Things To Do in Santa Fe: February Edition

February Santa Fe Travel

February is traditionally a slower time for Santa Fe travelers. Values are exceptional for February Santa Fe travel as deals, bargains and special are abundant! However travel to Santa Fe in February also brings three distinct events to mind: a groundhog that is hoped not to see his own shadow February 2nd, Presidents day on February 24 and of course that celebration of love- Valentines Day! Not s bad set for a short month.  February in Santa Fe means also highlights three special events: Santa Fe Restaurant Week,  ARTFeast, and Art of Home Tour.

Restaurant Martin

Santa Fe Restaurant Week begins Sunday, February 19th and continues through Sunday, February 26th. Marking it’s 8th season, Santa Fe Restaurant Week 2017 features 47 restaurants- the biggest Santa Fe Restaurant Week to date! Perfect opportunity for February Santa Fe travelers to expand tasting of popular Santa Fe restaurants – trying a new one or stay true to your old favorite- and take advantage of special prix fixe meal pricing. Additionally, Restaurant Week offers special culinary events including: Tequila Experience, Pie Making, Culiary Cocktails, even Cooking with Kids! Participating restaurants and events are listed on Santa Fe Restaurant Week Event page website.

Santa Fe ARTFeast celebrates 20 years on Saturday, February 25th and goes thru Sunday, February 26th . ARTsmart is the non-profit funding organization for Santa Fe ARTFeast who sponsors this wonderful food-centric weekend. Proceeds go to Santa Fe public schools art programs as they have for the past 26 years!  You Will Be Served is title for main foodie event- a gala dinner and auction on February 27th at 6:00 pm. Location of You Will Be Served will be at Old House Restaurant – easy walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.  Discount lodging available to attendees by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in support of local Santa Fe youth and arts. BOOK DIRECT for best pricing. NOTE: Anne Hillerman author of the Joe Leaphorn series, daughter to Tony Hillerman, is Honorary Chair with Melinda K. Hall as Honorary Artist. Local chefs represent two of Santa Fe finest restaurants: the Santacafe and the Old House. The evening feast will begin with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three entrée choice course, with dessert course prepared and served by Santa Fe High School Culinary Arts Students. One highlight fundraising event is an auction of dishes and placemats made by Santa Fe Public School fifth graders. This event is  appropriately titled I Made It! The Auction competition for these whimsical plates is very fun and popular. Vases are to be added this year as well and made by Santa Fe students. Tickets prices for this fun February Travel event are $200.

Art of Home Tour takes place Saturday & Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 12-4 pm at locations throughout Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. Admission is free! 15 REMARKABLE RESIDENCES are on tour for 2017. This is an ARTsmart fundraising event and thus supporters are treated to houses that cover the gamut of artful living in the City Different and Santa Fe county. If you’re a February Santa Fe traveler and interested in Santa Fe Real Estate or Homes, this might be a fun, stressful event to participate in while supporting the local youth of Santa Fe

Discounts on February Santa Fe Travel available at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn  Santa Fe! Click here.

Valentines Day and President Day Special Pricing for Direct Bookings too! 1-800-461-4599

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Ever thought about Solo travel? Might be something to consider. Are you an individual who would enjoy a great historic Santa Fe New Mexico leisure travel experience? One that caters exclusively to your own personal indulgences, curiosity, needs of enrichment in New Mexico cultural experiences? Might be something to consider!

Art lovers rejoice in Santa Fe!

Destination -Santa Fe! Combine this ever popular Southwest solo travel destination with a one of kind historic Santa Fe lodging experience like Inn at Pueblo Bonito!  After all Santa Fe provides the perfect opportunity for solo travel be it spring, summer, fall, or winter! Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe provides uniquely reflective historic New Mexico accommodations highlighting native architecture and culture, diverse history  (156 years to be exact) with each guest room’s décor individualized. A stellar downtown Santa Fe location convenient to walking historic streets like the Old Santa Fe trail, visit major historic sites like Loretto Chapel, dine in top Santa Fe restaurants like Restaurant Martin or Pink Adobe, immerse oneself in the uniqueness only Santa Fe offers to all travelers but is accentuated for the solo traveler! Whether visiting one day or several – Santa Fe, New Mexico is THE southwest destination solo travelers want to experience.

“Tapas” Santa Fe flavor bites!

Like art, opera, history? Like skiing, hiking, exploring areas you’ve never been before? How about shopping, browsing, wine tasting or exploring the beauty of nature? Santa Fe, New Mexico and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe are a solo traveler dream! So, how do you know solo travel might be for you? Well, do you like to travel? If so, are you a traveler who’s yearned to simply get away, spend quiet time alone, break the monotony of daily tasks- even for a short time- just to rest, relax, recreate and be yourself at your own pace? Sound inviting? The lure of noone else to consider or need to accommodate within a schedule- just your personal preferences! Choosing the food you’d like savor, the museum you want to spend hours in, making up the time frame to retire or rise up in the morning! Sound selfish? Actually, solo travel has shown to be very beneficial –even therapeutic to an person’s soul, mind, body and emotional health- benefits those close to you would appreciate! The following is a quote by author Kristen Tice who wrote “Traveling Alone Does Not Make You Sad or Lonely”:

“I travel solo several months out of the year, and I am of the firm belief that you truly have not lived if you have not been out on the road alone. It is life altering, educational and enriching, and wildly freeing.”

Karen writes of her experiences traveling solo and offers honest, useful insight for solo women travel.

8 pueblos and 4 National Monuments all 40 minutes or less from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn

For decades bed and breakfasts have been a choice for solo travelers on business. We believe bed and breakfasts are also wonderful choices for the adventurous, confident and independent solo traveler- whether woman or man! We as innkeepers for the past 32 years feel best equipped to offer a variety of informed choices for dining, shopping, entertainment, historical places and sites, day trips and outdoor activities in and around Northern New Mexico- especially Santa Fe. We are THE BEST at making travel experiences personalized and easily accessible for all our guests. We know the hidden gems of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico!” says Amy Behm of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe.

Santa Fe offers 400+ years of rich southwestern USA history for solo travelers and provides a smaller city atmosphere with a safer, welcoming environment to experience. Santa Fe New Mexico is the perfect walking city too! Well known for it’s friendly and welcoming locals it’s no wonder Santa Fe New Mexico is consistently in the top of multiple USA travel rankings. A leader in southwest USA destination popularity, Santa Fe always has a deep and diverse pool of people to meet and encounter- always a fun experience for a solo traveler!

Whatever reason one chooses solo travel to New Mexico, Santa Fe- it’s highly recommend to compliment your travel experience with authentic historic accommodations that are unique and memorable. Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast has been voted Santa Fe guest’s favorite by over 18,000 visitors and 2,800+ properties in the US and Canada! We welcome all our guests, strive to take good care of you, help make the most out of your travel time, and provided real authentic historic adobe pueblo-style accommodations in downtown Santa Fe! Great  value. Great people. Great accommodations! Let us help you make the most our of your New Mexico travel.

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


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Free Kids Activities for the Santa Fe Spring Break!

Santa Fe Spring Break Family TravelSanta Fe Spring Break planning? Don’t miss out! Santa Fe New Mexico is THE Southwest Spring Break Destination spot for 2017!  Not only is there 400+ yrs of southwest US History which includes 4 National Monuments (Bandelier National Monument, Pecos National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument) within a 40 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, but the City of Santa Fe itself is gearing up for all age Family Travel! Check out the  following Kids Free Spring Break Santa Fe Travel Specials!   Don’t limit yourself or your family to just these “specials” as Santa Fe is an excellent place to gather, explore, hike, ski, tour any day of the year! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast specializes in historic Santa Fe travel experiences by providing the most authentic adobe pueblo-style Santa Fe lodging for spring break or anytime of the year travel! Enjoy.


Free Kids (10 & U) Meal at 5 Star Burgers   

Green Chile Cheese Burger!

Free kids meal and drink for children 10 and under!


  • Contact Name:Carter Wallis
  • Contact Phone: 505-983-8977
  • Contact Email: carterwallis0412@gmail.com

Offer Description: Five Star Burgers: A local chain that uses only the freshest ingredients and highest quality products, will be offering free kids meals with drink, to children 10 and under. Bring the family and enjoy our wonderful selection of delicious hamburgers, salads, and sandwiches! We look forward to being a part of your Santa Fe adventure

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by paying adult.


racoonWildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM  

One free kids admission with each paid adult at Wildlife West Nature Park during Santa Fe’s Kids Free Spring Break promotion!


  • Contact Name: Roger Alink
  • Contact Phone: 505-281-7655
  • Contact Email: info@wildlifewest.org

Offer Description: For each paid adult or senior admission, you will receive one free kids admission. Tell us at the gate that you want the Santa Fe Kids Free Spring break promotion. Regular admission prices are adults $9, seniors $7, students $5 and children 5 and under are always free! Visit with our new cougars Zia and True and our three new coyotes, Chewy, Luna and Dakota. Plus, our Kids Interactive Trail is fun for the whole family!

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Offer is not available with any other discounts; March 1- April 15, 2017.

Free Youth Flamenco Dance IMG_5471

Free Youth Flamenco Dance & Percussion for children ages 7-12! COME & JOIN THE FUN!!!!!!


  • Contact Name: Stephanie Ramirez
  • Contact Phone: 505-209-1302
  • Contact Email: entreflamenco@entreflamenco.com

Offer Description: Free for kids ages 7-12. Classes: Mon, Tues & Wed, 4:30pm-5:30pm. No prior experience necessary! Classes held at Santa Fe School of Flamenco operated by Entreflamenco and located at 135 W. Palace 2nd floor. Information call (505)209-1302 or visit www.entreflamenco.com

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Free through April 15, 2017!


kitemakingKIDS VISIT FOR FREE- Museum of International Folk Art


  • Contact Name: Laura Lovejoy-May
  • Contact Phone: (505) 476-1200
  • Contact Email: laura.lovejoy-may@state.nm.us

Offer Description: A Common Bond contains folk art, toys and miniatures from over 100 different countries on six continents; if you miss the walk in tour, pick up a gallery guide or multi-media tour at the front desk. Flamenco From Spain to New Mexico includes costumes, playbills, records, video clips and more; interactive castanets and costume area, footwork and percussion area are good family fun for all ages. All by Museum admission: New Mexico Residents FREE the first Sunday of each month. New Mexico resident seniors 60 & up FREE on WEDNESDAYS; kids 16 and under always FREE!

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Adult single museum admission is $12.00 per person; or purchase a Culture Pass for one admission to 15 Museums and Historic sites throughout the state within a calendar year for $30. Group rates available. Available during open hours only: The Museum is open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays. KIDS ARE FREE!


Child <12 Free w/Adult at Cacao Santa Fe

Chocolate Lovers Delight!

Chocolate Lovers Delight!

Family love chocolate? Treat your child to an experience of fine chocolate beyond the wrapper at our 3000 sf chocolate factory, boutique and cafe. It’s educational, entertaining and fun for the entire family.


  • Contact Name: Melanie Boudar
  • Contact Phone: 5054710891
  • Contact Email: cacaosantafe@gmail.com

Offer Description: Our 2 hour long “Food of the Gods” workshop features making a chocolate drink from scratch using roasted beans and small hand tools; learning ancient Mayan/Aztec history; tasting 7 unique chocolates from around the globe! All ages can participate!.

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Children 12 and under free with paying adult.

Kids Ski Free on Wednesdays at Santa Fe Ski Company:Yellow Skier

**Buy 2 Adult Full Day Lift Tickets and Get 1 Child (12 and under) Lift ticket Free**


  • Contact Name: Candy Dejoia
  • Contact Phone: 505-992-5082
  • Contact Email: info@skisantafe.com

Offer Description: “Wednesdays in March Kids Ski Free” **Buy 2 Adult Full Day Lift Tickets and Get 1 Child (12 and under) Lift ticket Free** Redemption Coupon Required (www.santafe.org) Wednesdays Only – March 1, 2017 thru March 29, 2017 Child Lift Ticket – Age 12 and younger Not Valid with any other discounted offer (this includes the Peak Plus Card) Not valid at Chipmunk Corner No Cash Value, not for resale, no refunds

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Not Valid with any other discounted offer (this includes the Peak Plus Card) Not valid at Chipmunk Corner No Cash Value, not for resale, no refunds


IMG_0547Canyon Road Gallery Tour- Santa Fe Art Tours

An interactive gallery tour designed with younger arts enthusiasts in mind!

One child per paying adult is free.


  • Contact Name: Elaine
  • Contact Phone: 505-985-5298
  • Contact Email: elaine@santafearttours.com

Offer Description: Our kid-friendly Canyon Road gallery tour is perfect for families wanting to learn more about art and have a unique cultural experience. As with all of our tours, conversation is key. We will visit three Canyon Road art galleries and take part in close-looking activities that encourage visual literacy and engagement with art. We’ll interact with unique and colorful digital art, meet an artist, and explore materials and media. (Adults will totally have fun, too!)

Pricing Info & Restrictions: One child per paying adult is free. To redeem this discount, must mention promo code “Kids Free” when calling or emailing us to book your tour!


All ages enjoy the creativity of art!

Shirley A Crow Creative Family Art Fun!

Offer Description: Kids 8-18 create art for free with their parents at Shirley Crow Creativity Workshops during Spring Break in artists private studio. Free up your inner artist with award-winning artist Shirley Crow! Paint a small canvas to take home while exploring your creativity. Shirley Crow taught a creativity workshop at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and taught art to elementary students. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the U.S. and Europe. Have fun together while encouraging your children to explore and honor their creativity!

  • Contact Name: Shirley Crow
  • Contact Phone: 505-577-5219
  • Contact Email: shirleycrow@shirleycrow.com

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Kids 8-18 free; March 1 – April 15, 2017. Parents $95.00 for 2 hr workshop.

Free Skateboard Lesson- Skate School skateboard

FREE Private skateboard lesson for Kids with purchase of any complete board to help them get started or to improve skills they already have. Lesson comes with own personalized skateboard ‘homework’ too- $30 value!


  • Contact Name: Joe Lehm
  • Contact Phone: 505-474-0074
  • Contact Email: skateschoolsantafe@gmail.com

Offer Description: Skateboard School is for skateboarders of all ages and abilities. Our indoor facility features a 36 ft wide bowled ramp, quarter pipes, banks, boxes, street terrain and a skateboard museum. We offer group or private lessons for all ages, Summer Camps, Race Camps, Field Trips and Instructor Training. We have a complete skate shop with largest selection of boards and safety gear in Santa Fe.

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Offer good with the purchase of any complete skateboard, the free lesson may be done at the time of purchase or within a week of purchase date.


Award Winning Wines at Estrella del Norte Winery

Fun! Cork Art for Kids! Estrella Del Norte Vineyard

Kids have fun making a one of kind “cork art” project FREE while parents wine taste at “Estrella Del Norte Vineyard – Santa Fe’s #1 Vineyard Winery!


  • Contact Name: Eileen Reinders
  • Contact Phone: 505-455-2826
  • Contact Email: ednvwine@gmail.com

Offer Description: It’s fun to recycle, re-design and reuse corks in a creative art project! Children visiting Estrella Del Norte Vineyard with their parents will enjoy making a fun craft from our corks while their parents enjoy a wine tasting! Offer valid for 1 child per $6 wine tasting parent.

Pricing Info & Restrictions: March 1 – April 15, 2017 during winery hours


KIDS (10& Under) EAT FREE at L’Olivier – Coupon at Restaurant L’Olivier website.seafood pasta


  • Contact Name: Nathalie Bonnard
  • Contact Phone: 505-989-1919
  • Contact Email: natbonnard@hotmail.com

Offer Description: Restaurant L’Olivier FREE Kids Menu offer: – Soup or Salad of the day – Steak Frites or – Seafood Pasta or – Pork Chop and Sweet Potato Purée – Caramel Flan or – Milk Chocolate Mousse or – Ice Cream or Sorbet

Pricing Info & Restrictions: Kids (10 and under) eat free with each adult entrée purchase during Santa Fe Spring Break: March 1 – April 15, 2017


KIDS OF ALL AGES FREE at Randall Davey Audubon Center:

Downing Woodpecker

Downing Woodpecker

Weekly Events:

Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Enjoy our hiking trails and gardens. Our trails lead through several different habitats and plant zones ranging from meadows to Ponderosa Pine forests. Bring your binoculars and cameras, but please leave your dogs at home. FREE!

8:30 AM every Saturday, Bird walks lead by local experts, FREE!

2:00 PM every Friday, Docent-led tours of the historic Randall Davey House and Studio, $5.00.   Santa Fe’s only nature center has an unexpected artistic past. Every Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM take a trip back in time and join a docent-led tour of the historic Davey House and Studio, preserved in its original state from the mid 1900’s. Keep an eye out for original furnishings, mural paintings and the prohibition-era hidden bar!


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

Santa Fe Spring Break Lodging Package: Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn

  • FREE Parking for paying customers. One spot per room booked.
  • FREE Breakfast
  • FREE Cookies
  • FREE WiFi inside room and grounds
  • FREE Walk to plaza, restaurants, galleries, museums, Canyon Rd, etc!!
  • FREE a Southwest Souvenir for kids under 10.

Make your Historic Southwest Santa Fe Spring Break THE MOST Memorable for your family!  Create a one of a kind experience as you engulf yourself in a unique, authentic historic adobe pueblo-style lodging accommodation that highlights the distinctive Native American culture you’ve come to experience! Take a trip to Bandelier National Monument; Pecos National Monument; Tent Rock National Monument- all three no more than 40 minutes from our doorstep. Return after an incredible day of historic hiking, touring and exploring to the most unique and memorable Santa Fe accommodations- Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast! Enjoy our famous red chile tamales and secret home recipe green chile stew along with a buffet of other breakfast offerings each morning. Walk to the plaza, canyon rd, rail yard, museums, restaurants and more!  Our two foot thick adobe walls will impress you and your whole family! BOOK NOW for best selection and rates: 1-800-461-4599


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Santa Fe December Travel Events

Santa Fe Community Orchestra Performances

December Santa Fe Travel events offer visitors easy opportunities to create memorable and affordable travel package. Free performances  by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra occur throughout the year, but this year we highlight the following two. Each season, Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents five free concerts of classical favorites, rarely heard repertoire, accessible  contemporary works and world premieres of compositions by New Mexico composers.  On December 2nd at 7:00 pm, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra proudly presents:


Educate Your Ear
Erkki Melartin: Greatness in the Shadow of Sibelius

in James A. Little Theater
on New Mexico School for the Deaf Campus 

Enjoy the musical talents of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra as they explore the first movement of Erkki Melartin’s fabulous, rarely performed Symphony No. 5- premier in 1916!  Melartin wrote music rich in expression, romantic on the edge of modernism and full of lyrical melodies and rousing climaxes.   Oliver’s engaging, informative commentary with musical illustrations by Santa Fe Community Orchestra takes one inside the music and the life  and times of this wonderful, undiscovered Finnish composer- followed by a complete performance of the first movement.  Free Admission, Donations Appreciated

Educate Your Ear – it will change the way you hear!

Free Concert Series- Santa Fe Community Orchestra

Next, on our Santa Fe December Travel Event Calander the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Winter Concert on 4th at 2:30 pm:

Melartin: Symphony No. 5 (Sinfonia brevis), Op. 90

Márquez: Danzón No. 2

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Roberto Capocchi, guitar

in James A. Little Theater
on New Mexico School for the Deaf Campus 

Free Admission, Donations Appreciated

Yellow Skier

Ski Santa Fe opens Saturday, December 3rd

Snow falls have been delayed this season, but the enjoyment of incredibly beautiful fall days have been great- no complaints here! December is upon now and it’s time to wax your skiis because Ski Santa Fe opens officially December 2nd! Though all slopes will not be open many are: Midland, Easy Street, Pine Flats and the Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center have 20” of natural and manmade snow as of this writing.  The Super Chief Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift, Pine Flats Conveyor Lift, and Chipmunk Corner Conveyor lift will also be open. Other facilities including La Casa Lodge, La Casa Café, Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop, Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop, BAZ Coffee Bar and Totemoff’s Bar and Grill will be ready to accommodate skiiers and provide a great outdoor snow experience. Join the folks at the Snow Sports School and Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center for a ski or snowboard lesson and get everyone’s season started right! We look forward to seeing everyone on the mountain. Just a 16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown historic Santa Fe New Mexico- give us a call 1-800-4621-4599 for the BEST WINTER LODGING PACKAGE IN DOWNTOWN SANTA FE!

Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day of the week, for more information log on to www.skisantafe.com


Adult All Day  $62
Adult w/ Peak Plus Card  $37
Student  All Day  $53
Student w/Peak Plus Card  $28
Child All Day  $48
Child w/Peak Plus Card  $23
Senior All Day  $50
Senior w/Peak Plus Card  $25
Military All Day  $59
AM or PM ½ Day  $50
2 Day Adult  $124

*Prices are subject to change at any time as additional terrain opens.


Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn specializes in Santa Fe Travel for guests wanting an authentic historic New Mexico Lodging experience. Our property, located in prime downtown Santa Fe, embodies the architecture, culture and cuisine Santa Fe is famous for!  Create a one of a kind historic Northern New Mexico adventure vacation to Santa Fe by headquartering your lodging at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Voted “Guest Favorite” from over 2800 properties with in the US and Canada! There is no end to what we can do to make your Santa Fe visit an authentic historic New Mexico Travel adventure. Call us 1-800-461-4599 for reservations and best rates book direct!


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Santa Fe Historic Sites: Loretto Chapel

The Loretto Chapel- Santa Fe, NM.

The Loretto Chapel- Santa Fe, NM.

The Loretto Chapel located on the Old Santa Fe Trail stands gothic in structure with the famous stairway inside referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. This staircase has for decades confounded architects, engineers and master craftsmen alike as it makes two plus complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. Resting solely on its base at the bottom and against the choir loft on top, the 33 steps are all of the same height. An non-indigenous wood creates the structure with square wooden pegs and no glue or nails (thus miraculous) were used in the construction.

History of the Loretto Chapel dates back to Bishop Jean Baptisite Lamy who appointed in 1850 by the Church to the New Mexico Territory sought to spread the Catholic faith.  Bishop Lamy brought an educational system to the new territory pleading for priests, brothers and nuns to come to Santa Fe to preach and teach. Documented letters show his writings, “I have 6000 Catholics and 300 Americans”!

The Sisters of Loretto were first to accept the calling in 1852.  Seven sisters agreed to make the arduous journey to Santa Fe by wagon through bad weather and Indian country. They were beset by a cholera epidemic causing the death of the Mother Superior and another to became so ill she had to return to Kentucky.  Five remaining Sisters arrived in Santa Fe in 1852 to begin the Academy of Our Lady of Light (Loretto) in 1853. The little school grew to serve 300 students despite the challenges of smallpox, tuberculosis, leaky mud roofs, a brush with rowdy Confederate Texans during the Civil War and inadequate of funding. The school consisted of 10 buildings on land the size of approximately one square block with the chapel and school building fund coming from the girls school tuition, donations, and the sisters own family inheritances. In 1873 it was decided the school needed a chapel and the sisters pooled their own inheritances reportedly raising $30,000 required to build the beautiful Gothic style chapel-  now referred to as  “Loretto Chapel”.

During this same time period, Architect Antoine Mouly and his son, Projectus were commissioned by Archbishop Lamy to come from Paris, France to Santa Fe to build what is now St. Francis Cathedral. Lamy encouraged the sisters to use the Mouly’s skills in designing and building a dream chapel.  The Gothic Revival-style chapel, patterned after King Louis IX’s Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is in striking contrast to the adobe architecture which Santa Fe is known for. It is said the French clergy in Santa Fe had quite the influence in the architectural design.

Loretto Chapel's Miracle Staircase

Loretto Chapel’s Miracle Staircase

Various materials hauled by wagon from nearby villages and towns around Santa Fe were used in the construction of the Loretto Chapel which included quarried stones, sandstone and porous volcanic stone. Also hauled by wagon is the ornate stained glass purchased in 1876 from DuBois Studio in Paris. This beautiful piece was sent by sailing ship, then paddle boat to St. Louis, MO then transported via covered wagon up the Old Santa Fe Trail to the Chapel where it exists today in downtown Santa Fe.  Completed in 1878 the Loretto Chapel has undergone many an addition and renovation during it’s life including the introduction of the Stations of the Cross, the Gothic altar and the frescos during the 1890s.

The Miraculous Staircase is legendary and a must see for Santa Fe visitors. It’s said that the Nuns of Loretto had no access to the beautiful choir loft built in the chapel (a major oversight one might say on the part of the architect). The nuns diligently prayed for solution. They believed a carpenter was sent to them as a solution to their prayers. Afterward the staircase was single handedly built by the carpenter, using no nails or glue and wood not indigenous to the area, the carpenter disappeared without a trace with no payment being accepted.  The nuns believe it to be God’s provision- St. Joseph the Carpenter himself who built this exquisite piece of carpentry between 1877 and 1881 and taking only six months to build with two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support.  None knew how the staircase could stand as it had no central means of support, no nails or glue were used in its construction and thus the staircase was deemed a “miracle”. God’s answer to prayer.

The Loretto Academy closed in 1968. The little chapel and the property for which it sits was put up for sale. In 1971 Our Lady of Light Chapel was sold, deconsecrated as a Catholic Chapel and is enjoyed today by Santa Fe visitors as a private museum operated and maintained, in part, for the preservation of the Miraculous Staircase and the Chapel itself.

The Loretto Chapel is but one of the many historic sites recommended by Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe. Just steps from the inn to the Loretto Chapel will add to your authentic historic Santa Fe travel experience.

Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Authentic every day of the year!

Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Authentically Historic any day of the year!



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Santa Fe Travel – Northern New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day Calendar

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Pueblo Feast Days Calendar and Events

Santa Fe is THE place for visitors to centralize and set up their Northern New Mexico travel base when planning out their exploration adventures. New Mexico travelers can maximize their exposure and convenience to nearby Pueblos for viewing and experiencing first hand cultural Pueblo opportunities as well as take advantage of 4 National Monuments near by. There are 19 Pueblos that exist in and around Northern New Mexico- Santa Fe. Each Pueblo observes sacred ceremonial Feast Days and Religious Events throughout the year. Native American Pueblo people generously allow us (respectful outsiders) to attend some of the sacred rituals and events throughout the calendar year. When traveling to Santa Fe or through New Mexico we highly recommend taking advantage of these special opportunities. Take time to enjoy and view one of the special Northern New Mexico Pueblo events, but emphasize visitor courtesy!

Pecos Pueblo Mission Church & RuinsObserve all Pueblo Rules of Etiquette when a visitor on Native American pueblo or village community as they are just like your own neighborhood! Visitors should realize this is “life” for the Northern New Mexico Pueblo people- not a “display” for visitor entertainment. Pueblo people are “allowing” you to join them in their family and/or culture. If visitors regard these ceremonial opportunities as such, they should understand courtesies necessary such as: 1. No photography; 2. Render Natives prime viewing/sitting locations (remember you’re the guest-treat your host with humility and respect). If you’re not sure what the rules are, please inquire at the Tourism Offices for each Pueblo.

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Calendar Of Over 60 Santa Fe Events, Native American Feast Days, and Pueblo Dances


TIP: Confirm all dates, activities, events before attending. Contact pueblos directly. Information current as of writing.

Native American dance- Santa Fe Festivals

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza


Most events allowed for viewing are considered sacred so follow any/all posted rules of etiquette for each ceremony and pueblo. Pueblo tourism offices also provide visitors with pueblo rules- check out their websites.

  1. Photography is usually forbidden- so don’t take photos!
  2. No applause- remember these are meaningful dances to the pueblo people- not entertainment.
  3. Refrain from asking specific questions about the dances, their ceremonial dress etc. Compliments are appreciated- “beautiful ceremony”.
  4. Feast Days are annual events and usually on date given unless otherwise specified.
  5. When choosing a viewing place, give up the “prime” locations to the native people- be courteous to them as you are visiting- they are there for a meaningful reason for which the pueblo people are required to attend. (shade, chairs, etc- offer to them).
  6. IF offered to enter a pueblo home, accept! This would be a huge compliment and make certain you eat what is offered.
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1st: Canes Transfer to New Tribal Officials (Ushering in New Government officials)

Various dances at most Pueblos; Taos Pueblo – Turtle Dance; Santo Domingo Pueblo – Corn Dance; San Juan Pueblo – Cloud or Basket Dance.

6th: King’s Day Celebration – Honoring New Pueblo Tribal Officials

Picuris Pueblo – various dances; Nambe Pueblo – Buffalo, Deer & Antelope Dances; Sandia & Santo Domingo Pueblos – various dances; Taos Pueblo – Deer & Buffalo Dances; Most of these Pueblos open to the public.

22nd: San Ildefonso Pueblo: Vespers evening with firelight procession. 6pm – Contact the pueblo to confirm.

23rd: San Ildefonso Pueblo Annual Feast Day: Buffalo, Comanche & Deer Dances.

25th: St. Paul’s Feast Day: Picuris Pueblo & San Juan Pueblo Annual Feast Day


1st or 2nd Weekend: Governor’s Feast – Old Acoma Pueblo – various dances; San Juan Pueblo – Deer Dances

2nd: Candelaria Day Celebration: San Felipe & Picuris Pueblos

Carne Adovada- a Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

Carne Adovada- a Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

MARCH:  NOTE: Mid-March to Mid-April: Taos Pueblo Closed

19th: St. Joseph’s Feast Day: Laguna Pueblo (Old Laguna) Harvest Dance & Various Dances.


Easter Weekend: Basket and Corn Dances at most Pueblos

Easter Sunday: Nambe Pueblo – Bow & Arrow Dance after Mass; Zia Pueblo & San Ildefonso (Sun & Mon) – various dances;

Santo Domingo Pueblo – Corn Dance


1st: St. Philip Annual Feast Day: San Felipe Pueblo – Corn Dance.

3rd: Santa Cruz Feast Day: Taos Pueblo, Blessing of the Fields & Corn Dance and Traditional Foot Races.

7th: Santa Maria Feast Day: Acoma Pueblo.

Memorial Day Weekend: Annual Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks Arts & Crafts Show & Powwow.


First Saturday of the Month: Blessing of the Fields at Tesuque Pueblo – Corn Dance

June 13th: San Antonio Annual Feast Day – Sandia Pueblo & Taos Pueblo & San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Pueblo- Corn Dances;

Santa Clara Pueblo – Comanche (Buffalo) Dance; Picuris Pueblo – Children’s foot race.

June 16th – 17th: (Father’s Day weekend): Picuris Pueblo – High Country Arts & Crafts Festival

June 23rd: San Juan Pueblo/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo – Vespers, Foot Race and Buffalo Dance.

24th: St. John Bautista Annual Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo/Ohkay Owingeh – Corn Dance, Buffalo Dance; Taos Pueblo – Corn Dance.

29th: San Pedro Feast Day- Corn Dance: Santa Ana Pueblo & Santo Domingo. – Corn Dance

Traditional Tamales- welcomed treats in Pueblo culture.

Traditional Tamales- welcomed treats in Pueblo culture.


4th: Celebration at the Waterfall – Nambe Pueblo. Call to confirm! (505) 455-2036

2nd Weekend of July.  Taos Pueblo Annual Intertribal Pow-Wow (575) 758-1028

14th: San Bonaventura Feast Day: Cochiti Pueblo – Corn Dance.

 3rd weekend of July: Annual Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Fair –

San Juan/Okay Owingeh Pueblo. (505) 852-4400

25th: Santiago Feast Day:Taos – Corn Dance.

26th: Santa Ana Annual Feast Day Santa Ana Pueblo & Taos Pueblo – Various dances. Laguna (Seama village) – Harvest & Various Dances.

 July or August (date to be determined each year): Zuni Pueblo Arts and Cultural Expo. Zuni, N.M. Call (505)782-7238 for dates.


 Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at Red Rock State Park by Gallup, NM. Activities: Rodeo, parade, dances, arts and crafts, native food, golf tournament, auction etc. Red Rock is 200 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe a gr 505.863.3896 or http://theceremonial.com

 Zuni Pueblo Arts and Cultural Expo. Either  in July or August.  Zuni, N.M. (505)782-7238

Santa Fe Indian Market. Each August 20, 21, 2017. Traditionally held the third weekend each August on Santa Fe Plaza (easy walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn). Native American artists and craftspeople from all over North America exhibit work for juried competitions and purchase. Activities include Native dances, music, costumes, food, craft sales, etc.  http://swaia.org or (505) 983-5220.

2nd: San Persingula Feast Day – Annual Feast Day- Jemez Pueblo

4th: Santo Domingo Annual Feast Day – Santo Domingo Pueblo – Corn Dances.

9th: San Lorenzo Mass and Sunset Dances – Picuris Pueblo

10th: In Memory of Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and San Lorenzo Annual Feast Day

Picuris Pueblo – Ceremonial foot race, pole climb & traditional dances;  Acoma Pueblo (Acomita Village) – Various Dances.

12th: Santa Clara Annual Feast Day Santa Clara Pueblo – Buffalo, Harvest or Corn Dance.

15th: The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother’s Annual Feast Day Zia Pueblo – Corn Dances; Laguna Pueblo (Mesita Village) – harvest and various dances.

28th: San Augustine Annual Feast Day – Isleta Pueblo – Mass in the morning and a procession following Mass, dances in the afternoon.

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist


Labor Day Weekend – Santo Domingo Pueblo Annual Arts & Crafts Market.

2nd or 3rd weekend: Go-Jii-Yah Feast Day. Call (575) 843-7270 or (575) 759-3242 for exact dates.  On Jicarilla Apache Reservation at Stone Lake.

2nd: San Estevan Annual Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo Sky City – Harvest Dance. 1(888)Sky City. (888) 759-2489.

4th: San Augustine Feast Day – Isleta Pueblo – Harvest Dance. (505) 869-3111.

8th: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo – Harvest and social dances (505) 552-6654; San Ildefonso Pueblo – Corn Dance. (505) 455-3549.

14th: Harvest Dance – San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (505) 852-4400

19th: St. Joseph’s Annual Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo – Buffalo Eagle and Social Dances (505) 552-6654.

25th: St. Elizabeth Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo – Harvest & Social Dances  (505) 552-6654.

29th: San Geronimo Eve – Taos Pueblo – Vespers & Sundown Dance (575) 758-1028.

30th: San Geronimo Annual Feast Day – Taos Pueblo – Trade fair, ceremonial foot races and pole climb (575) 758-1028.


4th: St. Francis of Assisi Annual Feast Day – Nambe Pueblo: Buffalo & Deer dances.

17th: St. Margaret Mary’s Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo (505) 552-6654 – Harvest and Social Dances.

24th – 27th: Harvest Dance – Laguna Pueblo (505) 552-6654


12th: San Diego Annual Feast Day  – Tesuque Pueblo & Jemez Pueblo – Various dances.

Thanksgiving Weekend Acoma Sky City Annual Indian Arts & Crafts Show and Auction – Call to confirm. 1(888) 759-2489.

Thanksgiving Day: Christmas Light Parade. Zuni Pueblo – Call ahead to confirm. (505)782-7238

Santo DomingoPueblo Church

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church


1st Weekend: Walatowa Winter Arts and Crafts Fair – Jemez Pueblo. For information: (505) 834-7235.

Dec 11th: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day – Pojoaque Pueblo – Night dances,Vespers and procession are usually held at 6 p.m. (505) 455-3460.

12th: Our Lady of Guadalupe Annual Feast Day –Tesuque Pueblo – Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances (505) 983-2667;

Santa Clara Pueblo. – Various Dances (505) 753-7326; Pojoaque Pueblo – 10 am Mass with dancing after (505) 455-3460; Jemez Pueblo – Matachine Dances (505) 834-7235.

24th: Christmas Eve Celebration – We advise confirmation of each pueblo if open to public for these events.

Ohkay Owingeh – Spanish Dance drama Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession; Taos Pueblo – Sundown Procession with bonfires. (575) 758-1028; Acoma Pueblo – lit with Luminarias, begin at Scenic View Point and continue as far as “Sky City” (888) 759-2489; Laguna Pueblo-  10 pm Mass with various dances to follow (505) 552-6654; San Felipe Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass (505) 867-3381; Santa Ana Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass. (505) 867-3301; Tesuque Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass (505) 983-2667; Nambe Pueblo – Buffalo Dances after Mass. (505) 455-2036; Picuris Pueblo – Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers – Mass Procession followed by Matachines Dances (575) 587-2419

25th: Christmas Day – Tesuque Pueblo – various dances; Taos Pueblo – Dances to be announced (Deer or Los Matachines); San Ildefonso Pueblo – Christmas Celebration, Matachines Dances; Picuris Pueblo – Christmas Celebration, Matachines Dances; Santo Domingo Pueblo – Special Dances TBA; San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh – various dances; Zia Pueblo – various dances; Cochiti Pueblo – Various Dances (generally Christmas Day and 3 days after).

25th – 27th:  Laguna Village – 10am Mass followed by Harvest Dance; Cochiti Pueblo – Various Dances

26th: San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh – Turtle dance

26th – 28th: Santo Domingo – Corn Dance; Most pueblos have Christmas dances- we suggest contacting Pueblos directly- see below: .

28th: Holy Innocents Day – Picuris Pueblo – Children’s dances.

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Acoma – (888) 759-2489

Cochiti – (505) 465-2244

Isleta – (505) 869-3111

Jemez – (575) 834-7235

Laguna – (505) 552-6654

Nambe – (505) 455-2036

Picuris – (575) 587-2419

Pojoaque – (505) 455-3460

San Felipe – (505) 867-3381

San Ildefonso – (505) 455-3549

San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo – (505) 852-4400

Sandia – (505) 867-3317

Santa Ana – (505) 867-3301

Santa Clara (Tourism Dept.) – (505) 753-7326

Santo Domingo – (505) 465-2214

Taos – (575) 758-1028

Tesuque – (505) 983-2667

Zia – (505) 867-3304

Zuni – (505) 782-7238

CALENDAR INFO COURTESY OF THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER – 2401 12th St. NW-ABQ. NM (505)843-7270. http://www.indianpueblo.org and New Mexico Tourism – http://newmexico.org


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Santa Fe Holiday Events: New Years Eve Celebration on the Plaza

Santa Fe New Years Eve Special Event

New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Plaza!

WHEN: December 31st, 2016. 9:30pm – 12:15am.

WHERE: Just minutes walk to the Historic Santa Fe Plaza from Inn at Pueblo Bonito Santa Fe!

Imagine what a New Years Eve celebration on America’s oldest capital city- Santa Fe- could possibly be! As this unique and culturally diverse 400+ yr old southwestern destination stands on it’s own merits, especially when it comes to traditions, New Year’s eve has availed the opportunity to create a new modern tradition for historic Santa Fe visitors and locals alike! Santa Fe known for its art, culture, history, authentic traditions, is known also known as the City Different. True to it’s name, Santa Fe’s New Years eve celebration rings true! How many New Years eve festivities are family friendly? How many are specially set up to support and fund children? How many are alcohol free and uplifting? Come enjoy, participate and witness the newest in Santa Fe tradition by gathering up friends and family and ringing in New Year 2017 at the inaugural Santa Fe New Year’s Eve celebration.

Santa Fe Plaza Lights

Santa Fe Plaza Lights

Schedule of 2017 New Year Eve Celebration Activities:

9:30pm – Festivities begin with bonfires lining the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. Sip on a cup of hot chocolate (available for donation to benefit Santa Fe kids). Enjoy ethnic foods highlighted in food vendor trucks attending to feed the body while local music heroes like: Alex Maryol and Lumbre del Sol feed the soul and rev the festivities from the bandstand.

11:45pm – Mayor Javier Gonzales and city officials will address the crowd and begin the countdown to 2016.

Midnight – At the stroke of midnight, there’ll be a City Different New Year’s surprise to kick off the New Year in a family-friendly, uplifting fashion.

Late City Bus service will be provided until 12.30am. Remember to thank the driver!

(This is an alcohol-free event!)

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October Santa Fe To Do – Independent Film Festival

The 8th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is on it’s way!
When: October 19 – 23, 2016

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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7 Things to do in Santa Fe in December for New Mexico Travelers

Christmas at the Palace – Dec 9, 2016 – At the Palace of the Governors on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza!

Christmas at the Palace

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.

Las Posadas

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.

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