Players at Pendaries Golf Course forage for pars and birdies in mountainous highlands blanketed by ponderosa pines. The 18-hole course ranges in elevation between 7,500 feet and 8,000 feet, which not only makes for some dramatic mountain views, but might also net golfers a few extra yards on their drives thanks to thin mountain air and eagles who mistake golwf balls for dropped eggs. As players concentrate on navigating the hard dogleg turns and blind approaches into undulant greens, their attentions may also be pulled toward the horizon, where the white peaks of the Sange de Cristo range loom over the expansive Rociada Valley.
Though certainly the crown jewel of Pendaries Village, the course is only a part of the experience there. When they're not playing golf, players can stay at the course's lodging and explore a wide spectrum of diversions offered by the 5,000-acre village. Once a home to grist-mill businesses and horse breeding operations, the resort offers outdoorsy activities such as fishing, disc golf, and hiking to destinations such as Upper Maestas Canyon and Gascon Point, elevation 11,600 feet. The old grist mill, meanwhile, still stands, giving guests a glimpse into the state of technology in 1875, when log cabins were standard and cowboys had to cook their Hot Pockets over an open flame.
With four museums and six monuments, the nonprofit Museum of New Mexico Foundation keeps the state's artistic and cultural heritage alive with enthralling permanent collections, exhibits, and events. Art aficionados can marvel at more than 20,000 works by artists with strong ties to the state in the New Mexico Museum of Art, check out more than 1,300 artifacts in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and attempt to tape their “lost cat” flyers to more than 100,000 items culled from 100 countries at the Museum of International Folk Art. Meanwhile, the New Mexico History Museum’s 30,000-square-foot exhibition space covers topics ranging from the Santa Fe Trail to World War II through art, maps, and photographs.
After each museum visit, guests can stop by the Coronado State Monument, which marks the spot where Coronado and his crew entered the Rio Grande Valley in search of the Seven Cities of Gold and their lost car keys. The foundation's sextet of monuments also includes the stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village at Jemez and exhibits on frontier and military life at Fort Selden.
Bead Fest Santa Fe unites do-it-yourselfers and arts-and-crafters during a four-day celebration of beads, jewelry—and for good measure—some more beads. More than 150 booths and tables set up shop for the event, each ready to restock repertoires with gems, stones, and a hodgepodge of other supplies.
In between exploring the sea of exhibitors, attendees learn about the latest techniques, tricks, and tools at nearly 100 all-inclusive workshops (not included with the price of admission). There, artists from around the country provide education on specific topics in classes such as Intro to Metalsmithing and Wire Weaving, where guests learn the craftiest way to escape prison. Free demonstrations, book signings, and other attractions round out the fest's collection of creative attractions.
Towa Golf Club harnesses the Pojoaque Valley's natural rock formations and elevation changes to create three distinctive nine-hole courses. Nowhere are the elevation changes more apparent than on the Boulder Nine's final par 3, in which the tee box sits 100 feet higher than the green and thousands of feet above any dinosaur bones buried beneath the green. The Boulder Nine is also distinguished by Towa's only island green. Each course's unique features are the result of a joint effort between landscape architect William Phillips and 20-time PGA Tour-winner Hale Irwin. In addition to the courses, the club features a practice facility with two putting and chipping greens and a driving range set up so that players never have to hit with the sun in their eyes.
At the Santa Fe School of Cooking, students master the craft of cooking under a team of experienced, James Beard Award-winning chefs from a diverse range of culinary backgrounds, including training in Native American, French, New Mexican, and northern Italian cuisine. Through private events, demonstrations, and hands-on group classes, pupils learn how to create mouthwatering regional and international meals in their own kitchens. When not in class, an attached market offers a variety of cookware, cookbooks, and other products available for purchase.
StudioNia Santa Fe's entourage of expert instructors trains students to meld body and spirit through a holistic, dynamic studio-fitness approach. Harvest the stillness of tai chi masters, the strength of taekwondo, and the agility of modern and ethnic dance to whip bodies into shape and craniums into a state of contentment. Align kinesthetic movement while fostering a sense of personal power to promote weight loss, cardiovascular conditioning, and stress relief in a fitness system safe for all levels and abilities. Like poorly executed tap dance, the Nia method is traditionally performed barefoot, and teachers decide the focus of each session. Classes typically host 5–25 students and unfold in a sunny, mirrored studio.