Native Flavors of Santa Fe

2019 Pre-Conference Press Trip Media Placements

Six IFWTWA journalists participated in an all-encompassing vision of Santa Fe.

Journalists were guided by Passport to Pueblo Country tour group on a hike at Tsankawi ruins area at Bandelier National Monument that included a traditional feast day meal, pottery making demonstration, and a dance presentation. Museum visits to Museum Hill to see IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Delicious meals were provided at Café Pasqual’s restaurant as well as a Margarita Trail adventure culminating at the Agoyo Lounge at the Inn on the Alameda and then at the Thunderbird Bar and Grill for dinner.

The Cowgirl Grill offered up excellent BBQ on another evening. Cocktails and dinner at the only Native American Pueblo owned hotel in the city of Santa Fe, the Amaya at the Hotel Santa Fe, served up some fare on another night with nods to the Native American history but prepared in a contemporary menu.

The Santa Fe Farmers Market was a highlight of the post-trip with its bright colors and authentic wares. La Choza offered journalists the opportunity to learn the differences in New Mexican cuisine and Old Mexican cuisine. Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa Resort was the relaxing setting of a chance to enjoy a soak in communal hot tubs. The stay at the independent, boutique-style hotel, El Dorado, rounded out a perfect post-trip. 

IFWTWA thanks our host for coordinating our stay.
All opinions expressed in the following articles are those of the the individual writer and not influenced by IFWTWA.

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Native Flavors and Santa Fe Cuisine

Native food at Ohkay Owingeh Santa Fe
Native food at Ohkay Owingeh TOURISM Santa Fe courtesy photo

Although Santa Fe Cuisine as we know it today is an amalgam of Spanish, Mexican and Native American flavors, savory New Mexican food historically began with Native ingredients and cooking methods. What I found might surprise you.

Wittig, Stacey. Flagstaff-Sedona Dog Magazine, April 01, 2020
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Pet-friendly patio
Pet-friendly patio at Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe © 2019 UNSTOPPABLE Stacey

You don’t have to leave your pooch behind when visiting world-class destinations, but you do want to check and make sure your vacation spot offers pet-friendly lodging, dining and outdoor recreation. Santa Fe is just such a destination. Prestigious publications such as Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast and Forbes Travel continue to rank Santa Fe among the world’s most prominent getaways.

Kissam, Linda., January 30, 2020
A Carless Tour of the Top Santa Fe, New Mexico, City Gems

Agoyo Lounge on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail
Enjoying the Santa Fe Margarita Trail © 2019 Linda Kissam

Give me two days and I’ll show you the best city gems. No car needed.

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Richard Mermejo of Picuris Pueblo
Richard Mermejo of the Picuris Pueblo © 2019 Priscilla Willis

Visitors looking to experience the pride, passion, and pure spirit of the Native American people that Santa Fe is renowned for can begin their journey at Hotel Santa Fe. A sanctuary for the cultural traveler, Hotel Santa Fe embodies the pure spirit and cultural heritage of the Picuris Pueblo people.

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Enchiladas with New Mexican Red Chile Sauce © 2019 Priscilla Willis

Get a taste of New Mexico and explore New Mexican cuisine, and the difference between Mexican and New Mexican food, I highly recommend taking a cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. You will not be disappointed! During a class, you will learn about the local ingredients (chiles!) and how to prepare them from the school’s engaging professional chefs, watch the chefs in action, learn shortcuts and useful cooking tips, and enjoy an array of uniquely New Mexican dishes in a stylish and comfortable demonstration kitchen.

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San Ildefonso Pueblo Church © Allan Kissam

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Viva Vino New Mexico wine glasses ready for wine tasting
Viva Vino New Mexico wine glasses ready for wine tasting at the Taste of Santa Fe © 2019 Pam Baker

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Santa Fe Farmers Market
Santa Fe Farmers' Market offers traditional homemade foods and New Mexico farm-fresh produce © 2019 UNSTOPPABLE Stacey

Who should go? Art lovers and travelers interested in different cultural experiences. Don’t miss: Immersive art experiences at Meow Wolf. The Ashi Anma Foot Treatment at Ten Thousand Waves spa. Tours of native pueblos during sacred feast days with Passport To Pueblo Country.

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Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passport
Drinking margaritas and collecting stamps on the Margarita Trail passport © 2019 Pam Baker

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Log Ladders
Embracing the spirit of adventure, we hoisted ourselves up hand-scribed log ladders and over the light-colored cliff faces © 2019 UNSTOPPABLE Stacey

Exploring Tsankawi Village Trail with descendants of people that lived here in the 1300s is a rare treat. But anyone can book this experience with Passport to Pueblo Country and have a traditional feast meal at San Ildefonso Pueblo.