Santa Fe, New Mexico – voted #1 Cultural Getaway and #1 Cultural Destination by Travel + Leisure; Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation by Liveablity.com and #5 US Historic Destination by US News! Why do travelers flock to Santa Fe New Mexico annually for fun-filled, intriguing New Mexico cultural vacations? Could it be it’s great mountain escapes, breath taking scenery, low humidity, 325 days of sunshine, crystal blue skies, cool star filled evenings and world renown activities? Absolutely… there is never a bad time of year to relax and experience the authentic history of Santa Fe New Mexico. Blending international style, historic uniqueness and old-world charm, Santa Fe stimulates all five senses for it’s visitors regardless of age, background or time of year!
Because Santa Fe is a top US cultural destination, it offers intriguing and memorable experience for visitors: Annual festivals, cultural events, world-class art and museums, and of course exceptional cuisine and historically significant and unique lodging choices! A rare opportunity to experience local culture while experiencing Santa Fe first hand prevails itself at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Voted “Guest Favorite b&b” three consecutive years by 8,500+ guests (2013, 12,11), Pueblo Bonito provided thousands of returning and new guests with an historically significant Old Santa Fe experience for over 29 years. 19 enchanting guest rooms, each with foot thick adobe walls, kiva fireplace, adorable private baths surrounded by secluded pueblo-style grounds makes this a Must Stay! This popular Santa Fe Inn prides itself on sincere hospitality, historically preserved and accurate property, and a knowledgeable, friendly staff.
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival - May 24-25, 2014
Over 200 Native American artists showcase museum-quality Indian art at this annual event. On can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, open wine and champagne bars, as well as and mingling with featured artists. The top Native American artists are represented at this event, benefiting the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
The Rodeo de Santa Fe began in 1949 when Roy Butler, Austin “Slim” Green, Gene Petchesky, Paul Ragle, Paul Rutledge and few other locals had a dream and determination to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The dream exceeded their ambitious expectations and today remains one of the top 60 PRCA Rodeos in the nation! Featuring such World Champion cowboys as: Taos Muncy, Trevor Brazile and JW Harris the Rodeo de Santa Fe is fun for an entire family! The Rodeo de Santa Fe is a cultural tradition for Santa Feans as our southwest heritage is pristinely displayed through the spirit of “Rodeo“. After all, rodeo began in New Mexico! With events like Mutton Bustin’ and youth barrels for kids, and traditional events like bull and bronc riding, calf wrestling, team roping, the Santa Fe Rodeo continues to be a crowd favorite of young and old alike! Not to mention the Annual Rodeo Parade which kicks off at 11:00 am on June 14th and winds through the downtown Santa Fe plaza -featuring numerous beautiful, proud and well behaved horses with riders, glimmering Rodeo royalty, marching bands, bag pipes and so more! Nightly Rodeo performances (June 18-21) at Rodeo de Santa Fe grounds – a 10 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- also the 2014 Rodeo Royalty Sponsor!
An American opera company, located 7 miles north of Santa Fe with summer seasons beginning in late June and running through mid- August. Five operas are presented in rotating repertory. The Santa Fe Opera began in July 1957 and is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as creative productions of standard operatic repertoire. Inhabiting approximately 150 acres of land, the Santa Fe Opera sits on top a mesa. Audiences face west toward an ever-changing horizon of sunsets and thunderstorms which are frequently visible throughout many productions when no backdrops are used. Unlike a conventional opera house or theatre, there is no fly system to allow scenery to be lowered from above, nor a proscenium arch (thus no curtain) and subtitles are provided via electronic readers in every seat. The sides of the house are open with rear stage at times being completely open to allow for westward expansive views. Performances begin at sunset (around 8:30) so production lighting is not compromised by the sides of the theatre being open to outside elements. Performance start times also allow opera-goers an opportunity to observe New Mexico sunsets against a surrounding landscape and the enjoyment of traditional tailgate dining. Since its inception, The Santa Fe Opera has staged forty-four American and eleven international premieres, and has commissioned ten new operas.
The International Folk Art Market showcases wares from over 190 artists- from over 60 countries. The artist selection process is led by a committee of experts from museums like the Smithsonian. Shoppers are able to purchase handmade unique items such as jewelry, bright silks, high-end rugs, woven baskets, wood carvings, paintings and much more. Market goers enjoy complimentary tasting of foods from around the world while live music provides a pleasant shopping experience. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is the largest international folk art market in the world showcasing master craftsmanship which enables the artists to preserve their artistic traditions and gain the financial ability to improve their lives and their communities. Since it’s inception in 2004, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has become a one-of-a-kind event brings over 20,000 visitors in attendance to include: representatives from UNESCO, the Clinton Global Initiative, Peace Corps volunteers, ambassadors and designers. Held at Milner Plaza, next to Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art, market goers catch a free shuttle less than a block from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn doorstep!
The Santa Fe Spanish Market is one of three Heritage Events held annually in Santa Fe. Spanish Market week events includes: lectures, luncheons, and concerts. Events take place at various venues throughout the city from July 21-27, 2014. The 63rd Spanish Market will feature 350+ artists from the region who work in handmade traditional Spanish Colonial art forms such as weavings, carvings, jewelry, furniture, tinwork and more all indoors at the Community Center. Congruently on the Plaza, the 28th Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market will showcase original contemporary work and individual expressive art outdoors in booths. Live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional food sales enhance these popular events on the Santa Fe Plaza which is less than a 7 minute walk from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn (free parking is provided to overnight guests).
Annual Santa Fe Indian Market – August 18-24, 2014
Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) celebrates its 93rd Santa Fe Indian Market in 2014! This prestigious annual event brings together 1,100 of the most gifted Native American artists from about 100 tribes who compete for prizes, displaying and selling art work in over 600 booths. Established and emerging Indian artists are celebrated as to their craft, creativity and hard work. 150,000+ visitors, buyers, collectors and gallery owners emerge on Santa Fe from all over the world for a rare opportunity to
meet and purchase 10 kinds of art, in both traditional and contemporary, directly from the artist. A Sneak and General Preview of the Award Winning Art and the SWAIA Live Auction Gala Dinner are held on the eve of the Market while other events including the Native Film Festival, music on the Plaza, a Native American clothing contest, lectures and symposia are available to enjoy the weekdays prior to the Market. Quality is the hallmark of the Santa Fe Indian Market as there are no other venues that consistently brings so many fine Native American artists together in one place at one time.
This annual event occurs in late August / early September 2014. One of the oldest continuous celebrations in the United States, commemorates Don Diego de Vargas’ reentry into Santa Fe on September 14, 1692 which followed the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. A proclamation was signed in 1712 to establish an annual commemoration by the Santa Fe City Council. 2014’s celebration kicks off the 301st Fiesta de Santa Fe at Fort Marcy Park with the burning of Zozobra (Old Man Gloom). Zozobra is to symbolize the cleaning of hardships and travails from over the past year and afterward downtown streets leading to the Plaza are closed to traffic-allowing spectators to walk, socialize and purchase food and drink. During Labor Day weekend, a Fine Arts and Crafts Market as well as a Pre-Fiesta Show offers a number of other events throughout the City. Mariachi Extravaganza de Santa Fe is scheduled at the Santa Fe Opera; Historical Lectures are to be held at St. Francis Auditorium; and Mariachi Matinee performed at the Lensic Performing Arts Center- all an easy stroll from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. Other entertaining events include — mariachi music and Spanish dancing on the plaza; Desfile De Los Ninos (children’s Pet Parade), Fiesta Royalty Ceremonies, the Historical / Hysterical Parade with floats and marching bands, arts and crafts, food vendors, etc. on Saturday and Sunday of Fiesta de Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Pro Musica brings together outstanding musicians to inspire and educate audiences of all ages through the performance of great music. A nationally recognized musical organization remaining steeped in its commitment to the Santa Fe community and was founded in 1980. A varied program of ensembles are offered in numerous historic venues- all walking distance from Pueblo Bonito Inn. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents selections of music from the last four centuries to include works from chamber orchestra, chamber ensemble, and large-scale oratorios throughout its seasonal months beginning in September and running through April. Annual Baroque Christmas concerts are very popular with Santa Fe visitors being highly advised to include this in their Santa Fe Christmas plans. Also Baroque Holy Week coinciding with Easter Holiday celebration is a musical wonder for New Mexico travelers to Santa Fe. 2007 seasoon brought high recognition to Santa Fe Pro Musica when Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde/The Song of the Earth was recorded in collaboration with Smithsonian Chamber Players and then nominated for a 2008 GRAMMY® Award in classical music category “Best Small Ensemble Performance“.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta- Sept 24-28, 2014
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual event creating a five-day weekend of events! Local Santa Fe, New Mexico culinary artistry is featured as many top Santa Fe chefs couple their skills with the sophistication and wines of national wineries. This annual Santa Fe event brings over 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, creating a delectable schedule of food and wine events. Cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners area all featured events, yet all the while the Grand Tasting culminates this Fiesta at the Santa Fe Opera. All 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine for those lucky enough to get tickets! Make your reservation and plans now to attend Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta in one of the most desirable southwestern travel destinations- Santa Fe, New Mexico. Let Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast be your host with great internet rates available NOW! www.pueblobonitoinn.com
42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 4-12, 2014
Fans and participants from throughout the world enjoy the annual event held at the 200-acre Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park. Breathtaking mass ascensions, evening Balloon Glows, and balloon races are all apart of this nine-day color-filled extravaganza New Mexico Fiesta event! Special balloon shapes always amaze and delight and have in years past included a giant butterfly, elephant, Darth Vader, Elsie the cow and even an ice cream cone! Make plans now to stay at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, while attending this spectacular event- rooms fill up quickly! Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of the most photographed events in the world and is so easy to enjoy while staying and experience all Santa Fe has to offer. HINT: Ride the roadrunner transit train from Santa Fe to Fiesta Park- save the hassle, inconvenience and expense of parking and driving yourself! Downtown Santa Fe depot is a short walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b- 3 blocks- to hop on the roadrunner to the Bernalillo depot then take the Balloon shuttle to Fiesta park! Fun, easy and memorable.
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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
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.
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 is Santa Fe known as “The City Different“?
Unlike many vacation destinations you may have visited, Santa Feans are extremely friendly and our town itself is smaller, more intimate- yet Santa Fe boasts attractions that easily stand up to many a metropolis:
*World Class art galleries and museums
*Family entertainment, events, and festivals
*Gourmet dining; Opera/Symphony performances and other cultural nightlife
*History, Rich Native American culture, Unique architecture
*National Parks and natural beauty abound
*Easy access to nearby sites and day trips
*Numerous opportunities for worship and spirituality
*Easy convenient, walkable downtown with historic sites, cultural events, performances etc.
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 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 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 “manana”. One stands a little taller, breathes a little easier, relaxes and smells the roses in the City Different.
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
Thanksgiving in New Mexico is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating- yes lots of eating! A truly memorable and one of a kind Thanksgiving vacation to Santa Fe wouldn’t be the same without this all of the important aspect of tantalizing New Mexico cuisine! Over 150 restaurants to choose from in the downtown area alone provided plenty of options: creative, traditional, eclectic and more! Within a short stroll from Pueblo Bonito b&b you’ll find (5 or less minutes) : Restaurant Martin, Galisteo Bistro, Rio Chama, Blue Corn Café; 10 minutes or less: La Casa Sena, Geronimos, The Compound to name just a few.
After dining with family and friends this holiday, New Mexicans can pay tribute to the spirit of the very first Thanksgiving by honoring Native American culture. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts’ (SWAIA) Winter Indian Market, held every year the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, features row after row of Native American art, handcrafted by more than 100 artists. (The larger Summer Indian Market, also run by SWAIA, features the work of more than 1,100 artists.) The fair, which dates back almost 100 years, also offers native cuisine, ranging from “Pueblo style oven bread and pies” to Navajo blue corn pancakes. Admission is free for this annual event, held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. November 24-25, Admission: $5.
Ski Santa Fe- The 2012/2013 Ski/Snowboard season is currently scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. Since weather is one element mankind is unable to control, we hope that the “El Nino” weather pattern holds true for this season! An exceptional Family skiing experience begins in a city that has been in the top 10 tourist destinations for years. Ski Santa Fe appeals to snow enthusiasts who desire a great mountain experience and something more than a typical resort. Ski and snowboard in fresh powder all day, then take in world-class art, dining, and culture at night. Ski Santa Fe is conveniently located just 18 miles northeast of Pueblo Bonito b&b inn - Santa Fe (an easy 20-25 minute drive). Ski Santa Fe is in the Santa Fe National Forest; has a base elevation of 10,350′; peak elevation of 12,053′; vertical drop of 1,703′; average annual snowfall of 225″. Ski acreage is 660 consisting of 45 runs with 40% expert, 40% intermediate, and 20% novice. Snowboarding is allowed on 50% of trails. Lift lines are generally short and ticket prices affordable as compared to highly commercialized ski resorts.
The La Cienega Studio Tour. La Cienega is a lush valley about 15 miles from Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn and accessed from I-25. Once a Spanish land grant, this quaint little village is home to many different kinds of artists from painters, ceramic artists to sculptors and woodworkers. Thanksgiving weekend, these artists open their studios for tours and intriguing conversations! Nov 24, 25, 2012
Hiking! A year round family activity for which notable hikes near Santa Fe, New Mexico consist of:
*Aspen Vista Trail - Popular and easy trail in Sangre de Cristo Mountains located on Ski Basin Road at the 13 mile marker.
*Dale Ball Trails – A system of interconnecting trails for hikers that connect it to the Nature Conservancy Trail, the Dorothy Stewart Trail, and the Atalaya Trail.
*Atalaya Mountain Trail - Another popular trail leading toward the summit of Atalaya Mountain (9,000 feet elevation at the peak). This is a steep trail near the summit, and provides spectacular views of Santa Fe. Access is at the St Johns College parking lot which is less than a 5 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe.
*The Nature Conservancy Trail – One of the closest trails to Pueblo Bonito b&b- Santa Fe and access is from parking area on Upper Canyon rd. Ruins of an old dam are notable on this trail which runs along the original route of the Santa Fe river.
*Tent Rocks Trail – One of our favorites! A beautiful 40 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn and located in Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo. Prime viewing of exquisite rock formations await the moderately skilled hiker for which the park has been named.
A trail guide is available at the City of Santa Fe website.
Popular day trip suggestion for our Santa Fe vacation visitors who enjoy staying at Pueblo Bonito bed & breakfast inn is to enjoy a visit to one of the nearby natural hot springs. A short scenic drive to access one of the following natural hot springs is worth the time alone, but when coupled with the therapeutic, relaxing energies these waters provide, a special and memorable experience occurs that can only be experienced when taking an enchanting New Mexico vacation.
Please note many of these springs are located in remote destinations and may require a certain amount of hiking, climbing or other physical activity to reach. You should always check with the Forest Service or local ranger station before attempting to access these pools.
Ojo Caliente, located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required.
Montezuma Hot Springs, located northwest of the town of Las Vegas on the grounds of the United World College. Three clusters of concrete soaking pools of various sizes and temperatures. Bathing suits required.
San Antonio Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. It is about a 10 minute walk from where you can park. Ask locals for directions. A series of rock pools built along the hillside of San Diego Canyon. The hottest pool is about 105 F with the lower ones progressively cooler. Clothing optional.
McCauley Warm Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. Accessible from either Battleship Rock (5 miles north of Jemez Springs on highway 4) or Jemez Falls Campground (14 miles north of Jemez Springs). Park at either location for the roughly 2.5 mile hike in to the springs. Large, shallow, warm pool that flows into several smaller, deeper pools with temperatures 85-90 F. Clothing optional.
Soda Dam Hot Springs, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. A cluster of small hot spring pools with spectacular scenery not great soaking.
Spence Hot Spring, located west of Santa Fe, north of the town of Jemez Springs. An easy short hike. Ask locals for directions. Several sand-bottom pools on a steep hillside on the east side of the Jemez River. Water temperature between 100 –– 110 F. Clothing optional.
Giggling Springs Hot Springs Jemez Springs, Bathing suits required. Reservations strongly recommended. Pool temperature is 102-104.
Jemez Springs BathHouse, located in the park on the main street of Jemez Springs.