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While much of New Mexico’s charm lies in its history and tradition, there’s always something new to awaken one’s senses. Whether it’s a longtime establishment growing its services or a contemporary offering inspired by the landscape, new and unique experiences can spark the start or a trip or complement one’s plans.

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Gruet Winery debuted the new Santa Fe tasting room at the Hotel St. Francis in September 2016. Located at the heart of Santa Fe’s historic district, the tasting room provides an outstanding opportunity to share Gruet Winery’s passion for premium American sparkling wines with visitors and residents alike. Hotel St. Francis, located at 210 Gaspar Avenue and owned by Heritage Hotels & Resorts, is Santa Fe’s oldest hotel on the National Register of Historic Places.

Biadora Bakery, located at 1807 Second Street in Santa Fe, combines art, passion and culinary skills in a French-Italian patisserie, specializing in desserts, cakes, and pastries. Under the direction of Filipino-American baker Salvador Biadora, the bakery includes such classics as warm and buttery croissants, cream cheese lemon cookies, almond brownies and mini Danish with cheese, cranberry, chocolate and cinnamon. The stars of the Biadora Bakery show, however, are the cakes, such as Butter Crust Tart with Vanilla Custard and Fresh Fruit or Milk Chocolate Mousse with Banana Flambe Gelee Center and Butter Sponge.

El Nido, a revitalized restaurant at 1577 Bishops Lodge in Tesuque, features a contemporary Italian cuisine for dinner and will soon offer a brunch. Closed since 2010, the restaurant re-opened in fall 2016 under the direction of Santa Fe cook and chef Enrique Guerro, who cooked formerly at La Mancha in Galiesto. While the exterior remains the same, the interior of the building has received renovations. El Nido describes iteseld as “elegant, rustic, refined, honest, delicious food, in a fine-dining atmosphere without pretense” and uses vegetables, meats and pastas as the basis for its foods.

Rowley’s Farmhouse Ales, located on 1405 Maclovia St. in Santa Fe, is a small, independently owned brewery focused on rustic farmhouse and sour ales, brews that are more traditional, old-fashioned and linked to Belgian and France.  Opened in late summer 2016, the spot also offers a gastropub menu with farm-fresh food items.

The Burger Stand at Burro Alley (207 W San Francisco Street, Santa Fe) dubs itself a brew pub with a diverse selection of small batch handcrafted beer and eclectic and delicious burgers. An expansion of the location at The Taos Ale House, the Santa Fe spot includes a variety of burger and entrée options, “hawt doggz,” a plethora of fries, including duck fat fries and bourbon bacon cheddar fries, as well as shakes, malts and floats.

Green Jeans Farmery on Carlisle and I-40 in Albuquerque is a community-oriented commercial plaza constructed entirely with repurposed shpping containers as modular, artchitectural building blocks. The Farmery functions as an indoor/outdoor gathering place that builds on ingenuity, fun and localist choices with the message of healthy living and neighborhood. Opened in February, the tenants at Green Jeans Farmery include Santa Fe Brewing Company, Bocadillo's, Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, Rustic on the Green, Chumly's Southwestern, Distillery 365, Chill'N, Epiphany Espresso, Fashion Locker, F.I.T. Studio, Rockin' Taco and Soup Dog.

Cacao, the Art & Culture of Chocolate opened in the summer of 2016 in Santa Fe. The duo of Melanie Boudar and Derek Lanter roast and grind fair or direct trade sourced cacao beans to make bars ,create delicious artistic confections from only the finest ingredients and carefully craft and blend our unique drinking chocolates.  Sweet tooths can also participate in fun and educational " Food of the Gods" workshops to make and taste chocolate from scratch while learning about its fascinating history. The hands-on experience takes place in the shop’s Gallery, a specially designed place that will transport you to the farm and let you see the steps in solved from taking an agricultural product to something delicious.

Bodega Prime Deli operates under owner Noela Figueroa as a local caterer, deli, and prepared foods grocery working with local farmers on the best food to take out, take home, & take in. Opened Tuesday through Saturday, breakfast and brunch, sandwiches and prepared foods are available.

The Root Cellar Taproom & Gastropub is located under The Hive Market and The Beestro bistro at 101 W Marcy Street. Hidden downstairs in a speakeasy-style atmosphere, the hideaway offers 20 taps pouring beer, wine and cider from across New Mexico while also offering a gastropub-style menu. The Hive Market recently became a year-round establishment, sourcing all of its products from local producers and offering a multitude of scrumptious items.

Café Sonder focuses on American cuisine with a focus on serving local products and using locally sourced ingredients. A venture of Dan Razatos, a Greek immigrant who opened the famous Plaza Café in downtown, the restaurant offers a coffee bar and soon-to-open pub area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner the name of the restaurant is also worth nothing as the meaning of Sonder is - The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own- populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness.

Revel will open in January 2017 on Bullard St. in downtown Silver City. Patrons can enjoy comfort food with a twist, beer and wine in a stylish dining room or out on the quiet patio facing Big Ditch Park. The food will be made-from-scratch and will change with the seasons, sourced locally whenever possible to support the local economy.

The Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is now open seven days a week for lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch in the historic building overlooking the spring-fed pond. Executive Chef, Rocky Durham embraces the idea that food is a potent elixir for the body and mind.

401, a hot new addition to the Santa Fe dining scene, is located at 401 South Guadalupe and officially opened on June 1. Executive Chef Laura Licona serves a dinner menu of what she calls “Global American” featuring dishes such as lamb chops with risotto, peas and salsa verde, and crispy salmon salad with farro, fried capers, dill and candied mint.

Former Arroyo Vino chef Mark Connell recently opened this artisanal American dim sum restaurant, State Capital Kitchen, to great fanfare, serving up delectably creative bites like rabbit pot pie and dashi-braised bacon with lemongrass white bean puree to hungry patrons. The menu, in keeping with Santa Fe’s locavore mentality, is sourced from local farmers, ranchers and foragers. “Locally sourced and crafted with love” has proven to be the unofficial motto of this hot new Santa Fe eatery.

HQ Santa Fe is a full service coffee shop, featuring Caveman Coffee, and a Santa Fe Brewing Taproom. The project is located in downtown and is spearheaded by Tait Fletcher, Marcos Aragon and Malisa Braselle, entrepreneurs responsible for Caveman Coffee, Nuevo Cerveza and Bloody Maria. The space, open from 2 – 10 p.m. each day is located at 411B West Water St. and includes free wifi, a mercantile shop, televisions, working space and snacks.

Heritage Inspirations, a partnership between Heritage Hotels & Resorts Inc. and Angelisa Espinoza, launched in spring 2016 to offer dynamic, authentic and diverse travel experiences across northern New Mexico where guests can stay at the Heritage Hotels collection, while experiencing the state’s cultural corridor. The three all-inclusive tours start and end in Santa Fe with routes through Taos, Chimayo and northern state parks and include meals, accommodations, transportation, activities and local guides. The Chaco Tour Experience will be available in 2017 with the opening of Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque.

Turquoise Tours offers historic, food and art walking tours, culture and Hispanic heritage driving tours, horse trail rides, mountain biking, rock climbing, cooking and art classes, with plans to expand into Gallup and Santa Fe.

The new Santa Fe Margarita Trail launched in May 2016 as an ongoing culinary cocktail experience for everyone. The Trail highlights restaurants and bars that offer a special, uniquely designed and named margarita using the finest tequilas and ingredients. A Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passport will describe participating establishments and include the recipe for each margarita. Passports are available at TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers—and will be used to collect stamps for each margarita sampled. Passport holders can turn them in at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Visitor Center for a special Santa Fe Margarita Trail t-shirt or other tiered gifts based on number of stamps received.

Routes Bicycle Tours also expanded to Santa Fe in the spring of 2016 as the award-winning bicycle company houses a boutique centrally located inside the historic La Fonda On The Plaza hotel.  Cruises around the Capitol include a Santa Fe City Tour consisting of a showcase of the beautiful culture, art, history and panoramic landscapes of The City Different. The Native American Art & History Tour contextualizes the rich artistic and architectural legacy of La Fonda before proceeding to explore the Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road, museums and the various Native American art, sculpture and historic sites. For the thirstier cyclist, the Brews Cruise Tour combines the city’s renowned scenery with professionally guided beer sampling, local culture, VIP back-room brewery and cidery tours and award-winning pizza.

The historic La Fonda on The Plaza hotel is now offering free docent-led tours of the property’s diverse collection of artwork. The tours are offered three times a week, roughly one-hour long, and conducted on a rotating basis by more than 30 specially trained docents. The experience showcases the work of local artists including Gerald Cassidy, Tony Abeyta, and Paul Lantz while it weaves in the rich history behind the iconic hotel and the city of Santa Fe.

The Blake at Taos Ski Valley is a new 80-room hotel anticipated to become the premier lodging experience in the region. In addition to slope-side lodging, The Blake will offer internationally inspired dining, an elegant spa that embraces the spiritual reflections of the local native cultures, and unparalleled service. The spa and fitness center features a fantastic wellness element not only to the hotel, but the entire ski valley. The spa will reflect the hotel location - home to ancient mountains, age-old traditions and lifestyles - and will also aspirations for well-being and adventure. Treatments include an 80-minute full-body Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, and 80-minute High Desert Scrub Bar Ritual and a 15-minute Express Destress tension-relieving session.

Hotel Chaco aka Chaco Hotel, set for opening in spring of 2017, will be nestled in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque and the new contemporary Sawmill District. A Heritage Hotels & Resorts Property, the contemporary boutique is designed on inspirations from the Anasazi people and the indigenous ruins of Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico serving as a homage to the site and the role it played as a central hub for the ancient pueblo people of these lands. The Hotel Chaco Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, conceptualized by legendary chef Mark Miller. Located on the fifth floor of the hotel, and thus named Level 5, the restaurant will have stunning unobstructed views of the Sandia Mountains and will seat up to 250 guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Santa Fe’s historic Bishops Lodge, which dates back to the 1870s and first opened for guests in the 1920s, will re-open in spring 2018 as the Langham, Bishop’s Lodge after a multi-million dollar renovation. The renovation will include the demolition and complete re-modeling of existing rooms and public areas, and new construction to expand the hotel to 139 rooms and suites. Located in the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains, it will be Langham’s first resort in the U.S., and will feature stables and trails for horse riding.

The multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Casa Grande at Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in Raton was completed this summer and is now open for guest reservations. The century-old stone-walled mansion on the over 590,000-acre Vermejo Park preserve and bison ranch is a seven-room hotel that opens onto expanses of prairie and mountains full of wildlife and more than 180 species of birds. Located roughly 45 minutes from Raton, this magnificent, historic luxury ranch boasts seven bedrooms, including two well-appointed Master bedrooms, a stunning remodeled kitchen, billiard room, greenhouse, and more. In addition to its luxurious accommodations, Casa Grande delivers the ultimate customized vacation experience.

The NAN Ranch, in Mimbres Valley, an hour and a half to the west of Las Cruces and just south of the Gila National Forest, is now offering vacation rentals, including humble Bunkhouse Cabins, an exquisitely decorated western bungalow-style Rancher’s house and a Lodge fit for large groups. The NAN Ranch sits in a basin of Cooke’s Range, the Black Range and the Mimbres mountains offering vast acres and a pristine habitat for walking, hiking, birdwatching, relaxation and enjoyment of the New Mexico landscape.

Blackstone Hotsprings in Truth or Consequences’ historic hot springs district has added three new luxurious outdoor baths to its lineup: The Red Bath, The Yellow Bath and The Turquoise Bath are custom handcrafted luxury hotspring baths featuring submerged bancos within the pool so bathers may enjoy multiple soaking depths.

The Black Range Lodge in Kingston has added an outdoor venue for performances, "The Pavilion.”  The lodge plans a series of monthly "Campfires and Concerts” in summer 2017. Once a month, from May through September, the venue will offer a Friday night campfire, inviting folks to sing and play along with local musicians, and on Saturday, offer a professional concert at the Pavilion.  Wine and beer from Black Range Vineyards will be available. The Black Range Museum in Hillsboro is also now owned and managed by the Hillsboro Historical Society with hours Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Black Range Vineyards, also in Hillsboro, serving New Mexico wines and beer, has reopened with hours from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Giggling Springs in Jemez renamed to Jemez Hot Springs, Home of the Giggling Springs as the location also opened its fourth pool this fall – the largest at the facility. The pool resulted from the uproot of a dying tree that unveiled a hot spring, which sits adjacent to the Jemez River. This allows guests to sit and soak while listening to the river behind them. The springs can now accommodate 30 people. Jemez Hot Springs sits along the Jemez River with a view of Virgin Mesa behind. The healing mineral water derives from Valles Caldera National Preserve - one of only six supervolcanoes in the world – and includes 17 healing minerals, which aid in everything from protecting brain cells from toxicity to improving metabolism, antiaging, and more.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm will benefit from a $15 million bond renovation. The Inn will increase its room capacity from 22 to 50, triple the size of its Farm Shop and move its onsite restaurant to a newly renovated barn space, which will include a new bar and bakery.

The Inn on the Alameda offers guests an immersive way to experience the city’s famed art scene. Renowned local artist Lisa Flynn, whose artwork adorns the walls at this boutique property, guides visitors on a walking tour of the city as she explains art history, the inspiration of the artists and more. The group, which can be as large as eight people, will visit Canyon Road and other locations after which Flynn will conduct “en plein air” painting classes while guests enjoy dramatic Santa Fe scenery. The cost of the guided tours starts at $30 an hour per person when booking as an individual, and is as low as $10 per person depending on the size of the group. The hotel will provide all necessary art supplies for a cost of $10.

On the Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 docket, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell begins at a critical moment in Jobs’ life and circles back to examine the people and experiences that shaped one of the most influential figures of our time: his father’s mentorship, his devotion to Buddhism, his relationships, his rise and fall as a mogul, and finally his marriage to Laurene Jobs, who showed him the power of human connection. This world premiere opera captures the buzzing sphere of Silicon Valley with a kinetic electro-acoustic score, an absorbing non-linear narrative, and a high-tech production. The six performances are scheduled for July 22 & 26 and August 4, 10, 15 & 25.

Meow Wolf Art Complex debuted the House of Eternal Return in spring 2016. The 20,000 square foot exhibit located in Santa Fe tells the story of an incredible family from Mobile, Alabama in the midst of a dimensional rift. Locked away in their Victorian house are portals beyond time and space, leading into realms of magic, magnificence, and imagination. Who is this family? What happened in this house? Where do these portals lead? Appropriate for all ages, the experience features over 70 local artisits, builders, storytellers and programmers. Meow Wolf specializes in a unique form of immersive art installation that results in interactive, explorable worlds of fantastic narrative.

Through a unique partnership based on cultural preservation, Heritage Hotels and Resorts and the National Institute of Flamenco have joined efforts to create Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque. At Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque, the passion and energy of flamenco come alive nightly as you experience flamenco in its most intimate, powerful setting in the heart of historic Old Town Albuquerque. Featuring a world-class line-up of artists, the Tablao Flamenco presents a dynamic schedule of performances, featuring the premier artists from Spain and the United States. Tablao Flamenco delivers the traditional Spanish tapas experience and features regionally inspired fine wines and spirits.

Santa Fe’s new performance venue for premier flamenco – El Flamenco de Santa Fe – opened its doors at 135 W. Palace Avenue this autumn to tremendous fanfare. The company showcases a rich variety of flamenco song and dance direct from Spain.

On Saturday, April 15, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will unveil two new temporary exhibits that explore contemporary Pueblo life. “Long Ago…” will present the rich tradition of storytelling by leading visitors through a series of Pueblo tales that convey timeless elements of the culture, while “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will highlight their relationship to the land and natural resources. “Long Ago…” will be open through July 2018, while “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will only run through September 2017.

The Boy Scouts of America will relocate its national museum to the Philmont Scout Ranch, located in northern New Mexico just south of Cimarron, with plans to expand the existing Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial library to accommodate over 600,000 historical artifacts, documents and photographs that reflect Scouting’s influence on American culture. The opening is planned for 2018 and will heighten the site’s reputation as an adventure destination for troops and their families.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum will open an interactive Weather Lab as a permanent and immersive learning experience. Students and other visitors will enter an enclosed exhibition space that explains weather beginning with the sun, then moving through wind, clouds, storms and the Albuquerque “Box.” A range of other topics are also presented with The Weather Lab which focus on seasons, topography, front/pressure systems, and atmospheric levels, among others.

Poeh Cultural Center and Museum opened “In T’owa Vi Sae’We” or “The People’s Pots” in October 2016 with the display featuring ceramic pots from the Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara and Tesuque, which were liberated from a Smithsonian Institution storage vault in Suitland, Maryland, where they had been stored for more than a century.

The Museum of International Folk Art extended its “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico” exhibit through fall 2017, which celebrates and studies this living tradition as art form. More than 150 objects are featured that trace flamenco's journey from 15th and 16th century Spain to 20th century Europe's most cultured cities, including costumes both historic and contemporary, musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more.

The Albuquerque Museum announced three new exhibits in 2017: The Carved Black Line: Block Printing in New Mexico (January 14 – April 16), Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television (February 25 – August 27) and Chasing the Cure (April 22 – November 29).

Through March 25, The Farmington Museum presents Technicolor Dreaming: Psychedelic Posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The exhibit, organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, pays tribute to a colorful time our nation’s history when pop art and the counterculture movements of the mid-1960s led to the increased popularity of psychedelic posters. Take advantage of a special package for the month of February that includes a hotel stay, a thematic meal from a local brewery, and an opportunity to paint your own psychedelic artwork on a vinyl record led by Farmington’s own resident artist Karen Ellsburg of Studio 116.

Upcoming exhibits announced for the New Mexico Museum of Art include Cady Wells: Ruminations (March 25 – October 1) and The World in New Mexico/New Mexico in the World: Bridging the Continental Traditions at the Museum of International Folk Art.
The Makery, a learning space focused on freestyle weaving located on Yankie Street in downtown Silver City, opened this year and offers classes in fiber arts and bookbinding for all ages, genders, abilities and backgrounds.

Winrock Town Center in Albuquerque recently debuted the state’s only Nordstrom Rack and is gearing up to welcome more retailers with the completion of its redevelopment, which—in addition to estimated 1.5 million square feet of retail—will include a two-acre park and a 150-room hotel projected to open in 2017.
The Silver City CLAY Festival, which gathers together artists, educators, entreprenuers, families, youth, adventurers and life-long learners to explore clay in its many forms along with its impact on our history will offer a farm-to-table dinner featuring meat and produce from local farms on its 2017 opening day of July 22 (the event runs through July 30).

The City of Albuquerque’s 50-mile activity loop that connects more than 400 miles of existing bike paths is slated for completion in 2017. The route will create a bicycling, running and walking loop around the city.

Ski Santa Fe recently unveiled a new 18-hole, championship-level disc golf course, the result of a collaborative effort with Elite Brothers Disc Golf. While the base of Ski Santa Fe sits at an elevation of 10,350 feet, the high point of the new course reaches 11,564 feet—making it one of the highest courses in the world. The course is open seven days a week during daylight hours and is free to play.

Elephant Butte has a new licensed guide: “John Bokich Tours of Nature,” which offers in-depth tours of the geology, cultural history, birds, wildlife, vegetation and ecology of New Mexico.  Bokich is a local biologist with over 50 years of experience.

The Sawmill District, a redevelopment in Albuquerque will open in the spring of 2018 with lots of development groundwork underway, including the construction of Hotel Chaco. The area has historical roots reaching back to the 1300s when the Tiwa speaking people established permanent settlements in the Old Town area. Since then, it has gone through five major development periods, through which the early 1900s brought to the area a thriving economy driven by The American Lumber Co. That is the history that fuels the inspiration to revitalize the area into a vibrant community which will be anchored by four new hotels.

The City of Albuquerque broke ground on One Central Entertainment District in the fall of 2016 in downtown with plans for restaurants, retailers and an upscale bowling alley set for the destination shopping and nightlife spot.

The city of Albuquerque is developing a bus rapid transit service along nine miles of Central Avenue. This project, called Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), will connect major destination points, including ABQ Uptown, Nob Hill, UNM, EDo, Downtown, the BioPark and Old Town. It will also serve as a catalyst to enhance the vibrancy of neighborhoods along the route, improving walkability along the corridor and fostering economic development investment and job growth. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2017.