The Ultimate in Historic Southwestern USA Winter Travel
If you think summer is the only time to visit the Southwest, think again. Winter in Santa Fe is beautiful, boasting adobe walls frosted with snow and air scented with fragrant piñon smoke, short lines at world recognized restaurants, exquisitely unique shopping, and diverse historic culture abounding in every step of the downtown historic district. There’s also plenty to see, from SITE Santa Fe’s acclaimed biennial, which runs through January 7, to the art spaces that line Canyon Road and the ever popular Governers Gallery located in the upper floors of the New Mexico State Capitol Building (just steps from Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast). Just 16 miles straight up into the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Ski Santa Fe beckons downhill and cross country skiers, snow boarders and shoers alike. Santa Fe is the perfect base camp for a Ski Extravaganza allowing avid snow enthusiasts to experience Taos Ski Valley, Pajarito Ski Basin, Angel Fire, and Sipapu Ski Resort are within a short 90 minute drive to any of these ski facilities allowing a unique Ski Basin.
WHERE TO STAY Check into Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast Inn (138 W Manhattan Ave, 1-800-461-4599); www.pueblobonitoinn.com; This 150 year old historic adobe pueblo-style compound is nestled in a quiet location of downtown Santa Fe, NM- just an easy walk to all shops, galleries, museums restaurants. Offering an authentically preserved, historic Northern New Mexico vacation lodging experience, this unique Old Santa Fe adobe estate abounds with rich native culture reflecting a true one-of-a-kind Santa Fe travel experience. Any winter chill is warmly welcomed as one enters a three building complete compound providing guests complimentary off-street parking. Massive foot and a half thick adobe walls with ornate wrought iron gates surround the entire property, as well as make up exterior and interior walls of all guest rooms. Each room is complete with a romantic corner kiva fireplace, private bath (tub and shower), and modern amenities certain to provide that distinctive Santa Fe New Mexico vacation experience. Natural wood vigas line the ceilings; hard wood, black flagstone, red brick or Saltillo tile make up the flooring; hand carved nichos, corbels, and plaster sculpted kivas are found within guest rooms creating traditional architecture painstakingly preserved by it’s owners/innkeepers of the last 28 years. It’s no wonder Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast Inn was voted 2011, 2012 “Guests Favorite” from over 8,500 properties within the US and Canada.
WHAT TO DO
There is so much to do on your Santa Fe New Mexico vacation. Ski Santa Fe (www.skisantafe.com)-nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains (just 16 miles from downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico) boasts a base area elevation of 10,350 feet. Among the highest ski areas in the continental United States, Ski Santa Fe’s Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet offering some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Want to ski basin hop? Taos Ski Valley (www.skitaos.org) is just an hour-and-a-quarter-drive away, while Sipapu Ski Resort (www.sipapunm.com) is only 65 miles north on 285 from Santa Fe. Ski trips are great, but there is so much more available on a Santa Fe Winter travel trip. For example, an afternoon spa in a Japanese-style outdoor wooden hot tub, salt wrap, or massage at Ten Thousand Waves spa (505/992-5025; www.tenthousandwaves.com), just a 10 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito B&B Inn, is a great way to relax. World class shopping, galleries, and museums, including the Georgia O’keeffe, International Folk Art, Native American Cultural and Wheelwright Museums are must-sees on a Santa Fe vacation.
WHERE TO EAT Restaurant Martin (526 Galisteo St); 505-820-0919; www.restaurantmartinsantafe.com; Chef Martin Rios was semi-Finalist for 2011 James Beard “Best Chef of the Southwest” Award as well as featured in 2008 season of Iron Chef America. Serving Progressive American cuisine in an experience second to none.
Rio Chama (414 Old Santa Fe Trail); 505-955-0765; http://www.riochamasteakhouse.com; Serves the finest prime and choice dry aged steaks, chops and seafood. You will find a mix of intimate dining rooms with kiva fireplaces, a lively bar scene, peaceful courtyard dining and a relaxing patio bar. Pasquals (121 Don Gaspar); 505-983-9340; http://www.pasquals.com; For thirty-one years Cafe Pasqual’s has been serving emphatically flavored cuisine inspired by the culinary traditions of New Mexico, Old Mexico, the Mediterranean and Asia. Dedicated to using fresh, seasonal, organic and naturally raised foods, Pasqual’s is a must eat when visiting Santa Fe.