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Best of Santa Fe - See It!

Best of Santa Fe - See It!

July 23, 2013, 12:00 am

Best place to be seen
If there’s a place to be seen in Santa Fe, it’s a second-story patio. Pick any—Marble Brewery’s Plaza-side taproom (pictured), Thunderbird, Coyote Cantina, the Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda, and so on. Why? The answer possibly involves complex class issues. But, generally, it’s because you’ll inevitably be looking down on people—while they’re rushing somewhere, not yet at their destination—and they’ll inevitably be jealously looking up at you while you’re drinking, eating, laughing. Plus, on any one of those patios, you’ll be experiencing rushes of mountain air, a better view and, perhaps, a better lighting situation. Which makes everyone look prettier. (JH)

Best place to go incognito
Yes, we are aware that Cheeks (2841 Cerrillos Road, 473-5259) is located beside Arcade News, but consider this: If you want to go someplace where people are going to do everything in their power to pretend that nobody else is around, it’s a strip club. Nobody has a story that starts, “We became best friends after meeting at a strip club.” The added benefits of a trip to Cheeks are innumerable. Booze fan? Check. Music fan? Check. Looking-at-boobs fan? Check. And even though that German study from 2009 claiming that people who stare at boobs live longer turned out to be a hoax, nobody ever said it was harmful to your health. Oh, but before we forget, if being incognito is your thing, don’t tell anyone down there it’s your birthday. We won’t spoil the surprise for those who are planning to spend their special day at Cheeks, but we will say that the results of letting ’em know that’s the reason you’re there are, in a word, insane. Just remember, gentlemen, nobody likes a boor. (ADV)

Courtesy of BODY
Best place to spot a celebrity
You’d think it would be one of the fancy hotels or restaurants—Geronimo, perhaps, or The Compound; possibly the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, where Jennifer Aniston once reportedly got a hotel employee fired for talking about her. (Everything on Gawker is true, right?) But when you think about it, it actually makes sense: The spot for celebrities both local and exotic is Body (333 W Cordova Road, 986-0362). Spotted there: film superstar Charlize Theron; local singer-songwriter Chris Chickering; tons of other beautiful people whose names we don’t know; and, of course, local celeb-cum-yogi Josh Schrei [cover story, Sept. 12, 2012: “Holy Water”], whose Sunday “gospel yoga” classes are so packed that trying not to kick someone in the head is almost as challenging as a full vasisthasana. (AS)

Best public art display

Thanks in part to New Mexico’s Art in Public Places program—whereby 2 percent of the cost of capital construction projects is set aside for art acquisition—our town is home to some killer public art. Think: Colette Hosmer’s fishy Santa Fe Current or the Blake’s Lotaburger man on St. Mike’s (OK, I’m pretty sure that was done with private funds, but it’s still awesome). Not to toot our own horns (and really, would we leave the house if we could?), but the newest kids on the block—the 20 street boxes resulting from SFR’s Project Art Box (which was funded solely by love of art and empty promises)—are nothing to sneeze at. Located all over town, the fun containers—from Fredrick Prescott’s spotted pig, appropriately placed outside Solana Center’s The Real Butcher Shop and Charcuterie, to Grant Kosh’s John Belushi-emblazoned one (bonus points if you know what movie it references) located catty-corner from the Hotel St. Francis—are sure to make even our most vocal internet haters swoon. Says Arthur Lopez of “Santa Fe Sacred at Heart,” pictured on this issue’s cover: “I was reading the comments about you guys regarding the Guadalupe controversy, and I didn’t agree with a lot of it. I felt your decision to run it was sacred, at heart—your heart was in the right place, though maybe your mind wasn’t.” Amen to that. (EL)

Courtesy of The Lensic, Via Facebook
Best way to get everyone in the bar to look at you
It wasn’t intentional—per se—but one night, SFR copy editor (and fellow Summer Guide sinner) Mia Rose Carbone and I found ourselves the lucky owners of two tickets to the Downton Abbey season premiere at the Lensic. Period dress was “encouraged,” according to the invitation, and for those not in the know, Downton is all about the understated glamour of 1920s heirs and heiresses living in blithe ignorance of the impending Depression. MRC, as she’s known around the office, loaned me a dress, which I paired with weird ankle boots, some fancyish gloves and long strands of beads acquired from Double Take (see below). We put on our furs (fake) and headed out the door. After the cliffhanger-filled premiere, we visited a local watering hole, where we guzzled champagne and elicited all kinds of interested stares, comments and even propositions. It simply had to be the period dress (not intended as it now sounds). (AS)

Best shop to transform yourself into a true Santa Fean*

One of the best parts about living in Santa Fe full-time is that when the tourists take over in the springtime, the people-watching is out of this world. That is, there seems to be some memo that goes around demanding—or maybe the lack of oxygen does it—that all tourists dress like turquoise-drenched rainbows. Apparently, that’s what a true Santa Fean looks like to the outside world. Best place to get your so-called Santa Fean digs? Double Take (320 Aztec St., 989-8886). It’s where people who actually live here drop off their turquoise jewelry; cowboy boots and hats; long, flowy skirts; and concha belts—apparently discarded once those erstwhile impostors decided to stay in the Land of Entrapment forever. (MRC)
*Not recommended for people who actually live here.


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