win a trip to sunny santa fe

September 28th, 2012

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, not only in Santa Fe but everywhere! The clear blue fall skies make the perfect backdrop and make every color seem more dramatic, from the burning gold of changing leaves to the flowering autumn perennials and the bright orange of falls favorite vegetable, the pumpkin. Every scene is breathtakingly beautiful, making it a photographer’s favorite season.

To celebrate its favorite season, the Inn on the Alameda is inviting photographers of all kinds to enter their autumn glories in its Facebook Photo Contest, where one evocative image will win its creator a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room with a fireplace at the Inn! Simply post one colorful autumn picture on the Autumn Photo Contest tab, which will be activated and live on the Inn’s Facebook page beginning on Friday, October 5th. The contest runs for only 10 days, so be sure to get that photo up by end of day on October 14. The image with the most Facebook “likes” will win their own two-night stay at the cozy Inn in Santa Fe.

Now, put on your boots and fall jackets, grab your camera (whether it’s your iPhone or professional Nikon!), and start snapping some colorful autumn pictures!

taste america’s ‘best for food’ city with the welcoming inn on the alameda

July 30th, 2012

Images courtesy of Inn on the Alameda and FarmShareStories.com

On the heels of the Rand McNalley/USAToday “Best of the Road” contest, where Santa Fe, New Mexico was voted the city in America “Best for Food”, there is no better time than now to visit the City Different. To experience all the culinary options Santa Fe has to offer, head to the inviting Inn on the Alameda, offering food lovers the opportunity to sample the best of Santa Fe with the Fresh Santa Fe package.

As one local chef told “Best of the Road” competitors, “Santa Fe cuisine is unique because of the vibrancy of the city and the tapestry of cultures – Native American, Hispanic, and European – represented in the city.”  It is this that makes the city stand out from the rest of America, and guests who book this special package get to experience it all at the Santa Fe Farmers Market.  Recognized as one of the top ten farmers markets in the country, Inn on the Alameda guests are able to wander through the Tuesday morning market at leisure after enjoying the Inn’s lavish continental breakfast. And they’ve tossed a few extra goodies into the market basket to make this experience even more delicious:

- A three-night stay in cozy accommodations of one’s choice, based on double occupancy, available Sundays through Wednesdays, May through November.

- $20 per person in Farmers Market tokens to stock up on fresh greens, savory cheese, sweet jams, or even lavender soaps! Due to the nature of the harvest, produce and products change weekly.

- A gift certificate for $40 for two to enjoy lunch at Il Piatto, a downtown trattoria committed to using local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

- Two Santa Fe Farmers Market caps to shield the eyes while searching for the best tomatoes.

- Two Inn on the Alameda tote bags to collect one’s goodies.

- The Inn’s sumptuous continental breakfast daily.

- A relaxing afternoon wine hour each afternoon.

Rates for the Fresh Santa Fe three-night package range from $531 to $1041 plus tax, depending on dates and the room-type selected. The package is subject to hotel availability, and no other discounts apply. Additional persons, after two per room, are welcome with a $40 per person fee. The package is not available to book online, so please call 888-984-2121 for reservations and more information.

 

artisans from around the world meet in santa fe to sell their work and help their countries

June 26th, 2012

Images courtesy of Inn on the Alameda and skirlball.org

If you’re heading to Santa Fe this summer, you can help save the world – just by purchasing art! Each year, the “City Different” is host to the International Folk Art Market. This year’s event, taking place from July 13-15, 2012, will feature over 170 artists from 50 different countries.  Not only is the festival an outlet for the artists to sell their work; it is a way for them to make a better life for their countrymen. Last year, the festival raised close to $2.3 million for the artists to take home, impacting around 200,000 people.  One of our favorite success stories comes from a South African mother. Thanks to her impeccable basket-weaving skills, she can now provide shelter for her family and even send her children to school.

What will you find at the festival itself?  Folk Art is a way for the artists to represent and capture their culture through their art.  Beads from Kenya to white porcelain tea bowls from South Korea – you will not be able to find these items authentically anywhere else.  In addition to the artwork, the market has a variety of entertainment to keep you busy all weekend.  The featured group this year is the “African Showboyz” from Ghana, West Africa, who have been known to collaborate with Stevie Wonder!

The Folk Art Market takes place on Museum Hill.  Just a short ten minutes away, you can stay at the Inn on the Alameda.  It is the closest hotel to the Gallery District on Canyon Road and is the perfect place to continue your culture-filled excursion!

Tickets for the festival can be purchased at http://holdmyticket.com/buy/folk%20art%20market.

food markets: where the locals shop

June 7th, 2012

We’ve found that hanging with locals is the best way to experience a new destination authentically – and where better to do that than at a local market? USA Today lists the greatest food markets around the world and many happen to be in some of our favorite cities (including NYC – check out the Union Square Greenmarket right near our office!). Whether they’re called markets, bazaars or souks, you’ll find tasty treats in any of these sweet spots, so be sure to stop by and grab a quick snack while sightseeing.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech Souk

Navigating through the maze of souks might be a little overwhelming at first, but we guarantee you will be delighted by fresh spices, oils, and olives. Complete your stay at the Royal Mansour Marrakech, where many of these ingredients can be found in the cuisine in the hotel’s three restaurants, overseen by thrice Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Farmers Market

After a relaxing stay at the cozy Inn on the Alameda, start your day with a trip into town for some shopping and people watching at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, which hosts 150 vendors in a LEED-certified building in the Santa Fe Railyard. Retreat back to the rustic Inn for a little R&R before exploring more of the oldest capital city in the nation.

Lucerne, Switzerland

Wochenmarkt

Guests staying at the elegant Palace Luzerne can enjoy both the beautiful Alpine scenery and the proximity to the heart of town – and don’t forget one of Switzerland’s best food markets! Stroll along the Reuss River while shopping for nuts, fruits, and mushrooms, or pick up one of the Wochenmarkt’s own cookbooks. This market also makes for a great day trip from Geneva (just 3 hours away) and at La Réserve Geneva, guests can take the new Tesla Roadsters out for a spin on their way to the market.

London, England

Borough Market

Made famous by scenes in blockbuster films, like Bridget Jones’s Diary and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the centuries-old Borough Market invites locals and tourists alike to pop in and perhaps duck out of the rain. Fresh fruits and homemade breads in the summer and warm drinks and decadent desserts in the winter – there’s always a good time to visit this market. It is just a quick Tube ride from the Metropolitan London, where guests can take advantage of the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa, or The Halkin, one of the first design-led boutique hotels in the world.

 

take your mama out

April 30th, 2012

Forget the Hallmark card or the flowers and take Mom away for a real treat. We’ve put together some suggestions for a Mother’s Day she won’t soon forget.

Where: One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico

What: Get Mom a weekend of spa treatments in paradise.

When: Mother’s Day Weekend

Why Mom will love it: Mothers and daughters can unwind in the privacy of a double Spa villa at the ESPA spa complete with private garden, rain showers, outdoor Mexican daybeds, and whirlpool baths to relax in after a treatment. Special for the weekend are Mother-Daughter Soul-to-Soul moments ($640 for two) that include a Mother-Daughter yoga or salsa experience, an ESPA age-defying radiance facial or intensive facial, a spa lunch, and full use of the heat experience and relaxation area, or the Enduring Memory Mother’s Day Experience ($355) with a two-hour holistic body ritual, an in-villa 30-minute experience including a foot ritual, bath, and relaxation time, a spa lunch, and full use of the heat experience and relaxation areas. And all of this with her now favorite child.

Where: Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

What: Show Mom how much you care by sending her to the welcoming Inn on the Alameda for a weekend of adult-only relaxation.

When: Mothers Day Weekend

Why Mom will love it: With the Please Your Parents Package, Mom and Dad can enjoy a weekend away from the kids in Deluxe Accommodations at the Inn, including the Inn’s signature continental breakfast, afternoon wine hour, and one box of yummy bizcochitos, the official New Mexico state cookie.

Rate: Nightly rate is $220 plus tax per room per night. With a regular rate of $270 plus tax, this package has $50 nightly savings and applies to the Inn’s Deluxe Rooms only. The stay must include Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13, 2012, but there is no minimum night stay requirement. The offer is subject to hotel availability.

Where: The Peninsula Spa, New York

What: An amazing ESPA “Spa-Cation” without leaving the island

When: Perfect for the week before or after Mother’s Day

Why Mom will love it: Play hooky and take your mama out! Without hopping on planes trains, or automobiles, have a spa-cation right in the city. You and mom can indulge in a 60-minute treatment, a special lunch, and complimentary use of the pool and fitness center. It’s available Monday-Thursday for $285 per person.

Where: White Elephant and Brant Point Grill, Nantucket, Massachusetts

What: Breakfast in bed is a nice gesture, but we bet Mom will enjoy the “Best Brunch on the Island” even more!

When: Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Why Mom will love it: From the Benedict Burger to the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, a Sparkling Station for mimosas, and a brand new tapas station, this brunch is complete with all of Mom’s favorites.

Rate: Brant Point Grill’s Mother’s Day Brunch is $55 for adults, $25 for kids ages 6-12 and $5 for kids ages 3-5. Combine your brunch with a stay at White Elephant and enjoy special Hot Dates Cool Rates, starting at $195 per night.

Where: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Avon, Colorado

What: Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, this luxury chateau-style resort features many amenities, including the 30,000 square-foot Allegria Spa, with a full-service fitness center, slopeside pool and hot tubs. This world-class spa is offering the “Her Day, Her Way Mother’s Day” package, an exceptional package for moms to unwind on their special day.

When: Mothers Day, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Why Mom will love it: Spoil Mom with an extra luxurious spa escape with the “Her Day, Her Way Mother’s Day” package that includes a 50-minute Swedish Massage; choice of one of three select treatments (25 minute Sweet Lavender Body Scrub, 30 minute Custom Facial or Express Manicure & Pedicure); champagne; take-home spa gift; and access to Aqua Sanitas, the health club, the pools and hot tubs.

Where: Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

What: Max and relax with Mom for a stress-free weekend away

When: Mothers Day Weekend

Why Mom will love it: Stress is a fact of life for mothers and daughters alike, which is why Parrot Cay has designed a Stress Management Wellness Package to target and relieve sources of tension and worry. Professional consultants will take things down a few notches with deep relaxing therapies, enlightening outdoor pursuits, and smart tips to put some of the carefree “island life” of Turks & Caicos into the home routine. Let the experienced personal fitness trainers convert pent-up stress into a productive mother-daughter workout, and follow it up with mind- and body-balancing yoga and meditation.

april 2012: what to do during april showers

April 24th, 2012

Park Hyatt

  • Rain or shine, this is one event that no one wants to miss. On April 26, 2012, as part of the 2012 Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine, Park Hyatt Seoul will be offering a Korean ethnic earthenware Onggi class followed by a reception and full course dinner with exclusive, locally-produced caviar and sturgeon complemented by an excellent wine selection.

Anantara

  • Make downtime fun in Thailand with Anantara activities: chef-led Thai cooking class and market tours at Anantara Lawana on Koh Samui, 120 minutes of bliss with the Pearl of Andaman signature treatment at Anatara Phuket Villas’s Anantara Spa, a Floral Foot Ritual, Traditional Chinese Herbal Back Massage, and Pearl Facial.

Crystal Cruises

  • Take advantage of a rainy day at sea to try an onboard enrichment program at Crystal’s Creative Learning Institute. Take a crash course in a foreign language with Berlitz, taste wine with the Society of Wine Educators, or create a work of art with Crystal’s Masterpeice Art Program, the most comprehensive art program at sea.

La Réserve Ramatuelle

  • April marks the re-opening of La Réserve Ramatuelle. Dedicated to health, the hotel has indoor and outdoor fitness options that include an indoor pool and a fitness center with Technogym equiptment – guests can stay fit rain or shine! In April, La Réserve is offering the third night free for any reservation of two nights!

Geejam Hotel

  • While it might be raining outside, at Geejam it’s always jammin’ no matter the weather. The hotel has its own recording studio where guests can learn the recording process and record a track on the mic.

Orient-Express

  • Rain is a fact of life in Scotland; lucky for us, the Scots have had centuries to figure out how to make the best of it. Orient-Express’ The Royal Scotsman’s new season is sure to entertain during April showers with elegant Scottish dinners, breathtaking views, and the quiet comforts of private Edwardian-style carriages.

One&Only Ocean Club

Park Hyatt Tokyo

  • Stay high and dry on the 41st floor while indulging in some sweet temptations. Every weekday afternoon, the Peak Lounge offers a tea plate and sweets buffet showcasing quintessential Japanese confections, such as warabi mochi sprinkled generously in sweet toasted kinako and a panna cotta accented with sakura sauce and macaron.

The Wauwinet

  • Borrow The Wauwinet’s complimentary Hunter Boots to explore Nantucket on a rainy afternoon. Watch the storm roll into the bay or take a short walk to the Whaling Museum and check out the 46-foot skeleton of a sperm whale that washed ashore in 1998.

Le Pavillon des Lettres

  • Take advantage of the rain and catch up on your reading. There’s no better place than the intimately luxurious Le Pavillon de Lettres, Paris’ first literary hotel.  Guests can curl up by the fireplace or read from one of the hotel’s many iPads, loaded with international bestsellers, in the privacy of their rooms.

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

  • Let the rain be your excuse to take a break from the outdoor activities available at the Victoria-Jungfrau and indulge in the signature treatment at the hotel’s ESPA Spa, the authentic Swiss Alpine herb poultice massage. The herbal foot ritual, full-body poultice massage, and relaxing head and scalp massage are guaranteed to relax you from head to toe.

Guinot

  • When rain has one homebound, get that face ready for summer. Start with a gentle exfoliation with Gommage Grain d’Eclat, follow with quick swipe of refreshing Lotion Hydra Fraîcheur toner, and finish off with 10 minutes of the smooth and gentle Hydra Sensitive Face Mask (voted Best Overall Face Mask by NewBeauty).

ESPA

  • Rainy days and Mondays get you down? Make the best of an April shower and take a “Spa-Cation” at the Peninsula Spa. This includes a 60-minute ESPA massage, a special lunch, and complimentary use of the pool and fitness center.

Inn on the Alameda

  • Let it rain, let it rain!!! While rainfall in Santa Fe is negligible, when it does rain, it pours! Take shelter in the Inn’s cozy Agoyo Room and enjoy a Turquoise Margarita or a New Mexican wine while sitting in front of the roaring fire.

Shakti

  • While April showers are nourishing the earth, Shakti guests can nourish their souls by sitting in meditation with Buddhist monks in a Sikkimese monastery, meeting with a real medicine man in a remote Ladakhi village house, or creating a bespoke itinerary featuring customized adventures.

Royal Mansour Marrakech

  • April showers may be cold and dull, but traditional Moroccan hammams are not! At 27,000 square feet, Royal Mansour’s two-story spa features thirteen treatment rooms, a fitness center, gymnastics area, a salon, two hammams, and an indoor swimming pool. Try out their signature Slimming Body Massage to prepare for the summer ahead!

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

  • A little rain never spoils the party in Costa Rica! Don’t fret – the almost-daily showers usually don’t last more than a few minutes, leaving just enough time to sample a sommelier-selected assortment of 33 South American wines and Latin American tapas at Nostalgia Wine Bar at Nayara, near the Arenal Volcano in the heart of the rainforest.

 

stay skinny and check into chocolate

April 16th, 2012

Image courtesy of WakeUpWorld.com

Everyone seems to be talking about the new “Chocolate Diet”, including The New York Times. With a new study showing that people who eat chocolate frequently have lower body mass indexes than those who it less often, we’re all about indulging our sweet tooth – in moderation of course. Here are some of our favorite places to satisfy a chocolate craving and stay healthy.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The sweetest way to satisfy a sweet tooth? A trip to the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail, of course! The Inn on the Alameda even offers a special “Check Into Chocolate” package. Designed to let you sample the unique hand-crafted delicacies created by the talented chocolatiers of the City Different, this tasty package won’t break the bank or your waistline. With rates starting at $340, this package includes:

  • Two (2) nights in a traditional Queen or King Room or a Deluxe King accommodation
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Daily afternoon wine hour
  • Four (4) $10 gift certificates, one each to sample some of the individual creations found on the Chocolate Trail at Todos Santos, Kakawa Chocolate House, The Chocolatesmith, and C.G. Higgins
  • Four (4) melt-in-your mouth bolitos, the signature chocolates from Señor Murphy, Santa Fe’s first local chocolatier, upon arrival
  • One (1) $30 gift certificate to dine at the Chocolate Maven, purveyor of some of the tasty treats found in the Inn’s Breakfast of Enchantment, serving high tea Monday through Saturday from 3-5pm

London

Since November, London’s famed boutique hotel, The Halkin, offers Couture Chocolate Afternoon Tea. The concept was created by William Curley, four-time winner of ‘Britain’s Best Chocolatier,’ for The Halkin as part of the hotel’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The exclusive new menu gives traditional afternoon tea an unexpected twist and is to be found in the hotel’s newly-transformed lobby bar, the Assouline Culture Lounge, showcasing coffee table books from the renowned book publisher, Assouline. In addition to the English teatime classic of freshly-made scones with clotted cream and jams and a selection of sandwiches, guests can choose from William Curley’s à la carte selection, that includes a Chocolate Financier with Passion Fruit Curd and a Sea Salt Caramel and Raspberry Tart. Priced from £37.50 per person, the tea is available daily between 3 and 6pm.

Bangkok

Located on the ground floor of the newly opened Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, Numero Uno is a chocolate lover’s paradise. The boutique features over 100 types of chocolate, mouthwatering cakes, and delectable pastries made from raw ingredients imported from Europe. Visitors can also enjoy rich coffees and a selection of indulgent hot chocolates. Deli-style sandwiches along with Asian and Western cuisine make Numero Uno a perfect place to stop for an afternoon snack or a late-night treat.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Chef Fred Bisaillon, the Executive Chef at the White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill, has created a delicious and satisfying dessert. Using a decadent combination of rich dark chocolate and sweet fruit, the restaurant’s Cranberry, Pecan, and Orange Chocolate Clusters are easy to make and the perfect solution for a sweet tooth.

Recipe:

  • 1 lb dark chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan pieces
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Zest of 2 oranges

Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl using 25-50% power, stirring every 25 seconds until melted but not burned. Remove from microwave and stir in cranberries and nuts, then orange zest. Using two spoons, drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking dish one at a time. Allow to rest in refrigerator until solid, about 15 minutes. Pull out pan and release clusters from it with thin knife or spatula.

On the Seven Seas

At least once on every sailing, Crystal Cruises hosts a special Chocolate Tea Time held in the charming sunlit Palm Court on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Guests can enjoy delicious savories and sweets accompanied with Might Leaf teas, the world’s finest whole tea leaf served in special silk pouches. Some of the chocolate temptations offered include Ganache cake, rings, and tartelettes; chocolate crème brûlée; chocolate éclairs; chocolate fudge cake; chocolate whiskey tart; chocolate pyramids and chocolate roulade. Yummm!

 

check into chocolate at the inn on the alameda

February 17th, 2012

February is a month dedicated to those mouth-watering morsels that come in that beloved heart-shaped Russell Stover box. We know that a craving for chocolate can hit at any time, and that is why Santa Fe’s premier small hotel, Inn on the Alameda, is offering a new package for chocolate addicts to enjoy year-round.

Nestled in the heart of the city, situated between the historic Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road art galleries, the Inn is moments away from the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail – a delicious string of chocolatiers including Todos Santos, Kakawa Chocolate House, The Chocolatesmith, and C.G. Higgins. Hit the trail and taste the sweeter side of life with the Check into Chocolate package.

The Check into Chocolate package includes:

  • A two- night stay for two people in a Traditional Queen, Traditional King, or Deluxe King, including our lavish continental breakfast and daily afternoon wine reception.
  • Four $10 gift certificates, one each for four unique chocolate shops you can discover on the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail: Todos Santos, Kakawa Chocolate House, Chocolatesmith and C.G. Higgins.
  • Four signature chocolate bolitas from Senor Murphy, Santa Fe’s first dedicated chocolatier, will be in the guestroom on arrival.
  • One $30 gift certificate to enjoy high tea or dine at the Chocolate Maven, purveyor of some of the tasty items in the hotel’s breakfast buffet.

The Inn on the Alameda features classic Pueblo-style architecture, with Mexican tile, handmade furniture, hand-woven rugs, local artifacts, and Kiva fireplaces. While there, take advantage of the free parking, two outdoor hot tubs, fitness facility, guest laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Seasonal rates for a two-night stay begin at $340. Package rates are based on double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include tax.  This package is not available online.  For reservations and information, contact the Inn on the Alameda at 1-888-984-2122 or 505-984-2121. For more information please visit www.innonthealameda.com.

Note:  a trip around the Chocolate Trail requires a vehicle.  Although the Inn does not have a shuttle, Santa Fe does have taxi service.

 

oh, sunny santa fe would be nice

December 8th, 2011

There’s a reason Angel and Collins from our favorite musical, Rent, wanted to leave New York to open a restaurant in Santa Fe. The City Different was recently voted one of the Top Ten US Food Destinations by TripAdvisor!  Now you can learn to cook like a Santa Fean chef at the charming Inn on the Alameda, recently named one of Condé Nast’s Top 200 Hotels, with the Taste the City Different Package. Led by a chef from the Santa Fe Cooking School, guests will take an afternoon tour of the city with four stops at unique dining destinations, where they can taste the menus, meet the chefs and owners, and learn about the eclectic mix of old and new that defines the region’s distinctive cuisine. The package also includes a cooking class, where guests will learn how to throw some southwestern flair into their kitchens at home.

January to April, 2012 dates are:

January – 1/19-21

February – 2/2-4; 2/9-11; 2/16-18; and 2/23-25

March – 3/1-3; 3/8-10; 3/15-17; 3/22-25; and 3/29-31

April – 4/5-7; 4/12-14; 4/19-21; and 4/26-28

So jump on the bandwagon, and find out for yourself why everyone is talking about Santa Fe!

To see if your favorite U.S. hotel made the list, click here!

food and fun in the city different

November 23rd, 2011

Santa Fe’s eclectic mix of Native American, European and Spanish cuisine make this southwestern city a foodie’s paradise!  Trip Advisor agrees and recently named the City Different one of the Top Ten US Food Destinations.

The Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe’s premier small hotel, is launching a contest in honor of the designation to hear about the best spots in town from visitors and natives alike. Participants simply need to describe their favorite restaurant in thirty words or less (a mouthwatering picture can’t hurt!) in a post on The Inn on the Alameda’s Facebook wall. The entry with the most ‘likes’ will win a $200 gift certificate to enjoy at their favorite restaurant! One lucky voter will also win a $100 gift certificate to a favorite Santa Fe dining spot so make sure to check out the tasty posts.

The contest runs from November 24-January 1, 2012.

 

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