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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.
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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.