THE BEST OF PAST ISSUES
When you’re a homebuilder remodeling your own home, the years of experience you’ve acquired building other people’s residences certainly comes in handy. You’re less apt to make rash decisions, for example, and you probably have a more realistic budget in mind than many of the clients you build for.
Rob and Christa Woods have moved about a million times together, and have even built or remodeled three houses together. But this house, Rob states emphatically, is his last. This might not be such an important pronouncement if he were, say, considering retirement, but Rob and Christa are years from that point.
One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2018 is to have more fun. And for me, fun often translates to dining in one of Santa Fe’s terrific restaurants. My new-ish favorite place to seek culinary and adult beverage adventures is Paloma, which opened in the Railyard district last summer.
They say that Santa Fe can be unkind, even unwelcoming, to those who aren’t a good fit for it. In Sandy Peinado’s case, the opposite was true: The City Different had been calling to her for years to make their relationship more permanent Sandy and her attorney husband, Arnie, had been coming to New Mexico since they were first married—to ski, to enjoy the food, the art; the landscape.
A food trend that never seems to go out of style is the small plate concept. So it was with pleasure that I shared an evening of noshing with three friends where we sampled three-fourths of the menu at the lovingly renovated and revitalized El Farol.
Through the San Francisco Street door and up the stairs, a collector’s paradise awaits on the building’s second floor. One shop sells antique tribal arts, another has artifacts from Nepal and Tibet, and then there is William R. Talbot.
The inlaid bear-paw buckle that Robert Taylor wears during each episode of Longmire is one he bought in 1990, during his first visit to the Land of Enchantment; that’s when, he says, “I fell in love with the place.”
Growing up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Everet Apodaca knew better than to hang around Railroad Avenue. Nothing good happened over there; it consisted of some rundown buildings, a bar, a few people with nowhere else to go, and the occasional freight train rumbling through.
Bundled in a wool cap and bulky down winter coat, Dwight Hackett kneels on the ground behind his Agua Fria home, forming a grid of small impressions in the soil with his fingers. The steady repetitive motion and geometric pattern are reminiscent of a textile design or even a meditative mandala.
Combined, Elizabeth Decicco and Grant Hayunga’s creative talents pack some serious artistic wallop under one roof. She’s an actor, a singer, a model, and a photographer. He’s a contemporary artist (represented by Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road), a singer-songwriter, the leader of his own band, and a guitarist.
Funny how your perceptions change about a house once you’ve spent time in it. “The old house felt okay, but now it would feel terrible!” says Dick Gallun, referring to his Eastside Santa Fe home’s complete transformation at the hands of Prull Custom Builders, architect Craig Hoopes, and David Naylor Interiors.
From Stone Age habitations to railroads, New Mexico has witnessed eons of history, and much of it left tracks in the sand. We’ve compiled a few trails that hikers and history lovers can follow into the past.
Not everyone hands up their five-gallon hat as soon as snow flies; for many in Santa Fe, Southwest style is a year-round commitment. Should you find one of these diehard cowpokes on your Christmas list, explore the multifarious offerings from the many merchants in town stocking luxurious Western attire.
It’s a small town, but Madrid’s Christmas traditions are huge—and have been since the 1920s, when an extravagant annual festival of lights drew 100,000 visitors every December. The ballpark was converted into “Toyland,” complete with a working-scale coal locomotive.
Extending from Atalaya Mountain to within a few miles of the Santa Fe National Forest’s Winsor Trail, the Dale Ball Trail System is a go-to place for many hikers, bikers, and runners seeking a memorable (and close-to-home) outdoor experience.
During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when the state issued a stay-at-home order, Santa Fe artists responded in inspiring ways, creating works of startling beauty, even as the world seemed to be collapsing around them.
It’s unusual for a town of Santa Fe’s size to have one custom hat shop, much less four, and a visit to any of them is an education. You’ll learn why beaver fur makes the softest, strongest felt (it has barbed interlocking fibers) and why the highest-end straw hat costs several times as much as its felt equivalent (each Panama hat is woven by hand).
Residents of the City Different use the ultimate compliment to describe the restaurants on Canyon Road: “so Santa Fe” is what they often say. But not only are the restaurants indicative of the area’s unique charm and hospitality, they’re also ranked among some of the best fine-dining establishments in the country.
In 1893, artist Joseph Henry Sharp visited Taos to illustrate a piece for Harper’s Weekly on Native American life at Taos Pueblo. Fascinated by Indian culture since he was a boy, Sharp shared his enthusiasm for the landscape and the people he encountered with Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips, two artists he studied alongside in Paris.
It was lucky happenstance that prompted Annie Leibovitz to include Georgia O’Keeffe in the exhibition Pilgrimage. The world-famous photographer received a Woman of Distinction award by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in 2009.