New Mexico is rich in history, thankfully, there are numerous museums in Santa Fe that allow you to explore that history through art and culture. Check out our list below!
Santa Fe Museums
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 505-946-1000
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts – 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 505-983-1777
New Mexico History Museum – 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 505-476-5200
New Mexico Museum of Art – 107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505-476-5072
Palace of the Governors – 113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505-476-5200
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture – Museum Hill 710 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa Fe New Mexico 505-476-1250
Museum of International Folk Art – 706 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa FE NM 505-476-1200
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art – 750 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa FE NM 505-982-2226
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian – 704 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill Santa FE NM 505-982-4636
Santa Fe Botanical Garden 715 Camino Lejo @ Museum Hill 505-471-9103
Center for Contemporary Arts 1050 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe NM 505-982-1338
Never a dull moment for Santa Fe Travelers! Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe prides itself in providing historic Santa Fe accommodations, warm hospitality and valuable assistance in designing your Santa Fe New Mexico tour explorations (free of charge with stay!). Details make the difference between a nice vacation get a way and a memorable experience to last a life time! Call us today at: 1-800-461-4599
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Planning a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico? Details can make the difference between an excellent Santa Fe travel experience and just an enjoyable one! Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast Santa Fe serves thousands of New Mexico travelers year round and we are committed to providing guests with knowledgeable and accurate “details” of the Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico area to maximize our guests vacation travel experience! Our valuable services are not easily replicated as Pueblo Bonito’s innkeepers have 80+ consecutive years of Santa Fe wisdom and tips to share. Our friendly and personable staff also bring 50+ combined years of local Northern New Mexico living experiences to assist guests in planning daily activities- like wine tasting! So in this spirit we offer fun, easy and unique day trip ideas you can add to your travel itinerary through Northern New Mexico. We will focus on Northern New Mexico and Santa Fe wineries:
New Mexico Wineries
Northern New Mexico has many award winning and fun wineries all within a short drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe, NM! No matter the preference of wine styles one may prefer, they offer a large variety. From bold, hearty reds to delightfully sweet dessert specialities, one is certain to fine the perfect wine to enjoy. While most grape production is located in southern New Mexico, the micro-vineyards of Northern New Mexico luxuriate in the intense efforts given to their cultivation, creating the rarest and most unique wines of the state. From Abiquiu to Dixon to Pojoaque and Nambe some of the most interesting wines can be found minutes from Santa Fe’s most popular bed and breakfast inn- Pueblo Bonito!
Black Mesa has 2 locations! Velarde and Taos.
This winery and and tasting room are located just 45 minutes north of Santa Fe in the village of Velarde. This tasting room features nice grassy areas for picnics and views of the Rio Grande as well as resident cats! They are known for their award winning wine “Black Beauty” for which is one of my personal favorites! Their Taos location across from the Harwood Museum is also just down the street from RC Gorman Art Gallery (a well known New Mexico artist). Relax on the pet-friendly patio or enjoy live music by local musicians on Friday and Saturday nights.
Blue Heron Brewing in Rinconada, NM
A funky, fun Northern New Mexico experience! This is Herb’s favorite. Offering fine brews, flights, wines and cheese! Enjoy a pint at the pub or fill a growler to take home. An excellent stop on your way home from a Taos day trip following the Rio Grande. Also an excellent stop after an exhilarating white water rafting excursion with Kokopelli Rafting tours!
Don Quixote in Santa Fe county, but located in Pojoaque, NM.
Wine and Spirit tasting and sales along with gourmet chocolates! Famous for their Blue Corn Vodka and Blue Corn Gin. A short drive north from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast- Santa Fe- but worth the trip. The scenic drive is lovely and you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine in the courtyard or in the large territorial style show room.
Estrella del Norte in Nambe, NM
Lovely grounds featuring many special events, but always room to enjoy a top rate New Mexico wine in the courtyard! Gift shop and wine sales, just a short trip north from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe. Excellent stop on your way home from a visit to the famous Sanctuario de Chimayo!
La Chiripada in Dixon, NM
Producer of award-winning wines for 33 years. Tasting available 7 days per week. Art gallery. One block from the Dixon plaza! A fun native, cultural experience.
Vino del Corazon in Santa Fe (short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn)
Locating in downtown Santa Fe surrounded by art galleries, shops and history! The wine tasting room is perfect to enjoy an excellent New Mexico wine and more! Open Tues – Sat 12:00- 5:30; Sun 12:00 -5:00.
Vivac in Dixon, NM
Located between Taos and Santa Fe, this tasting room offers a full list of options and an in-house chocolatier! Beautiful patio surrounded by vineyards to drink in the mountain views. Happy Hours 4-7 Spring/Summer/Fall.
“When assisting guests with their daily Santa Fe touring and day trip plans, I love to add in options for eating and wine tasting as these special stops can add so much flavor and enjoyment to great destinations like Chimayo, Taos, White Water Rafting, Bandelier National Monument or Los Alamos!” says Amy Behm innkeeper and owner of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe.
The Cross of the Martyrs is an easy, enjoyable, and often-overlooked historic monument site just northeast of downtown Santa Fe plaza. This iconic site is a great idea for guests of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito to enjoy during their Santa Fe vacation. The Cross of the Martyrs is excellent for an evening stroll, Sunday city view, or an anytime free history lesson of Old Santa Fe! The vantage point at the top offers dramatic views of The Plaza, the entire city and valley it’s located in, as well as a glorious sunset viewing! Among all of these views, the peek into the history of the oldest capital city in the United States is the best reason to make incorporate it into your Santa Fe to do list.
The walk or “hike” up to the top is not an arduous climb, but it does take moderate fitness. A consistent inclined brick walkway provides a series of switchbacks interspersed with steps that climb to the ridge above Paseo de Peralta in Hillside Park. The project was a gift to Santa Fe visitors made on it’s 375th anniversary (Santa Fe is currently over 400 years old as of 2015). Handrails and sure footing on the commemorative walkway are abundant with ample reasons to stop, read, and catch your breath; a series of display plaques offer interesting historical facts to provide momentary diversions from the climb. Remember that Santa Fe’s elevation is more than 7,000 feet above sea level.
The twenty chronologically ordered plaques give visitors a glimpse into the events shaping Santa Fe’s blending of primary cultures (Native American, Spanish and Anglo). The walk accurately paints a journey through history starting at 500 AD to our modern era. At the top of the walkway, a bricked plaza area reveals a steel cross – erected to honor the 21 Franciscan Friars killed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
The Pueblo revolt of 1680 was organized at the Taos Pueblo and led by Popé – a San Juan Pueblo medicine man- and was a mass insurrection by natives of the area pueblos against the Spanish interests. Popé became the ruler of all the pueblos of New Mexico for a dozen years as result of the successful revolt that killed 400 Spaniards and caused the survivors to flee to El Paso del Norte (El Paso, TX.) While the revolt did not remove the Spanish from the area permanently, it did cause changes in the way the Spanish dealt with the Pueblo Indians after 1692.
A cobblestone platform surrounds the cross. The site is a wonderful place for reflection, to take in the city views, or to take sunset photos of Santa Fe. Picnic tables are available nearby, offering the opportunity to take extra time to just relax and enjoy the beauty of the place and moment.
Getting to The Cross of the Martyrs from the Inn at Pueblo Bonito is simple: a guest would head to the Plaza, taking East Palace Avenue to Paseo de Peralta. From there, you would go left on Paseo de Peralta and follow it past Tommy Mascione park (to your right) and the Santa Fe Girls Club. Just past the entrance to the Girls Club is the entrance to the walkway on your right side. Legal parking places are at a premium but can be found on the street surrounding Tommy Mascione park.
On Fiesta weekend, a candlelit procession to The Cross of the Martyrs from Saint Francis Cathedral occurs after a special Mass. Fiesta weekend is celebrated the weekend after Labor Day in Santa Fe, NM.
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Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Santa Fe is not only the oldest capital city in New Mexico, but also in all of the United States. It is also revered for its preservation of history and culture, making it one of the top ranked vacation destinations in the world.
“Santa Fe” means “holy faith” in Spanish. In 2014, the population was 68,298. The city was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates between 1050 to 1150. One of the earliest known settlements in what today is downtown Santa Fe came sometime after 900. A Native American group built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west; the village was called Ogapoge. The Santa Fe River provided water to people and is a seasonal waterway which was a year round stream until the 1700s. In 2007, the river was recognized as the most endangered river in the United States, according to the conservation group American Rivers. Today, a short walk from Inn at Pueblo Bonito brings visitors to the Santa Fe River to view hand carved life sized Santos made by local artisans.
Don Juan de Oñate led the first effort to colonize the region in 1598, establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo México as a province of New Spain. Under Juan de Oñate and his son, the capital of the province was the settlement of San Juan de los Caballeros, which lay north of Santa Fe near modern Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (aka San Juan Pueblo). New Mexico’s second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, however, founded a new city at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1607. He called it La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi). In 1610, he made it the capital of the province, which it has almost constantly remained, making it the oldest state capital in the United States.
Except for the years 1680–1692, when, as a result of the Pueblo Revolt, the native Pueblo people drove the Spaniards out of the area known as New Mexico, later to be reconquered by Don Diego de Vargas, Santa Fe remained Spain’s provincial seat until the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. In 1824 the city’s status as the capital of the Mexican territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was formalized in the 1824 Constitution. The Cross of Maryters, a memorial cross commemorating loss of life in 1680 Pueblo Revolt, is a favorite historic landmark for Santa Fe visitors to see and view a glorious Santa Fe sunset (15 minute walk from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe).
The Republic of Texas claimed Santa Fe as part of the western portion of Texas along the Rio Grande when it seceded from Mexico in 1836. In 1841, a small military and trading expedition set out from Austin, Texas, with the aim of gaining control over the Santa Fe Trail. Known as the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, the force was poorly prepared and was easily captured by the Mexican army. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico, and Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny led the main body of his Army of the West of some 1,700 soldiers into the city to claim it for the United States, along with the whole territory of New Mexico. By 1848, the U.S. officially gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Colonel Alexander William Doniphan, under the command of Kearny, recovered ammunition from Santa Fe labeled “Spain 1776”, showing both the quality of communication and military support New Mexico received under Mexican rule. American visitors saw little promise in the remote town. One traveler in 1849 wrote:
Did you know that the Spanish encountered over 100 Pueblo Indian Tribes while exploring five centuries ago? Did you know that from those 100-plus tribes, 19 are still separate, independent entities, speaking their own languages and maintaining distinct traditions in our state of New Mexico?
Did you know that some Pueblo communities (‘pueblo’ is the Spanish word for town) such as Taos (famous for its 1000-year-old, multi-story adobes), Acoma (glowing atop a red-rock mesa like a real-life City of Gold), and Santa Clara (home of the Puye Cliff Dwelling, which offers guided tours year-round)?
Did you know others like San Ildefonso or Santo Domingo allow visitors daily without tours? Or that others only welcome visitors on Feast Days, when costumed, body-painted dancers gather in their plazas to perform time-honored ceremonies? Native American culture and traditions are a big part of New Mexico history and southwest pride. Come join us to experience these ancient, intriguing and beautiful people who have a rich tradition to be shared with you in your visit to New Mexico.
Saturate yourself in rich historic tradition in our downtown Santa Fe bed and breakfast -the Inn at Pueblo Bonito! Our inn was orginally built in 1860 and was a West Texas Circuit Judge’s private estate. In fact, the only Indian bread oven or horno (“horno” is Spanish for bread oven) is located on the grounds of our historic bed and breakfast! So to create an authentic historic New Mexico travel experience, don’t just stay – experience traditional heritage at the Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe.
Historic Santa Fe New Mexico- compliments of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe.
Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico. The meaning of Santa Fe is “holy faith” in Spanish. 2014 population was 68,298. The city was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates between 1050 to 1150. One of the earliest known settlements came sometime after 900, and is now known as Downtown Santa Fe. A Native American group built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west. The village was called Ogapoge. The Santa Fe River provided water to people and is a seasonal waterway which was a year round stream until the 1700s. In 2007, the river was recognized as the most endangered river in the United States, according to the conservation group American Rivers.
Don Juan de Oñate led the first effort to colonize the region in 1598, establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo México as a province of New Spain. Under Juan de Oñate and his son, the capital of the province was the settlement of San Juan de los Caballeros north of Santa Fe near modern Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (aka San Juan Pueblo). New Mexico’s second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, however, founded a new city at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1607. He called it La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi). In 1610, he made it the capital of the province, which it has almost constantly remained, making it the oldest state capital in the United States.
Santa Fe, 1846–1847
Except for the years 1680–1692, when, as a result of the Pueblo Revolt, the native Pueblo people drove the Spaniards out of the area known as New Mexico, later to be reconquered by Don Diego de Vargas, Santa Fe remained Spain’s provincial seat until the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. In 1824 the city’s status as the capital of the Mexican territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was formalized in the 1824 Constitution.
The Republic of Texas claimed Santa Fe as part of the western portion of Texas along the Rio Grande when it seceded from Mexico in 1836. In 1841, a small military and trading expedition set out from Austin, Texas, with the aim of gaining control over the Santa Fe Trail. Known as the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, the force was poorly prepared and was easily captured by the Mexican army. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico, and Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny led the main body of his Army of the West of some 1,700 soldiers into the city to claim it and the whole New Mexico Territory for the United States. By 1848 the U.S. officially gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Colonel Alexander William Doniphan, under the command of Kearny, recovered ammunition from Santa Fe labeled “Spain 1776”, showing both the quality of communication and military support New Mexico received under Mexican rule.
American visitors saw little promise in the remote town. One traveller in 1849 wrote:
Today, Santa Fe is a testament to such preservation of rich history as well as a monument to the strength and wealth an environment gains through hardship; the City Different is a true oasis in the desert.
Thinking about a Santa Fe Vacation Travel trip? Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe’s only 154 year-old historic bed and breakfast, has provided this complementary quick reference guide with Santa Fe’s most important contact information. Most current Santa Fe lodging deals can be found on our specials page! Our staff’s local expertise is just one of many reasons to book with our B&B, as you won’t find better insights on The City Different.
POPULAR NEW MEXICO AIRLINES
American Eagle/American Airlines (800) 433-7300
Continental Airlines (800) 523-3273
Delta Air Lines (800) 221-1212
Frontier Airlines (800) 432-1359
Southwest Airlines (800) 435-9792
US Airways (800) 428-4322
TO/FROM ALBUQUERQUE INT’L AIRPORT
Sandia Shuttle Xpress (505) 474-5696
Roadrunner Shuttle (505) 424-3367
TO/FROM SANTA FE AIRPORT
Capital City Cab Co. (505) 438-0000
Roadrunner Shuttle (505) 424-3367
Capital City Cab Co. (505) 438-0000
Santa Fe Trails (local) (505) 995-2001
NOTE: Greyhound no longer stops in Santa Fe, NM.
New Mexico Railrunner (866) 795-7245
Amtrak Reservations (800) 872-7245
Amtrak, Lamy Station (505) 466-4511- Lamy is a 15 minute drive south of Santa Fe. The Lamy Shuttle Service (505) 982-8829 will provide transportation to Pueblo Bonito b&b from the Lamy Station.
Advantage (800) 777-5500
Alamo (888) 426-3299
Avis (505) 471-5892
Beaver Toyota (505) 982-1901
Budget (505) 984-1596
Dollar (866) 319-6188
Enterprise (505) 473-3600
Hertz (505) 471-7189
Santa Fe Convention & Visitor Information (800) 777-2489
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce (505) 988-3279
New Mexico Visitor Information (statewide) (505) 827-7336
Police, Fire, and Ambulance 911
Poison Control (800) 222-1222
Christus St. Vincent Hospital (505) 983-3361
UltiMed Urgent Care (505) 989-8707
Weather/Road Cond. (800) 432-4269
Time & Temperature (505) 473-2211
Inn at Pueblo Bonito– Santa Fe, New Mexico (800) 461-4599
SANTA FE ANNUAL EVENTS 2015
(2nd Quarter; April-June)
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Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage April 3, 2015
30,000 people from all over the world make pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayó during Holy Week, earning the reputation of the largest pilgrimage in North America. Some pilgrims seek blessing, others walk for tradition, and others desire the “holy dirt” praying for miraculous cures for themselves or someone who could not make the trip.
Compiled from wikipedia
Santa Fe Film Festival May 1-4, 2015
Four days of the best in cinematic arts! 14th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival will run a program of over 60 films, panels, juried awards, workshops, and parties.
Santa Fe Century May 17, 2015
Celebrating 30 years for this ride in 2015! Bicycle over miles of as you travel down the Turquoise Trail, through old mining towns, across mineral rich Mountains, through the Estancia Valley, through the glorious village of Galisteo, and back into scenic Santa Fe!
Civil War Weekend May 2, 3 2015 10 am- 4 pm
*Battlefields & Homefronts New Mexico: The Civil War and More
Experience military drills, camp life, lectures, demonstrations and reenactments
of Civil War battles fought in New Mexico. View photos of event HERE
Native Treasures Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, 2015
Santa Fe Convention Center
Museum-quality Indian art show and sale with 200+ Native American artists showing. Each artist, specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, represents the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Costumed villagers shearing sheep, fiber arts marketplace, baking bread and more, including animals, games and hands-on activities for kids! At Las Golondrinas. View photos of event HERE
June 12-13, 2015 5-8 pm
Edible Art Tour pairs Santa Fe’s top galleries and finest restaurants, BUT you don’t have to do two areas on the same night! Friday is downtown galleries with Saturday focus on Canyon Road.
Rodeo de Santa Fe June 18-21 2015, Parade – June 20
65th Rodeo de Santa Fe comes to town June 18 through the 21! This year entertainment will feature Slim Garner along with our Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell. There will be more excitement during each performance than you can hold your hat on for! Get ready as heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances from top PRCA rodeo athletes perform at this big time rodeo, with a small town feeling.
*-*-* Upcoming 3rd Quarter Events to be Aware of as Ticket sales will be available during 2nd Quarter! *-*-*
The Santa Fe Opera July 3 – August 29, 2015
From the unlikeliest of beginnings—an opera company located hundreds of miles from any major city, featuring American singers in a wide-ranging and challenging repertory, and treating theatrical and musical values as equally important in its productions—The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world’s leading cultural festivals.
Ticket Information HERE
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The World is set to meet in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 10th, 11, 12th 2015! You are cordially invited to join us and share in this year’s festive events centered around Santa Fe’s 13th Annual International Folk Art Market.
Santa Fe Folk Art Market initially was intended to be a one-time event but is now the largest Folk Art Event of its kind in the world! Since it’s inception in 2002, folk art masters from as many as 80 countries, six continents and as many as 650 vendors show representations of their homeland culture, lures and faith through Folk Art. It is truly one of the most enjoyable, whimsical and interesting of all the markets in Santa Fe! Folk Art is close to overtaking the number one popularity spot of Santa Fe’s Indian Market held August 22-23, 2015 . ONLINE TICKET SALES begin May 1, 2015:
Wednesday, July 8, 2015: Community Celebration in conjunction with St. John’s College Music on the Hill
Time: 5:30 – 8 PM
Place: St. John’s College, Santa Fe -Free to the public!
Friday, July 10, 2015: Market Opening Party Time: 6:30 – 9 PM
Tickets: $225 ($125 tax deductible)
A global gathering under the stars. Shopping, dancing, international music, food, and drink.
Saturday, July 11, 2015: Early Bird Market Time: 7:30 – 9 AM
Tickets: $75 (includes all day Saturday)
Saturday, July 11, 2015: Saturday Market Time: 9 AM – 5 PM
Tickets: $20 (Tickets are only $15 if you buy before June 1)
Sunday, July 12, 2015: Sunday Market / Family Day: Time: 9 AM – 5 PM
Tickets: $15 (Tickets are only $10 if you buy before June 1)
Youth 16 and under FREE 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday and Sunday
International Folk Art Market visitors are as diverse as the artists themselves! Art collectors, cultural enthusiasts, families, couples and singles of all ages as well as the casually curious find their way to Santa Fe Folk Art Market. Wending ones way under canopy displays boasting vast colors and textures of awe-inspiring art flowing like a smorgasbord of global cultures and backgrounds. A truly one of a kind “time to enjoy” the uniqueness that only historic Santa Fe, New Mexico offers it‘s visitors!
Museum Hill -home to the Market- is an ideal location. Plenty of space for art displays and tasty cuisine samples with a background of natural beauty provided by nearby Sangre de Cristo foothills. TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND SELL QUICKLY! Shuttle service for Market is around the corner from our ever popular Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn (downtown Santa Fe). On-site parking, a bountiful breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and WiFi are all provided complimentary to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast paying guests. Enchanting historic adobe guest rooms at this b&b are still available with competitive nightly rates to included all freebies stated above! Call now 1-800-461-4599 or BOOK ONLINE We hope you’ll choose to share this exciting time with us in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the International Folk Art Market 2015!
First in Series: New Mexico True Historic USA travel experiences
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Adobe bricks (mud bricks) are a long time New Mexico architectural building staple. Modern historic preservation efforts within Santa Fe’s historic district are to be commended for their preservation. New Mexico visitors travel with high expectations to see and experience ancient traditions of culture which adobe bricks encase and accurately preserve. Made of earth, traditional adobe bricks have a high clay content and straw mixture. If produced manually the earth mix is cast in open moulds onto the ground and left to be sun-dried, not kiln-fired. When used for construction they are laid up into a wall using an earth mortar. Before drying out, the finished walls are smoothed down and often a clay render applied as a surface coating.
Adobe brick building is an ancient technique common in the Americas and the Middle East. The oldest structural ruins made of earth date back to 8300 BC with some adobe buildings aged 800+ years still in use today! “Adobe” is a signature of Santa Fe New Mexico’s architecture and is beautifully preserved in many a historic building such as the De Vargas Street House (aka Oldest House in the USA). Built in 1200 CE, the original adobe home sits on the partial foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo. Modern day use as a museum provides New Mexico visitors a viewing of this ancient art of adobe building. The De Vargas Street House has quiet a history and is a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
The Palace of the Governors (1610) is an adobe structure located on the north side of Santa Fe’s Plaza. The Palace of the Governors served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The Palace originally served the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which at one time comprised present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada,California, and New Mexico. After the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico was administered from the Palace of the Governors. When New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory the Palace became New Mexico’s first territorial capitol.*
“Adobe” is the Spanish name derived from the older Arabic “al-tob”, dating from the Moorish occupation of Spain. Adobe walls have a number of advantages and relatively few disadvantages. Adobe bricks are fireproof, durable and biodegradable! Adobe is a non-toxic building material and can provide sufficient thermal mass to ensure excellent thermal efficiency and low sound transmission levels through walls to create a general feeling of solidity and security. Due to the nature of clay and the drying process, adobe bricks exhibits good water resistance. It is important to provide weather protection to extend life to the adobe brick especially in exposed situations. Adobe can be cut relatively easily to provide for fittings or services like vigas, corbels, pass through, etc. Many people today find the pattern and texture of adobe walls very attractive as is the case at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Accurately highlighting traditional historic Santa Fe culture and adobe living, Pueblo Bonito was originally built in 1860. Once a private residence, now a popular downtown bed and breakfast. Its painstaking preservation efforts over the past 30 years has transformed this massive 2 foot thick adobe walled structure into a one of a kind Santa Fe travel experience! Adobe walls surround 18 guest rooms each with a traditional kiva fireplace and adorable mosaic tiled private bathroom-essential modern conveniences! Traditional room features include: colorful nichos vanities, natural wood floors and vigas, hand plastered nichos and bancos, hand carved corbels and much more. Santa Fe, New Mexico is a top historic treasure for US travel buffs wanting to experience a true slice of historic dating back over 400 years.