The lifts are open and the mountain is busy with skiers and snowboarders blazing down from the top. Last month we posted an article on the upcoming ski season. Well, the ski season has arrived so it’s time to check your gear and head up the mountain. Here are Five Things to Do Before You Ski.
In 1621, Pilgrims celebrated at Plymouth the glorious application of the sport they called football. Seeking political sports freedom, Pilgrims fled England to present-day Massachusetts to celebrate the sport they loved. Impressed by the game, Native Americans sought to join in on the celebration. Knowing simply walking up and asking to play would be unwanted, the Native Americans brought along a turkey and offered it in exchange for a chance to experience the game of football. Clearly none of this is true but modern Thanksgiving sometimes makes it feel like it is. As we approach the special day of family, food and football, I thought it appropriate to give the Top Five Best Things About Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, NM.
As we move into the holiday season we are reminded of the sobering reality that many of Santa Fe’s residents are far less fortunate than most and need help during this time of year. Contributing to those in need is simple, yet rewarding. There are a number of New Mexico and Santa Fe nonprofits that aim at making the holiday season a more joyful time for Santa Fe residents in need. Koats for Kids, Kitchen Angels, and Food for Santa Fe help provide services and goods to less fortunate Santa Fe residents. Below is a description of these organizations and how you can help contribute this holiday season.
The Hotel Santa Fe conference room erupted in applause as Mark Jaffe concluded his presentation. The claps echoed inspiration as those in attendance reflected on what they would take away from Barker’s Professional Development Retreat. Agents spent the morning planning and developing business strategies for 2014. The seminars centered on the technological tools Barker Realty Agents will be using for the ever-changing market. With real estate clients expecting more technology usage for selling/buying properties, the retreat aimed at empowering agents on using such tools. Barker Realty’s Vice-President Warren R. Sacks stated this point after the retreat,
“Today’s real estate consumer expects and deserves quality information online. With SantaFeRealEstate.com, our mobile app and our new Client Relation Management System (CRM), we will be able to accomplish this. Consumers can easily search our site and mobile app to find information and with our CRM we will be able to provide it via email. We want to empower the consumer and help them easily obtain what they need.”
Like most cities across the country, Santa Fe will be confusing, crowded and crazy on Black Friday. Having grown up in Santa Fe I have braved the Black Friday chaos a time or two. I can remember my grandma and aunts drafting maps and strategies for navigating the Black Friday pandemonium. I will leave the drafting of maps and strategies to the shopping elite and will simply offer some Black Friday advice specific to Santa Fe. So here are the Top Five Things You Should Know About Black Friday in Santa Fe.
Over the past few years, craft beer has steadily grown in popularity across the US. In 2011 the industry grew 13% by volume and 15% by dollars. In 2012 the growth was 15% by volume and 17% by dollars. Craft brewer retail dollar is valued at an estimated $10.2 billion. This means you have more than likely noticed this growth with your own two eyes. In liquor stores and bars, craft beer is popping up like crazy and for good reason too; Craft beer taste better than traditional mass-produced beer. Along with selling their product through retail means, brewers are opening up taprooms for their customers to enjoy a fresh brew taped from the brewery in which it came.
New Mexico is on the forefront of this growth. There are over two-dozen brewers serving as members of the New Mexico Brewer Guild. Travel and Leisure magazine named Santa Fe 18th on America’s Best Beer Cities list. With Marble Brewing co, Santa Fe Brewing co., Second Street Brewery, and the new Duel Brewing operating taprooms, Santa Fe has become an enjoyable destination for craft beer lovers. With a number of homes within walking distance to taprooms, Santa Fe is the perfect place for craft beer lovers. This article will be a continuing series as we explore the Best Taprooms in Santa Fe.
Glance up towards the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and you will notice a welcomed sight, snow. Ski season is approaching which has many Santa Fe residents waiting in anticipation. Depending on the weather, Ski Santa Fe usually opens in late November. This year the slopes are scheduled to open November 28th.
Creative Santa Fe has organized a month long city project called, Walk [Santa Fe]. The project aims at promoting walkability in Downtown Santa Fe. Signage and designated pathways will display clear directions for people find their way to key locations around Santa Fe. Walk [Santa Fe] hopes to show city leaders and policy makers how clear signage and pathways can promote walking and the many benefits it brings. The project is already underway and will last until the end of November. There are a number of neighborhoods in and around downtown, making Santa Fe an accessible city for walkers. You can live, work and play, all in walking distance from your home. This is a great opportunity to explore Santa Fe one step at a time. [Read more...]
Kentwood Real Estate recently posted an article on their website about Barker Realty’s Director of Marketing, Tommy Faulkner. Tommy was interviewed by Kentwood as part of their affiliate interview series. The piece discusses Tommy’s admiration for Santa Fe and the many things he enjoys doing in the city. Kentwood is locally owned and operated in Denver, CO. They are among the top-producing real estate companies in America. Congratulations to Tommy for a great interview.
The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote a profile piece on Jeff Assad for their interview series. Jeff is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada but has spent his entire adult life in Northern New Mexico. He has been with Barker Realty Inc. since 2008 and is 1 of 12 Christie’s brokers. We would like to congratulate Jeff on the interview! Please read the Santa Fe New Mexican interview and for more information on Jeff Assad, check out his Barker profile page here.