Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

8 Things to Do in Santa Fe and One to Do Regardless

Here we are at Thanksgiving week. I offer 8 things you might want to do if you find yourself in Santa Fe this week and one suggestion for where ever you may find yourself.

1. Hate to bake? Stop by Sage Bakehouse, just north of the intersection of Cerrillos and Paseo de Peralta across from the Hotel Santa Fe,  for your Thanksgiving pies and the best bread in town. While you are at it, pick up croissants for breakfast or to use for the late night turkey sandwich. Your left overs will be elevated to fine dining.

2. Hate to cook? Make a reservation for Thanksgiving dinner at tomme (820-2253) at the corner of Galesteo and Alameda or go historic and feast at the La Fonda buffet (995-2334).

3. How long has it been since you full time residents have played tourist and strolled around the Plaza? For 400 years people have walked around that Plaza. Feel the history. The Christmas lights are up!  Stop for a snack at the historic Plaza Restaurant which reopened this year. Start a tradition.

4. The weather will be perfect this week, sunny with highs in the 50s. Take a nice walk on one of the trails around the ski basin. Take a city walk down Canyon Road. Veer off onto Garcia Street and peruse the shelves of Garcia Street Books, a well curated delight for book lovers.

5. Support local artists and buy special one of a kind gifts at “A Gift Fair” held at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club (1616 Old Santa Fe Trail between San Mateo and St. Michaels) November 23-25 from 10am-5pm. Be sure to stop by the table of Catherine Trapani’s Beloved. Her jewelry incorporates rare and beautiful stones from all over the world at affordable prices ranging from $8-$300.

©Catherine Trapani

6. Attend the 10th Annual Thanksgiving Tradition of Wise Fool’s circus-arts troupe  at the Lensic Theatre (988-1234)  November 23-25.

7. Stop by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (983-4309) on Saturday or Sunday (closed Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday) and find your new buddy just waiting for you. The beautiful and talented little Georgia is a rescue dog. I rescued her. She rescued me.

8. Sign up for my workshop Writing Your Memoir: One Vivid Story at a Time. The 4 class series meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-7 pm beginning November 28. For details, see my post dated November 18 or contact me at the email address listed under Contact Susan.

9. If you are with your family or will be chatting with them on the phone, gather a few family stories. Assuming you did not order in your dinner from Pizza Hut, start with a discussion of why you have the foods you do at your Thanksgiving table. Are the creamed pearl onions or lima beans from your great great Aunt Ruth’s recipe? Did your great grandfather originally make that oyster dressing? Do you have slimy green jello because that’s what your father and his sister requested as kids? Do you have pecan pie because your grandmother simply makes the best pecan pie anywhere? Ask the little kids their favorite thing to eat on the table. Ask the adults to tell about a favorite Thanksgiving or the most challenging one. Share your stories. Share yourselves.

Max and Ben

Happy Thanksgiving!

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