The arid climate of New Mexico and its fertile Rio Grande Valley has made it ideal for wine growers. The Spanish influence since the 1600s brought an appreciation for wine that truly became established in the 1800s. Today, New Mexico has become one of the nation’s largest wine producers, with many family owned vinters producing almost a million gallons annually. With over 3,100 acres of vineyards in the State – New Mexico is ideal for wine enthusiasts.
During your visit to our Inn, we urge guests to consider exploring the wineries here. They are often set in some of our most fertile and picturesque valleys, marked by traditional architecture and mountain views. Taking a drive along highway rte. 25 from Bernalillo to Socorro is a great day trip and can be undertaken either as an organized or spontaneous winery tour.
The wine harvest comes to the Santa Fe area at this time of year and to celebrate this annual ritual, Bernalillo County – which has a long history of producing some of the finest wines in New Mexico and beyond, celebrates the New Mexico Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend in the town of Bernalillo. We urge you to attend and we are offering a 20 percent discount for guests booking a two night stay.
Late August and early September – or what we call late summer – is one of the best times to visit Santa Fe. The weather tends to become more fall like with beautiful crisp days and still warm nights. It is the best time to pursue outdoor walks, hikes, and bike trips throughout the region. At the Inn on the Paseo, bed & breakfast in Santa Fe, we think this is a great time to plan a longer trip or a weekend getaway. With that in mind, we are offering 20 percent off any two night stay at the Inn from August 18th through September 22nd.
Santa Fe is not just museums and art galleries and historic buildings. It is a real walking city and one of the unique things we love most about it. In fact, Santa Fe has been recognized as New Mexico’s top city for walkers and was rated as one of the top 100 walking cities in America by Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Santa Fe was ranked as the 22nd best walking city in the country from a survey of 500 American towns.
If you love the great outdoors, then Santa Fe has vast appeal as the city is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. And it’s all within easy driving distance from the city – offering some really stunning routes on the way to national monuments and landmarks.
Additionally, Santa Fe is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, river rafters, fishing enthusiasts, horseback riders and people who simply like to stroll in city parks and take in the fresh air. You can ski the Rocky Mountains in winter and ice skate outdoors on the pond in Hyde Memorial State Park. In summer, hike the miles of mountain wilderness, enjoying dramatic, panoramic vistas and fields of wildflowers.
It’s a rare treat to find such an abundance of nature so close to the heart of the city. We have compiled a list of some great outdoor sites to visit while you are in Santa Fe. For those of you who like a scenic drive, we have made a few suggestions…
Bandolier National Monument
Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
A week long celebration of Native arts and culture, the Santa Fe Indian Market draws over a thousand artists from 130 tribes across America and Canada who showcase both traditional and contemporary Native art. Presented by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), this events promises to be the cultural and artistic event of a lifetime. For more information: http://www.santafeindianmarket.com/