Enjoy the best of Santa Fe Chocolates! Let Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast be your guide along the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a Santa Fe area B&B (only 35 minutes north of Santa Fe) that is located in historic Chimayo, NM. When you consider what to do on your Santa Fe vacation, dining on chocolate may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, because we LOVE chocolate, we subscribe to the belief that the eating of chocolate falls into the category of being a Santa Fe activity and attraction. So, where do you go to dine of the territories finest, gourmet chocolates while on your Santa Fe getaway? Is it a Santa Fe café, bakery, coffee shop or pastry shop? Here is a short list of what we consider to be the top 5 chocolatiers in Santa Fe: C.G. Higgins Confections; The Chocolatesmith; Kakawa Chocoate House; Todos Santo Chocolates and confections; CoCopelli Chocolatier.C.G. Higgins Confections has been featured on The Food Network for their award winning artisan chocolates. They are makers of decadent chocolate truffles, chocolate sipping drinks and more. The Chocolatesmith (also featured on The Food Network), specializes in fresh dark chocolate that is handmade daily. Kakawa Chocolate House (also featured on The Food Network) is very unique in that they specialize in authentic Meso-American and historic European chocolate drinks. You will also love their intense truffles, tortes and cakes. All handmade with the finest chocolate and chiles (yes, chiles). Stop by and visit the folks Todos Santos Chocolates and Confections. Their handmade sweet creations include truffles, toffee and gold or silver leaf covered chocolate Milagros (a milagro is a religious folk charm that is traditionally used for healing purposes), as well as chocolates from around the world. CoCopelli Chocolatier (one of the newest Santa Fe chocolatiers) offers gourmet chocolate truffles (traditional and fun-filled) and chocolate-dipped confections. If you decide to venture south to Madrid (south of Santa Fe on Highway 14), be sure to stop at Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop. Their chocolate creations are to-die-for. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has plenty of wonderful rooms available, where you can sleep-off your chocolate coma, after your day along gourmet chocolate trail. Enjoy!
The 2012 season of The Santa Fe Opera is here! The performance schedule is unbelievable. Purchase your Santa Fe Opera tickets now. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a Santa Fe area B&B that is located in historic Chimayo, NM, which is only a 30-minute drive from this striking, state-of-the-art theatre, which has won several significant design awards. This open-air opera house was designed to meld with the beautiful high desert landscape. The Santa Fe Opera property totals 155 acres, offering breathtaking views of the Jemez Mountains to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east. Even if you are not a true opera-lover, your visit to Santa Fe must include least one performance at the Santa Fe Opera facility. It is such a unique experience. It is the fusion of the natural landscape with the music that leaves an everlasting impression. Opera in Santa Fe is a huge summer event that will commence on June 29th and conclude on August 25th.
Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available throughout the opera season. Dress for the opera is as unique as the opera house itself. Dress as you please. It can be casual or formal but remember that New Mexico weather is unique and you are in an open-air concert hall that is located in a high desert. Temperatures will drop considerably between curtain time and the end of the opera. Over the years, more than 1,600 performances of nearly 140 different operas have been performed, including nine world premieres and 40 American premieres. The Santa Fe Opera is truly one of the world’s leading opera festivals. The 2012 Santa Fe Opera performance schedule includes Tosca, The Pearl Fishers, Maometto II, King Roger and Arabella. Even an opera novice can enjoy and understand any of these operas because every seat offers an opera title screen that does instantaneous translations for you! You can also enhance your opera experience by participating in one of the “backstage tours” or one of the “prelude talks“. The prelude talks are lively and informative talks that are offered before most performances and they are FREE to ticket holders. Backstage tours allow you to go behind the scenes and learn about the world of opera production. These are 1-hour tours that are given Monday – Friday at 9 AM, through August 24, 2012. Backstage tour tickets are only $5 and no reservation is needed. Tickets are sold at the start of the tour. Did you think that tailgate parties were just for the Super Bowl? Not so! The pre-performance tailgate parties that take place in the Santa Fe Opera parking lot are pretty spectacular. The staff at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast can to refer you to gourmet deli’s, New Mexico wineries and more. They can provide you with what you need for the perfect pre-opera tailgate party. Your evening at the Santa Fe Opera will make you cheer “bravo”!
View a rare annular eclipse on May 20th, 2012 while a guest at Casa Escondida B&B, a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast. We are located in historic Chimayo, New Mexico. New Mexico is a prime viewing area! As a result, people are traveling from afar to be here for this event. Book your room now at our Santa Fe lodging establishment, for this astronomical happening! This is the first annular eclipse that will be visible in the US in over 18 years. An annular eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse. An annular eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun. When the sun and the moon align like this, the moon creates what appears to be a “black hole” in the center of the sun, which results in the sun looking like a ring of fire! Be aware that this type of eclipse is much brighter than a solar eclipse. So be safe when viewing the annular eclipse. Buy special eclipse glasses, use a solar filter on your binoculars, camera or telescope or make a pinhole camera. An annular eclipse turns sunbeams into little rings of light. You can visualize this phenomenon on sun-dappled ground (such as beneath a leafy tree). Under these conditions, you can see hundreds of circular shadows cast upon the ground.The eclipse time is just before sunset, if you are viewing it from our New Mexico bed & breakfast. It will be on the western horizon. The maximum eclipse will last just over 4 minutes. The bonus of viewing the eclipse from New Mexico is that the sun will still be in deep partial eclipse at sunset, which will make for some fabulous and unique photo opportunities. If you are outside of the prime viewing area, the eclipse will be partial. Those observers will see a crescent-shaped sun as the Moon passes by, off-center.
Join us! We have rooms available for this rare astronomical event!
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!