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Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn.

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

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08-26-13  Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn Art Gallery and Sculpture Gardens is proud to announce:

The Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn Art Gallery and Sculpture Gardens is proud to announce that Amado M. Pena, JR., one of New Mexico's prolific Artist, is our Featured Artist for the fall of 2013.  Amado, a long time fan of the Casas de Suenos has collaborated with our new gallery to display some of his  favorite work in the Casas de Suenos lobby and Sunroom for your enjoyment and collecting.  

Twenty eight years ago Amado adorned our Taos and Zuni Casita's walls with original mural's, his only wal murals to date.  These murals  have been enjoyed by many of our guest staying in these Casitas over the years. Now, all of our Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn guests can enjoy viewing Amado's amazing work while visiting our Inn.

Smithsonian American Art Museum:

Along with displaying his work in our new Casas de Suenos Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Amado M. Peña, Jr. of Santa Fe NM will be a featured artist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American ArtArtwork is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.  The show will open to the public on October 25, 2014 and will remain on view until March 2nd, 2014 at which time it will go on tour. 

2013 International Balloon Fiesta:

We are pleased to Announce tha Amado Pena has again been selected as the official poster artist for the 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which is held in October each year.  The posters are available now. There are 100 artist proofs which are signed and numbered by Amado.  The artist proofs are $195 each and you can order one by calling us direct at 505-247-4560 or email us a info@CasasdeSuenos.com. You can also pre-oder a "signed" poster for $175.00. The size is 30" by 22". Prices include shipping.

 Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. was born in Laredo, Texas in 1943.  He studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

He was a teacher in his hometown of Laredo as well as in Crystal City and Austin, Texas.  He continues to teach as part of the Studio Art League program at Alexander High School in Laredo and is also an adjunct professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas.  He has been a presenter at many national education conferences. 

Of course, Amado's first love is art, and he has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years. Amado is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry.  His art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment.

His artwork is inspired by places such as Canyon de Chelly, Spider Rock, Monument Valley, Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Black Mesa.  These sites are part of an enduring landscape that speaks of the ancient heritage of a region that is now known as Arizona and New Mexico.  Amado's artwork is defined by its bold color and form and dynamic composition.  Through his art, he communicates his vision of a land, its people and their art.

Amado Peña is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona.  This is a particularly high honor and one that he cherishes.  He is dedicated to furthering
the public's knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, its history, and its culture


New Mexico Film Trails

  With over 360 days of sunshine and a stunning, diverse topography, New Mexico is not new to Hollywood. New Mexico film history spans over 100 years and includes more than 600 productions.

Film has reached every corner of the State from “Transformers” on location in the dunes of White Sands National Monument to “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” along the Cumbres Toltec Railroad outside of Chama. Since 2003 alone, over 185 major productions have shot all over New Mexico.  

  Visit New Mexico State Film Office’s Filmographyto see the gamut of story lines filmed right here, statewide, featuring a host of celebrities from Faye Dunaway to Johnny Depp. Now you can visit many of these film locations by downloading movie maps provided under each region listed! 

Tour New Mexico in true style: eat at the restaurants and stay at the hotels of your favorite stars or featured in your favorite shows. It’s an exciting way to experience New Mexico and another way to make New Mexico a True Adventure



New Mexico Vacation GuideOrder your official Albuquerque Vistors Guide for 2013!

If you have not already done so, it is time to order your 2013 Official Albuquerque Visitors Guide.

Diverse cultures, authentic art and vibrant traditions have shaped the centuries-old story of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Come experience the history that continues to unfold with premier cultural events, distinctive attractions, museums and shopping. All of this at a fantastic value makes Albuquerque an ideal vacation destination.  This guide will help you make the best of your next visit.

To order your personal visitors guide visit:





Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn, Albuquerque New Mexico

Ancient Pueblo peoples or Ancestral Pueblo peoples were an ancient Native American culture centered on the present-day Four Corners area of the United States, comprising southern Utah, northeastern Arizona, northern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado.

 They lived in a range of structures, including pit houses, pueblos, and cliff dwellings designed so that they could lift entry ladders during enemy attacks, which provided security. Archaeologists referred to one of these cultural groups as the Anasazi.

Today, New Mexico is is home to 22 Indian tribes, comprised of 19 Pueblos, two Apache tribes (the Jicarilla Apache and the Mescalero Apache) and part of the Navajo Nation, which spreads through New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.Discover New Mexico's culture among ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs that serve as a glimpse into the lifestyles and beliefs of the area's earliest civilizations. The state is home to 22 Indian tribes, comprised of 19 Pueblos, two Apache tribes (the Jicarilla Apache and the Mescalero Apache) and part of the Navajo Nation, which spreads through New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The Pueblos are Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jémez, Laguna, Nambé, Okhay Owingea, Picurís, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia and Zuni. Most are within an hour’s drive of Albuquerque.

Pueblo life is a window to another world and time. Not relegated to history books or museums, this is a living culture carrying on the centuries-old traditions of their ancestors. Visitors admitted into pueblos to view the dances are expected to respect the customs and traditions. Some pueblos have strict rules governing photography, sketching and tape recording.

We invite you to visit the Pueblos in New Mexico on your next visit to the Land of Enchantment.Visitors must abide by the laws and rules of the pueblo they visit. Most pueblos have a tribal office that can answer any questions.


Albuquerque rides into the American Girl lineup

 American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year doll is named Saige Copeland, and she’s from Albuquerque.    
American Girl American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year doll is named Saige Copeland, and she’s from Albuquerque.
Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Albuquerque will be on a lot of little girls’ minds in 2013.

American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year doll is named Saige Copeland, and she’s from Albuquerque, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

The new doll is a fourth grader who loves horses, and the $110 doll’s accessories include a horse and a hot air balloon.

“Things like this in pop culture that tie in to Albuquerque and New Mexico are always good for tourism,” said Megan Mayo Ryan, senior communications and tourism manager at the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau Friday. “It puts us out there in a market that wouldn’t be thinking about Albuquerque, for one, and those things are great for us.”

American Girl, a division of Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), had $102 million in sales in 2012, according to the company’s last annual SEC filing, up from $86.5 million in sales in 2011.

Saige is also part of the latest American Girl movie, which filmed in Albuquerque a few months ago, Mayo said.

The film, which stars Jane Seymour, is about a 9-year-old girl in Albuquerque who is devastated when her best friend comes back from summer camp with another best friend.

The closest American Girl doll store is in Denver. The dolls, which feature a variety of characters from around the country and from various time periods, have been a hit with collectors and girls.

American Girl spokeswoman Julie Parks was unavailable for comment on Friday



 Governor Signs Proclamation Declaring January "Learn a Winter Sport" Month


– Members of the New Mexico Tourism Department and Ski New Mexico were in Albuquerque this morning to celebrate the kickoff of "Learn a Winter Sport Month," which was declared by Governor Martinez in order to encourage New Mexicans to learn how to ski or snowboard this winter.

Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available during the month of January at New Mexico’s ski areas. Additionally, Ski New Mexico has joined a local media outlet to take part in a nationwide effort to encouraging youngsters to learn a winter sport.

"Here in New Mexico, we are lucky to be able to enjoy the outdoors year-round," said Governor Susana Martinez. "This is a great time to get out and be active with your family while supporting an important part of New Mexico’s economy. Winter sports are a major part of what makes New Mexico a tourism destination and we regularly have some of the best snow and terrain in the country."

New Mexico is home to eight alpine resorts and three cross country resorts dotted throughout the state and offers pristine landscapes, outstanding terrain and a great value. Recent winter storms have doused New Mexico with the powdery white snow, making for great ski conditions.

Additionally, the ski industry is a vital economic component of the winter economy for New Mexico, generating nearly half a billion each year and employing over 2,500 people.

"You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy winter sports in New Mexico," said Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson. "We have everything from skiing to snowboarding to snowshoeing, and I encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity to learn a life-long sport and enjoy the activities that the winter season has to offer."

For information on resorts offering affordable opportunities for youth to learn a winter sport, contact Ski New Mexico at 505-858-2422 or www.skinewmexico.com.


The experts at Fodor’s Travel announced Monday that Albuquerque has been named among the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013.

The experts at Fodor's Travel selected Albuquerque as one of the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013. "Breaking Bad," regional cuisine, rich culture and affordability help the Southwestern city rise to the top of recent travel lists.

Albuquerque, New Mexico(PRWEB) December 18, 2012

The experts at Fodor’s Travel announced Monday that Albuquerque has been named among the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013. Fodor’s editors have chosen Albuquerque as a hot travel destination because of its excellent value for visitors, calling the city an affordable getaway for nature lovers and families. Albuquerque’s visibility on the AMC show “Breaking Bad” has also helped elevate the destination’s profile for travelers.

"The places on our Go List are our ‘must-dos’ for the coming year. Travelers should add these far flung and domestic destinations to their 2013 itinerary," said Arabella Bowen, Executive Editorial Director at Fodor's Travel. The cities were selected by Fodor’s senior editorial team who began with an initial list of 75 global travel spots, narrowing them down to the final 25 locales on the Go List after heated internal debate.

The story highlights a slower pace of life and calls out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the ABQ BioPark and Gruet Winery as highlights. Two local lodging boutique properties were called out by the editor – Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and the Hotel Andaluz - and appropriate for this time of year, Fodor’s mentions the Luminaria Tour at the holidays as a special time to visit Albuquerque. The complete story is available here: http://www.fodors.com/go-list/2013/.

In addition, Albuquerque has been highlighted as one of 20 Awesome Winter Foodie Destinationsby Zagat.com again focusing on Los Poblanos. The story says “If you haven’t experienced the great Southwest, now is the time and Albuquerque the place to start.”

Just west of Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo was also named one of “12 most extreme places in America worth visiting”by BudgetTravel.com and showcased on FoxNews.com. The list is a compilation of longest, coldest, hottest, biggest and oldest. That’s where Acoma “Sky City” Pueblo comes in; it is said to be one of the oldest sites in North America.

For more Albuquerque rankings, visit http://www.ItsATrip.org/Albuquerque/whats-new/top-ranking.aspx.

  Trip Advisor Award 2012