Summertime, and the livin’ — especially in Santa Fe — is good! Enjoying a morning cup of coffee or tea on the front portál and sitting outside before bedtime, gazing at the open skies, are my favorite ways to start and end my summer days.
All year, our gorgeous blue skies brighten any day, but in the summertime, the heat seems to make the days even more vibrant. Summer ushers in outdoor and patio dining, invites endless outdoor exploration and features the city’s world-famous markets. Everywhere you look, something fun and exciting is going on. Don’t forget to look at the Events section to discover what’s happening around town.
Are you among those who look forward to the Santa Fe markets or who enjoy world-famous opera? If so, read “Welcoming Back Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Market” and “The Santa Fe Opera Reopens with a World Premiere,” highlighting two of the events that will make this summer unforgettable.
Exploring Northern New Mexico is always high on our summer list. For a perfect day trip that’s only about thirty-five minutes from Santa Fe, head to the small village of Madrid. Bustling with artisans and activities, this history-rich community is “open” again and moving full-speed ahead. Another great day trip, as outlined in this issue’s Trail Photo Essay, is Kwage Mesa, just outside Los Alamos. If you are a fly-fishing enthusiast, flip to “Fly Fishing for Cutthroats in New Mexico’s Backcountry,” and in a “People We Love” feature, read an interview with Jarrett Sasser, fly fishing pro and owner of High Desert Angler.
Santa Fe’s lifestyle encompasses everything from fashion and home decor to art and dining. Part of the unique fashion style of many locals is attributable to the wonderful vintage clothiers here. If you are interested in vintage clothes collection or home goods, read “From Denim Duds to Chic Couture” and “Santa Fe, Where Affordable, Gently Used Treasure Abound,” about local sources of pre-owned home furnishings. Or read “Pillows, and So Much More, at Pillow Talk,” about John Haggerty’s sophisticated, high-end soft goods design studio. Art is central to a Santa Fe lifestyle, and in this issue, we introduce you to Glass Alliance of New Mexico and to one of Santa Fe’s premier glass artists, Elodie Holmes.
Once the sun starts to set, Santa Fe cools off and the weather is perfect for outdoor dining. Enjoy the outdoor patios and live music at the award-winning Beer Creek Brewery in Santa Fe or the historic Mineshaft Tavern, a popular and welcoming community hub often described as “Madrid’s living room.” There is an article on each. A wonderful Santa Fe cocktail and dining option is Paloma, our featured restaurant. Read about it in “It’s a Labor of Love at Paloma Restaurant.”
If you’ve had an action-packed day and decide to forego a night on the town, you can still savor the pleasure of kicking back and watching a glorious, technicolored sunset, followed by black skies filled with sparkling stars.
Santa Fe in the summer? You bet! Our galleries, boutiques, restaurants and activities are picking up by the day. It’s a wonderful time of year. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Share it.
Owner–Publisher, the Santa Fean
The City Different Publishing LLC
Kelly grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She has a BS in environmental science and a Master in Resource Law (MRLS). For nearly two decades, she lived in the West before she and her husband moved to Santa Fe, his hometown. She is delighted they can raise their two daughters in a multicultural city with extended family nearby. Descended from a long line of small-business owners, Kelly is enthusiastic about contributing to and building community.