Santa Fe Community Orchestra Performances
December Santa Fe Travel events offer visitors easy opportunities to create memorable and affordable travel package. Free performances by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra occur throughout the year, but this year we highlight the following two. Each season, Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents five free concerts of classical favorites, rarely heard repertoire, accessible contemporary works and world premieres of compositions by New Mexico composers. On December 2nd at 7:00 pm, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra proudly presents:
Educate Your Ear
Erkki Melartin: Greatness in the Shadow of Sibelius
in James A. Little Theater
on New Mexico School for the Deaf Campus
Enjoy the musical talents of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra as they explore the first movement of Erkki Melartin’s fabulous, rarely performed Symphony No. 5- premier in 1916! Melartin wrote music rich in expression, romantic on the edge of modernism and full of lyrical melodies and rousing climaxes. Oliver’s engaging, informative commentary with musical illustrations by Santa Fe Community Orchestra takes one inside the music and the life and times of this wonderful, undiscovered Finnish composer- followed by a complete performance of the first movement. Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Educate Your Ear – it will change the way you hear!
Next, on our Santa Fe December Travel Event Calander the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Winter Concert on 4th at 2:30 pm:
Melartin: Symphony No. 5 (Sinfonia brevis), Op. 90
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Roberto Capocchi, guitar
in James A. Little Theater
on New Mexico School for the Deaf Campus
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Ski Santa Fe opens Saturday, December 3rd
|Snow falls have been delayed this season, but the enjoyment of incredibly beautiful fall days have been great- no complaints here! December is upon now and it’s time to wax your skiis because Ski Santa Fe opens officially December 2nd! Though all slopes will not be open many are: Midland, Easy Street, Pine Flats and the Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center have 20” of natural and manmade snow as of this writing. The Super Chief Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift, Pine Flats Conveyor Lift, and Chipmunk Corner Conveyor lift will also be open. Other facilities including La Casa Lodge, La Casa Café, Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop, Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop, BAZ Coffee Bar and Totemoff’s Bar and Grill will be ready to accommodate skiiers and provide a great outdoor snow experience. Join the folks at the Snow Sports School and Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center for a ski or snowboard lesson and get everyone’s season started right! We look forward to seeing everyone on the mountain. Just a 16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown historic Santa Fe New Mexico- give us a call 1-800-4621-4599 for the BEST WINTER LODGING PACKAGE IN DOWNTOWN SANTA FE!
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day of the week, for more information log on to www.skisantafe.com
|Adult All Day||$62|
|Adult w/ Peak Plus Card||$37|
|Student All Day||$53|
|Student w/Peak Plus Card||$28|
|Child All Day||$48|
|Child w/Peak Plus Card||$23|
|Senior All Day||$50|
|Senior w/Peak Plus Card||$25|
|Military All Day||$59|
|AM or PM ½ Day||$50|
|2 Day Adult||$124|
*Prices are subject to change at any time as additional terrain opens.
Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn specializes in Santa Fe Travel for guests wanting an authentic historic New Mexico Lodging experience. Our property, located in prime downtown Santa Fe, embodies the architecture, culture and cuisine Santa Fe is famous for! Create a one of a kind historic Northern New Mexico adventure vacation to Santa Fe by headquartering your lodging at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Voted “Guest Favorite” from over 2800 properties with in the US and Canada! There is no end to what we can do to make your Santa Fe visit an authentic historic New Mexico Travel adventure. Call us 1-800-461-4599 for reservations and best rates book direct!
Ultra Santa Fe Trail Run: Sep 10, 2016
TIME: 4:00am – 7:00pm
The inaugural New Balance Ultra Santa Fe is set for September 10 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains surrounding the country’s oldest and highest elevation state capital. Racers will compete on trails through the Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe County, City of Santa Fe Open Space and Nambe Pueblo as they complete different legs of the competition including the 50-mile, 50-kilometer, 13-mile, and a final uphill mile run.
INTERESTED? Varying levels of elevation and terrain challenge racers through the 50-mile course, navigating 14,000 feet of climbing and 28,000 feet of changing elevation. At the race’s highest point, it will take runners to higher than 12,000 feet above sea level. All races start and finish at Ski Santa Fe, which sits at an elevation of 10,330 feet and is located 15 miles from the city’s historic downtown.
WANT TO WATCH THIS FANTASTIC DISPLAY OF ATHLETICISM??
While racers are battling the terrain, spectators can set up shop at Ski Santa Fe to enjoy live music, a beer garden, chairlift rides as well as a variety of cuisine from La Casa Lodge food court. Ski Santa Fe will be the premier venue to watch The Uphill Mile, as it will bring runners directly underneath the chairlift as they make their way to the finish line.
For information visit www.ultrasantafe.com 505-629-9278
September Northern New Mexico Art Studio Tours!!
Pilar Studio Tour– A Northern New Mexico Studio tour gem as Pilar Studio Tour calls itself the “jewel box of art tours”! A small show compared to other area tours which provides unique opportunities close to explore and experience! Stop off in Riconada for a homebrew beer flight tasting at the Blue Heron! Sept 3, 4, 2016
Pojoaque River Art Tour features studios in communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho. County Road 84 ends at San Ildefonso Pueblo where you’ll find traditional Pueblo potters studios welcoming visitors. The El Rancho Community Center will provide refreshments and local artists displaying their work for the weekend too. We suggest combining this September Northern New Mexico Studio tour with a visit to Bandelier National Monument- make a full day of it! Sept 17-18, 2016
High Road Artisans Studio Tours of Northern New Mexico follows the High Road to Taos! This Northern New Mexico Studio Art Tour is scheduled for the last two weekends in September. An excellent time for Fall Foliage viewing as the leaves on mountains have turned yellow and temperatures are still balmy. 60+ studios beginning in Chimayó all the way to Vadito, on NM 518 open their doors to visitors! Art is not all you’ll find as a bounty of traditional fall foods are offered along the way! Make a stop at Northern New Mexico Award winning Winery Estrella del Norte- don’t forget your 2 for 1 tasting coupon- compliments of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Sept 24, 25, 2016
Pecos Arts Annual Studio Tour features 20 or so artists and is probably the smallest studio tour! But you know the ol adage “Good things come in small packages!”. The size makes a more intimate atmosphere allowing visitors to mingle more with artists! Works like paintings, ceramics, tin, jewelry, wearable art and more will be on display. Since you’re so close, take time to visit the Pecos National Historical Site (home to the archeological remains of the Pecos Pueblo). FYI: By reservation only, on Sundays the site offers a tour of Forked Lightening Ranch, former home of movie star Greet Garson and her husband, cattle rancher Buddy Fogelson. One of John Gaw Meem’s first architectural home designs. Another idea might be to ride up to the Pecos Wilderness area as the scenery is beautiful with extensive hiking trails and good fishing! You’ll find a Fish Hatchery as well as Dalton Canyon (you may recognize the name- associated with Billy the Kid gang). Sept 24,25, 2016
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival 2016
September 18-25, 2016 will be full of flavor, tantalizing smells, flowing wines and festive spirits! That’s the description of Santa Fe’s Wine and Chile Festival. This special September Santa Fe Travel event is always full of creativity for the foodie and the traveler! As one can imagine there’s some of the best tasting opportunities for Santa Fe foodies but did you know they’ve paired these treats with movies? Violet Crown and Jean Cocteau Cinemas will host a Wine & Food reception from 5-6:30pm followed by a viewing of three films showing each night at 7:00pm. Films like: A Good Year; La Pointe Courte; Red Obsession. Restaurant hosts like: Radish & Rye; Joseph’s Culinary Pub. And wineries like: Champagne Mumm; Flora Springs; Coppola Director’s Cut; Rombauer. This is just a tasting of what’s on the event menu for Santa Fe’s 2016 Wine and Chile Festival! Check all of them out here! This is a very popular September Santa Fe Travel event-but Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast still has enchantingly historic Santa Fe rooms available at a great value! Our accommodations reflect the traditions of the native people and the 400 years of history which Santa Fe is so well known for. After all, wouldn’t Santa Fe be steeped in southwest US tradition – smell the chile roasting! We provide Santa Fe accommodations that are different than anywhere else in the world! Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, New Mexico creates a true New Mexico vacation experience! BOOK DIRECT & SAVE NOW for best rates and availability:
Farmers Market Fall Fiesta
Santa Fe Farmers Market Fall Fiesta- Oct 1 Celebrating Local food, culture and community.
This delicious event is walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe. The Farmer’s Market Fall Fiesta will include locally-sourced feasts created by Santa Fe’s finest chefs, as well as live and silent auctions. Bid of gift certificates to Market vendors, amazing art and products, and fantastic experiences Add this fun evening event to your Oct 1 Travel Plans NOW! This is a popular event and tickets go fast.
So click here for more information and ticket purchases: https://farmersmarketinstitute.org/get-involved/attend-fall-fiesta-2016/
FALL FOLIAGE NEW MEXICO STYLE!
Fall is officially upon us! Bearing down are the cooler evenings, afternoon rains and the aspen trees prepare to present their full glory! End of September, beginning of October are best times to see Northern New Mexico’s fall foliage in the Sangre de Cristo mountain just 16 miles straight north of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe! Enhance any September Santa Fe travel experience by immersing yourself in one a short excursion for some of the most beautiful Fall Foliage viewing in the country! Room rates begin at $149.99/nt if you book direct but are limited! Combine your fall foliage exploration with our competitive Wine & Chile lodging package- a very popular time to visit Santa Fe so we suggest you Book NOW! Let us assist you (call 1-800-461-4599) for best room and date availability.
Santa Fe September Lodging Packages include Free: Taste of New Mexico package (see information on this page); Breakfast buffet; WiFi; Parking; Afternoon cookies! No hassle downtown parking at our inn- just park and walk anywhere in downtown (restaurants, plaza, historic sites, museums, galleries, Canyon Rd, Rail yard, Farmers Market and more!).
JULY SANTA FE TRAVEL TIPS: SPANISH MARKET- A MUST DO!
…Traditional Spanish Market – Summer
WHEN: July 30th & 31st, 2016: 8am – 5pm.
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza area.
Hours and Admission: 8 am- 5 pm: Free!!
The oldest, largest juried Spanish Market in the United States is celebrating with festivals, music, cultural events, food, stories and traditional historic lodging centered in and around Santa Fe’s historic Plaza- July 2016!
July brings up to 70,000 people (locals, visitors, collectors and enthusiasts) flocking to Santa Fe to experience this traditional Santa Fe Spanish Market event- you don’t want to miss! Hundreds of artists show works which is now known world-wide as the largest juried Spanish Market in the United States! The Spanish Colonial Arts Society proudly announces its 65th Annual Traditional Spanish Market on the historic Santa Fe Plaza on July 30-31, 2016. We humbly invite you to join us at Santa Fe’s Inn at Pueblo Bonito –Santa Fe to experience this wonderful and exciting summer Santa Fe Market event. The first market took place near the Santa Fe Plaza in 1926. Today our market features authentic artistic traditions which can be traced directly back over 400 years with skilled artists and craftspeople creating breathtaking expressions of living traditions with their art as their only source of income. Styles and quality are differ and are far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than tourist pieces sold elsewhere in the USA. Market artists submit pieces and are then juried into the Market with youth mentored by current Market artists in specific categories.
250 Spanish Colonial Artists (approximately) from New Mexico and Southern Colorado take part in this enchanting event. Santa Fe’s downtown plaza is filled with exponents of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork. But that’s not all!
In addition, ¡Viva La Cultura! is a week long immersive experience of Santa Fe’s history, culture and modern daily life! Lecture series, tours, music, culinary events, movies and more are coordinated through cooperative activities with several Santa Fe organizations brining to life the Spanish Market, July 30-31, 2016. Music and performances are on Market stage throughout the weekend, a food court of local flavors and authentic, traditional lodging are provided to limited guests of the one and only Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe! Artist demonstrations, interactive art projects, books on Hispanic culture and a special Market Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are elements of Santa Fe’s Spanish Market you don’t want to miss! Walk to all of these special events and soak in the full experience of this 65 yr old traditional Spanish Market from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, while feasting on traditional Spanish breakfast items like red chile pork tamales and green chile chicken stew! Give us a call (1-800-461-4599) to make your end of July reservations while availability lasts at Santa Fe’s only 156 yr old historic authentic adobe pueblo-style b&b! Free parking. Easy walk to Market, activities, restaurants, museums, shopping and more! BOOK NOW ONLINE
2016 Santa Fe Folk Art Market will soon be here! Santa Fe travelers don’t miss out on any of it‘s offerings! Hard to describe but we’ll try: Santa Fe Folk Art Market is “Unique”, “Innovative”, “Interesting”, “Intriguing”, “Whimsical” and so much more. Honestly words do not pay the whole Folk Art market experience justice! Santa Fe Folk Art Market is simply an annual New Mexico Event visitors must experience first hand. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe hosts guests from all over the US and World each year who come to this one-of-a-kind event- the largest Folk Art Market in the World! Santa Fe New Mexico travelers converge July 9,10,11,12 celebrating diverse cultures, traditions, faiths, dress and foods! So don’t miss out- here some visitor information we hope you‘ll find helpful:
Where to Stay: Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe! Voted “Guest Favorite” Santa Fe b&b three years in a row! Most convenient for Folk Art Market Attendees as it’s 3 minute stroll to P.E.R.A pick up/drop free shuttle location to all Market events! Due to popularity, limited rooms and affordablity Folk Art Market visitors should call now! Direct Bookings only at this historic adobe pueblo-style Santa Fe b&b, quietly nestled in “prime” downtown location! 1-800-461-4599 See Summer Specials: HERE!
Santa Fe Folk Art Market Schedule 2016:
Friday July 10: 6:30 – 9 PM: Market Opening Party – Gathering under the stars!
Tickets $225 ($125 tax deductible). Shop, dance, listen to international music, enjoy international food and drink tasting. Inn at Pueblo Bonito guests will walk to free shuttle service to Museum Hill (location of Market event). Shuttles run from 6 to 9:15pm TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE for Market Opening Party- no ticket sales at the gate.
Saturday July 11: International Folk Art Market Santa Fe
Early Bird Market 7:30 am to 9am Be early and meet the artists first hand without the crowd! Tickets: $75- include all day Saturday Market!
Regular Market 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult $15 if purchased before June 1; $20.00 after; youth 16 and under are free! Ticket includes: entrance to the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill. Explore the market, international foods, entertainment.
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE– no ticket sales at the gate.
Sunday July 12: Folk Art Market- Family Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adult tickets $10.00 before June 1; $15 after June 1; Youth 16 and under are free! Ticket price includes admission to Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture! Inn at Pueblo Bonito guests can easily walk to Shuttle pick up/drop off which will run from 8 am to 5:15 pm. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE– no ticket sales at the gate.
For information on Santa Fe International Folk Art Market- visit International Folk Art Museum’s website at: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/eventsedu/jul.html
Where to Eat: Walk to Santa Fe finest restuarants from the P.E.R.A shuttle drop off location or Inn at Pueblo Bonito! Here are a few excellent choices to consider: Restaurant Martin; Pink Adobe; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Tomasitas; The Thunderbird on the plaza; La Boca; El Meson; Pranzo’s Italian Grill; Saveur Bistro; and so many more! Don’t forget the cafe at Museum Hill- try thier desserts and herbal teas!
Blog Compliments of: Pueblo Bonito b&b inn Santa Fe, NM
2015 Folk Art Market Information from International Folk Art Market website.
2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
New Mexico Fall Colors
Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the glorious southern Rocky Mountains, offers plenty of places to view the fall leaves changing colors. To find out where the fall foliage colors are in New Mexico during the season, you can access the National Forest Service toll-free fall color hotline beginning in September at (800) 354-4595. Here are our top picks for places to see the gorgeous scenery of fall and vibrant fall colors in New Mexico, nearby Santa Fe.
Santa Fe – Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is a great starting point for lots of beautiful drives- in particular a trip up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is spectacular. Spanning two hundred miles from their origin in southern Colorado, to their ending point in Santa Fe, New Mexico, these mountains offer high peaks, traditional pueblos, peaceful meadows, alpine lakes, aspen forests and more. Especially during the fall, the mountains blaze with fall colors. Leaves begin changing somewhere around the third or fourth week of September, especially in the upper elevations and high valleys. Ski Santa Fe, just a 16 mile drive north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe offers chairlift rides up to the top of the ski basin for a scenic views and exceptional hiking on existing ski trails.
North of Santa Fe, leaving Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe you will want to take Route 4 into the Jemez Mountains for magical color late in September. An area particularly beautiful during the fall when the intense golds and oranges of the changing leave complement the soaring red rock cliffs is definitely a must do! The nearby location of Bandelier National Monument, Painted Cave and Puye Cliff Dwelling can turn this daytrip drive into a full day or weekend adventure! Pair this short trip with wine tasting at nearby Estrella de Norte winery on the road to Chimayo or spirit tasting at Don Quixote distillery just down the mountain outside of Los Alamos and create your own memorable Santa Fe Fall Travel Experience!
South of Santa Fe, about 20 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b. Take I-25 to 285 south then head west toward the sleepy village of Galisteo NM. Surrounded in old oak and elm trees with aspens added into the mix you’ll find a glorious array of fall colors lining the meadow valley and rolling hills of this enchanting little village. Pair the fall glory of colors with the annual Galisteo Studio tour held this year (2015) on October 17 and 18 and you’re in for a real treat!
South of Santa Fe heading I-25 N then into the village of Pecos, NM via the Old Santa Fe Trail will bring you to another area of fall splendor and vibrant colors. This area is full of wildlife from fish in the Pecos river to Deer and Elk. The plentiful aspen and other leafy vegetation help keep the deer and elk populations alive through harsh winters in the Pecos mountains. Animals feed on leaves and new shoots from young aspens and the bark of taller trees but the glorious colors in the fall definitely are inviting to local New Mexico inhabitants as well. Autumn’s shorter days and cooler nights quickly create vibrant pigments of yellow, red, and blue – which one can see in the red and purple of maples or the bronze or brown of oak and beech in this dense vegetation of the Pecos wilderness.
Though color viewings can vary from year to year as seasons depend upon weather conditions….. I’ve heard it said that if New Mexico autumns are warm and rainy, leaves are less colorful- but to my knowledge that doesn’t exist this year! Views from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe show a full splendor of colors in the Sangre de Cristos! Our trip up to Ski Santa Fe and ride on the Big Chief chair lift to the top was spectacular; breathtaking; pictures on this blog simply do not pay God’s creation justice! Come join us and BOOK NOW to experience the full brilliance of New Mexico autumn enchantment!
Late Fall New Mexico Art Studio Tours are as follows:
Blog compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast- Santa Fe– 1-800-461-4599
October 3,4, 2015 10 am- 5 pm
El Rito Studio Tour
Madrid & Cerrillos Studio Tour also Oct 10, 11, 2015
October 10,11, 2015
Abiquiu Studio Tour
October 17, 18, 205 10 am- 5 pm
Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour
Red Dot Art Weekend and Oct 10, 11, 12, 2015
Galisteo Studio Tour
October 23, 2015 3 pm – 7 pm; October 224, 2015 9 am – 5 pm
Eldorado Fall Artist Studio Show
November 7, 8 ,2015 9 am- 5 pm
Dixon Studio Tour
Late Fall artist’s studio tours are so much fun and visiting these special small villages and towns brings a whole new dimension and appreciation for local culture, art and cuisine! Let us make your October New Mexico Artist Studio Tour special with the following suggestions:
Abiquiu: Always a daytrip treat filled with breath taking scenery. Georgia O’Keeffe house tours could be possible and don’t forget Bode’s General Store– a great place to stop for homemade soup!
El Rito: What an amazing find this little Northern New Mexico village! Must see: historic El Rito church and sanctuary. Must Eat: El Farolito- best green chile in the state of NM! We recommend green chile chicken enchiladas with sour cream- mucho bueno. Bring cash- credit cards don’t go far in this remote little Northern New Mexico
village! After El Rito Studio tour, head toward Abiquiu via County Rd 155W and off to the north side you can see hints of eerie pastel white/grey limestone rock formations similiar to those known as the Plaza Blanca or “White Place”. See our blog on Plaza Blanca for more information!
Los Alamos: Visit the Bradbury Science Museum which documents the development of the atom bomb- very, very interesting. Bandelier National Monument (Must See)- ancient cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and Indian ruins.
October is a gorgeous time of year to visit New Mexico! Aspens on the Sangre de Cristos are only 16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast door step! Fall colors, hiking, art tours as well as Balloon Fiesta are all things to do in Santa Fe in 2015 October Santa Fe visits! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast offers outstanding October lodging specials too! All 19 room feature in-room kiva wood burning fireplaces to create a truly memorable Santa Fe visit experience. Call us and let us help you find the best availablity and rates:
Red chile ristras are strung pods of dried red chile frequently displayed near arches, front doors and windows throughout New Mexico. They are iconic in Santa Fe for decorating, especially during harvest months- September and October. Holidays also are popular times and are symbolic of a warm, inviting “welcome.” Ristras have practical uses as well. Red Chile is the featured ingredient of delicious sauces, marinade, and traditional New Mexican culinary dishes.
New Mexico’s arid climate and abundant sunshine provide ideal conditions for annual chile crops which on average produce 80,000 tons a year. Late summer, early fall are unique times when large chile pepper crops are harvested and frequently picked fresh, roasted and eaten as green chile. When the fruit is left on the plant a little longer to ripen, it turns a vibrant red. This causes the fruit to completely change its properties and then is dried, crushed and eaten. Red chile is often strung up into chile ristras to dehydrate in the sun.
Traditional methods were to sun-dry fruits by laying them out, however, contamination among birds and rodents has prompted people to begin tying them together in strings and hanging them on walls, etc. However, you can still see rooftops of homes, stores covered in red chile for drying purposes – especially in the little town of Hatch NM! Hatch is known at the Chile Capital of the World and rightly so. It grows more green chile than anywhere on earth and its crops are highly sought after by locals and tourists alike! As ristras dry their color darkens to a subtle rusty red color. At this point, they are ready to use in cooking or as decoration as ristras!
Dried Red Chile Ristra as Decorations:
Fall traditions of Santa Fe, New Mexico include red chile ristras adorning farmer’s markets and roadside stands around the state. Red Chile Ristras are commonly used for decoration as seen with backgrounds of adobe brown buildings. They are said to bring health and good luck! Interested in taking a good luck chile ristra home with you? We invite you to enjoy the thrill of fall Santa Fe travel with the purpose of purchasing a red chile ristras for yourself. They make great gifts too! A visit to Santa Fe in fall is much more advised as boxing and mailing isn’t a preferred method in handeling these beauties! Thier vibrant red color makes for a memorable statement for welcomed guests. New Mexico’s arid dry climate provides a perfect showcase for these lovely hanging chiles, however they might not do so well back home. If visiting Santa Fe from a more humid state, your ristra may need to be treated with lacquer before taking it home. Lacquer will help preserve the chile from moisture in the air and avoid messes later on. We use Aquanet hairspray on ours- even in Santa Fe to highlight the color, prevent flying pests from enjoying the chile, and simply to provide a longer hanging life!
Dried Chile in Cooking
Use dried red chile in cooking, either crushed as powder or rehydrated, blended, boiled and then strained to make red chile sauce (also just called “red chile”). Red Chile, along with green chile, is a staple in traditional New Mexican cuisine! Red chile sauces can be ladled over dishes, such as enchiladas and tamales; used as base for stews, such as posole; or marinade for meats, as with carne adovada. Green chile, however, is most often used in soups, dips and chowders. Regardless of how you choose to use chile- red or green- it’s a New Mexico tradition! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is famous for thier “Pueblo Tamale” which is featured every morning for breakfast. How better to start your day than a red chile pork tamale with fresh fruit and coffee?
Art Studio Tours in September
Sept 4, 5, 6, 2015 10 am-5 pm
Taos Studio Tour – Radiates out of Taos (90 miles north of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe on 84/285 through Espanola then 68 to Taos). Suggestions: Leave our inn early morning (9-10 would be advisable), head straight to Taos Studio Tour and enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive! When finished at the art gallery tour, head home on the same route but stop: BLUE HERON – flight taste homebrew Beer; SUGARS BBQ – feast on best green chile cheeseburger in NM – honestly – no kiddin’!; wine taste at several excellent wineries (VIVAC, La Chipiradera, Black Mesa); then if there’s still time or energy, head to Chimayo, NM! Tour SANCTUARIO de CHIMAYO -largest pilgrimage in North America. Sanctuario dates back to 1600’s! Eat at RANCHO de CHIMAYO (best sopapillas in Northern NM) or stop at: ESTRELLA del NORTE Winery if you haven’t had enough fun for the day (sit enjoy the quiet, serene outdoor patio in a private oasis). GREAT TRIP!! ***** (5 STAR). Of course this trip can be taken anytime of the year even if Taos Studio Tour isn’t scheduled!
Pilar Studio Tour – The idyllic village of Pilar, NM is set on the banks of the Rio Grande! Pilar Artists open their homes, art galleries, and studios to showcase artwork in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, ceramic, pastel, silk painting and fiber art. Pilar Artist profile and tour map available here. Combine this tour with the Taos Studio Art Tour above and it’s suggestions!
Sept 12, 13, 2015 10 am – 5 pm
Alameda Artist Studio Tour – The village of Alameda is located north of Albuquerque on your way to Santa Fe or from Santa Fe to Albuquerque! Sleepy, quaint this little village is certain to offer unique, interesting and fun artwork to see and enjoy! Suggestion: Add Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to your day of exploration! You won’t be sorry J
Las Vegas Artist Studio Tour – North of Santa Fe along beautifully scenic I-25. Suggestions: Leave Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe early morning (after breakfast- don’t want to miss those famous red chile pork tamales!), drive to Las Vegas, NM passing gorgeous natural mountainous scenery and plain antelope herds! Enjoy the Las Vegas Artist Tour. Afterward, plan a visit to SALMAN RASPBERRY RANCH in La Cueva, NM- 50 minute drive (beautiful historic mill is located near raspberry fields for picking)- amazing photo ops! Return to Las Vegas. Eat at EL RIALTO (just of the Las Vegas Plaza); browse antique shops; get a drink at BYRON T’S SALOON in the historic PLAZA HOTEL; then head back home to Santa Fe, stop at LA RISA CAFE in Ribera NM for homemade pie, pie, pie- oh my!
Sept 19, 20, 2015 10 am- 5 pm
Pojoaque River Art Tour – Begin the Pojoaque River Art Tour at Than Povi Fine Art Gallery- 10 minute drive north of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe on 285N into Pojoaque Pueblo. Suggestions: Combine Art Tour with visits to BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT; SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO and/or the hispanic village of Chimayo, NM! Add a stop at ESTRELLA DEL NORTE vineyard (award winning wine-tasting); DON QUIOXTE Distillery for Worlds Famous Blue Corn Bourbon or Blue Corn Vodka tasting! Adding these suggestions should provide a fun, full, well rounded day of Northern New Mexico vacation exploration, art appreciation and scenic beauty – compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– Santa Fe!
Pecos Art Studio Tour – Pecos Village is a short 15 minute drive south from PUEBLO BONITO BED AND BREAKFAST INN on I-25 North and is a favorite touring area for our Santa Fe visitors. Suggestions: Combine Pecos Art Tour with PECOS NATIONAL MONUMENT; then take a scenic drive north toward Pecos Wilderness with stops at PECOS FISH HATCHERY; BENEDICTIN MONASTARY; DALTON CANYON; TERERRO GENERAL STORE & RIDING STABLES (amazing hummingbird watching- such a treat!).
High Road Artisans New Mexico Art Tour – From Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Inn -Santa Fe, take US 285/84N through Nambe, left on 98 to Chimayo, right on 76. This scenic 30 mile New Mexico artists tour is in it’s 18th year and features renowned artists. Various art forms from traditional to contemporary with mediums from paint to wood will be shown. This tour takes place over 2 weekends: Sept 19,20 and 26, 27! Don’t miss out- book your rooms now for best availability. Suggestions: See Taos Studio and Pilar Studio Tours to help round out a delightful day of Santa Fe touring Northern New Mexico art studios!
Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe in the heart of downtown is THE only Santa Fe accommodations with owners who have served Santa Fe travelers for 30 consecutive years. Their knowledge of Santa Fe and surrounding areas combined with the MOST unique property in downtown Santa Fe (an original adobe pueblo-style property dating to 1860) distinguishes Inn at Pueblo Bonito from all other Santa Fe Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Innkeepers- Amy and Herb Behm offer a wealth of information, insight, suggestions and hospitality that make a distinctively memorable Santa Fe vacation for US Travelers. Give them a call and book now: 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com