New Mexico in the News showcases the latest in local, national and international media coverage.
NEW: Single Tracks Names Albuquerque “Top 10 Mountain Biking City”
The Top 10 Mountain Bike Cities in North America
NEW: New Mexico once again recognized for its outstanding cuisine!
2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists
Best New Restaurant
Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe, NM
Best Chef: Southwest
James Campbell Caruso, La Boca, Santa Fe, NM
Rob Connoley, The Curious Kumquat, Silver City, NM
Jennifer James, Jennifer James 101, Albuquerque, NM
Frederick Muller, El Meze, Taos, NM
Jonathan Perno, La Merienda at Los Poblanos Inn, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe, NM
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM
El Rancho de las Golondrinas on Jeopardy!
Early this Spring, the “Clue Crew” of the long-running TV quiz show JEOPARDY came out to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe to film several video clues about Spanish Colonial New Mexico and the Camino Real.
The episode of JEOPARDY aired on Friday, January 3rd 2014. The category was titled “In Old New Mexico” and will hopefully inspire many new visitors to Las Golondrinas and our incredible state!
NEW: “True West” Magazine Honors New Mexico With “The Best of Heritage Travel 2014″ Honors
Best Preserved Pioneer Town: Editors Choice – Lincoln
Best Old West Art Town: Readers Choice – Santa Fe
Best Preserved Historical Trail: Readers Choice – Santa Fe Trail
Best “Who Slept Here” Hotel: Editors Choice – La Fonda, Santa Fe
Best Heritage Bed & Breakfast: Editors Choice – Ellis Store, Lincoln
Best Historical Restaurant: Editors Choice – Pink Adobe, Santa Fe
Best Chuckwagon Cook-off: Editors Choice – Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Ruidoso
Check out all the winners here.
National Geographic Names Taos One of the Top 25 Ski Towns in the WORLD!
National Geographic – World’s Top 25 Ski Towns
Trip Advisor Names Santa Fe Travelers’ Choice #5 Top Destination On The Rise in the US.
Trip Advisor Top Ten Destinations on the Rise in the US
Santa Fe & Bishop’s Lodge on Forbes.com
Congratulations Gallup! Rand McNally Names Gallup, New Mexico “Most Patriotic Small Town”
Gallup is “Most Patriotic Small Town” Says Rand McNally
USA Today Names Santa Fe One Of America’s Top Mountain Biking Towns
USA Today Names Santa Fe Top US Mountain Biking Town
Santa Fe has been named the #2 top city in the US in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards!
Conde Nast Traveler Names Santa Fe #2 Top City In The US
The Daily Meal Features La Fonda as one of the “20 Best Hotel Breakfasts in America”
La Fonda on The Daily Meal
The New Mexico Tourism Department recently launched its summer promotion, New Mexico True Stories. The 14-week contest encourages people to travel the state this summer and share their stories for a chance to be named the Ultimate New Mexico Insider and win a cash prize.
Thank God for Texans and their money.
Texans help explain the 3.3 percent growth of leisure and hospitality wage jobs over the past year, say hospitality executives. The situation offers a big, “nnaahhh, so there!” to those who whined about the state Tourism Department choosing an ad agency based in (gasp!) Austin. As in Texas.
Striped balloons dot a bright blue sky. Red rocks silhouette a lone dead tree. A white ladder leans on a brown adobe dwelling.
On a road trip around New Mexico, this mix of motifs and cultures seems to echo across the centuries and turn up at every stop, whether you’re visiting 1,000-year-old native villages, churches from the era of Spanish conquistadors or the landscape that inspired 20th-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe.
For a place that only achieved statehood in 1912, New Mexico has more history than many of the 13 original colonies. The rich traditions of 22 Native tribes define much of this Land of Enchantment, pulsating vibrantly from the pueblos into museums, galleries, restaurants and resort casinos—many of which the tribes now own.
”One of the most inspiring American experiences is witnessing the culture of the first Americans come alive in a spectacle of swirling, pulsing color.
Every April, approximately 3,000 Native American dancers and singers from roughly 700 tribes come together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete and celebrate their heritage. The teams blend traditional style with modern, innovative techniques, so the result is more than just living history, it’s the evolution of a culture that most Americans think has all but died away.
Your vacation snapshots and travel anecdotes are officially in demand.
In fact, they could be worth $5,000.
The New Mexico Tourism Department on Monday launched “New Mexico True Stories,” a 14-week contest offering more than $10,000 in cash and prizes to travelers who share photographs, memories and tips from their New Mexico trips.
Called the “Grand Canyon with a roof on it,” Carlsbad Caverns in the Chihuahuan Desert are one of the world’s deepest, biggest and most decorated caverns ever found. They’re most famous for the “Big Cave” and its Big Room—a massive 14 acre space filled with unusual calcium-carbonate cave formations. Visitors can see the Bottomless Pit, Giant Dome, Rock of Ages and Painted Grotto – formations created when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.
Representatives from more than 500 North American Indian tribes converge in Albuquerque to celebrate their rich heritage at The Gathering of Nations Powwow, the largest such event on the continent. The University of New Mexico’s arena, The Pit, is filled for two days with dancers, singers, and drummers of all ages competing alongside skilled crafters for more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. This convergence of cultures also features an Indian Trader’s Market, filled with Native American crafts and foods, and Stage 49, which showcases contemporary Native American music.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been named the third most-favorite family destination in a national poll by FamilyFun, a family travel magazine and a popular source for travel recommendations and family activities.
FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of parents with children 3 to 12, asking them to rate popular vacation destinations for affordability, accessibility and fun. Carlsbad Caverns placed third in “Overall Favorite Family Destinations” with the top two spots going to Yellowstone National Park and Acadia National Park. All but one of the top 10 selections are national parks indicating that vacationers enjoy choosing destinations that are set aside for the purpose of natural, historic and cultural preservation.
“Vacations provide a special time for families to come together and create lasting memories,” said Ann Hallock, Editor-in-chief, FamilyFun magazine. “And we were thrilled to see that so many are choosing to do that while heading outdoors to take advantage of our wonderful national park system.”