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Summer Guide 2013

93 Days of Summer; 93 Ways to Enjoy Them

June 11, 2013, 12:00 am

57. Host a Downton Abbey-inspired picnic

Downton Abbey is done for the season, but, after all, it’s summertime and it’s probably better to enjoy the outdoors than to watch reruns inside. Here’s an alternative: organize a Downton-inspired picnic. Head up the hill to the St. John’s College athletic field, or go to Patrick Smith or Fort Marcy Park. Order one of your impeccably dressed servants to rustle up some cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, dress in something light and flowy, put on your best British accent and pretend you’re super-rich. (MRC)

58. The hills are alive…

Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, St. John’s College hosts its Music on the Hill series (St. John’s College athletic field, 6-8 pm Wednesdays through July 24). If a Downton Abbey-inspired picnic’s not your thing, sunset evenings overlooking the Rio Grande Valley with an impressive lineup of jazz musicians just might be. (MRC)


59. Eat an ice cream cone

Earlier this spring, SFR went for a post-deadline beer at Marble Brewing Co. From our balcony perch, we noticed that at least every fourth person to cross the Plaza did so with an ice-cream cone in hand. Presumably, once the dog days hit, the frequency of cone-toting individuals will increase to every other person. Why not join the crowd? The Plaza Bakery, located on the Plaza, has a full ice-cream bar of Haagen Dazs flavors. Ecco Gelato and Espresso (105 E Marcy St., 986-9778) makes their additive-free gelato in-house, with tantalizing flavors like espresso and strawberry habañero. Mangiamo Pronto (228 Old Santa Fe Trail, 989-1904), which, beginning this week, opens the doors of their gelato and juice shop daily, offers the most refreshingly delicious (and cooling!) blood orange gelato I’ve ever tasted, among a variety of other citrus and dairy-based flavors. Yoberri Frozen Yogurt (325 W San Francisco St.; 3466 Zafarano Drive), uses fresh ingredients and, as of press time, offered peanut butter, blueberry with agave and classic tart fro-yo flavors. (MRC)


60. Be a locavore

Minesh Bacrania

On Saturday and Tuesday mornings (8 am-1 pm) throughout the summer months, the Santa Fe Farmers Market (1607 Paseo de Peralta) brings together a variety of local farmers and their produce in the Santa Fe Railyard. The indoor-outdoor market is vibrant with fruit, vegetables, flowers, breads and crafts. Escape the sun in the indoor market space, or meander through the crowds outside as you nibble on farm-fresh snacks and support local growers. (MRC)

61. Poach a pool

Poolless? One of the benefits of living in a tourist town is having a variety of hotels with pools to choose from. Check out Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa’s beautiful outdoor pool; Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; Inn and Spa at Loretto; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa; Inn of the Governors; Hotel Santa Fe…just to name a few. (MRC)


62. Play with sidewalk chalk

Get down on the ground and write or draw or scribble. Leave anonymous notes, create a fleeting masterpiece—until monsoon season begins, it might just stick around. (MRC)


63. Pay homage to Dale Ball

For an escape from town sans car, the Dale Ball Trails are the way to go. Meandering through 22 miles of untouched foothill expanses, the trail system offers spectacular views, wildlife sightings and a great way to get the body moving. (MRC)


64. Learn to cook local, organic—and cheap!

Every third Wednesday throughout the summer, Local Organic Meals on a Budget offers $22 courses on how to shop, cook and dine locally, organically and affordably (see page 50). (MRC)


65. Giddy up

Head to Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa (1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road) for a horseback ride. The Lodge offers group, private, children’s and sunset rides through beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain trails. Call 819-4013 to schedule a ride. (MRC)


66. Walk around the Roundhouse

Mia Rose Carbone

So, you’re downtown, but you’re sick of the galleries, the museums, the trinket shops and upscale boutiques. Why not check out New Mexico’s capitol building? It’s shaped like a Zia, an ancient sun symbol—and, at its center, the Capitol Rotunda Gallery is currently exhibiting a vibrant display of handmade quilts. (MRC)


67. Go to the movies

A classic way to escape the summertime heat and forget the daily stress, is to hunker down in a cool, dark movie theater. Check out the Center for Contemporary Arts’ Cinematheque (1050 Old Pecos Trail, or Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s The Screen (1600 St. Michael’s Drive, for alternatives to the summertime blockbusters. (MRC)


68. Get nostalgic

The world may not be all black and white, but Monroe Gallery (112 Don Gaspar Ave., 992-0800) has extraordinary exhibits of black-and-white photography. Currently showing is 1963, photographs from the “year of change.” (MRC)


69. Kick it like a cowgirl

Hit up a local watering hole, the Cowgirl BBQ (319 S Guadalupe St., 982-2565), where the waiters are cowboys and girls, the music is live, and the patio is the perfect place to sip a margarita or an ice-cold beer. (MRC)


70. Stroll along the Acequia Madre

Justin Horwath

Explore Santa Fe’s mother ditch. Running parallel to Canyon Road, and without the tourist crowds, Acequia Madre is historic, tree-lined and lush. If you’re lucky, there might even be water flowing through it. (MRC)


71. Camp out

Mia Rose Carbone

Now that the fires are in full blaze, wilderness camping is more of a challenge. But there are still plenty of getaways. For instance, head up Hyde Park Road, or drive up to the Rio Chama for beautiful nights under the stars. (MRC)


72. Make s’mores

Fire season means no campfires, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fire up the BBQ (or, for that matter, turn on the gas range) and toast a marshmallow, then sandwich it in between two graham crackers with some slightly-melted milk chocolate. (God, doesn’t that sound amazing?) Just please, please remember: Only you can prevent forest fires. (AS)


73. Do nothing

Seriously—doing absolutely nothing can be absolutely amazing. (AS)


74. Get hitched

Nothing like a summer wedding, right? Ehh, I don’t know. That shit is stressful. (AS)


75. Join the circus

Don’t think you’ve got talent? Think again. Local circus and puppetry outfit Wise Fool New Mexico (2778 Agua Fria St., Ste. D, 992-2588) isn’t just for kids; it also “welcomes adults of all ages, shapes, fitness and experience levels, and genders” to participate in classes including trapeze, aerial fabric and unicycling. Visit for more info. (AS)


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