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Traditional New Mexico Green Chile Recipes and Tips – 101

Okay folks… you asked for it! Needless to say, we receive numerous inquiries about green chile… how to make it; how to cook it; how to store it; how to roast it; how to peel it; etc. So due to popular request, we have provided some basic information for our beloved chile lover guests who want to know! Enjoy- COMPLIMENTS OF INN AT PUEBLO BONITO- SANTA FE

Roasted Green Chile

Roasted Green Chile


Chile – both Red and Green – are essential ingredients in traditional New Mexican cooking. Of course, one can buy already prepped and ready to go chile, but Santa Fe chefs know chile  taste better when prepared in season and fresh. Doing it yourself not only is more economical, but it’s fun too! An experience of authentic New Mexico culture and history. Below is everything you need to know to become a “chile pro”. Go ahead, take your New Mexico cooking to the next level!

Perfect Chile Roasting 101:


  1. It’s easy! Roast fresh New Mexico chile pods in an oven; on top of a gas stove; or on an outdoor grill!
  2. Begin with New Mexico grown green chiles- they are the most frequently roasted!  About twenty minutes for oven roasting putting a single layer of green chile on baking sheet. Blister chile at 450° F (blackening skins in many spots) and turn as needed for uniformed scorching or until chiles collapse.
  3. If roasting just a few green pods, hold with tongs over flame of a gas burner for a few minutes. Turn to blacken all over, or use an asador (wire-mesh griddle).
  4. If using a gas or charcoal grill, place green chile on grate over hot fire, searing all sides- about ten minutes.
  5. Roast fresh red pods the same ways, but because of their higher moisture content, keep from blistering and blackening as fully as green. Judge their readiness by looking for loosening skin with deep brown shades.
Peel Green Chile

Peel Green Chile


After roasting red or green chile, steam pods immediately to loosen skins.

  1. Place pods in a Ziploc plastic bag or covered bowl. Let sit five to ten minutes until cool enough to handle.
  2. Peeling quantities of chiles, require rubber gloves! Avoid capsaicin (substance that gives the pods heat) getting onto your hands- it doesn’t wash off easily and can irritate skin.
  3. Strip off the outer skin or peel. If tempted to run water over chiles to help in the process (some peel is bound to stick)- Don’t do it! As this will dilutes the flavor. Instead, rinse gloved hands under running water.
  4. Remove all stems and seeds unless plans include stuffing chiles. In this case, leave the stem and any seeds still attached to avoid weakening the pod.

GREEN CHILE SAUCE RECIPE:   Servings: 4 cups

Green Chile Sauce

Green Chile Sauce

Green chile sauce is an essential ingredient in New Mexican recipes. Green chile sauce can be frozen- so feel free to be creative and smother any/all meats, eggs, pasta, etc with this highly popular accompaniment! This green chile sauce will be a welcomed treat packing a punch of flavor and spice to any dish. If planning ahead, remember this keeps for 3 days refrigerated otherwise it freezes well!


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ to 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped roasted New Mexican green chile, fresh or thawed frozen
  • 2 cups chicken or beef stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste


  1. Warm the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour and continue cooking for another 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the chile. Immediately begin pouring in the stock, stirring as you go, then add the salt.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until thickened but still very pourable. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.



Red Chile Powder

Red Chile Powder

Another staple in New Mexican cooking! Use red sauce in enchiladas, burritos, tamales, or smothered on top of basically anything. This sauce will keep up to 6 days refrigerated and freezes well.

Servings: 4 cups


  1. Toast dried whole chile pods in a heavy skillet over medium heat until they are warm and release their fragrance, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  2. Remove the chiles from the skillet immediately. When cool enough to handle, break each chile pod into several pieces (wearing rubber or plastic gloves if your skin is sensitive), discarding the stem and seeds.
  3. Place half the chile pieces in a blender and pour in one-half of the water or stock. Puree until mostly smooth but with a few flecks of chile still visible in the liquid.
  4. Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté several minutes until the onion is limp.
  5. Pour in the blended chile mixture, then add oregano and salt.
  6. Puree the remaining chiles with the remaining water and pour it into the sauce in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for a total of 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. After about 15 minutes, taste the sauce and adjust seasonings. When ready, the sauce will be cooked down enough to coat a spoon thickly but still drop off of it easily. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.


  • 8 ounces (about 20 to 25) dried whole red New Mexican chile pods, mild, medium, hot, or a combination
  • 4 cups water or chicken stock (divided use)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crumbled dried Mexican oregano, or marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

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

Anytime of year is an excellent time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico! Foods, flavors, colors,  clear skies, world class museums, art, culture, skiing and so much more! But the Fall- October, November are Chile harvest times! Fresh Chile is abundant. Then December while New Mexicans are preparing for Holidays- chiles are plentiful in local markets. Rejenos, tamales, stews, posole are local traditional favorites. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features the BEST Red Chile Pork Tamales in the State of New Mexico every morning for breakfast- all year round! So, we invite you to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico and feast on our local cuisine featuring the beloved red or green chile. You won’t be sorry! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 if we can be of assistance. We’d love to host you on your next historic Santa Fe vacation get away! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe!


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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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Vivac winery features mountain views!

Wineries provide additional fun on Artists Tours!

Late Fall New Mexico Art Studio Tours are as follows:

Blog compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast- Santa Fe– 1-800-461-4599

October 3,4, 2015 10 am- 5 pm

El Rito Studio Tour

Madrid & Cerrillos Studio Tour also Oct 10, 11, 2015

October 10,11, 2015

Abiquiu Studio Tour

October 17, 18, 205 10 am- 5 pm

Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour

Red Dot Art Weekend and Oct 10, 11, 12, 2015

Galisteo Studio Tour

Historic Galisteo Church viewable during Artist tour

Historic Galisteo Church viewable on Artist tour

October 23, 2015 3 pm – 7 pm; October 224, 2015 9 am – 5 pm

Eldorado Fall Artist Studio Show

November 7, 8 ,2015 9 am- 5 pm

Dixon Studio Tour

Late Fall artist’s studio tours are so much fun and visiting these special small villages and towns brings a whole new dimension and appreciation for local culture, art and cuisine! Let us make your October New Mexico Artist Studio Tour special with the following suggestions:

Abiquiu: Always a daytrip treat filled with breath taking scenery. Georgia O’Keeffe house tours could be possible and don’t forget Bode’s General Store– a great place to stop for homemade soup!

El Rito: What an amazing find this little Northern New Mexico village! Must see: historic El Rito church and sanctuary. Must Eat: El Farolito- best green chile in the state of NM! We recommend green chile chicken enchiladas with sour cream- mucho bueno. Bring cash- credit cards don’t go far in this remote little Northern New Mexico

Village of El Rito, NM

Village of El Rito, NM

village! After El Rito Studio tour, head toward Abiquiu via County Rd 155W and off to the north side you can see hints of eerie pastel white/grey limestone rock formations similiar to those known as the Plaza Blanca or “White Place”. See our blog on Plaza Blanca for more information!

Dixon: Wine tasting/hopping at  La Chipirdera Winery and Vivac Winery .

Los Alamos: Visit the Bradbury Science Museum  which documents the development of the atom bomb- very, very interesting. Bandelier National Monument (Must See)- ancient cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and Indian ruins.

September visits in Santa Fe, NM

Sangre de Cristo Aspens

October is a gorgeous time of year to visit New Mexico! Aspens on the Sangre de Cristos are only 16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast door step! Fall colors, hiking, art tours as well as Balloon Fiesta are all things to do in Santa Fe in 2015 October Santa Fe visits!  Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast offers outstanding October lodging specials too! All 19 room feature in-room kiva wood burning fireplaces to create a truly memorable Santa Fe visit experience. Call us and let us help you find the best availablity and rates:


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Fall New Mexico – Travel Chile Time!!

Santa Fe cuisine

New Mexico Chile- yum!

Red chile ristras are strung pods of dried red chile frequently displayed near arches, front doors and windows throughout New Mexico. They are iconic in Santa Fe for decorating, especially during harvest months- September and October. Holidays also are popular times and are symbolic of a warm, inviting “welcome.” Ristras have practical uses as well. Red Chile is the featured ingredient of delicious sauces, marinade, and traditional New Mexican culinary dishes.

New Mexico’s arid climate and abundant sunshine provide ideal conditions for annual chile crops which on average produce 80,000 tons a year. Late summer, early fall are unique times when large chile pepper crops are harvested and frequently picked fresh, roasted and eaten as green chile. When the fruit is left on the plant a little longer to ripen, it turns a vibrant red. This causes the fruit to completely change its properties and then is dried, crushed and eaten. Red chile is often strung up into chile ristras to dehydrate in the sun.
Traditional methods were to sun-dry fruits by laying them out, however, contamination among birds and rodents has prompted people to begin tying them together in strings and hanging them on walls, etc. However, you can still see rooftops of homes, stores covered in red chile for drying purposes – especially in the little town of Hatch NM! Hatch is known at the Chile Capital of the World and rightly so. It grows more green chile than anywhere on earth and its crops are highly sought after by locals and tourists alike! As ristras dry their color darkens to a subtle rusty red color. At this point, they are ready to use in cooking or as decoration as ristras!

Santa Fe bed and breakfast- Pueblo Bonito Inn

Santa Fe bed and breakfast- Pueblo Bonito Inn

Dried Red Chile Ristra as Decorations:

Fall traditions of Santa Fe, New Mexico include red chile ristras adorning farmer’s markets and roadside stands around the state. Red Chile Ristras are commonly used for decoration as seen with backgrounds of adobe brown buildings. They are said to bring health and good luck! Interested in taking a good luck chile ristra home with you? We invite you to enjoy the thrill of fall Santa Fe travel with the purpose of purchasing a red chile ristras for yourself. They make great gifts too! A visit to Santa Fe in fall is much more advised as boxing and mailing isn’t a preferred method in handeling these beauties! Thier  vibrant red color makes for a memorable statement for welcomed guests. New Mexico’s arid dry climate provides a perfect showcase for these lovely hanging chiles, however they might not do so well back home. If visiting Santa Fe from a more humid state, your ristra may need to be treated with lacquer before taking it home. Lacquer will help preserve the chile from moisture in the air and avoid messes later on. We use Aquanet hairspray on ours- even in Santa Fe to highlight the color, prevent flying pests from enjoying the chile, and simply to provide a longer hanging life!

Dried Chile in Cooking

Use dried red chile in cooking, either crushed as powder or rehydrated, blended, boiled and then strained to make red chile sauce (also just called “red chile”). Red Chile, along with green chile, is a staple in traditional New Mexican cuisine! Red chile sauces can be ladled over dishes, such as enchiladas and tamales; used as base for stews, such as posole; or marinade for meats, as with carne adovada. Green chile, however, is most often used in soups, dips and chowders. Regardless of how you choose to use chile- red or green- it’s a New Mexico tradition! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is famous for thier “Pueblo Tamale” which is featured every morning for breakfast. How better to start your day than a red chile pork tamale with fresh fruit and coffee?

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

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

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Northern New Mexico Art Tours September 2015

Art Studio Tours in September

 O'keeffee country- day trip from Santa Fe, NM

Sept 4, 5, 6, 2015 10 am-5 pm

Taos Studio Tour – Radiates out of Taos (90 miles north of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe on 84/285 through Espanola then 68 to Taos). Suggestions: Leave our inn early morning (9-10 would be advisable), head straight to Taos Studio Tour and enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive! When finished at the art gallery tour, head home on the same route but stop: BLUE HERON – flight taste homebrew Beer; SUGARS BBQ – feast on best green chile cheeseburger in NM – honestly – no kiddin’!; wine taste at several excellent wineries (VIVAC, La Chipiradera, Black Mesa); then if there’s still time or energy, head to Chimayo, NM! Tour SANCTUARIO de CHIMAYO -largest pilgrimage in North America. Sanctuario dates back to 1600’s! Eat at RANCHO de CHIMAYO (best sopapillas in Northern NM) or stop at: ESTRELLA del NORTE Winery if you haven’t had enough fun for the day (sit enjoy the quiet, serene outdoor patio in a private oasis). GREAT TRIP!! ***** (5 STAR). Of course this trip can be taken anytime of the year even if Taos Studio Tour isn’t scheduled!

Pilar Studio Tour – The idyllic village of Pilar, NM is set on the banks of the Rio Grande! Pilar Artists open their homes, art galleries, and studios to showcase artwork in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, ceramic, pastel, silk painting and fiber art. Pilar Artist profile and tour map available here. Combine this tour with the Taos Studio Art Tour above and it’s suggestions!Landscape Northern NM

Sept 12, 13, 2015 10 am – 5 pm

Alameda Artist Studio Tour – The village of Alameda is located north of Albuquerque on your way to Santa Fe or from Santa Fe to Albuquerque! Sleepy, quaint this little village is certain to offer unique, interesting and fun artwork to see and enjoy! Suggestion: Add Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to your day of exploration! You won’t be sorry J

Las Vegas Artist Studio Tour – North of Santa Fe along beautifully scenic I-25. Suggestions: Leave Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe early morning (after breakfast- don’t want to miss those famous red chile pork tamales!), drive to Las Vegas, NM passing gorgeous natural mountainous scenery and plain antelope herds! Enjoy the Las Vegas Artist Tour. Afterward, plan a visit to SALMAN RASPBERRY RANCH in La Cueva, NM- 50 minute drive (beautiful historic mill is located near raspberry fields for picking)- amazing photo ops! Return to Las Vegas. Eat at EL RIALTO (just of the Las Vegas Plaza); browse antique shops; get a drink at BYRON T’S SALOON in the historic PLAZA HOTEL; then head back home to Santa Fe, stop at LA RISA CAFE in Ribera NM for homemade pie, pie, pie- oh my!

Sept 19, 20, 2015 10 am- 5 pm

Pojoaque River Art Tour – Begin the Pojoaque River Art Tour at Than Povi Fine Art Gallery- 10 minute drive north of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe on 285N into Pojoaque Pueblo. Suggestions: Combine Art Tour with visits to BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT; SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO and/or the hispanic village of Chimayo, NM! Add a stop at ESTRELLA DEL NORTE vineyard (award winning wine-tasting); DON QUIOXTE Distillery for  Worlds Famous Blue Corn Bourbon or Blue Corn Vodka tasting! Adding these suggestions should provide a fun, full, well rounded day of Northern New Mexico vacation exploration, art appreciation and scenic beauty – compliments of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– Santa Fe!

South of Pueblo Bonito Inn - Pecos Pueblo Mission ruins.

South of Pueblo Bonito Inn – Pecos Pueblo Mission ruins.

Pecos Art Studio Tour – Pecos Village is a short 15 minute drive south from PUEBLO BONITO BED AND BREAKFAST INN on I-25 North and is a favorite touring area for our Santa Fe visitors. Suggestions: Combine Pecos Art Tour with PECOS NATIONAL MONUMENT; then take a scenic drive north toward Pecos Wilderness with stops at PECOS FISH HATCHERY; BENEDICTIN MONASTARY; DALTON CANYON; TERERRO GENERAL STORE & RIDING STABLES (amazing hummingbird watching- such a treat!).

High Road Artisans New Mexico Art Tour – From Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Inn -Santa Fe, take US 285/84N through Nambe, left on 98 to Chimayo, right on 76. This scenic 30 mile New Mexico artists tour is in it’s 18th year and features renowned artists. Various art forms from traditional to contemporary with mediums from paint to wood will be shown. This tour takes place over 2 weekends: Sept 19,20 and 26, 27! Don’t miss out- book your rooms now for best availability. Suggestions: See Taos Studio and Pilar Studio Tours to help round out a delightful day of Santa Fe touring Northern New Mexico art studios!

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Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe in the heart of downtown is THE only Santa Fe accommodations with owners who have served Santa Fe travelers for 30 consecutive years. Their knowledge of Santa Fe and surrounding areas combined with the MOST unique property in downtown Santa Fe (an original adobe pueblo-style property dating to 1860) distinguishes Inn at Pueblo Bonito from all other Santa Fe Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Innkeepers- Amy and Herb Behm offer a wealth of information, insight, suggestions and hospitality that make a distinctively memorable Santa Fe vacation for US Travelers. Give them a call and book now: 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com





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Santa Fe Travel- Historic sites: The Cross of the Martyrs

Cross of the Martyrs

Cross of the Martyrs

The Cross of the Martyrs is an easy, enjoyable, and often-overlooked historic monument site just northeast of downtown Santa Fe plaza. This iconic site is a great idea for guests of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito to enjoy during their Santa Fe vacation.  The Cross of the Martyrs is excellent for an evening stroll, Sunday city view, or an anytime free history lesson of Old Santa Fe! The vantage point at the top offers dramatic views of The Plaza, the entire city and valley it’s located in, as well as a glorious sunset viewing! Among all of these views, the peek into the history of the oldest capital city in the United States is the best reason to make incorporate it into your Santa Fe to do list.

The walk or “hike” up to the top is not an arduous climb, but it does take moderate fitness. A consistent inclined brick walkway provides a series of switchbacks interspersed with steps that climb to the ridge above Paseo de Peralta in Hillside Park. The project was a gift to Santa Fe visitors made on it’s 375th anniversary (Santa Fe is currently over 400 years old as of 2015). Handrails and sure footing on the commemorative walkway are abundant with ample reasons to stop, read,  and catch your breath; a series of display plaques offer interesting historical facts to provide momentary diversions from the climb. Remember that Santa Fe’s elevation is more than 7,000 feet above sea level.

View from Cross of Martyrs- Santa Fe.

View from Cross of Martyrs- Santa Fe.

The twenty chronologically ordered plaques give visitors a glimpse into the events shaping Santa Fe’s blending of primary cultures (Native American, Spanish and Anglo). The walk accurately paints a journey through history starting at 500 AD to our modern era. At the top of the walkway, a bricked plaza area reveals a steel cross – erected to honor the 21 Franciscan Friars killed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  April2015 116

The Pueblo revolt of 1680 was organized at the Taos Pueblo and led by Popé – a San Juan Pueblo medicine man- and was a mass insurrection by natives of the area pueblos against the Spanish interests. Popé became the ruler of all the pueblos of New Mexico for a dozen years as result of the successful revolt that killed 400 Spaniards and caused the survivors to flee to El Paso del Norte (El Paso, TX.) While the revolt did not remove the Spanish from the area permanently, it did cause changes in the way the Spanish dealt with the Pueblo Indians after 1692.

A cobblestone platform surrounds the cross. The site is a wonderful place for reflection, to take in the city views, or to take sunset photos of Santa Fe. Picnic tables are available nearby, offering the opportunity to take extra time to just relax and enjoy the beauty of the place and moment.

Top of Cross Martyrs- Santa Fe.

Top of Cross Martyrs- Santa Fe.

Getting to The Cross of the Martyrs from the Inn at Pueblo Bonito is simple: a guest would head to the Plaza, taking East Palace Avenue to Paseo de Peralta. From there, you would go left on Paseo de Peralta and follow it past Tommy Mascione park (to your right) and the Santa Fe Girls Club. Just past the entrance to the Girls Club is the entrance to the walkway on your right side. Legal parking places are at a premium but can be found on the street surrounding Tommy Mascione park.

On Fiesta weekend, a candlelit procession to The Cross of the Martyrs from Saint Francis Cathedral occurs after a special Mass. Fiesta weekend is celebrated the weekend after Labor Day in Santa Fe, NM.

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Experience New Mexico: Pueblo Indian Tribes, Culture, and History

Did you know that the Spanish encountered over 100 Pueblo Indian Tribes while exploring five centuries ago? Did you know that from those 100-plus tribes, 19 are still separate, independent entities, speaking their own languages and maintaining distinct traditions in our state of New Mexico?

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Taos Pueblo photo: wikipedia

Did you know that some Pueblo communities (‘pueblo’ is the Spanish word for town) such as Taos (famous for its 1000-year-old, multi-story adobes), Acoma (glowing atop a red-rock mesa like a real-life City of Gold), and Santa Clara (home of the Puye Cliff Dwelling, which offers guided tours year-round)?

Santo DomingoPueblo Church

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

Did you know others like San Ildefonso or Santo Domingo allow visitors daily without tours? Or that others only welcome visitors on Feast Days, when costumed, body-painted dancers gather in their plazas to perform time-honored ceremonies? Native American culture and traditions are a big part of New Mexico history and southwest pride. Come join us to experience these ancient, intriguing and beautiful people who have a rich tradition to be shared with you in your visit to New Mexico. 

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

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

Saturate yourself in rich historic tradition in our downtown Santa Fe bed and breakfast -the Inn at Pueblo Bonito! Our inn was orginally built in 1860 and was a West Texas Circuit Judge’s private estate. In fact, the only Indian bread oven or horno (“horno” is Spanish  for bread oven) is located on the grounds of our historic bed and breakfast! So to create an authentic historic New Mexico travel experience, don’t just stay – experience traditional heritage at the Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe.

Pueblo Bonito b&b inn

Pueblo Bonito b&b inn 800-461-4599

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The History of Santa Fe, Capital of New Mexico

Santa Fe Plaza  1800Historic Santa Fe New Mexico- compliments of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito, Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico. The meaning of Santa Fe is “holy faith” in Spanish. 2014 population was 68,298. The city was originally occupied by a number of Pueblo Indian villages with founding dates between 1050 to 1150. One of the earliest known settlements came sometime after 900, and is now known as Downtown Santa Fe. A Native American group built a cluster of homes that centered around the site of today’s Plaza and spread for half a mile to the south and west. The village was called Ogapoge. The Santa Fe River provided water to people and is a seasonal waterway which was a year round stream until the 1700s. In 2007, the river was recognized as the most endangered river in the United States, according to the conservation group American Rivers.


1880 San Miguel Mission

Don Juan de Oñate led the first effort to colonize the region in 1598, establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo México as a province of New Spain. Under Juan de Oñate and his son, the capital of the province was the settlement of San Juan de los Caballeros north of Santa Fe near modern Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (aka San Juan Pueblo). New Mexico’s second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, however, founded a new city at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1607. He called it La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (the Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi). In 1610, he made it the capital of the province, which it has almost constantly remained, making it the oldest state capital in the United States.

Santa Fe, 1846–1847

Except for the years 1680–1692, when, as a result of the Pueblo Revolt, the native Pueblo people drove the Spaniards out of the area known as New Mexico, later to be reconquered by Don Diego de Vargas, Santa Fe remained Spain’s provincial seat until the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. In 1824 the city’s status as the capital of the Mexican territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México was formalized in the 1824 Constitution

Procession on Santa Fe Plaza 1820

Procession on Santa Fe Plaza 1820

The Republic of Texas claimed Santa Fe as part of the western portion of Texas along the Rio Grande when it seceded from Mexico in 1836. In 1841, a small military and trading expedition set out from Austin, Texas, with the aim of gaining control over the Santa Fe Trail. Known as the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, the force was poorly prepared and was easily captured by the Mexican army. In 1846, the United States declared war on Mexico, and Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny led the main body of his Army of the West of some 1,700 soldiers into the city to claim it and the whole New Mexico Territory for the United States. By 1848 the U.S. officially gained New Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Colonel Alexander William Doniphan, under the command of Kearny, recovered ammunition from Santa Fe labeled “Spain 1776”, showing both the quality of communication and military support New Mexico received under Mexican rule.

American visitors saw little promise in the remote town. One traveller in 1849 wrote:

“I can hardly imagine how Santa Fe is supported. The country around it is barren. At the North stands a snow-capped mountain while the valley in which the town is situated is drab and sandy. The streets are narrow… A Mexican will walk about town all day to sell a bundle of grass worth about a dime. They are the poorest looking people I ever saw. They subsist principally on mutton, onions and red pepper.”—letter from an American traveler, 1849

Mora Merchants & Apache Guards (NM Archives)

Mora Merchants & Apache Guards (NM Archives)


Today, Santa Fe is a testament to such preservation of rich history as well as a monument to the strength and wealth an environment gains through hardship; the City Different is a true oasis in the desert.

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Annual Events in Santa Fe, NM for April, May, and June 2015


(2nd Quarter; April-June)

Provided by: Inn at Pueblo Bonito, SF, NM

Pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo

Pilgrimage to El Sanctuario de Chimayo

Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage April 3, 2015

30,000 people from all over the world make pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayó during Holy Week, earning the reputation of the largest pilgrimage in North America. Some pilgrims seek blessing, others walk for tradition, and others desire the “holy dirt” praying for miraculous cures for themselves or someone who could not make the trip.

Compiled from wikipedia


Santa Fe Film Festival May 1-4, 2015

Four days of the best in cinematic arts! 14th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival will run a program of over 60 films, panels, juried awards, workshops, and parties.


Santa Fe Century May 17, 2015

Celebrating 30 years for this ride in 2015! Bicycle over miles of as you travel down the Turquoise Trail, through old mining towns, across mineral rich Mountains, through the Estancia Valley, through the glorious village of Galisteo, and back into scenic Santa Fe!

photo courtesy of century bike ride

photo courtesy of century bike ride


Civil War Weekend May 2, 3 2015 10 am- 4 pm

*Battlefields & Homefronts New Mexico: The Civil War and More
Experience military drills, camp life, lectures, demonstrations and reenactments
of Civil War battles fought in New Mexico.  View photos of event HERE


Native Treasures Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, 2015

Santa Fe Convention Center

Museum-quality Indian art show and sale with 200+ Native American artists showing. Each artist, specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, represents the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the Museum’s permanent collection.


2014 Springtime 100Spring Festival and Arts Fiber Fair June 6-7, 2015 10 am- 4 pm

Costumed villagers shearing sheep, fiber arts marketplace, baking bread and more, including animals, games and hands-on activities for kids! At Las Golondrinas. View photos of event HERE


Summer ArtFeast

June 12-13, 2015 5-8 pm

Edible Art Tour pairs Santa Fe’s top galleries and finest restaurants, BUT you don’t have to do two areas on the same night! Friday is downtown galleries with Saturday focus on Canyon Road.


Rodeo de Santa Fe an Annual June Event

Rodeo de Santa Fe an Annual June Event

Rodeo de Santa Fe June 18-21 2015, Parade – June 20

65th Rodeo de Santa Fe comes to town June 18 through the 21! This year entertainment will feature Slim Garner along with our Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell. There will be more excitement during each performance than you can hold your hat on for! Get ready as heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances from top PRCA rodeo athletes perform at this big time rodeo, with a small town feeling.


*-*-* Upcoming 3rd Quarter Events to be Aware of as Ticket sales will be available during 2nd Quarter! *-*-*

The Santa Fe Opera July 3 – August 29, 2015

Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera

From the unlikeliest of beginnings—an opera company located hundreds of miles from any major city, featuring American singers in a wide-ranging and challenging repertory, and treating theatrical and musical values as equally important in its productions—The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world’s leading cultural festivals.

Ticket Information HERE


Compliments of the Inn at Pueblo Bonito– Santa Fe, NM. Don’t just Stay in Santa Fe…. Experience it!

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Santa Fe Historic Traditions for New Mexico Vacationers


First in Series: New Mexico True Historic USA travel experiences

Provided by: Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast Inn

Adobe bricks used for building homes.

Adobe bricks used for building homes.

Adobe bricks (mud bricks) are a long time New Mexico architectural building staple. Modern historic preservation efforts within Santa Fe’s historic district are to be commended for their preservation. New Mexico visitors travel with high expectations to see and experience ancient traditions of culture which adobe bricks encase and accurately preserve. Made of earth, traditional adobe bricks have a high clay content and straw mixture. If produced manually the earth mix is cast in open moulds onto the ground and left to be sun-dried, not kiln-fired. When used for construction they are laid up into a wall using an earth mortar. Before drying out, the finished walls are smoothed down and often a clay render applied as a surface coating.

DeVargas House Oldest House in USA

DeVargas House Oldest House in USA

Adobe brick building is an ancient technique common in the Americas and the Middle East. The oldest structural ruins made of earth date back to 8300 BC with some adobe buildings aged 800+ years still in use today! “Adobe” is a signature of Santa Fe New Mexico’s architecture and is beautifully preserved in many a historic building such as the De Vargas Street House (aka Oldest House in the USA). Built in 1200 CE, the original adobe home sits on the partial foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo. Modern day use as a museum provides New Mexico visitors a viewing of this ancient art of adobe building. The De Vargas Street House has quiet a history and is a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.

The Palace of the Governors (1610) is an adobe structure located on the north side of Santa Fe’s Plaza. The Palace of the Governors served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.  The Palace originally served the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which at one time comprised present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada,California, and New Mexico.  After the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican province of Santa Fe de Nuevo  Mexico was administered from the Palace of the Governors. When New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory the Palace became New Mexico’s first territorial capitol.*

“Adobe” is the Spanish name derived from the older Arabic “al-tob”, dating from the Moorish occupation of Spain. Adobe walls have a number of advantages and relatively few disadvantages. Adobe bricks are fireproof, durable and biodegradable! Adobe is a non-toxic building material and can provide sufficient thermal mass to ensure excellent thermal efficiency and low sound transmission levels through walls to create a general feeling of solidity and security. Due to the nature of clay and the drying process, adobe bricks exhibits good water resistance. It is important to provide weather protection to extend life to the adobe brick especially in exposed situations. Adobe can be cut relatively easily to provide for fittings or services like vigas, corbels, pass through, etc. Many people today find the pattern and texture of adobe walls very attractive as is the case at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.

Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast (1860)

Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast (1860)

Accurately highlighting traditional historic Santa Fe culture and adobe living, Pueblo Bonito was originally built in 1860. Once a private residence, now a popular downtown bed and breakfast. Its painstaking preservation efforts over the past 30 years has transformed this massive 2 foot thick adobe walled structure into a one of a kind Santa Fe travel experience! Adobe walls surround 18 guest rooms each with a traditional kiva fireplace and adorable mosaic tiled private bathroom-essential modern conveniences! Traditional room features include: colorful nichos vanities, natural wood floors and vigas, hand plastered nichos and bancos, hand carved corbels and much more. Santa Fe, New Mexico is a top historic treasure for US travel buffs wanting to experience a true slice of historic dating back over 400 years.


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