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Summer Guide 2013

93 Days of Summer; 93 Ways to Enjoy Them

June 11, 2013, 12:00 am

38. Jazz it up

Sometimes all that sunshine just makes you want to hole up somewhere cool and dark, right? Especially at the end of the weekend, when you’re all sunburned and exhausted from all that summer fun? Fortunately for you, The Den (downstairs at 132 W Water St., 983-1615, hosts Speakeasy Sundays, a weekly jazz-and-cocktails night, 5:30-8 pm Sundays all summer long. Nestle into one of the lounge’s luxe sofas, order one of Coyote Café mixologist Quinn Stephenson’s inimitable cocktails, and relax to the jazzy crooning of local chanteuse Faith Amour. You’ll forget that Monday’s even coming. (AS)

39. Be proud

After the recent election of Ms. and Mr. Santa Fe Pride (love you, Bella Gigante!), the city is primed and ready for its annual Pride Parade & Festival, scheduled for June 22 and sponsored, as usual, by the local chapter of the Human Rights Alliance ( You don’t have to be LGBTQ (or anything else, for that matter) to have a blast dressing to the nines and coming out to celebrate equality, and the vibrant parade and ensuing festivities (Rocky Horror Picture Show, anyone?) are always fun. For more info, visit (AS)

40. Take a pedicab ride

Alexa Schirtzinger

Although few downtown destinations are beyond walking range, opting for a bike-powered buggy can be both fun and edifying, as most Santa Fe Pedicabs ( drivers know a lot about the City Different—and, if you’re polite (and don’t forget to tip!), they’re usually willing to enlighten you. Rides cost $1 a minute, which means getting from the Plaza to Canyon Road shouldn’t cost you more than $10. (AS)


41. Belay on

Fear of heights? No better way to conquer it than meeting the rocks head-on! The Santa Fe Climbing Center (825 Early St., 986-8944) offers youth and adult classes in its indoor climbing gym, as well as guided trips to outdoor rock-climbing destinations around New Mexico. Visit for more information. (AS)


42. Dance the night away

Santa Fe should thank its lucky stars for Rouge Cat (101 W Marcy St., 983-6603), whose frequent DJ spots and dance-all-night craziness do the heavy lifting when it comes to the city’s late-night scene. Check SFR’s calendar listings for weekly events. (AS)


43. They call me Mellow Velo…

Full disclosure: We’re a bit partial to the friendly cycling enthusiasts who share our building (and their beer), but that doesn’t cloud our judgment (much). While many other bike shops around town offer affordable rentals, service, maps and the rest, Mellow Velo (132 E Marcy St., 995-8356) will go the extra mile (heh) to send you on an adventure suited to your interests and abilities. City cruiser rentals cost $20; the Queen song stuck in your head for the rest of the day is just an added bonus. (AS)


44. Expand your taste buds

Elias Isaacson

Too many locals drive down Airport Road without stopping—specifically, stopping for tacos made from weird parts of various animals (intestine, tongue, etc.). Don’t do that! Allot an afternoon to tasting the wares at Airport Road’s many taco trucks—each one has its own specialty, everything’s cheap, and they’re almost all delicious. (AS)


45. Visit Nambé Falls

Drive 16 miles north of Santa Fe to Nambé Pueblo ($10 per vehicle) and splash in the water at the gorgeously refreshing Nambé Falls ( (MRC)


46. Grab some holy dirt

The Santuario de Chimayó is a historical temple and pilgrimage destination. Every year during Holy Week, pilgrims from near and far walk to the church in fulfillment of a vow or in search of healing—the church’s holy dirt is thought to have healing powers. Whether or not you make the trek on foot, the Santuario is a beautiful and sacred destination for a summertime escape. (MRC)


47. Hole up at the Humidor

Mia Rose Carbone

The dark, cool space attached to Rio Chama Steakhouse (414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 955-0765) is a great way to while away the hot, sunny hours with a cocktail—and you can smoke inside, to boot. (MRC)


48. Take the high road…

…to Taos. The drive snakes through the Carson National Forest and through little high-desert towns. Final destination: Taos, the historic home of the Taos Pueblo and a prolific art community. For directions and more information, visit (MRC)


49. Take a mini-trip to Madrid

If you’re pining after an escape from town without spending a fortune on gas, take a trip to Madrid (pronounced MAD-rid). En route to Albuquerque on the historic Turquoise Trail, Madrid is a little artist colony, home to quaint cafés, restaurants and galleries. On the way, pit stop in the dusty but scenic little desert towns of Galisteo and Cerrillos. (MRC)


50. Wander the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden

Twenty-five miles south of Santa Fe, with 10 miles of trail and 85 original works of art, the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden is a treat for the senses. The garden holds the Houser family collection of Allan Houser’s last 25 years of works. Tours of the private gardens must be scheduled (471-1528), but the short venture to the piñon- and juniper-covered hills between Cerrillos and Galisteo is worth the escape. (MRC)


51. Brunch like a champion

While it seems Santa Fe just recently caught on to the weekend brunch fad, we learned fast. Four favorite spots for a long, leisurely, delicious start to your Saturday or Sunday (and, given that it’s summer, we’re favoring patio spots): Tune-Up Café (1115 Hickox St., 983-7060) melds Salvadoran fare with American favorites for a unique and delicious brunch menu; Counter Culture Café (930 Baca St., 995-1105) serves up freshly baked cinnamon rolls the size of your head; Rio Chama Steakhouse (414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 955-0765) makes amazing Bloody Marys; and the Swiss Bakery Pastries & Bistro (401 S Guadalupe St., 988-1111) concocts a killer croque madame. (AS)


52. Take a little trip…

…in a lowrider. That’s the New Mexico dream, right? But if you don’t have access to a real, souped-up deal, you can pay a visit to the Low ‘n Slow Lowrider Bar (125 Washington Ave., 998-4900), where you can check out the hanging gallery of low-rider photos while comfortably sipping a margarita (which you should not do in an actual lowrider). And since it’s bad form to yell catcalls in a bar, you can at least belt it out, karaoke-style. (MRC)


53. Join a CSA

If you don’t live on a farm, the next best thing to farm-fresh food straight out of the earth, is farm-fresh food straight out of the earth from a local Community Supported Agriculture. Visit to find out how. (MRC)


54. Go hiking

Alexa Schirtzinger

It’s possible to walk from the heart of Santa Fe into the foothills and beyond to the Santa Fe National Forest. From there, the Pecos Wilderness extends into a seemingly endless expanse of pine. We’ve got the Jemez, the Sangre de Cristos and the Sandias, and awesome expanses of desert to explore in between. You could, if you wanted, spend all 93 days of summer hiking and never even come close to exhausting the possible routes—but watch out for the fires. (MRC)


55. Get wet

You’ll probably want to spend more than just one day of the hot, dry Santa Fe summer season cooling off in the water. About an hour and half north of town, Abiquiu Lake shimmers like a mirage in the red-clay desert. The lake is the perfect place to take a long dip and sunbathe on huge, warm stones. (MRC)


56. Take to the stage

Just across the parking lot from the Santa Fe Brewing Co. tap room, Sol Santa Fe Stage & Grill (37 Fire Place, 424-9637) hosts some of the most popular traveling and local music acts. Some of the upcoming performances this summer include The Grippin and Rippin Tour 2013; Portugal The Man and Guard; and Sara Beth & Jessica. Never heard of them? Just be grateful someone’s willing to stop in Santa Fe. (MRC)


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