When is the best time to vacation in Santa Fe? Well one can argue this question as Santa Fe offers so much diversity in so many realms (landscapes, culture, art, theatre, cuisine, history, outside and inside activities, etc). However, my favorite time is between September and November. During these months, temps can be 80s, 70s, 60s and even the 50s as Thanksgiving nears. Hotel rates drop mid-October and mid to low seasonal rates begin in November, December, January and February. Skiing (downhill, cross country and snowboarding) starts the end of November, which is a real treat! One can argue that springtime in Santa Fe, New Mexico has similar climate temps and hotel rates are classified in mid-season range. The fall festivals however make September thru November a clear winner. Summer temps rest between the 60s and mid-80s, no wonder this is peak season for New Mexico travelers which take hotel rates to high-season range and make availability tighter. Who can resist those amazing summer festivals though- some of the best in the world come to show art at Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market and others. Winter can be chilly with daily highs reaching the upper 40s and evening lows creeping into the 10s. But the sun’s rays are constant, even during winter days, which make the sunshine days so appealing. The number of days with any measurable precipitation in Santa Fe is 80 annually! I’ve enjoyed many a winter day where temperatures has hit
the 70’s! Just don’t forget the sunscreen if you‘re outside skiing, hiking, touring, etc. as the sun is intense! Santa Fe is definitely unique. It’s a wonderful place to get away to, spend time, immerse yourself in any time of the year…. So to sum it up: The best time of year to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico is whenever you’re able! Any month, any season, any day of the week – Santa Fe is open offering: Stores, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, historic sites- all available to visitors 12 months a year! World class exhibits, pueblo tours, cultural events, art, art and more art! So many options to choose from- let Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe, NM help you plan that memorable Santa Fe vacation. Our staff has over 50 years of combined living experience in the City Different! Call us directly at 1-800-461-4599 and make reservations to enjoy the only historic adobe pueblo-style compound nestled in downtown Santa Fe who has won 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Guest Favorite bed and breakfast award”! You’ll be glad you did…
Canyon Road is a short 5 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn (four blocks just off Paseo de Peralta). Art lovers would think they died and gone to heaven as they enjoy a scenic walk east from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Heading east toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and pass the New Mexico State Capitol building. A quick stop inside the New Mexico State Capitol provides a real treat as one of the largest and most extensive art galleries in the US – “The Governors Gallery”- can be found. The grounds of the New Mexico State Capitol boast ornate bronze and marble sculptures by well known artists such as Allan Houser, Doug Hyde, and Glenna Goodacre. All this and only a half block from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn! Continuing on this art exploration walk to Canyon Road, two other of Santa Fe’s most famous Art Galleries: Nedra Metucci Fenn Gallery and Gerald Peters Art Gallery can be enjoyed. Both are located just before the start of the Canyon Road on Paseo de Peralta. Museum quality art fill these two pre-Canyon Road galleries as well as more than 84 Fine Art Galleries sprinkled along the mile of Canyon Road itself. Abundant, creative and elegantly displayed, Santa Fe visitors will find breathtaking art pieces inside and outside including over 84 Fine Art Galleries, 6 restaurants, and 12 Designer Jewelry, boutiques and shops. There are many a reason why Canyon Road is a must see when visiting Santa Fe, NM. It’s no wonder this self described one mile “Disneyland of Art” is more affectionately called “the Trail of Abundance” and is considered as THE top art destination in the United States!
Any day, any month, any year, visitors find delight in a visit to the art on Canyon Road. Special events only add more distinction and zest to an already pleasurable experience. The following are just a few Canyon Road Special Events for 2014:
February – ArtFeast Edible Art Tour- Annual event featuring delectable food and art offerings.
May 2-11, 2014: Passport to the Arts- Festivities include Art Quick Draw, Live Auction, Music and Cocktail Reception.
October 17, 18, 2014 : Historic Canyon Road Paint Out - artists working in a variety of media at this event – including sculptors, weavers, jewelers, and carvers who take the opportunity to showcase their world-class talents alongside the painters.
Christmas Eve on Canyon Road. Annually this Transforming itself into a work of art itself during this annual celebration that is uniquely Santa Fe! Farolitos & luminarias light Canyon Road which makes Christmas Eve arguably the most beautiful night of the year in Santa Fe.
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If ever anyone needed a “reason” to visit Santa Fe, mid-December brings a few to mind! Check out the events beginning December 13, 2013 that would create a special pre-holiday Santa Fe getaway for folks of all ages! (don’t forget shopping lasts all year long in Santa Fe!).Friday Dec 13, 2013:
Christmas at the Palace Location: New Mexico History Museum Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together. This 29th-anniversary evening will bring hot cider, live music, entertainment, and the visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Share the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. Free!
Saturday Dec 14, 2013:
11:00 am. Falstaff Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center- just two blocks from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa and Franco Vassallo. (3 hrs, 20 min)
Sunday Dec 15, 2013:
4 PM – 9 PM Santa Fe Symphony – Christmas Treasures Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center. Join The Santa Fe Symphony this holiday season for a wonderful afternoon of Christmas favorites! This special performance will feature Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony Joseph Young as the Symphony performs Williams’ Festival Fanfare, Arnold’s Holly & the Ivy, Silvestri’s
5:30-7:00 pm Las Posada. The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus – and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Free Community Event!
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Ongoing December 2013 Santa Fe Events:
All Day: Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan Location: Museum of International Folk Art. A popular pastime and festival activity for centuries, Japanese kites remain a delightful and entertaining tradition. Traditional kites from Japan are made from a split bamboo framework and layers of hand made washipaper. The kites are often finished with colorful painted narrative illustrations, legendary heroes, and design elements that reflect Japanese folklore. Everything about these kites is based on kite-making traditions and aesthetics of distinct regions within Japan.
All day: Cowboys Real and Imagined Location: New Mexico History Museum. Cowboys Real and Imagined (through March 16, 2014) blends a chronological history of Southwestern cowboys with the rise of a manufactured mystique as at home on city streets as it is in a stockyard. Artifacts and photographs from the museum’s wide-ranging collections are joined by archival footage, oral histories, musical performances, and a programming series that includes showings of classic Western movies filmed in New Mexico.
7 AM – 12 PM Saturdays. Santa Fe Farmers Market Location: The Railyard. Community, family, food, green living, health and beauty, home and garden, shopping, on going events. Visit the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market for a celebration of Northern New Mexico’s unique culture and history. In addition to great produce, baked goods, jams, and other locally grown foods, the market features crafts and other local unique items.
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November Bird Watching can prove to be quiet exuberating when Santa Fe visitors take note of crystal blue New Mexico skies! Not only are our skies a glorious crisp blue in color, but some of Gods most amazing creatures have recently been spotted on the grounds of Santa Fe‘s Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! Closeby areas – such as the Galisteo Basin- are also known for bird watching and recent spotting have been as follows:
Downing Woodpecker:Though I am not an expert birdwatcher, I have seen an active little Downy Woodpecker on several occasions balancing on the branches of tall Chinese elms at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM. He frequently makes his presence known by the rap-tap-tap of his pecking on a nearby light pole! His beautiful black-and-white colors are prominently displayed and easily identifiable even for my beginning bird watching knowledge!
American Kestrel: North America’s littlest falcon! Evidently The American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It’s one of the most colorful of all raptors from what I‘ve read. The American Kestrel spotted on the grounds of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn looked very much like the photo below to the right. Beautiful slate-blue head and wings with contrasting rusty-red back and tail. It was definitely on the prowl as it perched for a few minutes on our telephone lines then and swooped quickly across the street for what we assume was a tasty dinner treat!
These little beauties are frequently seen around Santa Fe as their migration begins in the November. They tend to hop the grounds of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn for both fall and spring visits. It is my understanding they winter in forests and feed in both deciduous and coniferous trees, often at higher elevations (Santa Fe is 7000 ft with nearby Sangre de Cristos mountains to 13,000+ ft).
In fall through spring, harriers can be found in wide-open grasslands, or fields in outlaying areas of Santa Fe county. Recently I sighted a Northern Harrier during flight just off 285 south of Santa Fe. Note the low, slow, coursing flight style, the bird’s V-shaped wing posture, and its white rump- all indications of correct classification of Northern Harrier. During migration in the fall and spring, you can see these magnificent birds high in the sky over nearby mountain ridges and hills.
November Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico is a delightful experience for birdwatchers, history buffs, black Friday shoppers, Thanksgiving travelers, and so much more! The staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn have been serving Santa Fe visitors for over 28 years! We strive to make your New Mexico bird watching visit memorable. Special Discount rates available on line (click here) or call 1-800-461-4599. Awarded: 2013 Guest Favorite Inn; 2012 Guest Most Likely to Return; 2011 Top Santa Fe Lodging.
Photos: All About Birds
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.
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.
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.
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.