Only real way to know is to contact them. Tel: 1-505-455-9100 Fax: 1-505-455-9111.
I have my doubts since Homewood Hilton is a more modest type hotel compared to the Buffalo Thunder Resort. And it has its own outdoor pool and a fitness center. It does appear that you can use the Resort's golf course (probably for a fee). So I guess if you want all the amenities of the Resort you will have to upgrade.
You will be actually on an Indian reservation so be sure to obey all the rules there since they are a sovereign nation separate from the USA and have their own legal system. www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php…
Santa Fe has so much to offer - I love the place and hope you have a great trip there.
Yes, we are aware that the Homewood is a few notches down from the main Hilton. That's why we pay a lot less too.
Since I didn't seem to get a reply to my question for several days I did email the Homewood Suites last week and was informed that yes, Homewood guests may use the Hilton/Buffalo Thunder Resort facilities. All we have to do is show our key-card and we have access to pools and gym. Casino and restaurants are open to all public.
It'll be our first time in NM and we look really forward to our visit. Being originally from Europe we love history. I understand there is plenty of that around Santa Fe
I suspect that you didn't get any replies because no one really knew! Glad you came back and updated for future visitors.
Lots of historical opportunities in all directions from where you'll be staying. But of course nothing like the history you can experience in Europe. That said, Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the USA and one of the oldest cities founded by Europeans. Actual oldest must go to places such as Acoma and Taos, pueblos still inhabited by the Native Americans there.
So, history opportunities in Santa Fe. There are a few museums that have an historical focus that I recommend. The New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Gorvernors and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture are good places to include during a visit. (Several other museums, also excellent, have more a focus purely on the arts.)
Of course in the center of Santa Fe, you'll find the historic Plaza area. In this area there are 4 historic churches worth visiting: St Francis of Assisi Cathedral Basilica (interesting for its unfinished spires), Loretto Chapel (with its miraculous spiral stair case), San Miguel Mission and Santuario de Guadalupe.
Venturing further afield, to the southwest of Santa Fe you'll find El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum.
To the southeast of Santa Fe is Pecos National Historical Park.
A further trip south of Santa Fe that could be worthwhile would be a visit to Albuquerque. Here you'll find the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Unfortunately the History exhibit has been closed since October of 2011 for major renovations. I don't know when the work is expected to be completed. A few of the best pieces have been relocated upstairs to the ground floor in one of the art galleries.
The Museum also runs the Casa San Ysidro site just north of Albuqueruqe in Corrales. I very much enjoyed my visit there. Accessible only by tour.
Also in Albuquerque you'll find these historical museums with different foci: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology on the University of New Mexico Campus, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, New Mexico Museum of Natural History. I've enjoyed all of these.
On the west side of Albuquerque is Petroglyph National Monument. Some short hikes provide the opportunity to see a nice collection of ancient petroglyphs.
To the west of Albuquerque (by about 90 minutes), you can visit the Sky City at Acoma Pueblo, some living history. Nice small museum as well.
Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in Bernalillo is the Coronado State Monument.
If you head roughly west from where you're staying you have the opportunity to visit two unique historical sites. Probably the most visited one would be Bandelier National Monument, containing some pueblo and cave dwelling ruins. Do visit the sites in Frijoles Canyon and take the main loop trail and the alcove house trail. Currently, due to the possibility of flooding and limited parking (result of the 2011 fires), you park in White Rock and are taken by shuttle bus to this section. Also in Bandelier, I highly recommend taking the short but intriguing hike in the Tsankawi section (not attached to the Frijoles Canyon area but very close to White Rock).
A unique place to visit would be the town of Los Alamos. Start with the Los Alamos Historical Museum. There you can pick up a copy of the self guided Historic Walking Tour of the town. (I see that there are plans to add more walking options with the soon to be unveiled Los Alamos Homestead Tour.) Along this walking tour you'll be taken by the Bradbury Science Museum, also worth a visit.
If you continue west along the Jemez Mountain Trail, you'll experience a beautiful scenic drive with great overlooks over the Valles Caldera National Preserve ( http://www.vallescaldera.gov/index.aspx ). If you continue on to Jemez Springs, you can visit the Jemez State Monument.
Okay, north of where you're staying. I have not yet visited the Puye Cliff Dwellings, but hope to on a future trip. I have heard good things about this site.
Of course you must make at least a day trip up to Taos. Normally, I would recommend staying at least one night in Taos, but it seems your plans are already set to stay in Pojoaque. Taos IS doable as a day trip, and it does help that you're staying on the north side of Santa Fe. I recommend going up by what is know as the Low Road and returning by the High Road. My sole reason for this order is that it puts the best views in the windshield rather than the other way around. Of course it can be done in reverse if scheduling works better that way.
Taos, like Santa Fe, has a historic feel to its plaza area. In Taos (or nearby) are two historic museums: Hacienda de los Martinez and E. L. Blumenschein Home. I really didn't enjoy the first, but others have posted that they quite enjoy it. (I prefer both El Rancho de las Golondrinas and Casa San Ysidro mentioned above for similar themes.) I quite enjoyed the small Blumenschein Home. As in Santa Fe, there are other museums as well, primarily focused on art. I would warn you away from the Kit Carson Museum. Waste of time and money. Main 'attraction' is to watch a video from the History Channel on Kit Carson's life.
The main reason for coming to Taos is to visit Taos Pueblo, an amazing world heritage site. Keep in mind, that this is not an attraction per se. Rather it is a living pueblo that we are invited into as guests, albeit with an admission charge. Be sure to read the etiquette guide on the website (which also applies to other pueblos such as Acoma mentioned above).
I recommend a stop at the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos (very near Taos). Famous in particular for paintings (Georgia O'Keeffe, etc.) and photography of the BACK of the church.
As you return along the high road, visit the El Santuario de Chimayo Church in Chimayo and perhaps eat at Ranchos de Chimayo.
Alright. There you go. Historic places I'm aware of. Of course New Mexico offers so much more...scenic beauty, art, culture, spas, etc. Have a great, great visit!
KeithEdited: 24 April 2012, 03:21
So glad you found out about using their other amenities. What a great deal. I would never have thought that was a possibility so good thing you dug a little deeper. Happy travels to you.
Wow Keith. You are several travel guides all rolled into one! Thanks for so much info. We can only do a few things because we will be in SF just over a week. All the places we like to go see are among those on your list. But we won't be overdoing it. Santa Fe City Centre, Taos, Taos Pueblo, Bandelier, Rancho Gondolinas and Chimayo are on the agenda and maybe a day trip by car or train to Albuquerque. But we like to relax and read a book at the pool once in a while too. Therefore my initial question
I was searching the net for private rentals (i.e. casitas) when I ran into the Homewood website. It may not be as authentic as some places in town but we like to mix some new world comfort with our explorations of new destinations. And a Studio Suite for $88 a night, including full breakfast and drinks and light dinner most weekdays was hard to pass by.
Another question for you: Were we right to pick the last week of September to visit norther NM?? I realize that at 7000' it's not the same than the low Sonoran desert. Maybe not shorts and T-shirt weather but we hope September is still nice enough to enjoy the outdoors. And we are not that keen on heavy crowds. We sure look forward to our trip.Edited: 24 April 2012, 07:42
LOL of course I didn't mean to suggest doing everything I listed! Just trying to pass on options. While I've done almost everything I listed (all but Puye), it was over multiple trips/weeks.
I've only been in NM in July/August, November and December. I did some hiking near Taos in early November and it was great weather. But you never know.
I have read that September and October are particularly nice months to visit.
KeithEdited: 24 April 2012, 08:09
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