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Best Southwest Travel Destination- Historic Santa Fe New Mexico

Adobe Archeticture- significantly Old Santa Fe!

Adobe Archeticture- significantly Old Santa Fe!

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

National Parks and natural beauty abound-Bandelier and Pecos National Monuments; Tent Rocks; Sangre de Cristos

Easy access to nearby sites and day trips- Chimayo; Ghost Ranch; Abiqui; Pecos Wilderness; Taos Pueblo; Rio Grande Gorge

Numerous opportunities for worship and spirituality- San Miguel mission; St Francis Bastillica; Loretto Chapel; Chimayo

Easy walking around downtown, historic sites, cultural events, performances etc. Palace of Govenors; Oldest House in USA

San Miguel Mission- Oldest Church

San Miguel Mission- Oldest Church

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

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

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.

Native American dance- Santa Fe Festivals

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

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

Historic Adobe- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn-Santa Fe.

Historic Adobe- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn-Santa Fe.

 

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Pueblo Bonito Inn
138 W. Manhattan Ave Santa FeNM87501 USA 
 • 505-984-8001

Santa Fe New Mexico Area Guide

Compliments of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn

Compliments of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn

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!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Bandelier and Pecos National Monuments, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rock National Park, Native American Pueblos and quaint Northern New Mexico villages are a few exciting adventures waiting to be explored.

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!

Unique Attractions:

Miracle Staircase of Loretto Chapel

Miracle Staircase of Loretto Chapel

  • 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:

Annual Bike Ride- Santa Fe Century

Santa Fe Century Bike ride (photo; santafenewmexican)

  • 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 

Santa Fe Bandstand a Cultural Summer Event(santafehometownnews)

Santa Fe Bandstand a Cultural Summer Event(santafehometownnews)

  • 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 Opera

    Santa Fe Opera Tours and Performances

  • 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.

 

 

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Mountain Bike Trails around Santa Fe, New Mexico

courtesy of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– Santa Fe, NM

Dale Ball Trail photo by singletracks.com

Dale Ball Trail photo by singletracks.com

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.

North

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.

South

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.

Windsor Trail

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.

Baldy Loop Trail by Oscar Garcia (photographer)

Baldy Loop Trail by Oscar Garcia (photographer)

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!

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Santa Fe Winter Vacations- Birds of Northern New Mexico

Mountain Bluejay

Mountain Bluejay

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.

Grosbeak

Grosbeak

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.

Ladder Backed Woodpecker

Ladder Backed Woodpecker- Male

 

 

 

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!

1-800-461-4599

 

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Santa Fe Annual Events 2015 New Mexico

SANTA FE ANNUAL EVENTS 2015 Things to Do and See  Santa Fe New Mexico Travel

(1st Quarter – January, February, March New Mexico Travel)

Provided by: Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn

Ski Santa Fe– February thru Easter weekend!  All ages, ability who love the outdoors, great skiing and snowboarding, all in a friendly, professionally run ski basin (selected as one of the most affordable in the US)- come enjoy Santa Fe Ski Basin! Just 16 miles north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe. Great rates starting at $89+ in February at the Inn!Yellow Skier

Lensic Performing Arts- Dates through March: List of performances please click here. Such a lovely venue- The Lensic Theatre- a renovated theatre from yesteryear to enjoy some highly acclaimed performances to enhance your Santa Fe travel in February, March or any season of the year!

Valentines Day/Presidents Day Weekend: Feb 14-16, 2015- Santa Fe is always an enjoyed romantic getaway- why not make it yours this Valentines day? Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn Valentines Day package begins at $129+ to include: in-room kiva fireplace, private bath, historic adobe pueblo ambiance, inviting hospitality and the best Breakfast Tamales you’ve ever tasted! This valentines day specials displayed here.

Romantic historic adobe Santa Fe accomodations.

Old World romance Pueblo Bonito inn- Santa Fe, NM.

Winter ARTFeast February 20– 22, 2015:

Friday  February 20: “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere – Jazz, Classic Cocktails & Designs by Patricia Michaels Hearty Appetizers by Walter Burke Catering Tickets $75 Purchase Tickets

Saturday, February 21, 6 pm Step Up to the Plate Gala Dinner, Paint-Out & Auction Three courses by Adobo Catering, Paired with Select Fine Wines And a dessert bar to die for! Tickets $175    Dinner Menu    Purchase Tickets

Saturday & Sunday, February 21-22 Art of Home Tour  12 Dream Residences in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County Free Admission!!

Santa Fe Restaurant Week: February 22 -March 1, 2015.  Specials for lunch and dinners served at participating restaurants in downtown and around Santa Fe. Combine this cost saving item with Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast February special and enjoy Santa Fe on a budget!!  HSpring Break Santa Fe: US Spring Break dates differ dependent upon what area of the country you reside. Santa Fe is always a great option and offers so much for Spring Break Travelers interested in exploring the historic Southwest. Driving to the Grand Canyon? Spend sometime in Santa Fe! Love to hike, ski, explore ancient Indian dwellings? Santa Fe is the place! All ages, cultural backgrounds, interests can easily  be stimulated with a Spring Break to Santa fe and Pueblo Bonito Inn. Make plans now for a Santa Fe Spring Break you’ll always remember! 1-800-461-4599

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day in Santa Fe – Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.

Winter time at Pueblo Bonito b&b

Pueblo Bonito b&b inn

Awaken to find a quiet dusting of soft white winter snow highlighting sculptured details of adobe walls, red brick paths, and wrought iron gates surrounding the secluded grounds of historic Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe, NM. Arise momentarily to light a romantic wood burning corner kiva fireplace (bedside viewable), then snuggle back next to your significant other to listen to crackling sounds and sensual smells of dry piñon and cedar wood previously prepared for your enjoyment. Quiet, flickering shadows made from the dancing flames reflecting off thick adobe walls create a glow onto the natural wood beams to be admired on the ceiling above you.

Romanticly Different!

Romanticly Different!

Your room reflects accurately that yester-year, old culture blend of Native American, Anglo, and Hispanic influences depicted in the decor of handcrafted woodwork, pottery, rich southwestern colors, and architectural uniquenesses (adobe, corbels, nichos, bancos, etc). This cultural style can only be found in Historic Old Santa Fe! Your private bathroom – complete with mosaic tiled bath/shower – provides adorable amenities to ready oneself for a day of exploration, pampering and some of the most tantalizing cuisine found in the southwest! It all begins with our handmade breakfast tamales (a local family’s recipe) consisting of red chile pork and complimented with homemade green chile chicken stew! Both the tamales and the stew are authentic New Mexico favorites that warm the heart, soul and tummy!

Breakfast Tamales- Ole!Now you must decide what will make your day even more special: Snow skiing? Strolling to historic sites, shops, galleries? Being pampered at a spa? Exploring Native American Pueblo ruins, cliff dwellings and petroglyphs? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can make valuable suggestions, create a day-trip tour specific to your interests, or just guide you planning your day’s adventure! After sharing a full day of special moments with the one you love, return “home”, rest, and enjoy a selection of handmade chocolate delectables made by “Amy Lee”, which we have placed caringly for you in your room. Come enjoy a calming cup of hot tea during Tea Time and decide on your dinner cuisine: New Mexican? Spanish Tapas? Progressive American? Italian? French? Green Chile Cheeseburgers? Choose from 150+ excellent restaurants within walking distance. Top your evening off with a romantic stroll around the historic plaza area, up the Old Santa Fe Trail and around the state capitol, or even go bar hopping if you like! Fear no parking expense or inconvenience from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast, as our stellar location allows complimentary parking and walking! When you decide to return home, you’ll find the quiet, secluded atmosphere of grounds softly illuminated with bubble lights and pathway lanterns to safely guide you to your own private rest at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn.

 

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New Mexico Holiday Traditions: Santa Fe Holiday Events- November, December Travel

Santa Fe Christmas Lights

Santa Fe Christmas Lights

One might think winter holidays consist of only three specific days of the year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Santa Fe, also known as the “City Different”, holds true to its name. A consecutive 30+ day period hosts in the holidays- Pre-Thanksgiving through New Years! A festive, holiday menu of music, cuisine, shopping, special events and more for locals and New Mexico visitors alike.

Holiday festivities begin mid-November with Handel’s Messiah. On Thanksgiving Day, activities can include giving thanks and worship, enjoying friends or family, strolling down quiet, quaint streets of downtown Santa Fe, feasting upon tantalizing cuisine prepared by Santa Fe’s top Restaurateurs, hiking in glorious landscapes like Tent Rocks or enjoying opening day of Ski Santa Fe- to list just a few! Folks of all ages enjoy relaxing and reflecting on this quiet and fun (always fun!) Thanksgiving holiday. Friday after thanksgiving (aka: Black Friday) ushers in a busier time with great pre-Christmas bargain shopping, downhill skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing at Ski Santa Fe, Pueblo Feast Dances, and of course the lighting of the plaza! (Always a joy filled, well attended celebration of awe inspiring lights and decorations of the downtown Santa Fe plaza- see photo). Between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, Santa Fe visitors enjoy a quieter, more peaceful time period filled with discounted hotel rates (Pueblo Bonito b&b inn offers a $99/nt rate with in-room wood burning kiva fireplace!). This slower time of the travel season is when folks can begin preparations of the heart, mind and soul for the upcoming holidays. Many holiday specific arts and culture events help usher in this holy time of year:

Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah: Lensic Performing Arts Center: Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with Guest Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, Choral Director Dr. Linda Raney, and renowned guest soloists Devon Guthrie, Joseph Beutel and Joshua Dennis. A musical rite of the holiday season, this Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners after more than two-and-a-half centuries.

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18 cozy guest rooms all with kiva fireplace, private bath and foot thick adove walls- Pueblo Bonito Inn.

Nov 27: Ski Season Opens –  Enjoy a day of skiing at Ski Santa Fe! Voted #1 Best Deal for US Ski areas- a great ski experience for all ages and skill level, yet not as commercialized allowing for short lift lines, great snow conditions, excellent cafe service and just 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. After a full day of exhilarating snow skiing, return home to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea, romantic fire in your in-room kiva fireplace and easy stroll to dinner at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants!

Nov 28: Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Plaza. Walk to/from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!

Nov 28: Black Friday- Shopping on the plaza and around downtown Santa Fe is no problem! There are so many unique, distinctive, and rare items to select from for your Christmas shopping lists. If you can’t find that challenging person a great gift in Santa Fe, it probably doesn’t exist! Pueblo Bonito gift shop offers discounts off all inventory for guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (jewelry, pottery, rugs, baskets, knives, and more!).

Acoma Pueblo artist Marilyn Ray- featured in Pueblo Bonito gift gallery.

Acoma Pueblo artist Marilyn Ray- featured in Pueblo Bonito gift gallery.

Nov 28, 29. 30: 11th Annual Circus Luminous at the Lensic Performing Arts Theatre: A more recent favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition featuring local acrobats, clowns and aerialists. Walk to performance from Pueblo Bonito Inn-Santa Fe, NM

Nov 29, 30: SWAIA Winter Indian Market– all about community. A perfect blend of exuberant, long established holiday spirit of Santa Fe and beautiful, creative Native arts, traditions and culture.

Dec 12: Christmas on the Plaza– 30th anniversary of this beloved Santa Fe event, with hot cider, live music, entertainment and a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus. At the Palace of the Governors. Free, family event.

Dec 14: Las Posadas. This traditional Hispanic tradition re-created Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging the night Jesus was born with a candle-lit procession around the Santa Fe Plaza.

Dec 14: Holiday spirit is highlighted with The Santa Fe Symphony’s annual afternoon of Christmas favorites! This celebratory performance feature Guest Conductor Jason Altieri, Director of Orchestras at the University of Nevada and Associate Conductor for the Reno Philharmonic, as The Symphony performs Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Yon’s Gesù bambino, Faith’s Brazilian Sleigh Bells, White Christmas by Irving Berlin, Wendell’s Little Drummer Boy (Bolero), and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

Dec 19-24: A Baroque Christmas: Loretto Chapel. Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. Music by Back, Handel, Vivaldi and Traditional Carols. 6&8 pm each evening. Santa Fe Pro Musica is a nationally recognized musical organization that remains steeped in its commitment to community.

Dec 20, 21: The Nutcracker: Lensic Performing Arts Center. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker“. Children of all ages marvel at the whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic. Ballet, flamenco, Chinese silk dancing, and an aerialist allow the cast of 60 dancers, actors, and circus artists to create lifelong memories for you and your loved ones.

Pueblo Bonito Santa Fe Winter Wonderland! 006Dec 21: Holiday Open House: Celebrate holidays with music, refreshments, and Gustave Baumann marionettes at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Concert: Family Concert Series at 2pm & 5pm Lensic Performing Arts Center. The magic of the season is captured with two of the most cherished orchestral works of all time: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 performed by the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra and conducted by Joseph Illick, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue played by 13-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Emily Bear.

Santa Fe LuminariaDec 24: Canyon Road Farolito Walk. A work of art itself! Annual celebration which is uniquely Santa Fe. Lit by traditional farolitos and luminarias, Canyon Rd is arguably never more beautiful than on Christmas Eve. visitcanyonroad.com

Dec 28, 29: Music for the Royal Fireworks: St Francis Auditorium. Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra.Telemann Water Music; Vivaldi Concerto in F Major, “Autumn” for the Four Seasons; Vivaldi Conterto in F Minor, “Winter” from the Four Seasons; Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Dec 31: New Years Eve Concert. Lensic Performing Arts Center: Guaranteed to bring in the New Year in grand style! An early-evening concert featuring the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Illick, playing Beethoven’s joyous 1st Symphony, and renowned violin soloist Vadim Gluzman playing the incomparable Bruch Violin Concerto. Soprano Ava Pine will delight you with her ravishingly beautiful voice, thrilling coloratura, and sensual singing in selections by Handel and Lehár.  Enjoy free parking for this event when staying at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– less than 5 minute walk to the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

 

 

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Best Time to Vacation in Santa Fe?

September visits in Santa Fe, NM

Aspens on Sangre de Cristos

When is the best time to vacation in Santa Fe? Well one can argue this question as Santa Fe offers so much diversity in so many realms (landscapes, culture, art, theatre, cuisine, history, outside and inside activities, etc). However, my favorite time is between September and November. During these months, temps can be 80s, 70s, 60s and even the 50s as Thanksgiving nears. Hotel rates drop mid-October and mid to low seasonal rates begin in November, December, January and February. Skiing (downhill, cross country and snowboarding) starts the end of November, which is a real treat! One can argue that springtime in Santa Fe, New Mexico has similar climate temps and hotel rates are classified in mid-season range. The fall festivals however make September thru November a clear winner. Summer temps rest between the 60s and mid-80s, no wonder this is peak season for New Mexico travelers which take hotel rates to high-season range and make availability tighter. Who can resist those amazing summer festivals though- some of the best in the world come to show art at Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market and others. Winter can be chilly with daily highs reaching the upper 40s and evening lows creeping into the 10s. But the sun’s rays are constant, even during winter days, which make the sunshine days so appealing. The number of days with any measurable precipitation in Santa Fe is 80 annually! I’ve enjoyed many a winter day where temperatures has hit

St Francis Cathedral of Assisi

St Francis Cathedral Bastilica

the 70’s! Just don’t forget the sunscreen if you‘re outside skiing, hiking, touring, etc. as the sun is intense! Santa Fe is definitely unique. It’s a wonderful place to get away to, spend time, immerse yourself in any time of the year…. So to sum it up: The best time of year to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico is whenever you’re able! Any month, any season, any day of the week – Santa Fe is open offering: Stores, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, historic sites- all available to visitors 12 months a year! World class exhibits, pueblo tours, cultural events, art, art and more art! So many options to choose from- let Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe, NM help you plan that memorable Santa Fe vacation. Our staff has over 50 years of combined living experience in the City Different! Call us directly at 1-800-461-4599 and make reservations to enjoy the only historic adobe pueblo-style compound nestled in downtown Santa Fe who has won 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Guest Favorite bed and breakfast award”! You’ll be glad you did…

Native American dance- Santa Fe Festivals

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

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Santa Fe: Birders Paradise for New Mexico travel!

New Mexico Blue Jay

New Mexico Blue Jay

Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe host many bird enthusiasts year round who love the variety of birds in areas around Santa Fe, NM. On our secluded, quiet grounds guests enjoy viewing visits from a variety of winged creatures like the ones featured on our blog post Oct 2013. Most recently Evening Grosbecks have found a free “handout” at our back door! Valuable sources of information and sightings for birders are available at the Randall Davey Audubon Center- just a short drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Randall Davey Audubon Center offers incredible birder walks, information, tours, events, etc. A great place to add to a “to do list” while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. Do you like hiking? birding? nature? creation? reptiles? or just the great outdoors? Well,  Randall Davey Audubon Center is the perfect place for you to enjoy! Center hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 8:00- Sunset; Visitor center & gift shop hours: 10-4 Monday – Saturdays. Closed Sundays! For more information call the Center directly: 505-983-4609  (Much of the following information is compliments of Randall Davey Audubon Center website):

In the meantime, here are a few Special Birding Events and Suggested Spots to consider:

FREE SATURDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Taking off at 8:00 am a guided bird walk, led by experienced birders is one of the best ways to get to know our local birds. Both experienced and novice birders are sure to discover new species and witness them in their natural habitat.

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

BEST BIRDING SPOTS AROUND SANTA FE AREA: A few great outdoor birding hot pots are: Hyde State Park and Road and the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Both capture the interest of many bird species. The extended area near Hyde State Park and along the trails off the road to the ski area includes several hiking options, each of which has birding opportunities. Williamson’s Sapsucker’s (breeding), Hammond’s and Cordilleran Flycatchers, Western Tanagers, Nuthatches (Red and White-breasted, Pygmy), Mountain Chickadees, Steller’s Jays, and Western Warblers are some of the species anticipated within the Black Canyon campground and trails. Further up Hyde Park Road, Blue Grouse are sometimes seen at elevations between the Borrego Trail to the ski basin. The Santa Fe Ski Basin has a great trailhead for those who want to venture into the high mountain back country. Species expected include Hermit Thrush, House Wren, Junco, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Gray Jay, and Clark’s Nutcracker. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Randall Davey Audubon Center east of downtown Santa Fe where a wide variety of birds reside and visit during migration. Nestled at the mouth of the Santa Fe Canyon, our Audubon Center encompasses 135 acres and includes miles of hiking.

Hummingbirds at Terrero General Store

Hummingbirds at Terrero General Store

HUMMING BIRD SPOT: Terrero General Store and Post Office– a hidden treasure! One of our favs to for taking a leisurely drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn through the Pecos National Wilderness, winding pass Montessori Lake, the State fish hatchery, Dalton Canyon (remember Billy the kid and the Dalton gang?), and glorious mountain landscapes ending at a sleepy log cabin with antique gas pump out front call “Terrero General Store and Riding Stables“. This is a gem! Providing hours, days, months of busy hummingbird viewings. Three common hummingbirds to this area are the Broadtail, Rufus, and Calliope. Broadtail are first to arrive the end of March, then Rufus begin to appear late June and finally Calliope make appearances in early July.

 

September, October, November and December are  wonderful months to visit Santa Fe and New Mexico. Birding is such a fun hobby and/or profession and we invite our bird loving friends and family to enjoy all Santa Fe has to offer at the 2011, 2012, 2013 Guest Favorite b&b- voted by our guests from over 8,500 properties within the US & Canada!! CHECK OUT OUR INTERNET SPECIALS! 

 

 

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September: A month of Artist Tours and unique New Mexico Events!

September is one of my favorite months to visit Santa Fe, NM. The weather is delightful, the smell of chiles roasting is in the air and so many unique, intriguing “off the wall” things seem to be available to explore! Here are just a few to make your stay with us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn one of a kind! Won’t you consider a September trip to one of the most wonderful places to visit?

Adobe in El Rito NM

Adobe in El Rito, NM

FUZE-SW 2014: Food + Folklore Festival at Museum of International Folk Art at Museum Hill (less than 1 mile from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn). A food conference offering conversations with chefs, authors, and artists, tasting, breakfasts, lunches and dinners; Sept 12-14

GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER SMACK DOWN @ Santa Fe’s Farmers Market- walking distance from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Sample burgers from seven local restaurants; enjoy brews, music and help crown the 201 4 Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown king or queen! 6:00 pm Friday Sept 12

Famous Green Chile Cheese Burger!

SANTA FE RENAISSANCE FAIR at Rancho de los Golandrinas Juggling, stilt-walking, magic troupe Clan Tynker performs amongst medieval-combat re-enactments. Kids games and food vendors 10:00 am -6:00 pm Sept 20,21, 2014 10 mile south of downtown Santa Fe (on your way to Tent Rocks… why not make a day of it!!).

24th Annual Wine and Chile Festival. New this year is the Gran Fondo bike ride to four gourmet food stations in a 45 or optional 75 mile loop hosted by chefs Mark Kiffin, Kevin Nashan, Michelle Bernstein, and Matthew Accarrino. Other events include: tasting, luncheons and wine seminars. Wednesday thru Sunday Sept 24-28

Pilar Studio Tour Pilar, (1 hour 15 minutes north of Santa Fe) September 6 – 7, 2014
This lovely village along the Rio Grande hosts an annual studio tour, when about a dozen artists who make pottery, wearable art, paintings and more open their doors and invite you to visit their workspaces and view their creations:

Pojoaque River Art TourPojoaque River Valley is 16 miles north of Santa Fe. September 2014
The annual Pojoaque River Art Tour takes place in the picturesque Pojoaque River Valley, an old farming community 16 miles north of Santa Fe.

High Road to Taos Art TourHigh Road to Taos is a 105-mile back-country scenic route between Santa Fe and Taos. Sept  20-21; 27-28, 2015.This scenic route from Chimayo to Vadito takes you to galleries and studios of artisans along the High Road between Santa Fe and Taos with more than 60 stops.

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Chile Ristas welcome visitors to Northern New Mexico Artist Tours!

Pecos Studio Tour– Pecos, about 20 minutes southeast of Santa Fe off I-25 September 2014
Drive just 20 minutes from Santa Fe to the peaceful, picturesque village of Pecos, where you can visit with about 20 artists in their open studios. You’ll see paintings, ceramics, tinwork, jewelry, wearable art and more.

El Rito Studio TourEl Rito an 1 hour and 15 minutes northwest of Santa Fe. October 2014
Meet more than 25 artists who live and work in this sleepy village that was an early Spanish settlement, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Santa Fe. The annual open studio tour features everything from blacksmithing, fiber arts and pottery to santos and retablos.

Abiquiu Studio TourAbiquiú, is 18 miles northwest of Española October 11 – 13, 2014
More than 70 artists welcome visitors to their studios in this annual tour. You’ll see paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art and much more as you explore the gorgeous place where Georgia O’Keeffe once lived and worked

Galisteo Studio TourGalisteo is 25 miles south of Santa Fe. October 18 – 19, 2014
Visit this once a year event where over 30 local artists open their private studios to the public. A free event, much of it walk able through our historic adobe village. All disciplines and media.

Dixon Studio TourDixon is about 45 minutes north of Santa Fe. November 1 – 2, 2014
Nestled in the beautiful Embudo Valley, Dixon is home to a lively group of more than 50 artists who open their studios for the annual art studio tour. You’ll find everything from painting, photography and jewelry to stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath and beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and roving musicians

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Scenic Artist Northern New Mexico Day tours!

 

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