Saturday, April 24, 2010

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Located in the Four Corners region, the Casa Blanca Inn provides a central location to historic natural landscapes and national treasures. Canyon de Chelly is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America. Containing archeological resources that span more than 4,000 years of human occupation, the monument encompasses approximately 84,000 acres of lands located entirely on the Navajo Nation with roughly 40 families residing within the park boundaries. When you visit, you will see distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery with great historical and spiritual significance. Canyon de Chelly is a unique national park, as it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community. The Visitor Center is open daily all year from 8 AM to 5 PM, except for Christmas Day. For more information call 928-674-5500.

Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Free Shuttle to Live Horse Racing at Sunray Park

When you visit The Casa Blanca Inn this spring and summer, you will receive free shuttle service to and from the area’s most exciting entertainment venues, courtesy of Sunray Park. Live races are featured May 1 through July 4, Thursday through Sunday. Post time is 2:15 PM.

Sunray Park & Casino, located off Highway 64, between Farmington and Bloomfield, in front of the McGee Park Coliseum, offers entertainment and dining year round. For more information call 505-566-1200.

Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Celebrate Summer with Fiesta Days

Come visit the Casa Blanca Inn May 21 – May 23, when the nearby city of Aztec celebrates the arrival of summer a three day Fiesta! With live music, dancers, entertainment, games, food, arts and crafts, parades, the Frazier Carnival sprint car races at Aztec Speedway, and the warm sun of New Mexico, summer has never been so fun. Friday, May 21st features an evening carnival, pet parade, mini-princess contest, live music in Minium Park and the 40+ year tradition of the candlelight parade and burning of Old Man Gloom. Saturday, May 22nd kicks off with a parade down Main Avenue and offers all-day fun in Minium Park, downtown and throughout the city of Aztec, including the 5th Annual Classic Car Show.

For more information reference aztecchamber.com or call 505-334-9551.

Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Celebrate Spring with Wines of the San Juan

Nestled in the bosque of the San Juan River, visiting the Wines of the San Juan is an invigorating experience. Wines of the San Juan is a boutique winery, offering a simple and relaxing atmosphere for those visiting the Casa Blanca Inn. A trip to the family-operated winery provides activities such as a rugged canyon quest, day ride on a motorcycle, or fly-fishing on the famous San Juan River. Among the structures on the vineyard utilizing milled logs made into the timbers, you can view the work of in-house artists offering a selection of decorated doors, mirrors, paintings and music for a sensory experience.

And then there is the wine! In the rustic tasting room, you'll enjoy a variety of New Mexican grown wines, ranging from the semi-sweet and fruity, to dry and toasty. A visit in spring and summer will provide an opportunity to see laborers in the vineyard and plush gardens that create a rustic community to relax and enjoy the New Mexican landscape. Amidst a menagerie of peacocks, geese, and proud Royal Palm turkeys that roam the grounds, you will make new friends and enjoy the bounty of the Four Corners area. Cheers!

Wines of the San Juan is open daily 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM, and is closed on Tuesdays. For directions and information, reference winesofthesanjuan.com or call 505-632-0879.

The Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Exploring the Salmon Ruins

If visiting The Casa Blanca Inn, we recommend you take an afternoon to visit the Salmon Ruins nearby. Salmon Ruins is a site that hosts a Chacoan Anasazi great house built between approximately 1088 CE and 1100 CE. The complex contained 150 ground-level rooms arranged into a D-shaped configuration and up to 100 estimated second-floor rooms above them. Situated on the north bank of the San Juan River, the pueblo is located 45 miles north of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon.

The walls of the Salmon great house are constructed of thin sandstone slabs in the Chaco Canyon style with room blocks enclosing a large plaza containing a great kiva measuring 50 feet in diameter, similar to the one found at Aztec. There is also a "tower kiva", similar to the one at Chetro Ketl in Chaco, situated in the center of the main roomblock. The roof of the kiva was supported by four large columns built of alternating layers of stone and wood.

In addition to exploring these structures, on a visit to Salmon Ruins, you can see a 19th century homestead, picnic under a ramada, investigate replicas of a sweatlodge, hogan, tipi, or pithouse, see ancient artifacts and interesting "new" exhibits, conduct research in an extensive library specializing in the archaeology and history of the American Southwest, and browse a unique gift shop and archaeological reference materials.

Salmon Ruins is located at 6131 U.S. Hwy. 64 in Farmington, NM. For more information, reference the official Salmon Ruins website or call 505-632-2013.

Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Farmington’s Pinon Hills World Class Golf Course

Just a short drive from The Casa Blanca Inn, you can enjoy world class golfing at Pinon Hills. Opened in 1989, Pinon Hills was immediately recognized as "one of the best new desert golf courses" by Golf World magazine and in 2002, Pinon Hills was rated by Golf Digest as the #1 municipal golf course in the nation.

Offering a terrain of sandstone canyons and long arroyos that will challenge golfers of all levels, Pinon Hills is staffed by PGA Professionals capable of meeting all of your golfing needs from golf equipment to golf instruction, and a variety of tournaments to include the FHS Wrestling Fundraiser on Saturday, April 10, Living 412 Youth Ministry on Sunday, April 25, Emmanuel Baptist on Saturday, May 1, Pinon Hills Ladies Pro-Am on Monday, May 3, the Rotary Basin Bonanza on Saturday, May 8, XTO Energy on Friday, May 14, the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, May 15, and Pinon Hills 2-Man Best Ball on Saturday, May 22. For tee times and further tournaments, reference Pinon Hill’s web site or call 505-326-6066.

The Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Experiencing Little Known Treasures of The Bisti Badlands

Casa Blanca Inn is situated amongst some of the most popular and little known historical landmarks in New Mexico. Among them is The Bisti Badlands, a scenic and colorful expanse of undulating mounds and unusual eroded rocks covering 4,000 acres.

Hidden away in the high desert that covers the distant northwest corner of New Mexico, The Bisti Badlands are part of the Bisti Wilderness Area. The typical route to access The Bisti Badlands is along NM 371 from Farmington, heading due south through wide open prairie land at the east edge of the great Navajo Indian Reservation, which extends for 200 miles into Arizona.

Ask your Casa Blanca innkeepers for directions and suggestions for an amazing experience in the Four Corners Region. You will be glad you visited and will want to return!

The Casa Blanca Inn, The Don Gaspar Inn, and Blue Lake Ranch are members of Inns of the Southwest. Please visit our websites for monthly specials.