It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot like Christmas

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / November 6, 2011

If you’re lucky enough to be in New Mexico this season, you may bump into Rudolph at any charming intersection. Imagine New Mexico’s snowy natural beauty complemented by thousands of white tea lights strung from every lamppost! The adobe-style architecture and vibrant artwork hung at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa make it the best home base. Then try:

The famed Santa Fe Trail is lined with Baroque musicians and Olde English carolers belting it out at historic Loretto Chapel. Stroll the base of Canyon Road, sip cider and “oooh” at the farolitos, thousands of luminous candle bags lit by hand.

Downtown Nidah Spa offers a Native Herb Bundle Massage ($120 for 50 minutes) where organic poultices of calendula and desert chaparral are warmed with holiday frankincense and massaged along pressure points. After a eucalyptus steam, relax in the Warming Room with a cup of Marrakesh Mint Tea.

Every Friday, experience “Bread and Chocolate,” an artisanal tasting of freshly baked breads and crèpes, traditional cacao drinks and dessert. Reservations required ($65) at the State Capitol Building.

Shop for last-minute goodies with La Posada’s art curator or hit the spa for a Desert Enchantment Facial ($195 for 80 minutes) or the zingy Chocolate Chile Wrap ($135 for 50 minutes). 

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey, M.S. is a travel and wellness expert who earned a Master’s Degree in the health sciences while writing and editing for industry giants, such as The New York Times, Fitness Magazine and Her true passion is adventure travel and her spa reporting has taken her all over the world.
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