Fly Fishing in the Desert?

Pecos River Rainbow

(Rainbow Trout from the Pecos River)

When guests ask us about things to do around Santa Fe and I suggest fly fishing for trout I frequently see surprise and disbelief. There are actually multiple fishing opportunities within an hour or two of Santa Fe and many more options throughout northern New Mexico. While the Rio Grande is a meandering muddy river along the Texas – Mexico border it is a cold clear mountain river in northern New Mexico and home to lunker brown and rainbow trout. My favorite place to fish is the Pecos River, which is an easy 40 minute drive from the Inn. The Pecos is a classic tumbling mountain stream with headwaters high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Pecos Wilderness. The Pecos offers amazing dry fly fishing and is easily waded. The Rio Chama is only an hour away and offers year round fishing in the midst of Georgia O’Keefe country. For fly fishers looking to test their skills the many small streams in and around the Valles Caldera National Preserve is just two hours away and can be combined with a visit to Bandolier and the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos. There are even more mountain streams to explore in the Taos area. You might even get a shot at a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, which is native to the Rio Grande drainage and southern Rocky Mountains.

If you have questions or need suggestions give us a call at (505) 984-8200. Inn on the Paseo’s Innkeeper, Terry, is always willing to talk trout and fly fishing in Northern, New Mexico. So the next time you are planning a trip to Santa Fe, think about packing your fly fishing gear. No space in your luggage? No worries we can connect you with our favorite fly shops where you can rent gear, hire a guide, or pick up the hottest flies for the water you’re fishing. And we’d be happy to help you arrange a guided trip with our preferred partners.

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A World-Class Photographic Experience in Santa Fe

Here at the Inn on the Paseo, we love the fact that Santa Fe has so much to offer those who like to spend their time being creative. Every year, thousands of artists come here to rediscover what it is they love about art. For photographers in particular, Santa Fe is a magical place that provides endless opportunities to engage the imagination and stimulate inspiration.

Jeanie Adam_Smith

(Photo Credit: Jeanie Adam Smith)

One such organization that guides photographers in harnessing their creativity and reaching their photographic goals is Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Sharing their passion for photography and offering world-renowned instructors, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offer a state-of-the-art photographic education for participants of all levels.

Operating year round and held with a stunningly beautiful campus, there are workshops suitable for every level of photographer. Those who are completely new to photography can take a class in the basics of digital photography. More experienced photographers can learn about the various techniques for studio lighting. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers it all. Participants leave Santa Fe with a whole new set of skills that could be the start of a passionate new hobby or even form the basis of a new career.  There is even a workshop for those who want to capture the power of the iPhone to take better photos.


(Photo Credit: George Cooke)

The official website for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has a complete list of the workshops that are taking place throughout the year.  Some can be completed in just a few days while others span up to a week. Whatever you choose, be prepared to be inspired. In the words of the Director of the organization:

“Photography deepens our connections to the world around us, to ourselves, and to one another. It adds meaning and delight to our lives.” – Reid Callanan

Will Van Beckham

(Photo Credit: Will Van Beckham)

Art and creativity are a big part of life in Santa Fe. With such beautiful scenery all around, the desire to capture it for posterity is often too great to resist. Depending on the workshop you chose you may have the opportunity to make photographs of the many different landscapes and aspects of life in Santa Fe.  Just think, one day your photos could even be gracing the wall of a gallery!

Remember that these workshops fill up fast and it’s important to register in advance.  For more information, please visit Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Erik Unger

(Photo Credit: Erik Unger)

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Featured Itinerary: White Water Rafting & Beer Tour

(Guest Blog by Kathy M.)

In the beginning of June I had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Fe with three girlfriends. Truth be told, we’re all family and our ages span from 33 to 56 (all from “Bahston” Massachusetts). We were looking for a combination of relaxation, adventure, and fun.

Staying at Inn on the Paseo was the perfect choice for us as it is just a couple blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and is arguably the best value in Santa Fe with a delicious gourmet breakfast, free parking (yes, please!) and free wifi. The luxury linens, afternoon treats, and amazing staff didn’t hurt either!

We had a total of three nights and four days to get our fill of the area and decided to schedule one “tour” in advance. After much research (I’m a TripAdvisor junkie), I contacted Cindy from New Mexico Wine Tours and discussed her “River Rafting & Wine Tasting Tour” which sounded like a lot of fun, but definitely out of my comfort zone (the rafting part!). We all decided we had to do it. Life begins where fear ends, right?

This particular tour would combine a morning of rafting down the Rio Grande with the top rated, New Mexico River Adventures, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch prepared by Cindy, and an afternoon of beer tasting in Taos. Although I consider myself a “wino” and Cindy could have easily planned an afternoon of wine tasting, the rest of my group preferred beer. Cindy told us this was no problem and she had the perfect day planned for us.

The day started out with Cindy picking us up from Inn on the Paseo bright and early around 7:30am. We headed north to the New Mexico River Adventures shop where they fully prepared us with gear and all the safety information we would ever need for that morning and life in general! 🙂 . We were on the river in no time and our guide, Mike, was absolutely fantastic. To say the trip was fun, thrilling, scenic and educational, is an understatement. We all had a blast and wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone!  Here is a shot from the trip…

new mexico river adventures

The rafting trip ended around lunch time and we walked across the street to the Blue Heron Brewing Company where we ate outside and sampled a flight of their delicious beers. Cindy had prepared an amazing spread of cheeses, fruit, chicken salad, and more. Thank you, Cindy!

After lunch we headed north towards Taos and the views were absolutely breathtaking. We stopped off along the side of the road to take in the spectacular views…

road to taos

After pinching ourselves we continued on to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge in the US.  We walked out the center, looked down, confirmed our fear of heights, and walked back. Just kidding, it was actually very cool. Well, maybe not kidding entirely.  Thankfully, the Taos Mesa Brewing Company was just beyond the bridge…

taos mesa brewing company taos

We sat outside and sampled more than a handful of beers from this brewing company. I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite from their great selection.

Our last stop of the day was at Eske’s Brew Pub in downtown Taos. We sat outside with a pitcher of Apricot Ale in a shaded area and relaxed. It was a nice way to end the day before our drive back to Santa Fe.

Planning this tour was one of the best decisions we made in Santa Fe…we won’t talk about the poorest decisions 😉 Kidding! To this day we can’t stop raving about how much fun we all had and about the exceptional service we received from both Cindy of New Mexico Wine Tours and the team at New Mexico River Adventures.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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New Mexico Wine Tours – The Best Way to Wine Taste!

newmexicowineriesThere is nothing better when you’re traveling than enjoying local wines and the beautiful region of New Mexico is no exception.  The state has been involved in wine production since the 17th century and there is now a wide variety of wines produced here.  Luckily we have New Mexico Wine Tours on hand to help make the most of every moment and guide visitors around some of the best wineries in the state.

New Mexico Wine Tours are run seven days a week throughout the year and you can join a group tour or a private tour can be arranged for you.  The great news is that tours can be customized so you can plan in advance exactly what you want – great for a special occasion!

However, wine tours are just a small part of the services that we offer.  How would you like to try rafting?  Opt for a tour that takes you on this amazing adventure sport experience and then a wine tasting afterwards to relax.  Or a hot air balloon trip?  Cooking classes in native cuisine are offered as well as scenic tours.  All of these can be combined with wine tasting experiences that you will never forget.

So what can you expect from one of their public wine tours?  A basic public tour takes a day and will take you around either the northern part of the state or the central wine region.  New Mexico Wine Tours has guides that can tell you about the area, local history, significant landmarks and much more.  Every tour is slightly different as they customize even the public tours based on client requests and which events are taking place each day.

Tours of the northern part of the state are perfect for those who want to see something of the countryside.  Anyone who wants to take in the southern part of the state and see wineries in the Albuquerque region will need to book a private tour.

The great thing about the public tours is that you will not find yourself packed on a bus with 60 or 70 other people.  Tour numbers are limited to make sure that each guest gets the most from it so there will be no more than 12 people on each tour.  New Mexico Wine tours will pick you up from wherever you’re staying and will even make sure you have a gourmet lunch as part of this amazing day out.  There will be special offers at some wineries but the tasting fees are not included as part of the trip.  This means that you do not have to feel obliged to take part at all of the wineries if you don’t want to and can pick and choose as you go along.

The New Mexico Wine Tours office is open all day and evening so make sure you give Cindy a call to arrange your perfect tour.  Booking in advance is essential as spaces on tours are taken up very quickly. Inn on the Paseo Guests who book a tour with New Mexico Wine Tours will each receive a complimentary glass of wine, two delicious EK. chuah chocolates and a complimentary cheese and cracker plate.

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“Living Lines” – Botanical Art Retreat

                                                                  “LIVING LINES”



 Oct 20 -21, 2014

with Lisa Coddington MA

 Join Lisa in beautiful historic Santa Fe while autumn lingers for a 2-day Botanical Art retreat. Two art sessions offer botanical drawing, and watercolor glazing techniques. Autumn art subjects are ideal for beginner and experienced alike.  Lisa teaches Botanical Drawing and Watercolor at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College. Her art is represented in galleries in South Carolina and Santa Fe.

INCLUDES:  3 nights (Oct 19, 20, 21) at charming Santa Fe B & B, admission to Georgia O’Keefe Museum, historic walking tour, admission to the new Santa Fe Botanical Garden, breakfasts, two artists’ lunches, parking, and wi-fi.

B&B is a short walk to Canyon Road Art Galleries, Historic plaza, restaurants, shops, and museums. Santa Fe is a 1-hour flight or 6.5 hour drive from Denver via I-25.

ASBA Member Cost: $920.00

Non-member: $950.00

Deposit payment: $500.00 due at time of registration.

 Final payment due Aug 20, 2014 -– no refunds after August 25, 2014.

Payable by credit card, check, or money order to Lisa Coddington.

 Group rate is available one week before and one week after the art session.

For Further information contact LISA Cell: 315-256-8639 Email:

 Supply list is available after registration

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Santa Fe is for Chocolate Lovers!

chocolate santa fe nmPlanning a trip to Santa Fe?  You may not know this but this is a great city for those who love good chocolate.  In fact, a trip around the various chocolatiers is a great day out.  Beautiful handmade chocolates can be found here, made using a wide variety of unusual ingredients, many of which are produced locally to the city.  Stop thinking that chocolate has to be from Switzerland or Belgium and find out just what New Mexico has to offer to this amazing craft.

Consider calling in at C. G. Higgins Confections on Ninita St.  This is a chocolate store that has won awards for its handmade creations that include chocolate fudge truffles and caramel corns.  Pick up a gift basket or two and enjoy refreshments while you’re there.  This is a great place to relax for an hour or two with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  There is also a store on Lincoln Avenue if you prefer and that offers the same range of products and the same relaxing ambiance.

Alternatively you could try Kakawa Chocolate House located on East Paseo de Peralta.  Here the specialty is a variety of drinking chocolates and you could find yourself enjoying chocolate blends such as the Pre-Colombian Mesoamerican Mayan Aztec blend, blends that come from 17th century Europe and others that were popular during Colonial American times.  This is a very unusual way to bring history to life!

Senor Murphy Candymaker is another option and there is a factory as well as retail stores.  These handmade chocolates are local specialties.  Regional ingredients are mainly used in the creation of these chocolates so you’ll find that chile and pinon nuts are popular additions.  These chocolates are unique and you will not find anything else like them in the city.

Chocolate Smith claims to offer the best dark chocolate in the world, blended with some of the freshest and local ingredients to create both classic and contemporary chocolates.  Chocolate Smith can be found on Cerrillos Road and is definitely worth a visit while you’re in town.

Another award-winning establishment is the Chocolate Maven on West San Mateo Road.  This is actually a bakery-café that serves fine pastries, quality coffee and a range of snacks.  Cakes are a specialty and the company will ship goods all over the US.  If you are looking for a wedding cake then look no further!

A real chocolate lover could spend a day or two exploring all of these and many other establishments in the city renowned for offering top quality handmade chocolates and other products.  If you love chocolate but are looking for a new take on the art then you have certainly come to the right place

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Explore our Wilderness but we recommend Outspire’s trained guides

Chimney Rock Outspire HikingSanta Fe is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. Just a few minutes away from bustling downtown lay acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here you’ll find miles of excellent trails to explore that range from an easy stroll to a challenging climb. And if you’d like to experience something a little different, there are trails nearby through dramatic canyon areas, too.

Many of our guests at Inn on the Paseo come to Santa Fe to tour our natural areas but we feel that our wilderness is best explored with a guide.

Some of the best guides in Santa Fe for hiking and snowshoeing tours are found at Outspire. There is so much cultural and ancient history in the regions around Santa Fe and Outspire guides can offer insights that independent trekkers would miss. Of course, the guides know what to expect and will help you safely enjoy your time outdoors around Santa Fe, too.

Day hikes can be enjoyed year-round – while snowshoeing treks offers a nice alternative during the winter season. Outspire keeps track of New Mexico’s weather forecasts, trail conditions, and seasonal items of interest. Outspire is also very flexible and offers a variety of day hikes to both the experienced hiker or snowshoer or first- timer.   Outspire can offer hikers or snowshoers a milder morning hike, an interpretive walk through nearby national monuments, or a seven hour day on a backcountry trail. The emphasis is on private outings, tailored to your priorities.

As a professional guide service, Outspire is recognized and approved for leading guests into the outdoors of Santa Fe National Forest, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument, Bandelier National Monument and other public lands by permit.   Every guide has emergency medical and specialized outdoor training.

Guests need not worry about packing supplies from home as Outspire will provide a day pack, rain poncho, adjustable trekking poles, bottled water and trail snacks. Snowshoe trips include fitted snowshoes, poles and leg gaiters for your comfort. For those going snowshoeing, the snowshoes come from Mountain Safety Research and are lightweight which enable some off trail walking and coasting along through pristine winter woods. Also, one does not have to have prior snowshoeing experience. Guides have special first aid training, carry extra supplies, and will make every effort to look out for each individual’s needs.

An added benefit is that Outspire guides will meet guests at the Inn.

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Harvest time in Wine Country – One of New Mexico’s Best Kept Secrets

The arid climate of New Mexico and its fertile Rio Grande Valley has made it ideal for wine growers. The Spanish influence since the 1600s brought an appreciation for wine that truly became established in the 1800s. Today, New Mexico has become one of the nation’s largest wine producers, with many family owned vinters producing almost a million gallons annually. With over 3,100 acres of vineyards in the State – New Mexico is ideal for wine enthusiasts.

During your visit to our Inn, we urge guests to consider exploring the wineries here. They are often set in some of our most fertile and picturesque valleys, marked by traditional architecture and mountain views. Taking a drive along highway rte. 25 from Bernalillo to Socorro is a great day trip and can be undertaken either as an organized or spontaneous winery tour.

The wine harvest comes to the Santa Fe area at this time of year and to celebrate this annual ritual, Bernalillo County – which has a long history of producing some of the finest wines in New Mexico and beyond, celebrates the New Mexico Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend in the town of Bernalillo. We urge you to attend and we are offering a 20 percent discount for guests booking a two night stay.

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