Savoring the season

El Gran Molino at El Rancho de las Golondrinas; photo Richard Gonzales

Ah, the glories of autumn in New Mexico, with its cerulean skies, crisp temperatures, and curls of piñon smoke at night. A visit this weekend to El Rancho de las Golondrinas for its 49th annual harvest festival is all about that seasonal joy.

At Santa Fe’s 200-acre living history museum in La Cienega, you can purchase a pumpkin, test your tortilla-making skills, try your hand (or foot) at grape-stomping, and press apples to make cider.

There’s also a traditional Spanish market with nearly 40 vendors, including farmers, weavers, potters, bakers, and woodcarvers.

It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, at 334 Los Pinos Road. Tickets: adults $8; seniors (62 and up), teens (13–18), and veterans $6. Ages 12 and under free.

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