Santa Fe Reporter - Winter Guide <![CDATA[Hark! - Angels, tenors and kings sing this holiday season]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
Already tired of “Santa, Baby” and “Feliz Navidad” on the radio? Close your eyes and tap into a different brand of holiday music. Why not try something that is centuries old and not on an endless loop in every shopping center, or catch a dance performance that strays from The Nutcracker?]]>
<![CDATA[Arty for the {Holiday} Party - Where to get your dose of holiday cheer, zombies and foamgina]]>
By: Enrique Limón
Giddy Up! Pair your denim with a tux jacket and mosey on down to the fourth annual Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Dance. Benefiting Horses for Heroes New Mexico—a local non-profit that provides horsemanship training, wellness and skill set restructuring via equine therapy to veterans and active-duty military personnel. ]]>
<![CDATA[Humbug For Real - These are a few of my least favorite things]]>
By: Alex De Vore
There are those for whom the holidays become a painful and baffling ordeal wrapped up in a glittery, nauseating package. We are the types who check our clocks on Thanksgiving and Christmas around noon, and think, “Fuck. Everything’s closed… now what?”
<![CDATA[Little Luminaries - Down low or up high, farolitos reign supreme]]>
By: Joey Peters
“The ladies had Japanese lanterns,” Gracie Olivas, a Santa Fe resident who’s been lighting farolitos for decades, explains. “When those burned out, they used their papers from their dishes that had been wrapped in color paper. And they had makeshift lanterns.]]>
<![CDATA[Got Wood? - Lighters, tied cords and flares, oh my!]]>
By: Justin Horwath
“See the oak?” Martinez asks, holding up the thick, heavy wood. “You need some other kind of wood to burn. ‘Cause this oak— you can’t just start [with] it. You know what I mean? Because it’s so dense, it’s so hard. You have to have a fire going before throwing one of these in.]]>
<![CDATA[Ghosts of Christmas Past - At 403, Santa Fe is one of America’s most haunted cities]]>
By: Tess Cutler
“I’ll be wearing a fedora and a strapping satchel,” says quadruple-threat Allan Pacheco, author, tour-guide, SAG actor and paranormal investigator. He shows up as promised, adroned in said items, plus a cane and, when he tips his fedora, a ponytail to boot.]]>
<![CDATA[Ski Grid - 2013]]>
By: Zoe Haskell

<![CDATA[A Very Santa Fe Christmas - Lifelong resident Ray Herrera talks regional holiday tradition and décor]]>
By: Ray Herrera
Christmas, which includes farolitos and luminarias, is important to me because the tradition has been a part of my life for at least 50 years. My first recollection of this tradition is when I lived on East Manhattan Avenue at my parents home, which originally was part of the Candido Herrera Family compound.]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Guide 2012 - What to eat, drink, ski, play, shop, explore and discover this winter]]>
This year’s Winter Guide comes right on time. The days are shorter, the air is chillier and, as of the time of this writing, snow was finally in the forecast. Those of you who long for the pure, piney solitude of first tracks on the Taos steeps can use our updated, improved ski grid to branch out to other locations (Sipapu usually opens first!) or explore some of the top local destinations for great snowshoeing. If you’re less thrilled about traipsing around in the cold, at least learn how to bundle up —or just cozy up at one of Santa Fe’s welcoming bars for some inner-warming libations. Finally, if you do nothing else, read Anicca Cox’s soaring tribute to winter in northern New Mexico —an homage to the truly incomparable magic of a Santa Fe winter.]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Libations - Four seasonal cocktails from Tanti Luce 221 are sure to warm you up]]>
By: Enrique Limón
It was a rare treat. A chance to be a drunken fly on the wall as Missy Auge, general manager of Tanti Luce 221 (221 Shelby St., 988-2355) and Leif West, mixologist for Southern Wine and Spirits, narrowed their winter drink selection down from a worthy 15 contenders.]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Libations....and Creations - Four more from Secreto Bar will help you make it through the season]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
Of course, in the interest of thorough reporting, SFR couldn’t visit just one local drinking establishment to sample its winter menu—so we also checked out the seasonal cocktails on offer at Secreto Bar, the cozy alcove tucked inside the Hotel St. Francis (210 Don Gaspar, 983-5700)]]>
<![CDATA[Winterize Your Skin - Tricks to surviving a frozen wasteland (or just the dry cold)]]>
By: Katherine Cox
Winter is the driest time of year, and here in the high desert, we are especially susceptible to cracking and chafing. The best thing you can do is prep your skin now for the dry days ahead and get into the habit of taking care of yourself to avoid bandaging and pain later.]]>
<![CDATA[Out-of-the-House Bunny - The girl’s guide to looking sexy, even in a puffy jacket]]>
By: Katherine Cox
Hitting the slopes in style is perhaps less of a priority than hitting the slopes at all—lift tickets ain’t cheap, and neither is the gear you need to get up there. But a few important items will make any ski bunny comfortable and attractive, both on and off the slopes, regardless of how much cash you have to spend.]]>
<![CDATA[It’s the Ski Grid! - Just the facts, ma’am: everything you need to know about skiing New Mexico]]> SFR
<![CDATA[Snowshoe, Why Don’t You? - Three destinations for the oldest, most up-and-coming winter sport]]>
By: Mia Rose Carbone
One of the most ancient forms of outdoor winter transportation is making a strong comeback these days. In the last couple of years, the number of people partaking in snowshoeing—a low-impact, cardio-beneficial form of snow recreation—has increased drastically.]]>
<![CDATA[Playtime! - Four don’t-miss events for winter reveling]]>
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
Canyon Road is magical, sure—but when you see it decorated to the eaves with holiday lights and farolitos, music and the scent of woodsmoke in the air, it takes on a whole new identity.]]>
<![CDATA[Coming Home in Winter - An ode to northern New Mexico’s magical season]]>
By: Anicca Cox
When mulling over ideas for this piece, I wasn’t sure what to say at first. After all, for the last few years, my time in Taos has been interrupted and punctuated by the season of the semester outside of New Mexico. I have left Taos for education and work, for escape, for adventure. But I always return.]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Guide 2011 - End Days: SFR’s bucket list for the final weeks of 2011]]>
One of the most glibly sensationalized years in the modern calendar, 2012, is nearly upon us. With it come the predictions of apocalyptic doom and the unceremonious end of the Mayan calendar.

From a skeptic’s point of view, “total demise” is something of an overstatement. Change, on the other hand, is inescapable. 

<![CDATA[Powder Fresh - La Niña be damned; it’s ski season!]]> R Harrison Dilday
The fiery summer of 2011 wasn’t great for New Mexico’s wild areas, but a cool, snowy winter should help restore them. Even better: Outdoorsy types who spent the hot months yearning for access to majestic forests and solitary peaks can finally hit the slopes!]]>
<![CDATA[Paint the Aspens - Isn’t that why we’re here?]]>
By: Matthew Irwin
I’m new to Santa Fe—why wouldn’t I attempt to paint the aspens? Isn’t that what people do? They move to Los Angeles to be actors, writers and musicians; to New York City to be (different kinds of) actors, writers and musicians; and to Santa Fe to be painters. Forget that I’m still learning how to use my camera properly; my assignment is to paint the aspens.]]>