New Mexico Travel Hints for Santa Fe Trips- Spring Break, Family Travel, or Historic Travel Get Away.
Traveling to Santa Fe NM for Spring Break? Winter Ski Trip? Family Summer Travel? Opera Season? Here are New Mexico travel tips designed to make your Santa Fe vacation easier anytime of the year! A Get Away to Santa Fe anytime is a great time.
Albuquerque’s Airport “The Sunport” (ABQ) Most visitors arriving by air into Albuquerque will fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). All the major airlines fly into ABQ. Santa Fe is approximately 60 miles north, or about a 70 minute drive to Pueblo Bonito b&b, located in downtown Santa Fe!
Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) Santa Fe, NM has a small airport serviced by American Eagle flights from Dallas/Ft Worth and Los Angeles, or by private aircraft. The nearest large airport is ABQ, which most visitors rent a car and make the 60 mile drive north into Santa Fe while enjoying the majestic landscape of the Sandia, Jemez and Sangre de Cristos mountain ranges.
Amtrak New Mexico visitors traveling by train, find great convenience in visiting Santa Fe via the Lamy stop. Just a short 20 minute shuttle drive from the Lamy train station to Pueblo Bonito b&b front door! We highly recommend Amtrak as it provides a great travel experience for southwestern tourists who have the time and desire to creates a vacation memory never to be forgotten! Lamy shuttle information is listed on Amtrak website (see SAF).
Renting is a quick and flexible option for getting between Abq Sunport and Santa Fe. It can be very useful for enjoying other sightseeing opportunities as well- day trips to Bandelier, Pecos, Abiquiu, Chimayo, etc. Numerous rental car companies are located at ABQ Sunport. After renting a car, take I-25 north approximately 60 miles north to Santa Fe (there are 4 exits for Santa Fe). Getting to Pueblo Bonito b&b inn is easy. Take the St. Francis Drive Exit. Go to Cerrillos Road (about 2.9 miles) – turn right. Turn right onto Paseo de Peralta. Left onto Galisteo. Right at W Manhattan. Follow the big adobe wall which is on your right side to the first driveway, take a right and head into our secluded adobe compound -conveniently located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, NM.
Shuttle services are available between ABQ Sunport and Santa Fe. We recommendSandia Shuttle Express (888-775-5696). One-way or round trips are available – call Sandia Shuttle directly for exact rates, reservations and schedule information. This shuttle will pick you up at ABQ airport and drop you off at our door step any day of the week.
New Mexico Railrunner An economical way to arrive at downtown Santa Fe depot from ABQ Sunport. A commuter train which began in 2008, now runs from as far north as Santa Fe to as far south as Los Lunas NM, making many stops along the way. Passengers must take the city bus from ABQ Sunport to the downtown Albuquerque bus station (a stop on the NM Railrunner). Costs vary, but fare is approximately $6.00 from Albuquerque downtown to Santa Fe. Please check schedule, rates and policies directly at the New Mexico Railrunner website.
Though not recommended due to this transportation option being much less economical than alternatives stated previously, the Albuquerque Cab Company (505-883-4888) and Capital City Cab (in Santa Fe, 505-438-0000) will take you from ABQ Sunport to Pueblo Bonito b&b in Santa Fe and vice verse charging approximately $160-180 for the trip. This is a viable and reasonably priced means of transportation if you are flying in and out of the Santa Fe Airport however.
What to expect: Altitude and Weather
Altitude – Santa Fe’s elevation is 7,000 feet. Our air is very dry, and the sun is very intense. We suggest you wear a hat and use a high-SPF sunscreen liberally. Moisturizing products are also suggested. The altitude effects people differently and sometimes folks need a day or so to acclimate. We recommend you take it easy for the first couple of days, and always drink plenty of water. Alcohol consumption and exercise exertion are intensified at this altitude, so pacing yourself is a good idea.
Current Santa Fe Weather
On average, 300+ days of sunshine a year with low relative humidity can be expected for Santa Fe, NM weather. Our 7,000 foot above sea level elevation invites warm days and cool evenings during spring, summer and fall. Layering one’s outfits is advisable during winter months while a jacket or sweater is advisable other times, even during the summer. Sunsets are spectacular year round, but mostly in the fall, summer and spring. The Santa Fe Opera is well known for it’s unique amphitheater showcasing the summer monsoon lightening strikes in July & August- breathtaking!
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Navigating Santa Fe
Staying at Pueblo Bonito b&b allows the convenience of walking anywhere in the downtown historic area while avoiding the annoyance and expense of parking. We are located in a prime location, easy walking to Canyon Rd, the Plaza, Rail yard, Galisteo shopping, museums and some of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants. Cars are not needed except for daytrips or excursions. To visit Museum Hill you can drive, take the city M-route bus, walk (under one mile), take a cab or enjoy a pedi-cab. There are numerous car rental agencies in Santa Fe, as you may want a vehicle since it can come in handy if you decide to visit Santa Fe’s spectacular surrounding areas. Remember parking is free when staying at Pueblo Bonito b&b.
Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles from the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. A convenient and short 20 minute drive straight up the snow capped mountain from Pueblo Bonito b&b’s front door! With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet which offers some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and provide a gateway for thrills including steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers. Local patrons and visitors from around the world join together to enjoy beautiful scenery while participating in this wonderful winter sport centrally located in Northern New Mexico. All ages, skill levels and ability find something for their taste, whether a first time skier/boarder or seasoned veteran, Ski Santa Fe offer complete services for all level of participants. Ski Santa Fe is family oriented, but those seeking a challenge can find their place on our mountain. Ski lessons are available for novice to achievement, in groups or individual. Check out the most current snow accumulations and conditions at Ski Santa Fe here.
Combine a fun filled and exciting winter activity like skiing/boarding with the lure of historic, romantic Santa Fe and you have a ski vacation suited for honeymooners, anniversary celebrations, family ski vacations, spring break travel, or a quick weekend get-a-way. Regardless of the reason, your time skiing in New Mexico is sure to be remembered for years to come! Santa Fe’s unique and diverse activities such as: shopping, dining, spa, museums, galleries, and arts provide that creative edge when designing southwest winter ski vacation. Fun is certain for the whole family. Romance and relaxation definite for the adult couple. Add the bonus that Ski Santa Fe offer FREE skiing to Seniors during the months of January and February! Ages 62 and over ski any day all day, all lifts during the months of January and February -for free!
Combine reasonable and varied ski ticket pricing of Ski Santa Fe with affordable Santa Fe accommodations at Pueblo Bonito b&b-and you have one of the most affordable and memorable winter ski vacation packages available in the United States! Winter visitors enjoy this historic, adobe pueblo-style b&b secluded within quite grounds and located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe- walking distance to plaza, restaurants, shopping, etc. Romantic kiva fireplaces highlight Santa Fe visitors experience nightly as these are a feature of every room or suite at Pueblo Bonito Inn.
Whatever your reason or goal you need to achieve- Santa Fe, Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn and Ski Santa Fe offer the most affordable packages to meet your Winter Fun in the Sun- Santa Fe Ski vacation needs. Come join us…. the skiing is great! 1-800-461-4599
Santa Fe , NM- the perfect place to catch that indescribably festive holiday spirit that will ring true through the 2012 New Year. Northern New Mexico travel prior to Christmas and through New Years provides guests with many opportunities to experience a magical vacation get away. Santa Fe travel in the winter months avails festive Holiday performances, winter Art Markets, outdoor activities and more for New Mexico visitors such as:
December 2011- Santa Fe Farmers Market: Every Saturday: 8am-1pm.Fresh and yummy locally grown fruits, veggies, honey, eggs, cheeses, grass-fed meats, baked goods, body care and herbal products, and so much more.
Ski Santa Fe- Open till April 8th offers a family fun ski vacation for all skill levels. Skiers & snowboarders love the short lines and convenience this ski basin offers to Pueblo Bonito b&b which offers ski/lodging packages! Click here for free lift tickets!
December 7th: Sneak preview of PBS Billy the Kid documentary. Panel discussion with producers, authors and historians at Palace of the Governors- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
December 9th: Christmas at the Palace. Enjoy an evening with hot cider, live music, entertainment, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Palace of the Governors. Donations encouraged.
December 10th: Light Among the Ruins. The Ruins of San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church and Giusewa Pueblo will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. The program will included Native American flute music, Jemez Pueblo dancers, and refreshments. Free Admission
December 11th: Las Posada en Santa Fe. Traditional Christ child play and candle-lit procession around the Plaza to the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Free admission.
December 12th : Pojoaque Pueblo “Our Lady of Guadalupe and Matachines** Dances“. Various dances held on this Native American Pueblo only 20 minutes north of Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast.
December 13th: New Mexico’s Stumble to Statehood. Presented by The School for Advanced Research by Jon Hummer 505-954-7203
December 17 & 18: Rail yard Artisans Market Special Holiday Faire: wide variety of products from herbal beauty to handmade guitars. A family friendly event complete with live music, delicious food at the café. Saturday 3pm-7:30pm; Sunday10am-4pm, in the Market Pavilion in the Rail yard- 7 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn.
December 18th: Royal Music. Enjoy the sounds of the season at this annual free concert featuring the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and Brass with special-guest choral director Linda Raney. Lensic Performing Arts Center, just a 5 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast inn.
December 21st: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Southwest’s Monumental Ruins- Join Adam Johnson as he speaks on “Preservation in the Early 20th Century: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Monumental Ruins of the Southwest,” at noon at Palace of the Governors. Free
December 24th: Christmas Eve Concert at the Lensic @ 5:00 pm held by Santa Fe Concert Association. A Christmas Eve program featuring Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Don’t show up without a ticket! 505-988-1234
Santa Fe’s Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The streets of the Eastside Historical District are lined with farolitos, luminarias, carolers, cheerful holiday celebration and good cheer. A must do once in your lifetime event for all ages to enjoy. Canyon Road Farolito Walk is less than a 5 minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b.
Kewa Pueblo (formally Santo Domingo) Christmas Eve Mass at midnight preceded by traditional dancing 505-465-2214. Kewa pueblo is a 25 minute drive south from Santa Fe off Hwy 25 toward Albuquerque.
December 25th: Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) and Picurus Pueblos- Matachine** dancing. **The Matachines dance (Spanish matachin, or religious dancer) is very popular in Mexico and Northern New Mexico. The Matachine dance is a religious dance intended to venerate either Mother Mary, a saint, Christ, or God the Holy Trinity. Dressed in festive Native American costume, the chief characters are El Monarca, the monarch (Montezuma); the captains (Montezuma’s main generals); La Malinche, or Malintzin, the Indian mistress of Hernán Cortés; El Toro, the bull, the malevolent comic man of the play is dressed in buffalo skins with buffalo horns on his head. Characters also include Abuelo, the grandfather, and Abuela, the grandmother. The Matachine dance portrays the desertion of his people by Montezuma, Malinche luring him back with her wiles and smiles, the final reunion of king and people and the killing of El Toro, who is supposed to have made all the mischief. The most basic symbol of the dance is good vs. evil, with good prevailing. Montezuma and la Malinche represent good, and the bull represents mischief. Hernan Cortes, represents Satan or evil. Costumes, rattles, arches and bows are all blessed by a priest.
December 25-28th: Christmas Harvest Dance on Laguna Pueblo follows a 10:00 am mass at Laguna Village.
Christmas Celebration – Zia Pueblo
Holy Innocents Day (Children’s Dance) on the Picurus Pueblo on December 28th.
December 29 & 30, 2011: Brandenburg Holiday, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra at St Francis Auditorium. Thomas O’Connor, conductor; J.S. Bach The Six Brandenburg Concertos
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Concert at the Lensic @ 5:00 pm Sponsored by Santa Fe Concert Association. Relax, enjoy and surround yourself with the joys and memories of the past year with anticipation of the New Year yet to come. A perfect beginning to an exciting future! 505-988-1234
Fire and Ice New Years Eve Celebration in Los Alamos. An evening of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a small fireworks show at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Celebrate NEW YEARS EVE! Book 3 night -complimentary bubbly!
January 6, 2012: 47 Stars: Mark the Centennial. The New Mexico History Museum commemorates New Mexico’s 1912 entry into the Union with 47 Stars, a collection of exhibits that includes the officially unofficial 47-star flag. 47 Stars includes long-term exhibits and a tongue-in-cheek front-window installation to help celebrate the state’s Centennial.
Grand Centennial Ball -Once-in-a-lifetime, black tie ball to celebrate New Mexico’s Statehood. “Take a Step Back in Time for the Future of New Mexico.” All proceeds from the ball will help establish the Centennial Children’s Legacy Fund.
January 7: Shoes for Santo Nino- an expression of the fabric of northern New Mexico, its culture and its traditions. A story written in the 1930s by NM author Peggy Pond Church is brought back to life with full-color illustrations by Santa Fe artist Charlie Carrillo @ Lensic.
Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible: An epic work of art. Features portions of the first modern-day Bible entirely handwritten and illuminated in 500 years. World-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords, serves as the project’s artistic director from his scriptorium in Wales. Also on exhibit will be a page from an original Gutenberg Bible. A series of lectures, musical performances and calligraphy workshops accompany the exhibit. New Mexico History Museum- 10 min walk from Pueblo Bonito. Thur April 7, 2012.
January 15: Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Viennese Joy at the Lensic. Guest Conductor Guillermo Figueroa and soloist (TBA); Strauss, Pizzicato Polka; Waldteufel’s Les Patineurs, Strauss’ Blue Danube and more…Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m.
January 27: CLASSICAL WEEKEND: BRAHMS- Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra at St Francis Auditorium. Thomas O’Connor, conductor; Cecile Licad, piano Felix Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture; Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15
January 28: CLASSICAL WEEKEND: Classical Recital @ Lensic
January 29:CLASSICAL WEEKEND: MENDELSSOHN @ Lensic Santa Fe Pro Musica Ticket Information/Times: (505) 988-4640
January 28: Santa Fe Souper Bowl XVIII. Come, decide which of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants has the best soups! A benefit for The Northern New Mexico Food Depot. Guests will thrill in the competition, grab fabulous silent auction items and have an opportunity to buy a cookbook featuring soup recipes from Santa Fe’s finest chefs.
For the 20th year in a row world travelers who subscribe to Condé Nast Traveler magazine have voted Santa Fe, New Mexico as one of their favorite travel destinations in the United States. Santa Fe, NM was selected as the third most popular travel city in the U.S. after Charleston and San Francisco! Santa Fe joined many desirable travel towns in this years 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Santa Fe held the third spot as well in 2010. More than 28,000 reader’s voted for thier favorite travel cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and other travel-service providers from around the world for the magazine’s 24th annual poll.
“All Santa Feans should be proud of this recognition,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. “The annual poll is generated 100 percent by the magazine’s readers, meaning that each of the city’s restaurants, lodgers, retailers, galleries, performers, attractions, and service providers have a hand in the award.”
Cities were rated on Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping.
Santa Fe has been included as one of the top U.S. travel destinations by the poll each year since 1992 when Santa Fe was just a write-in candidate but received enough votes from the magazine’s readers to be chosen the number one travel destination in the world!
The “Top 10 US Cities” as ranked in the 24th Annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards:
1. Charleston, SC
3. Santa Fe
6. New York
The results of the poll will be featured in the November Condé Nast Traveler, which goes on newsstands later in October, and appear on the magazine’s web site.
History Lovers delight in Santa Fe’s rich past. As New Mexico celebrates its Centennial (1912-2011), more than 400 years have passed and the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe, NM continues to offer vibrant and intriguing glimpses of past lifestyles and eras. Steeped in history -Santa Fe visitors walk historic streets, visit museums boasting history lessons on the occupation of ancient Anasazi, Spanish conquistadors and missions, the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe railroad boom, the wild west, and 20th century innovations like the Manhattan project, Espionage, and Artistic influences of the southwest. Visitors are able to explore ancient Native American ruins filled with petroglyphs, a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life, centuries-old adobe and European-style churches, a historic working railroad, and the distinctive architecture of old downtown Santa Fe. With such a layered and diverse history, its no wonder Santa Fe draws visitors back year after year to uncover the fascinating past and experience the unforgettable present. As 2011 draws to a close, exciting events continue to bring opportunities to enjoy this delightful historic city. Come and join us… won’t you?
Santa Fe, NM November 2011 Calendar of Events:
Santa Fe Harvest Festival: Nov 1-23 Food lovers prepare! A culinary extravaganza featuring cooking classes at over 40 restaurants; chef and bartender competitions; as well as the Restaurant Relay (Nov 5) where servers race around the Plaza with loaded trays. Proceeds go to Cooking with Kids Children’s Charity.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshop: Travel Photography Intensive: Capturing the Essence of a Place November 4 – November 6, 2011 Capture the essence of the culture, landscape and character of stunning Santa Fe. Great for amateurs to advanced amateurs.
Land of Enchantment Centennial Special: Union Pacific’s vintage steam locomotive No. 844 will be steaming through New Mexico in honor of the state’s 100th anniversary of statehood November 4-9.
Dixon Studio Tour November 5,6, 2011, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; 30th Anniversary!
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. Painting, photography, jewelry, stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath, beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and roving musicians.
Santa Fe Art Auction: November 12, 2011, 1:30pm at Convention Center in downtown Santa Fe, NM- less than a 10 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn! Auction Previews: 11th (10 am – 8pm); 12th (9am – 1pm). The Southwest’s Largest Auction of Classic Western Art presented by Gerald Peters Gallery.
Ski Santa Fe Nov 24- March Opening Thanksgiving weekend! New for 2011/2012 Season “Richard’s Run”. A Black diamond run accessible from Highline into Highline Glade, then crossing over Sunset Trail. One of the best kept secrets- this is a top notch ski area offering lessons for all ages and skill levels, child care, equipment rental, and snow!
Enjoy an exciting month of November travel in Santa Fe at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn with great winter specials- just in time for these exciting Santa Fe events and activities. November & December 2011- Pueblo Bonito is offering $99 Queen rooms, Sunday thru Wed evening; $109 Thursday and $129 Friday and Saturday. Just one reason we were recently voted “2011 Guests Favorite” Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast by bnbfinder.com! Offering a great value in Santa Fe lodging to make your Santa Fe visit experience the best it can be Call today 1-800-461-4599 or visit our website at www.pueblobonitoinn.com (Celebrating 25 years of serving Santa Fe visitors- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn).
Popular day trip suggestion for our Santa Fe vacation visitors who enjoy staying at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn is to enjoy a visit to one of the nearby natural hot springs. A short scenic drive to access one of the following natural hot springs is worth the time alone, but when coupled with the therapeutic, relaxing energies these waters provide, a special and memorable experience occurs that can only be experienced when taking an enchanting New Mexico vacation.
Please note many of these springs are located in remote destinations and may require a certain amount of hiking, climbing or other physical activity to reach. You should always check with the Forest Service or local ranger station before attempting to access these pools.
Ojo Caliente, located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required.
Montezuma Hot Springs, located northwest of the town of Las Vegas on the grounds of the United World College. Three clusters of concrete soaking pools of various sizes and temperatures. Bathing suits required.
San Antonio Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is about a 10 minute walk from where you can park. Ask locals for directions. A series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Clothing optional.
McCauley Warm Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. Accessible from either Battleship Rock (5 miles north of Jemez Springs on highway 4) or Jemez Falls Campground (14 miles north of Jemez Springs). Park at either location for the roughly 2.5 mile hike in to the springs. Large, shallow, warm pool that flows into several smaller, deeper pools with temperatures 85-90 F. Clothing optional.
Soda Dam Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. A cluster of small hot spring pools with spectacular scenery not great soaking.
Spence Hot Spring, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. An easy short hike. Ask locals for directions. Several sand-bottom pools on a steep hillside on the east side of the Jemez River. Water temperature between 100 –– 110 F. Clothing optional.
Giggling Springs Hot Springs Jemez Springs, Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended. Pool temperature is 102-104.
Jemez Springs BathHouse, located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs.
Several Pueblo Indian villages dating back between 1050 and 1150 originally inhabited Santa Fe, the capitol of New Mexico. One of the earliest known settlements, considered today as downtown Santa Fe, was a cluster of homes centered on the location called “the plaza”. Named Ogapoge, this Native American village spread for half a mile to the south and west. The Santa Fe river - a seasonal water way – was once a year round stream until the 1700’s. The river was recognized in 2007 as the most endangered river in the United States according to the conservation group American Rivers.
The name “Santa Fe” literally translated from Spanish means “holy faith”. The full name when founded was “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis”- translated means “The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi”.
In 1851, Jean Baptiste-Lamy arrived in Santa Fe and began construction of Saint Francis Cathedral and establishing El Colegio de San Miguel. This centrally located church, recently renovated is still a vibrant ministry of the catholic community in Santa Fe. El Colegio de San Miguel took 7 years to recruit Christian Brothers from France. A solid Catholic education was highly sought after by affluent young men from throughout the area- one of which was William H Bonney (aka Billy the kid). In March of 1862, the Confederate flag of General Henry Sibley flew over Santa Fe for a few short days until defeated by Union troops.
Santa Fe was originally envisioned as an important stop on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. However, as tracks were laid into New Mexico, civil engineers concluded it to be more practical to go through Lamy (a small village south of the city of Santa Fe). A branch line was completed from Lamy to Santa Fe in 1880. Three original conductor homes made from red brick were erected for Railway personnel and still stand on the corner of Galisteo Street and Manhattan just across from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn. Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroads extended a narrow gauge, called the “Chili Line” from the nearby city of Espanola to Santa Fe in 1886. The result of bypassing Santa Fe however created a gradual economic decline. This economic decline was reversed in part when the creation of a number of resources for the arts and archaeology occurred.
Santa Fe became the headquarters for the School of American Archaeology mainly because the historic Palace of the Governors was provided for its homebase. The Museum of New Mexico was then established in 1909 as an agency of the school. Thus through the museum, the school took an early interest in promoting and preserving the artistic traditions of Southwestern Indians. Edger Lee Hewett (director of the school) and Kenneth M Chapman (an artist hired by Hewett), provided extensive support for Indian artists by offering studio facilities, as well as collecting and exhibiting their work. In 1922, the School sponsored the first Southwest Indian Fair, precursor of today’s world-renowned Santa Fe Indian Market which consistently features renowned artists like San Ildefonso black potter Maria Montoya Martinez.
1912 New Mexico became the 47thstate of the United State of America with Santa Fe as its capitol city. From1942-46, Los Alamos (40 minutes north of Santa Fe) was base to the Manhattan Project. Santa Fe assumed a vital role in providing support to non-essential military personnel with services, housing, provisions and entertainment. Manhattan Avenue (named after the project) is approximately three blocks south of Santa Fe’s plaza and connects to the rail yard district. This provided families with secure and convenient downtown Santa Fe housing while taking up residence in New Mexico and guarding Los Alamos. Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast located at 138 W Manhattan was at that time apartments which provided George Sanders (Robert Oppenheimers personal body guard), his wife and infant daughter a comfortable home (see photos).
Today Santa Fe, NM is a well known center for arts that reflect the multicultural character of its inhabitants and the city. Santa Fe is generally considered to be the second largest art center in the United States after New York City. The city and surrounding areas have a high concentration of artists, which have come over the decades to capture the natural beauty of the landscape and essence of Native American culture. A well known New Mexico based painter was Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived in Santa Fe, but primarily in Abiquiu (a small village 50 miles from Santa Fe in Northern New Mexico). The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe is devoted to exhibitions of her work and associated artists or related themes. Opened in 2006, it holds over one thousand of her works in all media and is funded by a private foundation. O’Keeffe’s friend, well known western nature photographer Eliot Porter, died in Santa Fe.
Canyon Road, just a 5-minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn is notorious for the large number and high quality of art galleries all within a mile stretch. Described by Santa Fe visitors as “an art lovers Disney land” this is a major destination for collectors, tourists and locals. Canyon Road Art Galleries showcase a wide variety of styles from contemporary to Southwestern to experimental and include but are not limited to European, Taos, Masters, and Native American pieces. Breath taking outdoor sculptures line the street and galleries feature notable sculptors connected with Santa Fe like Allen Houser, Doug Hyde (studied under Houser), and Glenna Goodacre. Is it a wonder that Santa Fe is a designated UNESCO Creative City, and is considered one the best places in the world to shop specifically for Native American Indian arts and crafts?
In 2011 Santa Fe, NM was voted #2 Destination by Conde Nast reader’s choice award and #5 Most Popular North American Travel Cities by Travel+Leisure Magazine for the 10th consecutive year.Santa Fe is undoubtedly one of the most unique US travel destinations offered to New Mexico visitors. Santa Fe tourists enjoy numerous activities and events including high quality arts and culture, top notch native cuisine, breathtaking natural beauty, nationally ranked spas and museums, world history, US history and New Mexico history just to mention a few. Nick named “the city different” for a reason, its a unique place every American should experience at least once in their lifetime. Be warned however, the lure of the relaxed, laid back “manana” culture is intoxicating. How else better to experience the old world charm of historic Santa Fe than in a 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound turned Santa b&b- Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn. Call us today 1-800-461-4599 for a memorable historic Santa Fe vacation visit!
Credits: wikitravel.org as directly connected to pages from hot links provided; Santa Fe Countys Talk of the Town (Sea Bird Publications inc).
SOFA West (Aug 4-7) heralded as the premier fair for contemporary arts and design in New York and Chicago, SOFA’s 3rd Western edition returns to downtown Santa Fe.
Indian Market (August 20-21) is the premiere Native American arts market in the world! Celebrating it’s 90th anniversary, this year is guaranteed to be extra special.