I won't lie. Putting together this comprehensive guide to Santa Fe every year is a lot of work. But it's one of the most fun things I've been able to do at SFR. It gives me the warm fuzzies to have to take a hard look around this city and then put together stories about some of the coolest things it has to offer.

And I learn new things! Can you believe Posa's makes nearly a half-million tamales every year ("Stats," p. 19)? Or that you can buy a monthly pass to use the super-luxe pool at La Posada ("Get Wet," p. 39) Or that you can get sweet vintage boots at Kowboyz for less than $100 ("Saddle Up," p. 63)?

I knew how insanely easy it is to get a first-class meal on a holiday here in Santa Fe ("Holiday Dining Guide," p. 111) because I've been writing about that for the past year. But I knew virtually nothing about the long history of artists partying on Canyon Road ("Midnight in Old Santa Fe," p. 76).

How cool is that? I hope you find a trove of new information in this year's Santa Fe Manual and that you keep it on hand all year long just to show off how much you know.

Have fun out there!

Gwyneth Doland