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Featured Guide May 2016 – Tom Gallegos

Tom Gallegos, a native New Mexican born and raised in Taos, has made it his mission to provide authentic cultural experiences in the Land of Enchantment. His immersive tours introduce guests to the magic of New Mexico and receive rave reviews. Asked about a memorable experience as a guide, Tom casually mentioned that a United States senator recently attended one of his tours – and afterwards, she wrote him to say that it was one of the best experiences of her life! Read on to find out more about Tom Gallegos, the man behind True New Mexico.   Why did you become a guide? I became a guide eight years ago after returning to live in Santa Fe from Kansas, where I was an Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Aging at Washburn University and the University of Kansas. I began with week long large group tours through New Mexico with Road Scholar. I was really good at it and received great feedback from visitors. I truly enjoy the opportunity to share our beautiful state with others. Our pueblos and villages rely on tourism, and I try to support them by bringing quality tours. What can someone expect to experience on a tour with you? My tours are designed to “bring the culture through” with authentic experiences that highlight New Mexico’s history, cultures, architecture, art, and cuisine. The unique cultures, history and scenery of New Mexico are best experienced on my Timeless Taos & High Road Tour. Heading north from Santa Fe, we pass through various Indian Pueblos. San Ildefonso and Santa Clara pueblos are home to some of our... read more

Romantic Santa Fe (by the Santa Fe Travelers)

(Reposted courtesy of Santa Fe Travelers)   It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day or even a special occasion for a romantic getaway. Sometimes you do it just because. Santa Fe is one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been to. The Old World feeling of the city sets the stage; you do the rest. Romantic lodgings From hotels to small inns to intimate bed and breakfasts, there is a place that spells romance for you. Book a room or suite with a wood burning fireplace (gas doesn’t quite do it for me), get a good bottle of wine and canoodle. Romantic accommodations do not come cheap. Here are a few places that really spell romance: Inn of the Five Graces The Casbah meets Santa Fe at this high end Relais and Chateaux property. Décor is chic bohemian and not for everyone. Owners, Ira and Sylvia Seret, import decorative items and antiques mostly from Asia. The suites, many with fireplaces and soaking tubs, are furnished with their finds. Arrange for a romantic dinner to be delivered to your rooms. Inn on the Alameda While not a luxury property, in many ways, it feels like one. Its a welcoming place for your romantic getaway. Book a one bedroom suite with fireplace to set the tone. Enjoy a Champagne toast or bottle of your favorite wine and cuddle on the sofa. Two of their suites have soaking tubs. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Resort Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Resort, about an hour north of Santa Fe is the ultimate in romantic getaways. Book a suite with a fireplace for... read more

Santa Fe Celebrates a “Summer of Color”

By Karen Denison

Santa Fe is known for its vibrant colors: turquoise skies, earth-tone architecture, sage green hills and rock formations in rich pastels. The colors have inspired artists and craftsmen for centuries. This summer, many of the city’s galleries and museums are highlighting Santa Fe’s love-affair with color with special exhibits and events. Three of particular note:

“The Red That Colored the World” at the Museum of International Folk Art explores the history and widespread use of cochineal, a New World insect-based dye that produces brilliant reds. The tiny cochineal beetle is common on cactus in the Santa Fe area.

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