Saturday, June 16, 2012

River Rafting in O'Keeffe Country

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, located just five blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, is one of Santa Fe's most popular museums.  Visitors from around the world come to admire the renowned artist's work, and locals can go again and again since the exhibits are constantly changing.

The museum is a great place to view O'Keeffe's work, and to learn about her life and character.  Touring her house and visiting Ghost Ranch will further deepen your understanding of this remarkable woman.  For a new and unique glimpse into the world of Georgia O'Keeffe, who was an avid camper, river rafter, and intrepid explorer, try a river raft float along the Rio Chama.  The seven mile float, going through the heart of O'Keeffe country, showcases the stunning scenery that inspired O'Keeffe's landscape paintings.  You may choose to do the float on an oar-rigged raft or an inflatable kayak.

These delightful river raft tours tours occur daily from April through September, and are suitable for novice rafters from age 6 on up.  The tours meet at Ghost Ranch at 11am and cost $115/adult, $100/child, which includes a gourmet riverside picnic lunch.  For reservations, please call 800.359.2627 or book online at www.farflung.com.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Santa Fe Opera 2012 Season

Every summer the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn hosts opera lovers who come from far and wide to enjoy the world-famous Santa Fe Opera.  The 2012 season, running from June 29 through August 25,  features five operas, from classics such as Tosca to a world premiere of the new staging of Rossini's Maometto II.

This opera house is a remarkable adobe structure nestled in the mountains just north of Santa Fe, with majestic views of  New Mexico landscape providing a dramatic and memorable setting.   The world's most talented young singers, conductors, directors and designers are invited to participate in what is considered one of the most prestigious opera festivals around.

I recommend arriving early for two reasons.  First of all, the scenery is not to be missed, and many people choose to tailgate (some make this a formal affair, with fine china, crystal, candles and very elaborate cuisine) so as to enjoy the surroundings by daylight.  Enhance your opera experience by attending one of the Prelude Talks, given twice before most performances.  These informative talks are free for ticket-holders and are given both two hours before the performance and one hour prior.  Consider attending the earlier of the two Prelude Talks, then having your tailgate dinner, and then off to your night at the opera.

My parking tip is to park close to the exit, if you are able to walk the distance with ease.  Otherwise you are stuck in a very long line of traffic easing its way back onto the highway.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 505.986.5900 or 800.280.4654 or online at santafeopera.org.   There is a wealth of information online, including schedule, pricing and seating.

2012 SANTA FE OPERA SEASON 

*Tosca: At 8:30 p.m. June 29 and July 4, 7, 13 and 20 and at 8:30 p.m. July 30, Aug. 8, 11, 15, 18, 21 and 24. 

*The Pearl Fishers: At 8:30 p.m. June 30, July 6 and 11 and at 8 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 10, 13, 22 and 25. 

*Maometto II: At 8:30 p.m. July 14, 18 and 27 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 7 and 16 

*King Roger: At 8:30 p.m. July 21 and 25 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 9 and 14 

*Arabella: At 8:30 p.m. July 28 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 6, 17 and 23