The sweet days of summer in this little city are accompanied by an embarrassment of riches when it comes to places to go, things to do and people to meet. It’s easy to fall into a rut—even a pleasant, sun-stunned one. While you’re free to do the same things you did last summer and the summer before that, we’ve laid out a plan here to help you get off the beaten path.

Join our team of writers who explored on your behalf. You might not find yourself alone. Hell, you might meet some new friends. But it should be fun: Learn a new skill, ditch the American beer for a fun pink wine, maybe even take some to a local mountaintop along with a snack. Get baseballed or hit the new mall mini golf. Embed yourself in contemporary arts culture at SITE Santa Fe's celebrated biennial show or learn what's to love about opera from our resident opera lover, John Stege. A new theater company working in the Siler Road district is offering an award-winning lineup, and, in case you haven't taken your headphones off in a while, we've also got the lowdown on all the best music fests in town and a list of "Don't-Miss" events that are longstanding Santa Fe gems, experiments and singular opportunities to enrich your day.

Robert Frost might have been in a snowy wood when he wrote about diverging roads, but the same applies to the blazing summer. Take the one less traveled by. It can make all the difference.