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Turquoise Trail, NM Vacation, Scenic byways, Casa Escondida B&B

Travel the picturesque and historic Turquoise Trail, while on your way to Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast for your New Mexico vacation. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). Many of our guests arrive in New Mexico via The Albuquerque International Sunport. Upon arrival, Casa Escondida B&B highly recommends that you detour from the more commonly traveled, I-25 and instead, travel New Mexico via the Turquoise Trail (aka Hwy 14). The Turquoise Trail is a designated scenic byway, which connects Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It is 62 miles of beautiful landscapes, fascinating stops and wild west adventure! This is also a fabulous motorcycle ride for you motorcycle enthusiasts. The town of Tijeras is the gateway to the Turquoise Trail. Here you can stop at the Sandia Ranger Station and visit the Tijeras pueblo Archaeological site. Next you will arrive at the town of Cedar Crest. This is home to the Museum of Archaeology and Material Culture.

As you travel along Hwy 14, you will be awestruck by the stunning views of the Sandia Mountains. You will actually drive through 5 different life zones as you travel this route. If you have time, drive Hwy 536 to the Sandia Crest. This is the highest point of the Turquoise Trail. The summit of Sandia Mountain is 10,678 feet! The view from the observation deck is spectacular. It offers an 11,000 square mile panoramic view! If you prefer not to drive to the summit, you can take the Sandia Peak Tramway. The Tramway is 2.7 miles long, from the base to the summit (the longest jig-back tram in the world). After visiting the peak, travel back to Hwy 14 and continue north to the town of Golden. Founded in 1839, the main reason for a stop in Golden is the Henderson Store (family-owned since 1918). Here you will find quality Native American arts and crafts, at competitive prices.

The next stop is Madrid. This town dates back to the mid-1800’s. It was originally a bustling coal mining town. Then it became a ghost town. Since then the old
company stores and houses of Madrid have been converted into galleries, rustic shops, coffee houses, a few restaurants and more. It is a great stop. The next town along the trail is Cerrillos. This town was famous for its turquoise mines. During its boom-time, Cerrillos hosted 21 saloons and 4 hotels. It is now a quaint reminder of the old west.  In Cerrillos, you will find several shops and galleries as well as, the Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum and a Petting Zoo. Other art galleries abound all along the trail.

As you continue north, you will soon arrive in historic Santa Fe! Remember, if you are not able to travel the Turquoise Trail on your way to Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, then be sure to put it on your agenda for your return trip. The experience is well worth the small amount of extra travel time that is required. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available year-round (4 rooms are pet-friendly). We look forward to having you as our guest! Enjoy the drive!

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Taos, NM, Vacation Discount, Art, Museums, Casa Escondida B&B

Taos, NM is a great daytrip while a guest at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast. Casa Escondida B&B is a Taos area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 50 minutes south of Taos) on the High Road. Experience Taos, NM through museums!! The Museum Association of Taos, New Mexico has a combination ticket that you can purchase for only $25! Your discounted ticket allows you to visit 5 incredible museums in Taos, NM (E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum; La Hacienda de los Martinez; the Harwood Museum of Art; the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Taos Art Museum & Fechin House). The purchase price of $25 is a great New Mexico vacation deal. This is more than 60% off the cost of the individual museum admissions. These 5 Taos art galleries are separate museums that are housed in unique and historic buildings. Collectively, these museums represent exceptional collections of the art, history and culture of Taos and northern New Mexico, as well as, prehistoric and contemporary Native American pottery, textiles, jewelry and art; Spanish colonial and contemporary devotional arts and even the paintings by the Taos Society of Artists. You can purchase your combination ticket at any of the 5 participating museums or you can buy it online, in advance of your New Mexico trip.  Your combination ticket is good for 1 year from the date of purchase, so you don’t need to visit all 5 museums at one time. Even if you don’t visit all 5 museums, the combination ticket is completely transferable. So you can share the unused portion of your ticket with someone else.
Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has accommodations available throughout the year, all of which offer unique amenities, other than what you would typically find at Taos area hotels, resorts, vacation rentals or cabins. The staff at Casa Escondida B&B looks forward to having you as our guest!
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Guided Segway Tour, Santa Fe, NM, Vacation, Casa Escondida B&B

Tour the historic Santa Fe plaza on a Segway, while a guest a Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast! Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road). A guided walking tour of the historic plaza in Santa Fe has always been a common tourist attraction during a New Mexico vacation. However, given that Santa Fe is known as “the city different”, it isn’t surprising that you can now glide around town via your own Segway, while touring the historic Santa Fe plaza! Segway New Mexico now offers guided Segway tours. Your Santa Fe Segway tour begins with a Segway training session. Before you know it, you will be ready to roll through historic Santa Fe with your guide. Your Santa Fe Segway trip is about 1 ½ hours in length (including your training session). Kids are welcome too! The cost of your guided Segway tour is $89 per person.

Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast has wonderful rooms available for your visit to Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. So the next time you wonder what there is to do in Santa Fe, put a guided Segway tour on your list. Casa Escondida B&B is happy to assist you with your reservation.