SANTA FE, N.M. - Culture meets tradition outside the resort's doorstep at Hilton Santa Fe Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder. This fall, the resort is inviting travelers to discover a variety of unique Northern New Mexico treasures in and around Santa Fe and the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, designed to excite the most discerning traveler's taste buds, the itineraries are personalized, the experiences are tailored, and the fun is boundless.
The journey begins at the resort where guests can choose from a list of authentic adventures curated with specific tastes and interests in mind. From cultural journeys and northern wine tours to days skiing on the mountains of Northern New Mexico and amazing inspirational day trips, there's never been a better way to discover Santa Fe.
Authentic Adventure #1 - Northern New Mexico Wine Tour
When it comes longevity and it's connection to culture and tradition in the USA nothing compares to Northern New Mexico when it comes to wine. There you'll find some of the oldest grape vines in North America. Its vineyards and wineries feature most likely some of the highest altiitudes in the country.
Before you jump in your car and head on down the road for your wine tour, the first stop must be at the RED SAGE restaurant at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Featured wines at Red Sage include a wide selection of both European and domestic varieties. The collection of esteemed wines earned it the "Wine Spectator's 2015 Award of Excellence.
Moving forward, the best places to stop in and sample some of the best wines in Northern New Mexico are as follows:
Estrella del Norte
A nostalic and romantic garden of viticulture, voted #1 Winery in New Mexico.
Nestled in the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge in the charming Embudo Valley, Chiripada has been making award-winning wines for over 30 years.
Black Mesa Winery is a landmark stop along the Rio Grande Gorge. Seriously good wines with plenty of plump, rich carpet staining reds to satisfy the most discriminating palatte.
Authentic Adventure # 2 - Family Day Trips
New Mexico is adventure central for both locals and travelers. That being said, there are plenty of things to do in and see out and about in the Northern New Mexico area near the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder. Featured below are 4 great places to choose from for a fun family day trip adventure:
El Rancho De Las Golindrinas
A living history museum located on a 200 acre ranch just minutes south of Santa Fe. El Rancho De Las Golindrinas showcases early New Mexico history and culture from the 18th and 19th century. Children can enjoy taking part in early Spanish colonial activities such as candle-making, corn grinding, rope-making, wool carding and yarn spinning.
Santa Fe Children's Museum
The Santa Fe Children's Museum is located just a couple of minutes away from Downtown Santa Fe. The museum offers a day of educational and fun filled activities for children such as building a complete water play station, reptile exhibits, outdoor garden digging and crafts for all ages.
Harrell House Bug Museum
Located in the De Vargas Mall, just minutes from Downtown Santa Fe, the Harrell House features an abundant collection of exotic giant spiders, amphibians, reptiles and aquatic life that will delight a child's curiosity.
Randall Davey Adubon Center
Located on upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM, The Audubon Center offers hands on nature based activites that educate children on wildlife conservation and its importance. Among the activities at the Audubon Center, the bird watching hiking tour is one of the favorites.
Authentic Adventure # 3 - Northern New Mexico Skiing
Located at the base of the southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains, the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder is within driving distance of 6 of New Mexico's 9 ski areas.
Ski Santa Fe
Located only 25 minutes or so from Downtown Santa Fe, Ski Santa Fe resort features 1,725 vertical feet of skiing. It is both triple and quaduple chair lifts so lift line waits are minimal and there are plenty of beginner, intermediate and expert runs to choose from for all skier levels. The area has 79 runs and averages 225 inches of snowfall annually.
Believe it or not, the town of Los Alamos has one of the coolest ski areas around. Pajarito Mountain wa recently named one of the Best Secret Ski Towns of North America by National Geographic.
Taos Ski Valley
Further north from Pajarito is legendary Taos Ski Valley. It is located 75 miles north and now features its brand new ski lift, Kachina. The Kachina lift serves the highest elevation of any triple chair in North America, with peak elevation of 12,481.
Sipapu Ski Resort | Angel Fire Ski Area | Red River Ski Area
Three smaller ski areas located just over an hour from the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino include Sipapu Ski Resort (55 miles north), Angel Fire (79 miles north) and Red River (93 miles north). All three areas are great values and very family friendly.
The beauty about staying at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder and making it your home base for your Northern New Mexico skiing adventure is you're literally only an hour or so away from fun on the slopes at six different amazing ski areas. An wonderful added plus is after a day up skiing you get to come back the best resort in the Southwest, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, and soothe your muscles in the hot tub or relax in your comfortable room next to a nice roaring fire.
Authentic Adventure # 4 - The Road to Taos
Enjoy a round trip north on the Low Road and return south on the High Road of Northern New Mexico. This trip provides a spectacular view of the Land of Enchantment. Along this scenic drive you'll be treated to beautiful breathtaking views of the Rio Grande river as it winds its way from Southern Colorado all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Entering Taos, be ready for dazzling scenery overlooking the Rio Grande Gorge. Once in Taos, visit the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church at 60 St. Francis Plaza. This historic church was the subject of several Georgia O'Keefe paintings and photographs by prolific famous photographer Ansel Adams. Whatever you do, do not miss the historic Taos Plaza. It features galleries shops, restaurants and museums you do not want to miss.
One mile north of Taos is the Pueblo of Taos. It is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited commuities in the USA. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pueblo allows vistors there most of the year, including during some of its religous feast days. Make certain to check and see if the public is a allowed on a given day before visting because tribe does close the Pueblo for certain tribal rituals during the late winter and early spring.
Ten miles to the northwest of Taos is 7th highest bridge in the USA, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, located on US 64. The canyon descends 800 feet from the rim to the river and is home to 500 year old pinon and juniper tree forests.
To end your adventure on the Road to Taos, return on the High Road and be treated to the ever changing views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Along the way you'll find artist galleries, studios and vineyards you can visit and explore that are open to the public. As part of your adventure, visit El Santuario de Chimayo, known as "the most important Catholic pilgrimage center" in the United States. Many visitors come there to take a small amount of "holy dirt" in hopes of a miraculous cure.