How to Santa Fe your mother.
Unless you were born in a laboratory (and even then, someone had to put that test tube together), you have someone special to plan for in May. Mother's Day is almost here, and Santa Fe is the perfect place to show mom how much you care. If your lady of the day happens to live in or be visiting The City Different this May 10th, she'll be proud to have raised such a cultured human being. Why? Because you've found "How to Santa Fe Your Mother."
You know Mom is going to want to don her biggest, brightest hat for brunch on Mother's Day, so help her work up the appetite. With Cafe Grecco serving fresh traditional New Mexican cuisine in one of Canyon Road’s most colorful settings, this artisticaly vibrant walking district could easily be the only stop mom needs. Canyon Road is recognized internationally for its artist studios, galleries, cafes and boutiques. Specialty shops like Jewel Mark and Jacqueline's Place are sure to reverse the roles of you in that candy shop as a kid. How's that for reciprocity?
If your "big hat" brunch is scheduled for a bit later, why not continue the adventure with mom as you both discover Santa Fe's historic side. Santa Fe Historic Home Tours has been offering a special Mother’s Day inside view of historic homes and buildings in the city since 1969. Admission is $10 per person at the gate, and the tour will take place between 1 and 4 p.m.
Once you've worked up the appetite, it's time for that sacred pinnacle of Mother's Day...brunch. Santa Fe knows how to do brunch. Any number of hotels and restaurants will be honoring this day with their own takes on mid-day meals, but Eldorado Hotel & Spa will be a special place this year. Not only have they dedicated the menu for Mother's Day, but the festive atmosphere will be in full effect as they'll have just opened the new rooftop cantina and swimming pool.
If your mom is more the DIY type when it comes to brunch, the Santa Fe Culinary Academy offers a student made "pop up" brunch at 112 W. San Francisco Street from 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM. Join Chef Rocky and Chef Hillary as they “serve up their unique twists on some traditional brunch favorites for Mom’s special day," featuring Lobster and Asparagus Crepe Parisenne and Steak and Eggs Benedict.
Let's face it, you are the reason Mom drinks. Let her know you understand by taking her to brunch at 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, one of Santa Fe's favorite intimate and elegant fine dining spots. Aside from the thoughtful and extensive “seasonally-driven global wine list," 315 will also be offering a 3-course menu created just for Mom. She may even forgive you for all your youthful treachery if you book her a spot (make that two) on one of the New Mexico Wine Tours. Show mom your adventurous side, or bring out hers. NM Wine Tours offers the only combination Wine Tasting/River Rafting tours in the nation, because everyone knows, there’s no better way to enjoy a fine glass of wine with mom than heading down class 3 rapids in a rubber boat. (Fact: NM is the oldest wine producing state in the US – it’s always good to show Mom that there are things older than her).
There's not a mother out there who wouldn't like a little pampering on her special day. Luckily, Santa Fe has no lack of great places to help mom unwind. 10,000 Waves, a Japanese style Spa and Bath House nestled in the foothills above Santa Fe, offers an array of indulgent spa treatments and massages.
The list of services available on Mother’s Day range from Herbal Wraps and Salt Glows, to full on specialty massages, the names of which are hard to pronounce (you know those are the ones mom wants). Of course, 10,000 Waves is most famous for their selection of private luxury hot tubs, and has recently introduced an on-site restaurant, Izanami. 10,000 Waves is known to book out weeks in advance for most holidays, not the least of which being Mother’s Day, so make sure to call in advance for availability at 505-982-9304.
No transportation? No worries. Closer to downtown (and the ever-popular Santa Fe plaza) is Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, whose selections of parental pampering include everything from traditional massage to Ayurvedic services. For a real taste of New Mexican indulgence, try the “Land of Enchantment” spa package. This “grounding and rebalancing treatment” begins with a citrus body polish, a deeply penetrating stone massage using warm basalt rocks, and a refreshing and moisturizing treatment to the face, neck and scalp.
Once Mom is feeling refreshed and revitalized, top it off by saying you love her. Actions speak louder than words, so say it loud with the gift of jewelry. Santa Fe boasts some spectacular Jeweler's, like Eidos Contemporary Jewelry, in the Sanbusco shopping district of the Railyard, who represents “ethically sourced design-led jewelry using recycled metals.” James Kallas Jewelers, in Rodeo Plaza, will re-imagine and customize mom's favorite ring, bracelet, or necklace.
As long as you’re taking in the Railyard District and Sanbusco Center, you’ll want to take mom to Pandora’s. It’s the boutique shop she’s been looking for (what a Hero you are)! Pandora’s offers “home decor–products from Libeco, Missoni, Home Treasures, Ann Gish, and Brahms Mount, and provides venues for local artisans and up–and–comers.” This is where she’ll find 500-thread count luxury sheets, plush robes, and one-of-a-kind handmade silk pillows.
Mom isn't the jewelry type? Flowers are your best friend. For the freshest selections of seasonal and specialty flowers stop by Amanda’s Flowers on St. Michaels Drive. In case it's already Mother's day, and you're reading this thinking "oops", don't worry, Rodeo Plaza Flowers is open until 1:30 pm that Sunday and offers a huge array of flowers and gifts that will be sure to include exactly what you were looking for.
You've loved your mother, you've angered your mother, you've delighted your mother, now...Santa Fe your Mother.