Want a reason to make an October trip to Santa Fe New Mexico – Look no farther! Here’s another great activity to do in Santa Fe – so make your New Mexico travel plans now! The 8th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will be screened in five of Santa Fe’s favorite independent film theaters over the course of five days (October 19 thru 23) . Experience this exciting and fun event and immerse yourself in authentic Santa Fe culture, cuisine and beauty! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn – Santa Fe offers travelers an historic experience in Santa Fe accommodations. Offering a great Film Festival travel package to include:
Historic Adobe Room + Downtown parking + NM Breakfast Buffet + WiFi + Afternoon cookies- beginning at $129.99+/nt!
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Christmas at the Palace – Dec 9, 2016 – At the Palace of the Governors on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza!
A special time for locals and visitors alike to share greetings, and merriment. Enjoy an evening of hot cider, live music with a special event visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the Santa Fe historic Plaza! A free event for all ages. Ice sculpting, jugglers and more.
Las Posadas – December 11, 2016 – On the historic Santa Fe Plaza and St Francis Cathedral.
Mary and Joseph are scheduled once again this year to reenact their annual search for lodging so to give birth to baby Jesus. The procession ends at the Palace of the Governors courtyard with plenty of festive caroling, refreshments and warm greetings! A special December event to start your holiday season out right! Santa Fe, New Mexico is a special place to celebrate the Christmas holidays that is certain.
Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival – December 2-4, 2016 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Santa Fe Winter Indian Market December 16 – 18, 2016- In the La Fonda on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza.
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2016 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta blasts off Oct 1, 2016! 9 beauty filled days of excitement are planned for New Mexico October Travelers. 2016 Balloon Fiesta will spectacular and encourage guests of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe to make reservations NOW! As an incentive, we are offering a $5/nt discount off any/all rooms or suites during the month of October 2016! New Mexico October Balloon Fiesta travelers can also enjoy a special event this year: Music Fiesta (Oct 8, 2016). Ticket sales begin for Music Fiesta July 15th! So plan early, get your tickets, get your lodging, get your rental car, get it done now! But… if you miss out on Early bookings, don’t disappointed there’s still plenty of wonderful balloon events for the whole family to enjoy during Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! Those beautiful balloons always make October extra special for New Mexico adventure travelers and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast with it’s historic adobe pueblo accommodations just put it over the top! Historic True New Mexico at it’s best! Let us help you with the accommodation that best fit your needs: BOOK DIRECT or 1-800-461-4599.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
2016 Music Fiesta™ superstar lineup with feature three unique artist performances. Tickets sales begin 9:00 a.m. July 15th but the Music Fiesta itself is schedule to begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday the 8th of August- the Last day of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta- Ole! After the concert you can stay and enjoy Saturday’s Night Magic Glow™ and AfterGlow™ fireworks! To view the complete schedule of Balloon Fiesta events please visit the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta’s event schedule.
Travel Tips to aid in your Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta planning are as follows:
*Stay in Santa Fe! Why you might ask?
- Santa Fe is THE destination of New Mexico! Consistently ranked top in US Travel poles for it’s culture, cuisine, historic uniqueness and authenticity, world renown Museums, art and excellent location for nearby outdoor adventures
(hiking, biking, national monuments, fishing, golfing, white water rafting and more!). See our blog on enhancing your New Mexico travel experience! Unless you’re intent is to attend all activities of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, avoid the extra crowds, lines, traffic and general chaos of Albuquerque during this busy time and take advantage of the 4 National Monuments, 8 Northern Pueblos, world class shopping and galleries, wine and distillery tasting, plus enjoy top notch New Mexico restaurants in and around Santa Fe!
- Ride the Rail Runner- New Mexico’s premier commuter rail to avoid parking chaos!
This option available to guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn Oct 1,2,8,9 (Saturdays and Sundays) only! Enjoy a parking hassle free, scenic ride between Santa Fe downtown depot and the Los Ranchos / Journal Center station where the Fiesta Express Park & Ride busses will pick you up and take you into Balloon Fiesta Park! Click Shuttle Information for details and ticket purchase.
- Experience 156 yr old historic adobe accommodations in downtown Santa Fe. No matter how far the distance you’re traveling, you’ll find yourself engulfed in some of the most enchanting landscape, culture and tradition Southwest USA can offer!
Why just stay when you can experience it? Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe offers a one of a kind traditional historic New Mexico Lodging experience. You can’t stay with us in Albuquerque, because our property was built in 1860 in downtown Old Santa Fe! Complimentary parking and the BEST Breakfast tamales in New Mexico! BOOK NOW for best room and travel date selections.
Flamenco Dancing at El Farol: July & August 2016
Beginning July and performing thru August 21st, Santa Fe visitors and guests of Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe are invited to enhance an evening in Santa Fe with the experience of live Flamenco dancing! Recently Innkeepers and Owners of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe visited El Farol on Canyon Road in downtown, just minutes from the inn. The evening was a hands down delight! Great food, warm inviting service, and the live flamenco dance performance was full of fun, excitement and beauty! “Flamenco at El Farol was a delight to say the least!” stated Amy Behm, co-owner/innkeeper of Santa Fe’s oldest and most historic adobe downtown pueblo bed and breakfast inn. “Reservations are a must and make sure to request table side viewing of the flamenco performance.”, added Herb Behm (co-owner and innkeeper), “It definitely adds to a great vacation experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico”. “El Farol Restaurant in Santa Fe has always proven to be an excellent recommendation for our Santa Fe travelers,” stated Amy, “but the addition of Flamenco at El Farol, enhances a unique dining experience our guests look for.” We highly recommend this delightful Santa Fe evening dining/entertainment opportunity.
Claimed to be Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and cantina, El Farol on Canyon Road, teams up with the National Institute of Flamenco. 2016 celebrates Flamenco at El Farol’s eighth season! Flamenco at El Farol runs July 7th through August 21st- Thursdays through Tuesdays.
This year Flamenco at El Farol features a thrilling rotation and collaboration among seasoned flamenco artists from Spain and the United States. A stellar cast of artists include nationally acclaimed dancers Marisol Encinias and Joaquin Encinias; Dixon, NM-native Vicente Griego, the most sought-after flamenco singer in North America, Taos, NM born guitarist Calvin Hazen, and members of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company. Featured artists, and new to Flamenco at El Farol are, Daniel Navarro, Natasha González; singer Eva de Dios, and guitarist Pablo Dominguez. The performances are exciting, colorful, elegant and extremely reflective of traditional Hispanic culture -music, song and dance.
Guest staying at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, seek a traditional, authentic reflection of historic culture,
cuisine and experience so we highly suggest add this dining/entertainment event to your next Santa Fe vacation schedule. El Farol provides a delightful restaurant experience on it’s own- boasting historic adobe architecture, colorful murals and menu items offerings at exceptional. (Tip: Try the Tapa sampler; Drink: House Sangria; Entrée- Paella de Casa; Desert- Tres Angelitos).
Inn at Pueblo Bonito is dedicated to serving our guests and providing new, exciting and traditional experiences to create a memorable New Mexico vacation experience- Enjoy! Please call El Farol directly to make dinner reservations for the show at 505-983-9912 and to reserve your Santa Fe accommodations- call 1-800-461-4599 (Inn at Pueblo Bonito).
Santa Fe July 2 July 3 Travel Suggestion!
Making travel plans to Santa Fe New Mexico for the upcoming 4th of July weekend? Here’s a great addition for travelers who will never find a better way to sample delicious New Mexico wines and buy directly from the vintners! Enjoy festive food, music and arts & crafts as well as some of the best New Mexico wines available. Santa Fe Wine Festival kicks off July 2 and 3 and runs from 12 noon to 6 pm each day. Admission is $13 for adults and includes a festival souvenir wine glass! (Kids under 12 are free) Santa Fe Wine Festival is being held at the living museum at El Rancho los Golondrinas . El Rancho los Golondrinas is a short drive south of downtown Santa Fe off I-25 in the village of La Cienega (a 15 minute drive). El Rancho los Golondrinas is known for the summer festivals they host which provide visitors a glimpse into living history. We at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn highly recommend considering adding the Santa Fe Wine festival to your visiting to do list for this July 2 or July 3 travel. All participants must present a valid ID to sample or buy wine (no exceptions). Glass sales and tasting will end at 5:30 pm sharp with bottle sales ending at 6:00 pm. If you must, a Regional Transit Bus can be accessed by guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn at several downtown locations (walkable to/from the inn). If you’re looking to follow our suggestions, we would invite you to start your Saturday July 2 out by visiting the Farmers Market (always a fun Saturday Santa Fe to do), then hit Tent Rocks (in the same general area of El Rancho los Golondrinas), then stop by the Santa Fe Wine Festival to finish off a spectacular day of Santa Fe day tripping and adventure!
You’ll need to come back home to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn after this exciting day of Santa Fe area touring to relax. Just park your car in our prime downtown location (no hassles here- we’ve got a free parking spot for all paying guests!) and kick your shoes off for a short respite in our quiet, cool courtyard before walking the quaint historic streets of downtown Santa Fe for a delicious dinner at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants!
Green Chile Stew – traditionally named “Caldillo” in Spanish is a thin, green chile stew (or soup) made with a meat base (usually beef, pork, chicken, mutton or a mixture), potatoes, and green chiles. Dating back as early as the 1600’s! New on Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe’s breakfast menu for 2016 is a traditional family recipe of Green Chile Chicken Stew which compliments our famous Red Chile pork Tamales! The history of Chile and its importance in New Mexico culture and family is fascinating- so we encourage you to read on!
Green or Red Chile is as fans know a staple to modern New Mexican cuisine and has a fascinating history. Its legacy is partly European, American and human ingenuity. The spicy New Mexico Rio Grande and Hatch Green Chile comes from genus Capsicum. The green and red chile are sometimes thought to be two different types of peppers, but in fact are the same plant! Picked at different times, red chile is the ripened version of the green chile. “Hatch” a Green Chile product of New Mexico is synonymous with Green Chile today. New Mexico’s chile industry is a large contributor to its economy- so much so that in 2012, New Mexico harvested more acres of chile than any other state in the US! This distinction honored New Mexico as “the Chile Capital of the World”. But how did New Mexico end up with this honor? Well, it’s an interesting story which actually begins with Christopher Columbus!
While sailing, Columbus came across a string of islands now called the Caribbean (once known as West Indies). Exploring the islands Columbus found the chile plant- something he would never have encountered in his European homeland. The intensely spicy quality of the fruit reminded him of India’s black and white pepper (corns) and since the pods were red he named the plant “red peppers”. Columbus took the chile plant home to Spain as the ship’s doctors desired to explore its medicinal uses. Spanish monks then discovered that dried and pulverized chile peppers made an excellent substitute for peppercorns! Peppercorns were very valuable and used as money, so to replace them proved invaluable to Europeans. Thus the chile quickly spread through Europe and across the globe. In 1598 Don Juan de Onate was dispatched to colonize the northern border of New Spain (New Mexico) for which he brought the chile plant with him. The chile pepper worked itself into regional agriculture over the next 300 years, yet was not as highly appreciated then as it is today.
Chile plants are not native to the southwestern United States and require massive amounts of water- a resource not highly abundant to New Mexico. However the chile thrived due to its versatile and unique use as food, spice and medicine. In 1863 the U.S congress apportioned $50,000 for building roads for the express purpose of bringing the Colorado chile (as it was once called) to market. The Colorado Chile is not the chile we know and love today as it was unevenly hot, unreliable, and prone to disease. It took over 50 years of study by Dr. Fabian Garcia a Horticulturist from New Mexico State University in Las a New Mexico to develop and perfect the New Mexico chile product to exhibit the standards and qualities we enjoy today. Beginning in 1907 and taking 14 strains from three varieties of pepper (the Colorado, the negro, and the pasilla) in search of a smoother, meatier, tastier, and milder pepper that would resist wilting diseases Dr Garcia’s research came up with College #9! Crowned the winner of all chile through hybridization, requests from all over New Mexico poured in- and in large scale College #9 planting began. Later it was discovered that further selections could be made. Several new strains of chile came out of research and planting of College #9, but none more popular than the Rio Grande, named for the river that supplied its irrigation. This chile thrived, was adopted by farmers around the town of Hatch, New Mexico and has become known as the mother of all Chiles! The pepper eventually gained a massive, almost cult following as New Mexico adopted its chile image and gradually became the place to get the best chile in the world! Today Hatch, NM hosts an annual Chile festival attracting over 30,000 visitors in the month of September gathering chile fanatics from everywhere! Today the “chile” remains one of the cornerstones of the New Mexico economy and is even referred to in the States Official Question: “Red or Green?” (meaning which is your favorite choice of chile of course!).
We at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe are proud to indoctrinate our New Mexico visitors into this rich New Mexico chile tradition. Our guests are welcomed each morning to feast on locally made red chile pork tamales and a secret family recipe of Green Chile Chicken Stew. Lovingly prepared, guests enjoy bite after bite of tantalizing chile flavor boasting the rich traditions and pride of our New Mexico culture, family and hospitality. You are cordially invited to be apart of our family traditions and make your time in Santa Fe more than a stay at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
History of Tamales
This blog has been prepared for guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe. In response to the popularity of our New Mexico red chile pork tamales served hot daily for breakfast. We hope you enjoy the History of the Tamale!!
“Tamale” is derived from the word tamalii an Aztec word meaning “wrapped food”. Though we are not certain when or who invented the tamale, we do know tamales were written about since pre-Columbian days. Aztecs served Spaniard soldiers tamales during visits to Mexico in the 1550’s. Tamales were eaten by soldiers on long sojourns into Mexico as tamales are portable and easy to heat.
Tamales have been eaten in the United States since at least 1893 when they were featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition. A tradition of roving tamale sellers was documented in early 20th-century in blue/ragtime music song “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.
While Mexican-style and other Latin American-style tamales are featured at ethnic restaurants throughout the United States, Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe proudly features our traditional New Mexico red chile pork tamale! A distinctly indigenous tribute to New Mexico culture, tradition and cuisine.
Tamales typically are not made every day, as they once were, as they are very labor intensive. Rather you find tamales being made for special occasions like the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Native American Feast Days, New Year’s or just about any other family or holiday celebration. Tamale making is usually a family affair! Traditionally family members gather together and make fillings and masa the day before. Day 2 creates an assembly line- family of all ages form to spread the masa on corn husks, fill and fold the tamales. Once the tamales are assembled, they are steamed and finally eaten. Usually hundreds of tamales are made at once so everyone can take some home and share with friends and family. Guests of Pueblo Bonito, though not required to create the tamale, are warmly invited to our tables to share as friends in this delectable tradition of hospitality- enjoy!
Santa Fe Events
Unique Santa Fe Travel Events await 2016 June travelers. If you’re a New Mexico Native or someone who’s thinking about a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico maybe you need some extra motivation! Here are a few June events for you to put on your calendar!
June 2016: Santa Fe School of Cooking. Want to experiment with the bold flavors of the Southwest? Try a Santa Fe Cooking class! Test your skills with the unique cultural mix of Santa Fe flavors! Classes offered several times a week and include menus of traditional New Mexican, Native American, Mexican, Spanish, vegetarian and contemporary Southwestern cuisine. Taught by some of the best chefs in Santa Fe and are entertaining educational and delicious!. More information contact Cooking School directly at: 505-983-4511 or website:
June 2016: Tesuque GlassWorks– Daily glassblowing demonstrations Monday – Sunday 9 am- 5 pm through June! Beautifully hand blown and crafted pieces of useable art are shown in on-site gallery. Located in the village of Tesuque, just 7 miles north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn at 15 10 Bishop’s Lodge Rd on the property of Shidoni Foundry.
June 2016: Shidoni Foundry and Gallery– A great resource for art collectors and sculptors- located seven miles north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sleepy village of Tesuque (te-soo-ke) hosts Shidoni (a friendly greeting in Navajo) – is an art gallery. 8 acres of sculpture gardens with a bronze art foundry located along the Rio Tesuque on a former apple orchard. Visitors view indoor art galleries representing 140+ artist from all over the US. Stroll the outdoor gallery sculpture gardens. A special treat is to watch 2000 degree molten bronze poured into ceramic shell molds on Saturday Pour Days- open to the public.
Santa Fe Festivals
June 4, 5, 2016: Spring Festival & Fiber Arts Fair at El Rancho de los Golondrinas Costumed villagers shearing sheep, fiber arts marketplace, baking bread and more, plus animals, games and hands-on activities for kids! 10AM – 4PM
June 10-26, 2016: The annual, citywide CURRENTS Festival offers New Media Installations, Outdoor Installations, Architectural Mapping, Single Channel Video and Animation, Multimedia Performance, Fulldome, Experimental and Interactive Documentary, Web-Art/Art-Gaming/Mobile Device Apps, Oculus Rift, Robotics, 3D Printing, Artists Presentations, Panels and Workshops – CURRENTS exhibitions and most events are Free to the public.
June 9-11, 2016: Currents International Festival of New Media Arts-10th Anniversary. Packed with exciting one-of-a-kind experiences like:
- FACEOFF – three artists design and execute an original piece in just one hour, live on stage!
- The Exquisite Corpse Project, led by TV Land Creative Director, Michael Waldron which proves that individual and collective creativity has no bounds.
- Opening Weekend Events: June 10 – 12, 2016 @ El Museo Cultural and the Railyard Plaza. Starting June 10, 6pm to Midnight, and continuing through the weekend : Exhibitions, Multimedia Performances, Workshops, Artists’ Talks and more.
June 18, 2016- Rodeo de Santa Fe Parade through downtown! Starts at 11:00am. Bring the family or just stop by yourself for a good ol’ fashioned Rodeo Parade to kick off Rodeo Week! There will be wonderful floats, lots of give-aways, and prizes for the best entries.
June 18, 19, 2016: Herb & Lavender Fair at El Rancho de los Golondrinas Herb garden tours, lavender and herb product vendors, lectures on cultivating lavender and hands-on activities.
June 22-25, 2016- 67th Rodeo de Santa Fe brings the original One Arm Bandit & Co! 12 Time Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) “Specialty Act of the Year” with the best rodeo entertainment you will ever see. Sure to please everyone of all ages. You won’t want to miss a second of the rodeo action. Our barrel man Nate Reed will bring funny acts you won’t want to miss. Our Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Kyle O’hare will bring even more excitement during each performance. Get ready for the heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances of top PRCA rodeo athletes and top PRCA rodeo entertainment. Big time rodeo, with a small town feeling. Great evening activity for your Santa Fe, NM visit!
June 30- August 2016: Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe– Offers audiences a visually rich, emotionally immersive, and culturally authentic theatrical experience. Based in one of the nation’s great arts meccas of Santa Fe, NM, the veteran touring company enjoys regular home seasons at the historic Lensic Theater. Fourteen dancers and musicians—many hailing from Spain—flourish under lead dancer and artistic director Juan Siddi’s rigorous yet sensitive choreography that bears the flavor of his artistic roots in Barcelona and Granada. A well-curated program overlays genuine gypsy culture with contemporary flair, allowing for virtuosic flights in both music and dance.
2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe July Festival events are certain to make for memorable New Mexico Adventure travels! The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is one of those July Santa Fe Summer Festivals you don’t want to miss! Since it’s 1972 founding, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated artistic excellence and innovation, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become a preeminent music festival- known around the music world. Santa Fe’s unique location provides a setting nestled amid the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains which has been a valuable contribution to the success of this Music Festival.
We are excited for 2016 Season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to begin. Welcoming extraordinary artists like Orion Weiss (pianist) provides Santa Fe travelers the opportunity to create memorable travel experiences when visiting New Mexico. Orion makes his debut with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival July 2016! We highly recommend adding of one of these certain to be popular concerts to your July visit with us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn:
- Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21: Dvo?ák Piano Trio No. 3 (with Kyoko Takezawa, violin and Keith Robinson, cello)
- Thursday, July 21—Piano Recital: Program to be announced
- Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25: Night sky- featuring the young pianist Orion Weiss.
Curious about our July 2016 Featured Artist of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival?
Well, here’s a little bit about the young pianist phenomena:
Orion Weiss- One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians already has an impressive list of awards such as: the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School. Orion has performed with major American orchestras Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Impressive scheduled stops on his 2016 world tour include: the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Pacifica Quartet with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Oxford String Quartet.
To explore more into this fabulous opportunity, please visit the SantaFe Chamber Music Festival and don’t hesitate to make your Santa Fe Travel plans NOW! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn is located in a prime downtown Santa Fe location- offering the convenience of free parking and walking to the July Music Festival! 1-800-461-4599 or www.pueblobonitoinn.com