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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!

Website: http://spanishcolonial.org/spanish-summer-market-santa-fe/

July Spanish Market in al Santa Fe New Mexico

July Spanish Market in al Santa Fe New Mexico

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!

Pefect New Mexico Bird Watching Lodging

Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe your SFO lodging.

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

Voted "Guest Favorite b&b"- 2015

Voted “Guest Favorite b&b”- 2015

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The Tamale – A New Mexico Tradition of Hospitality

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

History of Tamales

This blog has been prepared for guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe. In response to the popularity of our New Mexico red chile pork tamales served hot daily for breakfast. We hope you enjoy the History of the Tamale!!

“Tamale” is derived from the word tamalii an Aztec word meaning “wrapped food”. Though we are not certain when or who invented the tamale, we do know tamales were written about since pre-Columbian days. Aztecs served Spaniard soldiers tamales during visits to Mexico in the 1550’s. Tamales were eaten by soldiers on long sojourns into Mexico as tamales are portable and easy to heat.

Tamales have been eaten in the United States since at least 1893 when they were featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition. A tradition of roving tamale sellers was documented in early 20th-century in blue/ragtime music song “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.

While Mexican-style and other Latin American-style tamales are featured at ethnic restaurants throughout the United States, Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe proudly features our traditional New Mexico red chile pork tamale! A distinctly indigenous tribute to New Mexico culture, tradition and cuisine.

Breakfast Tamales served Hot!

Breakfast Tamales served Hot!

Tamales typically are not made every day, as they once were, as they are very labor intensive. Rather you find tamales being made for special occasions like the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Native American Feast Days, New Year’s or just about any other family or holiday celebration. Tamale making is usually a family affair! Traditionally family members gather together and make fillings and masa the day before. Day 2 creates an assembly line- family of all ages form to spread the masa on corn husks, fill and fold the tamales. Once the tamales are assembled, they are steamed and finally eaten. Usually hundreds of tamales are made at once so everyone can take some home and share with friends and family. Guests of Pueblo Bonito, though not required to create the tamale, are warmly invited to our tables to share as friends in this delectable tradition of hospitality- enjoy!

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New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day Dances

Native American Dances at New Mexico Pueblos

Native American dance at Santa Fe Plaza

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

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


PUEBLO DANCES Easter Weekend

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

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

Carne Adovada - a New Mexican Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

Carne Adovada – a New Mexican Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

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

SAN ILDEFONSO:
MEN’S DANCES
BEGINS AT 9AM

SANTA CLARA:
RAIN DANCE
ALL DAY

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

Traditional Tamales - a welcomed meal in New Mexico culture.

Traditional Tamales – a welcomed meal in New Mexico culture.

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

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

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NATIVE AMERICAN FETISH & SYMBOLISM in Distinctively New Mexico Artwork

Native American Fetish Carving

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

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

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

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

Native American Symbolism Guide

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

Bear Paws: are a symbol representing inner strength.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Native American Stone Meanings

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

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

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

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

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

Native American Stone Jewelry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creating a Top New Mexico Vacation Travel Experience!

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

New Mexico Travel

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

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

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

Choosing A New Mexico Travel Base location:

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

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Santa Fe Travel

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

Be Intentional when Travel planning: 

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

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

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

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

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

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

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

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

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

    “Smothered”- New Mexico style enchiladas.

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

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

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

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

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

 

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Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – #2 in Series

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#2 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – See part one here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips.html

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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip

KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS National Park Northern New Mexico.

Tent Rocks- photo by Julius Rückert.

Tent Rocks- photo by Julius Rückert.

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

Tent Rocks photo by Mr. Vitale

Tent Rocks photo by Mr. Vitale

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

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

Madrid, NM- Scenic byway 14.

Directions

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. Take the Cochiti Reservoir exit from I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo. Turn right at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92 (connects to Forest Service Road 266). Travel 5 miles on a dirt road to the Tent Rocks parking area, which is marked with a sign. This is the only parking area for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.

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Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips

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#1 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – part 2 here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips-2-in-series.html

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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip

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

Bandalier National Monument

Photo acknowledgement: PDTillman

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

“Add On” Options for Santa Fe Day Tripping:

Nearby Places/Sites:

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

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

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

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

Romantically Different!

Lodging:

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

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

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

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Traditional New Mexico Green Chile Recipes and Tips – 101

Okay folks… you asked for it! Needless to say, we receive numerous inquiries about green chile… how to make it; how to cook it; how to store it; how to roast it; how to peel it; etc. So due to popular request, we have provided some basic information for our beloved chile lover guests who want to know! Enjoy- COMPLIMENTS OF INN AT PUEBLO BONITO- SANTA FE

Roasted Green Chile

Roasted Green Chile

CHILE 101: PREPARATION, HANDLING AND STORING NEW MEXICO CHILE

Chile – both Red and Green – are essential ingredients in traditional New Mexican cooking. Of course, one can buy already prepped and ready to go chile, but Santa Fe chefs know chile  taste better when prepared in season and fresh. Doing it yourself not only is more economical, but it’s fun too! An experience of authentic New Mexico culture and history. Below is everything you need to know to become a “chile pro”. Go ahead, take your New Mexico cooking to the next level!

Perfect Chile Roasting 101:

ROASTING FRESH NEW MEXICO CHILES AT HOME

  1. It’s easy! Roast fresh New Mexico chile pods in an oven; on top of a gas stove; or on an outdoor grill!
  2. Begin with New Mexico grown green chiles- they are the most frequently roasted!  About twenty minutes for oven roasting putting a single layer of green chile on baking sheet. Blister chile at 450° F (blackening skins in many spots) and turn as needed for uniformed scorching or until chiles collapse.
  3. If roasting just a few green pods, hold with tongs over flame of a gas burner for a few minutes. Turn to blacken all over, or use an asador (wire-mesh griddle).
  4. If using a gas or charcoal grill, place green chile on grate over hot fire, searing all sides- about ten minutes.
  5. Roast fresh red pods the same ways, but because of their higher moisture content, keep from blistering and blackening as fully as green. Judge their readiness by looking for loosening skin with deep brown shades.
Peel Green Chile

Peel Green Chile

STEAM AND PEEL FRESH NEW MEXICO CHILES

After roasting red or green chile, steam pods immediately to loosen skins.

  1. Place pods in a Ziploc plastic bag or covered bowl. Let sit five to ten minutes until cool enough to handle.
  2. Peeling quantities of chiles, require rubber gloves! Avoid capsaicin (substance that gives the pods heat) getting onto your hands- it doesn’t wash off easily and can irritate skin.
  3. Strip off the outer skin or peel. If tempted to run water over chiles to help in the process (some peel is bound to stick)- Don’t do it! As this will dilutes the flavor. Instead, rinse gloved hands under running water.
  4. Remove all stems and seeds unless plans include stuffing chiles. In this case, leave the stem and any seeds still attached to avoid weakening the pod.

GREEN CHILE SAUCE RECIPE:   Servings: 4 cups

Green Chile Sauce

Green Chile Sauce

Green chile sauce is an essential ingredient in New Mexican recipes. Green chile sauce can be frozen- so feel free to be creative and smother any/all meats, eggs, pasta, etc with this highly popular accompaniment! This green chile sauce will be a welcomed treat packing a punch of flavor and spice to any dish. If planning ahead, remember this keeps for 3 days refrigerated otherwise it freezes well!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ to 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped roasted New Mexican green chile, fresh or thawed frozen
  • 2 cups chicken or beef stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Warm the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour and continue cooking for another 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the chile. Immediately begin pouring in the stock, stirring as you go, then add the salt.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until thickened but still very pourable. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.

 

RED CHILE SAUCE RECIPE:

Red Chile Powder

Red Chile Powder

Another staple in New Mexican cooking! Use red sauce in enchiladas, burritos, tamales, or smothered on top of basically anything. This sauce will keep up to 6 days refrigerated and freezes well.

Servings: 4 cups

Directions

  1. Toast dried whole chile pods in a heavy skillet over medium heat until they are warm and release their fragrance, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  2. Remove the chiles from the skillet immediately. When cool enough to handle, break each chile pod into several pieces (wearing rubber or plastic gloves if your skin is sensitive), discarding the stem and seeds.
  3. Place half the chile pieces in a blender and pour in one-half of the water or stock. Puree until mostly smooth but with a few flecks of chile still visible in the liquid.
  4. Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté several minutes until the onion is limp.
  5. Pour in the blended chile mixture, then add oregano and salt.
  6. Puree the remaining chiles with the remaining water and pour it into the sauce in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for a total of 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. After about 15 minutes, taste the sauce and adjust seasonings. When ready, the sauce will be cooked down enough to coat a spoon thickly but still drop off of it easily. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (about 20 to 25) dried whole red New Mexican chile pods, mild, medium, hot, or a combination
  • 4 cups water or chicken stock (divided use)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crumbled dried Mexican oregano, or marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

Anytime of year is an excellent time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico! Foods, flavors, colors,  clear skies, world class museums, art, culture, skiing and so much more! But the Fall- October, November are Chile harvest times! Fresh Chile is abundant. Then December while New Mexicans are preparing for Holidays- chiles are plentiful in local markets. Rejenos, tamales, stews, posole are local traditional favorites. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features the BEST Red Chile Pork Tamales in the State of New Mexico every morning for breakfast- all year round! So, we invite you to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico and feast on our local cuisine featuring the beloved red or green chile. You won’t be sorry! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 if we can be of assistance. We’d love to host you on your next historic Santa Fe vacation get away! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe!

 

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New Mexico Travel Suggestion – Santa Fe Cooking Classes – Fall Winter Holidays

Fall colors at Inn at Pueblo Bonito -Santa Fe

Fall colors at Inn at Pueblo Bonito -Santa Fe

Whether a first time or multiple Santa Fe visitor, there are endless reasons for returning to New Mexico’s premier travel destination and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Numerous traditional, diverse and unique experiences await Santa Fe travelers which can include – but are not limited to: Art, Art and More World Class Art; Galleries; Markets; Festivals; Opera; Chamber Music; Restaurants; Skiing Santa Fe; Canyon Rd; Shopping the Plaza; Hiking National Parks; Native American History and Culture; Color changing of Aspens; and so many more – it’s impossible to list them all!

To enhance popular suggestions for Santa Fe Travelers, we add the art of native New Mexico cuisine and offer two current Santa Fe Travel suggestions to consider this fall, winter and holiday season:

Walking distance from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe in downtown is the relatively new Savory Spice Shop. Savory Spice Shop offers a new culinary option focusing on seasonal harvest items and spices in a unique cooking environment. Classes include canning, pickling and general spicing up your cooking life are available. Current cooking class offerings as of the publication of this blog are as follows:

Red Chile Pods

Red Chile Pods

Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00: Spice 101: Learn World Food through Spices! Explore the world of food through different spices while enjoy dinner and learning information on over 100 different spices. Perfect class for novices and experts delving into history, flavor profiles, and uses. Great information to take home and apply to any cuisine!

Sunday, September 27th at 4:30pm: Seafood! Seafood! Seafood!
Learn to make two scrumptious spicy seafood meals -Sesame Coconut Shrimp with Zesty Asian Slaw and Seared Tuna with Wasabi Cream and Singapore Noodle Salad. To die for!

For additional Savory Spice Shop class offerings please check out their blog post  or Call (505) 819-5659. 

Approximately one mile from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe’s doorstep, is Santa Fe School of Cooking. Four fundamental classes on traditional New Mexico foods are the heart of Santa Fe School of Cooking. Experience delicious local cuisine as well as local cooking techniques and lore of the region. Warm, spicy tastes and enticing aromas evoke Santa Fe’s rich cultural traditions. Please register directly at Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Traditional New Mexican I (Trad I):

This class includes: corn tortillas, cheese enchiladas with red chile sauce, chicken enchiladas with green chile sauce, pinto beans, posole, and capirotada (bread pudding). Demonstration Class, 3-hours.
September 17, 2015 – 10:00am
October 31, 2015 – 10:00am
November 24, 2015 – 10:00am
December 21, 2015 – 10:00am

Sopapilla "soft pillow"- served as bread with honey

Sopapilla “soft pillow”- served as bread with honey

Traditional New Mexican II (Trad II):

To include: flour tortillas, carne adovada (red chile marinated pork), chile rellenos, calabacitas (green chile, squash, corn), refritos, and sopapillas. Demonstration Class, 3-hours.
September 22, 2015 – 10:00am
October 13, 2015 – 10:00am
December 04, 2015 – 10:00am
December 29, 2015 – 10:00am

Green Chile Stew- Yum!

Green Chile Stew- Yum!

Traditional New Mexican III (Trad III):

To include: Classic New Mexican green chile stew, blue corn and green chile muffins, piñon butter, quesadillas, salsa fresca and rich natillas. Demonstration Class, 3-hours.
October 10, 2015 – 10:00am
November 12, 2015 – 10:00am

Traditional New Mexican IV (Trad IV):

A “new” class highlighting traditional New Mexican foods: green chile and chico soup, beef carnitas served on a gordita, corn on the cob with cilantro lime butter, pickled jalapeno cabbage slaw and bizcochitos (New Mexico’s official state cookie!) with cajeta. Demonstration Class, 3-hours.
November 28, 2015 – 10:00am

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

Tamales l (Tamales I):**

3 hours devoted to the art of making traditional tamales! Highlighting different tamale techniques -red chile pork, Southern Mexican chicken in banana leaf and blue corn calabacita (vegan). Accompanied by authentic New Mexican red chile sauce. Make your own tamales and enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of class! Limited to 16 people.
September 13, 2015 – 11:00am
October 06, 2015 – 2:00pm
October 11, 2015 – 11:00am
November 07, 2015 – 3:00pm
November 15, 2015 – 11:00am
November 28, 2015 – 2:00pm
December 05, 2015 – 3:00pm
December 20, 2015 – 11:00am
December 27, 2015 – 2:00pm
December 31, 2015 – 10:00am

**Tamale class is one of our favorite suggestions for guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe, NM– as our signature breakfast item “Pueblo Tamales” are traditional red chile pork tamales- a true Guest Favorite!**

Call 1-800-461-4599 or BOOK NOW for best Santa Fe Lodging Specials featured at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Rates begin at $129+ Fall, Winter Travel!

 

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OCTOBER SANTA FE NEW MEXICO TRAVEL: ARTIST STUDIO TOURS

Vivac winery features mountain views!

Wineries provide additional fun on Artists Tours!

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

Historic Galisteo Church viewable during Artist tour

Historic Galisteo Church viewable on Artist 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 of El Rito, NM

Village of El Rito, NM

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!

Dixon: Wine tasting/hopping at  La Chipirdera Winery and Vivac Winery .

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.

September visits in Santa Fe, NM

Sangre de Cristo Aspens

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:

1-800-461-4599

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