Stefanie Beninato
A Well-Born Guide
P.O. Box 1601
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505 988-8022
email: stebeni@swguides.com

CITY WALKING TOURS

The City Different: A Walking Tour of Santa Fe

"Absolutely the best walking tour ever!!"

Tired of boring or inaccurate guided tours? Try a fun and informative walk with near-native and lover of the Southwest who has given tours to all kinds of groups ranging from school children to lawyers, Elderhostelers and visitors from the Smithsonian. Learn about the fascinating history, art and architecture of the downtown. Find out about day-trips, affordable and non-affordable restaurants, things to see and do as well as insider tips.

Group rates available. Time by arrangement. Call 988-8022 for reservations.

Artists and Acequias: A Cultural and Artistic Tour of Canyon Rd and the Eastside

Have you already seen the downtown but would like to find your way in one of the older and more scenic neighborhoods? Would you like to find out about the artists and writers, "including the five nuts in the five mud huts," who made Canyon Rd and its environs the "heart art" of New Mexico. Find out about the mother ditch and the acequia association, one of the oldest extant community organizations in the US, as well as Las Posadas, a unique Christmas event. Afterwards go to some gallery openings and share in the fun that insiders have on Canyon Rd.

$15/pp. Group rates available. Fridays 4-5:30PM or by appointment
Call 988-8022 for reservations.

The Dark Side of Santa Fe: Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends.

Absolutely the most fun walking tour ever!!

Not only is the tour guide a long-term resident, but she has lived in two haunted houses. Hear about the ever-present personalities behind the walls of both public and private buildings in Santa Fe. Learn where you too might meet a ghost. Even if you are a non-believer, have fun learning about legends, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, and a mystery or two in the oldest capital city. $10pp. Group rates available. Call 988-8022 for reservations

  

OUT OF TOWN TOURS
(Step-On Guide)

Taos: Artists and Indigenous Cultures

Have you been on the high road to Taos? Did you know New Mexico has its own spectacular rift valley? Come to the home of artists, adventurers and indigenous peoples. Tour both the village and the pueblo at Taos. Visit some of the best museums in the state. On the return trip, drive the high road through small northern New Mexico villages. Visit the weavers at Chimayo and the Sanctuario known for its "miraculous" dirt.
7-10 hours

An Outpost of Civilization: Pecos National Monument

See one of the lesser explored ruins near Santa Fe and learn about its importance in New Mexico history. An important pueblo and trading center, it also had more than one missionary church. The monument itself encompasses Civil War battle sites as well as the remains of Greer Garson's Forked Lightning Ranch. On the way back, stop at Arroyo Hondo an unreconstructed ruin, just outside of town.
3-5 hours

O'Keeffe Country and Beyond

See the extent of history in New Mexico up near Abiquiu in O'Keeffe country. Go to an ancient Tewa ruin, visit the original church of Abiquiu, hear stories about New Mexico's most famous artist, Georgia O'Keeffe, and stop at Ghost Ranch where dinosaurs were discovered. Relax in the late afternoon at the famous hot springs in Ojo Caliente.
7-8 hours

Other tours, such as Bandelier National Monument, the Jemez, and Salinas National Monument, and Chimayo are available as well as custom tours.

Group and multi-day rates available.

ABOUT THE GUIDE

Stefanie Beninato* is one of the famous, unknown tour guides in the Santa Fe area. Plying her trade for several years, Stefanie is dedicated to providing entertaining, informative and accurate tours. She is a near-native and lover of the Southwest, having earned a doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Southwest history. Stefanie has also worked for the state museum systems in a variety of capacities and participated in archaeological digs and field work here. Besides touring, Stefanie teaches at several area schools, lectures and does research.

* Certified by the New Mexico Guides Association