On Friday, April 20th, 2012, the Taos Pueblo reopens for the season! This pueblo is a delightful day trip destination from Chimayo, New Mexico, while a guest at our Santa Fe area bed and breakfast. In less than 1 hour travel time from Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, you will arrive at the historic Taos Pueblo, which is situated at the base of the sacred and picturesque Taos Mountain. Take the time to partake in the guided walking tour that is included with your paid entry fee. You will see that not much has changed since the first Spanish explorers arrived there in 1540. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and the culture of these pueblo people, many of which are New Mexico artists. You will discover beautiful handcrafted wares (tanned buckskin moccasins, pow wow drums, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, pueblo pottery, beadwork and more), many of which require mastering skills that have been passed down through numerous generations. If you are really fortunate, you may be present for a feast day or possibly observe a ceremonial dance. Remember that these dances are not for entertainment purposes. These are religious ceremonies for the pueblo people. Therefore, it is important that you offer the same respect as you would in your own church or within your own home. The next scheduled ceremonial dance is on May 3rd, 2012. This will be the Santa Cruz Dance. On June 13th, 2012, you can observe the San Antonio Feast Corn Dance. Casa Escondida B&B still has rooms available for these dates. Feast days and ceremonial dances are held throughout the year. Your visit to the pueblo will allow you to step back in time. Taos Pueblo is considered to be the oldest, continuously inhabited community in the United States, having been occupied for over 1000 years! Even the present day structures in the pueblo are estimated to have been built between 1000 – 1450 A.D. Did you know that the Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated as both a “World Heritage Site” AND a “National Historic Landmark“? Their traditions dictate that within the pueblo walls, no electricity or running water is allowed. Admission to the pueblo is only $10 per person. The pueblo is open 7 days a week, with guided tours starting at 9 AM. So when you contemplate what there is to do in Taos, New Mexico, put the Taos Pueblo visit at the top of your list. We look forward to assisting you with your pueblo adventure, during your stay at our New Mexico bed & breakfast.
It’s true! April 21st – April 29th, 2012 is FREE National Park Week. Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is located in historic Chimayo, New Mexico. In only 40 minutes travel time from Casa Escondida B&B, you will find Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier protects over 33,000 acres of beautiful canyon and mesa country. It also hosts ancient ruins, petroglyphs and abundant wildlife. This is just one of the many National Parks that you can visit for free during this week. While a guest at our Santa Fe area bed and breakfast, we invite you to explore the natural beauty, rich history and diverse culture of northern New Mexico. Bandelier, Capulin Volcano and Fort Union are New Mexico National Monuments that are all delightful daytrips from Casa Escondida B&B. In addition to the National Monuments of New Mexico, there are also National Historical Parks like Pecos and Chaco Culture. You can visit all of these sites and more during Free National Park Week, without paying a single entry fee. Many park-related restaurants, gift shops and tour operators will offer specials during the fee-free days as well. So reserve your stay at Casa Escondida B&B now. We are happy to assist you in planning your Free National Park Week adventure here in northern New Mexico!
New Mexico wineries, wines and wine tastings probably are not the first things that come to mind while a guest at our Santa Fe Area bed and breakfast. However, Casa Escondida B&B, which is located in Chimayo, New Mexico (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe) is surrounded by many wonderful, New Mexico vineyards. Believe it or not, this is wine country! It has been for centuries. New Mexico has a long and rich history as a winemaking region. As a matter of fact, it is the oldest wine producing region in the United States. Today’s wine growers have built upon this history, which has resulted in the production of award winning wines. New Mexico wineries produce over 700,000 gallons of wine each year. Casa Escondida B&B is a New Mexico bed and breakfast that is centrally located to many of the best vineyards in New Mexico. Create your own New Mexico wine festival by touring and tasting at the many wine tasting rooms, located at each winery! There are also guided winery tours available for a fee. Each winery is unique in terms of the appearance, as well as their offerings. Visiting these New Mexico wineries while a guest at Casa Escondida B&B, makes for a memorable, romantic getaway or weekend retreat. We happily provide our guests with winery tour maps to assist you in organizing your self-guided tour. Not a wine connoisseur? No problem. In addition to all of the great wine production here in New Mexico, you will also find some facilities producing wonderful distilled spirits and some really tasty beers as well. Cheers!