December in Gay Santa Fe! - Santa Fe Gay Realtor
As December rolled in, it brought with it the Holidays and a month full of Holiday events. To kick off the month, we attended a black tie event at the La Fonda hotel located off the Santa Fe Plaza.
The event was held in the La Terraza banquet room on the top floor. The elegant room features stained glass skylights and a kiva fireplace with a roaring pinon fire. Stepping through the French doors onto a lush, private garden patio, we enjoyed views of St. Francis Cathedral and the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
Inside, buffets lined one wall, a bar along the other and elegantly dressed tables filled the middle. Once we were done with our meals, we danced away the night in holiday style.
The following morning, we joined friends for brunch at Claufoutis, a country French gem. Buzzing with activity, and a bit tight to navigate, this charming café will make you forget that you are in Santa Fe and make you think you have stepped into Provence! Offering wonderful breakfast specials and an enormous array of made-fresh-daily pastries you are in for a treat.
The workweek brought a series of out-of-town buyers looking at homes in a variety of neighborhoods in a range of prices. As the busy week neared to an end, I found myself needing a break and a fix of nature and joined friends for a day of snow skiing.
Ski Santa Fe opened early this season after receiving a series of snowstorms. The sky was blue and brilliantly sunny. With our skis recently waxed we made our way to the top. Shushing our way down Sunset and Parachute runs as well as many others, we took a break at Totemoff’s; which is located higher up on the slopes. We stretched out on the sunny deck while sipping our Blue Moon beers and feasting on green chile cheeseburgers. With its quaint chalet atmosphere, it is the perfect spot to enjoy the huge mountain views.
The holiday parties continued at the Hotel Santa Fe. We decided to extend the festivities and booked a suite for the night. The pueblo style hotel was a cozy setting for this intimate gathering. The old word style suite was charming and boasted a lovely mountain view.
Without realizing it, Christmas Eve was upon us and in traditional style we made the pilgrimage up Canyon Road for the annual Farolito walk. Small bonfires, and sand filled bags that burned candles lined the way as carolers of all ages made their way through the historic neighborhoods. We stopped at galleries and homes of several friends to warm up with hot toddies before continuing on our way.
Stilled filled with the memories of Christmas Eve on Canyon Road, we were invited to attend Christmas brunch with a group of friends at the Eldoardo Hotel. Dressed in our holiday finest, we where directed to our white clothed table. We were immediately served champagne mimosas while we contemplated which of the many buffet stations to visit first. Sufficiently satisfied, we finished the last of our desserts, exchanged hugs before heading our separate ways.
And just as quickly, the New Year’s Eve holiday was upon us. Feeling the toll of the month long holiday we opted to stay at home to ring in the New Year. We enjoyed munching on Chinese food while we watched the ball drop on the TV.
Please check back to see highlights from Santa Fe Gay January.