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Sipapu Free Fly Fishing Clinics

If you’re interested in learning the basics of fly fishing, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort holds a series of free fly fishing clinics this summer 2012.

The Sipapu free fly fishing clinics take place weekly on Saturdays from 10 am – 12 noon, with lessons by Taos professional fly fishing instructor and guide Dan Holden. The clinics are open to all, and will cover the basics of fly fishing, including how to use the equipment and how to cast.

Take your own equipment, or fly rods and reels will be available to borrow free of charge, thanks to Taos Fly Shop.

Although the clinics are free, participants aged 12 years or older WILL need a New Mexico fishing license. Current fees for NM fishing licenses start at $12 for one day for adults (whether New Mexico residents or not), or $5 for New Mexico resident juniors aged 12-17 for an annual licence, $8 for New Mexico resident seniors aged 65 – 69 for an annual license. Licenses are available for purchase at Sipapu’s store, which is probably the easiest option, or you can buy them online from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

If you want to stay over, a number of third night free lodging deals at Sipapu are available through October 17, 2012 , including the hotel, cabins, suites, and lodge.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is located  20 miles southeast of Taos, about a 90-minute drive north of Santa Fe, 2.5 hours from Albuquerque.


Ruidoso Discount Coupons

If you’re visiting Ruidoso, check out these Ruidoso coupons for discounts on lodgings, attractions, dining and shopping. The coupons may vary over time, but right now I’m seeing:

  • $1 discount on Hubbard Museum of the American West adult admission
  • The Village Buttery free tea or cookie when you buy a meal
  • Blue Gem 20% discount on shopping
  • Cozy Cabins stay two nights and get the third night free
  • West Winds Lodge stay three nights and get the fourth night free in condos or cabin rooms

The Inn of the Mountain Gods coupon for a free appetizer or dessert when you buy two entrees at Smokey B’s looks great until you see the VERY tiny type: You must be a member of the Apache Spirit Club to use it. So don’t waste time printing that coupon out unless you are! 

Find the current Ruidoso coupons – the expiry dates vary, but many are valid through 2012.


50% Off Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe is running a 50% off sale for reservations through December 31, 2012, but you must book by February 29, 2012.

To get the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa 50% off deal, use the Promo Code: J48S

The sale ends on Wednesday February 29, but we’re not sure what time on Wednesday, and of course room availability is limited. Some blackout dates apply, and rooms booked with the half price promo code are non-refundable.

The resort is only about a five minute drive from Santa Fe Plaza, but it’s in an historic spot in the Tesuque Valley with beautiful views all around, plenty of trails and outdoor activities including a pool, plus a spa, and a fine restaurant.

Reserve the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa 50% Off rate using the promo code: J48S or call 1-800-732-2240.



Inn of the Mountain Gods Lodging Deals

The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino near Ruidoso is a pretty spectacular place to stay, set on a lake with great views of Sierra Blanca. The AAA Four Diamond resort is owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, which also runs Ski Apache.

Current Inn of the Mountain Gods lodging deals include:  

  • Valentines Packages are available for stays throughout the month of February, 2012, but they must be booked by February 8. The packages start at $149 for one night on Sunday to Thursday in a superior or luxury room, including champagne and six red roses.
  • A Great Escape $99 package for stays through April 30, 2012. The package includes a one night stay, breakfast buffet for two people, and two free margaritas in Wendell’s Lounge.
  • A Ski Apache package until March 1, 2012. When you book a three night stay, you get the fourth night free, plus two free adult lift tickets. Use the promo code SEASON when booking and note there are some blackout dates.

Book online at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort or call 1-800-545-9011.

Inn of the Mountain Gods is located on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, just a few minutes outside Ruidoso, New Mexico.


Ohkay Sweethearts Dance

The Ohkay Hotel and Casino is holding the Ohkay Sweethearts’ Dance at their conference center to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The dance is on February 11, 2012, from 8 pm to midnight, and tickets are $10 each, or $15 for a couple. Music is by the New Mexico band Cuarenta y Cinco.

Dinner packages start at $30 for two with buffet and tickets to the Sweethearts’ Dance, and hotel packages are also available starting from $99 for the overnight stay, two tickets to the dance, and the buffet for two.

Ohkay Hotel and Casino is located in Espanola, between Santa Fe and Taos.


Free Santa Fe Stay If Born on Feb 29, Everyone Else: 3rd Night $26

The Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe is running two lodging deals.

If your birthday is on February 29,  you can get a free night stay at Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe, on either February 29, March 29, April 29 or May 29, 2012. There is no requirement to book any additional nights, but you will have to show ID to confirm February 29 as your date of birth. You can’t book this deal online – call 888-335-3410 to make a reservation.

Everyone else gets a third night for $26 when you pay for two nights. The
Inn on the Alameda promotion rate is valid on any room or suite through February 29, 2012.  To get the 3rd night at $26, you must stay 3 consecutive nights, and if you stay for longer, the rate applies on the 6th and 9th night too. Blackout dates are February 17-18, and February 24-25.

This deal also isn’t available for web booking – call 888-984-2121 or 888-335-3410 and request the Anniversary Promotion Rate. 

Stays include a free breakfast buffet, and a free afternoon wine and cheese reception, plus free parking, local calls, and free wireless internet access.

Inn on the Alameda is located at 303 East Alameda, Santa Fe.


Ten Thousand Waves Spa, Lodging, Shopping Deals

Ten Thousand Waves spa in Santa Fe has a bunch of deals valid to December 15, 2011.

Ten Thousand Waves Shop & Soak Deal For each $100 spent on retail goods in the Ten Thousand Waves spa and gift store you get a free pass worth over $23 to the communal or women’s bath to use by March 11, 2012, with some blackout dates over Christmas.  Could be a good time to stock up for holiday gifts of lotions, potions, soaps, and other gift items!

Ten Thousand Waves Lodging Special for 50% off the second night’s stay for customers booking two Waves of Bliss packages. The 4 1/2 hour package with a massage, facial, salt glow, head and neck treatment and a private hot tub costs $369.  At least one night’s stay must be on a Sunday to Thursday night.

Ten Thousand Waves Spa package:  The Relax & Restore spa special for $259 saves $58 on the individual treatments, with a massage, facial, and private hot tub.  Either print the Ten Thousand Waves coupon or show it on a mobile device.

Regular admission to the gorgeous Japanese-style Ten Thousand Waves for hot tubs, saunas, and lounging decks is:

  • $23.45 admission for the mixed or women-only communal hot tubs, with kimono, sandals, towels and toiletries provided.
  • Hot Tub punch card $169 covers 10 visits from Monday to Thursday (saving over $65) and two people can visit at a time and use the punch card.
  • The Waribiki Rewards Club Card for New Mexico Residents gives a 20% discount on private baths, massage, and spa treatments on Monday to Thursday. The card can’t be used on the day it’s collected, but if you’re at Ten Thousand Waves anyway, ask for one for future visits, and show your New Mexico ID.
  • Children 4 feet tall or under soak for half price.
  • A group of four people or more receive a 10% group discount on admission to any bath.

Ten Thousand Waves is located at 3451 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe.


Hotel Albuquerque Half Off Bar Food

Get 50% off any one food item at the smart Q Bar in Hotel Albuquerque with this printable Hotel Albuquerque coupon, valid to December 30, 2011.  Note that the coupon is only good for one food item, not your whole check.

Hotel Albuquerque is a Heritage Hotels & Resorts property, located in Albuquerque Old Town, at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque,


Three Santa Fe Restaurant Freebies

Three restaurants in Santa Fe Heritage Hotel properties are offering deals when you print and take the restaurant coupons below.  Get a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of bar drinks or food. There’s tons of time to use the coupons – they’re all valid to December 30, 2011.


Sante Fe Harvest Festival Restaurant Discount Pass & Events

Santa Fe Harvest Festival runs now through November 23, 2011, and if you like food and cooking and you plan to spend time in the City Different over the next few weeks, you could score some savings and join in the events.

Santa Fe Harvest Festival is basically a Santa Fe restaurant promotion with a bunch of events and classes too. To take part you have to purchase a Santa Fe Harvest Festival pass at $35. That gives the pass holder discounts at about 40 Santa Fe restaurants, including 25% off entrees at The Pink Adobe, the Rio Chama restaurant, La Casa Sena, and the Red Sage Restaurant (in the Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder), and 20% off food at Blue Corn Cafe, Galisteo Bistro, Ristra, and Plaza Cafe Southside.  Most discounts are ONLY for the pass holder, some are for two diners. See all the pass discounts at Santa Fe restaurants

The pass also provides free admission to *most* of the Santa Fe Harvest Festival culinary events and the cooking classes with chefs at their restaurants. Some cooking classes are specially for kids and families, which is kinda cool, although the events and classes admission are only for the pass holder, so you’d need one for each person attending. Pass holders also get 25% off Santa Fe School of Cooking events to November 23, plus they get discounts on Santa Fe hotels .

Now, I reckon you’d have to eat out a lot by November 23 to recoup the $35 and make some savings, or attend several of the events to make it worth your while.  But for foodies and cooks in the Santa Fe area, or if you’re visiting Santa Fe or live near enough to take advantage of the benefits, it’s a pretty good deal.

You can also buy a premium pass at $160, which gives you everything the $35 pass does, plus admission to a Grand Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, and the Best of the Fest Gala Dinner.

The Santa Fe Harvest Festival pass is available for purchase online at the link.