Summer is here — it’s time for Bienvenidos

May 24, 2019

If recent cool days have you dreaming of summer heat, don’t despair.

This weekend, inside the Sunday New Mexican, you will find the best annual guide to summer in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. With Bienvenidos, readers will have the opportunity to prepare for all the fun and frivolity we associate with summer. That’s a prospect to warm us all up as we plan our adventures from here through September.

The annual guide to summer, as always, is chock-full of interesting reading and vibrant photography. Led by creative director Deborah Villa and editor Pat West-Barker, the annual issue takes visitors and locals alike through the sights and sounds of our unique region.

But the magazine is about more than event listings or advice on where to go or what to see. As you leaf through its glossy pages, you’ll discover information about local customs, traditions and history — the sorts of stories that will leave people thinking long after they have returned to California or Texas or Illinois. Locals will find information they don’t know or haven’t thought about in years.

There’s a guide to the ditches of the north — the acequias that are our lifeblood — by none other than noted writer Stanley Crawford. Don Usner writes (and photographs) low riders, while historian and author Dan Flores tackles the wily coyote. Accomplished travel writer Ashley Biggers tackles a number of topics, including the new Tesuque casino, mountain man Kit Carson, and painter Nicolai Fechin and his legacy. The work of noted photographers Kitty Leaken and Gene Peach enriches the magazine throughout.

One interesting feature this year is a spread that highlights six unique Santa Fe-area characters — Mayor Alan Webber, housing expert Mike Loftin, actor and volunteer Ali MacGraw, writer Carmella Padilla, sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubek. These profiles offer insight into the people who make our region special, adding context for visitors and residents alike. Add to that plenty of listings — including attractions as galleries, music and restaurants — and the 2019 Bienvenidos is sure to be a magazine that you will turn to again and again.

Every summer, The New Mexican is proud to welcome people to our town, our region, our state. We do so in the pages of a visitors’ guide that features the best of our past and present. Bienvenidos, or welcome, to one and all.

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