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NEWSLETTER: October 17, 2020

From Judith Graves, Las Brisas Board of Directors President


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Dear Las Brisas Family & Friends,

Happy Fall Greetings from your home away from home. Nothing endures but change. (Heraclitus) With that, Santa Fe remains constant with sunny skies, fresh air, and wide-open spaces. October and November in Santa Fe is remarkable.

Temperatures drop and crowds dissipate. Revel in a gorgeous hike, indulge in delicious local cuisine, or tour our renowned museums. With so much history in one place, you could spend days learning about the storied art, culture, and architecture of the City Different.

Las Brisas de Santa Fe Fall 2020

Las Brisas de Santa Fe Fall 2020

During October choose from the Independent Film Festival or Studio Tours to the Whiskey Classic. If you are a fan of art, try the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. The New Mexico History Museum offers insight into the Land of Enchantment’s extensive and unique heritage.

Other museums worth visiting are the Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Prairie Dog Glass Blowing Studio inside Jackalope on Cerrillos Road, Liquid Glass, or Keshi, a co-op for Zuni arts and crafts on Don Gaspar. Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, The Harrell House Bug Museum, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Site Santa Fe, and Rainbow Man are just a few to mention in this culturally rich city.

Monroe Gallery is a spectacular collection of photojournalism on Don Gaspar. The New Mexico CulturePass ($30) allows one visit to each state museum and historic site, 15 in all: (newmexicoculture.org)

SANTA FE SKI SEASON

Get ready for the Santa Fe Ski Season, which will tentatively open November 26 (through April). Hit the slopes and experience incredible views of the historic city from below the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Snuggle up next to your beautiful, Las Brisas kiva fireplace on a chilly night with a glass of wine or a great read, after spending the day exploring the town and surrounding mountains.

REACTIONS FROM LAS BRISAS GUESTS

In the last newsletter, we encouraged family and friends to submit vacation photos or tell about their interesting travel experiences. Vicki and Mike Paque recently enjoyed Adobe 3 at Las Brisas for their fall visit. Vicki writes;

It was immediately clear that all had been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Having a private, comfortable patio became important in keeping in line with the city’s social distancing guidelines, while relaxing and enjoying beautiful, sunny days….many shopping opportunities …and a majority of restaurants on the plaza and surrounding streets have added outdoor dining, creating a festive atmosphere.

Terry Richards, an RCI guest, writes that she and her husband enjoy the additional space and full kitchen as opposed to a hotel, “We love Las Brisas.” Terry shared photos of their 45th Anniversary trip last December and are returning to Las Brisas in late October.

Do you have extended family or friends that would be interested in visiting historic Santa Fe and Las Brisas, our hidden gem?

Every single month provides a unique adventure that includes an assortment of activities: wine tasting, award winning cuisine, abundant art, fabulous museums, opera, ballet, musical events, great walks, white water rafting, hiking, and so much more.  Las Brisas is an easy trek to the plaza, the city square gathering place.  We are all fortunate to enjoy a beautiful one or two-bedroom adobe in the City Different. Several of the advantages, as you know, are the cost-effective night’s stay compared to other choices and our fabulous trading power we have with the various exchange companies (review the exchange information on our website.)  Our free Gold Interval International membership through 2022, often offers two weeks for one in trade.

If you have interested family and friends and wish to share your travel secret, please ask them to refer to our website to view resort photos and detailed information:  Lasbrisasdesantafe.com.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING NOVEMBER 7, 2020

  • Remember to log onto Zoom for our Las Brisas Board of Directors Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 7, at 10 AM MT.

  • VIDEO AND MIC MUST BE TURNED OFF!

  • Use phone only or view mode.

  • The logon link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3590248561?

    Meeting ID: 359 024 8561   |  Passcode: 895708

Dialing in:

  • 1 346 248 7799 (Houston)   

  • 1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)

  • 1 646 876 9923 (New York)

  • 1 312 626 6799 (Chicago)

The new Board of Directors have been announced. Five openings have been filled with five exceptional nominees, which include two incumbents, Russ Waldo and Judith Graves. Congratulations to our new Directors to the Board: Julie Porter, Renee Meyers, and Mike Paque.

Please send Elizabeth your Annual Meeting proxy for voting on approval of the budget by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by mailing it to the Las Brisas de Santa Fe office, P.O. Box 1770, Santa Fe, NM 87504 OR

FAXING to 505-982-7900 OR

EMAILING Elizabeth at bethsaffold@gmail.com or lasbrisas2@cybermesa.com

Each ballot that is returned will earn a raffle ticket. PLEASE RETURN YOUR PROXY. Also, if you choose to like us on Facebook or join the Owners’ Group, you will receive an additional raffle ticket. Tickets will be drawn by April Grettner for special Las Brisas prizes at our Annual Meeting for those in attendance that have returned their proxy. The grand prize raffle will include a vacation certificate through RCI or Interval International. Looking forward to having you join us.

Best,
Judith Graves

NEW MEXICO SAFE CERTIFIES - WEAR MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING

Covid & Other Updates

NEWS FLASH!

Thanks to April Grettner, from our Management Team, Las Brisas de Santa Fe has been deemed New Mexico Safe Certified. April, Elizabeth Saffold and Jerry Rogers were virtually trained in New Mexico’s Covid-Safe Practices to ensure our entire Las Brisas Family remains safe as New Mexico slowly reopens for business and pleasure. Please have confidence that Las Brisas is fully equipped to offer safe and responsible service in the Covid positive world we now live in. We are positioned as a leader in Safe Practices in Santa Fe and New Mexico.

Travel Safe and we will see you soon.
Judith Graves, BOD President

NEWSLETTER: August 26, 2020

From Judith Graves, Las Brisas Board of Directors President


Dear Las Brisas Family & Friends,

Hello. I hope that you are all well after this most unusual summer. As you are aware, Santa Fe’s annual events had to be postponed until 2021, from the Opera, Spanish and Indian Markets, International Folk Art Market, Albuquerque Balloon Fest, to most of the Wine and Chile activities. However, visitors continue to arrive by car to Santa Fe, as vacation travel has been reimagined.

Beautiful Santa Fe has been recognized as the number three city on the “Top 15 Cities in the United States” list in the 2020 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in August.

Additionally, Ojo Caliente Mineral Spa Resort Santa Fe took the number two spot on the “Top 15 Domestic Spas” list. Ten Thousand Waves was also on the list. Santa Fe remains an incredibly unique and beloved locale. We welcome your return with open, but distant arms!

Covid Safe Las brisas de Santa Fe RentalsLas Brisas de Santa Fe has been deemed New Mexico Safe Certified. April, Elizabeth, and Jerry have all received certificates after their virtual training in New Mexico’s Covid-Safe Practices to ensure our Las Brisas Family remains safe as New Mexico slowly reopens for business and pleasure. As you return to your home away from home, be assured that Las Brisas is fully equipped to offer safe and responsible service in our Covid-positive world. We are a leader in Safe Practices in Santa Fe and New Mexico.

 

“The City Different” has captivated artists, writers, and chefs from around the world with its signature adobe architecture, Native-American influence, and its quirky charm. Santa Fe definitely has a creative, legendary food scene with a marriage of exciting flavors, mingling New Mexican, Spanish, Mediterranean, and Native-American. Eleven of Santa Fe’s wonderful restaurants won The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence: Sassella (225 Johnson) and Restaurant Martin, our neighboring restaurant. Also, celebrated are Luminaria, Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen, Trattoria A Mano, Restaurant L’Olivier, Terra Cotta Wine Bistro, Red Sage, and Geronimo. La Casa Sena (named since 1992) and The Compound both won the Best of Award of Excellence. Billy Crews in Santa Teresa won the ultimate Grand Award if you wish to trek there to enjoy juicy steak, oysters, and succulent lobster or imbibe in one of their 10,925 bottles of vino.

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays and Tuesdays, as Vendor Booths remain six feet apart. The Santa Fe School of Cooking continues to have hour long virtual cooking classes with recipes and ingredient lists. Curb side pickup for ingredient purchase options is available. There is food to go and mail order tamales if hungering for that special taste of Santa Fe. Our special locale was recently bestowed a top destination for a women’s getaway. Check out Women of the West Historical Walking Tour ($45 per person) to hear about inspiring women who changed history. Or have a kaleidoscope adventure this fall by viewing the vivid yellow foliage of Aspen trees along the Aspen Vista Trail.

  • At home, with continued refurbishment, Las Brisas has replaced the windows in timeshare Unit 19 and next planned will be Unit 21. We have the portico materials, but stalling has occurred in securing the permit due to city office closures during Covid.
  • Interval International has extended our free basic gold membership until the end of 2022.
  • Our timeshare affiliation with HelloVacay has produced five sales to date and 24 owners have committed to their HotelVacay upscale package.

TELL US YOUR STORY!
We would love to hear from you! Will you share your comments, stories, and vacation photos with us? Please send any stories and fun and interesting vacation shots to: gravesjudith@icloud.com and remember to “Like Us” at LasBrisasdeSantaFe on Facebook.

Our Annual Meeting will be held by video conferencing at 10 AM MT on Saturday, November 7. There will be more details forthcoming, but please mark your calendars!

We hope to see you at your home away from home very soon. Do check out Pasatiempo, www.santafenewmexican.com, to find out what is happening in Santa Fe during your stay. Meanwhile, please stay safe and well.

NEWSLETTER: July 28, 2020

From Judith Graves, Las Brisas Board of Directors President


Dear Las Brisas Family & Friends,

The unprecedented health crisis instantly ruptured the rhythm of Santa Fe. As Las Brisas returns to some semblance of a new normalcy, we are happy to welcome our Santa Fe enthusiasts to experience their favorite venues in our unique destination once again.

Our hearts go out to those affected, medically and financially, by this illness. A loud applause to our Las Brisas de Santa Fe management team for the caring and continuity and to the maintenance and cleaning staff, who make it possible for the rest of us to continue to socially isolate and enjoy our home away from home during this public health crisis.

Since the beginning of the lockdown, there has only been one week of timeshare absentees.

Folks are eager to escape and visit Las Brisas. Most have been driving to Santa Fe to enjoy the fine food, excellent drinks, great hiking trails, and amazing scenery the City Different offers, even for short stays. Santa Fe County, with its endless trails, diverse landscapes, and 320 days of sunshine a year, is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Whether you are looking for a mountain bike trek or strolling through the pinon and juniper trees in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, here are just a few of the best trails for different outdoor enthusiasts: Dale Ball Trail System, a 22 mile network of interconnecting moderate to easy trails with spectacular views and is the quickest way to get to the mountains from 1000 feet below, or the Santa Fe Plaza; Cerrillos Hills State Park Trail, a gentle trail that is dotted with turquoise mine shaft from the late 1800’s; Borrego-Bear Wallow-Windsor Trail, a 4.57 mile loop that weaves through the aspen-fir forest and is great for mountain biking; and Winsor Trail to Lake Katherine, a moderate to difficult 10.1 mile with a 3471 foot climb. Lake Katherine is a must see.

  • Many well-loved Santa Fe Restaurants have re-opened. Patio dining is very popular from Dinner for Two, The Teahouse, Chez Mamou, El Rancho de Chimayo, the Boxcar, Gabriel’s. La Casa Sena, Rooftop Pizzeria, Coyote Cantina, The Bell Tower Bar at La Fonda, Thunderbird, SantaCafe, Il Piatto, TerraCotta Wine Bistro, Osteria D’Assisi, Sassella, El Farol to Restaurant Martin, a few steps away.
  • The Santa Fe School of Cooking has resumed their hands-on cooking classes for small group participation.
  • Events at The Lensic have been postponed to mid-July. Presently, there are many on-line events. Check lensic.org
  • On the other hand, perhaps your escape just includes enjoying your Las Brisas patio reading a great novel, sipping a cool summer cocktail, or reflecting on how fortunate we really are despite these troubling times.

NOTE: Las Brisas, in an effort to continue to maintain our home away from home, has re-scheduled the window replacement for Unit 19. Materials for the Portico repair have been ordered. The obvious delays were a result of installation and city approval closures during the time of Covid.

We are all looking forward to your return very soon. Please stay safe and well. Below are some important sites for updated information.