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7 Ways to Plan a Romantic Elopement in New Mexico This Fall

Plan an elopement in New Mexico at our Bed and BreakfastIf you’re looking for a romantic and beautiful destination to plan your elopement in New Mexico, consider embracing the incredible beauty of Northern New Mexico at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast in Chimayo.  Elopements at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast offers a uniquely intimate experience that you just won’t get from larger ceremonies.  Start with a small ceremony focused on nothing but love, and surround it by the uniqueness of our southwest setting, and you have a recipe for the perfect elopement in New Mexico.  What’s more, our hacienda-like inn is the perfect place to snuggle up with your partner before and after The Big Day. Adding the Romance Package to your stay ensures an added element of romance to this special occasion.  You’ll be greeted with fresh flowers, a candlelight bath, bubble bath, and bath salts, as well as an optional dinner reservation to take the stress out of planning your romantic night. It’s also easy to turn your elopement in New Mexico into a romantic honeymoon, where you have the freedom to stay in our comfortable accommodations or get out and explore the best of northern New Mexico. We’re the perfect all-in-one destination and promise an unforgettable experience. Book your room and start planning your elopement in New Mexico today!
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The Best Santa Fe Mountain Biking Trails For Fall

Santa Fe Mountain Biking TrailsMountain biking as a sport has been growing in popularity around the country, but it’s long been a beloved activity around Sante Fe and northern New Mexico.  In fact, Santa Fe has an incredible variety of mountain biking trails, all within 30 minutes of downtown.  Whether you’re looking for cross country trails, rugged mountain trails, downhill trails, or something in between, you’ll certainly find it here in northern New Mexico. Casa Escondida is located just over 30 minutes from downtown Santa Fe and is centrally located to all of northern New Mexico’s top attractions, including a variety of mountain biking trails in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. We make it easy for you to enjoy the best of New Mexico’s majestic beauty while you explore the area’s top attractions and experience nature like never before. Our location in the beautiful countryside north of Santa Fe means you’ll never be surrounded by large crowds. Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is both safe and small, with plenty of options for social distancing.  This fall, come to breathe deep in the fresh air of Northern New Mexico and enjoy that much-needed change of scenery that you’ve been craving.  Book your room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today!
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Things to do at Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument in Northern New MexicoNew Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument, located about 45 minutes southwest of our Bed and Breakfast, is a special place to visit. The monument is considered to be a sacred ground that preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of the area. One of the best parts about staying at our Bed and Breakfast in northern New Mexico is having easy access to extraordinary places like Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Park, and of course the wonderful towns of Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque.  We’re centrally located to it all, and offer you the perfect respite from the stress of day-to-day life.  Book your room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today!
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10 Great Things to do in Taos, New Mexico

The Best Things to do in Taos NMOne of the best things about staying at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast is the proximity to all of the incredible things to do in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.  From our one destination, you can get a true feel for northern New Mexico’s stunning natural beauty, as well as the unique cultural and artistic attractions the area is famous for. Our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast is located in the town of Chimayó, which is about 35 minutes from Santa Fe, about an hour from Taos, and 90 minutes from Albuquerque. We offer guests breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, nine guest rooms, and an atmosphere unlike any other lodging property in the area. We’re open here in New Mexico and permitted to have up to a 50% occupancy rate.  Now’s a great time to plan an extraordinary fall getaway to New Mexico, where you can experience the very best of things to do in Taos. Book your room at the comfortable Inn today!
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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.