of coming of age during the 1960s … Continue reading


Day of the Dead = Dia de los Muertos

October 24, 2015

This fascinating two-day celebration at the first of November is not only the oldest American ritual honoring the dead, but the most popular holiday in all of Mexico. The native peoples that inhabited Mexico before the Spanish conquest in 1521 … Continue reading


Madrid Miners and the Game of Baseball

June 15, 2015

If you haven’t driven out to Madrid, NM, consider adding it to your tourism bucket list. Located outside of Santa Fe, near the mineral-rich Ortiz Mountains, Madrid offers you a fascinating trip into the history of coal mining, baseball, and … Continue reading


Marvelous Mary Mooney

May 18, 2015

Mary Dorothy Mooney is one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Before joining the Inn on the Alameda, Mary worked at Hotel El Dorado where she worked with legendary hoteliers, Paul Margetson and … Continue reading


Remembering Ernest Tapley

May 01, 2015

Ernest “Tap” Tapley’s death means the loss of a great many things. On a personal level, Tap was a family friend. I knew him when he was in his 60s, but you would never have guessed his age from his vibrant … Continue reading


Santa Fe, Frozen in Time

April 09, 2015

I arrived in Santa Fe early on May 23, 1971. I remember it like it was yesterday. I drove in from Las Vegas, NM, where I had toured Highlands University for a NM State teacher’s credential. At the time, I … Continue reading


Joe’s Blog: RENAISSANCE FAIR(E)S

August 19, 2014

As a former college student of the 1960´s, the first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the words ‘Renaissance Fair’ are the lyrics and melody of Simon and Garfunkel´s ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.’ This was one … Continue reading


Canyon Road | Many Things to Many People

June 23, 2014

Canyon Road is many things to many people. For art collectors, it’s a world-renowned address, home of some of the finest galleries in the United States. For locals, it’s a place of celebration – where Christmas is welcomed with flickering … Continue reading


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