August 23, 2014
It was fabulous! Return here early next year for details of the 2015 Sunflower Festival!
The Sunflower Festival, a major cultural event for the community and surrounding area, features:
- Arts and crafts show featuring over 100 local and regional artists and artisans;
- Live entertainment by musical groups including Rye Creek, Erineo, and more;
- Food and other street vendors;
- Walking Tour of Mountainair murals and mosaics as shown in the new art council brochure;
- Art raffle;
- Sunflower hat competition with prizes awarded;
- Fun things for kids (NM Van of Enchantment history exhibit, hands-on painting of sunflowers on a large canvas, photo face board)
- Sunflowers everywhere—both at the festival and along the town’s main streets and back-country roads.
The event is free and sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Accommodations — Make a weekend of it!
Come for the Sunflower Festival and stay for the weekend at one our comfortable accommodations listed below. Mountainair offers the best access to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, consisting of ruins at three sites: Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira. Because of its proximity to these ruins, Mountainair is known as the “Gateway to Ancient Cities.” Also, visit our interesting shops and restaurants and enjoy a stroll through town to see our community murals featured in the Walking Tour Brochure.
Turner Inn & RV Park (Pet Friendly)
This independently, American owned motel and RV park is situated at the east end of Mountainair and offers a friendly and inviting atmosphere at affordable prices. Rooms come with refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, DirecTV, WiFi, and free long-distance phone. An on-site patio area with BBQ, a laundry facility, and a hospitality/exercise room are available for guest use. The RV park comes with full hook-ups, free WiFi, and a shower house. Tent campers are welcome. Big rig parking is available. Reservations and Rates: 505-847-0248.
Casa Manzano Bed & Breakfast
Casa Manzano Bed & Breakfast is located on a foothill overlooking the Manzano Mountains. Accommodations open onto a central garden courtyard. The design synthesizes environmentally sound construction, traditional Southwest materials, and innovative contemporary features. Owner Guy Seiler will happily welcome you to his lovely retreat. Reservations and Rates: 505-384-9767.
The Shaffer Hotel
The Shaffer Hotel is widely recognized for its striking Pueblo Deco (Southwest Art Deco) and original Folk Art décor. The hotel was built in 1923 by Clem “Pop” Shaffer, who moved to Mountainair in 1908. The landmark Hotel has been remodeled in recent years, preserving its traditional charm and historical importance while combining contemporary accommodations and a family restaurant with old fashioned elegance. Mountainair’s historic, and haunted, Pueblo Deco inn. Reservations and Rates: 505-847-2888.
Two Ponyz Ranch
Two Ponyz Ranch is a spacious 40-acre ranch adjacent to the Cibola National Forest. Situated among plentiful piñon and juniper on red-colored land that rolls and climbs towards the Manzano Mountains, Two Ponyz offers a real taste of New Mexico’s best — brilliant blue skies along with mountain and mesa views that stretch for miles. The guest house features a kiva fireplace, heated stone floors, jetted tub, FREE WiFi and FREE Dish TV. There is also a stable, should you want to bring along your horses. Check the website for special offers. Reservations and Rates: 505-847-0245.