Exceptional tour, that I would highly recommend. The restaurants en route were of a very high standard and, between
them, offered a varied and interesting selection of tastes and drinks. The historic component of the tour gave me a much better understanding of how the city of Santa Fe evolved. The tour guides were entertaining and knowledgeable.
Elizabeth was an excellent tour guide! You could tell she had a geniuine passion for Santa Fe, it's history and it's culture. This was conveyed in the information she provided during the tour. The walk was easy and there were plenty of stopping points. Hard to say what my favorite part of the tour was. We sampled wonderful cheeses at Cheese Monger, excellent tacos at El Callejon, excellent moles at Sazon and wonderful sparkling wines at Gruet. All I can say is the experience was so good, I want to return to Santa Fe!! Thank you Elizabeth!
Perfect way to combine a basic walking tour of the city with a variety of local tastings. The mole sauces at the last stop were so good that we made dinner reservations and had a wonderful meal that evening. The tour guide- who also owns the tour company - cares about the experience and did a great job putting together the tasting venues.
Having the right expectations is the key to any great experience, and mine -- I realize entirely from my own devices -- were too high. I didn't eat lunch before the tour, thinking that we would be feasting from stop to stop. We did not. It was two hours into the tour before we sat down for anything 'substantial' - 2 appetizer size tacos. That followed three bites of cheese at our first stop. We next went to a wine tasting room of a New Mexico winery specializing in sparkling wines I don't care for sparkling much, but our server luckily snuck me a couple still wine pours - which were fantastic! I wish I just bought a bottle and stayed on their patio! Lastly we hit a mole tasting, which was very interesting and enjoyable, just not very filling.
So, at the time I was disappointed with the tour however, if I had just eaten beforehand, been prepared to appreciate the actual historical information I was being given instead of being so focused on getting more food, I think I would've had a very lovely time!
This tour took us to a number of downtown food and drink places including an incredible cheese shop where a world class cheese monger gave us a lesson in cheese making plus samples - wonderful! Another stop was a taqueria where the generous owners treated our group to tacos and beer along with their family story of starting the restaurant. I imagine the establishments will change from time to time but Joe, our guide, curates this tour and clearly works hard to make his tours memorable.
My mom and I had a great time on the Sip and Savor food tour in Santa Fe on March 4th. All the places were great and distinct - I wish we would have had more time at the pub and the option to purchase drinks and maybe a bit less at the Cheese Shop although it was wonderful!. Quite a bit of history on the tour - you can actually just wait for it here instead of taking the tour at the Palace of the Governors. I wish we had stopped in the Loretto Chapel - the tour went long an extra hour! and we didn't have a chance to get there before it closed at 4:30pm. Loved the stop at Sazon - the chef is delightful and a true treasure of Santa Fe - we were happy to spend the extra time as his guests. This is a great experience for those visiting Santa Fe or even for locals!.
The tour was basically as billed, but the proportion of food: alcohol was way out of whack for me. Too much tequila and sparkling wine, too little solid food. Everything was very good, though, and Joe I think that was his name, owns Wander NM was friendly and knowledgeable. Great stop at the cheesemonger!