Santa Fe Historic Sites: Loretto Chapel

The Loretto Chapel- Santa Fe, NM.

The Loretto Chapel- Santa Fe, NM.

The Loretto Chapel located on the Old Santa Fe Trail stands gothic in structure with the famous stairway inside referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. This staircase has for decades confounded architects, engineers and master craftsmen alike as it makes two plus complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. Resting solely on its base at the bottom and against the choir loft on top, the 33 steps are all of the same height. An non-indigenous wood creates the structure with square wooden pegs and no glue or nails (thus miraculous) were used in the construction.

History of the Loretto Chapel dates back to Bishop Jean Baptisite Lamy who appointed in 1850 by the Church to the New Mexico Territory sought to spread the Catholic faith.  Bishop Lamy brought an educational system to the new territory pleading for priests, brothers and nuns to come to Santa Fe to preach and teach. Documented letters show his writings, “I have 6000 Catholics and 300 Americans”!

The Sisters of Loretto were first to accept the calling in 1852.  Seven sisters agreed to make the arduous journey to Santa Fe by wagon through bad weather and Indian country. They were beset by a cholera epidemic causing the death of the Mother Superior and another to became so ill she had to return to Kentucky.  Five remaining Sisters arrived in Santa Fe in 1852 to begin the Academy of Our Lady of Light (Loretto) in 1853. The little school grew to serve 300 students despite the challenges of smallpox, tuberculosis, leaky mud roofs, a brush with rowdy Confederate Texans during the Civil War and inadequate of funding. The school consisted of 10 buildings on land the size of approximately one square block with the chapel and school building fund coming from the girls school tuition, donations, and the sisters own family inheritances. In 1873 it was decided the school needed a chapel and the sisters pooled their own inheritances reportedly raising $30,000 required to build the beautiful Gothic style chapel-  now referred to as  “Loretto Chapel”.

During this same time period, Architect Antoine Mouly and his son, Projectus were commissioned by Archbishop Lamy to come from Paris, France to Santa Fe to build what is now St. Francis Cathedral. Lamy encouraged the sisters to use the Mouly’s skills in designing and building a dream chapel.  The Gothic Revival-style chapel, patterned after King Louis IX’s Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is in striking contrast to the adobe architecture which Santa Fe is known for. It is said the French clergy in Santa Fe had quite the influence in the architectural design.

Loretto Chapel's Miracle Staircase

Loretto Chapel’s Miracle Staircase

Various materials hauled by wagon from nearby villages and towns around Santa Fe were used in the construction of the Loretto Chapel which included quarried stones, sandstone and porous volcanic stone. Also hauled by wagon is the ornate stained glass purchased in 1876 from DuBois Studio in Paris. This beautiful piece was sent by sailing ship, then paddle boat to St. Louis, MO then transported via covered wagon up the Old Santa Fe Trail to the Chapel where it exists today in downtown Santa Fe.  Completed in 1878 the Loretto Chapel has undergone many an addition and renovation during it’s life including the introduction of the Stations of the Cross, the Gothic altar and the frescos during the 1890s.

The Miraculous Staircase is legendary and a must see for Santa Fe visitors. It’s said that the Nuns of Loretto had no access to the beautiful choir loft built in the chapel (a major oversight one might say on the part of the architect). The nuns diligently prayed for solution. They believed a carpenter was sent to them as a solution to their prayers. Afterward the staircase was single handedly built by the carpenter, using no nails or glue and wood not indigenous to the area, the carpenter disappeared without a trace with no payment being accepted.  The nuns believe it to be God’s provision- St. Joseph the Carpenter himself who built this exquisite piece of carpentry between 1877 and 1881 and taking only six months to build with two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support.  None knew how the staircase could stand as it had no central means of support, no nails or glue were used in its construction and thus the staircase was deemed a “miracle”. God’s answer to prayer.

The Loretto Academy closed in 1968. The little chapel and the property for which it sits was put up for sale. In 1971 Our Lady of Light Chapel was sold, deconsecrated as a Catholic Chapel and is enjoyed today by Santa Fe visitors as a private museum operated and maintained, in part, for the preservation of the Miraculous Staircase and the Chapel itself.

The Loretto Chapel is but one of the many historic sites recommended by Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe. Just steps from the inn to the Loretto Chapel will add to your authentic historic Santa Fe travel experience.

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Santa Fe Travel – Northern New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day Calendar

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Pueblo Feast Days Calendar and Events

Santa Fe is THE place for visitors to centralize and set up their Northern New Mexico travel base when planning out their exploration adventures. New Mexico travelers can maximize their exposure and convenience to nearby Pueblos for viewing and experiencing first hand cultural Pueblo opportunities as well as take advantage of 4 National Monuments near by. There are 19 Pueblos that exist in and around Northern New Mexico- Santa Fe. Each Pueblo observes sacred ceremonial Feast Days and Religious Events throughout the year. Native American Pueblo people generously allow us (respectful outsiders) to attend some of the sacred rituals and events throughout the calendar year. When traveling to Santa Fe or through New Mexico we highly recommend taking advantage of these special opportunities. Take time to enjoy and view one of the special Northern New Mexico Pueblo events, but emphasize visitor courtesy!

Pecos Pueblo Mission Church & RuinsObserve all Pueblo Rules of Etiquette when a visitor on Native American pueblo or village community as they are just like your own neighborhood! Visitors should realize this is “life” for the Northern New Mexico Pueblo people- not a “display” for visitor entertainment. Pueblo people are “allowing” you to join them in their family and/or culture. If visitors regard these ceremonial opportunities as such, they should understand courtesies necessary such as: 1. No photography; 2. Render Natives prime viewing/sitting locations (remember you’re the guest-treat your host with humility and respect). If you’re not sure what the rules are, please inquire at the Tourism Offices for each Pueblo.

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Calendar Of Over 60 Santa Fe Events, Native American Feast Days, and Pueblo Dances


TIP: Confirm all dates, activities, events before attending. Contact pueblos directly. Information current as of writing.

Native American dance- Santa Fe Festivals

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza


Most events allowed for viewing are considered sacred so follow any/all posted rules of etiquette for each ceremony and pueblo. Pueblo tourism offices also provide visitors with pueblo rules- check out their websites.

  1. Photography is usually forbidden- so don’t take photos!
  2. No applause- remember these are meaningful dances to the pueblo people- not entertainment.
  3. Refrain from asking specific questions about the dances, their ceremonial dress etc. Compliments are appreciated- “beautiful ceremony”.
  4. Feast Days are annual events and usually on date given unless otherwise specified.
  5. When choosing a viewing place, give up the “prime” locations to the native people- be courteous to them as you are visiting- they are there for a meaningful reason for which the pueblo people are required to attend. (shade, chairs, etc- offer to them).
  6. IF offered to enter a pueblo home, accept! This would be a huge compliment and make certain you eat what is offered.
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1st: Canes Transfer to New Tribal Officials (Ushering in New Government officials)

Various dances at most Pueblos; Taos Pueblo – Turtle Dance; Santo Domingo Pueblo – Corn Dance; San Juan Pueblo – Cloud or Basket Dance.

6th: King’s Day Celebration – Honoring New Pueblo Tribal Officials

Picuris Pueblo – various dances; Nambe Pueblo – Buffalo, Deer & Antelope Dances; Sandia & Santo Domingo Pueblos – various dances; Taos Pueblo – Deer & Buffalo Dances; Most of these Pueblos open to the public.

22nd: San Ildefonso Pueblo: Vespers evening with firelight procession. 6pm – Contact the pueblo to confirm.

23rd: San Ildefonso Pueblo Annual Feast Day: Buffalo, Comanche & Deer Dances.

25th: St. Paul’s Feast Day: Picuris Pueblo & San Juan Pueblo Annual Feast Day


1st or 2nd Weekend: Governor’s Feast – Old Acoma Pueblo – various dances; San Juan Pueblo – Deer Dances

2nd: Candelaria Day Celebration: San Felipe & Picuris Pueblos

Carne Adovada- a Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

Carne Adovada- a Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

MARCH:  NOTE: Mid-March to Mid-April: Taos Pueblo Closed

19th: St. Joseph’s Feast Day: Laguna Pueblo (Old Laguna) Harvest Dance & Various Dances.


Easter Weekend: Basket and Corn Dances at most Pueblos

Easter Sunday: Nambe Pueblo – Bow & Arrow Dance after Mass; Zia Pueblo & San Ildefonso (Sun & Mon) – various dances;

Santo Domingo Pueblo – Corn Dance


1st: St. Philip Annual Feast Day: San Felipe Pueblo – Corn Dance.

3rd: Santa Cruz Feast Day: Taos Pueblo, Blessing of the Fields & Corn Dance and Traditional Foot Races.

7th: Santa Maria Feast Day: Acoma Pueblo.

Memorial Day Weekend: Annual Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks Arts & Crafts Show & Powwow.


First Saturday of the Month: Blessing of the Fields at Tesuque Pueblo – Corn Dance

June 13th: San Antonio Annual Feast Day – Sandia Pueblo & Taos Pueblo & San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Pueblo- Corn Dances;

Santa Clara Pueblo – Comanche (Buffalo) Dance; Picuris Pueblo – Children’s foot race.

June 16th – 17th: (Father’s Day weekend): Picuris Pueblo – High Country Arts & Crafts Festival

June 23rd: San Juan Pueblo/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo – Vespers, Foot Race and Buffalo Dance.

24th: St. John Bautista Annual Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo/Ohkay Owingeh – Corn Dance, Buffalo Dance; Taos Pueblo – Corn Dance.

29th: San Pedro Feast Day- Corn Dance: Santa Ana Pueblo & Santo Domingo. – Corn Dance

Traditional Tamales- welcomed treats in Pueblo culture.

Traditional Tamales- welcomed treats in Pueblo culture.


4th: Celebration at the Waterfall – Nambe Pueblo. Call to confirm! (505) 455-2036

2nd Weekend of July.  Taos Pueblo Annual Intertribal Pow-Wow (575) 758-1028

14th: San Bonaventura Feast Day: Cochiti Pueblo – Corn Dance.

 3rd weekend of July: Annual Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Fair –

San Juan/Okay Owingeh Pueblo. (505) 852-4400

25th: Santiago Feast Day:Taos – Corn Dance.

26th: Santa Ana Annual Feast Day Santa Ana Pueblo & Taos Pueblo – Various dances. Laguna (Seama village) – Harvest & Various Dances.

 July or August (date to be determined each year): Zuni Pueblo Arts and Cultural Expo. Zuni, N.M. Call (505)782-7238 for dates.


 Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at Red Rock State Park by Gallup, NM. Activities: Rodeo, parade, dances, arts and crafts, native food, golf tournament, auction etc. Red Rock is 200 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe a gr 505.863.3896 or http://theceremonial.com

 Zuni Pueblo Arts and Cultural Expo. Either  in July or August.  Zuni, N.M. (505)782-7238

Santa Fe Indian Market. Each August 20, 21, 2017. Traditionally held the third weekend each August on Santa Fe Plaza (easy walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn). Native American artists and craftspeople from all over North America exhibit work for juried competitions and purchase. Activities include Native dances, music, costumes, food, craft sales, etc.  http://swaia.org or (505) 983-5220.

2nd: San Persingula Feast Day – Annual Feast Day- Jemez Pueblo

4th: Santo Domingo Annual Feast Day – Santo Domingo Pueblo – Corn Dances.

9th: San Lorenzo Mass and Sunset Dances – Picuris Pueblo

10th: In Memory of Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and San Lorenzo Annual Feast Day

Picuris Pueblo – Ceremonial foot race, pole climb & traditional dances;  Acoma Pueblo (Acomita Village) – Various Dances.

12th: Santa Clara Annual Feast Day Santa Clara Pueblo – Buffalo, Harvest or Corn Dance.

15th: The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother’s Annual Feast Day Zia Pueblo – Corn Dances; Laguna Pueblo (Mesita Village) – harvest and various dances.

28th: San Augustine Annual Feast Day – Isleta Pueblo – Mass in the morning and a procession following Mass, dances in the afternoon.

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist


Labor Day Weekend – Santo Domingo Pueblo Annual Arts & Crafts Market.

2nd or 3rd weekend: Go-Jii-Yah Feast Day. Call (575) 843-7270 or (575) 759-3242 for exact dates.  On Jicarilla Apache Reservation at Stone Lake.

2nd: San Estevan Annual Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo Sky City – Harvest Dance. 1(888)Sky City. (888) 759-2489.

4th: San Augustine Feast Day – Isleta Pueblo – Harvest Dance. (505) 869-3111.

8th: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo – Harvest and social dances (505) 552-6654; San Ildefonso Pueblo – Corn Dance. (505) 455-3549.

14th: Harvest Dance – San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (505) 852-4400

19th: St. Joseph’s Annual Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo – Buffalo Eagle and Social Dances (505) 552-6654.

25th: St. Elizabeth Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo – Harvest & Social Dances  (505) 552-6654.

29th: San Geronimo Eve – Taos Pueblo – Vespers & Sundown Dance (575) 758-1028.

30th: San Geronimo Annual Feast Day – Taos Pueblo – Trade fair, ceremonial foot races and pole climb (575) 758-1028.


4th: St. Francis of Assisi Annual Feast Day – Nambe Pueblo: Buffalo & Deer dances.

17th: St. Margaret Mary’s Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo (505) 552-6654 – Harvest and Social Dances.

24th – 27th: Harvest Dance – Laguna Pueblo (505) 552-6654


12th: San Diego Annual Feast Day  – Tesuque Pueblo & Jemez Pueblo – Various dances.

Thanksgiving Weekend Acoma Sky City Annual Indian Arts & Crafts Show and Auction – Call to confirm. 1(888) 759-2489.

Thanksgiving Day: Christmas Light Parade. Zuni Pueblo – Call ahead to confirm. (505)782-7238

Santo DomingoPueblo Church

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church


1st Weekend: Walatowa Winter Arts and Crafts Fair – Jemez Pueblo. For information: (505) 834-7235.

Dec 11th: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day – Pojoaque Pueblo – Night dances,Vespers and procession are usually held at 6 p.m. (505) 455-3460.

12th: Our Lady of Guadalupe Annual Feast Day –Tesuque Pueblo – Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances (505) 983-2667;

Santa Clara Pueblo. – Various Dances (505) 753-7326; Pojoaque Pueblo – 10 am Mass with dancing after (505) 455-3460; Jemez Pueblo – Matachine Dances (505) 834-7235.

24th: Christmas Eve Celebration – We advise confirmation of each pueblo if open to public for these events.

Ohkay Owingeh – Spanish Dance drama Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession; Taos Pueblo – Sundown Procession with bonfires. (575) 758-1028; Acoma Pueblo – lit with Luminarias, begin at Scenic View Point and continue as far as “Sky City” (888) 759-2489; Laguna Pueblo-  10 pm Mass with various dances to follow (505) 552-6654; San Felipe Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass (505) 867-3381; Santa Ana Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass. (505) 867-3301; Tesuque Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass (505) 983-2667; Nambe Pueblo – Buffalo Dances after Mass. (505) 455-2036; Picuris Pueblo – Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers – Mass Procession followed by Matachines Dances (575) 587-2419

25th: Christmas Day – Tesuque Pueblo – various dances; Taos Pueblo – Dances to be announced (Deer or Los Matachines); San Ildefonso Pueblo – Christmas Celebration, Matachines Dances; Picuris Pueblo – Christmas Celebration, Matachines Dances; Santo Domingo Pueblo – Special Dances TBA; San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh – various dances; Zia Pueblo – various dances; Cochiti Pueblo – Various Dances (generally Christmas Day and 3 days after).

25th – 27th:  Laguna Village – 10am Mass followed by Harvest Dance; Cochiti Pueblo – Various Dances

26th: San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh – Turtle dance

26th – 28th: Santo Domingo – Corn Dance; Most pueblos have Christmas dances- we suggest contacting Pueblos directly- see below: .

28th: Holy Innocents Day – Picuris Pueblo – Children’s dances.

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Acoma – (888) 759-2489

Cochiti – (505) 465-2244

Isleta – (505) 869-3111

Jemez – (575) 834-7235

Laguna – (505) 552-6654

Nambe – (505) 455-2036

Picuris – (575) 587-2419

Pojoaque – (505) 455-3460

San Felipe – (505) 867-3381

San Ildefonso – (505) 455-3549

San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo – (505) 852-4400

Sandia – (505) 867-3317

Santa Ana – (505) 867-3301

Santa Clara (Tourism Dept.) – (505) 753-7326

Santo Domingo – (505) 465-2214

Taos – (575) 758-1028

Tesuque – (505) 983-2667

Zia – (505) 867-3304

Zuni – (505) 782-7238

CALENDAR INFO COURTESY OF THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER – 2401 12th St. NW-ABQ. NM (505)843-7270. http://www.indianpueblo.org and New Mexico Tourism – http://newmexico.org


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October Santa Fe To Do – Independent Film Festival

The 8th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is on it’s way!
When: October 19 – 23, 2016

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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It’s certain the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will be serving up great entertainment- Click here for Ticket Information

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7 Things to do in Santa Fe in December for New Mexico Travelers

Christmas at the Palace – Dec 9, 2016 – At the Palace of the Governors on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza!

Christmas at the Palace

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.

Las Posadas

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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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2016 – Coming soon Music Fiesta!

Make your Santa Fe travel plans NOW!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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
    20 min drive South of Pueblo Bonito Inn - Pecos Pueblo Mission ruins.

    20 min drive South of Pueblo Bonito Inn – Pecos Pueblo Mission ruins.

    (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!
    Convenient transportation between ABQ and Santa Fe!

    Convenient transportation between ABQ and Santa Fe!

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

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

    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.

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Santa Fe To Do: Flamenco Dancing

Flamenco Dancing at El Farol: July & August 2016

IMG_5471 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 IMG_5484dance 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 artiIMG_5482sts 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,


El Farol Tapas Sampler

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).

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Santa Fe Wine Festival – Coming July 2, 3!

Santa Fe July 2 July 3 Travel Suggestion!

Northern New Mexico Winery tours suggested by Inn at Pueblo Bonito - Santa Fe.

Northern New Mexico Winery tours suggested by Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe.

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!

Enchantingly Santa Fe! Pueblo Bonito Inn- New Mexico

Enchantingly Santa Fe! Pueblo Bonito Inn- New Mexico

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!

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NM Chile Tradition Popular at Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe, NM

Green Chile Chicken Stew

Green Chile Chicken Stew

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!

Chile History

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!

Roasted Green Chile

Roasted Green Chile

Red Chile Powder

Red Chile Powder


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.

Santa Fe cuisine

New Mexico Chile- yum!

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!).

Pueblo Bonito's family welcomes you!

Behm Family Traditions

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.


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The Tamale – A New Mexico Tradition of Hospitality

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

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

History of Tamales

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

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

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

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

Breakfast Tamales served Hot!

Breakfast Tamales served Hot!

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

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