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8 Things to do at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2020 The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a 9-day festival held every year in Albuquerque. Visitors from all over the globe descend up the Southwest to see this magnificent event and later spend time traveling around and enjoying other parts of Northern New Mexico. So far in 2020, the event is still scheduled and will mark the 49th year of this incredible celebration. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is easily one of the most majestic festivals in the world, set against the ruggedly beautiful landscape fo the Rio Grande Valley.  Whether you’ve been to this hot air balloon festival before or this will be your first time, we encourage you to join us in Albuquerque this fall and experience New Mexico like never before. After you’ve seen everything there is to see at the hot air balloon festival, come spend a few days at our northern New Mexico Bed and Breakfast, where you’ll be well situated between the best attractions northern New Mexico has to offer.  Book a room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today!
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3 Things to Do at Tent Rocks National Monument

If you’ve never been to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (commonly just called Tent Rocks), then this summer might be the perfect opportunity. This national monument, located approximately 40 miles south of Santa Fe and about an hour south of our Bed and Breakfast, is known for its iconic cone-shaped geological formations (aka, tents). Tent Rocks is a beautiful part of New Mexico, and a great place to be at peace in nature. The most popular activity in the area is hiking, but it’s also a great place for birdwatching and naturalists, particularly those interested in geology. Our Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to relax and unwind and offers unfettered access to some of the best attractions in Northern New Mexico.  Make yourself a priority this summer, and book a room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.
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The Best New Mexico Hiking Trails to Explore This Summer

During these isolating days of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting outside and exploring New Mexico hiking trails is one of the few things we can enjoy just as we did before. We’re surrounded by the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offering some of the best hiking in the state of New Mexico. The landscapes you’ll encounter are truly breathtaking, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Whether you stick to the New Mexico hiking trails around Santa Fe, head up north to Taos, or settle somewhere in between, our Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to call home for a few days this summer. We’ve missed embracing the beauty of spring in New Mexico with our guests, but know that we’ll be open and ready to welcome guests as soon as it’s safe to do so. As you make plans to hike around northern New Mexico this summer and fall, don’t forget to make reservations at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast
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Inspiring Santa Fe Museums You Must Visit This Summer

There are an incredible number of Santa Fe museums worth exploring, and it’s one of our favorite parts about visiting The City Different. Our quiet and secluded Bed and Breakfast, located in the quaint town of Chimayó, is just a 40-minute drive away from the very best Santa Fe has to offer but is nestled in the quiet foothills of the Jemez and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Staying at the Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast meets waking up to breathtaking mountain views and intimate and cozy accommodations, surrounded by 6 peaceful and scenic acres of land. We truly offer you the best of both worlds, with easy access to New Mexico’s top attractions, like Santa Fe, Taos, and Jemez Springs, while still giving you the opportunity to escape away from it all. Experience the difference, and book a room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today.
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Visit the Santuario de Chimayo Near our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast

Each spring heading into Holy Week, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make their way to the healing grounds of the Santuario de Chimayó, located just minutes from our Bed and Breakfast. Though the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the vast majority of the pilgrimage this year to this most coveted of sacred spaces, it’s still worth honoring this place as you consider plans to visit it in the months and years to come. When you do visit this historic and beautiful church, make sure to stay at our exceptional Bed and Breakfast. Our secluded six acres might just be the perfect place to escape, to continue our practice in social distancing, and to enjoy the breathtaking and healing beauty of New Mexico. There’s nothing quite like the Casa Escondida. Book a room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today, and start planning for your pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó in 2021!
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The Most Beautiful Churches Around Santa Fe

New Mexico’s beautiful terrain not only influences the culinary culture, the art, and the architecture of the town, but has influenced some of the most beautiful churches in the entire southwest. From old traditional cathedrals to environmentally conscious monasteries that were built to reflect the environment, there are stunning churches dotted all around Santa Fe.   

Old San Miguel Mission

In the Barrio de Analco Historic District of Santa Fe lies the oldest standing church in America, the San Miguel Mission. The earliest documentation of the church was in 1628, however most believe the church was built in 1610 by the Tlaxcalan Indians who learned about Catholicism from the Spanish colonists. Over the last 400 years, the church has been damaged and reconstructed several times due to revolts and natural events. Today, preservation is of utmost importance and you can visit the church Monday-Saturday or attend Mass on Sundays.  

San Juan Catholic Church

Just north of Santa Fe in the small community of Ohkay Owingeh lies the first and oldest Parish in the United States. Throughout the centuries, different churches have been built and destroyed, only to be rebuilt again. The church standing today is a stunning traditional red brick church that stands tall in the town. Every Sunday over 1,200 people attend mass within these walls.   

San Geronimo Chapel

Tucked in the Taos Valley at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains lies the San Geronimo Chapel, a Native American pueblo that is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. While much of the original chapel has been destroyed over the years, you can still see the remains of the sandstone kivas, belltower, and outline of the nave. The new church is built within the old pueblo and while it has adapted some of the more traditional building elements, it still represents an important piece of New Mexican history and culture.  The El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM, One of the Best Small Towns Near Santa Fe

Santuario de Chimayo

One of the most recognized and visited churches in the entire Southwest is Santuario de Chimayo, a holy church that attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrimage visitors each year. Adobe bell towers surround the elegantly carved doors that lead visitors to the colorful nave. Every year on Holy Thursday and Good Friday people from all over America come to this church to seek blessings and many take a small amount of holy dirt home with them in hopes of a miracle.   

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most recognized buildings in Santa Fe. The twin towers at the front of the cathedral are unique to the Santa Fe downtown and are a sight to behold from the outside. Step inside and the intricate New Mexican detail on the ceilings, arches, and pillars will take your breath away. You can attend Mass or confession or peacefully enter on your own when celebrations or reconciliations are not in session.   

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert

If you weren’t looking hard enough, you may not even notice Christ in the Desert Monastery Church nestled in the hills of Abiquiu. This remote monastery was built in 1964 and was designed to compliment and reflect the red hills that surround it. This passive-built church is mostly solar powered and collects energy from natural sources to reduce stress on the surrounding ecosystems. At the center of the Cloister stands a sandstone and red rock tower which is surrounded by large windows allowing guests inside to gaze upon the red cliffs and sky. 

Loretto Chapel 

One of the most beautiful churches in the entire state lies in the heart of historic Santa Fe. This gothic-style cathedral is built with a mix of French and Southwestern influences. Inside you’ll find ornate decorations and stylings that reflect the greatest churches built in the world and a rare spiral staircase. Check the schedule before you plan your visit because even though this chapel is open 364 days per year (closed Christmas), it is one of the most desired wedding venues in town and can close to the public for extended periods of time.    Santa Fe has some of the most vibrant churches in the world, each built with their own individualistic style. It may be difficult to pick which one to attend for your Sunday Mass, but you can visit any of these architectural pieces of history throughout your stay.    Ready to visit Santa Fe’s most beautiful churches? Book a stay at Casa Escondida, a hacienda-like Bed & Breakfast right next to El Santuario de Chimayo.
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The Best Breweries in and Around Santa Fe

Beer is the name of the game. Craft breweries are growing and Santa Fe is booming with incredible breweries all over town. While you could stumble upon any brewery in town and be met with a refreshing brew, there are a couple that are simply too good to miss. Here are 5 of the best breweries in and around Santa Fe.   

Chili Line Brewery

With two locations in Santa Fe, there is no excuse to miss Chili Line Brewery. This laid back and intimate brewery is loved for their ever-changing rotation of beers. Because every beer is produced in one-barrel (31 gallon) batches, each tap is fresh and runs out as quickly as they can make it. Grab their seasonal beers made with local ingredients and keep your flavor palate moving with all the new and exciting beers coming out.   

Blue Corn Brewery

Craft breweries are not a new thing. Blue Corn Brewing has been in the business since 1997 and is one of the first breweries in the entire state. Their small-batch brews are traditional in nature but have been perfected over time to be incredibly smooth and sippable. Head in for a flight of beers and grab a meal off their menu featuring classic pub food with a southwest twist. Order a plate of hot wings with a honey-chipotle glaze, a cup of green chile bacon mac & cheese, or their scrumptious blue corn tacos.   

Honeymoon Brewery

If there is one thing to be thankful to the craft brewing movement, it is the invention of hard kombucha. If you haven’t tried this growing trend, then Honeymoon Brewery is a perfect place to hop on board. This gluten-free beverage is fruity and tart with a little kick of 5.5% ABV. You can find the perfect hard kombucha to match your flavor palate. Go for a floral blend of jasmine and hibiscus for a light and refreshing brew or embrace summer with a heavy stone fruit presence and tart finish.   

The Blue Heron Brewing Company

Take a trip to the little town of Rinconada and you’ll be rewarded with a crisp cold beer from Blue Heron Brewery for your travels. This intimate brewery has a great selection of beers and offers tasty charcuterie boards for a perfect mid-afternoon snack. Stop in after a day of white water rafting the Rio Grande, mountain biking the steep trails, or as a treat on your way to and from Taos.   

Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op 

Just outside of Santa Fe, in the charming mountain town of Los Alamos lies one of the most beloved breweries in the state. This warm and inviting taproom is always filled with laughter and excitement. Grab a flight of beers after a long day of hiking or simply make the trip to sit back and relax with some of the best views in town. Look for the iconic clawfoot tub outside of the brewery and you’ll know you’re heading in the right direction.    Hit one for a refreshing afternoon excursion or string them all together for the ultimate Santa Fe ale trail. These breweries are just too good to miss!    Ready to experience Santa Fe’s best breweries? Book a stay at Casa Escondida, a hacienda-like Bed & Breakfast in Chimayo, NM.
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Museums and Historical Sites to Visit on Your Trip to El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo is a stunning National Historic Landmark that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Families fly in from all over the world to take part in the spiritual pilgrimage that this church is known for. While you are visiting the area, use the opportunity to visit some of the museums, historical markers, and Native American sites that dot the region.   

Chimayo Museum

Just down the street from Santuario de Chimayo lies the Chimayo Museum which boasts a fascinating collection of artifacts from the area. Inside you’ll find beautiful paintings, hand woven rugs, and charming relics from all across Northern New Mexico. To learn more about the history of the museum and the best things to see read our blog post Everything You Need to Know About the Chimayo Museum.  

Los Luceros Historic Site

Just North of Chimayo lies one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historic sites. Explore the 148-acre Los Luceros Ranch which includes an 18th century hacienda house as well as the original chapel, village jail, numerous farm buildings, and a small gallery. The grounds are open Thursdays-Mondays to the public and frequently host environmental education programs, workshops, and seminars.   

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Some of the most well preserved petroglyphs in the Southwest are in Velarde, NM. The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project serves to protect the petroglyphs and provide educational workshops and tours to engage people with the rich history of the area. While diligent volunteers are working to count the exact number of petroglyphs in the area, they suggest that well over 10,000 are hidden in the 181 acres of preserved land. You can take a guided tour to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve with one of their passionate tour guides, but these tours fill up fast and the next reservation period begins January 7th, 2020.   

Las Trampas Historic District

Between Santa Fe and Taos lies a small village that was first occupied in 1751 by 12 Spanish families. The grounds held small adobe style buildings, a plaza, and an impressive church that still stands today. The San Jose de Gracia Church is incredibly well preserved with it’s decorative interior, adobe walls, and wooden floors dating back to the 18th century. Learn about the life of the first colonists to inhabit this beautiful region.   

Bradbury Science Museum

The Manhattan Project wasn’t a New York building project, but instead a World War II research mission to create the world’s first atomic bomb. During the 1940’s the Lost Alamos National Laboratory worked on top-secret projects for nuclear weapons. You can learn all about the mission, early attempts, research, and the legacy that lives on to this very day at the Bradbury Science Museum.    If you are planning to visit El Sanitario de Chimayo in the stunning Northern New Mexico mountains, add a couple of these incredible preserves, museums, and historic sites to your itinerary.    Ready to tour New Mexico’s historic sites and museums? Book a stay at Casa Escondida, a hacienda-like Bed & Breakfast right next to El Santuario de Chimayo.
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The Most Romantic Activities to do This Winter in Chimayo

While some people think spring is the most romantic season, others say fall is for couples, but Chimayo in the wintertime is the most romantic place on Earth. The crisp weather allows you to cozy up with your loved one and spend the day exploring this stunning region without the crowds. Plan your dream getaway with a couple of these romantic activities and you will have a memorable vacation that you won’t soon forget.   

Stay at Casa Escondida

Getaway for a romantic vacation and stay at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast in Chimayo. This hacienda-like B&B is the perfect place to snuggle up with your partner on a chilly winter night. Several of the rooms boast kiva fireplaces offering you the ultimate cozy accommodations. If you want to surprise your partner with an exceptionally romantic room, add the Romance Package to your stay. You’ll be greeted with fresh flowers, a candlelight bath, bubble bath & bath salts, and an optional dinner reservation to take the stress out of planning your romantic night. You could stay in for your entire getaway and not have to lift a finger or head out and explore the region in this centrally located B&B.   

Attend the Los Alamos WinterFest & Holiday Lights Parade

One of the most romantic events of the year takes place in the quaint mountain town of Los Alamos. The Holiday Lights Parade, on December 7th this year, is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit and gives you a chance to snuggle up with your favorite person. The Holiday Tree lights up at 5:30 pm and is immediately followed with the Lights Parade where floats depicting the holiday town of Whoville will light up the town with Christmas cheer. The parade ends with the Ashley Pond Tree Lighting and carolers. Grab a cup of cocoa and watch this great event with the one you love.   

Visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

If you thought that botanical gardens were only for summertime enjoyment then you haven’t been to GLOW at The Santa Fe Botanical Garden. This annual winter lights event is a unique tradition for many locals as the entire garden is lit up with thousands of twinkle lights on November 30th. On top of that, several large scale light installations are dotted throughout the garden. Walk around, enjoy the live music, sip on a festive beverage, and get into the holiday spirit!   

Soak in a Hot Spring

Experience a little romantic R&R at one of New Mexico’s renowned hot springs. For couples looking to find natural hot springs after a long hike to partners looking for a resort to soak in for the day, New Mexico has it all. Leave all your worries behind and relax in the healing waters that people have praised for generations. Visit one or more of these New Mexico Hot Springs That You Need To Check Out.   

Attend the Pecos National Historical Park Farolito Walk

Pecos National Historical Park is one of the most breathtaking spots around Santa Fe. The former Indian Village and Civil War battlefield is now a national park dedicated to the preservation of this incredible area. On December 16th, the park stays open a little later than usual for the Farolito Walk. Visitors will follow the illuminated trail to the pueblo and Spanish Mission Church during the peace and quiet of a winter’s evening. Hold your sweetheart’s hand and take an adventure to this iconic landscape.   

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

Head to the Rancho de Chimayo for a romantic evening dinner. This New Mexican restaurant is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the state and is world-renowned for its signature dishes and influence on the unique New Mexican food scene. You and your partner will have an amazing night of traditional dishes, irresistible cocktails, and colorful conversation. Pro Tip: Reserve your spots early. This popular restaurant tends to fill up fast!  

Visit El Santuario De Chimayo at Night

El Santuario De Chimayo will take your breath away during any time of the year, but during the holiday season, the shrine is decorated with candles and Christmas lights making it a warm and inviting sight. When the sun goes down head over to this iconic Chimayo landmark to witness it in a way most people seldom see.   

Day Trip to Taos

The High Road to Taos is one of the most beautiful drives in the state and offers you and your loved one a chance to gaze upon the stunning mountains on the way. Once you arrive in the town of Taos, grab a bite to eat at one of the incredible cantinas or cafes in downtown before visiting the Taos Art Museum. When artist Nicolai Fechin built a home for his family in 1927, he never imagined that it would hold some of the most important pieces of Taos art 90 years later. Gaze upon the unique and powerful art created in this stunning region. Before you leave Taos, make sure to drive north to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, a magnificent steel bridge that rests high above the Rio Grande.    Whether you decide to escape for a classic Valentine’s Day getaway, a mid-week vacation, or a romantic weekend away, Chimayo is the perfect destination. Relax in picturesque hot springs, indulge in a romantic dinner, and spend the night in heartwarming hacienda rooms with your favorite person in the world.    Ready to tour New Mexico? Book a stay at Casa Escondida, a hacienda-like Bed & Breakfast in Chimayo, NM.
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5 towns Around Santa Fe to Put on Your Bucket List

Santa Fe is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the Southwest and draws a large number of visitors each year, but just outside the city limits lie several towns with their own charm. From old-west style towns to mountain villages and artist meccas, these towns are more than worth the trip.   

#5: Los Alamos:

Because the Southwest is covered in so many national treasures, from the Grand Canyon to Mesa Verde, places like Los Alamos get overlooked. The secret gem of Los Alamos is the gateway to 3 national parks that offers some of the best outdoor excitement in the state. Bandelier National Monument has cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and over 70 miles of hiking trails offering no shortage of activities. Valles Caldera National Preserve is a 13-mile-wide volcanic depression that provides some of the best fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even hunting. Did you know that the atomic bomb was created in Los Alamos? You can learn about its inception and other feats of science, engineering, and technology at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.  

#4: Las Vegas:

If you thought Las Vegas was in Nevada, you were (partly) wrong. New Mexico has a charming town just East of Santa Fe that looks right out of a Western movie–mostly because Las Vegas is a popular set to stage Western films. Starting in 1913, the town was the main backdrop for many silent films and has grown in the film world to host classics like Easy Rider, Convoy, and Red Dawn. Today the town is still used frequently for movies ranging from comedies like Wild Hogs and TV series like House of Cards, to the music video for Beer for my Horses by Toby Keith. Head into town, see if you can spot a building from your favorite scenes, and experience the true West!   

#3: Madrid:

Just south of Santa Fe lies a ghost town turned into an artist’s oasis. While the town only consists of a couple hundred people, the art scene is thriving. The town boasts having the most artists per capita in the entire United States and it is apparent from the second you arrive. Meander through the colorful village filled with teals, reds, lime greens, deep blues, and every other color of the rainbow. The art you will find here is as unique as the town itself. Even the restaurants create culinary masterpieces! The Mine Shaft Tavern and The Hollar are two of the most unique eateries around Santa Fe and are more than worth the trip. Don’t forget a stop at Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop to satisfy your sweet tooth with some world-class chocolate.  

#2: Jemez Springs:

Drive along Highway 4 through the beautiful mountains to the Northwest of Santa Fe and you’ll stumble upon a serene mountain village called Jemez Springs. As the name suggests, there are natural thermal pools all around the town, with one of the most popular being the Jemez Hot Springs. These relaxing blue pools are surrounded by warm adobe buildings and scenic mountain views. If relaxation is what you’re after then a trip to Jemez Springs is your solution. The area also has several primitive hot springs tucked into the forest and requires a little adventure to get to. Between the McCauley Warm Springs, Spence Hot Spring, and San Antonio Hot Spring, you can find somewhere secluded to enjoy the natural surroundings.  

#1: Chimayo:

Just 40 minutes north of Santa Fe, a trip to Chimayo is absolutely essential. The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful drives in the state and plants you in the holy town of Chimayo. The town is most famous for El Santuario de Chimayo, a stunning catholic chapel that is now an important pilgrimage site bringing over 300,000 visitors per year. There are several other chapels and religious sites in the area to visit as well as the plentiful weaving shops. You can find the perfect accent rug or wall piece in one of these artisanal weaving shops and watch them create their masterpieces right before your very eyes! While in town make sure to stop by the Rancho de Chimayo restaurant for some of the most flavorful Mexican food your taste buds will ever experience. They have been satisfying guests for over 50 years and recently won the James Beard Award!  Chimayo is also home to Casa Escondida, an enchanting bed & breakfast in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo and Jemez Mountains. With so much beauty around, you’ll want to stay a couple of days to absorb everything Chimayo has to offer.    Add these towns to your bucket list and spend some time touring around. Spend the day mountain biking in Los Alamos and relax in the warming pools of Jemez Springs afterward. Take the scenic route to Albuquerque and stop for a bit in the colorful town of Madrid. Escape from the city for a weekend in Chimayo and wander through the magnificent cathedrals and culturally rich town. The possibilities are endless in these unique New Mexico towns.  Ready to tour New Mexico? Book a stay at Casa Escondida, a hacienda-like Bed & Breakfast in Chimayo, NM.