Friday, August 2, 2013

Santa Fe Botanical Garden, New Mexico Vacation, Casa Escondida B&B

 The new Santa Fe Botanical Garden is now open! While a guest at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, be sure to check-out the new Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. Casa Escondida is a Santa Fe area bed & breakfast, which is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe). Casa Escondida B&B provides wonderful vacation accommodations. The grand opening for The Santa Fe Botanical Garden was on July 20th, 2013. It was spectacular! Nationally recognized landscape architect, W. Gary Smith created the master plan for this dazzling new garden which is destined to quickly become one of Santa Fe's most popular attractions. During the grand opening weekend, over 3,000 curious and garden-loving visitors poured through the gates to have a look at what had been under construction for a couple of years now. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is now open and ready for you to enjoy as well. The garden is somewhat like a living, blooming, outdoor Santa Fe botanical museum, featuring an vast array of native and adapted plants, a fruit orchard, mountain views, sculpture, blue skies, walking trails, water features and more! Summer hours (April – October) are 7 days a week from 9 AM – 5 PM. Winter hours (November – March) are Tuesday – Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Casa Escondida B&B encourages you to partake in the daily guided tours that are offered at 10 AM and 2 PM. The daily admission fee is only $5 (seniors are $4; students are $3.50) and children under 12 years of age are FREE! However, if you are a garden lover, you will want to become a member of The Santa Fe Botanical Garden. The annual membership fee is only $35. As a member, not only do you get unlimited admission to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for an entire year, you will also enjoy unlimited admission to their two other nature preserves (Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve).  If you are a member and you are looking for a great souvenir from your New Mexico vacation, enjoy the 10% discount on Santa Fe Botanical Garden merchandise (hats, visors, denim shirts, water bottles, books, etc). Don’t go away hungry because members also get a 10% discount at the Museum Hill Café, which is located right next to the gardens. The food at the café is delicious and the views are spectacular! If you happen to be visiting Santa Fe during one of their many Botanical Garden events (lectures, workshops, programs, etc), members get FREE or reduced admission to all of these events. As if all of this wasn’t enough, you should note that your annual membership to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden doesn’t just benefit you during your Santa Fe, New Mexico vacation. You also get FREE entry into almost 300 other botanical gardens, arboretums and conservatories across the country! That’s a great value! Do you need help identifying a particular plant or getting information on a specific plant? Then check-out the plant data base on their website! It’s like having your own gardening consultant. Their website access is FREE to everyone. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden and preserves are a great destination for New Mexico birders as well. So when you wonder what’s new in Santa Fe, put the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill at the top your list. It is a wonderful way to experience Santa Fe. Casa Escondida B&B is a delightful New Mexico retreat, which has rooms available year-round. We are perfect for a romantic New Mexico getaway too. Contact Casa Escondida B&B to check room availability or to inquire about a reservation. Casa Escondida Bed &Breakfast is a green bed & breakfast, which provides pet-friendly lodging in 4 of our 8 guest rooms. Enjoy your New Mexico travels AND the Santa Fe Botanical Garden! There are future phases of the garden that are already planned. These are sure to add to the diverse array of garden settings and plants.We look forward to having you as our guest.

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