Whether you’re planning a New Mexico vacation, a Santa Fe visit or permanent relocation, you’ll come to realize that Santa Fe is “the City Different”. Why, you ask?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and while our town itself is smaller, more intimate- it boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
World Class art galleries and museums- 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!
Family entertainment, events, and festivals- Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market, Balloon Fiesta
Gourmet dining- Restaurant Martin; La Boca; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Osteria;
Unique local cuisine- tamales; green chile stew; posole; Indian Tacos; Green chile cheeseburger;
Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife- Santa Fe Opera; Lensic Theatre; Desert Coral; Aspen Ballet
History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture – Adobe, Kivas, Hornos, Vigas, Ceremonial Dances, etc.
World-class shopping- Santa Fe Plaza; Overland Sheepskin Company; Ortega Jewelers; Maloof Outfitters; Canyon Road
Easy access to nearby sites and day trips- Chimayo; Ghost Ranch; Abiqui; Pecos Wilderness; Taos Pueblo; Rio Grande Gorge
Easy walking around downtown, historic sites, cultural events, performances etc. Palace of Govenors; Oldest House in USA
Santa Fe is “the City Different” because, unlike other cities, our history is an integral part of our day-to-day life, augmented by modernity rather than erased by it. Established by indigenous hunters and gatherers, influenced by Hispanic immigrants and explorers, and populated over the centuries by numerous other European descendants, Santa Fe continues to embrace new diversity and to celebrate our cultural heritage. Legacies from these earlier groups endure in harmony: in nearby pueblos and reservations, through diverse festivals and traditions, even in the local foods grown and eaten and in the beauty that nurtures us.
No American city has ever been more beautiful and well preserved. Centuries ago, newcomers were drawn to this area because of the scenic splendor. They stayed because the earth offered bountiful lands providing precious
minerals and gems, including gold, silver, and turquoise. Today, unique among many cities, Santa Fe, New Mexico boasts spectacular views and experiences of nature. Several mountain ranges – visible wherever you turn—beckon to hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, horseback riders and nature enthusiasts. The Rio Grande replenishes the high desert plains and valleys, sustaining productive fields to supply local farmers and markets, as well as pastures for domesticated cattle and buffalo and the wild herds of antelope will take your breath away when you sight them from the highways and byways.
Finally, Santa Fe has earned its nickname because it truly is different, in indescribable ways. There is a spirit here which defies definition, yet you feel it in the purity of the air, in the vivid colors of each season, in the deep blue of the heavens and the vastness of the night sky. There is an ethereal quality that turns mere neighbors into lifelong friends as locals take things a little slower, living by the unspoken code of “mañana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.
We invite you to come and experience this delightful City of Difference and allow us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn to provide your accommodations- making your Santa Fe vacation a time to remember. Call us at 1-800-461-4599 or book online at www.pueblobonitoinn.com
You might think late winter in Santa Fe lacks excitement for bird lovers. On the contrary; late Winter – early Spring birds seen in and around Santa Fe consist of colorful migrants and back yard birds. Considered “permanent range” for bluebirds like the Mountain Bluebird and Western bluebird, Santa Fe is a great place for these Northern New Mexico birds to stay put! They like fairly open habitat so you’ll spot bluebirds on the edges of town- a popular location is near El Dorado (south of downtown). Bluebirds group in winter months so if you spot them, they’ll be large numbers. Bluebirds work together to find steady sources of food (berries usually) and water (horse trough, heated bird bath, etc.)
Other spotting like that of the Grosbeaks have been seen in large flocks in and around Santa Fe this year. These yellow, white and black migratory bird’s movements are unpredictable but have been reported.
A ladder-backed woodpecker which exhibits rungs like that of a ladder (male has red on his head) have also been sited nearby and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Local residents who supplement winter time bird feeding with sunflower seeds, nuts and suet help bring these lovely creatures to Santa Fe. However, birds are not dependent upon feeders. It’s only a fraction of their diet. In winter months, most bird’s food comes from natural sources like berries, old seeds (pinon, flowers, grasses) and larva.
Birdwatching is but one enjoyable outdoor activity enjoyed by late Winter – Spring New Mexico travelers. Hiking, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, exploring ancient Indian ruins, historic villages or intriguing shops and galleries can be experienced in a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pueblo Bonito b&b inn welcomes visitors to our webpage or facebook page for information on Santa Fe Travel New Mexico ideas and current lodging rates and availability. We love our guests and we’d love to share a memorable Santa Fe experience with you too!
When is the best time to vacation in Santa Fe? Well one can argue this question as Santa Fe offers so much diversity in so many realms (landscapes, culture, art, theatre, cuisine, history, outside and inside activities, etc). However, my favorite time is between September and November. During these months, temps can be 80s, 70s, 60s and even the 50s as Thanksgiving nears. Hotel rates drop mid-October and mid to low seasonal rates begin in November, December, January and February. Skiing (downhill, cross country and snowboarding) starts the end of November, which is a real treat! One can argue that springtime in Santa Fe, New Mexico has similar climate temps and hotel rates are classified in mid-season range. The fall festivals however make September thru November a clear winner. Summer temps rest between the 60s and mid-80s, no wonder this is peak season for New Mexico travelers which take hotel rates to high-season range and make availability tighter. Who can resist those amazing summer festivals though- some of the best in the world come to show art at Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market and others. Winter can be chilly with daily highs reaching the upper 40s and evening lows creeping into the 10s. But the sun’s rays are constant, even during winter days, which make the sunshine days so appealing. The number of days with any measurable precipitation in Santa Fe is 80 annually! I’ve enjoyed many a winter day where temperatures has hit
the 70’s! Just don’t forget the sunscreen if you‘re outside skiing, hiking, touring, etc. as the sun is intense! Santa Fe is definitely unique. It’s a wonderful place to get away to, spend time, immerse yourself in any time of the year…. So to sum it up: The best time of year to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico is whenever you’re able! Any month, any season, any day of the week – Santa Fe is open offering: Stores, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, historic sites- all available to visitors 12 months a year! World class exhibits, pueblo tours, cultural events, art, art and more art! So many options to choose from- let Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe, NM help you plan that memorable Santa Fe vacation. Our staff has over 50 years of combined living experience in the City Different! Call us directly at 1-800-461-4599 and make reservations to enjoy the only historic adobe pueblo-style compound nestled in downtown Santa Fe who has won 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Guest Favorite bed and breakfast award”! You’ll be glad you did…
September is one of my favorite months to visit Santa Fe, NM. The weather is delightful, the smell of chiles roasting is in the air and so many unique, intriguing “off the wall” things seem to be available to explore! Here are just a few to make your stay with us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn one of a kind! Won’t you consider a September trip to one of the most wonderful places to visit?
FUZE-SW 2014: Food + Folklore Festival at Museum of International Folk Art at Museum Hill (less than 1 mile from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn). A food conference offering conversations with chefs, authors, and artists, tasting, breakfasts, lunches and dinners; Sept 12-14
GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER SMACK DOWN @ Santa Fe’s Farmers Market- walking distance from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Sample burgers from seven local restaurants; enjoy brews, music and help crown the 201 4 Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown king or queen! 6:00 pm Friday Sept 12
SANTA FE RENAISSANCE FAIR at Rancho de los Golandrinas Juggling, stilt-walking, magic troupe Clan Tynker performs amongst medieval-combat re-enactments. Kids games and food vendors 10:00 am -6:00 pm Sept 20,21, 2014 10 mile south of downtown Santa Fe (on your way to Tent Rocks… why not make a day of it!!).
24th Annual Wine and Chile Festival. New this year is the Gran Fondo bike ride to four gourmet food stations in a 45 or optional 75 mile loop hosted by chefs Mark Kiffin, Kevin Nashan, Michelle Bernstein, and Matthew Accarrino. Other events include: tasting, luncheons and wine seminars. Wednesday thru Sunday Sept 24-28
Pilar Studio Tour - Pilar, (1 hour 15 minutes north of Santa Fe) September 6 – 7, 2014
This lovely village along the Rio Grande hosts an annual studio tour, when about a dozen artists who make pottery, wearable art, paintings and more open their doors and invite you to visit their workspaces and view their creations:
Pojoaque River Art Tour – Pojoaque River Valley is 16 miles north of Santa Fe. September 2014
The annual Pojoaque River Art Tour takes place in the picturesque Pojoaque River Valley, an old farming community 16 miles north of Santa Fe.
High Road to Taos Art Tour- High Road to Taos is a 105-mile back-country scenic route between Santa Fe and Taos. Sept 20-21; 27-28, 2015.This scenic route from Chimayo to Vadito takes you to galleries and studios of artisans along the High Road between Santa Fe and Taos with more than 60 stops.
Pecos Studio Tour- Pecos, about 20 minutes southeast of Santa Fe off I-25 September 2014
Drive just 20 minutes from Santa Fe to the peaceful, picturesque village of Pecos, where you can visit with about 20 artists in their open studios. You’ll see paintings, ceramics, tinwork, jewelry, wearable art and more.
El Rito Studio Tour – El Rito an 1 hour and 15 minutes northwest of Santa Fe. October 2014
Meet more than 25 artists who live and work in this sleepy village that was an early Spanish settlement, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Santa Fe. The annual open studio tour features everything from blacksmithing, fiber arts and pottery to santos and retablos.
Abiquiu Studio Tour – Abiquiú, is 18 miles northwest of Española October 11 – 13, 2014
More than 70 artists welcome visitors to their studios in this annual tour. You’ll see paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art and much more as you explore the gorgeous place where Georgia O’Keeffe once lived and worked
Galisteo Studio Tour- Galisteo is 25 miles south of Santa Fe. October 18 – 19, 2014
Visit this once a year event where over 30 local artists open their private studios to the public. A free event, much of it walk able through our historic adobe village. All disciplines and media.
Dixon Studio Tour- Dixon is about 45 minutes north of Santa Fe. November 1 – 2, 2014
Nestled in the beautiful Embudo Valley, Dixon is home to a lively group of more than 50 artists who open their studios for the annual art studio tour. You’ll find everything from painting, photography and jewelry to stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath and beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and roving musicians
Santa Fe, New Mexico – voted #1 Cultural Getaway and #1 Cultural Destination by Travel + Leisure; Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation by Liveablity.com and #5 US Historic Destination by US News! Why do travelers flock to Santa Fe New Mexico annually for fun-filled, intriguing New Mexico cultural vacations? Could it be it’s great mountain escapes, breath taking scenery, low humidity, 325 days of sunshine, crystal blue skies, cool star filled evenings and world renown activities? Absolutely… there is never a bad time of year to relax and experience the authentic history of Santa Fe New Mexico. Blending international style, historic uniqueness and old-world charm, Santa Fe stimulates all five senses for it’s visitors regardless of age, background or time of year!
Because Santa Fe is a top US cultural destination, it offers intriguing and memorable experience for visitors: Annual festivals, cultural events, world-class art and museums, and of course exceptional cuisine and historically significant and unique lodging choices! A rare opportunity to experience local culture while experiencing Santa Fe first hand prevails itself at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Voted “Guest Favorite b&b” three consecutive years by 8,500+ guests (2013, 12,11), Pueblo Bonito provided thousands of returning and new guests with an historically significant Old Santa Fe experience for over 29 years. 19 enchanting guest rooms, each with foot thick adobe walls, kiva fireplace, adorable private baths surrounded by secluded pueblo-style grounds makes this a Must Stay! This popular Santa Fe Inn prides itself on sincere hospitality, historically preserved and accurate property, and a knowledgeable, friendly staff.
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival - May 24-25, 2014
Over 200 Native American artists showcase museum-quality Indian art at this annual event. On can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, open wine and champagne bars, as well as and mingling with featured artists. The top Native American artists are represented at this event, benefiting the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
The Rodeo de Santa Fe began in 1949 when Roy Butler, Austin “Slim” Green, Gene Petchesky, Paul Ragle, Paul Rutledge and few other locals had a dream and determination to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The dream exceeded their ambitious expectations and today remains one of the top 60 PRCA Rodeos in the nation! Featuring such World Champion cowboys as: Taos Muncy, Trevor Brazile and JW Harris the Rodeo de Santa Fe is fun for an entire family! The Rodeo de Santa Fe is a cultural tradition for Santa Feans as our southwest heritage is pristinely displayed through the spirit of “Rodeo“. After all, rodeo began in New Mexico! With events like Mutton Bustin’ and youth barrels for kids, and traditional events like bull and bronc riding, calf wrestling, team roping, the Santa Fe Rodeo continues to be a crowd favorite of young and old alike! Not to mention the Annual Rodeo Parade which kicks off at 11:00 am on June 14th and winds through the downtown Santa Fe plaza -featuring numerous beautiful, proud and well behaved horses with riders, glimmering Rodeo royalty, marching bands, bag pipes and so more! Nightly Rodeo performances (June 18-21) at Rodeo de Santa Fe grounds – a 10 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- also the 2014 Rodeo Royalty Sponsor!
An American opera company, located 7 miles north of Santa Fe with summer seasons beginning in late June and running through mid- August. Five operas are presented in rotating repertory. The Santa Fe Opera began in July 1957 and is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as creative productions of standard operatic repertoire. Inhabiting approximately 150 acres of land, the Santa Fe Opera sits on top a mesa. Audiences face west toward an ever-changing horizon of sunsets and thunderstorms which are frequently visible throughout many productions when no backdrops are used. Unlike a conventional opera house or theatre, there is no fly system to allow scenery to be lowered from above, nor a proscenium arch (thus no curtain) and subtitles are provided via electronic readers in every seat. The sides of the house are open with rear stage at times being completely open to allow for westward expansive views. Performances begin at sunset (around 8:30) so production lighting is not compromised by the sides of the theatre being open to outside elements. Performance start times also allow opera-goers an opportunity to observe New Mexico sunsets against a surrounding landscape and the enjoyment of traditional tailgate dining. Since its inception, The Santa Fe Opera has staged forty-four American and eleven international premieres, and has commissioned ten new operas.
The International Folk Art Market showcases wares from over 190 artists- from over 60 countries. The artist selection process is led by a committee of experts from museums like the Smithsonian. Shoppers are able to purchase handmade unique items such as jewelry, bright silks, high-end rugs, woven baskets, wood carvings, paintings and much more. Market goers enjoy complimentary tasting of foods from around the world while live music provides a pleasant shopping experience. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is the largest international folk art market in the world showcasing master craftsmanship which enables the artists to preserve their artistic traditions and gain the financial ability to improve their lives and their communities. Since it’s inception in 2004, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has become a one-of-a-kind event brings over 20,000 visitors in attendance to include: representatives from UNESCO, the Clinton Global Initiative, Peace Corps volunteers, ambassadors and designers. Held at Milner Plaza, next to Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art, market goers catch a free shuttle less than a block from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn doorstep!
The Santa Fe Spanish Market is one of three Heritage Events held annually in Santa Fe. Spanish Market week events includes: lectures, luncheons, and concerts. Events take place at various venues throughout the city from July 21-27, 2014. The 63rd Spanish Market will feature 350+ artists from the region who work in handmade traditional Spanish Colonial art forms such as weavings, carvings, jewelry, furniture, tinwork and more all indoors at the Community Center. Congruently on the Plaza, the 28th Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market will showcase original contemporary work and individual expressive art outdoors in booths. Live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional food sales enhance these popular events on the Santa Fe Plaza which is less than a 7 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn (free parking is provided to overnight guests).
Annual Santa Fe Indian Market – August 18-24, 2014
Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) celebrates its 93rd Santa Fe Indian Market in 2014! This prestigious annual event brings together 1,100 of the most gifted Native American artists from about 100 tribes who compete for prizes, displaying and selling art work in over 600 booths. Established and emerging Indian artists are celebrated as to their craft, creativity and hard work. 150,000+ visitors, buyers, collectors and gallery owners emerge on Santa Fe from all over the world for a rare opportunity to
meet and purchase 10 kinds of art, in both traditional and contemporary, directly from the artist. A Sneak and General Preview of the Award Winning Art and the SWAIA Live Auction Gala Dinner are held on the eve of the Market while other events including the Native Film Festival, music on the Plaza, a Native American clothing contest, lectures and symposia are available to enjoy the weekdays prior to the Market. Quality is the hallmark of the Santa Fe Indian Market as there are no other venues that consistently brings so many fine Native American artists together in one place at one time.
This annual event occurs in late August / early September 2014. One of the oldest continuous celebrations in the United States, commemorates Don Diego de Vargas’ reentry into Santa Fe on September 14, 1692 which followed the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. A proclamation was signed in 1712 to establish an annual commemoration by the Santa Fe City Council. 2014’s celebration kicks off the 301st Fiesta de Santa Fe at Fort Marcy Park with the burning of Zozobra (Old Man Gloom). Zozobra is to symbolize the cleaning of hardships and travails from over the past year and afterward downtown streets leading to the Plaza are closed to traffic-allowing spectators to walk, socialize and purchase food and drink. During Labor Day weekend, a Fine Arts and Crafts Market as well as a Pre-Fiesta Show offers a number of other events throughout the City. Mariachi Extravaganza de Santa Fe is scheduled at the Santa Fe Opera; Historical Lectures are to be held at St. Francis Auditorium; and Mariachi Matinee performed at the Lensic Performing Arts Center- all an easy stroll from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Other entertaining events include — mariachi music and Spanish dancing on the plaza; Desfile De Los Ninos (children’s Pet Parade), Fiesta Royalty Ceremonies, the Historical / Hysterical Parade with floats and marching bands, arts and crafts, food vendors, etc. on Saturday and Sunday of Fiesta de Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Pro Musica brings together outstanding musicians to inspire and educate audiences of all ages through the performance of great music. A nationally recognized musical organization remaining steeped in its commitment to the Santa Fe community and was founded in 1980. A varied program of ensembles are offered in numerous historic venues- all walking distance from Pueblo Bonito Inn. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents selections of music from the last four centuries to include works from chamber orchestra, chamber ensemble, and large-scale oratorios throughout its seasonal months beginning in September and running through April. Annual Baroque Christmas concerts are very popular with Santa Fe visitors being highly advised to include this in their Santa Fe Christmas plans. Also Baroque Holy Week coinciding with Easter Holiday celebration is a musical wonder for New Mexico travelers to Santa Fe. 2007 seasoon brought high recognition to Santa Fe Pro Musica when Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde/The Song of the Earth was recorded in collaboration with Smithsonian Chamber Players and then nominated for a 2008 GRAMMY® Award in classical music category “Best Small Ensemble Performance“.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta- Sept 24-28, 2014
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual event creating a five-day weekend of events! Local Santa Fe, New Mexico culinary artistry is featured as many top Santa Fe chefs couple their skills with the sophistication and wines of national wineries. This annual Santa Fe event brings over 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, creating a delectable schedule of food and wine events. Cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners area all featured events, yet all the while the Grand Tasting culminates this Fiesta at the Santa Fe Opera. All 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine for those lucky enough to get tickets! Make your reservation and plans now to attend Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta in one of the most desirable southwestern travel destinations- Santa Fe, New Mexico. Let Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast be your host with great internet rates available NOW! www.pueblobonitoinn.com
42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 4-12, 2014
Fans and participants from throughout the world enjoy the annual event held at the 200-acre Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park. Breathtaking mass ascensions, evening Balloon Glows, and balloon races are all apart of this nine-day color-filled extravaganza New Mexico Fiesta event! Special balloon shapes always amaze and delight and have in years past included a giant butterfly, elephant, Darth Vader, Elsie the cow and even an ice cream cone! Make plans now to stay at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, while attending this spectacular event- rooms fill up quickly! Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of the most photographed events in the world and is so easy to enjoy while staying and experience all Santa Fe has to offer. HINT: Ride the roadrunner transit train from Santa Fe to Fiesta Park- save the hassle, inconvenience and expense of parking and driving yourself! Downtown Santa Fe depot is a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b- 3 blocks- to hop on the roadrunner to the Bernalillo depot then take the Balloon shuttle to Fiesta park! Fun, easy and memorable.
Santa Fe, NM- it’s difficult to choose just one “THE BEST RESTAURANT” in this city different, as there are literally 300+ excellent Santa Fe restaurants serving up some king of tantalizing flavor! As burgers are always a popular “culinary” item which most folks relate to, this post offers our top five Top Burger Picks in Santa Fe, NM- all walking distance from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
1. Santa Fe Bite- the old Bobcat Bite has moved into downtown Santa Fe- lucky for us…. we can now walk there! Renamed “Santa Fe Bite” and located close by on the historic Old Santa Fe Trail, this extremely popular burger stop has only become more popular! Offering it’s famous green chili cheese burger as well as other options, they now have a bar and dining area indoor and out.
2. Restaurant Martin- located on Galisteo St – across from Pueblo Bonito Inn- this is arguably one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe! Offering great lunch choices including a Green Chili Buffalo Burger which is top notch. Cuisine described as “Progressive American”, Restaurant Martin is a restaurant you won’t want to miss while visiting Santa Fe.
3. Rio Chama – one of our most frequented Santa Fe restaurants. This gem offers a fantastic bar atmosphere, diversified menu and is open from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. One of our favorites is the buffalo burger sliders- 4 more-than-bite-size mini-buffalo burgers featuring a red chili, mushroom and onion salsa to top your slider. Another favorite is the cheese fondue- perfect topping to a plain slider! Located three minute walking distance from Pueblo Bonito Inn, just south of NM State Capitol- we have seen many a movie stars or popular politician dining in this restaurant.
4. Zia Diner- a great alternative for folks seeking comfort food en Santa Fe- thus the burger! Green Chili, bacon, cheese burger… oh my! Make sure you have plenty of napkins. Great place for the whole family as other items like Sheppard’s Pie, Fish & chips, shakes and tantalizing desserts top the menu.
5. Shake Foundation- newly opened by Santa Fe restaurateur Brian Knox (entrepreneur of: Café Escalera, Agua Santa) offers the perfect “go” burgers. No indoor seating and limited outdoor seating, this gourmet “go burger” is one to put on your “to do list” while en Santa Fe. Taking a day trip to Bandelier or Taos? Stop by, pick up a burger and shake and off you go sure to enjoy the many flavors one can choose to add (guacamole, green chili, multiple cheese varieties, sautéed mushrooms/onions and others).
Happy Eating! We hope you’ve enjoyed this post and encourage you to share with us your favs. We are aware there are more and more and more Top Santa Fe Burger Restaurants which we have not been able to list, so please take a moment to share- won’t you?
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November Bird Watching can prove to be quiet exuberating when Santa Fe visitors take note of crystal blue New Mexico skies! Not only are our skies a glorious crisp blue in color, but some of Gods most amazing creatures have recently been spotted on the grounds of Santa Fe‘s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! Closeby areas – such as the Galisteo Basin- are also known for bird watching and recent spotting have been as follows:
Downing Woodpecker:Though I am not an expert birdwatcher, I have seen an active little Downy Woodpecker on several occasions balancing on the branches of tall Chinese elms at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM. He frequently makes his presence known by the rap-tap-tap of his pecking on a nearby light pole! His beautiful black-and-white colors are prominently displayed and easily identifiable even for my beginning bird watching knowledge!
American Kestrel: North America’s littlest falcon! Evidently The American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It’s one of the most colorful of all raptors from what I‘ve read. The American Kestrel spotted on the grounds of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn looked very much like the photo below to the right. Beautiful slate-blue head and wings with contrasting rusty-red back and tail. It was definitely on the prowl as it perched for a few minutes on our telephone lines then and swooped quickly across the street for what we assume was a tasty dinner treat!
These little beauties are frequently seen around Santa Fe as their migration begins in the November. They tend to hop the grounds of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn for both fall and spring visits. It is my understanding they winter in forests and feed in both deciduous and coniferous trees, often at higher elevations (Santa Fe is 7000 ft with nearby Sangre de Cristos mountains to 13,000+ ft).
In fall through spring, harriers can be found in wide-open grasslands, or fields in outlaying areas of Santa Fe county. Recently I sighted a Northern Harrier during flight just off 285 south of Santa Fe. Note the low, slow, coursing flight style, the bird’s V-shaped wing posture, and its white rump- all indications of correct classification of Northern Harrier. During migration in the fall and spring, you can see these magnificent birds high in the sky over nearby mountain ridges and hills.
November Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is a delightful experience for birdwatchers, history buffs, black Friday shoppers, Thanksgiving travelers, and so much more! The staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn have been serving Santa Fe visitors for over 28 years! We strive to make your New Mexico bird watching visit memorable. Special Discount rates available on line (click here) or call 1-800-461-4599. Awarded: 2013 Guest Favorite Inn; 2012 Guest Most Likely to Return; 2011 Top Santa Fe Lodging.
Photos: All About Birds
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Bandelier National Monument - Great hiking with numerous archeological sites along the Main Loop Trail (1.2 mi rt) and on the additional mile round-trip trail to Alcove House. Private cars may enter park before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. Other times visitors access park with Park shuttle provided in parking lot at entrance of park.
Directions from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM (40 min): Right onto Manhattan Ave. Right onto Paseo De Peralta. Left onto Saint Francis Drive (HWY 84/285) north toward Los Alamos. Just after the village of Pojoaque, merge right onto NM 502 to Los Alamos. Continue on NM502 toward Los Alamos. Bear right and exit onto NM 4 towards White Rock. Continue for 12 miles, passing White Rock. Bandelier Park entrance is on left. Fee about $12 p/car.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies the unique geological area known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. Kasha-Katuwe (or white cliffs in the traditional language of Keresan of Cochiti Pueblo people) is an area that features large, tent-shaped rocks that hug the steep cliffs of Peralta Canyon. These rocks were created by the powerful forces of volcanism and erosion, which have built up and then torn down this landscape.
Directions from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM: Right onto Manhattan Ave. Right onto Paseo de Peralta. Left onto Cerrillos Rd. Left onto St Francis Dr (HWY 84/285) south. I-25 S toward Albuquerque. Take Cochiti exit off I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow signs to Cochiti Pueblo. Turn right at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92 (connects to Forest Service Road 266). 5 miles on this dirt road to Tent Rocks parking area- marked with a sign.
Pecos National Monument – between the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Glorieta Mesa lies the Glorieta Pass. A visit to Pecos National Historical Park takes visitors to a gem of the National Park Service. History of pueblo and Spanish settlers; the Santa Fe Trail (which passed through what are now park grounds); ranch history in the Pecos Valley; and the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass all come alive in the Pecos! A 25 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM:Directions: Right onto Manhattan. Left onto Paseo de Peralta. Left onto Old Santa Fe Trail (turns into Old Pecos Trail) to I-25 N (toward Las Vegas, NM). Take exit 299 on to HWY 50 to Pecos village and south two miles on State Road 63.
Autumn Update 2013: Government Shutdown
It is an absolutely gorgeous first day of October, 2013 in Santa Fe, NM! The weather is fabulous as the aspens are changing to vibrant autumn colors, walking and hiking trails have been repaired after the much needed September rains, and hiking is good in areas that are open! Current government closures have effected a few popular national parks, but in actually there are so many beautiful outdoor places in and around Santa Fe to enjoy, it has not hindered our guests vacation enjoyment! Note the following closures and open areas as of 10.1.13:
*Bandelier National Monument . Questionable if no-pay trails like Cerro Grande or Burnt Mesa are accessible.
*Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks and Pecos National Monument
*Campgrounds and bathrooms in Santa Fe National Forest. Trails are still open however with the exceptions of previous closures due to recent flooding & fire damage.
*Orilla Verde, Santa Cruz Lake and Wild Rivers Recreation Areas.
*Santa Fe National Forest trails. NOTE: Carefully park outside any locked campground gate and enjoy your hike. Bathrooms are closed. See Aspen Viewing “Event” below. Sangre de Cristo Mountains – 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn.
*Ghost Ranch- its trails are gorgeous right now. Okeeffe house tours available too!
*Dale Ball Trails- hiking, mountain biking, etc. minutes from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
*Randall Davey Audubon Center – nature so close – less than 2 miles from Pueblo Bonito Inn. Hiking trails available too.
*BLM recreation areas which do not have developed facilities (like Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site) are open.
*Cerrillos Hills – off turqoise trail- a lovely area just outside Santa Fe on Hwy 14. 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. *Hyde Memorial State Parks in Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. *Rancho de las Golondrinas-open for Harvest Festival Oct. 5 & 6. Limited “winter hours“ otherwise. *Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta- annual event enjoyed by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests. 10/4-13/13.
OCTOBER SANTA FE EVENTS:
*Fall Aspen Viewing at Ski Santa Fe- Oct 5- 13. Scenic Chair lift rides (10am to 3:30pm-last ride down). 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM.
* ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
*SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Oct 16-20
*GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR- A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5. Oct 19 & 20.
One of Santa Fe, NM’s best kept travel secrets is visiting in September, October and November. Fall and Pre-winter travel dates provide cooler temperatures (70s, 60s and even 50s by Thanksgiving) and lessened crowds (a selection of more popular Santa Fe restaurants will not require an hour wait!). One can reasonably argue, springtime to be equally preferred boasting similar climate temps and discounted room rates, however fall festivals and breathtaking foliage create a special travel season for Santa Fe , New Mexico.
Where to stay – another coveted travel secret- is the “2013 Guest Favorite Inn” awarded to Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown. Nestled quietly next to the NM State capitol, this 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound creates a perfect travel package for history buff seeking to experience authentic Old Santa Fe accommodations. Mid-October thru Mid-May really highlight the glories of Pueblo Bonito Inn as each of it’s 18 enchanting guest rooms boast a working corner kiva fireplace! No need to imagine here. Slumber off to the real sound of crackling wood with a soft scent of pine providing a therapeutic ambiance of relaxation and enjoyment. Last, but not least the third best kept Santa Fe Travel secret is what to do… so many choices on any day of the week during the September, October and November months. We offer just a few:
SEPTEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Aug 31-Sept 2: Labor Day Weekend: Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts on the Plaza!
Sept 5, 7, 8: FIESTA de SANTA FE:*Burning of Zozobra- Thursday night celebration of burning of Old Man Gloom; Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas- Friday Fiesta Royalty reenactment; Food Booths; Band Stand on the Plaza; Parades- Friday, Saturday and Sunday day & night provide local culture through music, food, dance, arts and craft; Pet Parade: Saturday morning around the plaza locals share proudly their favorite pets in theme.
Sept 7: GREEN CHILI HARVEST FESTIVAL at SF FARMERS MARKET located at Santa Fe Railyard. Celebrate Northern New Mexico’s unique culture and history in chili. Produce, baked goods, jams, and other locally grown foods, and crafts. Every Tues & Saturday through November!
Sept 14, 15: PILAR ART STUDIO TOUR: In Pilar, NM.
FALL GOLD SALE at SKI SANTA FE in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains!: Enjoy mountain air, gold foliage and a trip aboard Ski Santa Fe’s Super Chief Quad Chairlift. Food by La Casa Café & Beer Garden by Santa Fe Brewing on the deck with live music. Great savings at Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop Pre Season Blowout Sale. Season Pass Sale.
Sept 21, 22:
*SANTA FE TRIATHALON: Sat 21st: 7:30 am Geneoveva Chavez Community Center: 5k run; 12 mile bike; 400 m swim.
*HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR: Scenic Byway is a lovely, winding road through Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos with magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villages
*POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR: A uniquely Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience, includes nineteen studios and thirty-seven artists and artisans.
*SANTA FE RENESSANCE FAIR: 10 am – 6 pm A community event with proceeds to support the homeless. Held at
El Rancho de las Golondrinas- a Spanish colonial outdoor living history museum. 200 acres of historical recreations, including working gristmills, blacksmith, wheelwright and many other outstanding attractions of history to discover!
Sept 25-29: SANTA FE WINE/CHILI FESTIVAL: Demos and Testing’s; Parings and an Auction; Golf Tournament; Grand Tasting at the Opera House; Seminars and Luncheons; And so, so much to experience and enjoy in diverse cultures, foods and drinks!
Sept 28-29: HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR (2nd Weekend); POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR:
OCTOBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
October 5,6: *Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas- Bringing the harvest in with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot, string chile ristras, make tortillas, bake fresh bread and much more! Sat/Sun 10-4.
October 5-13: INTERNATIONAL ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA: Always a breathtaking event with mass ascensions; evening glows; races; rides; special shapes; pin trading and so much more for every age to enjoy. Take the rail runner from Santa Fe depot in the morning to avoid the traffic/parking and return via rail runner to Pueblo Bonito b&b. This allows you to see the fiesta on the perfect weather day!
October 12-14: ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
October 16-20: SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!
October 19,20: GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR- A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5.
NOVEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Nov 1-20: IT’S ABOUT TIME – 14,000 Years of History thru Art: New Mexico History Museum (short walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). Trace art in the American Southwest from the earliest Clovis culture to present day. Native American, Hispanic and European American art. Exhibit emphasizes the prime objects of artistic change as part of the centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood.
*Nov 2 & 24: SANTA FE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: Professional full-sized orchestra with volunteer chorus. Performance include: Nov 2: Voyages of Discovery; Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah (a must do for Thanksgiving visitors!).
Nov 7,8,9: TONY HILLERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE! An intimate writers conference open to writers of all genres.
Nov 8,9,10: Fuze SW 2013: Food and Folklore Festival- New Mexico Museum of Art. Folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and—of course—food! –
Nov 15,16, 22, 23: Greer Garson Theatre :‘Our Lady of 121st Street’. Comedy created by co-artistic director of New York’s Labyrinth Theatre Company. A group of acquaintances attend wake of former teacher (a nun) whose body was stolen. As the search for her corpse continues, we meet a cast of characters both hilarious and tragic.
Nov 24- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY in Santa Fe! You’ve never experiences Black Friday the Santa Fe way! Come host in the Holidays via New Mexico style. If it snows- the Ski Basin will open. If it doesn’t, the shops and cultural events will be in full force! No way you can loose by celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, NM. Great nightly and group rates always available at your favorite Santa Fe bed and breakfast inn- Pueblo Bonito 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com