Want a reason to make an October trip to Santa Fe New Mexico – Look no farther! Here’s another great activity to do in Santa Fe – so make your New Mexico travel plans now! The 8th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will be screened in five of Santa Fe’s favorite independent film theaters over the course of five days (October 19 thru 23) . Experience this exciting and fun event and immerse yourself in authentic Santa Fe culture, cuisine and beauty! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn – Santa Fe offers travelers an historic experience in Santa Fe accommodations. Offering a great Film Festival travel package to include:
Historic Adobe Room + Downtown parking + NM Breakfast Buffet + WiFi + Afternoon cookies- beginning at $129.99+/nt!
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Christmas at the Palace – Dec 9, 2016 – At the Palace of the Governors on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza!
A special time for locals and visitors alike to share greetings, and merriment. Enjoy an evening of hot cider, live music with a special event visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the Santa Fe historic Plaza! A free event for all ages. Ice sculpting, jugglers and more.
Las Posadas – December 11, 2016 – On the historic Santa Fe Plaza and St Francis Cathedral.
Mary and Joseph are scheduled once again this year to reenact their annual search for lodging so to give birth to baby Jesus. The procession ends at the Palace of the Governors courtyard with plenty of festive caroling, refreshments and warm greetings! A special December event to start your holiday season out right! Santa Fe, New Mexico is a special place to celebrate the Christmas holidays that is certain.
Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival – December 2-4, 2016 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Santa Fe Winter Indian Market December 16 – 18, 2016- In the La Fonda on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza.
Ultra Santa Fe Trail Run: Sep 10, 2016
TIME: 4:00am – 7:00pm
The inaugural New Balance Ultra Santa Fe is set for September 10 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains surrounding the country’s oldest and highest elevation state capital. Racers will compete on trails through the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe County, City of Santa Fe Open Space and Nambe Pueblo as they complete different legs of the competition including the 50-mile, 50-kilometer, 13-mile, and a final uphill mile run.
INTERESTED? Varying levels of elevation and terrain challenge racers through the 50-mile course, navigating 14,000 feet of climbing and 28,000 feet of changing elevation. At the race’s highest point, it will take runners to higher than 12,000 feet above sea level. All races start and finish at Ski Santa Fe, which sits at an elevation of 10,330 feet and is located 15 miles from the city’s historic downtown.
WANT TO WATCH THIS FANTASTIC DISPLAY OF ATHLETICISM??
While racers are battling the terrain, spectators can set up shop at Ski Santa Fe to enjoy live music, a beer garden, chairlift rides as well as a variety of cuisine from La Casa Lodge food court. Ski Santa Fe will be the premier venue to watch The Uphill Mile, as it will bring runners directly underneath the chairlift as they make their way to the finish line.
For information visit www.ultrasantafe.com 505-629-9278
September Northern New Mexico Art Studio Tours!!
Pilar Studio Tour– A Northern New Mexico Studio tour gem as Pilar Studio Tour calls itself the “jewel box of art tours”! A small show compared to other area tours which provides unique opportunities close to explore and experience! Stop off in Riconada for a homebrew beer flight tasting at the Blue Heron! Sept 3, 4, 2016
Pojoaque River Art Tour features studios in communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho. County Road 84 ends at San Ildefonso Pueblo where you’ll find traditional Pueblo potters studios welcoming visitors. The El Rancho Community Center will provide refreshments and local artists displaying their work for the weekend too. We suggest combining this September Northern New Mexico Studio tour with a visit to Bandelier National Monument- make a full day of it! Sept 17-18, 2016
High Road Artisans Studio Tours of Northern New Mexico follows the High Road to Taos! This Northern New Mexico Studio Art Tour is scheduled for the last two weekends in September. An excellent time for Fall Foliage viewing as the leaves on mountains have turned yellow and temperatures are still balmy. 60+ studios beginning in Chimayó all the way to Vadito, on NM 518 open their doors to visitors! Art is not all you’ll find as a bounty of traditional fall foods are offered along the way! Make a stop at Northern New Mexico Award winning Winery Estrella del Norte- don’t forget your 2 for 1 tasting coupon- compliments of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Sept 24, 25, 2016
Pecos Arts Annual Studio Tour features 20 or so artists and is probably the smallest studio tour! But you know the ol adage “Good things come in small packages!”. The size makes a more intimate atmosphere allowing visitors to mingle more with artists! Works like paintings, ceramics, tin, jewelry, wearable art and more will be on display. Since you’re so close, take time to visit the Pecos National Historical Site (home to the archeological remains of the Pecos Pueblo). FYI: By reservation only, on Sundays the site offers a tour of Forked Lightening Ranch, former home of movie star Greet Garson and her husband, cattle rancher Buddy Fogelson. One of John Gaw Meem’s first architectural home designs. Another idea might be to ride up to the Pecos Wilderness area as the scenery is beautiful with extensive hiking trails and good fishing! You’ll find a Fish Hatchery as well as Dalton Canyon (you may recognize the name- associated with Billy the Kid gang). Sept 24,25, 2016
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival 2016
September 18-25, 2016 will be full of flavor, tantalizing smells, flowing wines and festive spirits! That’s the description of Santa Fe’s Wine and Chile Festival. This special September Santa Fe Travel event is always full of creativity for the foodie and the traveler! As one can imagine there’s some of the best tasting opportunities for Santa Fe foodies but did you know they’ve paired these treats with movies? Violet Crown and Jean Cocteau Cinemas will host a Wine & Food reception from 5-6:30pm followed by a viewing of three films showing each night at 7:00pm. Films like: A Good Year; La Pointe Courte; Red Obsession. Restaurant hosts like: Radish & Rye; Joseph’s Culinary Pub. And wineries like: Champagne Mumm; Flora Springs; Coppola Director’s Cut; Rombauer. This is just a tasting of what’s on the event menu for Santa Fe’s 2016 Wine and Chile Festival! Check all of them out here! This is a very popular September Santa Fe Travel event-but Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast still has enchantingly historic Santa Fe rooms available at a great value! Our accommodations reflect the traditions of the native people and the 400 years of history which Santa Fe is so well known for. After all, wouldn’t Santa Fe be steeped in southwest US tradition – smell the chile roasting! We provide Santa Fe accommodations that are different than anywhere else in the world! Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, New Mexico creates a true New Mexico vacation experience! BOOK DIRECT & SAVE NOW for best rates and availability:
Farmers Market Fall Fiesta
Santa Fe Farmers Market Fall Fiesta- Oct 1 Celebrating Local food, culture and community.
This delicious event is walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe. The Farmer’s Market Fall Fiesta will include locally-sourced feasts created by Santa Fe’s finest chefs, as well as live and silent auctions. Bid of gift certificates to Market vendors, amazing art and products, and fantastic experiences Add this fun evening event to your Oct 1 Travel Plans NOW! This is a popular event and tickets go fast.
So click here for more information and ticket purchases: https://farmersmarketinstitute.org/get-involved/attend-fall-fiesta-2016/
FALL FOLIAGE NEW MEXICO STYLE!
Fall is officially upon us! Bearing down are the cooler evenings, afternoon rains and the aspen trees prepare to present their full glory! End of September, beginning of October are best times to see Northern New Mexico’s fall foliage in the Sangre de Cristo mountain just 16 miles straight north of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe! Enhance any September Santa Fe travel experience by immersing yourself in one a short excursion for some of the most beautiful Fall Foliage viewing in the country! Room rates begin at $149.99/nt if you book direct but are limited! Combine your fall foliage exploration with our competitive Wine & Chile lodging package- a very popular time to visit Santa Fe so we suggest you Book NOW! Let us assist you (call 1-800-461-4599) for best room and date availability.
Santa Fe September Lodging Packages include Free: Taste of New Mexico package (see information on this page); Breakfast buffet; WiFi; Parking; Afternoon cookies! No hassle downtown parking at our inn- just park and walk anywhere in downtown (restaurants, plaza, historic sites, museums, galleries, Canyon Rd, Rail yard, Farmers Market and more!).
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2016 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta blasts off Oct 1, 2016! 9 beauty filled days of excitement are planned for New Mexico October Travelers. 2016 Balloon Fiesta will spectacular and encourage guests of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe to make reservations NOW! As an incentive, we are offering a $5/nt discount off any/all rooms or suites during the month of October 2016! New Mexico October Balloon Fiesta travelers can also enjoy a special event this year: Music Fiesta (Oct 8, 2016). Ticket sales begin for Music Fiesta July 15th! So plan early, get your tickets, get your lodging, get your rental car, get it done now! But… if you miss out on Early bookings, don’t disappointed there’s still plenty of wonderful balloon events for the whole family to enjoy during Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Those beautiful balloons always make October extra special for New Mexico adventure travelers and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast with it’s historic adobe pueblo accommodations just put it over the top! Historic True New Mexico at it’s best! Let us help you with the accommodation that best fit your needs: BOOK DIRECT or 1-800-461-4599.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
2016 Music Fiesta™ superstar lineup with feature three unique artist performances. Tickets sales begin 9:00 a.m. July 15th but the Music Fiesta itself is schedule to begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday the 8th of August- the Last day of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta- Ole! After the concert you can stay and enjoy Saturday’s Night Magic Glow™ and AfterGlow™ fireworks! To view the complete schedule of Balloon Fiesta events please visit the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta’s event schedule.
Travel Tips to aid in your Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta planning are as follows:
*Stay in Santa Fe! Why you might ask?
- Santa Fe is THE destination of New Mexico! Consistently ranked top in US Travel poles for it’s culture, cuisine, historic uniqueness and authenticity, world renown Museums, art and excellent location for nearby outdoor adventures
(hiking, biking, national monuments, fishing, golfing, white water rafting and more!). See our blog on enhancing your New Mexico travel experience! Unless you’re intent is to attend all activities of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, avoid the extra crowds, lines, traffic and general chaos of Albuquerque during this busy time and take advantage of the 4 National Monuments, 8 Northern Pueblos, world class shopping and galleries, wine and distillery tasting, plus enjoy top notch New Mexico restaurants in and around Santa Fe!
- Ride the Rail Runner- New Mexico’s premier commuter rail to avoid parking chaos!
This option available to guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn Oct 1,2,8,9 (Saturdays and Sundays) only! Enjoy a parking hassle free, scenic ride between Santa Fe downtown depot and the Los Ranchos / Journal Center station where the Fiesta Express Park & Ride busses will pick you up and take you into Balloon Fiesta Park! Click Shuttle Information for details and ticket purchase.
- Experience 156 yr old historic adobe accommodations in downtown Santa Fe. No matter how far the distance you’re traveling, you’ll find yourself engulfed in some of the most enchanting landscape, culture and tradition Southwest USA can offer!
Why just stay when you can experience it? Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe offers a one of a kind traditional historic New Mexico Lodging experience. You can’t stay with us in Albuquerque, because our property was built in 1860 in downtown Old Santa Fe! Complimentary parking and the BEST Breakfast tamales in New Mexico! BOOK NOW for best room and travel date selections.
Flamenco Dancing at El Farol: July & August 2016
Beginning July and performing thru August 21st, Santa Fe visitors and guests of Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe are invited to enhance an evening in Santa Fe with the experience of live Flamenco dancing! Recently Innkeepers and Owners of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe visited El Farol on Canyon Road in downtown, just minutes from the inn. The evening was a hands down delight! Great food, warm inviting service, and the live flamenco dance performance was full of fun, excitement and beauty! “Flamenco at El Farol was a delight to say the least!” stated Amy Behm, co-owner/innkeeper of Santa Fe’s oldest and most historic adobe downtown pueblo bed and breakfast inn. “Reservations are a must and make sure to request table side viewing of the flamenco performance.”, added Herb Behm (co-owner and innkeeper), “It definitely adds to a great vacation experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico”. “El Farol Restaurant in Santa Fe has always proven to be an excellent recommendation for our Santa Fe travelers,” stated Amy, “but the addition of Flamenco at El Farol, enhances a unique dining experience our guests look for.” We highly recommend this delightful Santa Fe evening dining/entertainment opportunity.
Claimed to be Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and cantina, El Farol on Canyon Road, teams up with the National Institute of Flamenco. 2016 celebrates Flamenco at El Farol’s eighth season! Flamenco at El Farol runs July 7th through August 21st- Thursdays through Tuesdays.
This year Flamenco at El Farol features a thrilling rotation and collaboration among seasoned flamenco artists from Spain and the United States. A stellar cast of artists include nationally acclaimed dancers Marisol Encinias and Joaquin Encinias; Dixon, NM-native Vicente Griego, the most sought-after flamenco singer in North America, Taos, NM born guitarist Calvin Hazen, and members of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company. Featured artists, and new to Flamenco at El Farol are, Daniel Navarro, Natasha González; singer Eva de Dios, and guitarist Pablo Dominguez. The performances are exciting, colorful, elegant and extremely reflective of traditional Hispanic culture -music, song and dance.
Guest staying at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, seek a traditional, authentic reflection of historic culture,
cuisine and experience so we highly suggest add this dining/entertainment event to your next Santa Fe vacation schedule. El Farol provides a delightful restaurant experience on it’s own- boasting historic adobe architecture, colorful murals and menu items offerings at exceptional. (Tip: Try the Tapa sampler; Drink: House Sangria; Entrée- Paella de Casa; Desert- Tres Angelitos).
Inn at Pueblo Bonito is dedicated to serving our guests and providing new, exciting and traditional experiences to create a memorable New Mexico vacation experience- Enjoy! Please call El Farol directly to make dinner reservations for the show at 505-983-9912 and to reserve your Santa Fe accommodations- call 1-800-461-4599 (Inn at Pueblo Bonito).
Looking for a fun and interesting event July 13-16, 2016 while visiting Santa Fe and staying at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn? Here’s a fun one: Los Alamos ScienceFest– Celebrating the secrets and the science of the Atomic Age! We cordially invite guests of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe to add this fun classified event to your party calendar! Spectators of all ages will enjoy interactive exhibits, storytelling and demonstrations putting themselves in the shoes of world-class scientists of Los Alamos New Mexico. We thought would be a unique and fun addition to your July Santa Fe Travel Plans! Science, History, Outdoor lovers delight- this event should be great and add a distinctive element to your New Mexico travel experience. View activities and event calendar for Los Alamos Science Festival HERE
Santa Fe Spy Tour – by Ellen Bradbury Reid:
This special walking tour around the Santa Fe’s Plaza highlights most of the espionage that the KGB conducted during the Manhattan Project. This tour visits spots where secrets were passed and discuss Soviet involvement. Ellen Bradbury Reid moved to Los Alamos in the summer of 1944 when her father was hired by Norris Bradbury to work in the high explosives division. Ellen Wilder married John Bradbury and then eventually married Ed Reid. Her perspective is unique as she grew up in Los Alamos and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Maximum capacity is 15. Click here to register for Santa Fe Spy Tour. Tours given Friday, July 15; Saturday, July 16 at 1pm, $15 per person.
Book your room nights NOW at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe for July 13-15 to enjoy the Los Alamos Science Festival. Walk to the best restaurants Northern New Mexico has to offer- just minutes from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast’s doorstep! Combine world class shopping, gallery viewing, historic site seeing, wine tasting and more with this fun and interesting Los Alamos ScienceFest experience! BOOK NOW
Santa Fe July 2 July 3 Travel Suggestion!
Making travel plans to Santa Fe New Mexico for the upcoming 4th of July weekend? Here’s a great addition for travelers who will never find a better way to sample delicious New Mexico wines and buy directly from the vintners! Enjoy festive food, music and arts & crafts as well as some of the best New Mexico wines available. Santa Fe Wine Festival kicks off July 2 and 3 and runs from 12 noon to 6 pm each day. Admission is $13 for adults and includes a festival souvenir wine glass! (Kids under 12 are free) Santa Fe Wine Festival is being held at the living museum at El Rancho los Golondrinas . El Rancho los Golondrinas is a short drive south of downtown Santa Fe off I-25 in the village of La Cienega (a 15 minute drive). El Rancho los Golondrinas is known for the summer festivals they host which provide visitors a glimpse into living history. We at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn highly recommend considering adding the Santa Fe Wine festival to your visiting to do list for this July 2 or July 3 travel. All participants must present a valid ID to sample or buy wine (no exceptions). Glass sales and tasting will end at 5:30 pm sharp with bottle sales ending at 6:00 pm. If you must, a Regional Transit Bus can be accessed by guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn at several downtown locations (walkable to/from the inn). If you’re looking to follow our suggestions, we would invite you to start your Saturday July 2 out by visiting the Farmers Market (always a fun Saturday Santa Fe to do), then hit Tent Rocks (in the same general area of El Rancho los Golondrinas), then stop by the Santa Fe Wine Festival to finish off a spectacular day of Santa Fe day tripping and adventure!
You’ll need to come back home to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn after this exciting day of Santa Fe area touring to relax. Just park your car in our prime downtown location (no hassles here- we’ve got a free parking spot for all paying guests!) and kick your shoes off for a short respite in our quiet, cool courtyard before walking the quaint historic streets of downtown Santa Fe for a delicious dinner at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants!
JULY SANTA FE TRAVEL TIPS: SPANISH MARKET- A MUST DO!
…Traditional Spanish Market – Summer
WHEN: July 30th & 31st, 2016: 8am – 5pm.
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza area.
Hours and Admission: 8 am- 5 pm: Free!!
The oldest, largest juried Spanish Market in the United States is celebrating with festivals, music, cultural events, food, stories and traditional historic lodging centered in and around Santa Fe’s historic Plaza- July 2016!
July brings up to 70,000 people (locals, visitors, collectors and enthusiasts) flocking to Santa Fe to experience this traditional Santa Fe Spanish Market event- you don’t want to miss! Hundreds of artists show works which is now known world-wide as the largest juried Spanish Market in the United States! The Spanish Colonial Arts Society proudly announces its 65th Annual Traditional Spanish Market on the historic Santa Fe Plaza on July 30-31, 2016. We humbly invite you to join us at Santa Fe’s Inn at Pueblo Bonito –Santa Fe to experience this wonderful and exciting summer Santa Fe Market event. The first market took place near the Santa Fe Plaza in 1926. Today our market features authentic artistic traditions which can be traced directly back over 400 years with skilled artists and craftspeople creating breathtaking expressions of living traditions with their art as their only source of income. Styles and quality are differ and are far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than tourist pieces sold elsewhere in the USA. Market artists submit pieces and are then juried into the Market with youth mentored by current Market artists in specific categories.
250 Spanish Colonial Artists (approximately) from New Mexico and Southern Colorado take part in this enchanting event. Santa Fe’s downtown plaza is filled with exponents of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork. But that’s not all!
In addition, ¡Viva La Cultura! is a week long immersive experience of Santa Fe’s history, culture and modern daily life! Lecture series, tours, music, culinary events, movies and more are coordinated through cooperative activities with several Santa Fe organizations brining to life the Spanish Market, July 30-31, 2016. Music and performances are on Market stage throughout the weekend, a food court of local flavors and authentic, traditional lodging are provided to limited guests of the one and only Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe! Artist demonstrations, interactive art projects, books on Hispanic culture and a special Market Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are elements of Santa Fe’s Spanish Market you don’t want to miss! Walk to all of these special events and soak in the full experience of this 65 yr old traditional Spanish Market from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, while feasting on traditional Spanish breakfast items like red chile pork tamales and green chile chicken stew! Give us a call (1-800-461-4599) to make your end of July reservations while availability lasts at Santa Fe’s only 156 yr old historic authentic adobe pueblo-style b&b! Free parking. Easy walk to Market, activities, restaurants, museums, shopping and more! BOOK NOW ONLINE
Santa Fe Golf + July 4th = Fun!
July 4th Santa Fe New Mexico Travel Activities- Like Golf?
Celebrate July 4th in Santa Fe, NM! Golf lovers will enjoy a Holiday themed Golf tournament- just minutes drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM.
Dawn your best themed July 4th golf attire while playing the game you love and beat the pro! Make your July 4th New Mexico travel plans now and experience historic Santa Fe like never before! Enjoy a sunny, fun fill day of golf AND celebrate 4th of July AND immersing yourself in historic Old Santa Fe culture, cuisine and tradition at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe!
Light up the sky and watch those golf balls fly at the 4th of July Sparks Fly Golf Tournament in Santa Fe New Mexico on Monday, July 4th! A festive, holiday themed tournament celebrating our nation’s biggest holiday while playing in themed golf attire and contest to beat the pro! Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe – minutes drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe invites you to bring the entire family for a fun-filled gof golf, food and prizes.
What: 4th of July Sparks Fly Golf Tournament
When: Monday, July 4, 2016-9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Eligibility: Entry is open to all skill levels; first 120 entries welcome
Cost:$75 per player or $300 per four-some team; call the pro shop at 955-4400!
- Green fees;
- Prizes for best themed golf attire, beat the pro contest and tournament winners;
- Driving range usage;
View Golf Life video on Marty Sanchez Golf Course in Santa Fe, NM
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Green Chile Stew – traditionally named “Caldillo” in Spanish is a thin, green chile stew (or soup) made with a meat base (usually beef, pork, chicken, mutton or a mixture), potatoes, and green chiles. Dating back as early as the 1600’s! New on Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe’s breakfast menu for 2016 is a traditional family recipe of Green Chile Chicken Stew which compliments our famous Red Chile pork Tamales! The history of Chile and its importance in New Mexico culture and family is fascinating- so we encourage you to read on!
Green or Red Chile is as fans know a staple to modern New Mexican cuisine and has a fascinating history. Its legacy is partly European, American and human ingenuity. The spicy New Mexico Rio Grande and Hatch Green Chile comes from genus Capsicum. The green and red chile are sometimes thought to be two different types of peppers, but in fact are the same plant! Picked at different times, red chile is the ripened version of the green chile. “Hatch” a Green Chile product of New Mexico is synonymous with Green Chile today. New Mexico’s chile industry is a large contributor to its economy- so much so that in 2012, New Mexico harvested more acres of chile than any other state in the US! This distinction honored New Mexico as “the Chile Capital of the World”. But how did New Mexico end up with this honor? Well, it’s an interesting story which actually begins with Christopher Columbus!
While sailing, Columbus came across a string of islands now called the Caribbean (once known as West Indies). Exploring the islands Columbus found the chile plant- something he would never have encountered in his European homeland. The intensely spicy quality of the fruit reminded him of India’s black and white pepper (corns) and since the pods were red he named the plant “red peppers”. Columbus took the chile plant home to Spain as the ship’s doctors desired to explore its medicinal uses. Spanish monks then discovered that dried and pulverized chile peppers made an excellent substitute for peppercorns! Peppercorns were very valuable and used as money, so to replace them proved invaluable to Europeans. Thus the chile quickly spread through Europe and across the globe. In 1598 Don Juan de Onate was dispatched to colonize the northern border of New Spain (New Mexico) for which he brought the chile plant with him. The chile pepper worked itself into regional agriculture over the next 300 years, yet was not as highly appreciated then as it is today.
Chile plants are not native to the southwestern United States and require massive amounts of water- a resource not highly abundant to New Mexico. However the chile thrived due to its versatile and unique use as food, spice and medicine. In 1863 the U.S congress apportioned $50,000 for building roads for the express purpose of bringing the Colorado chile (as it was once called) to market. The Colorado Chile is not the chile we know and love today as it was unevenly hot, unreliable, and prone to disease. It took over 50 years of study by Dr. Fabian Garcia a Horticulturist from New Mexico State University in Las a New Mexico to develop and perfect the New Mexico chile product to exhibit the standards and qualities we enjoy today. Beginning in 1907 and taking 14 strains from three varieties of pepper (the Colorado, the negro, and the pasilla) in search of a smoother, meatier, tastier, and milder pepper that would resist wilting diseases Dr Garcia’s research came up with College #9! Crowned the winner of all chile through hybridization, requests from all over New Mexico poured in- and in large scale College #9 planting began. Later it was discovered that further selections could be made. Several new strains of chile came out of research and planting of College #9, but none more popular than the Rio Grande, named for the river that supplied its irrigation. This chile thrived, was adopted by farmers around the town of Hatch, New Mexico and has become known as the mother of all Chiles! The pepper eventually gained a massive, almost cult following as New Mexico adopted its chile image and gradually became the place to get the best chile in the world! Today Hatch, NM hosts an annual Chile festival attracting over 30,000 visitors in the month of September gathering chile fanatics from everywhere! Today the “chile” remains one of the cornerstones of the New Mexico economy and is even referred to in the States Official Question: “Red or Green?” (meaning which is your favorite choice of chile of course!).
We at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe are proud to indoctrinate our New Mexico visitors into this rich New Mexico chile tradition. Our guests are welcomed each morning to feast on locally made red chile pork tamales and a secret family recipe of Green Chile Chicken Stew. Lovingly prepared, guests enjoy bite after bite of tantalizing chile flavor boasting the rich traditions and pride of our New Mexico culture, family and hospitality. You are cordially invited to be apart of our family traditions and make your time in Santa Fe more than a stay at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.