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Chile, beans, and corn are definitely “basic ingredients” to New Mexico cooking. All can be locally grown, with chile being New Mexico’s largest agricultural crop. New Mexico chile, especially when harvested as green chile, is perhaps the defining ingredient of New Mexican food compared to neighboring styles. Other distinctive elements of traditional New Mexico cooking include: blue corn, stacked enchiladas, and sopapillas. When taking a vacation to New Mexico, visitors find green chile to be a popular ingredient served in a wide range of foods including: enchiladas and burritos, cheeseburgers, french fries, bagels, eggs and piazzas. Santa Fe Restaurateurs do not limit themselves to simply these categories, but are always creating innovative and tantalizing new culinary creations within the kitchens of this historic and enchanting city of “different”!
That being said, foods and dishes common to New Mexico to aid our Santa Fe visitors:
- Breakfast burrito: a smaller-sized breakfast version of a burrito, typically including scraqmbled eggs, potatoes (papas), red or green chile, cheese, and sometimes meat (bacon, sausage, carne adovada).
- Calabacitas: Green summer squash with onions, garlic, and other vegetables, fried.
- Caldillo: a thin, green chile stew (or soup) of meat (usually beef, often pork or a mixture), potatoes, and green chiles.
- Carne adovada: Cubes of pork, marinated and cooked in red chile, garlic and oregano. Often spicy.
- Carne asada: roasted or broiled meat (often flank steak), marinated.
- Chalupa: a corn tortilla, fried into a bowl shape and filled with shredded chicken or other meat, and/or beans, and usually topped with guacamole and salsa.
- Chicharrones: small pieces of pork rind with a thin layer of meat that are deep-fried.
- Chile or chile sauce: A sauce made from red or green chiles and served hot over many New Mexican dish (referred to a “smothered“). The term “Christmas” is commonly used in New Mexico when ordering both red and green chile in one dish.
- Chile con queso: chile and melted cheese mixed together into a dip.
- Chile rellenos: whole green chiles stuffed, dipped in an egg batter, and fried.
- Chimichanga: a small, deep-fried meat and (usually) bean burrito, containing (or smothered with) chile sauce and cheese. Popularized by the Allsup’s convenience store! A series of humorous commercials in the 1980s featured people attempting to pronounce the name correctly.
- Chorizo: spicy pork sausage, seasoned with garlic and red chile. Used in ground or finely chopped form as a breakfast side dish or often as an alternative to ground beef or shredded chicken in other dishes.
- Churro: fried-dough pastry snack. Churros are typically fried until they become crunchy, and may be sprinkled with sugar.
- Empanada: pasty or turnover filled with minced meat, spices and nuts or sweet fruit.
- Enchiladas: corn tortillas filled with chicken meat, and/or cheese. Served either rolled, or stacked, and covered with chile sauce and cheese and optionally topped with a fried egg. Stacked enchiladas made with blue corn tortillas are a particularly New Mexican variation.
- Flan: a caramel custard.
- Flauta: small, tightly rolled, fried enchilada.
- Frijoles: beans, pinto beans (along with chile, one of the official state vegetables).
- Green chile cheeseburger: widely considered the New Mexican variety of hamburger! Regular hamburger topped with melted cheese and whole or chopped green chile. Distinctively New Mexican!
- Green chile stew: thick soup with green chile, meat (usually beef, often pork or a mixture), potatoes, garlic and onion.
- Guacamole: mashed, seasoned avocado, with chopped onion, tomatoes, garlic, lime and chile- often served with chips- but is not limited!
- Huevos rancheros: traditionally was eggs poached in chile, however the modern version typically has fried eggs (sunny-side up/ over easy) covered with cheese, chili on a corn tortilla and served with pinto beans (frijoles).
- Mole sauce: Spices, almonds, red chile, tomatoes, and chocolate, often served with chicken. Café Pasqual is famous for this dish and is a close walk from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn!
- Navajo Taco: Native American fry bread served with ground beef, smothered in chile sauce, refried beans, sprinkled with shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes and sour cream. One of Amy’s favorite treats from street vendor on the plaza during Fiesta celebrations!
- Pico de gallo (“rooster’s beak”): A cold salsa with thick-chopped fresh chiles, tomatoes, onions and cilantro- no tomato paste and never vinegar!
- Pinones: piñon (or pine) nuts, a traditional food of Native Americans in New Mexico. Harvested from the pinon pine tree.
- Posole: thick stew made with hominy corn, simmered with pork, chile, onions and garlic. Both red and green chile versions exist.
- Frijoles refritos: refried beans.
- Salsa: uncooked chiles/peppers, tomatoes, onions mixture- frequently blended or mixed with tomato paste to produce a more sauce-like texture.
- Sopaipilla (“little pillows”): a puffed,fried bread, eaten split or with a corner bitten off and filled with honey (as accompaniment in place of tortillas). Can be stuffed with meat, beans, cheese and chile sauce if an served as an entrée.
- Taco: corn tortilla fried into a trough shape, filled with meats, cheese, or beans. Topped with chopped lettuce, onions, tomatoes and cheese. Also served using a soft, rolled flour tortilla.
- Tamale: meat rolled in cornmeal dough, wrapped traditionally in corn husks and steamed. Served most often with red chile sauce. New Mexican style tamales typically vary from others in that red chile powder is usually blended into the masa. A traditional food served at family gatherings, holidays and festivals. A New Mexican “soul” food and featured in Pueblo Bonito Inn’s breakfast buffet!
- Taquito: tightly rolled, deep-fried variant of the taco.
- Tortilla: flatbread made of unbleached flour.
Suggested Bistros / Cafes by Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast (#2 of series):
A few Santa Fe “Cafes and Bistros” to choose from- Close to Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe, NM
Museum Hill Café: “Bursting with Flavor” is how Museum Hill Café describes itself. Serving visitors to Santa Fe as well as locals great tasting foods prepared fresh with quality ingredients. A glorious view of the Sangre de Cristos provides a great atmosphere along with friendly service and affordable prices- the perfect compliment to world renown museum hopping! The Folk Art Museum, Indian Cultural Museum, Wheelwright Museum and Spanish Colonial Museum are all nestled conveniently together on this hill – less than 1 mile from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe. Summer months host the Santa Fe Music Collective Cafe Series.
Galisteo Bistro: Owned & operated by chefs Robert & Marge Chickering, Galisteo Bistro features eclectic, innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, comfortable downtown setting.
Café Pasquals: 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.
Blue Corn Café & Brewery- Downtown Location: A local and visitor favorite for over 20 years, featuring casual New Mexican cuisine, Pubfare and Award Winning, Hand-Crafted Beer.
Roof Top Pizzeria: From the first bite of the thin crust gourmet pizza you will be one step closer in your quest for pizza perfection! The contemporary dining bistro reminiscent of San Francisco or New York has a patio providing wonderful views to watch street life on Water Street, a gentle rain on the Sangre de Christos Mountains, or spectacular Santa Fe sunset. Just north of Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe a few blocks.
Sage Bakery & Café: Tantalizing breads, pastries and other assorted fresh baked delectable’s provide a treat on every visit to this close by bakery/café! Just around the corner of Paseo de Peralta from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn the Santa Fe Baking Company hosts KSFR’s daily talk show! Featuring local people and others you’d might like to know! Community-spirited, smart talk: From Presidential candidates, nationally known experts to local Santa Fe artists, authors, healers, and minor miscreants. Sage Bakery & Café touts “It’s where all Santa Fe talks”
Vinaigrettes: Chic and green, this Santa Fe bistro raises the “salad bar” with bold and delicious entrée salads. Innovative flavor combinations and options can be added to provide savory protein accompaniments (I.e. diver scallops, lemon-herb chicken, grilled hanger steak). Hearty yet healthy lunch or dinner creations allow Pueblo Bonito Inn’s guests guiltless and delicious eating at the same time.
Café Café: Traditional Italian Cuisine fare with hints of Southwestern influences. A warm and comfortable environment where friends and family can meet to enjoy the comforts of life for lunch or dinner. Conveniently located to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well as an outdoor dining patio during warmer months.
Opening Feb 1, 2014: Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary reopens Feb 1, 2014! Great time for bird watchers to visit! Located 2 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn on Upper Canyon Rd. 135 acres of landscapes and wildlife, bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, this Center creates a sanctuary for plants, animals and visitors alike! Approximately 190 species of birds -ranging from common to rare- can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary. Weekly Events: 2:00 PM Fridays a Docent-led tour of the historic Randall Davey House, $5.Historic Walks of Santa Fe.- featured on Good Morning America. Historic, cultural Santa Fe tours professionally led provide rich commentary on Santa Fe’s history, cultures, architecture & art. Historic sites like St. Francis Cathedral, Loretto Chapel and the State Capitol are apart of this tour. All site are only minutes away from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast.
Feb 21-23. ARTFest : Exceptional art and delectable treats offered for your pleasure at galleries on Canyon Road. The 16th annual Edible Art tour! Galleries pair up with Santa Fe’s top restaurateurs, caterers, and chefs creating an exceptional evening of food & art that nourishes the body and soul! To benefit Art for New Mexico’s Youth.
Feb 21-23 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Watch National, World and Olympic Champions compete at this years finals of the indoor championship series! Just a quick 60 minute daytrip from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Albuquerque Convention Center.
Feb 23 Richard Abrusso Memorial Race Pine Cup Series. Part of Santa Fe Ski Team’s race series. Open to all ages and ability levels. 10:30 -3:00 pm. $25 What better way to enjoy the 2014 Winter Olympic than a good downhill race!!!
Feb 23- March 1 Santa Fe Restaurant Week- Participating restaurants serve meals at bargain prices. Various times, prices and locations. www.santafe.nm.restaurantweek.com Special internet rates available for this event at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
Thru March 9. Renaissance to Goya. Prints and drawings from Spain. The only American venue for this exhibition that is rewriting the book on Spanish Graphic Arts. Tues -Sun 10:00 am- 5:00 pm. New Mexico Museum of Art – an easy walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Thru March 15. Cowboys Real and Imagined. Get your Yee-Haw on! An exhibition of artifacts and photographs celebrating southwestern cowboys. Tues- Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. $9 entrance fee. New Mexico History Museum. A 5 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn!
March 17: St Patrick’s Day! What do Irish traditions and Santa Fe have in common? Well, when you find out, please let us know! But we do know that you won’t want to miss this event: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM The Allan Houser Sculpture Garden offers an opportunity to experience the work of an American Master. Featuring 85 of Houser’s most famous bronze, steel, and original stone sculptures, set amongst lush juniper pines and beautiful New Mexico skies plus an additional 100+ sculptures, drawings and paintings- all works by Allan Houser in an on site gallery. A truly memorable experience to say the least. Appointment only.
April 18: Good Friday Holy Pilgrimage to Chimayo. One of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world is El Sancturario de Chimayo. During Easter weekend, as many as 40,000 people can be seen journeying to El Santuario traveling up to hundreds of miles on foot and carrying crosses. Built in 1813 El Sanctuario is located in the small community of El Potrero just outside of Chimayo, NM- a 20 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe. World renown for it’s healing powers, this little church is home to the “holy dirt” which thousands have testified to miraculous healings. Many a crutch or child bootie is found hung in a little room next to the alter in the El Sanctuario just in front of the small closet sized room home to the sacred, blessed dirt.
Thru Sept 14: Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams; The Hawaii Pictures. Pictures and paintings by the American Modernists. Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. $12 at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
February and March travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is always a treat! So many interesting exhibits (museums, art galleries, etc) combined with the unique culture of Northern New Mexico…. it’s no wonder that Santa Fe has been voted #5 Destination in US! We invite you to come and share a memorable Santa Fe vacation experience with us at Pueblo Bontio bed and breakfast inn! Internet specials available for all your lodging dates at www.pueblobonitoinn.com 1-800-461-4599
Santa Fe, NM- it’s difficult to choose just one “THE BEST RESTAURANT” in this city different, as there are literally 300+ excellent Santa Fe restaurants serving up some king of tantalizing flavor! As burgers are always a popular “culinary” item which most folks relate to, this post offers our top five Top Burger Picks in Santa Fe, NM- all walking distance from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
1. Santa Fe Bite- the old Bobcat Bite has moved into downtown Santa Fe- lucky for us…. we can now walk there! Renamed “Santa Fe Bite” and located close by on the historic Old Santa Fe Trail, this extremely popular burger stop has only become more popular! Offering it’s famous green chili cheese burger as well as other options, they now have a bar and dining area indoor and out.
2. Restaurant Martin- located on Galisteo St – across from Pueblo Bonito Inn- this is arguably one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe! Offering great lunch choices including a Green Chili Buffalo Burger which is top notch. Cuisine described as “Progressive American”, Restaurant Martin is a restaurant you won’t want to miss while visiting Santa Fe.
3. Rio Chama – one of our most frequented Santa Fe restaurants. This gem offers a fantastic bar atmosphere, diversified menu and is open from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. One of our favorites is the buffalo burger sliders- 4 more-than-bite-size mini-buffalo burgers featuring a red chili, mushroom and onion salsa to top your slider. Another favorite is the cheese fondue- perfect topping to a plain slider! Located three minute walking distance from Pueblo Bonito Inn, just south of NM State Capitol- we have seen many a movie stars or popular politician dining in this restaurant.
4. Zia Diner- a great alternative for folks seeking comfort food en Santa Fe- thus the burger! Green Chili, bacon, cheese burger… oh my! Make sure you have plenty of napkins. Great place for the whole family as other items like Sheppard’s Pie, Fish & chips, shakes and tantalizing desserts top the menu.
5. Shake Foundation- newly opened by Santa Fe restaurateur Brian Knox (entrepreneur of: Café Escalera, Agua Santa) offers the perfect “go” burgers. No indoor seating and limited outdoor seating, this gourmet “go burger” is one to put on your “to do list” while en Santa Fe. Taking a day trip to Bandelier or Taos? Stop by, pick up a burger and shake and off you go sure to enjoy the many flavors one can choose to add (guacamole, green chili, multiple cheese varieties, sautéed mushrooms/onions and others).
Happy Eating! We hope you’ve enjoyed this post and encourage you to share with us your favs. We are aware there are more and more and more Top Santa Fe Burger Restaurants which we have not been able to list, so please take a moment to share- won’t you?
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If ever anyone needed a “reason” to visit Santa Fe, mid-December brings a few to mind! Check out the events beginning December 13, 2013 that would create a special pre-holiday Santa Fe getaway for folks of all ages! (don’t forget shopping lasts all year long in Santa Fe!).Friday Dec 13, 2013:
Christmas at the Palace Location: New Mexico History Museum Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together. This 29th-anniversary evening will bring hot cider, live music, entertainment, and the visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Share the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. Free!
Saturday Dec 14, 2013:
11:00 am. Falstaff Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center- just two blocks from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa and Franco Vassallo. (3 hrs, 20 min)
Sunday Dec 15, 2013:
4 PM – 9 PM Santa Fe Symphony – Christmas Treasures Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center. Join The Santa Fe Symphony this holiday season for a wonderful afternoon of Christmas favorites! This special performance will feature Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony Joseph Young as the Symphony performs Williams’ Festival Fanfare, Arnold’s Holly & the Ivy, Silvestri’s
5:30-7:00 pm Las Posada. The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus – and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Free Community Event!
Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn provides Santa Fe visitors a unique opportunity to surround themselves with the magic of historic Santa Fe! 18 enchanting guest rooms come complete with a unique working corner kiva fireplace, foot thick adobe walls and traditional historic Santa Fe architectural features! Walk to all downtown Santa Fe activities, historic sites, restaurants, galleries and shopping with out the hassle and expense of parking! Special Seasonal discounts are always available! Voted “2013 Guest Favorite B&B” from over 8,500 properties in US & Canada. BOOK NOW for best availablity: 1-800-461-4599
Ongoing December 2013 Santa Fe Events:
All Day: Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan Location: Museum of International Folk Art. A popular pastime and festival activity for centuries, Japanese kites remain a delightful and entertaining tradition. Traditional kites from Japan are made from a split bamboo framework and layers of hand made washipaper. The kites are often finished with colorful painted narrative illustrations, legendary heroes, and design elements that reflect Japanese folklore. Everything about these kites is based on kite-making traditions and aesthetics of distinct regions within Japan.
All day: Cowboys Real and Imagined Location: New Mexico History Museum. Cowboys Real and Imagined (through March 16, 2014) blends a chronological history of Southwestern cowboys with the rise of a manufactured mystique as at home on city streets as it is in a stockyard. Artifacts and photographs from the museum’s wide-ranging collections are joined by archival footage, oral histories, musical performances, and a programming series that includes showings of classic Western movies filmed in New Mexico.
7 AM – 12 PM Saturdays. Santa Fe Farmers Market Location: The Railyard. Community, family, food, green living, health and beauty, home and garden, shopping, on going events. Visit the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market for a celebration of Northern New Mexico’s unique culture and history. In addition to great produce, baked goods, jams, and other locally grown foods, the market features crafts and other local unique items.
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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
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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