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Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

New Mexico Travel

There are so many unique and culturally distinctive travel opportunities to create a top New Mexico vacation traveler experience. Anytime of year- spring, summer, winter or fall – historic southwest travel is an great adventure!  So how do you optimize and create the best unique historical New Mexico travel experience? We at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe serve thousands of Santa Fe visitors each year for over 30 years!  We are true experts in historic New Mexico travel planning. By providing authentic traditional Old Santa Fe New Mexico accommodations and assisting guests in packaging vacation travel time, we avail valuable insights and tips to assure a rare and unique Santa Fe travel experience! Off beaten path places like: shops, restaurants, parks, birding, hiking, skiing, historic ruins and sites, museums, petroglyphs, hidden treasures, day outings, Northern New Mexico pueblo touring, art studio tours, wine tasting, markets, antiques, historic mining and mill towns and villages, treasurers of the area, etc. are sure to create amazing one-of-a kind New Mexico top travel experiences! Inn at Pueblo Bonito’s unique and distinctive historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodations are perfect for an exceptional “home base” to tour Northern New Mexico! Every morning during breakfast hours, our guests can receive expert assistance in their days’ explorations of Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Pecos, Las Vegas, Native American Pueblos, National Parks, historic sites, museums, restaurants, galleries, and other interests they desire to create a top New Mexico travel memory. A few important suggestions when planning your Santa Fe New Mexico travel vacation:

Santa Fe: 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Santa Fe: 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Choosing A New Mexico Travel Base location:

First of all, deciding where to centralize your travel is highly recommended to maximize your experiences. Santa Fe is our top choice! It’s the most centralized location in Northern New Mexico to make day trips; see historic sites; visit pueblos; tour Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Ojo Cliente, Ghost Ranch, Pecos, Madrid, Galisteo, Dixon and many other sleepy Northern New Mexico villages. Santa Fe is the top destination city of New Mexico. Actually Santa Fe is #5 in US cities most requested for traveler information! That being said, our vast experience of the area and insights serve our guests well ! (more on top NM Travel destination)

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Santa Fe Travel

Santa Fe is the New Mexico state capitol and boasts over 400 yrs of prominent Southwestern history. Santa Fe is THE destination spot of New Mexico! Walking from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, guests access rich historic documentation of New Mexico- it’s land, people and government- in 3 minutes! Less than a half mile radius from the plaza a guest can easily walk to world class museums: Palace of the Governors; New Mexico History Museum; New Mexico Art Museum;  Contemporary Indian Art Museum; and Georgia O’Keeffe museum! The variety and diversity of native cultures that have influenced Santa Fe is well preserved in various and unique ways over the years. Santa Fe’s nickname “The City Different” is very appropriate- an indicator of the distinctive travel experience New Mexico visitors will have! No where else in the US is like Santa Fe, NM! It reflects a “time frozen in history” that’s been intentionally and painstakingly preserved to enjoy and share with modern day people. We mustn’t forget to mention other World Class Museums located on historic Old Santa Fe Trail referred to as “Museum Hill”.  These include: International Folk Art Museum;  Indian Cultural Museum; Wheelwright Museum and Spanish Colonial Museum all clustered together and nestled beside the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens! (Book Now)

Be Intentional when Travel planning: 

Uniquely historic Santa Fe lodging - Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe.

Experience history in unique New Mexico accommodations at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe.

Many options exist when choosing New Mexico lodging. Santa Fe Hotels; Santa Fe bed and breakfasts; Santa Fe Inns; Santa Fe Motels; Santa Fe vacation rentals- a huge variety of Santa Fe Accommodation choices!  Personal preference is the key here. Our preference is historic!  We recommend Historic Santa Fe lodging accommodations. After all you’ve chosen a city founded over 400 years ago! Historic preservation has been outstanding and there is truly no other city like Santa Fe in the US! The unique history, culture, cuisine, blending of Native American/Hispanic/Anglo influences make an exciting southwestern US adventure. So make the most of it!

  •  Walkable city: experience an old, funky, eclectic, odd, unexplainable combination of history and modernism within our streets, buildings and people that has earned it’s title “City Different”. You don’t want to drive or fight for parking- you want to walk the streets both daytime and nighttime! Walk past world class museums, shops, art, cultural events, cathedrals, 400+ yr old houses, fantastic restaurants, Native American street vendors, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more!

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

    Palace of Governors at Santa Fe Plaza.

  • Accentuate Historic: Staying at newly constructed Santa Fe Accommodations just doesn’t make sense. Our preference is bias we admit… but designing an Authentic New Mexico Travel Experience on new just accentuate the New Mexico culture! Santa Fe alone was settled over 400 years ago- so in our opinion historic is what New Mexico is! This being said, Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast is our top choice! The epitome of authentic historic adobe pueblo-style New Mexico lodging, Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast dates back to 1860, when this area was part of the Texas Territories! Originally a Texas Circuit judge built a private estate with stables, servants quarters and horno (Native American Bread oven). All three of these original two foot thick adobe buildings have been meticulously preserved. Amazingly over the 156 yrs of it’s history, only three individuals have owned this massive adobe compound. Original builder was the Judge; 2nd Owner converted property to apartments and provided our name! Third (current family ownership) created Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! All the authentic, adobe architectural elements have been retained, thus providing historically
    Historic Adobe- Pueblo Bonito b&b inn-Santa Fe.

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

    accurate accommodations for Santa Fe travelers desiring a traditional Santa Fe travel experience! Our 18 charming guests rooms boast: original 2 ft. thick exterior adobe walls (1860); private baths with 1930’s viga beamed ceilings and mosaic tiled soaking tubs; in-room real wood burning kiva fireplace (not gas)! These one of a kind elements are not found in modern day, newly renovated luxury Santa Fe hotels or bed and breakfasts! We are the REAL THING- nothing fake about this Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (history Pueblo Bonito).

  • Personal preferences: Modern travelers wanting a historic location, but prefer New, Renovated, Full Service, Hotel- type accommodations providing features like: granite countertops bathrooms; wall mounted large flat screen TV’s; 24 hr restaurant and bar services; spa; valet parking; room service; exercise rooms; etc we recommend these fine historic downtown Santa Fe Hotels: The La Fonda, La Posada, Drury Inn, Hotel Santa Fe. Whatever your preference- we do recommend doing some homework tofind the perfect downtown Santa Fe historic lodging accommodation that’s right for you!
  • Cuisine: You are traveling- be open to new experiences. Remind yourself you left home0- everything is not the same! The region of the US you’re traveling is full of opportunities specific to local living. One is food! New New Mexico is famous for its’ chile -red or green! Enjoy this local favorite no matter where you travel in New Mexico- you  can sample native cuisine like: Tamales, Enchilada, Rejellenos, sopapillas, Chile stew, posole and more!
    "Smothered"- New Mexico style enchiladas.

    “Smothered”- New Mexico style enchiladas.

    NOTE: Diverse definitions exist for  “Mexican food” (TexMex, Mexico, Arizona….) so understand that New Mexican food is completely distinctive- it stands on its own! Green chile (not jalapenos). Red chile (not salsa). Christmas (red/green chile combo). Smothered. Traditional New Mexico cuisine incorporates all of these 4 nouns which must be tried by visitors to receive the full experience of a historic New Mexico vacation! (see more New Mexico traditional foods)

  • Architecture- New Mexico has a rich heritage which is accurately displayed in historic downtown Santa Fe. A “Plaza”- originally intended to be the central community gathering place is generally found throughout Northern New Mexico Pueblos, villages and city’s. Santa Fe is no different, but this plaza dates back to 1600’s (more on Santa Fe History). Adobe- a staple throughout the years in New Mexico architecture. Adobe is and hand formed mud cast bricks, sun dried, then stacked and covered in stucco. Adobe creates the  majority of historic landscape in downtown Santa Fe and outlaying village/towns. Santa Fe’s plaza and downtown historic district still boasts original building dating back to 1600’s (see more on adobe).
  • Convenience- choose a home base. A location which is easy to access, provides maximum dining, cultural and evening options, and surrounds you with local historic elements. Saving time fighting lines, finding parking, sitting in local traffic, or waiting for a table just isn’t the best use of valuable vacation time!  Center yourself in a historic location walking distance to great “basic” options. Experience the culture by walking to dining, entertainment, markets, shops, museums, historic sites, etc. Have more than one travel route option to/from your home base to prevent delays from unplanned event traffic, road construction, backup commuter traffic, etc.. Experienced, long time residents of the area know these tips and they are extremely valuable if needed!

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

    Location in downtown Santa Fe, NM

  • Flexibility: Traveling isn’t always perfect so when making New Mexico travel plans, decide on sight seeing choices you prefer but be informed of other options around those main choices! Avail options an insights of off beaten path opportunities for our Santa Fe travelers adds a distinctive uniqueness to a New Mexico travel vacation! Staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn enjoy a combined 125  yrs of Northern New Mexico residency! Residency in New Mexico seriously increases our creative ability in designing  touring tips for Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests to enjoy. We’ve assisted annually returning guests to include up to three consecutive months worth of activities! Our regular return guests challenge us to be creative and informed as to Santa Fe travel options. Actually annual return guests will share new information with us at time for which we really enjoy. It’s true, we do have favorites. But new adventures are always welcomed! (see more Northern New Mexico travel secrets)            Book Now

Creating a top New Mexico vacation travel experience really isn’t hard if you’re in the right crowd! Experts come a dime a dozen. Research is plentiful. Aligning yourself with local hospitality professionals with a positive proven track record for 31+ years can be invaluable! We prefer a centralized location where you can feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. Lodging that exhibits local history, architecture and culture and meets your preference. Convenience to reduce travel stress. Accurately informed people who care and take pride in sharing their city- it’s distinctions and unique qualities. People with first hand wisdom and knowledge of the area you are taking valuable vacation time to explore and enjoy. Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn invites you to explore Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico! We love our guests and sincerely appreciate sharing Santa Fe, New Mexico and it’s treasures with each guest which allows us this privilege. Please let us assist you in your accommodation planning. 1-800-461-4599 Once you’re with us, we can assist in designing your Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico touring options!  Book Now

 

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Santa Fe NM- A Halloween Weekend Destination!

Halloween in Santa Fe

Considering last minute travel to Santa Fe for Halloween Weekend (Oct 30, 31)?  Well, if not…why not?  Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the USA and thus makes it a haunting option for Southwest travelers to consider! Consider these Ghostly options available to create a Santa Fe Halloween getaway for any age or “scare” preference!
Picture of ghost on stairs by Ghost Tours, Santa Fe
Thursday, 10/29: 
SANTA FE COMMUNITY GHOST TOUR GHOST WALK about Santa Fe. 6 PM – 1 3/4 HOURS.  $14 per person.
Reservations required to attend—call to book:  (505) 983-7774
 
Friday 10/30:
Santa Fe Ghost Tour (regular weekly Friday ghost tour) – subject to sufficient advanced reservations! Start time:  6 PM – 1 3/4 hours $14 per person. 
Reservations please call:  505-983-7774 
Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to Santa Fe Plaza Progressive Halloween party! Friday, October 30. Free 5-8 pm. Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. Enjoy music, a treasure hunt, ghost stories, tarot cards and more.  Full access to all museum exhibitions too.
  • The Museum of Art – the Fall of Modernism with Halloween Modernist-style.
  • Music of Big Swing Theory at St. Francis Auditorium. People dressed as dead artists and legends of New Mexico will make appearances. Kids can enjoy treasure hunts or participate in Katie May Be Morbid Card-Making.
  •  New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors -the Telling New Mexico. Discover people dressed as historical figures who offer clues to family-friendly puzzles.  Halloween masks of historical New Mexico characters.  Noted author and folklorist Nasario García will tell traditional tales of ghosts, witches and boogeymen in the Palace of the Governors at 6 pm.

Saturday, 10/31:  

HALLOWEEN PUBLIC GHOST TOUR  Start time:  5:45 PM1 3/4 HOURS.  RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL on Halloween!  $14 per person. Call(505) 983-7774 (Location given at time of reservation). 
Saturday, 10/31 and Sunday 11/1:
MCCALLS PUMPKIN PATCHOpen Oct 31 and Nov 1, 2015.  10:00 am – 6:00 pm$11.95 admission.  Fun for the Whole Family! Located south of Santa Fe in Morierty, NM, an easy 40 minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe and worth the time! This lovely scenic drive winds you through beautiful ranch lands of the Galisteo Basin and through sleepy Galisteo, fall woodstockNM and Stanley, NM! A privately owned Halloween Wonderland has been created by the McCall family  making  for a great time for the whole family. Activities include:  a Pumpkin Patch to personally pick your own pumpkin; 16 acre corn maze; Pedal Kart race track; Country Store shop and bakery; hayride; Pig Races; Pumpkin Slingshots; Corn Cannons; a Miner’s Shack; and Paintball.
MCCALLS HAUNTED FARM– to include a Haunted corn field, Haunted barn, and Zombie Hunt!  7:00 – 10:00 pm Oct 31 and Nov 1, 2015.
Special discounts for Oct 30, 31 at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn! Book online directly with our inn and get a nightly rate beginning at $119+tx! To include: Charming historic adobe accommodation with private bath and in-room kiva fireplace! Free parking; breakfast buffet; afternoon tea; and WiFi. Walk from our Inn to your Ghost Tour or to one of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants, shops, galleries, or museum! Nothing Scary about this offer other than our rooms sell fast- so BOOK NOW for best selection of availability and rate! Limited Availability!
1-800-461-4599   www.pueblobonitoinn.com
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Santa Fe New Mexico Travel Secret: Plaza Blanca

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New Mexico Landscape – Plaza Blanca

Like many Northern New Mexico landscapes, Plaza Blanca is simply amazingly breathtaking! Sorry folks if more of a description is needed, but honestly it’s hard to describe. It’s unique. It’s surreal. It’s amazing and pictures just don’t do it justice. Pastel white/grey sandstone formations, offset with crystal cobalt blue New Mexico skies are extra special. Something seasoned Santa Fe visitors don‘t want to miss on their New Mexico vacation.

Experts on New Mexico Attractions

As Innkeeper of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe for over 31+ years, a native New Mexico born/ bred resident and Santa Fean for over 54 consecutive years, I am referred to as an expert in Northern New Mexico visitor travel recommendations. A title given to me by our guests! Guests returned year after year to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn for our unique Santa Fe accommodations and numerous other reasons. One of which is: our extensive and professional knowledge of the area. Rather than spending time acclimating to the area, then upon leaving realize all the things they didn’t get to do, our guests appreciate wise suggestions, tips, and New Mexico tourism recommendations. Helping guests skillfully create distinctively unique daily travel plans to experience today the things they will remember and cherish forever is gratifying! We serve thousands of return guests which can be a challenge, especially those returning multiple times each year! However, we try to rise to their challenge and provide unique local insights for new things to do, see and explore. Another top reason our guests return is their feeling of being “at home”- one of the very best compliment we could ever receive!Plaza Blanca

That being said, we have a great recommendation for the seasoned Santa Fe visitor:

Located in the Rio Chama River Valley of the Carson National Forest, north of Santa Fe on your way to Abiquiu, is an eerie pastel whitish/grey limestone rock formation known as the Plaza Blanca – or the “White Place.” Its 60-foot-high obelisks and out of this world spires have been the subject of many photographs and works of art over the years, including Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1940 painting entitled “The White Place.”

The Plaza Blanca’s unusual landscape invites contemplation. Many visitors have stated that the white stone towering pillars and gnome-like hoodoos feel almost spiritual in nature. Getting to the surrealistic cliffs and columns of Plaza Blanca requires good hiking shoes. There is a three or four mile trail leading to it through New Mexico badlands, up steep washes and over mesa tops. The terrain which is best described as desolate, is marked only by an occasional Cholla cactus and Tamarisk plant. We suggest plenty of sunscreen, water and batteries for your digital camera! Location of Plaza Blanca is approximately 18 miles south of Ghost Ranch, within hiking distance of Dar al Islam. It is also near the Plaza Blanco Ranch at 41174 Fictitious Street, Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510. Plaza Blanca can be seen from U.S. Highway 84 to the north when approaching Abiquiu from the east. The trailhead begins at the end of the El Rito Road turnoff.Plaza Blanca 1Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is Santa Fe, New Mexico’s premier historic, adobe, pueblo-style downtown Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Innkeepers- Amy & Herb Behm and staff have over 100+ years of New Mexico residential experience and are professionals in providing warm, inviting, Northern New Mexico hospitality. Let them help you create a memorable historic Santa Fe experience! 1-800-461-4599 or www.pueblobonitoinn.com

 

 

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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 TourHigh 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 TourGalisteo 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 TourDixon 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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Historic New Mexico Mission Tours -Santa Fe via Pueblo Bonito Inn.

 

San Miguel Mission: also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico – a block from the historic Pueblo Bonito Inn. Claimed to be the oldest church in the United States, San Miguel Mission was built around 1626. Damage sustained during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was rebuilt in 1710 following the Spanish reconquest for which the chapel served Spanish soldiers. Hand carved pieces located inside the chapel include a wooden statue of Saint Michael dating back to at least 1709. Though the church has been repaired and rebuilt numerous times over the years, its original adobe walls are still largely intact despite having been hidden by later additions. The mission is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Less than a five minute stoll from Pueblo Bonito Inn is the Miracle Staircase of Loretto Chapel

Less than a five minute stoll from Pueblo Bonito Inn is the Miracle Staircase of Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel– originally a Roman Catholic church, now privately owned and used as a museum with wedding chapel. A long time subject of legend, the “Miraculous Staircase” and circumstances surrounding it are considered miraculous by the Sisters of Loretto as well as many visitors. In 1872, a convent chapel was commissioned to be built and named Our Lady of Light Chapel for the Sisters of Loretto. Designed by French architect Antoine Mouly in Gothic Revival style, ornately decorated with spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows imported from France, the Loretto Chapel built on a smaller scale, bears close resemblance to Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle. After the architect’s sudden death, and much of the construction finished, it was realized no type of stairway to the choir loft was provided. Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph’s intercession for nine straight days after which a stranger appeared at their door. Offering to build the nuns a staircase, but requiring total privacy he locked himself in the chapel for three months. Using a only primitive tools including a square, saw and warm water he constructed a spiral staircase entirely of non-native wood. The carpenter’s identity was never known for as soon as the staircase was finished he was gone. Witnesses, upon seeing the staircase, felt it was constructed as a miraculous occurrence by St Joseph himself. The mystery has never been solved as to who the carpenter was or where he got his lumber, for no reports were made of anyone seeing lumber delivered nor of the man come and go while construction was done. Less than a five minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn– the Loretto Chapel is a must see when Mission touring Santa Fe.

Cristo Rey church (Spanish for Christ King), is a beautiful adobe example of historic New Mexico Mission architecture with notable Spanish colonial retablos and santos adorning its sanctuary. Used for worship, weddings and community events, this active Roman Catholic church quietly sits at the east end of Canyon Rd on the corner of Cristo Rey street. An easy five minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b as you peruse the famous art and sculpture work on Canyon Road.

Galisteo Mission the Pueblo of the Tanos (Galisteo Pueblo) was founded around 1250 AD. A thriving community of 1,000+ surface dwellings was situated on the west side of Galisteo Creek. This pueblo presented an impressive appearance to outside visitors for the time period. Once named “San Lucas” by Spanish settlers in 1590, Juan de Oñate renamed the pueblo “Santa Ana” in 1600. In early seventeenth century again renaming occurred and the village became known as “Santa Cruz de Galisteo“. Franciscan brothers founded this first permanent mission among the Tanoan speaking people in 1612. It was the earliest mission in the Galisteo Basin as well as one of the earliest missions in New Mexico. This 17th century church was unique as it was built sufficiently wide – having three aisles with two rows of support columns leading from the sanctuary. Though it is not certain whom is responsible for the notable church design, Fray Pedro de Ortega, is thought to have contributed. Galisteo Mission is located a short, but beautiful 20 minute drive south of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn off Hwy 41 in Galisteo New Mexico.

Galisteo Mission- easy daytrip tour from Pueblo Bonito Inn.

Galisteo Mission- easy daytrip tour from Pueblo Bonito Inn.

The Santuario de Guadalupe originally built in 1781, located on Guadalupe St- just a five minute walk north-west of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn, it is known as the “Soul of Santa Fe“. This historic mission church played a very significant role in religious, cultural, and traditional life of the people of Santa Fe. It is the oldest, still-standing church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the US and Canada. Located at the end of the Camino Real (the main route from Mexico City via Chihuahua to the Southwest) which brought Spanish ancestors and the Franciscan friars who ministered and sowed seeds of Christian faith with a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This historic New Mexico mission is considered to be very holy. El Santuario de Guadalupe church is currently an art and history museum and contains the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of the saints), Italian Renaissance paintings, and Mexican baroque paintings. Among the treasured works is Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the largest and finest oil paints of the Spanish Southwest, dated 1783 and signed by Jose de Alzibar, one of Mexico’s most renowned painters.Sanctuario de Chimayo – Located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico on Hwy 285/520 – a short 20 minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito in the historic village of Chimayó, New Mexico – one can view this rustic and serene active Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the most famous churches in New Mexico and North America. Known as a shrine and National Historic Landmark, El Sanctuario de Chimayo receives over 300,000 visitors a year and is called the most important and largest Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States.  The walled courtyard entrance is one of the most photographed sites in Northern New Mexico and houses a small cemetery. This picturesque church, built of three foot thick adobe walls has a bell tower on each side with pointed caps and a metal pitched roof that were probably added in the 1920s. Thick, yet elegant wood doors were carved by 19th-century carpenter Pedro Domínguez while notable folk-art carvings and decorations can be found inside the sanctuary and narthex.  Of special note, a small room called el pocito (the little well), located just left of the front alter, contains a round pit. This “round pit” is the source of “holy dirt” (tierra bendita) that is believed to have healing powers. The adjacent Prayer Room displays photographs, discarded crutches, and unique testimonials of those who have received healing. Recently added is the outside sanctuary needed to receive mass numbers of pilgrims on Good Friday and Easter walks.

20 minutes south of Pueblo Bonito Inn are the Pecos Pueblo Mission church ruins.

20 minutes south of Pueblo Bonito Inn are the Pecos Pueblo Mission church ruins.

Pecos Mission (aka: Mission Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula or Mission of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula) was a mission that served the people of Pecos Pueblo near Pecos, New Mexico. The first church at Pecos Pueblo is thought to have been built by Franciscan Fray Pedro Zambrano Ortiz around 1619. This isolated church was built along a narrow ridge, 400 m northeast of the pueblo’s main quadrangle, as the pueblo people would not allow construction closer to their dwelling sites. A permanent church was constructed outside the walls of the pueblo of Pecos, New Mexico in 1625. This church was destroyed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, wherein the Spanish were ejected from New Mexico. After the Spanish reconquest in 1693, a smaller church was built in 1717 for which the walls of this later church still stand on top of the prior church’s stone foundation. Ruins are located 25 miles south east of Santa Fe’s Pueblo Bonito Inn off I-25 in Pecos National Historic Park.

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