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 “2018 Guest Favorite Inn” awarded to Pueblo Bonito b&b in downtown. Nestled quietly next to the NM State capitol, this 158 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:
SANTA FE TRIATHALON: Sat August 12, 2018: 7:30 am Geneoveva Chavez Community Center: 5k run; 12 mile bike; 400 m swim.
Aug 31-Sept 1, 2018: Labor Day Weekend: Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts on the Plaza!
Sept 7, 8, 9 2018: 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.
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.
Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra– Sept 16, 2018- Season Opening!
*HIGH ROAD TO TAOS STUDIO TOUR: Sept 22, 23 and Sept 29, 30, 2018. 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: Sept 15 and 16, 2018. A uniquely Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience, includes nineteen studios and thirty-seven artists and artisans.
*SANTA FE RENESSANCE FAIR: September 15 and 16 2018: 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 26-30, 2018: 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);
OCTOBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
October 6 & 7, 2018: *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 6-14, 2018: 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 6-8, 2018: ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR-Around beautiful Abiquiu, NM (just a 75 min drive from Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe). 10-5.
October 14, 2018: Santa Fe Symphony– Music Hispana. at 4:00 at the Lensic Theatre- easy walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Four-time Latin GRAMMY® nominee and 2001 GRAMMY® winner Nestor Torres joins The Symphony with rhythms of Spain and melodies of Argentina.
October 15,16, 2018: 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.
October 17-21, 2018: 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 18, 2018: Santa Fe Symphony – Concert Recital Series: Latin Jazz. 7:00 pm at the St Francis Auditorium- easy walking from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn Santa Fe.
NOVEMBER SANTA FE TRAVEL EVENTS:
Nov 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm; Nov 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm: Santa Fe Symphony: Handels Messiah- at the Lensic Theatre. Don’t miss the acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah! First performed in 1742, this musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works and a musicale rite of the holiday season. After many years of sold-out Messiah performances, the Santa Fe Symphony continues to offer this baroque-era oratorio on Saturday and Sunday. A FREE preview talk occurs one hour before the concerts.
Nov 22, 2018- 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
Nov 22, 2018 thru 2019: SKI SANTA FE- opening day traditionally scheduled for Thanksgiving! Downhill skiing and snowboarding is complimented with the majesty of the Sangre de Cristos and a great dining room! All ages welcome – ski school and child care available.