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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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138 W. Manhattan Ave Santa FeNM87501 USA 
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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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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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Best Southwest Travel Destination- Historic Santa Fe New Mexico

Adobe Archeticture- significantly Old Santa Fe!

Adobe Archeticture- significantly Old Santa Fe!

Whether you’re planning a New Mexico vacation, a Santa Fe visit or permanent relocation, you’ll come to realize that Santa Fe is “the City Different”. Why, you ask?

Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and while our town itself is smaller, more intimate- it boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:



World Class art galleries and museums– 3rd largest grossing art sales in the world!

Family entertainment, events, and festivals- Folk Art Market, Indian Market, Spanish Market, Balloon Fiesta

Gourmet dining– Restaurant Martin; La Boca; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Osteria;

Unique local cuisine– tamales; green chile stew; posole; Indian Tacos; Green chile cheeseburger;

Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife- Santa Fe Opera; Lensic Theatre; Desert Coral; Aspen Ballet

History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture – Adobe, Kivas, Hornos, Vigas, Ceremonial Dances, etc.

World-class shopping- Santa Fe Plaza; Overland Sheepskin Company; Ortega Jewelers; Maloof Outfitters; Canyon Road

National Parks and natural beauty abound-Bandelier and Pecos National Monuments; Tent Rocks; Sangre de Cristos

Easy access to nearby sites and day trips- Chimayo; Ghost Ranch; Abiqui; Pecos Wilderness; Taos Pueblo; Rio Grande Gorge

Numerous opportunities for worship and spirituality- San Miguel mission; St Francis Bastillica; Loretto Chapel; Chimayo

Easy walking around downtown, historic sites, cultural events, performances etc. Palace of Govenors; Oldest House in USA

San Miguel Mission- Oldest Church

San Miguel Mission- Oldest Church

Santa Fe is “the City Different” because, unlike other cities, our history is an integral part of our day-to-day life, augmented by modernity rather than erased by it. Established by indigenous hunters and gatherers, influenced by Hispanic immigrants and explorers, and populated over the centuries by numerous other European descendants, Santa Fe continues to embrace new diversity and to celebrate our cultural heritage. Legacies from these earlier groups endure in harmony: in nearby pueblos and reservations, through diverse festivals and traditions, even in the local foods grown and eaten and in the beauty that nurtures us.

No American city has ever been more beautiful and well preserved. Centuries ago, newcomers were drawn to this area because of the scenic splendor. They stayed because the earth offered bountiful lands providing precious

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo) Jewelry Artist

minerals and gems, including gold, silver, and turquoise. Today, unique among many cities, Santa Fe, New Mexico boasts spectacular views and experiences of nature. Several mountain ranges – visible wherever you turn—beckon to hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, horseback riders and nature enthusiasts. The Rio Grande replenishes the high desert plains and valleys, sustaining productive fields to supply local farmers and markets, as well as pastures for domesticated cattle and buffalo and the wild herds of antelope will take your breath away when you sight them from the highways and byways.

Finally, Santa Fe has earned its nickname because it truly is different, in indescribable ways. There is a spirit here which defies definition, yet you feel it in the purity of the air, in the vivid colors of each season, in the deep blue of the heavens and the vastness of the night sky. There is an ethereal quality that turns mere neighbors into lifelong friends as locals take things a little slower, living by the unspoken code of “mañana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.

Native American dance- Santa Fe Festivals

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

We invite you to come and experience this delightful City of Difference and allow us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn to provide your accommodations- making your Santa Fe vacation a time to remember. Call us at 1-800-461-4599 or book online at www.pueblobonitoinn.com

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

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


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Mountain Bike Trails around Santa Fe, New Mexico

courtesy of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn– Santa Fe, NM

Dale Ball Trail photo by singletracks.com

Dale Ball Trail photo by singletracks.com

Great mountain bike trails around Santa Fe make Spring break travel enjoyable while visiting New Mexico. These trails have easy access and can be enjoyed anytime of year, not just for spring break! Beauty surrounds the trails and varying terrains create the challenge you seek. Just another great reason to visit the city different- Santa Fe, NM!

Dale Ball Trails:  Central 

Seven + miles of trails which include reconditioned older trails with newer sections that are great fun. Little more climbing than North section with not as smooth of tread. Make sure you try the connector trails to vary distances and experiences.


New trails with six or seven of many more miles to come. Condition is tricky, technical single-track twisters through  pinoned woods in foothills over looking Santa Fe. Tread is fast and good. Keep an eye out for soft shoulders and tight switchbacks. The outside loop runs five miles with cut-off trails to vary distances. Another system is in the works and will stretch south to Atalaya mountain trail adding about 17 more miles.


A 5-mile trail, mostly for hikers. If you don’t mind some hike-a-bike it is a good trail for mountain bikes as well.

Windsor Trail

10-mile loop for advanced riders. This trail starts with a good climb and ends with ripping technical downhills. Weekends arecrowded with hikers and bikers and many downhillers who shuttle to the top and kamikaze down. This trail offers great technical terrain, stream crossings, gorgeous scenery, and is a memorable ride for advanced riders in the Santa Fe area.

Caja Del Rio

Great rolling terrain trails for beginners, with numerous choices for distance. These trails are built on volcanic rock, making for a unique surface. None of the trails are real technical. Novice or entry-level riders can enjoy them. Caja Del Rio offers spectacular views from the plateau.

Baldy Loop Trail by Oscar Garcia (photographer)

Baldy Loop Trail by Oscar Garcia (photographer)

Apache and Baldy Trail Loop

A moderately difficult, year round, 6-mile loop for mountain bikers. The trail follows the ridgeline, then drops to follow an old road, then switchs back down to Apache Canyon to trail 176. A steep incline back up the ridgeline finishes the trail with a moderate incline back to the road.

Glorieta Center Trail

A difficult 5-mile trail up to Glorieta Baldy mountain bikers. High elevation of 10,000+ feet. This trail is used moderately to heavy, and offers a number of unique attractions. Detailed trail descriptions are available at entrance gate to Glorieta Conference Center. Beginning at the trailhead, a grassy road follows the stream up a canyon, then climbs to a rocky area. The trail continues through forest, and eventually gains the ridge between Ruiz and Glorieta Canyons. Much of this trail follows an old road. The last mile or so, it becomes considerably steeper and narrower, switching up the southwest slope on the mountain. Keep going up hill to the top!

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day in Santa Fe – Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.

Winter time at Pueblo Bonito b&b

Pueblo Bonito b&b inn

Awaken to find a quiet dusting of soft white winter snow highlighting sculptured details of adobe walls, red brick paths, and wrought iron gates surrounding the secluded grounds of historic Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe, NM. Arise momentarily to light a romantic wood burning corner kiva fireplace (bedside viewable), then snuggle back next to your significant other to listen to crackling sounds and sensual smells of dry piñon and cedar wood previously prepared for your enjoyment. Quiet, flickering shadows made from the dancing flames reflecting off thick adobe walls create a glow onto the natural wood beams to be admired on the ceiling above you.

Romanticly Different!

Romanticly Different!

Your room reflects accurately that yester-year, old culture blend of Native American, Anglo, and Hispanic influences depicted in the decor of handcrafted woodwork, pottery, rich southwestern colors, and architectural uniquenesses (adobe, corbels, nichos, bancos, etc). This cultural style can only be found in Historic Old Santa Fe! Your private bathroom – complete with mosaic tiled bath/shower – provides adorable amenities to ready oneself for a day of exploration, pampering and some of the most tantalizing cuisine found in the southwest! It all begins with our handmade breakfast tamales (a local family’s recipe) consisting of red chile pork and complimented with homemade green chile chicken stew! Both the tamales and the stew are authentic New Mexico favorites that warm the heart, soul and tummy!

Breakfast Tamales- Ole!Now you must decide what will make your day even more special: Snow skiing? Strolling to historic sites, shops, galleries? Being pampered at a spa? Exploring Native American Pueblo ruins, cliff dwellings and petroglyphs? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can make valuable suggestions, create a day-trip tour specific to your interests, or just guide you planning your day’s adventure! After sharing a full day of special moments with the one you love, return “home”, rest, and enjoy a selection of handmade chocolate delectables made by “Amy Lee”, which we have placed caringly for you in your room. Come enjoy a calming cup of hot tea during Tea Time and decide on your dinner cuisine: New Mexican? Spanish Tapas? Progressive American? Italian? French? Green Chile Cheeseburgers? Choose from 150+ excellent restaurants within walking distance. Top your evening off with a romantic stroll around the historic plaza area, up the Old Santa Fe Trail and around the state capitol, or even go bar hopping if you like! Fear no parking expense or inconvenience from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast, as our stellar location allows complimentary parking and walking! When you decide to return home, you’ll find the quiet, secluded atmosphere of grounds softly illuminated with bubble lights and pathway lanterns to safely guide you to your own private rest at Pueblo Bonito b&b inn.


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Best Time to Vacation in Santa Fe?

September visits in Santa Fe, NM

Aspens on Sangre de Cristos

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

St Francis Cathedral of Assisi

St Francis Cathedral Bastilica

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…

Native American dance- Santa Fe Festivals

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

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138 W. Manhattan
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Located in Santa Fe's historic downtown district. A 5-minute walk to the plaza!

(800) 461-4599

Our Seasonal Nightly Rates

Rooms: $95 - $205
Suites: $115 - $230


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