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With the Southern Rockies arching their way across much of Northern New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment is also a land of excitement—especially in the winter. Each year, the high-altitude geography becomes a snow-topped playground for skiers and snowboarders, and the Santa Fe area is home to an impressive variety of resorts and facilities that cater to visitors no matter their experience, age, or skill level.
Step into the home of Gerald and Anita Smith and it’s as if the air suddenly becomes cleaner, the light brighter, and the breeze more pleasant. Inside the central living area, white cement floors with sparking aggregate extend from an open kitchen through a living and dining space out onto the front porch, melding inside and outside and making the hot New Mexico sun suddenly feel entirely comfortable.
Of all the senses stimulated during a meal, the most important is taste. Sure, food should look yummy and smell delicious and feel good. But, boy oh boy, if those taste buds jump up and the flavors sing and zing—bingo—that is the artistry of a chef who knows what he’s doing.
When cookbook author Bill Jamison bought his historic Tesuque home in 1978, little did he know that the restored former dairy barn would become a combined test kitchen and writing cranny for a career that would take him and his wife, Cheryl, around the world and through the authoring of more than a dozen books.
In his barn-like Glorieta studio, past the goats and pickup truck in his driveway, fine-furniture maker Scott Ernst works amid a dusty assortment of power saws, drafting tools, planks and works in progress.
When archivist Daniel Kosharek began work at the Palace of the Governors photo archives in 2005, he walked into a situation as daunting as it was thrilling—down there in the basement of the New Mexico History Museum he discovered a labyrinthine world of cardboard boxes, filled and overflowing with photos, piled in stacks, tucked under tables, hidden behind desks.
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.