The wine was flowing and red roses adorned every table when Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino held a screening party for ABC’s The Bachelor. The romantic allure of Santa Fe was a featured player in the first two episodes that aired this month. Members of The Bachelor Nation fell under the sway of our beautiful city as it cast its spell on Chris Soules and his coterie of hopefuls. Are you hoping for a dose of romance in your own life? Enter to win, and you'll be following in the footsteps of the show! Maybe your bachelor will be handing you a red rose in Santa Fe!
Romance And History Go Hand-in-Hand In Santa Fe
Those who tuned in got a glimpse of the iconic Santa Fe Plaza, the heart of The City Different—and there’s no better jumping off point for a Santa Fe experience than a stay at La Fonda de Santa Fe. This historic hotel, tucked between the Plaza and the magnificent Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, is a Santa Fe icon. The hotel’s property-wide renovation, completed in 2014, wisely kept emblematic designs like the Mary Jane Colter ballroom chandeliers and the whimsical painted windows that enchant locals and tourists alike. Your guy can easily sneak across the street and pick out a turquoise engagement ring from the Native American vendors under the portal at the Palace of the Governors. Unless he books La Fonda’s La Rosa Romance Package that is, because that one includes the ring!
Both Art And The Art Of Intimacy Are Found In Santa Fe
Producers of The Bachelor captured Santa Fe’s alternative culture with a twist that the show has likely never seen – a session with a shamanic guide. Tziporah Kingsbury led an intimate transformational session for two that sent the show’s Twitter feed sky-high. If that “OMMMM” moment grabbed your attention, schedule your romantic Santa Fe getaway for March to begin your visit with her Shamanic Ceremony. Your chakras will be opened and your creativity flowing, making you perfectly attuned to diving into a fabulous Santa Fe Creative Tourism experience.
March is Creative Tourism DIY month in Santa Fe and the possibilities for imaginative adventure are endless: craft a photographic book together, make a stained glass mosaic in southwestern colors, discover the alchemy of mixed media, or invent a new form altogether. You can create your own memories – literally – then take them home and hang them on the wall!
Go Rafting To Ride On A River Of Love
If your bachelor is a sporty type, maybe the only part of The Bachelor that caught his eye was the Los Rios River Runners white water rafting trip on the Rio Grande. Yes, one of the girls got dunked, but that’s why the professionalism and safety of river guides like Los Rios matters. Taking a full-day ride through the Taos Box or a sunset dinner float is an adventure for two you’ll never forget. The snow has been great this winter, and the rafters will be out as soon as spring allows. If you just can’t wait that long to come to Santa Fe, snow is the operative word. 96 percent of the mountain is open at Ski Santa Fe and the snow bunnies and daredevils have been in snow heaven!
Up, Up And Away To Santa Fe
You have to wait until balloon season starts in May to experience the ballooning adventure you saw in Britt’s one-on-one date with The Bachelor, since that scene was filmed at October’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Once May rolls around, pilot Johnny Lewis of Santa Fe Balloons will be glad to take you for a ride over the pristine northern New Mexico countryside. Ballooning is early morning excitement – always ending with a champagne toast – so that means your appetite will be fully whetted for a dose of great Santa Fe home cooking. There’s no better place for a Christmas-style breakfast burrito—that’s both red AND green chile—than The Pantry, recently designated by Thrillist as one of America’s best diners!
Be Romanced By Santa Fe
Chris Soules, The Bachelor himself tweeted, his loyal 125,000 Twitter followers with these words of advice: “Santa Fe should be on everyone’s bucket list, and it should be the first to be crossed off!” Whether you copy the trip step by step or do it City Different style with your own choice of romance packages, you’ll share unforgettable memories that will be the envy of your social media communities and have you both craving an annual getaway sequel.
After all, even The Bachelor couldn’t complete a Santa Fe adventure in just one episode! Launch your own romantic getaway now, by entering our sweepstakes to win a five-day vacation in beautiful Santa Fe.