First in Series: New Mexico True Historic USA travel experiences
Provided by: Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast Inn
Adobe bricks (mud bricks) are a long time New Mexico architectural building staple. Modern historic preservation efforts within Santa Fe’s historic district are to be commended for their preservation. New Mexico visitors travel with high expectations to see and experience ancient traditions of culture which adobe bricks encase and accurately preserve. Made of earth, traditional adobe bricks have a high clay content and straw mixture. If produced manually the earth mix is cast in open moulds onto the ground and left to be sun-dried, not kiln-fired. When used for construction they are laid up into a wall using an earth mortar. Before drying out, the finished walls are smoothed down and often a clay render applied as a surface coating.
Adobe brick building is an ancient technique common in the Americas and the Middle East. The oldest structural ruins made of earth date back to 8300 BC with some adobe buildings aged 800+ years still in use today! “Adobe” is a signature of Santa Fe New Mexico’s architecture and is beautifully preserved in many a historic building such as the De Vargas Street House (aka Oldest House in the USA). Built in 1200 CE, the original adobe home sits on the partial foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo. Modern day use as a museum provides New Mexico visitors a viewing of this ancient art of adobe building. The De Vargas Street House has quiet a history and is a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
The Palace of the Governors (1610) is an adobe structure located on the north side of Santa Fe’s Plaza. The Palace of the Governors served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The Palace originally served the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which at one time comprised present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada,California, and New Mexico. After the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico was administered from the Palace of the Governors. When New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory the Palace became New Mexico’s first territorial capitol.*
“Adobe” is the Spanish name derived from the older Arabic “al-tob”, dating from the Moorish occupation of Spain. Adobe walls have a number of advantages and relatively few disadvantages. Adobe bricks are fireproof, durable and biodegradable! Adobe is a non-toxic building material and can provide sufficient thermal mass to ensure excellent thermal efficiency and low sound transmission levels through walls to create a general feeling of solidity and security. Due to the nature of clay and the drying process, adobe bricks exhibits good water resistance. It is important to provide weather protection to extend life to the adobe brick especially in exposed situations. Adobe can be cut relatively easily to provide for fittings or services like vigas, corbels, pass through, etc. Many people today find the pattern and texture of adobe walls very attractive as is the case at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Accurately highlighting traditional historic Santa Fe culture and adobe living, Pueblo Bonito was originally built in 1860. Once a private residence, now a popular downtown bed and breakfast. Its painstaking preservation efforts over the past 30 years has transformed this massive 2 foot thick adobe walled structure into a one of a kind Santa Fe travel experience! Adobe walls surround 18 guest rooms each with a traditional kiva fireplace and adorable mosaic tiled private bathroom-essential modern conveniences! Traditional room features include: colorful nichos vanities, natural wood floors and vigas, hand plastered nichos and bancos, hand carved corbels and much more. Santa Fe, New Mexico is a top historic treasure for US travel buffs wanting to experience a true slice of historic dating back over 400 years.
Whether you’re planning a New Mexico vacation, a Santa Fe visit or permanent relocation, you’ll come to realize that Santa Fe is “the City Different”. Why, you ask?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and while our town itself is smaller, more intimate- it boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
World Class art galleries and museums– 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!
Family entertainment, events, and festivals- Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market, Balloon Fiesta
Gourmet dining– Restaurant Martin; La Boca; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Osteria;
Unique local cuisine– tamales; green chile stew; posole; Indian Tacos; Green chile cheeseburger;
Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife- Santa Fe Opera; Lensic Theatre; Desert Coral; Aspen Ballet
History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture – Adobe, Kivas, Hornos, Vigas, Ceremonial Dances, etc.
World-class shopping- Santa Fe Plaza; Overland Sheepskin Company; Ortega Jewelers; Maloof Outfitters; Canyon Road
Easy access to nearby sites and day trips- Chimayo; Ghost Ranch; Abiqui; Pecos Wilderness; Taos Pueblo; Rio Grande Gorge
Easy walking around downtown, historic sites, cultural events, performances etc. Palace of Govenors; Oldest House in USA
Santa Fe is “the City Different” because, unlike other cities, our history is an integral part of our day-to-day life, augmented by modernity rather than erased by it. Established by indigenous hunters and gatherers, influenced by Hispanic immigrants and explorers, and populated over the centuries by numerous other European descendants, Santa Fe continues to embrace new diversity and to celebrate our cultural heritage. Legacies from these earlier groups endure in harmony: in nearby pueblos and reservations, through diverse festivals and traditions, even in the local foods grown and eaten and in the beauty that nurtures us.
No American city has ever been more beautiful and well preserved. Centuries ago, newcomers were drawn to this area because of the scenic splendor. They stayed because the earth offered bountiful lands providing precious
minerals and gems, including gold, silver, and turquoise. Today, unique among many cities, Santa Fe, New Mexico boasts spectacular views and experiences of nature. Several mountain ranges – visible wherever you turn—beckon to hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, horseback riders and nature enthusiasts. The Rio Grande replenishes the high desert plains and valleys, sustaining productive fields to supply local farmers and markets, as well as pastures for domesticated cattle and buffalo and the wild herds of antelope will take your breath away when you sight them from the highways and byways.
Finally, Santa Fe has earned its nickname because it truly is different, in indescribable ways. There is a spirit here which defies definition, yet you feel it in the purity of the air, in the vivid colors of each season, in the deep blue of the heavens and the vastness of the night sky. There is an ethereal quality that turns mere neighbors into lifelong friends as locals take things a little slower, living by the unspoken code of “mañana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.
We invite you to come and experience this delightful City of Difference and allow us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn to provide your accommodations- making your Santa Fe vacation a time to remember. Call us at 1-800-461-4599 or book online at www.pueblobonitoinn.com
Walk from the Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast Pueblo Bonito to the Plaza, Loretto Chapel, State Capitol, and More!
Enjoy our complimentary area guide. Featuring popular Santa Fe attractions and surrounding area daytrip ideas. Our downtown bed and breakfast provides easy walking to all popular attractions including the Plaza, Palace of Governors, Oldest House, San Miguel Mission, Canyon Road, Lensic Performing Arts, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, St Francis Bascillica and much more!
Our friendly and professional staff are glad to assist our visitors in planning their Santa Fe visit or provide suggestions on things to do while in New Mexico. Just make a reservation with us and we can be your “go to” people! Our knowledgable staff is ready to create an unforgettable New Mexico vacation experience.
Santa Fe Attractions & Activities:
Northern New Mexico Native American Indian Pueblos:
- Nambe Pueblo 505-455-2036
- Picuris Pueblo 505-587-2519
- Pojoaque Pueblo 505-455-2278
- San Ildefonso Pueblo 505-455-2273
- San Juan Pueblo 505-852-4400
- Santa Clara Pueblo 505-753-7326
- Taos Pueblo 505-758-9593
- Tesuque Pueblo 505-983-2667
A Great Blog on daytrips to nearby Native American Pueblos can be seen here: BLOG!
- Santa Fe Glow Winter Lights Event at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill- (505-471-9103) Dazzling and magical light displays; live musical entertainment; hot toddies on Saturday nights.
- EcoVersity (505-424-9797) Offers hands-on classes in sustainability, natural building, gardening, and renewable energies.
- Loretto Chapel (505-982-0092) – home to the Miracle Staircase.
- Rodeo de Santa Fe (505-471-4300) this great June event features Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling and Bull Riding. Don’t forget Mutton Bustin and the Calf Scramble for the children. Occurs the third weekend each June.
- Santa Fe Farmers Market (505-983-4098) Every Saturday year round -easy walk from our inn. Fresh produce, handicrafts and delicious food.
- Santa Fe Fiesta (505-988-7575) Celebration of Santa Fe’s Historic Hispanic culture. Traditions dates back to 1692. Schedule your September Santa Fe vacation.
- Indian Market (505-983-5220) The world’s largest American-Indian art market, open the third weekend in August.
- Santa Fe School of Cooking (505-983-4511) Year-round Southwest cooking classes with excellent chefs.
- Santa Fe Southern Railway (505-989-8600) Train rides from the mission-style Santa Fe Depot to Lamy in vintage railcars.
- Spanish Market (505-982-2226) Admission is free to this celebration of Santa Fe’s Hispanic culture. Enjoy traditional foods, shop for handcrafted traditional arts from 300 local artists and enjoy wonderful music. Spanish Market takes place the last Saturday and Sunday in June.
- Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (505-476-1166) The largest international folk market in the country. Second week of July.
- Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta End of September and is an annual event featuring dozens of wineries and guest chef demonstrations and lots of mouth watering New Mexico chile dishes.
Sports & Recreation:
- Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe (505-955-4400) Municipal golf course for all skill levels. Just off 599 – West of Pueblo Bonito Inn.
- Nambe Falls & Recreation Area (505-455-4406) Outdoor park with waterfalls, fishing, boating, and hiking on Nambe Pueblo reservation.
- The Reel Life (877-733-5543) Equipment and guided fishing trips available. One block from Pueblo Bonito.
- Santa Fe Ski Basin (505-982-4429) 16 miles straight up into the Sangre de Cristos from Pueblo Bonito’s doorstep! Great for downhill skiers, snowboarders and snow shoers.
- Melo Velo Bicycle Rentals (505-982-8986) On Marcy Street in the downtown area, a few blocks from our inn. Offers bike rentals, tours, and trail drops. Santa Fe is a bicycle friendly city and is the host to Santa Fe Century Bike ride in May.
- Santa Fe Mountain Sports (505-988-3337) Offers bike rentals.
Tours in New Mexico
- Ancient Storytellers Tours is a unique, native-owned Organization that is committed to educating visitors about Northern New Mexico and the history of the Pueblo People. Their tours and cultural activities allow visitors to experience a truly educational and realistic view of Pueblo People as contemporary and indigenous people who value their language, culture and homeland.
- Astronomy Adventures Night Sky Tours (505-577-7141) Learn about the night sky Southwest lore with guided tours for groups of 2-200 people.
- Custom Tours by Clarice (505-438-7116) Full service event management and open air tram tours.
- Outspire (505-660-0394) Private, guided hiking or snowshoeing trips along Santa Fe’s forest trails.
- Pathways Customized Tours (505-982-5382) New Mexican history, culture, art, geology and flora presented in a guided tour.
- Santa Fe Guiding Company (505-466-7964) Guides and transportation for tours, ecology classes, hiking, skiing, biking and fishing.
- Santa Fe Mountain Adventures (505-988-4000) Guided hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and whitewater rafting trips.
- Wild Earth Llama Adventures (800-758-5262) Day hikes and guided multi-day wilderness treks for all ages and fitness levels.
- Randall Davey Audubon Center (505) 983-4609 From riverside riparian areas to piñon-juniper woodland, visitors explore different kinds of ecosystems and wildlife.
- Walk Abouts
Arts & Culture
- Art Adventures in the Southwest (505-986-1108) Personalized 3-hour outdoor art classes for all levels, with art materials supplied.
- Center for Contemporary Arts (505-982-1338) Arts organization that presents contemporary artists in a 5,000-sqaure-foot exhibition space.
- Palace of the Governors (505-476-5100) Deemed an official National Treasure circa 1610, this Southwest history museum is a must see–walking distance from Pueblo Bonito!
- Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts (505-827-4455) Exhibits Southwest artists, including Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keefe.
- Santa Fe Opera (800-280-4654) World-renowned amphitheater with productions running June-August. Shuttle pick up one block from our lodging.
- SITE Santa Fe (505-989-1199) Contemporary arts organization exhibiting local, national, and international art. 3 blocks from us.
- Shidoni Foundry and Galleries in the Village of Tesuque (505-988-8001) One of the greatest resources available for art collectors and sculptors. Five miles north of our inn.
- Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Lensic Performing Arts Center – short stroll from our bed and breakfast.
courtesy of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– Santa Fe, NM
Great mountain bike trails around Santa Fe make Spring break travel enjoyable while visiting New Mexico. These trails have easy access and can be enjoyed anytime of year, not just for spring break! Beauty surrounds the trails and varying terrains create the challenge you seek. Just another great reason to visit the city different- Santa Fe, NM!
Dale Ball Trails: Central
Seven + miles of trails which include reconditioned older trails with newer sections that are great fun. Little more climbing than North section with not as smooth of tread. Make sure you try the connector trails to vary distances and experiences.
New trails with six or seven of many more miles to come. Condition is tricky, technical single-track twisters through pinoned woods in foothills over looking Santa Fe. Tread is fast and good. Keep an eye out for soft shoulders and tight switchbacks. The outside loop runs five miles with cut-off trails to vary distances. Another system is in the works and will stretch south to Atalaya mountain trail adding about 17 more miles.
A 5-mile trail, mostly for hikers. If you don’t mind some hike-a-bike it is a good trail for mountain bikes as well.
10-mile loop for advanced riders. This trail starts with a good climb and ends with ripping technical downhills. Weekends arecrowded with hikers and bikers and many downhillers who shuttle to the top and kamikaze down. This trail offers great technical terrain, stream crossings, gorgeous scenery, and is a memorable ride for advanced riders in the Santa Fe area.
Caja Del Rio
Great rolling terrain trails for beginners, with numerous choices for distance. These trails are built on volcanic rock, making for a unique surface. None of the trails are real technical. Novice or entry-level riders can enjoy them. Caja Del Rio offers spectacular views from the plateau.
Apache and Baldy Trail Loop
A moderately difficult, year round, 6-mile loop for mountain bikers. The trail follows the ridgeline, then drops to follow an old road, then switchs back down to Apache Canyon to trail 176. A steep incline back up the ridgeline finishes the trail with a moderate incline back to the road.
Glorieta Center Trail
A difficult 5-mile trail up to Glorieta Baldy mountain bikers. High elevation of 10,000+ feet. This trail is used moderately to heavy, and offers a number of unique attractions. Detailed trail descriptions are available at entrance gate to Glorieta Conference Center. Beginning at the trailhead, a grassy road follows the stream up a canyon, then climbs to a rocky area. The trail continues through forest, and eventually gains the ridge between Ruiz and Glorieta Canyons. Much of this trail follows an old road. The last mile or so, it becomes considerably steeper and narrower, switching up the southwest slope on the mountain. Keep going up hill to the top!
You might think late winter in Santa Fe lacks excitement for bird lovers. On the contrary; late Winter – early Spring birds seen in and around Santa Fe consist of colorful migrants and back yard birds. Considered “permanent range” for bluebirds like the Mountain Bluebird and Western bluebird, Santa Fe is a great place for these Northern New Mexico birds to stay put! They like fairly open habitat so you’ll spot bluebirds on the edges of town- a popular location is near El Dorado (south of downtown). Bluebirds group in winter months so if you spot them, they’ll be large numbers. Bluebirds work together to find steady sources of food (berries usually) and water (horse trough, heated bird bath, etc.)
Other spotting like that of the Grosbeaks have been seen in large flocks in and around Santa Fe this year. These yellow, white and black migratory bird’s movements are unpredictable but have been reported.
A ladder-backed woodpecker which exhibits rungs like that of a ladder (male has red on his head) have also been sited nearby and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Local residents who supplement winter time bird feeding with sunflower seeds, nuts and suet help bring these lovely creatures to Santa Fe. However, birds are not dependent upon feeders. It’s only a fraction of their diet. In winter months, most bird’s food comes from natural sources like berries, old seeds (pinon, flowers, grasses) and larva.
Birdwatching is but one enjoyable outdoor activity enjoyed by late Winter – Spring New Mexico travelers. Hiking, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, exploring ancient Indian ruins, historic villages or intriguing shops and galleries can be experienced in a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pueblo Bonito b&b inn welcomes visitors to our webpage or facebook page for information on Santa Fe Travel New Mexico ideas and current lodging rates and availability. We love our guests and we’d love to share a memorable Santa Fe experience with you too!