When Wendy started Two Casitas, she was simply renting her guest house to travellers in order to supplement her income. Our home had two small guest houses, and the property provided a perfect opportunity for doing just that. Eventually, the opportunity to manage more homes meant that Wendy was able to turn Two Casitas into a full-scale business, and she began the process of becoming an expert at filling the new homes. Wendy knew that she loved Santa Fe, but she also had to learn what attracted all sorts of people to visit. She found that, while Santa Fe has a wide variety of cultural, historical and wildlife activities that bring people to our city, there is one common thread that makes Santa Fe an exciting destination for almost anyone: Food! Santa Fe’s unique cuisine remains difficult to replicate, and it embodies so much of what is special about our town. History, culture, agriculture and economics created the unique blend of flavors that can only be found in The Land Of Enchantment. Because of this, it is no surprise that many events and festivals in Santa Fe revolve around our local food in an attempt to attract even more attention to Santa Fe’s culinary prowess. One of the most notable examples of this is our annual Wine and Chile Festival, which celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2015. This year, it will occur from September 21st to September 25th. Make sure to book your dates with Two Casitas soon, as we get filled up for this time of year very quickly!
The Wine and Chile Fiesta is an absolute must for anyone interested in food, and it is widely regarded by even the most discerning foodies. During the festival, local restaurants provide you with the absolute best that they have to offer, you can taste the best wines from over ninety wineries around the country, enticing cooking demonstrations and educational seminars are abundant. Santa Fe’s restaurants also participate by hosting wine dinners during the festival that are sure to be a hit with people who love pairing wine with different foods. The festival culminates at the Santa Fe Opera where those ninety wineries and seventy-five of Santa Fe’s best restaurants convene to host one of the highest qualities and most varied sampling of foods that you will ever experience. This level of immersion in food and wine can seem overwhelming, but we can guarantee that you will be hard pressed to experience a higher concentration of quality food and drink. It will almost convince you to move to Santa Fe!
Santa Fe’s passion for its own culture may come off as a little bit self-indulgent at times, however if you visit this festival, you will understand why people love to live here. Long after you learn everything you can about Santa Fe’s history, culture and wildlife, our town’s food will keep you enticed and entertained for as long as you live here. I’ve been eating this food for my whole life, and not a single day goes by where I don’t crave green chile or a specialty New Mexico dish. That is why I find this festival, and others that Santa Fe has to offer, a crucial activity for anyone who wants to experience what our town truly has to offer. There is a reason that our rooms book so far in advance for this festival, and we hope you’ll be among our guests this year! Come experience the best that Santa Fe has to offer!