On a leisurely drive through Santa Barbara, Ron Midgett glimpsed cymbidium orchids growing in people’s yards. The cluster of star-shaped blooms, the vibrant hues, and the way the petals seemed to collapse into themselves all had Ron hooked.
Four decades later, he has taken his love of orchids far beyond the realms of adoration. He has grown orchids across the United States, bred his own blooms, and assessed hybrid blossoms as an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. And at New Earth Orchids, he introduces gardeners to dozens of orchid breeds, earning a slew of positive press and love letters from bumblebees. Additionally, he strives to make orchid growing accessible to novice gardeners by providing growing tips, stocking proper supplies, and offering free workshops.
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.
New Mexico Magazine showcases the diversity of its namesake southwestern state, documenting the fiestas and colorful characters of its tiniest communities along with the nightlife and gourmet cuisine of its metropolises. Founded in 1923, the publication stands as the country’s oldest state magazine, still piquing the interest of more than 100,000 readers after almost a century. One of its recurring features, the “Tasting NM” column, delights readers with favorite recipes and food facts, which can range from how to best prepare lamb to the easiest way to boil toast. Each of the magazine’s monthly issues pivots on a theme, such as October's “History and Mystery,” an issue that guides readers on a journey through local heritage, travel, and folklore.
Bottling the spirit of the Southwest is no easy task, but Colin Keegan took it upon himself to do so back in 2010, when he started Santa Fe Spirits. Since then, he's reaped the rewards of his passion and dedication to awesome artisinal spirits, raking in awards for not just one, or two, but all of the spirits he and his team have produced. These tipples include the mellow yet spicy Apple Brandy, the clean and smooth Expedition vodka, and the mesquite-smoked and rich single-malt Colkegan whiskey. Two tasting rooms give curious tipplers the opportunity to try the lineup of spirits, as well as a continually growing cocktail list inspired by riffs on classic and contemporary drinks.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
The spoke-tightening gurus at Santa Fe Mountain Sports guarantee safe travels by helping to maintain snow- and terrain-traversing gear with snowboard- and ski-waxing sessions and bicycle tune-ups. Riders can bring home a new snowboard from Atomic, a new two-wheeled steed from Kona or Intense Cycles, or rent outdoor equipment and camp out in the backyard while their home’s crocodile infestation is being taken care of. In addition to transportation devices, a large selection of mountain-scaling apparel and accessories from Roxy, Armada, and Eurosocks equips adventurers for alfresco treks.