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May 2016 Historic New Mexico Trip Planning Suggestions

1860 Adobe Horno (Native American Bread oven) - Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe

1860 Adobe Horno (Native American Bread oven) – Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe

Santa Fe Things To Do

Exciting exhibits and activities exist for May 2016 Historic New Mexico Trip Planning. Not only is May a beautiful month to visit New Mexico, but the New Mexico History Museum just a short 5 minute stroll from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM offers rich Southwestern History and insights into yesteryear for our valued Santa Fe visitors.

Summer hours/Special Events begin May 1st at New Mexico History Museum: A brief overview 

  • Open all seven days -10 am to 5 pm.
  • Every Friday Evening thru October is free from 5-8 pm!
  • “Families Make History” workshops held every third Sunday of each month!
  • Monday–Saturday (through October 15): Historical Downtown Walking Tours!
  • Two major exhibit openings! (See below)

May 2016 at New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe:

Sunday, May 1: Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico.  New Exhibit Opening! 1-4:00 pm. Cars exhibited in lobby and exhibition hall with a souvenir photo booth for visitors. Video loop screening of movie South American Cho Lo showing. 2 pm history lecture the nationally renowned Lowrider Magazine given by former editor, Ray John.

Friday, May 6: “Citizen Min in New Mexico” 6:00 pm. The first Free Friday Evening event! Highlighting Japanese American civil-rights successes.  A special presentation given by Holly Yasui, daughter of Minoru (Min) Yasui who was a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. Yasui’s activism started in World War II during the internment camps era.

The New Mexico History Museum- Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico History Museum

Wednesday, May 11, noon: Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture –New Mexico historian and author Stephen Zimmer of Cimarron, NM presents “Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell, Compadres.” Free in the Meem Community Room. Seating is limited.

Sunday, May 15: Families Make History May workshop. From 1:30-3:30 pm make a kite! New Mexico springtime brings winds great for flying. The whole family can enjoy learning to make a kite. Workshop Free with admission. Children 16 and under free daily!

kitemaking

Sunday, May 22: Lowrider Day on the Plaza– 10 am- 5:00 pm. What to expect? Mayor Javier Gonzales proclaims today as the official Lowrider Day of Santa Fe!  Celebrations include a car procession followed by a show on the plaza,  music, hopper demonstration and an awards presentation!

Sunday, May 22: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities – Exhibit Opening! Be among the first to see this ground-breaking exhibition as a major institution tells the comprehensive story of Spanish Jewry’s 1492 diaspora and how it led to a tenuous foothold in North America.

Thursday, May 26: Palace Guard field trip– 12-4:00 pm. Have lunch with Daniel Kosharek (Photo Curator) and visit the private shop of mechanic and collector Sonnie Jaramillo. See examples of lowrider and custom-car work in action! Not a Palace Guard member? To join, call (505) 982-6366, ext. 100. Cost: $25. Call Alex Hesbrook for reservation details: (505) 982-7799 ext. 4.

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Historical Downtown Walking Tours-Learn the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico via a museum-trained guide! BEST HISTORIC SANTA FE WALKING TOUR (recommended by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn).  Tours begin at the Palace of the Governor Courtyard’s Blue Gate (south of History Museum) at 10:15 am- Sunday thru Fridays. Make your historic Santa Fe travel experience come alive and RESERVE YOUR ROOM at “Pueblo Bonito b&b inn” in  downtown Santa Fe! Voted “Guest Favorite” 3 years in a row, this popular adobe B&B features traditional historic adobe architecture dating to 1860- one of Santa Fe Travelers best value for true historic adobe lodging!

The New Mexico History Museum is part of a campus which includes the Palace of the Governors, a National Treasure and the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, its exhibitions and programs are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. A definite “Must See” when planning a historic southwest Santa Fe travel trip.

Compliments of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM. 1-800-461-4599

 

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Santa Fe Orchestra – Travel Event for Travelers: April, May, June

Santa Fe Orchestra Concert Schedule

A Special event idea for Santa Fe visitors traveling in April, May, or June 2016 would be the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Concerts! These extremely talented performances are Free for the Santa FE Community!  The 2016  season will be winding down with three extraordinary concerts consisting off classical favorites, rarely heard repertoire, accessible contemporary works, & world premieres of compositions by New Mexico composers. Take your pick- all are Must Do’s!

Free Concert Series- Santa Fe Community Orchestra

Mid-Season Concert – featuring David Chavez as guest conductor.

  • Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm at  St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art
  • Allegretti: Benthic Metropolis – World Premiere
  • Britten: Lachrymae for viola and strings, Ari Le, viola  (SFCO Concerto Competition Winner)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
  • Admission is free, donations appreciated.
  • Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Book Direct and save 10% (rates starting as low as $109.80+).

frenchhorntrumpet

New Music at the Museum – New Works by New Mexico Composers Reading #3

  • Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art
  • New and recent compositions by New Mexico composers presented in an open-rehearsal format.
  • Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Book Direct and save 10% (rates starting as low as $135.00+).

Obo

Season Finale- Program to be determined.

  • Sunday, June 5, 2016 2:30 pm at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art
  • Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Book Direct and save 10% (rates starting as low as $120.00+).

Too good to believe?  Santa Fe Orchestra Concert Contact Information:

  • Website: http://www.sfco.org/
  • Address: 1000 Cordova Place, Suite 211, Santa Fe, NM 87505  MAP
  • Hours:
  • Phone: (505) 466-4879
 New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico Museum of Art

 

**Programs and artists are subject to change**

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New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day Dances

Native American Dances at New Mexico Pueblos

Native American dance at Santa Fe Plaza

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

Though traditional Feast Day dances on New Mexico Pueblos are abundant throughout the year, here are just a few listings to illustrate the rich heritage, tradition and importance Native American Dances have within modern Pueblo life. Easter is a time of celebration and worship for the Native American Pueblo people as it is with Anglo and Spanish Christian New Mexicans.


PUEBLO DANCES Easter Weekend

SUNDAY – March 27, 2016
(ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT To change)

NAMBE:
BOW AND ARROW DANCE
10AM OR SO TO EARLY AFTERNOON

Carne Adovada - a New Mexican Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

Carne Adovada – a New Mexican Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

OHKAY OWINGEH (SAN JUAN):
BUFFALO DANCE
10AM
OR SO FOR MOST OF THE DAY

SAN ILDEFONSO:
MEN’S DANCES
BEGINS AT 9AM

SANTA CLARA:
RAIN DANCE
ALL DAY

COCHITI
DANCING EASTER AND MON.
MAR. 27 AND 28
AROUND
11AM 2/3PM

Traditional Tamales - a welcomed meal in New Mexico culture.

Traditional Tamales – a welcomed meal in New Mexico culture.

SANTA DOMINGO
NOW KEWA
DANCING EASTER AND
MAR. 27/28/29/30
MON./TUES./ WED. ,
FROM 10AM -3 OR SO

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

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Santa Fe July Festival Event to Enhance your New Mexico Adventure Travel Plans!

2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival July Travel Event

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival July Travel Event

Santa Fe July Festival events are certain to make for memorable New Mexico Adventure travels! The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is one of those July Santa Fe Summer Festivals you don’t want to miss! Since it’s 1972 founding, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated artistic excellence and innovation, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become a preeminent music festival- known around the music world. Santa Fe’s unique location provides a setting nestled amid the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains which has been a valuable contribution to the success of this Music Festival.

We are excited for 2016 Season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to begin. Welcoming extraordinary artists like Orion Weiss (pianist) provides Santa Fe travelers the opportunity to create memorable travel experiences when visiting New  Mexico. Orion makes his debut with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival July 2016! We highly recommend adding of one of these certain to be popular concerts to your July visit with us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn:

  • Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21: Dvo?ák Piano Trio No. 3 (with Kyoko Takezawa, violin and Keith Robinson, cello)
  • Thursday, July 21—Piano Recital: Program to be announced
  • Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25: Night sky- featuring the young pianist Orion Weiss.

Curious about our July 2016 Featured Artist of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival?

Well, here’s a little bit about the young pianist phenomena:

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2016 Orion Weiss

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2016 Orion Weiss

Orion Weiss- One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians already has an impressive list of awards such as: the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School. Orion has performed with major American orchestras Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Impressive scheduled stops on his 2016 world tour include: the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Pacifica Quartet with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Oxford String Quartet.

To explore more into this fabulous opportunity, please visit the SantaFe Chamber Music Festival  and don’t hesitate to make your Santa Fe Travel plans NOW! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn is located in a prime downtown Santa Fe location- offering the convenience of free parking and walking to the July Music Festival! 1-800-461-4599 or www.pueblobonitoinn.com

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NATIVE AMERICAN FETISH & SYMBOLISM in Distinctively New Mexico Artwork

Native American Fetish Carving

Symbols: Mountain, Rain, Cloud, Lightening, Circle of Life on “Chard” by Marilyn Ray Acoma

Fetish carvings and Native American symbolism found frequently on crafts items like pottery, jewelry, bead or leather work, paintings, carvings, etc are part of an ancient culture and religion which is extremely complex. Zuni fetishes, known to the Shiwi people as wemawe, are small stone animal carvings made by talented artisans of the Zuni Pueblo. Due to the remote location in Northwest New Mexico, the Zuni people have been able to retain a great deal of their culture and religion despite being among the most studied Native American people by anthropologists, past and present. It is my experience that though Native American culture and tradition can differ between tribes/sects, there are many agreed to meanings of the symbols found throughout the craft works, etc. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features several Native American Artisans from local NM Pueblos- two of which are Marilyn Ray (Acoma) and Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo). Well known and respected artisans within their Pueblo cultures- each proudly carry on ancestral traditions of craftsmanship and storytelling. The following should provide some insight as to meanings of Native American symbols, Native American fetishes, and materials used in their artwork.

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

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

Native American Symbolism Guide

Bears: symbolizes physical strength, leadership and is known as the “first helper”.

Bear Paws: are a symbol representing inner strength.

Feathers: symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent a Creative Force.

Kokopelli: a common fertility symbol thought to bring fertility to women drawn to his flute playing. He also represents the spirit of music.

Eagle: Master of sky; carrier of prayers. Admired for bravery and special connections to the creator.

Buffalo: Spiritual protector bringing nourishment to body & soul. A White Buffalo symbolizes peace.

Dream Catcher: It is believed the web tangles bad dreams & prevents them from passing through. Good dreams slip through the center. Each morning sunlight purifies the web of bad dreams.

Arrowhead: Represents the hunter and symbolizes the adventurer within each of us.

Zuni Bear: The Guardian of the Earth. A heart-line arrow going from head to heart symbolizes a warrior’s heart is strong like the bear’s.

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Native American Stone Meanings

CORAL: is known to be very soothing and very protective. It is of an organic origin, being the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.

TURQUOISE: It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.

RUBY: A gemstone, ruby is thought to speed the healing of body, mind and spirit. It is believed to aid in psychic development while it energizes. It’s a good stone for just about everyone.

LAPIS: Lapis is the perfect stone for wisdom and fortitude. It is also believed to be an excellent stone for decision makers. It helps increase psychic ability.

OPAL: Most people know Opal for it’s distinctive play of color, it is semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word “Oplus” meaning precious stone. Opal is October’s birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one’s psychic and mystical qualities.

Native American Stone Jewelry

Vera Tenorio originals: Turquoise; coral; silver; lapis; onyx, shell

ONYX: It is a semi-precious gemstone, and it is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. Onyx is also known to be a calming stone. Native Americans believe it collects negative energy from you while wearing it.

MALACHITE: It is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern Indian jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.

TIGER”S EYE: Also called Tigers eye or Tiger eye is a chatoyant gemstone. Tiger Eye stone contains a golden yellow reflection on a brown ground color. The most important source of tiger eye is South Africa, but it is also found in California. Native American Indians believe it conveys courage and protection.

PEARLS: Pearls are known to stabilize and balance emotions. They are believed to help your body in using calcium better. For Native Americans pearls are full of purity and integrity.

RHODOCHROSITE: A mineral mined in the U.S., rhodochrosite is known to strengthen self- identity; helps heal deep emotional trauma and balances with a loving vibration. JET: It is an organic gemstone which was highly popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. It has been traditionally fashioned into rosaries for monks. In the U.S. long necklaces of jet beads were very popular during the 1920s, or Roaring Twenties, when women and young flappers would wear multiple strands of jet beads stretching from the neckline to the waistline. Today it is used to beautify Native American Indian jewelry.

Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM proudly features both of these talented Native American Artists and their crafts in our gift gallery. Unique and culturally different New Mexico locally crafted gifts- perfect for gift giving. Valentines is coming up…..why not consider giving the gift of travel and experience our unique historic adobe pueblo-style downtown Santa Fe Bed Breakfast. Book Now and experience a one-of-a-kind New Mexico lodging experience! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 and allow us to assist you. www.pueblobonitoinn.com

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Creating a Top New Mexico Vacation Travel Experience!

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

New Mexico Travel

There are so many unique and culturally distinctive travel opportunities to create a top New Mexico vacation traveler experience. Anytime of year- spring, summer, winter or fall – historic southwest travel is an great adventure!  So how do you optimize and create the best unique historical New Mexico travel experience? We at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe serve thousands of Santa Fe visitors each year for over 30 years!  We are true experts in historic New Mexico travel planning. By providing authentic traditional Old Santa Fe New Mexico accommodations and assisting guests in packaging vacation travel time, we avail valuable insights and tips to assure a rare and unique Santa Fe travel experience! Off beaten path places like: shops, restaurants, parks, birding, hiking, skiing, historic ruins and sites, museums, petroglyphs, hidden treasures, day outings, Northern New Mexico pueblo touring, art studio tours, wine tasting, markets, antiques, historic mining and mill towns and villages, treasurers of the area, etc. are sure to create amazing one-of-a kind New Mexico top travel experiences! Inn at Pueblo Bonito’s unique and distinctive historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodations are perfect for an exceptional “home base” to tour Northern New Mexico! Every morning during breakfast hours, our guests can receive expert assistance in their days’ explorations of Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Pecos, Las Vegas, Native American Pueblos, National Parks, historic sites, museums, restaurants, galleries, and other interests they desire to create a top New Mexico travel memory. A few important suggestions when planning your Santa Fe New Mexico travel vacation:

Santa Fe: 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Santa Fe: 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Choosing A New Mexico Travel Base location:

First of all, deciding where to centralize your travel is highly recommended to maximize your experiences. Santa Fe is our top choice! It’s the most centralized location in Northern New Mexico to make day trips; see historic sites; visit pueblos; tour Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Ojo Cliente, Ghost Ranch, Pecos, Madrid, Galisteo, Dixon and many other sleepy Northern New Mexico villages. Santa Fe is the top destination city of New Mexico. Actually Santa Fe is #5 in US cities most requested for traveler information! That being said, our vast experience of the area and insights serve our guests well ! (more on top NM Travel destination)

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Santa Fe Travel

Santa Fe is the New Mexico state capitol and boasts over 400 yrs of prominent Southwestern history. Santa Fe is THE destination spot of New Mexico! Walking from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, guests access rich historic documentation of New Mexico- it’s land, people and government- in 3 minutes! Less than a half mile radius from the plaza a guest can easily walk to world class museums: Palace of the Governors; New Mexico History Museum; New Mexico Art Museum;  Contemporary Indian Art Museum; and Georgia O’Keeffe museum! The variety and diversity of native cultures that have influenced Santa Fe is well preserved in various and unique ways over the years. Santa Fe’s nickname “The City Different” is very appropriate- an indicator of the distinctive travel experience New Mexico visitors will have! No where else in the US is like Santa Fe, NM! It reflects a “time frozen in history” that’s been intentionally and painstakingly preserved to enjoy and share with modern day people. We mustn’t forget to mention other World Class Museums located on historic Old Santa Fe Trail referred to as “Museum Hill”.  These include: International Folk Art Museum;  Indian Cultural Museum; Wheelwright Museum and Spanish Colonial Museum all clustered together and nestled beside the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens! (Book Now)

Be Intentional when Travel planning: 

Uniquely historic Santa Fe lodging - Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe.

Experience history in unique New Mexico accommodations at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe.

Many options exist when choosing New Mexico lodging. Santa Fe Hotels; Santa Fe bed and breakfasts; Santa Fe Inns; Santa Fe Motels; Santa Fe vacation rentals- a huge variety of Santa Fe Accommodation choices!  Personal preference is the key here. Our preference is historic!  We recommend Historic Santa Fe lodging accommodations. After all you’ve chosen a city founded over 400 years ago! Historic preservation has been outstanding and there is truly no other city like Santa Fe in the US! The unique history, culture, cuisine, blending of Native American/Hispanic/Anglo influences make an exciting southwestern US adventure. So make the most of it!

  •  Walkable city: experience an old, funky, eclectic, odd, unexplainable combination of history and modernism within our streets, buildings and people that has earned it’s title “City Different”. You don’t want to drive or fight for parking- you want to walk the streets both daytime and nighttime! Walk past world class museums, shops, art, cultural events, cathedrals, 400+ yr old houses, fantastic restaurants, Native American street vendors, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more!

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

  • Accentuate Historic: Staying at newly constructed Santa Fe Accommodations just doesn’t make sense. Our preference is bias we admit… but designing an Authentic New Mexico Travel Experience on new just accentuate the New Mexico culture! Santa Fe alone was settled over 400 years ago- so in our opinion historic is what New Mexico is! This being said, Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast is our top choice! The epitome of authentic historic adobe pueblo-style New Mexico lodging, Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast dates back to 1860, when this area was part of the Texas Territories! Originally a Texas Circuit judge built a private estate with stables, servants quarters and horno (Native American Bread oven). All three of these original two foot thick adobe buildings have been meticulously preserved. Amazingly over the 156 yrs of it’s history, only three individuals have owned this massive adobe compound. Original builder was the Judge; 2nd Owner converted property to apartments and provided our name! Third (current family ownership) created Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! All the authentic, adobe architectural elements have been retained, thus providing historically
    Historic Adobe- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn-Santa Fe.

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

    accurate accommodations for Santa Fe travelers desiring a traditional Santa Fe travel experience! Our 18 charming guests rooms boast: original 2 ft. thick exterior adobe walls (1860); private baths with 1930’s viga beamed ceilings and mosaic tiled soaking tubs; in-room real wood burning kiva fireplace (not gas)! These one of a kind elements are not found in modern day, newly renovated luxury Santa Fe hotels or bed and breakfasts! We are the REAL THING- nothing fake about this Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (history Pueblo Bonito).

  • Personal preferences: Modern travelers wanting a historic location, but prefer New, Renovated, Full Service, Hotel- type accommodations providing features like: granite countertops bathrooms; wall mounted large flat screen TV’s; 24 hr restaurant and bar services; spa; valet parking; room service; exercise rooms; etc we recommend these fine historic downtown Santa Fe Hotels: The La Fonda, La Posada, Drury Inn, Hotel Santa Fe. Whatever your preference- we do recommend doing some homework tofind the perfect downtown Santa Fe historic lodging accommodation that’s right for you!
  • Cuisine: You are traveling- be open to new experiences. Remind yourself you left home0- everything is not the same! The region of the US you’re traveling is full of opportunities specific to local living. One is food! New New Mexico is famous for its’ chile -red or green! Enjoy this local favorite no matter where you travel in New Mexico- you  can sample native cuisine like: Tamales, Enchilada, Rejellenos, sopapillas, Chile stew, posole and more!
    "Smothered"- New Mexico style enchiladas.

    “Smothered”- New Mexico style enchiladas.

    NOTE: Diverse definitions exist for  “Mexican food” (TexMex, Mexico, Arizona….) so understand that New Mexican food is completely distinctive- it stands on its own! Green chile (not jalapenos). Red chile (not salsa). Christmas (red/green chile combo). Smothered. Traditional New Mexico cuisine incorporates all of these 4 nouns which must be tried by visitors to receive the full experience of a historic New Mexico vacation! (see more New Mexico traditional foods)

  • Architecture- New Mexico has a rich heritage which is accurately displayed in historic downtown Santa Fe. A “Plaza”- originally intended to be the central community gathering place is generally found throughout Northern New Mexico Pueblos, villages and city’s. Santa Fe is no different, but this plaza dates back to 1600’s (more on Santa Fe History). Adobe- a staple throughout the years in New Mexico architecture. Adobe is and hand formed mud cast bricks, sun dried, then stacked and covered in stucco. Adobe creates the  majority of historic landscape in downtown Santa Fe and outlaying village/towns. Santa Fe’s plaza and downtown historic district still boasts original building dating back to 1600’s (see more on adobe).
  • Convenience- choose a home base. A location which is easy to access, provides maximum dining, cultural and evening options, and surrounds you with local historic elements. Saving time fighting lines, finding parking, sitting in local traffic, or waiting for a table just isn’t the best use of valuable vacation time!  Center yourself in a historic location walking distance to great “basic” options. Experience the culture by walking to dining, entertainment, markets, shops, museums, historic sites, etc. Have more than one travel route option to/from your home base to prevent delays from unplanned event traffic, road construction, backup commuter traffic, etc.. Experienced, long time residents of the area know these tips and they are extremely valuable if needed!

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

  • Flexibility: Traveling isn’t always perfect so when making New Mexico travel plans, decide on sight seeing choices you prefer but be informed of other options around those main choices! Avail options an insights of off beaten path opportunities for our Santa Fe travelers adds a distinctive uniqueness to a New Mexico travel vacation! Staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn enjoy a combined 125  yrs of Northern New Mexico residency! Residency in New Mexico seriously increases our creative ability in designing  touring tips for Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests to enjoy. We’ve assisted annually returning guests to include up to three consecutive months worth of activities! Our regular return guests challenge us to be creative and informed as to Santa Fe travel options. Actually annual return guests will share new information with us at time for which we really enjoy. It’s true, we do have favorites. But new adventures are always welcomed! (see more Northern New Mexico travel secrets)            Book Now

Creating a top New Mexico vacation travel experience really isn’t hard if you’re in the right crowd! Experts come a dime a dozen. Research is plentiful. Aligning yourself with local hospitality professionals with a positive proven track record for 31+ years can be invaluable! We prefer a centralized location where you can feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. Lodging that exhibits local history, architecture and culture and meets your preference. Convenience to reduce travel stress. Accurately informed people who care and take pride in sharing their city- it’s distinctions and unique qualities. People with first hand wisdom and knowledge of the area you are taking valuable vacation time to explore and enjoy. Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn invites you to explore Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico! We love our guests and sincerely appreciate sharing Santa Fe, New Mexico and it’s treasures with each guest which allows us this privilege. Please let us assist you in your accommodation planning. 1-800-461-4599 Once you’re with us, we can assist in designing your Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico touring options!  Book Now

 

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Santa Fe New Mexico – the Perfect Valentine Gift!

heart-rose-petals[1]Looking for THE Perfect Valentine’s Day Ideas?        

 (hint: Santa Fe)

A unique, different, thought filled gift?  

(hint: Santa Fe)

Chocolates, flowers, movie not perfect enough? 

(hint: Santa Fe)

Have you gotten any hints?   

TRY SANTA FE!

You remember Santa Fe… New Mexico! That romantic travel destination of the Southwest.  Santa Fe, New Mexico that city ranked #4 in Top Ski Resorts in US and Canada. Santa Fe, New Mexico that delightful, exuberant, colorful, extraordinary adventure spot boasting Native American history, culture, and rich traditions. Santa Fe, NM the largest and most important art market in the country! Santa Fe New Mexico ranked as one of the top vacation adventure spots in the US! Santa Fe, New Mexico – Top 7 emerging food capitals in the US. Santa Fe, New Mexico ranked #6 as 2015’s Friendliest City in the US.

For all of the reasons above, Santa Fe is one of the best Valentine’s Day travel ideas you can think of!

 Travel + Santa Fe, New Mexico = THE BEST VALENTINE’S GIFT!

Now you’re getting it! Combine that romantic spirit with the perfect Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe provides adventure travelers an historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodation. Creating an authentic, traditional New Mexico adventure travel experience is easy when your private guest room is encased with 2 ft thick adobe walls originally built in 1860! 18 private guest rooms boast hand formed real wood burning kiva fireplaces, nichos, corbels, and adorable deep soaking mosaic tiled baths with 1930 viga wood ceilings! Historically accurate. Delightfully distinctive. Uniquely perfect for any New Mexico adventure travel enthusiast!    A Valentines Gift your loved one is sure to remember forever!  BOOK NOW at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM    Click for Special Offers

Voted "Guest Favorite b&b"- 2015

Voted “Guest Favorite b&b”- 2015 Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM

 

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Santa Fe Winter Travel Activity February Featured Event

New Mexico Restaurant Week February 2016 Travel – Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

New Mexico Restaurant Week a foodies treat! A New Mexican’s favorite- Green Chile Cheeseburger.

Seven consecutive years and becoming one of Santa Fe’s premier winter travel attractions is New Mexico Restaurant Week! New Mexico Restaurant week is an eight day culinary celebration taking place all over northern New Mexico – Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque! Though Southwest travel during January and February are generally “slower times” this makes this winter travel event the perfect reason for a Santa Fe getaway. Travelers looking to take advantage of value- priced dining and lodging deals with an adventurous winter travel spirit will love our discount lodging offerings at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe! We receive several inquiries from potential winter travelers throughout the U.S. asking for trip planning ideas specific to Santa Fe, New Mexico and winter travel. Well here is a great one! Highly recommend. We suggest combining outdoor recreational winter activities around Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque like: downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, winter hiking, hot springs, day trips, wine tasting, National Park exploration and more! Check out many of our blogs for more information on these topics.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Santa Fe Restaurant weeks provides the perfect reason to experience New Mexico in winter. It encompasses food, local cuisine, winter activities and affordable lodging! In addition to deals on dining out (lunches and dinners), Restaurant Week’s daytime events give Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests an excellent opportunity to expand their culinary repertoire and interact directly with local chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers. Definitely a fun and tasty time for everyone! So why not give us a whirl this February? Join us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe for any of the winter travel dates below for New Mexico Restaurant week?

  • Santa Fe: February 21 – 28, 2016
  • Taos: February 28 – March 6, 2016
  • Albuquerque: March 6 – 13, 2016
Delectable Baked Goods featured during New Mexico Restaurant week.

Delectable Baked Goods featured during New Mexico Restaurant week.

Regardless of New Mexico Restaurant week’s – Santa Fe, Taos or Albuquerque – Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn offers unique and historic New Mexico travel lodging. 10% OFF Nightly Rates during January, February and March travel which includes: Free parking, WiFi, Breakfast and Afternoon tea! Enjoy Santa Fe, its rich history, world class museums, galleries and  shops, top rated restaurants, affordable skiing, cultural performances, etc. anytime of year! Combine all the delicious offerings and experiences that New Mexico Restaurant week has to offer and more with us. New Mexico’s best traditional red chile pork tamales are served hot daily and each enchanting guest room has it’s own wood  burning kiva fireplace- uniquely Santa Fe! Let us know if we can assist you- call now for best rates and availability for all New Mexico Restaurant dates: Santa Fe, Taos or Albuquerque Restaurant week!                 1-800-461-4599                          BOOK NOW

 

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Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – #2 in Series

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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip

KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS National Park Northern New Mexico.

Tent Rocks- photo by Julius Rückert.

Tent Rocks- photo by Julius Rückert.

In north-central New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies a unique and breathtaking scenic geological area known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. The location makes for a perfect destination for a Top Santa Fe day trip! Whether driving from Albuquerque Sunport to get to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe or departing Santa Fe to return to Albuquerque, we highly recommend this Top Santa Fe Day trip to make your visit memorable!  NOTE: Approximate drive time is 40 minutes.

Tent Rocks photo by Mr. Vitale

Tent Rocks photo by Mr. Vitale

Kasha-Katuwe or” white cliffs” as known in Keresan (the traditional language of the Cochiti Pueblo people) is now a US National Park that features large, tent-shaped rocks that hug steep cliffs of the Peralta Canyon. It is stated that these rocks were created from powerful forces of vulcanism and erosion, having been built up and then torn down to create a one-of-a- kind landscape. Theory states that during the last million years, a tremendous volcanic explosion northwest of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks spewed rock and ash for hundreds of square miles, leaving volcanic debris up to 400 feet thick. Over time, water has cut into these deposits, creating canyons, arroyos and other area features. Cone-shaped rock formations where wind- and water-eroded pumice and tuff deposits make for spectacular viewing. Formation tops feature hard, erosion-resistant caprocks which have protected the softer “tents” below over time. While uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet- something Santa Fe visitors will enjoy photographing and hiking in this slot canyon.

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To create a TOP Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks day trip we recommend the following: Make a full day trip by leaving Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe after a hearty breakfast to include red chile pork tamales, then out of town South to I-25S (Albuquerque). Access to the park is via Cochiti pueblo. (Direction are below). Hiking and exploring this slot canyon can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2+ hours- the farther you hike into the formations the more amazing the tents! When finished in the park, back track through Cochiti Pueblo, but this time head toward the Santo Domingo Pueblo! An actively inhabited Northern New Mexico pueblo that will add to your Top Santa Fe Day trip adventure. Continue to head toward I-25  and take N toward Santa Fe or S  to Albuquerque. If returning to Santa Fe consider this side trip! Take highway 14 (Turquoise Trail)- officially a scenic byway, Highway 14 will take you past Cerrillos NM an enchanting old coal mining town and into Madrid, NM. This once popular and economically hopping town was originally founded to fund the energy war efforts. Coal mining companies came in which allowed settlers to stake claims and live in this small, but influential town years ago. After the war, the coal mines withdrew leaving the town virtually abandoned. Around the 1980’s this area became rediscovered by east coasts artists who have today made this sleepy little village a fun and funky visitors stop on the Turquoise Trail! We suggest planning lunch or happy hour at the Mine Shaft Tavern as they are known for their Madchile cheese burger (winner of Santa Fe Smackdow) and Madchile margarita!

Madrid, NM- Scenic byway 14.

Directions

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. Take the Cochiti Reservoir exit from I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow the 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). Travel 5 miles on a dirt road to the Tent Rocks parking area, which is marked with a sign. This is the only parking area for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.

Looking for New Mexico lodging in Santa Fe that creates a one-of-a-kind travel experience? Look no farther- Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn provides historic adobe downtown lodging that no other can replicate! Check out our history here:  Availability here: Special Travel Deals Here!

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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip

 BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT – A National Park in Northern New Mexico.

Bandalier National Monument

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Remnants of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Reconstructed kiva at Alcove House Bandelier National MonumentA wonderful scenic 40 minutes drive from historic downtown Santa Fe and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Great for half day or full day trip up into the Jemez mountains in Northern New Mexico. Once in the park, guests walk through ancient Indian Ruins, view Native American petroglyphs and explore historic cliff dwellings and climbs on handcrafted kiva ladders. Ancient ruins date back to 1250 AD!  A novice skill level, one mile-long hike weaves Santa Fe day trippers past petroglyphs, masonry walls built into a cliff face to the pinnacle “long house”.  Ancestral Pueblo people left Frijoles Canyon sometime after 1250, for reasons unknown. Bandelier is our 2016 #1 Top Santa Fe Day Trip for visitors – you will very much enjoy this special New Mexico highlight. Pueblo people thrived in this area near Los Alamos in what is now Bandelier National Monument- 10,000 years ago. The Bandelier National Park covers 33,677 acres within Frijoles Canyon and is filled with lush pine forests, wildlife and clear blue skies.  An easy, enjoyable and certain to please Santa Fe day trip put first on our list of BEST Santa Fe Day Trips and Travel Suggestions!

“Add On” Options for Santa Fe Day Tripping:

Nearby Places/Sites:

  • San Ildefonso Pueblo– We highly suggest pairing a Day Trip to Bandelier with a quick visit to San Ildefonso Pueblo. After exploring history, why not contrast an active living Native American Pueblo? Known for black on black method of pottery design made famous by Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso pueblo people are mutli-talented, kind hearted and welcoming. Be prepared to enjoy some beautiful handcrafts!
  • Santa Clara Pueblo– personal guided tours of the Santa Clara Puye Cliff Dwellings (similar to Bandelier). An option to consider – especially for returning Santa Fe visitors. Having a one-on-one interaction with a native Santa Claran guide can only prove to enhance any Day Trip experience of Northern New Mexico! Fee charged per person.
  • Santa Fe Golf at Towa Golf Course: off 285 in Tesuque, NM. 18 hole Arnold Palmer golf course with rolling hill fairways with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Santa Fe County! We don’t suggest making this your “destination”, but adding a half day of golf when in Santa Fe could be a lot of fun!
  • Bradbury Museum: in Los Alamos, NM. Extremely interesting, informative National History Museum documenting the Manhattan Project. Real film footage of the US  President and historic news broadcasts of the atomic bomb project. Exhibits highlighting benefits of our National Defense funding also presented.
Sopapilla "soft pillow"- served as bread with honey. New Mexico food

Sopapilla “soft pillow”- served as bread with honey- New Mexico Foodie delight!

Restaurants/ Wineries/ Distilleries (AKA: The Foodie Side of Santa Fe Day Tripping):

  • Gabrielle Restaurant: 285 in Tesuque, NM (10 min from our historic adobe Santa Fe Inn). Our favorite menu items: House margarita; Guacamole and chips; Chicken Chimi.
  • Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant- Highway 501 in Chimayo, NM. Our Favorite menu items: House margarita; Green Chile Chicken Enchilada with Sour Cream; Sopapillas
  • Estrella del Norte: Award winning Winery. Excellent side trip toward Chimayo, NM for an afternoon wine tasting! Lovely back patio/grounds and fun gift shop!
  • Don Quixote Distillery: 285 in Espanola, NM. Famous for NM Blue Corn Vodka or Bourbon! Great experience in spirit tastings. Blue Corn spirits make great gifts for folks left behind!
  • Blue Heron: Located on the plaza in Espanola, NM. Tasting house is features local home brews made fresh daily.
Pueblo Bonito Santa Clara Room - Romanticly Different!

Romantically Different!

Lodging:

Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn: Located in Santa Fe at 138 W Manhattan Ave. Uniquely, enchanting. Adobe pueblo-style bed and breakfast. TOP for two reasons:

  • 1. Most authentically preserved historic downtown Santa Fe lodging. A must do for enhancing a Native American Historic Santa Fe Experience! Traditional, authentic New Mexico adobe architecture- one of a kind! 154 yrs of southwest US history exudes from this privately owned estate turned bed and breakfast in 1986. True Santa Fe accomodations to transform a stay in Santa Fe,  New Mexico into a cultural, historic lodging experience! THE Best way to compliment a day trip to Bandelier National Monument!
  • 2. People! Innkeepers- Amy & Herb Behm have 30+ consecutive years at Pueblo Bonito and 55+ living in New Mexico living! We serve guests need: help plan, recommend, provide welcoming hospitality and everything that goes along with great Santa Fe Vacation Travel experiences! Guests know what to expect – the REAL thing! Real history. Real Adobe. Real wood burning kivas. Real people! Nothing phony or make believe here! Voted “Guest Favorite” over 8,200 properties in US and Canada (2011; 12; 13!  Rated “Excellent” TripAdvisor 2010, 11 ,12, 13, 14, 15!).

Our knowledge and insight into the region, culture, cuisine and travel in New Mexico is priceless. We make Santa Fe come to life! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599- You’ll be glad you did.

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