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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Learn More About Turquoise in Santa Fe

The Southwest and Santa Fe are known for the beautiful Turquoise jewelry and decorated art pieces you can find here. Beginning April 13th to May 2nd at the Museum of Indian Arts  and Culture you will be able to view over 500 items made from turquoise. These items date from A.D. 900 to the present.

According to an article in The New Mexican by Anne Constable, "Navajo babies are given their first turquoise beads at birth." Native Americans appear to have been working with the gemstone for more than 1200 years before the Spanish arrived in New Mexico.

A vein of Turquoise
Photo R. Weller/Chochise College. 
The history of turquoise in New Mexico includes the old mines found near Santa Fe in the area of the villages Cerrillos and Madrid. Around 200 mines have been found in the Southwest.

The exhibit titled "Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and its Meaning" will give you the opportunity to see this gemstone which is symbolic of sky, water, bountiful harvests, health and protection.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Have you Thought of Santa Fe for your Spring Break or Easter Vacation?

The trees are budding.
St. Francis enjoy spring daffodils.
The roses are awakening.

March showers have brought out the spring colors in the Don Gaspar Inn courtyard. It has also added a nice new layer of snow on the Santa Fe Ski Basin and the skiers and snowboarders are delighted. It's the best of both worlds. With temperatures reaching the upper 50's in the city you will enjoy wandering the Plaza, Galleries and Restaurants Santa Fe is famous for. It is also a fabulous time to visit our many area Spas including the world famous Ten Thousand Waves and Ojo Caliente.

The views in and around Santa Fe will remind you of scenes you have seen in hundreds of movies since before John Wayne, because they were filmed here. Taking a day trip out from Santa Fe to historic sites like Bandelier National Monument or Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument will give you the sensation of living in that old West.

We invite you to take some time for yourself after the dramatic winter you may have experienced and come to New Mexico, it is still The Land of Enchantment full of warmth, sunshine and dramatic vistas and adventures; from rock climbing, to hiking, shopping, history, eating and river rafting. There is something for everyone. Come join us at the Don Gaspar Inn and enjoy spring.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Is On It's Way....

Yes, the Crocus are blooming in the Don Gaspar Inn Gardens. We have wonderful 50 and 60 degree weather. It might change for a few days at a time, but it is gorgeous. We invite you to come and warm your bones after a difficult winter in lots of the US and Canada and parts of Europe.

These last two weeks we have had visitors from Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico! Some of the favorite things guests reported doing included the High Road to Taos and a visit to the Taos Pueblo. Lunching at the delightful Sugar Nymph's Bistro in Penasco. One couple enjoyed the museums in town. Another group enjoyed hiking the Atalaya Mountain trail on the outskirts of Santa Fe. Of course, shopping and the art galleries were enjoyed too.

Taos Pueblo photo by M. Thurman
Since it was Valentine's weekend we were happy to point people to the famous "Santa Fe Chocolate Trail" which includes: Todos Santos, The Chocolate Smith, C.G. Higgins Confections and my favorite Kakawa Chocolate House.

Always lots to do in Santa Fe. We hope to see you soon.

Don Gaspar Inn - Santa Fe's Secret Garden Blog: Two wonderful opportunities to Feast on Santa Fe's delicious food!

Don Gaspar Inn - Santa Fe's Secret Garden Blog: Two wonderful opportunities to Feast on Santa Fe's delicious food!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Two wonderful opportunities to Feast on Santa Fe's delicious food!

Visit the 17th Annual Art Feast Santa Fe Feburary 21-23

Santa Fe is a world renoned art center. In keeping with it's commitment to the arts, ART Feast is an annual
Colorful Canyon Road Gallery
fund raiser for ARTsmart, a 501c3 nonprofit, which helps give school children an opportunity to explore visual arts. Events include Art, Food, Wine, Fashion and Homes to explore and enjoy. A favorite event is the Edible Art Tour (EAT) for a mear $35 per person you can wander downtown and Canyon Road galleries and nibble on delicious samples from Santa Fe's finest restaurants and caterers.  Find out more at the Art Feast website.

Restaurant week in Santa Fe  February 23 - March 2

Ana and Kristine, your Don Gaspar Inn
 Keepers, enjoy the Coyote Cafe
Restaurant week is an opportunity to sample foods from some of Santa Fe's best restaurants. Choose from special prix-fixe Lunch and Dinner offerings plus enjoy special events such as classes, demos and tastings.
Check out the Santa Fe  Restaurant Week  website for more details and to make reservations.

Visit the Don Gaspar Inn Specials page for our winter lodging specials and come join the fun.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy New Year...we love New Mexico!

Happy 2014 from the Don Gaspar Inn. We have been on a break from blogging but with the New Year, we will be sharing more frequently to let you know of exciting activities in Santa Fe.

 First of all we want to share with you a couple of videos about New Mexico. The band Richmond has created a song about New Mexico that shares of what we love about the state. "Feels Like Home". It was recorded by some of the natives in over 43 communities around the state. You can see it here. Listen a couple of times through, it gets better and better. If you want to hear the band Richmond sing it, go here "Feels Like Home"

We invite you to plan an adventure to Santa Fe this winter, the day time high's have been around 45-50 and the sun is always shining. We have teamed with High Desert Health Care and Massage to combine relaxation with a lovely stay in Santa Fe. Check out our Don Gaspar Inn Specials and plan your trip today.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Snow comes to Santa Fe and the Don Gaspar Inn!

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and a Safe and Wonderful New Year.  Snow has started to fall in Santa Fe!  This means the Santa Fe Ski Area is open and with more snow on the way, it will make for great conditions. The Don Gaspar Inn has a few rooms available over Christmas, New Years, and great availability in January, February, and March...the best time to hit the slopes!  Be sure to keep an eye on our website and monthly newsletter for specials and packages as we create them.  We thank you for a fantastic 2012 and look forward to seeing you in 2013 as do our Sister Properties Casa Blanca Inn and Blue Lake Ranch.