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Fans of The Bachelor will agree that last night's episode was probably the most mentally unwell episode of all Bachelor/Bachelorette episodes.
To start, there is Megan, a grown woman, who thinks New Mexico is a different country and visiting Santa Fe will get her a stamp on her passport.
Then, there was the love guru/shaman who made Carly and Farmer Chris confront their worst fears all the while doing breathing exercises and standing skin-to-skin. Or something. (Honestly, I could not watch most of this date because it was so awkward, and not in an enjoyable laugh-at-them kind of way.)
Then, there was Kelsey. Kelsey, Kelsey, Kelsey. A seemingly normal, if reserved by Bachelor standards, guidance counselor, Kelsey shocked the girls by telling them that she was a widow. Her husband died suddenly during a walk one day. She had some trouble remembering what killed him ("Congestive heart failure?"), which should have been the first sign that something was not well. Anyways, once she told the girls she quickly moved on to becoming obsessed with telling Farmer Chris "her story.
Not being chosen for a one-on-one date, she goes rogue and knocks on the door to his room to tell him the story. He feels for her, then he makes out with her. #ultimateTooSoon. She later tells the camera her story is amazing. Some viewers may have doubted her widow story but it is very real and even more concerning, her husband passed away only a year before she began auditioning for The Bachelor. At this point, it becomes clear this girl should not be on the show.
We won't spoil the ending for you--ok, whatever--the rose ceremony was cancelled and Kelsey had a panic attack and the show ominously concluded with "TO BE CONTINUED...." Afterwards, everyone immediately took to Twitter and started making psycho Kelsey jokes. This one was our fave:
But in all seriousness, we hope Kelsey goes home next week. She needs more time to heal. "Her pumps still look good though. "
Speaking of looking good, let's check out the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort, which hosted the farmer and his ladies for a week.
Across the country, there are examples that show Four Seasons luxury properties trying to remain down to earth. Cheesesteak spring rolls in Philly, for example, or free drinks in Denver. But never have we seen a Four Seasons let its hair down the way it has in Santa Fe.
The tone at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is set immediately by two things: The setting and the staff. The former speaks for itself in terms of its location in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains ten minutes outside of downtown Santa Fe. If you do any research at all, you expect that. I mean, the address is "198 State Road 592," after all. But do you expect to walk into a Four Seasons and see that the staff is all decked out in... jeans?
I enjoy a taste of luxury as much as anyone, but I was relieved the moment I arrived and saw the front desk crew wearing the same thing as me. It just made sense for Santa Fe, a destination where chile, chocolate, and lacing up your hiking boots are the main attractions. Dress up?! I ordered red chile!
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Looking at cocktails menus these days, it’s clear bartenders (or mixologists as they like to call themselves), are shaking and stirring drinks intended to warm your insides—perfect for the crisp, fall weather many of us are experiencing.
These are some seasonal sips from some of our favorite hotel bars.
If you’ve never heard of “Movember” before, you can read about the male mustache-focused charity here. This year the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is supporting the cause with its Whiskey & Whiskers drink served at their Bernard’s bar. 20% of the proceeds from the $16 drink will be donated to the Movember Foundation. We love the mustache-stencil garnish created with sprinkles of ginger-cinnamon powder.
Hipster big-city rooftop bars got nothin’ on the Spanish Mission quasi-churchy vibe and Southwest sunset views of the Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda Santa Fe. A favorite of tourists and Santa Fe locals alike, the Bell Tower shut down the first half of 2013 for upgrades as part of the complete overhaul to the hotel. When it reopens July 15 (you heard it here first), the bar will boast quite a few new features -- most importantly (in our eyes at least) an actual bell to occupy that historic belfry. Also a light bites menu served out of a new tower-level prep kitchen, because Happy Hour crowds can’t subsist on booze and views alone.
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Last week we started a new weekly series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!
What’s Out: Cooking classes
What’s In: Creative classes
Not so very long ago, we realized that more and more hotels the world over were bringing in art concierges to help guide you through their hotel’s art collection, or to steer you in the right direction if you wanted to take in the local art scene or perhaps buy a couple of noteworthy pieces from local artistes. Well some hotels have taken this further and are hooking their guests up with local artists to give them a hands-on experience with the added bonus of giving you a pretty nifty souvenir to bring home.
Here are some prime examples:
Planning a Southwestern getaway this winter? We've got you covered. Fresh from a recent trip out to the country's oldest capital city ourselves, we decided to put together a quick list of the 5 best hotels for first-time visitors to Santa Fe.
First up is La Posada, a charming upscale hotel that's spread over six acres. We've visited this place before, and though the only thing that wowed us was the soap, we think there's still plenty to love. Like: simple but cozy rooms, kiva fireplaces, super-friendly staff, and two seriously happenin' hotel restaurants, called Staab House and Fuego.
Fun fact: every evening, the hotel hosts fun, free events like tequila tastings, wine and cheese tastings, and live music. Don't worry, no one will blame you for showing up to dinner tipsy.
Rooms start at $140/night.
Read on to hear about the rest!
Daylight Savings Time is in effect in the US, which means it gets darker faster, playing mind with us. We’re ready for jimjams and bed at, like 5pm, man. No bueno.
So, we heard about the Fireplace Butler at the new Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, at just the right time—when we felt like getting all cozy and snuggly (btw, where is our Snuggie anyway? Time to get that badboy out).
Ack, focus! Here’s how it works, every casita room at the resort has an interor and exterior fireplace, so all you have to do is push a button, and the Fireplace Butler (a free service!) will arrive wearing his rugged gear (red flannel hat and all) hauling a burlap bag of tools. Ooh. Tools.
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Remind us never to stay at the same hotel as Jennifer Aniston, as we might, in our star-struck, child-of-the-90s Friends nerd-dom accidentally get someone fired.
At least, that's what happened last week in Santa Fe at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, when a hotel employee got the boot for divulging too much about Aniston's presence.
According to TMZ, a few guests had already spotted Aniston basking in the hotel's spa (evidently taking some time away from her usual LA haunt, the Sunset Tower). When shuttle bus driver Terry Siegler was asked about it, he confirmed she was in fact staying at the property, and even went on to talk her up a bit. But a few of Aniston's minions overheard the incident, and flipped out. Hotel management got involved, and before he knew it, Siegler was out of a job.
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National Cheeseburger Day is September 18th! We'll meat you wherever you wanna go!
Did you know that tomorrow is National Cheeseburger Day? Go figure! Sure, we know it’s a self-serving promotion by the Cattleman’s Beef Board, but we don’t care. With the weather starting to cool down a bit, why not celebrate this day by checking out hotel restaurant’s serving great burgers?
There are a few places that are actually having specials commemorating tomorrow’s holiday (that's right, we're giving it HOLIDAY status). Then there are restaurants we’ve pulled from our archives that we think have some magnificent hot meat on a platter and you should go for lunch or dinner tomorrow if you haven't made plans. And if you have? Cancel them! It's a HOLIDAY!
Conrad New York's restaurant Atrio will offer half-price cheeseburgers for $12. The "Blue Label" Burger used custom ground beef made especially for the hotel. The burger is grilled and topped with a Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and roasted onion mayo.
La Posada de Santa Fe situated in the heart of historic Santa Fe, New Mexico refuses to turn down the heat during the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta September 26-30, 2012.
Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and chef tours are among the many events at the upcoming 22nd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. Ninety nationwide wineries will come to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. In celebration of the Wine & Chile Fiesta, La Posada is, of course, offering a special limited-time only Wine & Chile Fiesta Package.
How's this for romance? The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is luring couples with a "Sense of Romance" package that would spark even the dullest flame of desire between a pair of nuns. Yes, dinner by candlelight. Yes, a bed of roses. Yes, those Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background.
And, for fun, an hour appointment with the hotel's Romance Expert, a designated concierge who presides over the Front Desk spouting fathomless knowledge about the ins and outs of true amor. Or, in more accessible terms: where to dine, what spa treatment to book, and where to go stargazing.
The kiva fireplace. The best bit of the room
A hotel that has soap in the shape of a rock has to be good, right? That kind of attention to detail is going to make for a spot on stay. Said soap rock was what we found when we checked into our room at La Posada De Santa Fe Resort recently. Did the rest of the experience measure up? Here goes.
Our hopes were high on arrival to the hotel. We’d called in advance, asking whether it’d be possible for a parcel to be sent to us care of the hotel, and spoken to a concierge who sounded charming and efficient. Then our taxi driver told us La Posada was one of the best hotels in Santa Fe. It better had, we thought, since we paid $188 on Jetsetter (our room should have set us back around $300 though).
Check in was quick and easy, with a friendly man assigning us our room. There was free spa handcream at the check in desk – a nice touch in snowy Santa Fe. We walked to our room through cozy wood-panelled corridors, past the restaurant, bar, and a couple of sitting rooms strewn with art. Then outside, through the snowy courtyard and gardens. All atmospheric. Then we hit room 107, a Fireplace King.