Friday, December 31, 2010

A Novel Way to Bring in the New Year

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn may want to ride into the new year with a midnight excursion on the Santa Fe Southern Railroad.  These vintage trains have been authentically restored and are quite comfortable.  My family and I prefer the more modest and rustic coach train because it feels more authentic, though the Silver Class is actually a more luxurious ride.

On Friday, December 31 the train will depart from the Santa Fe Depot at 10pm, heading for Lamy.  Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeurvres, desserts, music and fun.  Just before midnight you will be given a glass of champagne, and the train whistle will blow to signal the start of the new year.  You will be brought back to the station at 12:30am.

If celebrating New Year's Day on a train sounds more appealing, you can take advantage of the "Hair O' the Dog" ride on January 1 from 1-3:30pm.  Gaze at the winter wonderland around you as you roll gently along the track, nursing a Bloody Mary or Mimosa from the cash bar.

Prices for these two events are $45 or $55 for adults, $40 or $50 for Seniors, and $30 or $40 for children ages 3-13.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bring in the New Year with Beethoven

Music lovers at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a real treat this New Year's Eve when the Santa Fe Concert Association presents Beethovern's "Choral" Symphony No. 9.  The gala performance will take place at the historic Santa Fe Lensic Performing Arts Center at 6pm.  Should you be so inclined, there is also a New Year's Eve gala dinner-dance following the concert at La Posada de Santa Fe. Tickets are $175 per person.  You will want to call 505-984-8759 for reservations.

In addition to the evening gala performance is a 2pm dress rehearsal (just $10), allowing for an earlier and more casual opportunity to hear this magnificent concert.

Along with the SFCA Orchestra and Chorus, the evening will feature Sandra Lopex (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Neill (tenor) and Michael Chioldi (Baritone).  Joseph Illick will be conducting for the evening.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $84 and may be purchased online or by calling 505.984.8759.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Spirit on Canyon Road

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn can easily walk to Canyon Road to enjoy some festive evenings of holiday decorations, farolitos, bonfires, Christmas carols and refreshments.

Canyon Road is known as the "art and soul of Santa Fe".  It is a mecca for visitors all year long, with its 100 art galleries, art studios, jewelry and curio shops and world-famous restaurants.   You may want to find some last-minute Christmas gifts, or perhaps something for your own collection.  

The shops and galleries that line this historic street will be open late, while the restaurants of Canyon Road will be offering special dining deals as well.  Come get in the holiday spirit during what promises to be a wonderful evening.

If you aren't able to be on Canyon Road for Christmas Eve, these evenings will provide some of the magical feeling that draws locals and visitors alike, year after year.

Event times:
Friday and Saturday, December 17 & 18,  5pm-7pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21 & 22, 5pm-7pm

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Santuario de Chimayo over Christmas

The Santuario de Chimayo is a destination for many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn throughout the year, but this ancient mission church, built in 1816, is particularly magical during the Christmas holidays.  During this period the church glows with the illumination of hundreds of farolitos, which line the walls and pathway to the church. 

For a real treat, plan your visit for December 22, when you can be present for Las Posadas - a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a place to spend the night after the birth of Jesus.  The play, starring youths from the church's confirmation class, will begin at 6:30pm.  Afterwards, Leona's Restaurant de Chiamy will provide bizcochitos and hot chocolate.

The Santuario is also known as 'The Lourdes of the West' because of the healing powers of the earth found in the back of the church.  Also of interest are the examples of 19th century art, particularly the main altar screen which came from Mexico, as well as the altar screens from some of New Mexico's most famous santeros.
You may want to arrive in time for a visit to the chapel and Santuario, but bear in mind that they close fairly early.  The Chapel is open from 9am-4pm.  The Santuario is open from 9am-5pm.

Also of interest in Chimayo are the many weaving galleries - of particular note is the Ortega Weaving Shop where you can find traditional Chimayo weavings made by 7th and 8th generations of the Ortega family.  The shop has been open in this location since 1900!

To get there:  go north on 285/84, then turn right on NM 503 for 8 miles to County Road 98, then turn left.  You will see the entrance to the Sanctuario on the right.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Aspen Santa Fe to Perform The Nutcracker

This weekend the vibrant Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company will be performing The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite of children ages 3 to 93, at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.  This enchanting ballet will leave you with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, as well as snowflakes, soldiers, mice, Chinese and Russian dancers and so much more.  Directors Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker work every year to out-do the previous year's performance, so this year's show, with a cast of over 60 dancers, actors, circus artists and students of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School promises to be more lavish than ever - a perfect way to get into a festive mood for the holidays.

After the show, you may want to head up the street for a stroll around the plaza, along with a stop for tea and a scrumptious pastry at the Plaza Bakery-Haagen-Dazs.  The trees of the Santa Fe Plaza are festooned with colorful lights, adding to the magical mood of The Nutcracker. 

Choose from four performance times:  December 11 at 2pm and 7:30pm or December 12 at 1pm and 5pm.

Ticket prices range from $20-$62 
Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at  (505)988-1234
Or, buy them online at TicketsSantaFe.org

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast is proud to be a supporter of The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"From Broadway with Love" at the Lensic

Don't miss the frolicking fun of "From Broadway with Love", a one-night-only gala performance on December 4th.  Directed by Richard Jay Alexander, the evening stars Broadway and Hollywood legends Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi.  These gifted women will be reunited  for the first time since performing together in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" in 1998.  This unique evening will feature music, comedy and dance, with individual and group performances from these three Broadway stars.

The event takes place in the Lensic Performing Arts Center, a spectacular venue for any event.  Located just six blocks from The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn, the Lensic  is a landmark Santa Fe building.

The event is a benefit for Animal Protection of New Mexico, a non-profit organization that has been addressing animal cruelty in New Mexico for the past 30 years.

Tickets are $35, $50 and $65 and be purchased by phone at 505.988.1234 or you may get them at TicketsSantaFe.
Some tickets are available for $400 each.  At this price, you are not only be helping a good cause, you are also invited to a champagne reception and late-night dinner with the cast and crew, along with an autographed print of the playbill cover.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 4th
7:30pm

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Native American Flute and Spanish Classical Guitar in Santa Fe

Many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn come to Santa Fe to enjoy the wide variety of world-class musical performances.  These range from the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Symphony to music that is more indigenous to the area.  

One such option is the music of Ronald Roybal, an acclaimed Native American musician best known for his mastery of Native American flute and Spanish-style classical guitar.  Mr. Roybal, a decedent of Pueblo (Tewa) and Spanish Colonial peoples, is a completely self-taught musician.  He is a six-time Native American Music Award Nominee and two-time New Mexico Music Industry Award winner.

Ronald Roybal's often haunting music is inspired by prophesies dating back to the Anasazi Indians, also known as 'the Ancient Ones'.  You too can be transported back in time by treating yourself to a live concert by Mr. Roybal.  He performs every Saturday and Sunday evening, from 7-9pm, in the lounge area of the Amaya Restaurant at Hotel Santa Fe.  You may also want to savor some traditional Native American cuisine while there.  They have a number of excellent prix fixe menus, including a vegetarian option. Weather permitting, the patio is a lovely place to dine.






Saturday, November 20, 2010

Inexpensive Thanskgiving Dinners in Santa Fe

Going out for dinner in Santa Fe can be a pricey affair any time of the year, and Thanksgiving is certainly no exception.  I have noticed, however, that there are some very moderately-priced meals to be had at a number of Santa Fe eateries this year.  Guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to make Thanksgiving reservations in advance for these or any restaurants.  Of course we are happy to make these reservations for you as well!



Ze French Bistro
Normally known for its delicious classic French cuisine, Ze French Bistro is offering a four course Thanksgiving Dinner for just $35 ($17 for children under age 11).  There are two menus to choose from: one centered around Roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes, creamy spinach and cranberry sauce; the second featuring Baked Atlantic Salmon and Champagne 'beurre blanc' with leeks fondue and herb roasted fingerling potatoes.
They will be serving from 11:30-9pm.
505.984.8500
311 Old Santa Fe Trail

The Zia Diner 
Yes, this is a diner, but a pretty upscale diner all in all.  When our guests ask for something basic like meatloaf or macaroni and cheese, we immediately think of 'the Zia'.  I have to say, their Thanksgiving menu looks pretty intriguing,  and the price can't be beat!  The prix fixe menu is set at a mere $29.95 ($10.95 for children under 10), with three selections to choose from.  You can start with a Celery and Pear Bisque or Pear and Organic Greens Salad, and then move on to the 'Totally Thanksgiving Plate" or the tasty-sounding and vegetarian "Winter Squash Napoleon" or a Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin.  Save room for dessert, as there are five different pies to choose from.
326 S. Guadalupe Street
505.988.7008

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Mexico Museum of Art Opening

"Slap", 2007, by Ted Larsen
On Friday, October 19 guests from The Madeleine can walk down the street to the New Mexico Museum of Art opening of "Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art".  Case Studies features ceramics, paintings, drawings,video, photography and sculpture created by such acclaimed contemporary artists as Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Agnes Martin and Ted Larsen (my dearest husband!).

The show, installed in the Annex Galleries, in broken up into three distinct parts.  The first room consists of formal issues (shape, texture, color and other primary qualities), the second room deals with more of the conceptual themes (the ideas are primary in this room) and the final room segues into primarily narrative (considerations of the story line).

From the New Mexico Museum of Art website's Curatorial Statement:
Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art will present a number of thematic points of entry into the New Mexico Museum of Art’s contemporary collection. A selections show that includes ceramics, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and video. Case Studies considers the disparate hubs of war, figuration, seriality, materiality, and the containment of nature, among other themes, as part of the constellation of work that constitutes the contemporary collection under the fictitious guise of a Bureau of Contemporary Art. 

The exhibition opens Friday, November 19, 2010 at 5:30pm and runs through March 20, 2011

NM Museum of Art
107 Palace Avenue
Open Daily 10-5, Fridays 10-8, Closed Mondays from September through November
Admission:  $6 New Mexico Residents, $9 Non-Residents

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Exciting New Gallery with a Conscience at the International Folk Art Museum

The Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art, the largest such museum in the world, has embarked on a very exciting new project with the opening of the Gallery of Conscience.  The Gallery, which opened on July 4, 2010, has been enjoyed by many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Exhibitions in this new gallery space will highlight issues that threaten the survival of the traditional arts around the world, from Bolivia, Rwanda, Peru, Swaziland, India, Kenya, Laos, South Africa, Morocco and Nepal.

Says Marsha Bol, Director of the Museum of International Folk Art. “We intend to address, over the course of the next few years, such issues as: the ecological implications of the acquisition of materials used in producing folk arts, the impact of political conflict and war on folk arts, and various economic and social issues that threaten to disrupt folk arts.  We will also exhibit examples of successful solutions to such circumstances.” Exhibition highlights include weaving, beadwork, painting, baskets, embroidery and other traditional folk arts created by artists who attended the 2010 Summer International Folk Art Market. 

This inaugural exhibit, devoted to the empowerment of women, will be open until May 8, 2011.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Santa Clara Pottery and the Tafoya Family Potters

The Santa Clara Pueblo, just 24 miles  north of Santa Fe, is a destination spot for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, particularly those interested in purchasing a piece of traditionally hand-crafted blackware or redware pottery.  It is believed that ancient pueblo people may have lived in this area as far back as 1200 BC., and many of their traditions are carried out to this day.

Margaret Tafoya, the most famous of the Santa Clara potters, learned the art from her parents, and many of her thirteen children continue as accomplished potters themselves. .Margaret herself continued her mother’s tradition of making exceptionally large pots, with highly polished surfaces and deeply carved designs. Signature trademarks of the Tafoya family pottery are deeply carved pueblo symbols such as the water serpent (the Avanyu), kiva steps and bear claws.  Margaret has received the "Best of Show" two times at the Santa Fe Indian Market as well as an award from the National Endowment for the arts in recognition of her talent as a potter.

Going to the pueblo and meeting the actual potters makes for a much richer experience than simply buying a pot from one of the many galleries in Santa Fe, and you will come away with a much better understanding of the craft and the artist who created your piece.

Enjoy the majestic beauty of the landscape as you take I-25 north to Santa Fe 84/285, then turn off at the junction with NM 201 in Espanola, 1 mile southwest on NM 30.  Then just follow the signage.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

American Ballet Theatre II Comes to the Lensic

Santa Fe will be graced with an inspiring evening of dance from American Ballet Theatre's professional second company, ABT II, on Friday, November 19.  The company consists of 12 dancers, ranging in age from 16-20, who have been selected from among the best young dancers throughout the world.  The company was started 15 years ago to prepare promising students for acceptance to American Ballet Theatre, one of the world's top ballet companies.

Guests from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn and Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast can easily walk to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, just two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza.  Or, should we actually get the anticipated chill of winter, you will want to drive down and park in the large parking structure just across the street.  Tickets to this memorable night of dance may be purchased online or by calling The Lensic Box Office at 505.988.1234.  Prices: from $25-50.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Magic of Christmas in Santa Fe

Santa Fe attracts big crowds every Christmas, and we always enjoy a full house at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Guests love taking the nearby farolito walk along Canyon Road, listening to concerts by the famed Santa Fe Desert Chorale, eating delicious holiday feasts at some of our fabulous restaurants and enjoying the various snow sports available in the area.

A favorite holiday activity for locals and visitors alike is the Annual Holiday Open House hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art.  The Open House features the marionettes of Gustave Baumann, carved in the 1930's.  Baumann, famous for his woodcut prints, became enamored with puppetry after the birth of his daughter.  He originally began carving puppets and creating plays to entertain her and her friends.  Over time, the Christmas show became so popular it eventually outgrew the venue of the Baumann home's living room and ended up in the St. Francis Auditorium, where it continues to this day.

Two of these plays will be performed for the Open House, after which you are invited to stay for holiday treats and the making of your own puppets.  This is a great activity to get you in the holiday spirit.  When you come out of the St. Francis Auditorium, where the event is held, you will be dazzled by the magic of the Plaza's trees, festooned with Christmas lights.

The Open House takes place on December 19, from 1-4pm, and is free to the public.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Comfort Food at Cafe Cafe

Last night the twins (for whom the inns are named:  Hacienda Nicholas and The Madeleine) and I enjoyed a pizza night at Cafe Cafe, conveniently located in the vicinity of the Santa Fe Railyard.  We were graciously welcomed into this warm and unpretentious restaurant after a long day of work and school.  While our initial idea had been to just grab a pizza and fly on home, we found the appetizers to be so tantalizing that we opted for a larger repast. 

First came a brushetta brushed with olive oil and garlic, piled with mounds of fresh tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese.  The children devoured this, and didn't seem to notice they were eating a lot of healthy veggies.  Next we sampled a generous serving of flash-fried calamari with two dipping sauces.  I preferred the herb aioli, though the marinara was also very tasty.  Next came the pizza, which was both delicious and nutritious.  Chef Kristen Griffin manages a crust that is just the right thickness with a satisfying crispy bottom.  Our simple Pizza Margeurita was made with delicious homemade tomato sauce, actual slices of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and strips of fresh mozzarella. 

The prices are very moderate, with a filling dinner for three coming in at just under $40.  We look forward to going back for some of the other tantalizing offerings on the menu:  Rosemary Polenta Fries, Toasted Ravioli, Parmesan Herb Crusted Veal Cutlet and Eggplant Parmesan looking especially yummy. The menu also features a number of classic pasta dishes, again, all homemade and prepared using the freshest ingredients available.

Save some room for dessert too - their gelato is also homemade!

Monday through Saturday, Café Café serves lunch from 11am to 5pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm. Sundays Cafe Cafe offers an inspired brunch from 11-3 and dinner 5:30-8:30. Reservations are accepted. Please call Café Café at 505-466-1391 or 505-989-1730.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Remarkable Puye Cliff Dwellings

While the cliff dwellings of Bandelier are the most well-known in the area, we highly recommend that our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn make a point of visiting the less-frequented ruins of the Puye Cliffs.  Here you will have the opportunity to see stunning vistas and petroglyphs, along with cliff and cave dwellings of the ancestors of the Santa Clara tribe.

The Puye Cliff dwellings, inhabited from 900 to 1580 AD, consist of two levels of cliff and cave dwellings cut into the side of the cliff, as well as examples of early Pueblo architecture that were built on the top of the mesa.  Paths, stairways and ladders were constructed to connect the various levels. 

Tours run seven days a week, though you will want to check the calendar for closures due to weather and holidays.  The 2 1/2 hour Puye Adventure is a fairly steep $35 ($33 for children under 14 and seniors), but well worth the price.  It will give you access to the cliffs as well as the mesa and you will leave with a great understanding of the area's history and its people. Please allow approximately one hour to get to the Puye Cliff Dwellings from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Threads of Devotion - The Wardrobe of La Conquistadora

Guests of The Madeleine Inn Bed & Breakfast are encouraged to visit the first-ever museum exhibition of the garments, jewelry and crowns made for La Conquistadora, the oldest representation of the Virgin Mary in the United States.  The exhibit opened at The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in tandem with Santa Fe's 400th year anniversary, and gives insight to the city's rich culture, history and religious beliefs.  I recommend a tour with a docent so as to gain a deeper understanding of the stories behind this lavish display.

 The statue, believed to have been carried during The Crusades, first arrived in Santa Fe in 1626, on an ox-drawn wagon from Mexico.  She remained in Santa Fe until the Pueblo Revolt in 1680, when she was rescued by fleeing Spanish colonists.  She was carried back to Santa Fe in 1692 by Don Diego DeVargas during the reconquist.  DeVargas credited La Conquistadora for the relatively bloodless victory and decreed that she be honored every year in what became La Fiesta de Santa Fe, when she leads a processional around the Plaza. 

At this time they began following the custom of dressing sacred images with the silks, velvets, orante capes and jeweled crowns worn by Spanish royalty.  La Conquistadora and her vast wardrobe of over 200 garments are housed in the Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  Her clothing is changed once a month, except during the nine days the novena, when her clothing is changed daily. Until now, her wardrobe has been hidden from public view, so this is a momentous event.  The exhibit, Threads of Devotion, can be seen now through December 31, 2010.  This is a rare opportunity to see a real piece of Santa Fe history!

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill)
505.982.2226

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Boot Camp at the Santa Fe School of Cooking

We seem to attract a lot of 'foodies' to The Madeleine Inn Bed & Breakfast, and many of our guests have enjoyed taking classes at The Santa Fe School of Cooking.  The school, located just off the Plaza at 116 W. San Francisco Street, features traditional New Mexican, Native American, Mexican, Spanish, vegetarian and contemporary Southwestern cuisine.  Courses include a variety of Cooking Classes (yes, you get to eat the final results!), Restaurant Walking Tours, Wine Makers Cooking Classes, and more.

Beginning on November 1, the school will be offering a 3-day cooking intensive with a focus on the history and  preparation of Southwestern food.  The course will feature some of Santa Fe's top chefs giving tips on all aspects of Southwestern cuisine, from cooking techniques to flavoring to knife skills.  The cost for this interactive and very hands-on class is $800/person.  To reserve your spot, call (800)982-4688 and ask for Nicole.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

La Boca, our Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant

In my experience, our guests at The Madeleine Inn and Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast have very discerning palates.  Our mission is to offer the tastiest breakfasts possible, all with a southwestern flair, such as our famous Blue Corn Pinon Waffles or hearty Breakfast Enchiladas.

Likewise, when it comes to lunch and dinner choices, we do our utmost to give the best restaurant recommendations possible to our guests.  We are fortunate to be located within easy walking distance of La Boca, which offers a unique menu of tapas in an intimate and informal setting.  In spite of the fact that every guest we have ever sent to La Boca has come back raving about the place, I decided I should check it out once again for myself.  Several friends and I enjoyed a delicious meal there last night, including such standouts as the Grilled Artichokes with Goat Cheese, La Boca Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli,  Tuna Capaccio and a succulent Paella.  For dessert, we managed to devour an entire platter of goodies, including a luscious whipped honey-almond nougat concoction called Helado de Turron.  La Boca also boasts an extensive wine list and knowledgeable wait-staff to assist you making the best food and wine pairings.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Skiing in Santa Fe!

Winter is fast-approaching, which is a joyous time of year for skiers and snowboarders.  After a delicious and hearty breakfast for guests of The Madeleine Inn or our brother inn, Hacienda Nicholas, it is just a quick drive up to the Santa Fe Ski Basin for a day of skiing under sunny blue skies.  The ski area is due to open on Thanksgiving Day and will be open until mid-April.  Skiing in Santa Fe is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, and because Santa Fe offers a plethora of other activities, this is the ideal ski/winter fun vacation spot.  Mix in a half day of skiing, or even a full day, and then choose from shopping, museums, architectural tours and award-winning spas such as our own award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa.  Hmmm, a fun day on the slopes, a hot stone massage, and glass of wine in front of the fire, and then a delicious meal.  The perfect winter getaway! 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Dance and Celebration

At The Madeleine Inn  we love to promote local events and flavors that are specific to the culture of Santa Fe so our guests can get the most out of their visit to our unique city.  One such opportunity is the upcoming Day of the Dead Celebration and Dance at El Museo Cultural on Oct. 29th and November 2nd, from 6-10pm.  

The Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico on October 31, is a wildly colorful and joyous affair.  People go to cemetaries to honor deceased friends and family, celebrating with food, music, dance and the creation of ornate shrines or ofrendas.  


At the Santa Fe event for Dia de los Muertos,  you will see the culmination of two weeks of shrine, altar and ofrenda building, which is quite a treat, as Santa Fe is known for its plethora of gifted artists.  In addition, the event features delicious local foods, music and dance performances.  You may even wish to be prepared to go in finest Day of the Dead regalia so you too can participate in the renowned costume contest.  Whether or not you choose to enter the contest, you will see Santa Feans dressed in their most festive and outrageous Day of the Dead attire.  


Location: 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe Railyard





Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Aspens are Peaking!


 Our guests are enjoying fabulous cool mountain air by night and beautiful sunny days hiking along the Aspen Vista Trail.  The Aspen Vista Trail is packed with visitors and locals alike this time of year, and is a mere 13 miles from the center of town, following the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin.  With a very moderate incline, the trail is a good choice for hikers from age 2 to 92.  Most hikers choose not do walk the entire 10 miles, but for those more hardy souls, know that you can get in a good workout while seeing some breathtaking scenery.  To avoid big crowds,  we recommend that you plan your hike for a weekday, if possible.  Greg, the innkeeper at our Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, has been up to see the aspens in their glory and shares his photos of the shimmering golden leaves against a background of vibrant blue skies. 



Even if you can't get out for this year's fall foliage, you may want to consider booking at either the Hacienda Nicholas or The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn for next year.  Other fall activities in Santa Fe include the world-famous Balloon Fiesta and the ever-popular Wine & Chile Festival.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Celebrated Brother and Sister Inns offer Relaxation in Fall

The gathering of guests around fireplaces at the neighboring Hacienda Nicholas and Madeleine Inn is a common sight come fall.  As we depart summer - a perfect time for Zozobra Celebrations that mark the letting go of the old and starting fresh - and enter the crisp Fall Season...comfort descends upon the Inns.  Named for owner Carolyn's twins...Madeleine and Nicholas...these complimentary Bed and Breakfasts live up to their namesakes.  Madeleine - the epitome of Victorian Beauty and elegance offering a sense of style and grace.  Nicholas - adventurous and grounded in Traditional Santa Fe Pueblo style and comfort, decor and design.

Guests of both Inns come together each morning at the Hacienda Nicholas to enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast before heading out for the day to their adventures in Santa Fe.   Upon their return...an innkeeper awaits to hear about their discoveries and visit during wine and cheese hour each afternoon. Offering concierge services for the evening or next days outings, scheduling Spa Services at celebrated Absolute Nirvana Spa  and generally attending to guests the exceptional level of hospitality offered by Carolyn and her staff exceeds expectations. The leaves will be falling soon...so come enjoy "The City Different" in Fall!