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November Bird Watching can prove to be quiet exuberating when Santa Fe visitors take note of crystal blue New Mexico skies! Not only are our skies a glorious crisp blue in color, but some of Gods most amazing creatures have recently been spotted on the grounds of Santa Fe‘s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! Closeby areas – such as the Galisteo Basin- are also known for bird watching and recent spotting have been as follows:
Downing Woodpecker:Though I am not an expert birdwatcher, I have seen an active little Downy Woodpecker on several occasions balancing on the branches of tall Chinese elms at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM. He frequently makes his presence known by the rap-tap-tap of his pecking on a nearby light pole! His beautiful black-and-white colors are prominently displayed and easily identifiable even for my beginning bird watching knowledge!
American Kestrel: North America’s littlest falcon! Evidently The American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It’s one of the most colorful of all raptors from what I‘ve read. The American Kestrel spotted on the grounds of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn looked very much like the photo below to the right. Beautiful slate-blue head and wings with contrasting rusty-red back and tail. It was definitely on the prowl as it perched for a few minutes on our telephone lines then and swooped quickly across the street for what we assume was a tasty dinner treat!
These little beauties are frequently seen around Santa Fe as their migration begins in the November. They tend to hop the grounds of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn for both fall and spring visits. It is my understanding they winter in forests and feed in both deciduous and coniferous trees, often at higher elevations (Santa Fe is 7000 ft with nearby Sangre de Cristos mountains to 13,000+ ft).
In fall through spring, harriers can be found in wide-open grasslands, or fields in outlaying areas of Santa Fe county. Recently I sighted a Northern Harrier during flight just off 285 south of Santa Fe. Note the low, slow, coursing flight style, the bird’s V-shaped wing posture, and its white rump- all indications of correct classification of Northern Harrier. During migration in the fall and spring, you can see these magnificent birds high in the sky over nearby mountain ridges and hills.
November Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is a delightful experience for birdwatchers, history buffs, black Friday shoppers, Thanksgiving travelers, and so much more! The staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn have been serving Santa Fe visitors for over 28 years! We strive to make your New Mexico bird watching visit memorable. Special Discount rates available on line (click here) or call 1-800-461-4599. Awarded: 2013 Guest Favorite Inn; 2012 Guest Most Likely to Return; 2011 Top Santa Fe Lodging.
Photos: All About Birds
Courtesy of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Bandelier National Monument - Great hiking with numerous archeological sites along the Main Loop Trail (1.2 mi rt) and on the additional mile round-trip trail to Alcove House. Private cars may enter park before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. Other times visitors access park with Park shuttle provided in parking lot at entrance of park.
Directions from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM (40 min): Right onto Manhattan Ave. Right onto Paseo De Peralta. Left onto Saint Francis Drive (HWY 84/285) north toward Los Alamos. Just after the village of Pojoaque, merge right onto NM 502 to Los Alamos. Continue on NM502 toward Los Alamos. Bear right and exit onto NM 4 towards White Rock. Continue for 12 miles, passing White Rock. Bandelier Park entrance is on left. Fee about $12 p/car.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies the unique geological area known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. Kasha-Katuwe (or white cliffs in the traditional language of Keresan of Cochiti Pueblo people) is an area that features large, tent-shaped rocks that hug the steep cliffs of Peralta Canyon. These rocks were created by the powerful forces of volcanism and erosion, which have built up and then torn down this landscape.
Directions from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM: Right onto Manhattan Ave. Right onto Paseo de Peralta. Left onto Cerrillos Rd. Left onto St Francis Dr (HWY 84/285) south. I-25 S toward Albuquerque. Take Cochiti exit off I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow signs to Cochiti Pueblo. Turn right at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92 (connects to Forest Service Road 266). 5 miles on this dirt road to Tent Rocks parking area- marked with a sign.
Pecos National Monument - between the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Glorieta Mesa lies the Glorieta Pass. A visit to Pecos National Historical Park takes visitors to a gem of the National Park Service. History of pueblo and Spanish settlers; the Santa Fe Trail (which passed through what are now park grounds); ranch history in the Pecos Valley; and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass all come alive in the Pecos! A 25 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM:Directions: Right onto Manhattan. Left onto Paseo de Peralta. Left onto Old Santa Fe Trail (turns into Old Pecos Trail) to I-25 N (toward Las Vegas, NM). Take exit 299 on to HWY 50 to Pecos village and south two miles on State Road 63.
Autumn Update 2013: Government Shutdown
It is an absolutely gorgeous first day of October, 2013 in Santa Fe, NM! The weather is fabulous as the aspens are changing to vibrant autumn colors, walking and hiking trails have been repaired after the much needed September rains, and hiking is good in areas that are open! Current government closures have effected a few popular national parks, but in actually there are so many beautiful outdoor places in and around Santa Fe to enjoy, it has not hindered our guests vacation enjoyment! Note the following closures and open areas as of 10.1.13:
*Bandelier National Monument . Questionable if no-pay trails like Cerro Grande or Burnt Mesa are accessible.
*Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks and Pecos National Monument
*Campgrounds and bathrooms in Santa Fe National Forest. Trails are still open however with the exceptions of previous closures due to recent flooding & fire damage.
*Orilla Verde, Santa Cruz Lake and Wild Rivers Recreation Areas.
*Santa Fe National Forest trails. NOTE: Carefully park outside any locked campground gate and enjoy your hike. Bathrooms are closed. See Aspen Viewing “Event” below. Sangre de Cristo Mountains – 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn.
*Ghost Ranch- its trails are gorgeous right now. Okeeffe house tours available too!
*Dale Ball Trails- hiking, mountain biking, etc. minutes from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
*Randall Davey Audubon Center – nature so close – less than 2 miles from Pueblo Bonito Inn. Hiking trails available too.
*BLM recreation areas which do not have developed facilities (like Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site) are open.
*Cerrillos Hills - off turqoise trail- a lovely area just outside Santa Fe on Hwy 14. 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. *Hyde Memorial State Parks in Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. *Rancho de las Golondrinas-open for Harvest Festival Oct. 5 & 6. Limited “winter hours“ otherwise. *Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta- annual event enjoyed by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests. 10/4-13/13.
OCTOBER SANTA FE EVENTS:
*Fall Aspen Viewing at Ski Santa Fe- Oct 5- 13. Scenic Chair lift rides (10am to 3:30pm-last ride down). 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM.
* ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
*SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Oct 16-20
*GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR- A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5. Oct 19 & 20.
Christmas Travel to Santa Fe is a wonderful opportunity for families, couples, singles, young and old wanting to experience a special and holy holiday memory. Modern day religious traditions of the City of Holy Faith highlight past cultures of Spanish founders with downtown building roofs, walkways, balconies and windows decorated with farolitos anticipating the celebration of the Christ child. Past traditions handed down from the Catholic faith purposed these “holy lights” (made from paper bags, sand and votive candles) to illuminate the pathway for the Holy family. All the “magic” of the season comes alive in downtown Santa Fe as the City Different swirls with colorful lighted trees, garland wrapped portals, the sweet aroma of burning pine created by glowing crackles of romantic kiva fireplaces, while red chile ristras hang next to doorways welcoming weary visitors inside to enjoy tantalizing native cuisine. Tamales, Posole, Red and Green Chile as well as Biscotti’s (beez-coh-chee-tohs) dunked in a cup of coffee or served alongside a glass of wine are favorite holiday offerings in Santa Fe.
Holiday Festivities begin in November at Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Plaza. Community gathers to watch trees decorated in colorful Christmas lights turn to light the darkened plaza area ushering in the holiday season. Black Friday shopping proves fun, exciting and profitable as local merchants fill stores and picture windows with unique and beautiful items discounted for folks to surprise loved ones back home! After Thanksgiving and until the Christmas week begins, Santa Fe visitors can walk enchanting downtown streets all decked out with holiday lights, décor and smells (as described above) in a more peaceful, quiet serene atmosphere. The town is less occupied, yet offers all the historic culture and charm plus holiday events to enjoy with Santa Fe lodging special like that of Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn -Santa Fe ($99+ for downtown lodging complete with in-room kiva fireplace!).
When it snows, Santa Fe can transform into a wonderful wintry snow land! Ski Santa Fe located 3,500 ft above downtown in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn) offers downhill skiing, snow boarding and lessons for all ages Thanksgiving thru Easter.
Christmas Eve tradition features the historic Canyon Road, home to over 200 art galleries, a few shops and a handful of restaurants. Canyon Road and many of the downtown streets are closed to traffic while thousands of pedestrians stroll up and down Canyon Road with friendly greetings, spontaneous caroling, contagious smiles and utter enjoyment of the luminarias (piñon bonfires stationed along the street). People warming their hands over the bonfire, hot cocoa being sipped contently, flickering farolitos illuminating the way. It feels like the whole city has turned out for the festivities. Some shops and galleries are open offering hot chocolate, cider and cookies to share the holiday spirit. Worshipers attend Midnight mass at the
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi. This beautiful Catholic cathedral engulfs New Mexico traditions and in itself is a special place to spend Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day most places of commerce are closed, but several Pueblos dances are available to enjoy throughout the day. Tesuque, Santo Domingo and other nearby Pueblos offer the Santa Fe Holiday traveler an extra special opportunity to view sacred Native American dances. Festive costumes, rich history and celebratory atmosphere are certain to create a one of a kind memorable Santa Fe Christmas for travelers of all ages!
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One of Santa Fe, NM’s best kept travel secrets is visiting in September, October and November. Fall and Pre-winter travel dates provide cooler temperatures (70s, 60s and even 50s by Thanksgiving) and lessened crowds (a selection of more popular Santa Fe restaurants will not require an hour wait!). One can reasonably argue, springtime to be equally preferred boasting similar climate temps and discounted room rates, however fall festivals and breathtaking foliage create a special travel season for Santa Fe , New Mexico.
Where to stay – another coveted travel secret- is the “2013 Guest Favorite Inn” awarded to Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown. Nestled quietly next to the NM State capitol, this 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound creates a perfect travel package for history buff seeking to experience authentic Old Santa Fe accommodations. Mid-October thru Mid-May really highlight the glories of Pueblo Bonito Inn as each of it’s 18 enchanting guest rooms boast a working corner kiva fireplace! No need to imagine here. Slumber off to the real sound of crackling wood with a soft scent of pine providing a therapeutic ambiance of relaxation and enjoyment. Last, but not least the third best kept Santa Fe Travel secret is what to do… so many choices on any day of the week during the September, October and November months. We offer just a few:
SEPTEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Aug 31-Sept 2: Labor Day Weekend: Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts on the Plaza!
Sept 5, 7, 8: FIESTA de SANTA FE:*Burning of Zozobra- Thursday night celebration of burning of Old Man Gloom; Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas- Friday Fiesta Royalty reenactment; Food Booths; Band Stand on the Plaza; Parades- Friday, Saturday and Sunday day & night provide local culture through music, food, dance, arts and craft; Pet Parade: Saturday morning around the plaza locals share proudly their favorite pets in theme.
Sept 7: GREEN CHILI HARVEST FESTIVAL at SF FARMERS MARKET located at Santa Fe Railyard. Celebrate Northern New Mexico’s unique culture and history in chili. Produce, baked goods, jams, and other locally grown foods, and crafts. Every Tues & Saturday through November!
Sept 14, 15: PILAR ART STUDIO TOUR: In Pilar, NM.
FALL GOLD SALE at SKI SANTA FE in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains!: Enjoy mountain air, gold foliage and a trip aboard Ski Santa Fe’s Super Chief Quad Chairlift. Food by La Casa Café & Beer Garden by Santa Fe Brewing on the deck with live music. Great savings at Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop Pre Season Blowout Sale. Season Pass Sale.
Sept 21, 22:
*SANTA FE TRIATHALON: Sat 21st: 7:30 am Geneoveva Chavez Community Center: 5k run; 12 mile bike; 400 m swim.
*HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR: Scenic Byway is a lovely, winding road through Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos with magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villages
*POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR: A uniquely Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience, includes nineteen studios and thirty-seven artists and artisans.
*SANTA FE RENESSANCE FAIR: 10 am – 6 pm A community event with proceeds to support the homeless. Held at
El Rancho de las Golondrinas- a Spanish colonial outdoor living history museum. 200 acres of historical recreations, including working gristmills, blacksmith, wheelwright and many other outstanding attractions of history to discover!
Sept 25-29: SANTA FE WINE/CHILI FESTIVAL: Demos and Testing’s; Parings and an Auction; Golf Tournament; Grand Tasting at the Opera House; Seminars and Luncheons; And so, so much to experience and enjoy in diverse cultures, foods and drinks!
Sept 28-29: HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR (2nd Weekend); POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR:
OCTOBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
October 5,6: *Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas- Bringing the harvest in with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot, string chile ristras, make tortillas, bake fresh bread and much more! Sat/Sun 10-4.
October 5-13: INTERNATIONAL ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA: Always a breathtaking event with mass ascensions; evening glows; races; rides; special shapes; pin trading and so much more for every age to enjoy. Take the rail runner from Santa Fe depot in the morning to avoid the traffic/parking and return via rail runner to Pueblo Bonito b&b. This allows you to see the fiesta on the perfect weather day!
October 12-14: ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
October 16-20: SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!
October 19,20: GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR- A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5.
NOVEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Nov 1-20: IT’S ABOUT TIME – 14,000 Years of History thru Art: New Mexico History Museum (short walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). Trace art in the American Southwest from the earliest Clovis culture to present day. Native American, Hispanic and European American art. Exhibit emphasizes the prime objects of artistic change as part of the centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood.
*Nov 2 & 24: SANTA FE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: Professional full-sized orchestra with volunteer chorus. Performance include: Nov 2: Voyages of Discovery; Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah (a must do for Thanksgiving visitors!).
Nov 7,8,9: TONY HILLERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE! An intimate writers conference open to writers of all genres.
Nov 8,9,10: Fuze SW 2013: Food and Folklore Festival- New Mexico Museum of Art. Folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and—of course—food! -
Nov 15,16, 22, 23: Greer Garson Theatre :‘Our Lady of 121st Street’. Comedy created by co-artistic director of New York’s Labyrinth Theatre Company. A group of acquaintances attend wake of former teacher (a nun) whose body was stolen. As the search for her corpse continues, we meet a cast of characters both hilarious and tragic.
Nov 24- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY in Santa Fe! You’ve never experiences Black Friday the Santa Fe way! Come host in the Holidays via New Mexico style. If it snows- the Ski Basin will open. If it doesn’t, the shops and cultural events will be in full force! No way you can loose by celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, NM. Great nightly and group rates always available at your favorite Santa Fe bed and breakfast inn- Pueblo Bonito 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com
San Miguel Mission: also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico - a block from the historic Pueblo Bonito Inn. Claimed to be the oldest church in the United States, San Miguel Mission was built around 1626. Damage sustained during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest for which the chapel served Spanish soldiers. Hand carved pieces located inside the chapel include a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions. The mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Loretto Chapel- originally a Roman Catholic church, now privately owned and used as a museum with wedding chapel. A long time subject of legend, the “Miraculous Staircase” and circumstances surrounding it are considered miraculous by the Sisters of Loretto as well as many visitors. In 1872, a convent chapel was commissioned to be built and named Our Lady of Light Chapel for the Sisters of Loretto. Designed by French architect Antoine Mouly in Gothic Revival style, ornately decorated with spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows imported from France, the Loretto Chapel built on a smaller scale, bears close resemblance to Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle. After the architect’s sudden death, and much of the construction finished, it was realized no type of stairway to the choir loft was provided. Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph’s intercession for nine straight days after which a stranger appeared at their door. Offering to build the nuns a staircase, but requiring total privacy he locked himself in the chapel for three months. Using a only primitive tools including a square, saw and warm water he constructed a spiral staircase entirely of non-native wood. The carpenter’s identity was never known for as soon as the staircase was finished he was gone. Witnesses, upon seeing the staircase, felt it was constructed as a miraculous occurrence by St Joseph himself. The mystery has never been solved as to who the carpenter was or where he got his lumber, for no reports were made of anyone seeing lumber delivered nor of the man come and go while construction was done. Less than a five minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- the Loretto Chapel is a must see when Mission touring Santa Fe.
Cristo Rey church (Spanish for Christ King), is a beautiful adobe example of historic New Mexico Mission architecture with notable Spanish colonial retablos and santos adorning its sanctuary. Used for worship, weddings and community events, this active Roman Catholic church quietly sits at the east end of Canyon Rd on the corner of Cristo Rey street. An easy five minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b as you peruse the famous art and sculpture work on Canyon Road.
Galisteo Mission the Pueblo of the Tanos (Galisteo Pueblo) was founded around 1250 AD. A thriving community of 1,000+ surface dwellings was situated on the west side of Galisteo Creek. This pueblo presented an impressive appearance to outside visitors for the time period. Once named “San Lucas” by Spanish settlers in 1590, Juan de Oñate renamed the pueblo “Santa Ana” in 1600. In early seventeenth century again renaming occurred and the village became known as “Santa Cruz de Galisteo“. Franciscan brothers founded this first permanent mission among the Tanoan speaking people in 1612. It was the earliest mission in the Galisteo Basin as well as one of the earliest missions in New Mexico. This 17th century church was unique as it was built sufficiently wide – having three aisles with two rows of support columns leading from the sanctuary. Though it is not certain whom is responsible for the notable church design, Fray Pedro de Ortega, is thought to have contributed. Galisteo Mission is located a short, but beautiful 20 minute drive south of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn off Hwy 41 in Galisteo New Mexico.
The Santuario de Guadalupe originally built in 1781, located on Guadalupe St- just a five minute walk north-west of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn, it is known as the “Soul of Santa Fe“. This historic mission church played a very significant role in religious, cultural, and traditional life of the people of Santa Fe. It is the oldest, still-standing church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the US and Canada. Located at the end of the Camino Real (the main route from Mexico City via Chihuahua to the Southwest) which brought Spanish ancestors and the Franciscan friars who ministered and sowed seeds of Christian faith with a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This historic New Mexico mission is considered to be very holy. El Santuario de Guadalupe church is currently an art and history museum and contains the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican baroque paintings. Among the treasured works is Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the largest and finest oil paints of the Spanish Southwest, dated 1783 and signed by Jose de Alzibar, one of Mexico’s most renowned painters.Sanctuario de Chimayo – Located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico on Hwy 285/520 – a short 20 minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito in the historic village of Chimayó, New Mexico – one can view this rustic and serene active Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the most famous churches in New Mexico and North America. Known as a shrine and National Historic Landmark, El Sanctuario de Chimayo receives over 300,000 visitors a year and is called the most important and largest Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States. The walled courtyard entrance is one of the most photographed sites in Northern New Mexico and houses a small cemetery. This picturesque church, built of three foot thick adobe walls has a bell tower on each side with pointed caps and a metal pitched roof that were probably added in the 1920s. Thick, yet elegant wood doors were carved by 19th-century carpenter Pedro Domínguez while notable folk-art carvings and decorations can be found inside the sanctuary and narthex. Of special note, a small room called el pocito (the little well), located just left of the front alter, contains a round pit. This “round pit” is the source of “holy dirt” (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. The adjacent Prayer Room displays photographs, discarded crutches, and unique testimonials of those who have received healing. Recently added is the outside sanctuary needed to receive mass numbers of pilgrims on Good Friday and Easter walks.
Pecos Mission (aka: Mission Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula or Mission of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula) was a mission that served the people of Pecos Pueblo near Pecos, New Mexico. The first church at Pecos Pueblo is thought to have been built by Franciscan Fray Pedro Zambrano Ortiz around 1619. This isolated church was built along a narrow ridge, 400 m northeast of the pueblo’s main quadrangle, as the pueblo people would not allow construction closer to their dwelling sites. A permanent church was constructed outside the walls of the pueblo of Pecos, New Mexico in 1625. This church was destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, wherein the Spanish were ejected from New Mexico. After the Spanish reconquest in 1693, a smaller church was built in 1717 for which the walls of this later church still stand on top of the prior church’s stone foundation. Ruins are located 25 miles south east of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito Inn off I-25 in Pecos National Historic Park.
Spring is a fantastic season to create a memorable New Mexico Bird watching vacation as activity naturally increases and migrating birds return. Birders not knowing where to find spring birds can easily miss out on seeing many spectacular species native to Santa Fe and New Mexico. Knowing where to find and watch birds can lead to unique bird sightings and opportunities leading to refreshing and renewed interests in birding after long winter months.
Pueblo Bonito B&B inn in downtown Santa Fe creates a unique and distinctively memorable opportunity to enjoy up close and personal an inviting outdoor atmosphere for native New Mexico birds to viewed. Early Spring (May) sightings of Tangers (below left) resting on blooming branches of one of our large elm trees at Pueblo Bonito Inn as well as Rufous Towee (below right).
Commonly seen at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn – Santa Fe throughout the summer months are Mountain Blue Jays- large in size with beautiful displays of distinctive powder blue breast; Sparrows- buckskin brown in color and petite in stature, yet large in personality; and hummingbirds which are always a popular sight and sound!
Not as commonly seen at Pueblo Bonito b&b, but a delight when spotted is the roadrunner- New Mexico’s official state bird. We do see these little guys running along the sides of highways and byways frequently throughout New Mexico, as well as down streets of Santa Fe while momentarily flying over a fence (contrary to the popular belief- they do fly!).
Where to Find Birds in Santa Fe in Spring: Keys to finding birds in spring is to look for areas with freshly sprouting green and flowers. These are critical clues to attract both resident birds and visiting migrants. While spring birds can appear in any area, birder watchers who visit the right areas will see many more species. To find the most spring birds, check out…Migration Flyways: In both spring and fall, birds travel similar routes between their wintering grounds and breeding grounds. Visiting nature refuges and birding hotspots along migration flyways can be very productive birding during spring migration.
SPECIAL BIRD WATCHING ACTIVITIES for SANTA FE VACATIONS:
*ESPANOLA WILDLIFE CENTER: http://www.thewildlifecenter.org/ Operated under both state and federal permits regulating the capture, care, rehabilitation, release or “taking” for educational purposes of wild animals, this is a one-of-a-kind experience for real birders! We financially support this exceptional organization and have the pleasure to meet a few of their rehabilitation patients like a Red-Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Falcon, even bear, coyote and skunks! Reservations a must and not always guaranteed available, but worth a call to see if possible! 505-753-9505
*Every Saturday en Santa Fe: RANDALL DAVEY AUDUBON CENTER- Located at the top of upper canyon Rd, a short 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM. Every Saturday a naturalist will lead a walk around the RDAC grounds at 8:00 am. Binoculars can be provided. Dress appropriately. All welcome. For information, call: 983-4609.
*Saturday, June 8, 2013 PRITZLAFF RANCH- This is an all-day trip. This 3,250 acre ranch, about a half-hour north of Las Vegas, NM has riparian, scrub-oak, and ponderosa pine habitat. Plan to walk a lot, bring lunch, water, and layers of clothing. Meet at 7:00 am at Pecos Trail Café- about a 3 mile drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Leader: Jerry Friedman, 505-753-2046, email@example.com
*Saturday, July 20 AMERICAN SPRINGS, WATER CANYON- A 1/2 day trip looking for mountain species, especially warblers, above Los Alamos . Could be lots of walking if the trip hikes up Water Canyon. Conversely, a light- weight folding stool could be useful at the American Springs Road washout. Bring food and drink. Meet at DeVargas Mall at 6:30 am- just 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn -Santa Fe on Paseo de Peralta. Contact leaders for trip status and more information. Leaders: Gail Szpatura (505-471-4426 firstname.lastname@example.org/ Mary Ristow 505-820-0906, email@example.com
*Sunday August 4 WATROUS/VALMORA ROAD – This narrow road harbors riparian birds, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, orioles, and eastern strays. Bring food, water, all supplies. Driving time from Santa Fe (about 1.5 hours) makes this a 3/4 day trip. Limited to 12 participants with priority given to Sangre de Cristo Audubon members until one week prior to trip. Leaders: Roger Clark, 505-231-7369, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wyatt Egelhoff, 505-946-8028 email@example.com
*Wednesday, September 11 SANTA ROSA AND SPIRITHAVEN RANCH – This rull day fall migration trip along the Pecos River visit’s the Spirithaven Ranch in Santa Rosa with an afternoon stop at Ruby Ranch just north of Las Vegas. Songbird migrants and some lingering breeders such as Common Black-hawk at Spirithaven are the target birds. There will be a 6 am departure and 5 pm return to Santa Fe. ($25 per car entry fee at Ruby Ranch, an Audubon Important Bird Area)- Trip limited to 12 participants. Priority to Sangre de Cristo members until one week before trip. Call or email Linda Mowbray; (505) 989-8295, firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the list of participants. Leader: Bill West .
Car Pooling for New Mexico Bird watching trips above:
Pecos Trail Cafe: Located at 2239 Old Pecos Trail at the intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Calle Espejo. Park and meet on Calle Espejo.
DeVargas Mall: Located at Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street- five minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Meet in the parking lot in front of Starbucks on the south side of the mall. Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips are designed to promote understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their habitats as well as cultivate awareness of outdoor ethics in an atmosphere of friendly companionship. Field trips are free and open to the public. Entry fees are required and driving costs are shared. Participants are expected to carpool whenever possible. Please wear walking shoes and clothing appropriate for weather. Bring water, lunch, and binoculars. No pets. Always call the trip leader before the trip. Trips may be cancelled for a variety of reasons.
*Daytrip information compliments of Randal Davey Audubon Center Newsletter.
Only in New Mexico… Only at the Santa Fe Opera! Combine an incredible facility, setting, riveting 2013 performance schedule and Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe’s extremely convenient location and affordability- who wouldn’t indulge in a world renown cultural event like the Santa Fe Opera? Highly recommended to New Mexico travelers staying at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe in June, July or August. So many reason to take advantage of this “Santa Fe must do“, here are a few!
Architecture: The SF Opera is admired for its blend of traditional Southwestern style and elegance. Less than 7 miles north of Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown Santa Fe, this striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater theatre has won several design awards. It’s widely recognized for blending contemporary design aesthetics with traditional building materials. Presenting a panorama of breathtaking background scenery, the Jemez Mountains to the west and Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east create a one-of-a-kind night “performance” of their own. The current theatre opened in 1998 and combines a total area 26,615 square feet of sweeping stage and mezzanine roofs which have a clerestory joining the two roofs. The “shape of the sound” inspired the roof concept has curves that follow the acoustic reflections of sound from stage to audience. Due to the unique roof size and design, it is capable of collecting rainwater- approximately 60,000 gallons can be stored annually and used to maintain the opera grounds!
Art & History: Designed by John Crosby in 1956, primarily with the goal to give American singers the opportunity to learn and perform new roles while having ample time for rehearsal and preparation, its first season opened on July 3, 1957. SFO is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as for productions of standard operatic repertoire. Since its inception, the Santa Fe Opera has staged over forty American and eleven international premieres, and has commissioned nine new operas.
SFO General Director, Charles MacKay describes it best: “Finding the right mix of repertory is our challenge each year — with a world premiere, a new production of a rare Rossini masterpiece, an Offenbach comedy, classic Mozart and a beloved opera by Verdi, Santa Fe offers operas for the adventurous and the neophyte. To be sure, beautiful music abounds!”
Santa Fe Evening Entertainment: Enjoy the sites, flavors, sounds, arts and culture of Santa Fe during daylight hours and save night time hours to tantalize your senses at the SFO! Nightly performances always begin at 8:00 or 8:30 pm with optional tours prior and tailgating is always an option (a great way to make a memory)! Intermission always includes an indiscernible sunset and mountain views!
Opera Shuttle Service: A comfortable ride to the Opera offering an early or later Santa Fe shuttle ($20 round-trip) for Opera goers with pickup location options just a few blocks walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn-Santa Fe. Early shuttle arrives 2.5 hours prior to Opera performance for patrons to attend the Preview Buffet or first Prelude Talk. Later shuttle arrives to Opera 30 minutes prior to start of performance. Purchase directly from SFO at least 48 hours in advance and do tend to sell out early. www.SantaFeOpera.org
2013 Schedule Opera- Santa Fe, NM
The Grand Duchess of Gerostein/ Offenbach- A sexy, spoiled aristocrat has an eye for a young cadet at the local military academy. There’s just one problem: He’s already engaged. This means war games- portrayed through a tuneful hilarious romp! 8:30 pm June 28; July 3, 6, 12, 19; 8:00 pm July 30; Aug 7, 15, 21, 24
The Marriage of Figaro/ Mozart- The magic of romance and the genius of Mozart make for an evening of total enchantment. Not-so-secret passions collide and love is everywhere- but who’s hiding behind the chair? 8:30 pm June 29; July 5,10; 8:00 pm Aug 3, 8, 13, 20, 23.
La Traviata/ Verdi-With some of the most famous melodies in all of opera, Verdi’s music provides a beautiful depiction of lovers tragically caught between the ways of the heart and the ways of the world. 8:30 pm July 20, 24 8:00 pm July 29, Aug 2,5,10,16,22
La Donna del Lago/Rossini- Who is the mysterious lady of the lake? That’s just one of the secrets revealed in Rossini’s most romantic masterpiece, a showcase for bel canto singing adapted from one of Sir Walter Scott’s most popular novels. 8:30 pm July 13, 17, 26; 8:00 pm Aug 1, 6, 14
Oscar/Theodore Morrison- Based on events from the controversial life of Oscar Wilde, this world premiere work illuminates the human side of this literary genius. 8:30 pm July 27; 8:00 pm July 31; Aug 9, 12, 17.
TICKETS START AT $30!! Ticketing/performance details: www.SantaFeOpera.org
Preferred Lodging: Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe- 2012 Guest Favorite b&b 1-800-461-4599
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.
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 is Santa Fe known as “The City Different“?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and our town itself is smaller, more intimate- yet Santa Fe boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
*World Class art galleries and museums
*Family entertainment, events, and festivals
*Gourmet dining; Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife
*History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture
*National Parks and natural beauty abound
*Easy access to nearby sites and day trips
*Numerous opportunities for worship and spirituality
*Easy convenient, walkable downtown with historic sites, cultural events, performances etc.
Santa Fe is “the City Different” because, unlike other cities, our history is an integral part of our day-to-day life, augmented by modernity rather than erased by it. Established by indigenous hunters and gatherers, influenced by Hispanic immigrants and explorers, and populated over the centuries by numerous other European descendants, Santa Fe continues to embrace new diversity and to celebrate our cultural heritage. Legacies from these earlier groups endure in harmony: in nearby pueblos and reservations, through diverse festivals and traditions, even in the local foods grown and eaten and in the beauty that nurtures us.
No American city has ever been more beautiful and well preserved. Centuries ago, newcomers were drawn to this area because of the scenic splendor. They stayed because the earth offered bountiful lands providing precious minerals and gems, including gold, silver, and turquoise. Today, unique among many cities, Santa Fe New Mexico boasts spectacular views and experiences of nature. Several mountain ranges – visible wherever you turn—beckon to hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, horseback riders and nature enthusiasts. The Rio Grande replenishes the high desert plains and valleys, sustaining productive fields to supply local farmers and markets, as well as pastures for domesticated cattle and buffalo and the wild herds of antelope will take your breath away when 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 “manana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.
We invite you to come and experience this delightful City of Difference and allow us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn to provide your accommodations- making your Santa Fe vacation a time to remember. Call us at 1-800-461-4599 or book online at