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…
Wine, Music, Dance and More Special Events…..
Santa Fe Opera Backstage Tours: June 2- August 22, 2014! Go behind the scenes and learn about the fascinating and colorful world of opera production. One-hour tours are given Monday through Friday at 9 am. Tickets: $10/adult; $8/seniors; youth (ages 6-22) are free. Tours start at the box office. No reservations required; tickets are sold at the start of the tour. NOTE: The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera sponsor. “Opera Insiders Days“ every Saturday during tour dates! Entertainment and refreshments offered on theater patio at 8:30 am, followed by informational talks by opera insiders with a backstage tour. Free of charge and no reservations required.
Current New Media Festival: June 13 – 29, 2014
Experience interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances and web based art forms. All events and programs are free.
Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza: June 23 – August 8, 2014
Santa Fe Bandstand is a free music festival at the Historic Downtown Santa Fe Plaza. Over 100 Rock, Country, Native American, Jazz, and Mariachi bands play for free throughout the summer. Come kick up your heels with the locals and experience Santa Fe’s music scene.
Santa Fe Wine Festival-July 5,6, 2014: The 21st year to celebrate wines of New Mexico at the historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas Ranch! 16 New Mexico wineries, festive atmosphere of live music, food, traditional agricultural products and handmade arts and crafts for sale is a one-of a kind experience for you and your family. This 200-acre Spanish colonial living history museum, Las Golondrinas boasts 34 buildings, historical fields and waterways, friendly animals and costumed docents who bring our state’s past to life!
Santa Fe Chamber Music and Wine Tour: July 22, 2014 The premier event in Santa Fe to hear your favorite chamber musicians, enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner under the stars, and drink fine wines all in the company of renowned vintners! Get in on the first annual Music & Wine Gala! Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Tickets on sale May 19th! Performance July thru August 2014. Summer and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet just go together! Bringing an inspiring program of stunning works like blockbuster Square None (choreographed by Princess Grace Award winner Norbert de la Cruz III), the poetic Return to a Strange Land (by master choreographer Jiri Kylian), and thier newest creation The Heart(s)pace (by Nicolo Fonte) promise memorable summer evenings of dance!
Suggested Lodging en Santa Fe: Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Secluded, historic downtown pueblo-style Santa Fe accomodations nestled quietly next to the New Mexico State Capitol. Creating a memorable Santa Fe vacation stay for New Mexico visitors for over 29 years. Online June, July and August specials available at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn! 1-800-461-4599
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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!
Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn provides Santa Fe visitors a unique opportunity to surround themselves with the magic of historic Santa Fe! 18 enchanting guest rooms come complete with a unique working corner kiva fireplace, foot thick adobe walls and traditional historic Santa Fe architectural features! Walk to all downtown Santa Fe activities, historic sites, restaurants, galleries and shopping with out the hassle and expense of parking! Special Seasonal discounts are always available! Voted “2013 Guest Favorite B&B” from over 8,500 properties in US & Canada. BOOK NOW for best availablity: 1-800-461-4599
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.
Christmas Travel to Santa Fe is a wonderful opportunity for families, couples, singles, young and old wanting to experience a special and holy holiday memory. Modern day religious traditions of the City of Holy Faith highlight past cultures of Spanish founders with downtown building roofs, walkways, balconies and windows decorated with farolitos anticipating the celebration of the Christ child. Past traditions handed down from the Catholic faith purposed these “holy lights” (made from paper bags, sand and votive candles) to illuminate the pathway for the Holy family. All the “magic” of the season comes alive in downtown Santa Fe as the City Different swirls with colorful lighted trees, garland wrapped portals, the sweet aroma of burning pine created by glowing crackles of romantic kiva fireplaces, while red chile ristras hang next to doorways welcoming weary visitors inside to enjoy tantalizing native cuisine. Tamales, Posole, Red and Green Chile as well as Biscotti’s (beez-coh-chee-tohs) dunked in a cup of coffee or served alongside a glass of wine are favorite holiday offerings in Santa Fe.
Holiday Festivities begin in November at Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Plaza. Community gathers to watch trees decorated in colorful Christmas lights turn to light the darkened plaza area ushering in the holiday season. Black Friday shopping proves fun, exciting and profitable as local merchants fill stores and picture windows with unique and beautiful items discounted for folks to surprise loved ones back home! After Thanksgiving and until the Christmas week begins, Santa Fe visitors can walk enchanting downtown streets all decked out with holiday lights, décor and smells (as described above) in a more peaceful, quiet serene atmosphere. The town is less occupied, yet offers all the historic culture and charm plus holiday events to enjoy with Santa Fe lodging special like that of Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn -Santa Fe ($99+ for downtown lodging complete with in-room kiva fireplace!).
When it snows, Santa Fe can transform into a wonderful wintry snow land! Ski Santa Fe located 3,500 ft above downtown in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (16 mile drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn) offers downhill skiing, snow boarding and lessons for all ages Thanksgiving thru Easter.
Christmas Eve tradition features the historic Canyon Road, home to over 200 art galleries, a few shops and a handful of restaurants. Canyon Road and many of the downtown streets are closed to traffic while thousands of pedestrians stroll up and down Canyon Road with friendly greetings, spontaneous caroling, contagious smiles and utter enjoyment of the luminarias (piñon bonfires stationed along the street). People warming their hands over the bonfire, hot cocoa being sipped contently, flickering farolitos illuminating the way. It feels like the whole city has turned out for the festivities. Some shops and galleries are open offering hot chocolate, cider and cookies to share the holiday spirit. Worshipers attend Midnight mass at the
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis de Assisi. This beautiful Catholic cathedral engulfs New Mexico traditions and in itself is a special place to spend Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day most places of commerce are closed, but several Pueblos dances are available to enjoy throughout the day. Tesuque, Santo Domingo and other nearby Pueblos offer the Santa Fe Holiday traveler an extra special opportunity to view sacred Native American dances. Festive costumes, rich history and celebratory atmosphere are certain to create a one of a kind memorable Santa Fe Christmas for travelers of all ages!
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One of Santa Fe, NM’s best kept travel secrets is visiting in September, October and November. Fall and Pre-winter travel dates provide cooler temperatures (70s, 60s and even 50s by Thanksgiving) and lessened crowds (a selection of more popular Santa Fe restaurants will not require an hour wait!). One can reasonably argue, springtime to be equally preferred boasting similar climate temps and discounted room rates, however fall festivals and breathtaking foliage create a special travel season for Santa Fe , New Mexico.
Where to stay – another coveted travel secret- is the “2013 Guest Favorite Inn” awarded to Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown. Nestled quietly next to the NM State capitol, this 150 yr old adobe pueblo-style compound creates a perfect travel package for history buff seeking to experience authentic Old Santa Fe accommodations. Mid-October thru Mid-May really highlight the glories of Pueblo Bonito Inn as each of it’s 18 enchanting guest rooms boast a working corner kiva fireplace! No need to imagine here. Slumber off to the real sound of crackling wood with a soft scent of pine providing a therapeutic ambiance of relaxation and enjoyment. Last, but not least the third best kept Santa Fe Travel secret is what to do… so many choices on any day of the week during the September, October and November months. We offer just a few:
SEPTEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Aug 31-Sept 2: Labor Day Weekend: Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts on the Plaza!
Sept 5, 7, 8: FIESTA de SANTA FE:*Burning of Zozobra- Thursday night celebration of burning of Old Man Gloom; Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas- Friday Fiesta Royalty reenactment; Food Booths; Band Stand on the Plaza; Parades- Friday, Saturday and Sunday day & night provide local culture through music, food, dance, arts and craft; Pet Parade: Saturday morning around the plaza locals share proudly their favorite pets in theme.
Sept 7: GREEN CHILI HARVEST FESTIVAL at SF FARMERS MARKET located at Santa Fe Railyard. Celebrate Northern New Mexico’s unique culture and history in chili. Produce, baked goods, jams, and other locally grown foods, and crafts. Every Tues & Saturday through November!
Sept 14, 15: PILAR ART STUDIO TOUR: In Pilar, NM.
FALL GOLD SALE at SKI SANTA FE in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains!: Enjoy mountain air, gold foliage and a trip aboard Ski Santa Fe’s Super Chief Quad Chairlift. Food by La Casa Café & Beer Garden by Santa Fe Brewing on the deck with live music. Great savings at Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop Pre Season Blowout Sale. Season Pass Sale.
Sept 21, 22:
*SANTA FE TRIATHALON: Sat 21st: 7:30 am Geneoveva Chavez Community Center: 5k run; 12 mile bike; 400 m swim.
*HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR: Scenic Byway is a lovely, winding road through Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos with magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villages
*POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR: A uniquely Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience, includes nineteen studios and thirty-seven artists and artisans.
*SANTA FE RENESSANCE FAIR: 10 am – 6 pm A community event with proceeds to support the homeless. Held at
El Rancho de las Golondrinas- a Spanish colonial outdoor living history museum. 200 acres of historical recreations, including working gristmills, blacksmith, wheelwright and many other outstanding attractions of history to discover!
Sept 25-29: SANTA FE WINE/CHILI FESTIVAL: Demos and Testing’s; Parings and an Auction; Golf Tournament; Grand Tasting at the Opera House; Seminars and Luncheons; And so, so much to experience and enjoy in diverse cultures, foods and drinks!
Sept 28-29: HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR (2nd Weekend); POJOUQUE RIVER ART TOUR:
OCTOBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
October 5,6: *Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas- Bringing the harvest in with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot, string chile ristras, make tortillas, bake fresh bread and much more! Sat/Sun 10-4.
October 5-13: INTERNATIONAL ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA: Always a breathtaking event with mass ascensions; evening glows; races; rides; special shapes; pin trading and so much more for every age to enjoy. Take the rail runner from Santa Fe depot in the morning to avoid the traffic/parking and return via rail runner to Pueblo Bonito b&b. This allows you to see the fiesta on the perfect weather day!
October 12-14: ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
October 16-20: SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Five days of fun! Independent film screenings, community events, educational workshops- located within a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!
October 19,20: GALISTEO STUDIO TOUR- A sleepy little village about 20 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b surrounded by spectacular foliage. An annual event which is the only time of year the public is invited to tour private studios and meet artists that call Galisteo (a classic New Mexican Village) home. 10-5.
NOVEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Nov 1-20: IT’S ABOUT TIME – 14,000 Years of History thru Art: New Mexico History Museum (short walk from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). Trace art in the American Southwest from the earliest Clovis culture to present day. Native American, Hispanic and European American art. Exhibit emphasizes the prime objects of artistic change as part of the centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood.
*Nov 2 & 24: SANTA FE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS: Professional full-sized orchestra with volunteer chorus. Performance include: Nov 2: Voyages of Discovery; Nov 24: Handel’s Messiah (a must do for Thanksgiving visitors!).
Nov 7,8,9: TONY HILLERMAN WRITERS CONFERENCE! An intimate writers conference open to writers of all genres.
Nov 8,9,10: Fuze SW 2013: Food and Folklore Festival- New Mexico Museum of Art. Folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and—of course—food! –
Nov 15,16, 22, 23: Greer Garson Theatre :‘Our Lady of 121st Street’. Comedy created by co-artistic director of New York’s Labyrinth Theatre Company. A group of acquaintances attend wake of former teacher (a nun) whose body was stolen. As the search for her corpse continues, we meet a cast of characters both hilarious and tragic.
Nov 24- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY in Santa Fe! You’ve never experiences Black Friday the Santa Fe way! Come host in the Holidays via New Mexico style. If it snows- the Ski Basin will open. If it doesn’t, the shops and cultural events will be in full force! No way you can loose by celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, NM. Great nightly and group rates always available at your favorite Santa Fe bed and breakfast inn- Pueblo Bonito 1-800-461-4599 www.pueblobonitoinn.com
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.
Spring is a fantastic season to create a memorable New Mexico Bird watching vacation as activity naturally increases and migrating birds return. Birders not knowing where to find spring birds can easily miss out on seeing many spectacular species native to Santa Fe and New Mexico. Knowing where to find and watch birds can lead to unique bird sightings and opportunities leading to refreshing and renewed interests in birding after long winter months.
Pueblo Bonito B&B inn in downtown Santa Fe creates a unique and distinctively memorable opportunity to enjoy up close and personal an inviting outdoor atmosphere for native New Mexico birds to viewed. Early Spring (May) sightings of Tangers (below left) resting on blooming branches of one of our large elm trees at Pueblo Bonito Inn as well as Rufous Towee (below right).
Commonly seen at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn – Santa Fe throughout the summer months are Mountain Blue Jays- large in size with beautiful displays of distinctive powder blue breast; Sparrows- buckskin brown in color and petite in stature, yet large in personality; and hummingbirds which are always a popular sight and sound!
Not as commonly seen at Pueblo Bonito b&b, but a delight when spotted is the roadrunner- New Mexico’s official state bird. We do see these little guys running along the sides of highways and byways frequently throughout New Mexico, as well as down streets of Santa Fe while momentarily flying over a fence (contrary to the popular belief- they do fly!).
Where to Find Birds in Santa Fe in Spring: Keys to finding birds in spring is to look for areas with freshly sprouting green and flowers. These are critical clues to attract both resident birds and visiting migrants. While spring birds can appear in any area, birder watchers who visit the right areas will see many more species. To find the most spring birds, check out…Migration Flyways: In both spring and fall, birds travel similar routes between their wintering grounds and breeding grounds. Visiting nature refuges and birding hotspots along migration flyways can be very productive birding during spring migration.
SPECIAL BIRD WATCHING ACTIVITIES for SANTA FE VACATIONS:
*ESPANOLA WILDLIFE CENTER: http://www.thewildlifecenter.org/ Operated under both state and federal permits regulating the capture, care, rehabilitation, release or “taking” for educational purposes of wild animals, this is a one-of-a-kind experience for real birders! We financially support this exceptional organization and have the pleasure to meet a few of their rehabilitation patients like a Red-Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Falcon, even bear, coyote and skunks! Reservations a must and not always guaranteed available, but worth a call to see if possible! 505-753-9505
*Every Saturday en Santa Fe: RANDALL DAVEY AUDUBON CENTER- Located at the top of upper canyon Rd, a short 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM. Every Saturday a naturalist will lead a walk around the RDAC grounds at 8:00 am. Binoculars can be provided. Dress appropriately. All welcome. For information, call: 983-4609.
*Saturday, June 8, 2013 PRITZLAFF RANCH- This is an all-day trip. This 3,250 acre ranch, about a half-hour north of Las Vegas, NM has riparian, scrub-oak, and ponderosa pine habitat. Plan to walk a lot, bring lunch, water, and layers of clothing. Meet at 7:00 am at Pecos Trail Café- about a 3 mile drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Leader: Jerry Friedman, 505-753-2046, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Saturday, July 20 AMERICAN SPRINGS, WATER CANYON- A 1/2 day trip looking for mountain species, especially warblers, above Los Alamos . Could be lots of walking if the trip hikes up Water Canyon. Conversely, a light- weight folding stool could be useful at the American Springs Road washout. Bring food and drink. Meet at DeVargas Mall at 6:30 am- just 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn -Santa Fe on Paseo de Peralta. Contact leaders for trip status and more information. Leaders: Gail Szpatura (505-471-4426 email@example.com/ Mary Ristow 505-820-0906, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Sunday August 4 WATROUS/VALMORA ROAD – This narrow road harbors riparian birds, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, orioles, and eastern strays. Bring food, water, all supplies. Driving time from Santa Fe (about 1.5 hours) makes this a 3/4 day trip. Limited to 12 participants with priority given to Sangre de Cristo Audubon members until one week prior to trip. Leaders: Roger Clark, 505-231-7369, email@example.com, Wyatt Egelhoff, 505-946-8028 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Wednesday, September 11 SANTA ROSA AND SPIRITHAVEN RANCH – This rull day fall migration trip along the Pecos River visit’s the Spirithaven Ranch in Santa Rosa with an afternoon stop at Ruby Ranch just north of Las Vegas. Songbird migrants and some lingering breeders such as Common Black-hawk at Spirithaven are the target birds. There will be a 6 am departure and 5 pm return to Santa Fe. ($25 per car entry fee at Ruby Ranch, an Audubon Important Bird Area)- Trip limited to 12 participants. Priority to Sangre de Cristo members until one week before trip. Call or email Linda Mowbray; (505) 989-8295, email@example.com to be placed on the list of participants. Leader: Bill West .
Car Pooling for New Mexico Bird watching trips above:
Pecos Trail Cafe: Located at 2239 Old Pecos Trail at the intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Calle Espejo. Park and meet on Calle Espejo.
DeVargas Mall: Located at Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street- five minute drive from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe. Meet in the parking lot in front of Starbucks on the south side of the mall. Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips are designed to promote understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their habitats as well as cultivate awareness of outdoor ethics in an atmosphere of friendly companionship. Field trips are free and open to the public. Entry fees are required and driving costs are shared. Participants are expected to carpool whenever possible. Please wear walking shoes and clothing appropriate for weather. Bring water, lunch, and binoculars. No pets. Always call the trip leader before the trip. Trips may be cancelled for a variety of reasons.
*Daytrip information compliments of Randal Davey Audubon Center Newsletter.
Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 16 miles from the heart of historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. A convenient and short 20 minute drive straight up the snow capped mountain from Pueblo Bonito b&b’s front door! With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes snow sport enthusiasts to a new height of 12,075 feet which offers some of the southwest’s finest skiing. Vistas atop Ski Santa Fe are unsurpassed and provide a gateway for thrills including steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, gladed tree-skiing, and plenty of groomers. Local patrons and visitors from around the world join together to enjoy beautiful scenery while participating in this wonderful winter sport centrally located in Northern New Mexico. All ages, skill levels and ability find something for their taste, whether a first time skier/boarder or seasoned veteran, Ski Santa Fe offer complete services for all level of participants. Ski Santa Fe is family oriented, but those seeking a challenge can find their place on our mountain. Ski lessons are available for novice to achievement, in groups or individual. Check out the most current snow accumulations and conditions at Ski Santa Fe here.
Combine a fun filled and exciting winter activity like skiing/boarding with the lure of historic, romantic Santa Fe and you have a ski vacation suited for honeymooners, anniversary celebrations, family ski vacations, spring break travel, or a quick weekend get-a-way. Regardless of the reason, your time skiing in New Mexico is sure to be remembered for years to come! Santa Fe’s unique and diverse activities such as: shopping, dining, spa, museums, galleries, and arts provide that creative edge when designing southwest winter ski vacation. Fun is certain for the whole family. Romance and relaxation definite for the adult couple. Add the bonus that Ski Santa Fe offer FREE skiing to Seniors during the months of January and February! Ages 62 and over ski any day all day, all lifts during the months of January and February -for free!
Combine reasonable and varied ski ticket pricing of Ski Santa Fe with affordable Santa Fe accommodations at Pueblo Bonito b&b-and you have one of the most affordable and memorable winter ski vacation packages available in the United States! Winter visitors enjoy this historic, adobe pueblo-style b&b secluded within quite grounds and located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe- walking distance to plaza, restaurants, shopping, etc. Romantic kiva fireplaces highlight Santa Fe visitors experience nightly as these are a feature of every room or suite at Pueblo Bonito Inn.
Whatever your reason or goal you need to achieve- Santa Fe, Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn and Ski Santa Fe offer the most affordable packages to meet your Winter Fun in the Sun- Santa Fe Ski vacation needs. Come join us…. the skiing is great! 1-800-461-4599
Santa Fe , NM- the perfect place to catch that indescribably festive holiday spirit that will ring true through the 2012 New Year. Northern New Mexico travel prior to Christmas and through New Years provides guests with many opportunities to experience a magical vacation get away. Santa Fe travel in the winter months avails festive Holiday performances, winter Art Markets, outdoor activities and more for New Mexico visitors such as:
December 2011- Santa Fe Farmers Market: Every Saturday: 8am-1pm.Fresh and yummy locally grown fruits, veggies, honey, eggs, cheeses, grass-fed meats, baked goods, body care and herbal products, and so much more.
Ski Santa Fe- Open till April 8th offers a family fun ski vacation for all skill levels. Skiers & snowboarders love the short lines and convenience this ski basin offers to Pueblo Bonito b&b which offers ski/lodging packages! Click here for free lift tickets!
December 7th: Sneak preview of PBS Billy the Kid documentary. Panel discussion with producers, authors and historians at Palace of the Governors- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
December 9th: Christmas at the Palace. Enjoy an evening with hot cider, live music, entertainment, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Palace of the Governors. Donations encouraged.
December 10th: Light Among the Ruins. The Ruins of San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church and Giusewa Pueblo will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. The program will included Native American flute music, Jemez Pueblo dancers, and refreshments. Free Admission
December 11th: Las Posada en Santa Fe. Traditional Christ child play and candle-lit procession around the Plaza to the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Free admission.
December 12th : Pojoaque Pueblo “Our Lady of Guadalupe and Matachines** Dances“. Various dances held on this Native American Pueblo only 20 minutes north of Pueblo Bonito Bed & Breakfast.
December 13th: New Mexico’s Stumble to Statehood. Presented by The School for Advanced Research by Jon Hummer 505-954-7203
December 17 & 18: Rail yard Artisans Market Special Holiday Faire: wide variety of products from herbal beauty to handmade guitars. A family friendly event complete with live music, delicious food at the café. Saturday 3pm-7:30pm; Sunday10am-4pm, in the Market Pavilion in the Rail yard- 7 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn.
December 18th: Royal Music. Enjoy the sounds of the season at this annual free concert featuring the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and Brass with special-guest choral director Linda Raney. Lensic Performing Arts Center, just a 5 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito Bed and Breakfast inn.
December 21st: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Southwest’s Monumental Ruins- Join Adam Johnson as he speaks on “Preservation in the Early 20th Century: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Monumental Ruins of the Southwest,” at noon at Palace of the Governors. Free
December 24th: Christmas Eve Concert at the Lensic @ 5:00 pm held by Santa Fe Concert Association. A Christmas Eve program featuring Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Don’t show up without a ticket! 505-988-1234
Santa Fe’s Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The streets of the Eastside Historical District are lined with farolitos, luminarias, carolers, cheerful holiday celebration and good cheer. A must do once in your lifetime event for all ages to enjoy. Canyon Road Farolito Walk is less than a 5 minute stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b.
Kewa Pueblo (formally Santo Domingo) Christmas Eve Mass at midnight preceded by traditional dancing 505-465-2214. Kewa pueblo is a 25 minute drive south from Santa Fe off Hwy 25 toward Albuquerque.
December 25th: Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) and Picurus Pueblos- Matachine** dancing. **The Matachines dance (Spanish matachin, or religious dancer) is very popular in Mexico and Northern New Mexico. The Matachine dance is a religious dance intended to venerate either Mother Mary, a saint, Christ, or God the Holy Trinity. Dressed in festive Native American costume, the chief characters are El Monarca, the monarch (Montezuma); the captains (Montezuma’s main generals); La Malinche, or Malintzin, the Indian mistress of Hernán Cortés; El Toro, the bull, the malevolent comic man of the play is dressed in buffalo skins with buffalo horns on his head. Characters also include Abuelo, the grandfather, and Abuela, the grandmother. The Matachine dance portrays the desertion of his people by Montezuma, Malinche luring him back with her wiles and smiles, the final reunion of king and people and the killing of El Toro, who is supposed to have made all the mischief. The most basic symbol of the dance is good vs. evil, with good prevailing. Montezuma and la Malinche represent good, and the bull represents mischief. Hernan Cortes, represents Satan or evil. Costumes, rattles, arches and bows are all blessed by a priest.
December 25-28th: Christmas Harvest Dance on Laguna Pueblo follows a 10:00 am mass at Laguna Village.
Christmas Celebration – Zia Pueblo
Holy Innocents Day (Children’s Dance) on the Picurus Pueblo on December 28th.
December 29 & 30, 2011: Brandenburg Holiday, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra at St Francis Auditorium. Thomas O’Connor, conductor; J.S. Bach The Six Brandenburg Concertos
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Concert at the Lensic @ 5:00 pm Sponsored by Santa Fe Concert Association. Relax, enjoy and surround yourself with the joys and memories of the past year with anticipation of the New Year yet to come. A perfect beginning to an exciting future! 505-988-1234
Fire and Ice New Years Eve Celebration in Los Alamos. An evening of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a small fireworks show at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Celebrate NEW YEARS EVE! Book 3 night -complimentary bubbly!
January 6, 2012: 47 Stars: Mark the Centennial. The New Mexico History Museum commemorates New Mexico’s 1912 entry into the Union with 47 Stars, a collection of exhibits that includes the officially unofficial 47-star flag. 47 Stars includes long-term exhibits and a tongue-in-cheek front-window installation to help celebrate the state’s Centennial.
Grand Centennial Ball -Once-in-a-lifetime, black tie ball to celebrate New Mexico’s Statehood. “Take a Step Back in Time for the Future of New Mexico.” All proceeds from the ball will help establish the Centennial Children’s Legacy Fund.
January 7: Shoes for Santo Nino- an expression of the fabric of northern New Mexico, its culture and its traditions. A story written in the 1930s by NM author Peggy Pond Church is brought back to life with full-color illustrations by Santa Fe artist Charlie Carrillo @ Lensic.
Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible: An epic work of art. Features portions of the first modern-day Bible entirely handwritten and illuminated in 500 years. World-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords, serves as the project’s artistic director from his scriptorium in Wales. Also on exhibit will be a page from an original Gutenberg Bible. A series of lectures, musical performances and calligraphy workshops accompany the exhibit. New Mexico History Museum- 10 min walk from Pueblo Bonito. Thur April 7, 2012.
January 15: Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Viennese Joy at the Lensic. Guest Conductor Guillermo Figueroa and soloist (TBA); Strauss, Pizzicato Polka; Waldteufel’s Les Patineurs, Strauss’ Blue Danube and more…Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m.
January 27: CLASSICAL WEEKEND: BRAHMS- Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra at St Francis Auditorium. Thomas O’Connor, conductor; Cecile Licad, piano Felix Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture; Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15
January 28: CLASSICAL WEEKEND: Classical Recital @ Lensic
January 29:CLASSICAL WEEKEND: MENDELSSOHN @ Lensic Santa Fe Pro Musica Ticket Information/Times: (505) 988-4640
January 28: Santa Fe Souper Bowl XVIII. Come, decide which of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants has the best soups! A benefit for The Northern New Mexico Food Depot. Guests will thrill in the competition, grab fabulous silent auction items and have an opportunity to buy a cookbook featuring soup recipes from Santa Fe’s finest chefs.
For the 20th year in a row world travelers who subscribe to Condé Nast Traveler magazine have voted Santa Fe, New Mexico as one of their favorite travel destinations in the United States. Santa Fe, NM was selected as the third most popular travel city in the U.S. after Charleston and San Francisco! Santa Fe joined many desirable travel towns in this years 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Santa Fe held the third spot as well in 2010. More than 28,000 reader’s voted for thier favorite travel cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and other travel-service providers from around the world for the magazine’s 24th annual poll.
“All Santa Feans should be proud of this recognition,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. “The annual poll is generated 100 percent by the magazine’s readers, meaning that each of the city’s restaurants, lodgers, retailers, galleries, performers, attractions, and service providers have a hand in the award.”
Cities were rated on Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping.
Santa Fe has been included as one of the top U.S. travel destinations by the poll each year since 1992 when Santa Fe was just a write-in candidate but received enough votes from the magazine’s readers to be chosen the number one travel destination in the world!
The “Top 10 US Cities” as ranked in the 24th Annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards:
1. Charleston, SC
3. Santa Fe
6. New York
The results of the poll will be featured in the November Condé Nast Traveler, which goes on newsstands later in October, and appear on the magazine’s web site.