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More to explore: Favorite New Mexico Mountain Bike Trails

New Mexico Mountain BikingWhat are the best places to hit the trail in Northern New Mexico? We asked experts from local shops for their favorite mountain bike trails: their reliable standbys and secret gems. Here’s what they had to say about their top picks:

The Broken Spoke Santa Fe BikesMike Chapman, Broken Spoke in Santa Fe

Mike’s got several picks for his favorite area mountain bike trails, and it’s clear he’s a practical man who just wants to get out and ride. “Dale Ball is perfect before work or in the evening,” he says, noting that it’s ideal for squeezing in a quick ride in a short time frame, because it’s so close to Santa Fe. “In the wintertime, La Tierra is great, simply because it’s available. The ground gets a bit frozen, so you don’t leave a deep rut when you ride.”

While he considers La Tierra fun year round, when the weather warms up and the trails dry out, Mike says he’d rather be up amongst the aspens. “The high country trails are the true gems of this area.” He specifically likes Continue reading

Beekeeping Classes with Buckin Bee Honey

Santa Fe beekeeper class

photo by Melyssa Holik

Bees: for centuries they’ve inspired poets, authors, artists and even religious cults. They’ve lured man and beast with their sticky-sweet honey. They’ve been worshipped, feared, cultivated and celebrated through the ages. They remain both a powerful symbol and rich metaphor.

But the reasons for appreciating bees go beyond romantic notions of honey and hives. Bees have existed for 100 million years, making them one of the oldest species on earth. Today, however, bees are in trouble. Their existence is threatened by an unexplained phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

I recently took a beekeeping class with Steve Wall, owner of Buckin’ Bee Honey in Santa Fe. In the class, Steve talked about the importance of beekeeping and its impact on CCD, while giving us the basics on getting started. Continue reading

Santa Fe Restaurant Week 2013: Best Deals in Town

Restaurant Week DealsRestaurant Week 2013: Great Deals

Ranch House

Ranch House’s regularly reasonable prices dip even a bit lower for Restaurant Week with a prix fixe menu that includes their famous Red Chile Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs that  just fall off the bone. Favorite appetizers include House-Smoked Wings and Grilled Atlantic Salmon. While I was skeptical about ordering  salad in a  BBQ restaurant they really bucked the stereotype and proved me wrong. The Goat Cheese and Apple Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is crisp, fresh and the vinaigrette is divine. Their 3-course menu is also a great chance to try their desserts (something I never seem to have room for normally…hmmmm…) This along with their daily happy hours makes it an excellent deal.  Open 11 – 9 Sunday–Thursday, 11 – 10 Friday-Saturday.

Museum Hill Café

As we mentioned in our best lunch picks, Museum Hill has a heck of a deal going: $15 per person or $28 for two for lunch. (Think Albondigas Soup, Sweet Corn Custard, or desserts like Pistachio Cardamom Cream Pie.) Since Santa Fe Restaurant Week lasts until March 3, there’s still time to snag this deal while enjoying the free Museum Day on Sunday and make a budget-friendly day of it. Open for lunch 11-3 Tuesday –Sunday. Continue reading