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Passport to the Arts, Santa Fe Canyon Road Gallery, Casa Escondida B&B

While a guest at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, be sure to take in the “Passport to the Arts Event“, which takes place on Santa Fe’s famed Canyon Road. Casa Escondida B&B is a Santa Fe, NM area bed and breakfast, which is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road to Taos). The “Passport to the Arts” event makes for a great Santa Fe, NM weekend getaway. Enjoy 2 days of Santa Fe, NM art gallery openings, special showings and art exhibits, live and silent auctions, demonstrations, a free jazz concert, great food and other performances. Your Passport to the Arts weekend will begin on Friday evening May 11th, 2013. It will continue throughout the day on Saturday, May 12th and then conclude with a free guided walking tour of the beautiful and centuries old buildings of Canyon Road. Your guided walk is led by the “Historic Santa Fe Foundation“. There are over 100 galleries and boutiques on Santa Fe’s legendary Canyon Road. Come stroll the streets, shops, galleries, cafes and gardens of Canyon Road. Be sure to bring a lawn chair for the musical event.

Casa Escondida B&B offers wonderful Santa Fe area accommodations. We are a green bed and breakfast that also provides pet-friendly New Mexico lodging in 4 of our 8 guest rooms. We are ideal for your New Mexico travel needs. So when you wonder what things there are to do in New Mexico, put the Passport to the Arts event on your list. The Passport to the Arts event is ideal for a romantic New Mexico getaway or for a terrific family vacation event. You can call us or visit the Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast website to check room availability and inquire about a reservation. We look forward to having you as our guest!

 

 

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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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Art Studio Tours, Gallery Tours, NM, Artist, Casa Escondida B&B

Fall marks the beginning of the many art studio and gallery tours here in beautiful northern New Mexico. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast that is located in historic Chimayo, NM. Casa Escondida B&B is located in and is surrounded by the many small villages that host of these wonderful and intimate art studio and gallery tours. Many talented New Mexico artists live and work in the northern NM area. Their homes, galleries and studios dot the landscape along the studio tour route as you ramble along the scenic New Mexico back roads. The art studio tours make for a delightful daytrip during your New Mexico getaway, while a guest at Casa Escondida B&B. The studio tours give visitors the chance to meet and interact directly with the artists. This is something that visitors don’t often get an opportunity to do at the more recognized Santa Fe art galleries. There is an array of studio tours available. On September 8th & 9th you can enjoy the 15th annual Pilar Studio Tour. Pilar is a beautiful farming area that is about a 40-minute drive from Casa Escondida B&B. The Pojoaque River Art Tour is set for September 15th & 16th. Visit with many of the 35 artists, at any of the 18 stops along the art tour route. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is one of the sponsors of the High Road Art Tour. This art tour is so popular that is consists of two back-to-back weekends (September 22nd & 23rd AND September 29th & 30th). There will be about 70 artists from 40 studios and galleries that participate. The tour route is primarily along a designated NM scenic byway that offers stunning scenery. The 19th annual Abiquiu Studio Tour is October 6th, 7th and 8th. This is Georgia O’Keeffe country! 85 artists and 35 studios participate. Next up will be the El Rito Studio Tour on October 13th & 14th, with nearly 30 participating artists. This tour is known primarily for the Colonial and traditional Spanish works of art. Last but not least, is the 25th annual Galisteo Studio Tour, which is scheduled for October 20th & 21st. The Galisteo Studio Tour is an easy drive, just south of Santa Fe. Casa Escondida B&B will have art tour maps available for our guests. However, most tour maps can be easily downloaded directly from the individual art tour website.
Casa Escondida has wonderful guest rooms available throughout the studio tour season. Book your room now as many of these weekend art tour dates sell out early.