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New Mexico Holiday Traditions: Santa Fe Holiday Events- November, December Travel

Santa Fe Christmas Lights

Santa Fe Christmas Lights

One might think winter holidays consist of only three specific days of the year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Santa Fe, also known as the “City Different”, holds true to its name. A consecutive 30+ day period hosts in the holidays- Pre-Thanksgiving through New Years! A festive, holiday menu of music, cuisine, shopping, special events and more for locals and New Mexico visitors alike.

Holiday festivities begin mid-November with Handel’s Messiah. On Thanksgiving Day, activities can include giving thanks and worship, enjoying friends or family, strolling down quiet, quaint streets of downtown Santa Fe, feasting upon tantalizing cuisine prepared by Santa Fe’s top Restaurateurs, hiking in glorious landscapes like Tent Rocks or enjoying opening day of Ski Santa Fe- to list just a few! Folks of all ages enjoy relaxing and reflecting on this quiet and fun (always fun!) Thanksgiving holiday. Friday after thanksgiving (aka: Black Friday) ushers in a busier time with great pre-Christmas bargain shopping, downhill skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing at Ski Santa Fe, Pueblo Feast Dances, and of course the lighting of the plaza! (Always a joy filled, well attended celebration of awe inspiring lights and decorations of the downtown Santa Fe plaza- see photo). Between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, Santa Fe visitors enjoy a quieter, more peaceful time period filled with discounted hotel rates (Pueblo Bonito b&b inn offers a $99/nt rate with in-room wood burning kiva fireplace!). This slower time of the travel season is when folks can begin preparations of the heart, mind and soul for the upcoming holidays. Many holiday specific arts and culture events help usher in this holy time of year:

Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah: Lensic Performing Arts Center: Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with Guest Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, Choral Director Dr. Linda Raney, and renowned guest soloists Devon Guthrie, Joseph Beutel and Joshua Dennis. A musical rite of the holiday season, this Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners after more than two-and-a-half centuries.

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18 cozy guest rooms all with kiva fireplace, private bath and foot thick adove walls- Pueblo Bonito Inn.

Nov 27: Ski Season Opens –  Enjoy a day of skiing at Ski Santa Fe! Voted #1 Best Deal for US Ski areas- a great ski experience for all ages and skill level, yet not as commercialized allowing for short lift lines, great snow conditions, excellent cafe service and just 16 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. After a full day of exhilarating snow skiing, return home to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea, romantic fire in your in-room kiva fireplace and easy stroll to dinner at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants!

Nov 28: Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Plaza. Walk to/from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!

Nov 28: Black Friday- Shopping on the plaza and around downtown Santa Fe is no problem! There are so many unique, distinctive, and rare items to select from for your Christmas shopping lists. If you can’t find that challenging person a great gift in Santa Fe, it probably doesn’t exist! Pueblo Bonito gift shop offers discounts off all inventory for guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (jewelry, pottery, rugs, baskets, knives, and more!).

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

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

Nov 28, 29. 30: 11th Annual Circus Luminous at the Lensic Performing Arts Theatre: A more recent favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition featuring local acrobats, clowns and aerialists. Walk to performance from Pueblo Bonito Inn-Santa Fe, NM

Nov 29, 30: SWAIA Winter Indian Market- all about community. A perfect blend of exuberant, long established holiday spirit of Santa Fe and beautiful, creative Native arts, traditions and culture.

Dec 12: Christmas on the Plaza- 30th anniversary of this beloved Santa Fe event, with hot cider, live music, entertainment and a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus. At the Palace of the Governors. Free, family event.

Dec 14: Las Posadas. This traditional Hispanic tradition re-created Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging the night Jesus was born with a candle-lit procession around the Santa Fe Plaza.

Dec 14: Holiday spirit is highlighted with The Santa Fe Symphony’s annual afternoon of Christmas favorites! This celebratory performance feature Guest Conductor Jason Altieri, Director of Orchestras at the University of Nevada and Associate Conductor for the Reno Philharmonic, as The Symphony performs Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Yon’s Gesù bambino, Faith’s Brazilian Sleigh Bells, White Christmas by Irving Berlin, Wendell’s Little Drummer Boy (Bolero), and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival.

Dec 19-24: A Baroque Christmas: Loretto Chapel. Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. Music by Back, Handel, Vivaldi and Traditional Carols. 6&8 pm each evening. Santa Fe Pro Musica is a nationally recognized musical organization that remains steeped in its commitment to community.

Dec 20, 21: The Nutcracker: Lensic Performing Arts Center. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker“. Children of all ages marvel at the whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic. Ballet, flamenco, Chinese silk dancing, and an aerialist allow the cast of 60 dancers, actors, and circus artists to create lifelong memories for you and your loved ones.

Pueblo Bonito Santa Fe Winter Wonderland! 006Dec 21: Holiday Open House: Celebrate holidays with music, refreshments, and Gustave Baumann marionettes at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Concert: Family Concert Series at 2pm & 5pm Lensic Performing Arts Center. The magic of the season is captured with two of the most cherished orchestral works of all time: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 performed by the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra and conducted by Joseph Illick, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue played by 13-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Emily Bear.

Santa Fe LuminariaDec 24: Canyon Road Farolito Walk. A work of art itself! Annual celebration which is uniquely Santa Fe. Lit by traditional farolitos and luminarias, Canyon Rd is arguably never more beautiful than on Christmas Eve. visitcanyonroad.com

Dec 28, 29: Music for the Royal Fireworks: St Francis Auditorium. Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra.Telemann Water Music; Vivaldi Concerto in F Major, “Autumn” for the Four Seasons; Vivaldi Conterto in F Minor, “Winter” from the Four Seasons; Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Dec 31: New Years Eve Concert. Lensic Performing Arts Center: Guaranteed to bring in the New Year in grand style! An early-evening concert featuring the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Illick, playing Beethoven’s joyous 1st Symphony, and renowned violin soloist Vadim Gluzman playing the incomparable Bruch Violin Concerto. Soprano Ava Pine will delight you with her ravishingly beautiful voice, thrilling coloratura, and sensual singing in selections by Handel and Lehár.  Enjoy free parking for this event when staying at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- less than 5 minute walk to the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

 

 

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September: A month of Artist Tours and unique New Mexico Events!

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?

Adobe in El Rito NM

Adobe in El Rito, NM

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

Famous Green Chile Cheese Burger!

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 TourPojoaque 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.

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Chile Ristas welcome visitors to Northern New Mexico Artist Tours!

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 TourEl 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 TourAbiquiú, 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

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Scenic Artist Northern New Mexico Day tours!

 

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SANTA FE ART: The INSIDE SCOOP (June, July 2014)

Wine, Music, Dance and More Special Events…..

Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera Backstage Tours: June 2- August 22, 2014! Go behind the scenes and learn about the fascinating and colorful world of opera production. One-hour tours are given Monday through Friday at 9 am. Tickets: $10/adult; $8/seniors; youth (ages 6-22) are free. Tours start at the box office. No reservations required; tickets are sold at the start of the tour. NOTE: The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera sponsor. “Opera Insiders Days“ every Saturday during tour dates! Entertainment and refreshments offered on theater patio at 8:30 am, followed by informational talks by opera insiders with a backstage tour. Free of charge and no reservations required.

Current New Media Festival: June 13 – 29, 2014
Experience interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances and web based art forms. All events and programs are free.

Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza: June 23 – August 8, 2014
Santa Fe Bandstand is a free music festival at the Historic Downtown Santa Fe Plaza. Over 100 Rock, Country, Native American, Jazz, and Mariachi bands play for free throughout the summer. Come kick up your heels with the locals and experience Santa Fe’s music scene.

Santa Fe Bandstand (santafehometownnews)

Santa Fe Bandstand (santafehometownnews)

Santa Fe Wine Festival-July 5,6, 2014: The 21st year to celebrate wines of New Mexico at the historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas Ranch! 16 New Mexico wineries, festive atmosphere of live music, food, traditional agricultural products and handmade arts and crafts for sale is a one-of a kind experience for you and your family. This 200-acre Spanish colonial living history museum, Las Golondrinas boasts 34 buildings, historical fields and waterways, friendly animals and costumed docents who bring our state’s past to life!

Santa Fe Chamber Music and Wine Tour: July 22, 2014 The premier event in Santa Fe to hear your favorite chamber musicians, enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner under the stars, and drink fine wines all in the company of renowned vintners! Get in on the first annual Music & Wine Gala!  Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.

balletAspen Santa Fe Ballet: Tickets on sale May 19th! Performance July thru August 2014. Summer and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet just go together! Bringing an inspiring program of stunning works like blockbuster Square None (choreographed by Princess Grace Award winner Norbert de la Cruz III), the poetic Return to a Strange Land (by master choreographer Jiri Kylian), and thier newest creation The Heart(s)pace (by Nicolo Fonte) promise memorable summer evenings of dance!

Suggested Lodging en Santa Fe: Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Secluded, historic downtown pueblo-style Santa Fe accomodations nestled quietly next to the New Mexico State Capitol. Creating a memorable Santa Fe vacation stay for New Mexico visitors for over 29 years. Online June, July and August specials available at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! 1-800-461-4599

 

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Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Perfect Lodging for a Santa Fe Birdwatching Vacation.

Pefect New Mexico Bird Watching Lodging

Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe your SFO lodging.

Spring is a fantastic season to create a memorable New Mexico Bird watching vacation as activity naturally increases and migrating birds return.  Birders not knowing where to find spring birds can easily miss out on seeing many spectacular species native to Santa Fe and New Mexico. Knowing where to find and watch birds can lead to unique bird sightings and opportunities leading to refreshing and renewed interests in birding after long winter months.

Pueblo Bonito B&B inn in downtown Santa Fe creates a unique and distinctively memorable opportunity to enjoy up close and personal an inviting outdoor atmosphere for native New Mexico birds to viewed.  Early Spring (May) sightings of Tangers (below left) resting on blooming branches of one of our large elm trees at Pueblo Bonito Inn as well as Rufous Towee (below right).

Spring visits to Pueblo Bonito b&b inn - Santa Fe. Tanger.

Spring visits to Pueblo Bonito b&b inn – Santa Fe. Tanger.

Rufous Towee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commonly seen at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn – Santa Fe throughout the summer months are Mountain Blue Jays- large in size with beautiful displays of distinctive powder blue breast; Sparrows- buckskin brown in color and petite in stature, yet large in personality; and hummingbirds which are always a popular sight and sound!  New Mexico blue jay

Not as commonly seen at Pueblo Bonito b&b, but a delight when spotted is the roadrunner- New Mexico’s official state bird. We do see these little guys running along the sides of highways and byways frequently throughout New Mexico, as well as down  streets of Santa Fe while momentarily flying over a fence (contrary to the popular belief- they do fly!).

 

 

Where to Find Birds in Santa Fe in Spring:  Keys to finding birds in spring is to look for areas with freshly sprouting green and flowers. These are critical clues to attract both resident birds and visiting migrants. While spring birds can appear in any area, birder watchers who visit the right areas will see many more species. To find the most spring birds, check out…Migration Flyways: In both spring and fall, birds travel similar routes between their wintering grounds and breeding grounds. Visiting nature refuges and birding hotspots along migration flyways can be very productive birding during spring migration.  

SPECIAL BIRD WATCHING ACTIVITIES for SANTA FE VACATIONS:

*ESPANOLA WILDLIFE CENTER: http://www.thewildlifecenter.org/  Operated under both state and federal permits regulating the capture, care, rehabilitation, release or “taking” for educational purposes of wild animals, this is a one-of-a-kind experience for real birders! We financially support this exceptional organization and have the pleasure to meet a few of their rehabilitation patients like a Red-Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Falcon, even bear, coyote and skunks!  Reservations a must and not always guaranteed available, but worth a call to see if possible!  505-753-9505

*Every Saturday en Santa Fe: RANDALL DAVEY AUDUBON CENTER- Located at the top of upper canyon Rd, a short 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM. Every Saturday a naturalist will lead a walk around the RDAC grounds at 8:00 am. Binoculars can be provided. Dress appropriately. All welcome. For information, call: 983-4609.

*Saturday, June 8, 2013  PRITZLAFF RANCH- This is an all-day trip. This 3,250 acre ranch, about a half-hour north of Las Vegas, NM has riparian, scrub-oak, and ponderosa pine habitat. Plan to walk a lot, bring lunch, water, and layers of clothing. Meet at 7:00 am at Pecos Trail Café- about a 3 mile drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Leader: Jerry Friedman, 505-753-2046, jerry_friedman@yahoo.com

*Saturday, July 20  AMERICAN SPRINGS, WATER CANYON- A 1/2 day trip looking for mountain species, especially warblers, above Los Alamos . Could be lots of walking if the trip hikes up Water Canyon. Conversely, a light- weight folding stool could be useful at the American Springs Road washout. Bring food and drink. Meet at DeVargas Mall at 6:30 am- just 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn -Santa Fe on Paseo de Peralta. Contact leaders for trip status and more information. Leaders: Gail Szpatura (505-471-4426 gailsz@earthlink.net/ Mary Ristow 505-820-0906, mristow@newmexico.com

*Sunday August 4  WATROUS/VALMORA ROAD – This narrow road harbors riparian birds, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, orioles, and eastern strays. Bring food, water, all supplies. Driving time from Santa Fe (about 1.5 hours) makes this a 3/4 day trip. Limited to 12 participants with priority given to Sangre de Cristo Audubon members until one week prior to trip. Leaders: Roger Clark, 505-231-7369, rogercarolclark@gmail.com, Wyatt Egelhoff, 505-946-8028 redknot42@gmail.com

*Wednesday, September 11 SANTA ROSA AND SPIRITHAVEN RANCH – This rull day fall migration trip along the Pecos River visit’s the Spirithaven Ranch in Santa Rosa with an afternoon stop at Ruby Ranch just north of Las Vegas. Songbird migrants and some lingering breeders such as Common Black-hawk at Spirithaven are the target birds. There will be a 6 am departure and 5 pm return to Santa Fe. ($25 per car entry fee at Ruby Ranch, an Audubon Important Bird Area)- Trip limited to 12 participants. Priority to Sangre de Cristo members until one week before trip. Call or email Linda Mowbray; (505) 989-8295, birdinglinda@yahoo.com to be placed on the list of participants. Leader: Bill West .

Car Pooling for New Mexico Bird watching trips above:

Pecos Trail Cafe: Located at 2239 Old Pecos Trail at the intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Calle Espejo. Park and meet on Calle Espejo.

DeVargas Mall: Located at Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street- five minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Meet in the parking lot in front of Starbucks on the south side of the mall. Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips are designed to promote understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their habitats as well as cultivate awareness of outdoor ethics in an atmosphere of friendly companionship. Field trips are free and open to the public. Entry fees are required and driving costs are shared. Participants are expected to carpool whenever possible. Please wear walking shoes and clothing appropriate for weather. Bring water, lunch, and binoculars. No pets. Always call the trip leader before the trip. Trips may be cancelled for a variety of reasons.

*Daytrip information compliments of Randal Davey Audubon Center Newsletter.

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Farolitos and Luminarias- A New Mexico Tradition!

Lining the pathways of Santa Fe- luminaria tradition.

 

Christmas in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful time. With mild evening temperatures, outdoor celebrations have become holiday tradition! Lighting the way to a festive month in December -especially on Christmas Eve- luminarias or farolitos are found prominently on top of adobe buildings, lining quiet streets, and ushering friends to welcoming homes and businesses along walkways and doorsteps. So what are Farolitos? Luminarias? Simply put, these are” candles of light” which symbolize the way for the Christmas family to find warmth, comfort, and protection. These “candles of light” are carefully placed in sand inside a small brown paper bag, providing a warm glow at night. Generally found in prominence beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving at lighting of the Christmas trees on the historic Santa Fe plaza and enjoyed throughout December. Santa Fe infamous “glow of luminarias” throughout downtown, the historic plaza and surrounding neighborhood areas is truly a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience. Nighttime strolls in downtown Santa Fe are especially enchanting on Christmas eve when Canyon Road is lined with luminarias and spotted with farolitos (little bon fires) to provide warmth. Canyon road on Christmas eve creates lifelong memories for Santa Fe travelers as this famous holiday walk inspires carolers, hot chocolate vendors, good cheer, and warm greetings from friend and foe alike. Luminarias, lighting the way for Christmas strollers line the street, walls, and illuminate windows as well as walkways greeting guests, family and friends. A truly magical holiday community festival for all to enjoy is easy walking distance for guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b.

In the Beginning, Bonfires Led the Way
These little lights have their roots in the 1800’s. Small bonfires, like the current day bonfires on the corners of Canyon Road in Santa Fe (Farolitos), were used to guide people to Christmas Mass. Quite often they were set out during the final night of Las Posadas, the symbolic representation of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem walking from home to home before Jesus was born (replicated current day on the 2nd Sunday in December).  In later days, children carried small farolitos as they reenacted Las Posadas with current “little lights” hung on trees in the plaza.

Use of Luminarias
Now a days people use luminarias to decorate the path to their door as well as outlining the roofline of their home with warm inviting electric luminaria lights. Historically, luminarias were a series of small bonfires lining the roads. As customs evolved from small bonfires to small paper bag lights, terminology has evolved as well and confusion as to what exactly a luminaria vs. farolito is. Farolito meaning small fire where as luminaria means small light. These two  terms are now used interchangeably to describe the small paper bag lights that create a luminous wonderland in Santa Fe during December holiday season. Farolitos are much more risky as they are open fires vs. the small bagged light which are replicated for further safety by using small electric lights inside paper bags as can often be seen.


Making Your Own
Making luminarias, or farolitos, is fairly easy. Just purchase paper bags, votive candles and gather sand (dry). Crafty people may cut holiday shapes in the bags or textures on the top rim. Fill each bag with several inches of sand, then press a votive candle in the center of the sand so the flame does not touch the paper sides. We recommend lining your walk way and skip the more dangerous positioning of luminarias on your rooftop . Choose a dry night with very little wind so to prevent accidental ignition of bags. Luminarias  usually burn about 4 hours before going out. You’ll probably be headed for bed about that time! So decorate, invite your friends and enjoy the ambiance and enchantment of true Santa Fe Christmas by bringing New Mexico traditions to your holiday decorating.

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Santa Fe, NM – Holiday Winter Travel & New Year Fun!

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.

Farmers Market Bakery

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

The Met Live in HD: Faust at the Lensic (11:00 am)

December 11thLas 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 28Santa 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.

 

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November Travel to Santa Fe – Thanksgiving is on it’s way!

Historic new mexico b&b inn- Pueblo Bonito Inn

1930's photo of Pueblo Bonito apartments

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).

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Breast Cancer Awareness Commitment

Today kicks off our first “Stay for the Cure” campaign to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many Pueblo Bonito b&b guests, employees, families and friends are breast cancer survivors and so during October, we invite you to join us in supporting the search for a cure.  We hope to encourage folks to join us in making everyday purchases with national corporations that support breast cancer research like: Yoplait USA, American Airlines, Coldwater Creek, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Dell, Evian, Hewlett Packard, Walgreens, REMAX, Liberty Mutual, Lowe‘s, and many more. By supporting these corporations, we provide funds to breast cancer research, education and support while obtaining items we would have purchased anyway. Visit “Susan G Koman” for a complete listing of national corporations that financially support this global leader of breast cancer funding.

The American Cancer Society makes huge strides in the fight against breast and other types of cancers as well. “The Movement for More Birthdays“ is about everyday people, just like us, coming together to make a difference. This year more than 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday, thanks in part to the progress of the American Cancer Society and its supporters.

October Santa Fe visitors will be welcomed at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast with a pink ribbon and a grateful heart for the quality of care that cancer victims receive and the life that survivors enjoy today.  Please join us in an intentional month of making purchasing choices, celebrating the lives of those who are with us, and helping to save future mothers, daughters, sisters, neighbors and friends birthdays!  Wear a ribbon, eat lots of Yoplait yogurt (served daily) and be committed to fighting cancer!

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Santa Fe, NM- A Great Historical Travel Destination.

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”.

St Francis Cathedral of Assisi

St Francis Cathedral Bastilica

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.

The New  Mexico History Museum- Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico History Museum

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 AlamosPueblo 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?

Historic Santa Fe estate with Indian Horno- Pueblo Bonito Inn

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).

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New Mexico Chile Facts & Tradition

New Mexico Chile Facts

Santa Fe cuisine

New Mexico Chilies

Did you know 7,000 years ago chile originated in Bolivia & Peru? Or that Columbus introduced chile into Europe around 1650? Did you know Europeans thought it was a spice, something like black pepper then ingeniously named it Red Pepper?  The spicy unique flavor of chili has taken hold of palates across the world and particularly those in America. Did you know the state of New Mexico leads the US in the production of chile?  Well, if you didn’t and want to learn more- read on!

Chile is classified as a vegetable when green and as a spice when dried and ground into a powder. Green chile can contain up to 6 times more vitamin C than a Florida orange, while Red chile can contain two times more Vitamin A than a carrot.  Red chile is said to be hotter than green because of its extended exposure to the sun.

People once traditionally dried chile on the ground or on roof tops (which can still be observed today).  Approximately 100 year ago experimentation with methods to keep chile pods cleaner and away from birds resulted in today’s version of the Chile Ristra (chile pods hung on a string).  This method proved beneficial to elongating the shelf life of the delightful crop.  Thus began the tradition of hanging the ristra in front of ones home, which soon turned into the popular belief that this was a welcome sign to visitors. It’s also believed that hanging a chile ristra in front of your door brings good health and fortune to those who occupy the home.  Chile has more recently become a popular decorative element inside the home. Creativity has spawned many craft item in various shapes, sizes and colors (red, green and yellow). Popular chile rista shapes consist of wreaths, crosses, and hearts that are frequently paired with colored corn, shredded husks and dried flowers to make beautiful home décor.

New Mexico Chile Traditions

End of August ushers in harvest time for chile farmers in New Mexico.  Cities and communities throughout the state celebrate this important harvest with diverse, yet always tasty festivals like the popular Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch New Mexico held over Labor Day Weekend; the Whole Enchilada Festival held in Las Cruces late September;  Santa Fe’s Wine & Chile Festival as well as the Fiesta de Santa Fe held in the Capitol city mid to late September to name a just few. Though chile peppers are small in stature they are a huge part of New Mexico’s heritage, culture and are a central part to most loved New Mexico traditions and celebrations.  The sweet fiery scent of roasted chilies filling the late summer and crisp fall air bring welcomed comfort to visitors and locals alike.

Sample of a typical New Mexico Chile Recipe that is simple and freezes well follows: Note:  *This recipe and others can be found in the “Red Chile Bible” a book available for purchase from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast for $13.00 plus shipping/handling. Limited supplies available so order yours today 1-800-461-4599. Enjoy!

Pork with Chile Colorado*

3 Tbs. lard or vegetable oil                          4 New Mexico chilies

1.5 lbs. boned pork shoulder, cut into 1” chunks

2 lg cloves garlic                                            1 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted & grounded

1 tsp. Mexican oregano                                ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. salt                                                      2 cups rich chicken broth

Heat oil in large heavy pot and brown pork in batches over high heat. Remove to a plate. Wipe the dried chile with a damp cloth, discard the stems and seeds, and tear into pieces. Fry the chile in the hot oil until fragrant (about 5 minutes), stirring to prevent scorching. Remove to a bowl, cover with boiling water, and soften (20 or 30 minutes).  Put chile in a blender with about ½ cup of the soaking water and the garlic, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and salt.  Blend to a puree.  Reheat the oil in the pot, and pour the puree into the hot oil.  Sauté the puree, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Stir the stock into the puree, and then return the pork to the pot.  Bring the stew to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and stew the meat slowly for about an hour. Remove the cover and continue simmering 30 minutes to an hour until the pork is very tender. Add more chicken stock, if necessary, to keep the meat moist. Serves 4.

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