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The Best Fall and Winter Activities in Santa Fe

By the time fall rolls around to the Santa Fe area, much of the summer heat has dissipated, and you can really enjoy a comfortable visit to the region, even if you include some fairly vigorous Santa Fe, New Mexico activities on your itinerary. By the time it gets cool enough for the first frost to appear on plants, most of the tourist crowd has usually disappeared from the area, so if you're the type who likes to avoid crowds, this might be the perfect time of year to plan your visit and really enjoy the Santa Fe area. Here are some of the best activities to enjoy during the fall and winter when you visit Santa Fe.

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Skiing in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

This mountain range offers a number of ideal locations for skiing, and you can find slopes to accommodate all kinds of skill levels among the numerous venues offering winter-time fun near Santa Fe. While some of the more popular ski sites in the country may have the advantage of greater publicity, you'll be able to find terrific slopes to your liking here, without having to endure the hassles associated with really heavy usage.

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Christmas time in Santa Fe

One of the most overlooked aspects of enjoying the fall and winter seasons in Santa Fe, NM, is how the whole region literally lights up in anticipation of the coming holiday season. You won't be able to go far in any direction without smelling the pungent odor of piñon logs burning in fireplaces, and seeing the charming farolitos, which are lanterns constructed of paper, and holding votive candles. The sights and smells of Santa Fe during the Christmas season is something everyone should experience at least once.

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Browsing the art galleries

Santa Fe is a haven for art galleries, and it would take you weeks to browse through them all. Along the famous Canyon Road strip alone, you'll find Canyon Road Contemporary Art, The Adobe Gallery, Canyon Road Fine Art, Mill Contemporary, The Meyer Gallery, and Mayans Ernesto Gallery, among many others. If you're an art lover, you can start your review of these many extraordinary galleries in the fall, and you might then be finished sometime during the winter.

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Outside Bike & Brew Festival

Staged in early September, this event annually attracts bikers and beer lovers from all over the country, and even if you don't own a motorcycle, you'll love the atmosphere generated by this fun-loving crowd, especially when the live music and entertainment begins.

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Historical Downtown Walking Tours

Discover the rich local history of the Santa Fe area in a two-hour walking tour, conducted all the way through to October 21st. The culture of the region, as well as many of the hidden courtyards, will be revealed to you during this enjoyable downtown tour.

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Best Santa Fe, NM accommodations

When you're looking for a place to stay near Santa Fe, NM, are you seeking somewhere that offers privacy and relaxation, health-conscious meals, with extremely comfortable and clean rooms? And would you also like a Santa Fe, NM B&B which adds an authentic southwest flavor to all that, staying on an estate which is nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range? If you answered 'yes' to these, the only place for you to stay is The Bobcat Inn - contact us at your convenience to discuss your stay in the Santa Fe area.

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