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Riding the Santa Fe Century

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Bicycling around Santa Fe

Santa Fe is renowned by outdoor enthusiasts of any sport.  At an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level, the city boasts 320 days of glorious sunshine each year; perfect weather to hit the great outdoors.  In 2012, Santa Fe was recognized as a “bicycle friendly community” by the League of American Bicyclists.  A growing network of multi-use paths, bike lanes and bikeways, combined  with world-class mountain and road biking, make Santa Fe an ideal biking community.   If you love the feel of the wind on your face as you bike through beautiful vistas, then Santa Fe is the perfect destination for you.  Not only can you hit over 30 miles of trails in the surrounding area, but you can join the 28th annual Santa Fe Century race!  In the Santa Fe Century, you can ride anywhere from 25, 50, and up to 100 miles on our beautiful roads.  If you decide to ride the full 100 miles, the Santa Fe Century will take you over many beautiful and historical New Mexican sights.  Following an exhausting, but thrilling day of bike riding, come stay at our luxurious Santa Fe bed and breakfast, located in the heart of Santa Fe’s thriving cultural scene!        Read More


Award winning Santa Fe Chefs

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Renowned Santa Fe cuisine

If you consider yourself a foodie, or maybe you just love food like the rest of us, Santa Fe is the perfect destination to explore your palette.  Voted the best food town in 2012, Santa Fe has a food culture that will make everyone’s taste buds tingle.  Steeped in a rich and diverse cultural background, Santa Fe brings centuries-old Spanish or Native American cuisine, as well as an innovative modern twist, to the table.  Here, you really can find it all when you let the Foodie Field Guide take you on a tasty Santa Fe journey.  Book your room now for a relaxing stay at our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, and experience for yourself some of the nation’s finest offerings from our award-winning chefs.    Read More


Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

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Every Christmas Eve is Santa Fe’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. Thousands of people each year stroll up the gallery-lined street singing carols, meeting with friends, and enjoying artwork.

Farolitos (Spanish for little lantern) are small, sand-filled, paper bags illuminated with votive candles. Gallery owners and residents of Canyon Road line the streets and adobe walls with farolitos at dusk, with festivities starting shortly after. In addition, you’ll find people keeping warm around large bonfires, also known as luminarias. Several of the over 100 galleries on Canyon Road are open, sharing their incredible art collections, and sometimes hot cocoa and sweets!

Most restaurants along Canyon Road will also be open. For an upscale, fine-dining experience, try The Compound or Geronimo. Cozy up next to their pinon burning kiva fireplaces and delight in the finest cuisine the Southwest has to offer! Or for something more casual, dine at El Farol, a Spanish tapas restaurant.


Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th Birthday Celebration

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy is undeniable.  Her creativity, boldness, and talent made her one the world’s most significant female artists of the last century.  Her artistic achievements are valued even more so in Santa Fe, as she helped put New Mexico on the map.  The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is celebrating her 125th birthday with a series of events from November 14-17, 2012.   Concurrently, the museum is celebrating their 15th anniversary.

Wednesday, November 14.  Bone Wind Fire film screenings at 1 and 6pm.  Free.  This 30 minutes film uses the words of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Emily Carr to reveal their creative processes.   Each artist responds to their environment and the people who surround them to create their masterpieces.

Thursday, November 15 is Georgia O’Keeffe’s actual birthday.  To celebrate, the museum will have free admission all day.  In addition, they will be hosting a birthday party with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, featuring demonstration-style classes and desserts from the 1920’s – 40’s.  Later in the day, at 6pm, O’Keeffe’s biographer, Roxana Robinson, will give an illustrated lecture about O’Keeffe’s complex life and body of work.

On Saturday, November 17, jazz singer/pianist and multi-Grammy nominee, Karrin Allyson performs at the La Posada Resort.  The jazz concert will be celebration O’Keeffe with all proceeds benefiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

In addition to all of the special birthday events, the museum has it’s current exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image” on display until May 2013.  The show includes drawings and paintings inspired by the beauty of the painted dessert surrounding O’Keeffe’s house at Ghost Ranch.



Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th Birthday Celebration

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy is undeniable.  Her creativity, boldness, and talent made her one the world’s most significant female artists of the last century.  Her artistic achievements are valued even more so in Santa Fe, as she helped put New Mexico on the map.  The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is celebrating her 125th birthday with a series of events from November 14-17, 2012.   Concurrently, the museum is celebrating their 15thanniversary.

Wednesday, November 14.  Bone Wind Fire film screenings at 1 and 6pm.  Free.  This 30 minutes film uses the words of Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Emily Carr to reveal their creative processes.   Each artist responds to their environment and the people who surround them to create their masterpieces.

Thursday, November 15 is Georgia O’Keeffe’s actual birthday.  To celebrate, the museum will have free admission all day.  In addition, they will be hosting a birthday party with the Santa Fe School of Cooking, featuring demonstration-style classes and desserts from the 1920’s – 40’s.  Later in the day, at 6pm, O’Keeffe’s biographer, Roxana Robinson, will give an illustrated lecture about O’Keeffe’s complex life and body of work.

On Saturday, November 17, jazz singer/pianist and multi-Grammy nominee, Karrin Allyson performs at the La Posada Resort.  The jazz concert will be celebration O’Keeffe with all proceeds benefiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

In addition to all of the special birthday events, the museum has it’s current exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image” on display until May 2013.  The show includes drawings and paintings inspired by the beauty of the painted dessert surrounding O’Keeffe’s house at Ghost Ranch.


South on the Turquoise Trail

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Five Day-Trip Recommendations

South on the Turquoise Trail

The Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway (also known as NM 14) takes you south from Santa Fe through old mining towns, scenic landscapes of wide-open prairies, to the mountaintops of the Sandia Mountains.  You can take NM 14 south to the Sandia Mountains, take a side trip up to Sandia Crest on NM 536 and return through Albuquerque via I-40 and I-25 to Santa Fe.  An alternate return route takes you from I-40 east to Moriarty, north on NM 41 onto the Great Plains through the Galisteo Basin to the village of Galisteo and back to Santa Fe via NM 41, US 285 and I-25.

Allan Houser Compound:
  Follow NM 14 south from Santa Fe to NM 42, turn left and proceed 1.4 miles to Haozous Road, turn left and look for the sign on the left to the Compound.  Here you’ll see about 85 sculptures created by renowned Apache artist Allan Houser, considered the most influential Native American artist of the 20th century.  The sculptures in this 12-acre garden are only a fraction of the 450 limited edition bronzes and over 500 unique works in wood, stone and fabricated metal he produced.  The hilltop site yields a spectacular view of the Galisteo Basin and the surrounding mountains.  Call 505-471-1528 for an appointment.

Cerrillos: 
Continue on NM 14 south to County Road 57 (right turn) into the village of Cerrillos.  Founded during a lead boom in the late 1800’s, this town once boasted several hotels and several dozen saloons. Some of the buildings still stand today, accurately reflecting the look of an Old West frontier town.  There are a few galleries and antique shops scattered throughout the village.

Madrid: 
As you proceed south on NM 14, you’ll come to the lively town of Madrid (pronounced “MAD-rid”). This former coal mining town, larger than Albuquerque in 1890, thrived until the closing of the mines in 1954 when the entire town was listed for sale for $250,000.  Today, the town, kept alive by committed members of the 60’s counterculture and numerous artists, offers galleries and crafts shops, antique and import stores, and a local jazz festival.

The Mine Shaft Tavern and Museum in Madrid: 
Live music happens daily, a seasonal melodrama is performed, and the cold beer tastes great in this way station between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Next door is the coal-mining museum featuring mining and railroad relics, including a fully restored 1900 Baldwin Steam Locomotive. Call 505-473-0743 for more information.

Golden: The remains of the mining town of Golden lie in a quiet valley 15 miles south of Madrid.  See the picturesque San Francisco Church, the ruins of the stone schoolhouse, and visit the Golden General Merchandise built in 1918 and stocked with reasonably priced pueblo pottery and jewelry.

Tinkertown Museum: Continue south for another 11 miles to the Village of San Antonito and turn right on NM 536.  One mile on the left you will find the Tinkertown Museum, an amazing 22 room mansion filled with tens of thousands of hand carved figures assembled into automated dioramas.  The collection is housed in a structure made up of 51,000 glass bottles and western artifacts assembled over 40 years by the museum’s creator, Ross Ward.

Sandia Crest: NM 536 will take you to the top of Sandia Peak via a 14-mile winding drive through the Cibola National Forest.  The peak is nearly 11,000 feet above sea level and more than a mile above downtown Albuquerque.  The crest, the highest point in the Sandias, offers a panoramic view in all directions. The snack bar and gift shop on the crest is open daily from May through October.  Miles of hiking and cross country ski trails allow you to explore the many natural wonders of Sandia Crest year round.


East to Pecos and Las Vegas

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East to Pecos and Las Vegas

This is “the other Las Vegas,” a frontier railroad town that was part of the historic Old Santa Fe Trail. On the way to Las Vegas on I-25, visit the Pecos National Historical Park.  Fishermen will find excellent fly-fishing along the Pecos River and hikers can enjoy the Pecos Wilderness area.  You can double back to Santa Fe via I-25 or if time permits, take NM 518 from Las Vegas through Mora to NM 78 through Vadito, Penasco and Dixon connecting with NM 68 (low road from Taos) described above.

Pecos Wilderness Area: Hiking and horseback riding are great ways to enjoy the beauty of the Pecos Wilderness. The terrain varies from open meadows in the Pecos River Valley, to the steep canyons of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Wildlife sightings range from deer and elk to big horn sheep, turkeys, and grouse.

Pecos River: The Pecos River originates high up in the Pecos Wilderness Area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and provides excellent fishing and grand vistas. Fly fishers seeking isolation, solitude and a bit of adventure might consider the upper reaches of the Pecos or one of its tiny headwater tributaries. Anglers won’t find many other humans, but can discover brightly colored wild brown trout as well as native Rio Grande Cutthroats, New Mexico’s state fish.

Pecos National Historical Park: Located 2 miles south of the town of Pecos on NM 63, this park preserves 12,000 years of history including the ancient pueblo of Pecos, Colonial Missions, Santa Fe Trail sites, 20th century ranch history of Forked Lightning Ranch, and the site of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass. The visitors center contains exhibits, book sales, and a 10-minute introductory film. There is a one and a quarter mile self-guided trail through the Pecos pueblo and mission ruins. Guided tours are available to groups with advance reservations.  505-757-6414 x 1.

Las Vegas: Las Vegas was established in 1835 when a group of settlers received a land grant from the Mexican government. The town is laid out in the traditional Spanish Colonial style, with a central plaza.  During the railroad era, Las Vegas boomed, quickly becoming one of the largest cities in the American Southwest. Turn-of-the-century Las Vegas featured all the modern amenities, including an electric street railway, the Duncan Opera House, a Carnegie library, a major Harvey House hotel, and the New Mexico Normal School (now a state university). The new settlers shunned the local adobe building style, erecting instead the Victorian homes you’ll see there today.  Many our now considered historic structures, with over 900 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

United World College: The United World College-USA was founded in 1982 in Montezuma, NM (six miles west of Las Vegas) through the philanthropy of Dr. Armand Hammer and is part of an international system that includes twelve pre-university residential schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  An outstanding historical building on the campus is the Montezuma Castle.  This massive building was originally built in 1882 as a resort for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. This restored campus building is available for scheduled public tours.  Call for tour times and details. (505) 454-4221 or (505) 454-4288


West to Los Alamos and through the Jemez Mountains

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West to Los Alamos and through the Jemez Mountains

This scenic trip winds through ruins of an ancient civilization, a high-tech research center (birthplace of the atomic bomb), traditional Pueblos, and the collapsed center of a long-dormant volcano.  Follow US 84/285 north from Santa Fe.  Then turn west on SR 502 to Los Alamos.  Connect with SR 4 to Bandelier National Monument.  Continue on NM 4 past the Valle Grande, through the Jemez Mountains and the town of Jemez Springs.  Connect with US 550 at San Ysidro to Bernalillo and then return to Santa Fe via I-25 (about 160 miles round-trip).

San Ildefonso Pueblo:  Located 23 miles north of Santa Fe, the contemporary San Ildefonso Pueblo has a flourishing art community. With an average of 20,000 visitors yearly, this is one of the most visited northern pueblos.  Famous for the matte-finish black-on-black pottery originated by potter Maria Martinez in the 1920’s, the Pueblo has several on-site craft shops and artisan’s homes open to the public for shopping. The pueblo offers spectacular views of Black Mesa, a sacred site. For pueblo information, please call 505-455 3549

Bradbury Science Museum:  This museum is operated by Los Alamos National Labs and displays scientific and historical information in three galleries – Manhattan Project history, national defense, and varied basic and applied research.  Most interesting are videos that tell the story of life at Los Alamos before and during the Manhattan Project. There are photos, documents, and objects illustrating life during these intense years when an international team of scientists raced to build an atomic bomb. Call for hours and exhibition information: 505-667-4444.

Bandelier National Monument:  The ancestors of modern Pueblo people built thriving communities about 600 years ago in the area known as Bandelier. Several thousand ancestral pueblo dwellings are found among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons.  The best-known archeological sites, in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, have easy access to visitors.  One can explore the area via a short, self-guided tour of the ruins or choose more in-depth hiking into the backcountry wilderness. More than 50 miles of maintained trails lead to unexcavated ruins and wildlife habitat throughout the monument.  Call the visitor center at 505-672-3861 x 517 or hear recorded information at 505-672-0343.

Tsankawi:  Tsankawi, a detached part of Bandelier National Monument, is undeveloped and unexcavated.  A 1.5 mile trail follows centuries-old paths through the area where the ancestral Pueblo people lived.  Cave dwellings, petroglyphs, and the site of Tsankawi village can be seen from the paths. Tsankawi can be found just before the entrance of Bandelier National Monument off NM 4.

Valle Grande:  This collapsed volcanic caldera is one of the largest in the world. A vast meadow approximately 3 miles in diameter and a 15-mile diameter ring of mountains are the only visible remains of a massive volcanic eruption.  The 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains is located 15 miles west of Los Alamos on NM 4.  The preserve is open to the public, but has managed to keep the numbers of visitors small, so you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself.  Get out and experience a profound sense of solitude that will leave you refreshed and relaxed. See wildlife, beautiful vistas, and learn about the preserve’s rich history and geology.  Schedule your visit by going to www.vallescaldera.gov.

Jemez Springs:  Nestled between stunning red rock mesa–remnants of ancient lava flows over a million years old–the village is named for its famous mineral hot springs. Fissures in the earth allow water near the surface to contact rock below that is heated by the magma underneath. The result is a steady supply of hot springs that bubble up throughout the valley. Jemez Springs is a great place to reconnect with nature and enjoy the healing mineral waters.  Artist galleries, shops and casual dining are also available.  Visit their web site at www.jemezsprings.org.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument:  An optional side trip on your return north on I-25 (exit 259 to NM 22 to Tribal Route 92, then Forest Service road 266) is a visit to Tent Rocks.  The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by a volcanic explosion.  Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created slot canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks.  Hiking on maintained trails is available.  The monument is open for day use only and may be closed by order of the Cochiti Pueblo Tribal Governor.

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Bandalier

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Valle Caldera

Tent Rocks

Tent Rocks


North to Taos

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North to Taos

This day trip will take you to the charming town of Taos, a culturally rich small town set against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and a spectacular mesa sliced by the meandering Rio Grande to the west.  For maximum sightseeing, travel to Taos on the High Road (US 84/285 to SR 503 to SR 76 to SR 518. Reach Taos in approximately 2½ hours) and return on the Low Road (NM 68 to US 84/285) that follows the Rio Grande for part of the trip.  The Low Road is about a 1½ hour drive to Santa Fe.  (Approximately 165 miles roundtrip)

Nambe Pueblo and Nambe Falls:  Nambe pueblo is an historic 700-year-old pueblo located north of Santa Fe at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Beautiful Nambe Falls, 4 miles beyond the pueblo, tumbles through a rocky canyon in a spectacular display. A nearby recreational site offers an amazing setting for picnicking, hiking and camping. 505-455-2036Chimayó: This small village is located 40 miles south of Taos and 24 miles northeast of Santa Fe, about ten miles east of Española in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It is on Hwy 76 (the “High Road”) – a scenic route through old Spanish villages. Today Chimayó is famous for the weavings of the Ortega and Trujillo families. Many shops contain their work as well as fine art and crafts from the region.  This quaint northern New Mexico town is also the home of the famous Santuario de Chimayó (a National Historic Landmark), a church built in 1814-1816 that has been the destination of countless pilgrims who attribute it with miraculous powers of healing.

Taos Pueblo: The Taos Pueblo is on the northern outskirts of the town of Taos. It consists of an amazing multi-story adobe structure built between 1000 and 1450 AD and has been inhabited for over 1,000 years.  Approximately 150 people still live within the Pueblo full time, and the people of the Pueblo continue to maintain the age-old beliefs and cultural traditions of their ancient society. Privately owned shops and galleries throughout the village support the numerous local artists. 505-758-1028

The Millicent Rogers Museum: Four miles north of Taos, visitors can enjoy an outstanding historical collection of Native American jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and weavings, as well as Hispanic textiles, metalwork, sculpture, and a wide range of contemporary Southwestern art. The original collection was amassed by Standard Oil Heiress Millicent Rogers and has been expanded to include Hispanic secular and religious arts and crafts from colonial to current times. Museum hours and information can be obtained by calling 505-758-2462.

The Taos Art Museum: The Taos Art Museum is housed in the home of Nicolai Fechin (Fechin House), who, with his family, moved to Taos in 1927. Born in Russia, Fechin is one of the most important portrait painters of the 20th Century. His paintings of Native Americans and of the New Mexico desert landscape are considered among his best works. The Museum’s permanent collection also includes many examples of Fechin’s carvings, along with over 300 works of art by more than 50 Taos artists, and features the Taos Society of Artists and Taos Moderns. 505-758-2609

San Francisco de Asis: This historic church, four miles south of Taos in Rancho de Taos, dates from 1772.  Artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams have memorialized this famous church because of its unique massive adobe and masonry architecture.  This edifice is ideally entered through the garden on the west side to fully appreciate its enormous structure and authentic adobe construction. The church is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Please call for more information. 505-758-2754

Ohkay Owingeh (formerly the San Juan Pueblo):Returning from Taos via NM 68, one passes through this Pueblo that was established as the first Spanish capital city of the New Mexico Territory in 1598. Watch local artisans create their wares, and then purchase jewelry, pottery and other crafts at the Ohkay Owingeh Crafts Cooperative. 505-852-4400

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Santuario de Chimayo
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High Road to Taos

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Taos Pueblo


Northwest to O’Keeffe Country

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Northwest to O’Keeffe Country

See the landscapes of sandstone cliffs, tree-lined river beds and juniper covered foothills that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe and are reflected in her paintings. This trip takes you north from Santa Fe on US 285/84 connecting with US 84 in Española (approximately 23 miles north of Santa Fe).  For a more extensive day trip, you can continue on US 84 all the way to Chama (approximately 2 hours travel time).

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Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch: See the landscapes that O’Keeffe painted and visit the places where she lived and dreamed. Guided tours of her restored adobe hacienda in the village of Abiquiu are available by advanced reservation at 505-685-4539.  Please call as far in advance as possible to book your tour.

Ghost Ranch is a large property owned by the Presbyterian Church north of Abiquiu replete with geological wonders and spectacular landscapes, many of which you’ll recognize from O’Keeffe paintings.  Abundant hiking opportunities exist throughout the area.

Abiquiu Lake: This man-made lake offers seasonal swimming, boating and some of the finest fishing in Northern New Mexico.  The reservoir, which was created by damming the Rio Chama, offers many opportunities for camping and hiking among the Pinon (Pine), Juniper, and Sage, ensconced among colorful rock formations.

Echo Amphitheater: This natural sandstone formation is a great place to camp or picnic while admiring nature’s handiwork of wind erosion on rock. Cumbres Railroad

Los Ojos:  Further up US 84 in Los Ojos, you can visit the showroom of Tierra Wools.  This is a weaving cooperative where the art of traditional Hispanic weaving still thrives.  Rio Grande style textile products are produced on-site in the showroom and are offered for sale.

Chama and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Travel further north on US 84 (about 2 hours from Santa Fe, or 110 miles), to reach Chama.  Nestled in the valley of the New Mexico Rocky Mountains, Chama is the southern terminus of the scenic narrow-gauge railroad that makes a spectacular trip through the alpine backcountry of New Mexico and Colorado. The rail trip north is an all-day excursion. Call 505-756-2151 to obtain departure times, tour durations and to make reservations.