Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve in Santa Fe

It's New Year Eve in Santa Fe, and after stopping in at our nightly Social Hour, guests of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn will be looking for festive spots around to town to bring in the new year.

For a bit of wildness, check out either Rouge Cat or The Cowgirl.  Rouge Cat is rolling out the red carpet for their Paparazzi Glitter Ball.  Enjoy music, dancing and frivolity with a local favorite, DJ Oona.  This event, which includes a midnight champagne toast and party favors, runs from 8pm until 2pm.  The Cowgirl, which can be a bit rowdy any night of the year, will be featuring the music of Chango, a high-energy band with heavy influence from Santana.

For a more culturally-based New Year's, check out El Farol, on Upper Canyon Road.  They are featuring a Flamenco Dinner Show, which begins with dinner at 6:30, followed by an exciting and passionate dance performance at 8pm, featuring the dancers of the National Flamenco Institute.

Lastly, consider a midnight ride on the Santa Fe Southern Railway.  The train departs the downtown Santa Fe station at 10pm.  As you ride through the high desert, enjoying the spectacular night skies of New Mexico, you will be treated to hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a midnight champagne toast, along with music and fireworks.

Happy New Year to one and all!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Light Extravaganza in Madrid

Stroll down from the Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn to enjoy the Christmas lights adorning the Santa Fe Plaza, perhaps with a stop for a hot chocolate at the corner Hagaan-Daaz.  For an even more dazzling display, head out to the old mining town of Madrid.  The tradition of lighting up the town began in the 1920's, and the lighting displays just get more and more spectacular.  Because of the abundance of coal, Madrid was able to go overboard with Christmas lights before it was such a widespread national tradition.  It is said that commercial airlines would divert from their routes just to fly over this 'Town of Lights'. 

Not only is Madrid decked out with festive lights on every building, there are also forty local shops selling the wares of local artists, jewelers, potters and weavers - a welcome break from the predictable offerings at the mall.  While visiting Madrid, have a drink at the famous Mine Shaft Tavern, or a meal at Maggie's Diner (the cafe featured in the movie Wild Hogs).

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Santa Fe Desert Chorale's Holiday Concerts

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will surely get into the Christmas spirit after attending one of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale's Holiday Concerts.  These concerts have become an annual holiday tradition for Santa Feans since the group's formation in 1983.  Twenty-four accomplished chorale singers will perform 'Carols and Lullabies" in two of Santa Fe's most renowned churches, The Cristo Rey Church and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, on December 18, 19, 20 and 22, 2011.  You will want to get your tickets as soon as possible, as these concerts are very popular.

This year's program includes Spanish Christmas carols along with the music of Bob Chilcott, Arvo Part and Sergei Rachmaninoff.  The audience will also be treated a selection of traditional carols, including I Saw Three Ships, The Wexford Carol, I Wonder as I Wander, and an always-popular group of Christmas spirituals.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at

Cristo Rey Church
1120 Canyon Road, Santa Fe
December 18, 4:00pm
$20 - $45

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis
213 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe
December 19, 20 and 22, 7:30pm

Friday, December 2, 2011

Shop Local this Holiday at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have been soaking up the local vibe at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market all summer and fall.  Think the market has nothing to offer this time of year?  Not so! This December the market, open Saturdays from 8am-1pm, offers a full array of holiday treats.  From ristras to root veggies, holiday pies to cheeses and grassfed meats, there is an abundance of local foods.  In addition, the winter Santa Fe Farmer's Market is a great place to buy organic and wildcrafted lotions and potions, jewelry, homemade biscochitos, local honey, Christmas wreaths, textiles and crafts.

On Sundays, from 10am-4pm, the Railyard Art Market is the place to go for pottery, fiber arts, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, handblown glass and more.

Bypass the mall and check out these two markets, where you will find unique gifts for all your loved ones!

Farmer's Market Pavillion
1607 Paseo de Peralta (intersection with Guadelupe St.)
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Santa Ski Basin Hoping to Open on Thanksgiving

The beautiful Santa Fe Ski Basin, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is just a short drive from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  With a base of 15 inches, coupled with ongoing snowmaking and a storm forecasted for early next week, there is a good chance the mountain will open on Thanksgiving Day.  A final decision will be posted on the Ski Basin's website on November 22, 2011.

While the upper mountain will open a bit later in the season, the lower half of the resort offers numerous runs for both beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.  Half day (9am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4pm) lift tickets are $48 for adults, with a full day pass costing $63.  Group and private lessons are available as well, and not a bad idea to get your ski legs operating again.  Should you need to rent equipment, there is a full range of rental equipment on the mountain.  To avoid the rental lines, you might consider getting outfitted in advance at Cottam's Ski Shop, located at the base of the mountain.

Keep your fingers crossed for lots of snow!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

13th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

Being members of the Green Hotels Association, we take recycling seriously at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn. However, the participants in the upcoming 13th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival take recycling to a higher level, turning daily refuse into art and fashion.

The event, which features a wild and crazy Trash Fashion & Costume Contest, an Art Market (a great place to begin your holiday shopping) and a Juried Art Exhibit, will take place on November 11, 12 and 13 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe.

Admission to the show is $5 on Friday night, and $10 for both the Art Market and Trash Fashion Show.
The Market is free on both Saturday and Sunday.
Friday hours are 5pm-9pm.
Saturday hours at 9am-5pm.
Sunday hours are 10am-5pm.

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino De La Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Friday 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Admission to the Art Market is $5 on Friday night and $10 to both the Art Market and Trash Fashion Show. The Market is free on Saturday and Sunday. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Flamenco Nights at La Boca

Just a few short blocks from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is La Boca, a terrific neighborhood tapas restaurant.  The menu at La Boca consists of both traditional Spanish tapas dishes and innovative, exciting contemporary offerings.  Eating at a tapas restaurant is a lot of fun for couples or groups, as you can share a number of small plates of food, savoring a multitude of fabulous flavors.  La Boca is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Santa Fe, and gets rave reviews from all guests of The Madeleine who have chosen to dine there.

After the dinner hour La Boca evolves into an intimate wine bar, featuring an extensive collection of South American and Mediterranean wines.  An added treat is the introduction of Flamenco Fridays, where you can enjoy the passionate music and dance of traditional and authentic flamenco.  The troupe of professional dancers and musicians, many of whom have performed with Maria Benitez, will be performing at 10pm on November 28 and December 23, 2011.  Guests may indulge in the Spanish tradition of late dining by ordering off the menu or partaking of some special La Boca Bailla specials, which will include the $10 cover charge for these events.

For a true Spanish cultural experience, check out La Boca on Flamenco Fridays!

La Boca
72 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Foodie Festival in Santa Fe!

November is shaping up to be a busy month this year at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Those fortunate enough to be with us this November will have the good fortune of participating in the Santa Fe Harvest Festival, a month-long celebration of New Mexico food and wine.  From November 1 through November 23 the city will demonstrate its culinary skills in a myriad of ways, with cooking classes, a Chef Showdown, a War of the Bars, and much more.  The festival culminates with the Grand Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, a competition finale and a "Best of the Fest" Gala Dinner.

Your pass, which may be purchased online or at venues such as Whole Foods or Sunflower Market, will also entitle you to discounts as some of Santa Fe's top restaurants, including some of my favorites:  Andiamo!, Cafe Cafe, Epazote, La Boca, The Pink Adobe and Trattoria Nostrani.   Passes are available at two levels - Gold for $35 or Red for $160 (this pass includes admission to the Grand Gourmet and Best of the Fest Gala Dinner). 

Start your Thanksgiving celebration early by participating in this bounty of the glorious foods of New Mexico!

Santa Fe Harvest Festival
November 1-23, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Wine & Dinner Special at Il Piatto

Just a short walk from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is the wonderful Il Piatto Restaurant, serving up delicious Italian farmhouse cooking seven nights a week.   This fall they are offering some delectable Fall Celebration Wine Specials at both lunch and dinner.

Savor a three-course Prix Fixe Lunch for just $16.95, Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 until 2pm.  There is also a Prix Fixe Dinner for $32.50, which is served every night of the week from 5pm on.  Looking for a late afternoon snack?  Il Piatto offers Enoteca Service from 2-5pm, with an array of pasta and small plate specials to whet your whistle.  Il Piatto's menu of house made pastas (yummy pumpkin ravioli!), farm fresh local produce and good selection of main dishes is sure to please, especially now that the weather has gotten so crisp and cool.

Il Piatto
95 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sensational Pumpkin Spa Specials at Absolute Nirvana Spa

Fall is in the air, with its crisp cool nights, falling leaves, and heavenly aromas of pumpkin pies, sugar and spices, inspiring us to create two sensationally yummy Pumpkin Spa Specials at Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the back gardens of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn.  

Along with its heavenly aroma, pumpkin is rich in carotenoid antioxidants that repair skin damage while polishing and hydrating dull skin. Pumpkin is also full of natural plant enzymes that accelerate the exfoliation process to peel away dry dead skin cells, reduce fine lines and sun damage, leaving skin renewed, refreshed, and amazingly soft and glowing.

Pumpkin Decadence
Restore your skin's natural healthy glow with a full body massage and exfoliating body scrub of brown sugar and cinnamon, followed by a nourishing mask of warm pumpkin, buttermilk, honey and cloves, and ending with a luxuriating steam shower.
1.5 hours of massage, exfoliation, mask, steam and shower for $165.

Delicious Pumpkin Facial
Rejuvenate sun damaged and dull skin with this hydrating and healing facial; incorporating the natural exfoliating and nourishing properties of Naturopathica's Pumpkin Enzyme Peel to increase collagen production, leaving the skin firm and radiant, with increased elasticity.
One hour of cleansing, exfoliation, hydrating mask, steam and nourishing creams - $105

Save by combining both of these yummy treatments.
2.5 hours of Pumpkin Bliss for just $250.

Call now to book your appointment!
Absolute Nirvana Spa
106 E. Faithway Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Continue the pumpkin theme with a visit to the Santa Fe Pumpkin Festival at the Santa Fe Horse Park, on October 10 and 11.  Kids of all ages will enjoy searching the pumpkin patch for the perfect Jack-o-Lantern base, as well as the carnival, games, food and drink.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Art, Architecture and History Walking Tours of Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn has a rich and fascinating history, having been built in 1886 by a railroad tycoon named George Cuyler Preston.   Guests love reading our material about the background of this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian, which has quite a storied past.  Of course the history and architecture of Santa Fe is even more vast, and what better way to learn about it than to take one of the Art, Architecture and History Walking Tours given by docents of the Museum of New Mexico.  Discover the meaning behind the obelisk on The Plaza, visit the top-secret location of The Manhattan Project, and be regaled with tales of gambling halls and public hangings. 

The 2-hour tours are given Monday through Saturday at 10:15am, now through October 15, 2011.  Meet at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate, just south of the New Mexico History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave.  Admission is $10 for adults and FREE for children under the age of 16 (when accompanied by an adult)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sing the Blues with Buddy Guy

There is much to do in Santa Fe this weekend for our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, and for those staying on through Monday, I highly recommend seeing blues legend Buddy Guy.  This 75 year old pioneer of the Chicago blues will be performing at the fabulous Lensic Performing Arts Center on Monday, September 19 at 7:30pm.

Buddy Guy, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and winner of Five Grammys, was a major influence on such guitar heavyweights as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Not only is he an incredible musician, Guy has an inspiring background.  He grew up on a plantation in Louisiana with no electricity or running water, and fashioned his first guitar at age 7, made with a piece of wood, two strings and his mother's hairpins.  Working through all the trials and tribulations it takes to succeed as an artist, his tenacity paid off mightily.  Among his many accolades, Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and he has also been awarded the Presidential National Medal of Arts.

Tickets for Buddy Guy range in price from $47-$78 and may be purchased online at 505.988.1234 or online at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Rancho de las Golondrinas is a great place for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn to get a real sense of New Mexico's rich history, and during special weekend events this living history museum really comes alive.  One such event coming to the ranch on September 17 and 18 is the not-to-be-missed Santa Fe Renaissance Fair.

Come enjoy the wide array of entertainment, including medieval sword fighting, belly dancing by Pomegranate Studios, falcon shows and performances by Clan Tynker, as well as period food and drink (think turkey legs, ale and mead).  There are activities for children and adults, from Celtic games to battling with marauding pirates, with everyone encouraged to come in costume - who knows, you just may win a prize!

Ticket prices are a reasonable $8 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Teens, $3 for Children.  The Fair is FREE for Children under age 5.

Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
(take I-25 to exit 276, then follow signs)
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Dining

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn fills up every year during the very popular Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.  Guests come to sample the best cuisine and wines the city has to offer, with tastings and full Wine Dinners happening all weekend long.  If you want to indulge in a Wine Dinner, be prepared to spend anywhere from $95 to $150 per person.

We have a selection of menus for many of the participating restaurants for you to peruse once you are in Santa Fe, but I would advise booking in advance to ensure a place at the table.  Many of the restaurants will book out ahead of time, so you will want to call ahead to make your reservation.

My top pick for a Wine Dinner during this Fiesta is Restaurant Martin, which gets consistently high ratings from our guests.  They are doing two Wine Dinners, on Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday the 22nd, for $150 per person.  The Wednesday dinner is almost sold out, but there is greater availability for Thursday night's dinner.

Another top pick would be Osteria D'Assisi, with a Tour of Italy Dinner on Friday, September 23. The complete menu and wine pairings is $129/person.  

Of course for those wanting to simply enjoy the aroma of roasting chiles in the air but not break the bank with expensive dinners, there are plenty of restaurants offering their normal menus throughout the course of the Fiesta.  You can get your own bottle(s) of fine wine at the Casa Sena Wine Shop, just down the street from The Madeleine, and have your own private wine tasting.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Viva la Fiesta

Every year we have at least some guests at The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn who are caught off guard by the activities of Fiesta Weekend.  The festival is a celebration of Don Diego De Vargas' peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692.  For the past 299 years the city has honored this historic event with much religious ceremony and prayer, along with music, dancing, parades, abundant food & drink, and overall merriment.

With so much going on during Fiesta Weekend - September 8-11, 2011-  you will want to check the schedule to find events specific to your interest.  Two highlights of Fiesta Weekend are the Burning of Zozobra and the beloved Pet Parade, but there is so much more to experience.

Zozobra, otherwise known as Old Man Gloom, is a 50 foot puppet whose burning is meant to signify the burning of our collective doom and gloom of the past year.  This fairly pagan ritual begins with music and dancing, which gets more and more lively the darker it gets.  The crowd becomes increasingly excited for Zozo's imminent burning and subsequent fireworks, and you will hear the chanting of "Burn Him, Burn Him", getting progressively louder and louder.  After a successful burn the crowds head to the Plaza for eating, drinking and entertainment.  I recommend to our guests that they view this spectacle from the Cross of the Martyrs, a short walk away.  You will not want to be driving anywhere on this evening!

The Pet Parade is an entirely different affair.  Best seen by walking down Palace Avenue and standing near the corner of Palace & Paseo de Peralta, the parade is a spectacle of children, adults and their pets, all dressed up in very original costumes.  You will see plenty of adorable dogs, but also chickens, lamas, goats, reptiles, birds and more.  Some of the get-ups are incredibly elaborate, and it is definitely not just for children.

Zozobra's Burning:
Thursday, September 8th
Fort Marcy Park
Park opens at 3pm, with ongoing entertainment, but the burning happens at dusk

Pet Parade
Saturday, September 10th
9am start time

Friday, August 26, 2011

Last Weekend of the Santa Fe Opera

It's not too late for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn to purchase tickets for the closing weekend of the highly acclaimed Santa Fe Opera.  This has been a stellar season, with rave reviews for all 2011 productions.  The final weekend features the two most treasured operas of the summer, with La Boheme on Friday, August 26 and Faust on Saturday, August 27.  Both productions begin at 8am - much more civilized than those early summer productions that don't begin until 9pm.

Consider arriving early (the parking area opens 3 hours before the performance) to enjoy a tailgate supper while gazing at the stunning mountain and sunset views of this venue.  It's too late to order one of the opera's delicious tailgate dinners, but Whole Foods Market has a tantalizing deli section where you will surely find all you need for a memorable meal. 

Tickets prices start at $81 and can be purchased online or by calling 800-280-465.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Santa Fe Winter Getaway

Beat the winter blues and escape the dreary news cycle with a winter getaway to Santa Fe.  The sunny blue skies, peace and serenity of The Land of Enchantment await you. *Book a stay at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast or The Madeleine Inn this November or December (excluding holidays) and receive 20% off your room rate plus 10% off all spa treatments at Absolute Nirvana Spa.

Treat yourself to the gift of relaxation before the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Enjoy great holiday shopping deals, festive holiday decor, fine dining specials, pampering spa treatments and fun frolics in the snow.  Music lovers delight to winter concerts by The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and The Santa Fe Symphony.

Call now for the best choice of rooms.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Break from Indian Market

The upcoming Indian Market, now in its 90th year, is certainly the big draw for guests of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn.  However, if one day of Indian Market is enough for you, consider a trip to Georgia O'Keeffe country.  You might start with a quick trip through the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, currently showing Shared Intelligence, an exhibit exploring the strong relationship of painting to photography in 20th Century American Art.  There you will see some works of O'Keeffe, along with photographs and paintings by the likes of Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, among others.

Following this museum tour, head out to Abiquiu (50 miles northwest of Santa Fe) to visit  Ghost Ranch for the fabulous O'Keeffe Landscape Tour.  A knowledgeable guide will take you around various areas of Ghost Ranch.  The incredible landscape of the area inspired many of O'Keeffe's most notable paintings, and the tour takes you right to the spots where she sat to do her work.  The hour long tour is $25/person and happens every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30pm.

Topping off the day in O'Keeffe country would be a tour of her home and studio.  Tour sizes are limited to 12, so you will definitely want to make reservations in advance by calling 505-685-4539.  This is a terrific opportunity to gain further insight into the private life of this renowned American painter. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Apprentice Programs at the Santa Fe Opera

The Madeleine Inn is at full of opera-goers this month, most of whom purchased their Santa Fe Opera tickets back in January and February at some very steep pricing.  Coming up this weekend and next, however, is a chance to see and hear the "stars of tomorrow", at rock-bottom prices.  For just $21 for adults and $7 for children, you can see fully staged scenes from popular operas by the Santa Fe Opera apprentices.

Get your tickets now at or by calling 505.986.5900.  Who knows, you may just see the next Luciano Pavarotti or Marilyn Horne!

Santa Fe Opera
August 14 and 21

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Super Summer Sale at Origins

Not every guest at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn comes to Santa Fe with the desire to do some shopping, but we are known for our numerous unique buying opportunities.  Origins is top of the list of fantastic and exotic shopping for women of all ages.  The store is chock-a-block full of wearable art, clothing from around the globe, one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories.  Going in there is like having a virtual global apparel tour.

Now is a great time to stop by this treasure trove of a shop, as they are holding their annual Super Summer Sale.  Prices are 35-75% off selected items throughout the store.  Whether you are hunting for a stunning piece to wear to the Santa Fe Opera, or perhaps a remarkable antique necklace from Afghanistan, Origins is the place for you.

135 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Notice to All Hikers - BLM Lands Open Again!

July was a disappointing month for hikers staying at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, as the Bureau of Land Management had closed off all the national forests and parks due to severe fires throughout the state.  Yesterday these bans were lifted, as we have been blessed once again with our regular monsoon rains.  The term 'monsoon' is a relative term here in the high  mountain desert, not to be confused with the monsoons of India!

Guests can once again visit such treasures at Bandelier National Monument, Puye Cliffs and hike in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  The only area still closed off is the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  This land has been the staging area for fighting the nearby Las Conchas fire, and there are flooding concerns in the area as well.

So pack your hiking boots and mountain bikes - we have 13 million acres of public land in the New Mexico open for your outdoor fun.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SOFA Back to Santa Fe for the 3rd Year

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn spend a lot of their time in Santa Fe visiting the many art galleries of Canyon Road, the Railyard and around the Plaza.  Making art viewing that much easier this summer is the return of SOFA, the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair.  Thirty-two dealers will be exhibiting exciting works from August 3-7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.  Dealers include specialists in historic, antique and contemporary art from Africa, Asia and the Americas as well as contemporary Canadian sculpture, furniture and an array of jewelry.

New this year is the collaboration with The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider ArtOutsider art refers to work done by self-taught artists and can be incredibly captivating, while Folk Art encompasses decorative or utilitarian work done by indigenous cultures around the world.  The August fair is a great opportunity to see some of the foremost dealers of both Folk and Outsider Art.

Santa Fe Convention Center, 
201 W Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 
Opening Night, August 3, 6:30-9pm, $50

August 4-7, 2011 noon-6pm
$15 admission for one day, $25 for a four-day pass

Friday, July 22, 2011

Woodblock Prints from East and West

The New Mexico Museum of Art, located just a few blocks away from The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn, is now featuring a terrific exhibit - Kimono:  Karen La Monte and Prints of the Floating World.  There you will see a juxtaposition of life-size glass sculpture kimonos with actual 17th century Japanese woodblock prints.  This exhibit can be seen now through November 5, 2011.

Once you have seen these ancient Japanese woodblock prints, you will want to move on to the exhibit of Gustav Baumann's woodblock prints, which adorn many of the bedroom walls of our inn.  The concurrent exhibitions are a perfect example of East meets West in the art world.  Baumann's work, done in the early 20th century, shows a very clear influence from the earlier Japanese woodblock printmaking.  Using southwestern landscapes and Northern New Mexico themes, Baumann's use of asymmetrical compositions, bright colors and patterned surfaces are very similar to what one sees in the adjacent Japanese print exhibit.  The Baumann show runs now through December, 2011.

New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Open 10am-5pm daily.
$9 admission, free on Friday evenings from 5pm-8pm

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ted Larsen Work Gets Rave Review

Santa Fe is a mecca for lovers of fine art, and I would venture to say that the vast majority of our guests at The Madeleine Inn make a point of checking out the galleries of Santa Fe that are scattered around the Plaza, the Railyard and Canyon Road.

Guests coming to us from the Denver area may want to check out a local show at The Robishon Gallery,  currently showing the work of my husband, Ted Larsen.  His exhibit,  Rejoinder, received a rave review from Westword Arts Denver.   In my opinion, his art appeals to lovers of both old and new.  Ted's pieces combine the form of contemporary art, but his use of salvaged and non-art materials imbue the pieces with a great deal of warmth and character.  For a real critique of the work, check out the review!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Show

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn make a point of strolling by the Native American vendors selling their jewelry under the portal of The Palace of the Governors, where they can buy exquisite pieces direct from the artists and their families.   This coming weekend is a chance to have the same experience, but on a much larger scale.

Taking place on July 17 and 18 is the Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Show (formerly known as The Eight Northern Pueblo Arts Show), the largest Native American owned and operated outdoor arts exhibition and market in the western United States.  Now in its 40th year, the event is a showcase of traditional art, Pueblo dances, drumming, flute playing and singing.  This celebration of Native American culture showcases the work of jewelers, potters, sculptors, painters and carvers, as well as dancers, drummers, flute players and singers.  The artists gather from the Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque. Visitors will also be treated to an array of traditional Pueblo food - red and green chile, posole, fry bread, oven bread and more.

Ohkay Conference Center - three miles north of EspaƱola on State Road 68
Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fly High with The Flying Men from Veracruz!

Bring out the kid in you while staying at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn next weekend.  Back by popular demand is a performance by The Flying Men of Veracruz, on July 16 and 17, at Rancho de las Golondrinas.   Part circus, part ceremony, the event is an awe-inspiring spectacle, and entertaining to folks of all ages.

The ritual/ceremony is believed to have originated in central Mexican with the Nahua, Huastec and Otomi people.  You will see five men climb to the top of a 100 foot tall pole, four of whom then leap towards the ground while a fifth man remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing music.  Myth has it that the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought, and I sure hope it works!  We are in the midst of a severe drought ourselves here in Santa Fe, with no meaningful precipitation in months.

In addition to this awe-inspiring sight, enjoy a wide array of traditional Mexican art, music, dance, theatre and food during this special cultural weekend, including a performance by the comedic group Cornisa 20.

Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
I-25 exit 276, then follow the signs

July 16 and 17
Ticket prices:  $8/adults, $5/seniors & teens
Free for children under age 13

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The World Comes to Santa Fe

The upcoming International Folk Art Market is a not-to-be-missed event for locals as well as visitors to The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Now in its 8th year, this festival of folk art, food, music and dance continues to get bigger and better with every passing year.  The market is the largest such event in the world, with a mission to preserve and support folk art culture and traditions of the over 50 countries represented.

This year's market features 170 different artists, showcasing and selling everything from masks to baskets, embroidery to pottery, jewelry to musical instruments and so much more.  In addition to beautiful handwork from around the world are drummers, flute players, singers and dancers from continents all around the globe.  Last but not least is a vast selection of ethnic food from some of Santa Fe's top restaurants.

The remarkable success of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market was key in Santa Fe being designated a UNESCO City of Folk Art.  The highly-acclaimed organization is also a member of the Clinton Initiative.

If you are anywhere near Santa Fe this weekend you will want to check out this fabulous event - a riot of color and sound.  Of the thousands of unique handmade pieces of folk art available, you are sure to find memorable gifts for friends, family and yourself.

Museum of International Folk Art
July 8, 9 and 10, 2011
Ticket prices range from $5-50, depending on Date & Time
Buy Tickets Online or at the Market
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505-7516
(505) 476-1189

Friday, July 1, 2011

Garlic Lovers Jubilee

Here's a heads up (no pun intended) to all garlic lovers, whether you are a guest at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn or a Santa Fean.  Many of us head to the weekly Santa Fe Farmer's Market for garlic, greens and more, but this weekend's Garlic Harvest Festival is an opportunity to get even closer to the source.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 2 at the Sostenga Farm from 6am-2:30pm.  Those brave souls who arrive at 6am (and beat the heat!) can enjoy a Sunrise Breakfast.  The day also offers a variety of food booths, a Garlic Harvest Competition, music and entertainment. 

Garlic has been utilized in foods and for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  Come to the Garlic Harvest Festival and learn more about this versatile and delicious plant.

Sostenga Farm
Railroad Avenue, at 921 Paseo de Onate
Northern New Mexico College
Espanola, NM

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Restaurant Martin for Sublime Summer Dining

We have made many a dinner reservation for guests of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn at Restaurant Martin since they opened a couple of years ago, and many have come back saying it was the best meal they had ever had.  That is praise of the highest order indeed.  Last night my husband and I attended a concierge appreciation dinner at Restaurant Martin and enjoyed a sublime meal ourselves on the patio of this highly-acclaimed establishment.

Unlike many restaurant patios, theirs is spacious, with very comfortable seating.  The weather was perfect, with a nice cooling breeze wafting in through the beautifully landscaped area.  We were served an absolutely wonderful menu which began with Chilled Spring Pea Soup with Mexican Prawn Salad, Meyer Lemon, Fennel Sponge Cake, Greek Yogurt and American Caviar.  The soup was followed by a Crispy Skin Sea Bass with English Peas, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Daikon Radish, Crab-Miso Broth and Baby Dill Aioli, then a plate of Prime Beef Tenderloin with Yukon Potato Terrine, Asparagus, fennel, Shallot and Red Wine Sauce Mignonette.  The meal ended with a Citrus Parfait, consisting of Warm Almond Financier, Compressed Black Plums and Golden Pineapple Sorbet. 

As you can see, the menu is inspired and innovative, with exceptional presentation.  I highly recommend Restaurant Martin to visitors and locals alike who are wanting to celebrate a special evening of food and good wines in a beautiful and tasteful setting.

Chef Martin Rios was a semifinalist in the 2011 James Beard "Best Chef of the Southwest" Award, and was featured in Bon Apetit.  He has also been named Chef of the Year by the City of Santa Fe, the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Lodging Association.  After our delightful meal last night, I can certainly understand why!

Located at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Galisteo Street
526 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM
Book online or by calling 505.820.0919

Friday, June 24, 2011

Are you the Next Ansel Adams?

If you are thinking that the spirit of Ansel Adams is lurking in your soul, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops may be just the place to find out.  Over the years many of our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have attended these incredible workshops, taught by some of the foremost teachers in the field, such as Christopher James and Kwaku Alston. They offer a tremendous range of classes for everyone from novices to professionals.  Workshops focus on a range of specialties, from portrait-taking to travel photography (there are even photography trips to Tibet and Israel this year!), lighting to photoshop.

Santa Fe is a photographer's paradise, with its unique architecture, incredible light, stunning scenery and rich culture.  Whether you come to hone your skills at one of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops or just want to document your vacation, be sure to pack your camera!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Frolick on the Rio Grande

The air conditioners are humming along at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, and guests are looking for fun ways to stay cool while touring New Mexico during the warm days of June.  Take advantage of the current sale offered by New Wave Rafting, the best rafting company in the area, who will give you a 15% discount if you mention the web special when booking.

Rafting down the Rio Grande is a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty of New Mexico while staying cool and fresh.   Drift lazily through glorious canyons, and if you are lucky, you may get to see an eagle soaring overhead.  Now that the fast water of the spring snow melt is gone, this is a time for leisurely trips down the river, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and raft surfing.

Choose from a variety of trips, from half-day to full-day, or even a three day trip down the Chama for the truly adventurous.  Rates are $57 for a half-day trip and $116 for a full-day adventure, with discounts offered to children, groups and active military.

Trips are available daily, now through August 28.
Book online or call 800.984.1444.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Put on your Boots - It's Time for the Rodeo

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn was built in 1886, the hey day of the Wild West.  For a taste of the cowboy scene in the present day, check out the Santa Fe Rodeo de Santa Fe, now in its 62nd year.  The rodeo, running from June 22-25, is one of the top 60 rodeos in the country.

The show begins each evening at 6:30pm with "Mutton Bustin", followed by bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping, tide down roping, steer wresting, barrel racing and the most exciting of all - bull riding!  Get some laughs and admire the skill of the rodeo clowns, and admire the beauty and finesse of the Rodeo Queen and her entourage.  The rodeo is great fun for one and all.

Want some cowboy duds to wear to this event?  Check out Kowboyz for some great deals on boots, hats, shirts and skirts.  They have all you need at remarkable prices.

Ticket prices range from $17-$27 ($7 for children under ten and seniors)
Tickets available online or by calling 505.988.1234.   

Rodeo de Santa Fe
3237 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Learn how The West was Won by Women!

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is named for my daughter, Madeleine, now age 14.  She is a wonderful and inspiring powerhouse of a young lady!  A new exhibit that is opening at The New Mexico History Museum, Home Lands - How Women Made the West - explores other truly remarkable women were instrumental in the making of the West.  This exhibition runs from Sunday, June 19 through September 11, 2011, and includes historical artifacts, art, photographs, and biographies of individual women who played often-overlooked roles in settling and developing the West.  Guests are also invited to take advantage of a series of lectures, demonstrations and workshops dedicated to these generally unknown women who worked right alongside the men. 

In tandem with this primary exhibit are related exhibitions focusing on particular contributions of Native American, African American, Anglo and Hispanic women. 

We have recommended the New Mexico History Museum to hundreds of guests since they opened in May 2009, and hear rave reviews from each and every one.   As one of the newest and most interactive history museums in the country, it is a great way to learn about the rich history of New Mexico.

New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM

(right around the corner from The Palace of the Governors)

10 am - 5 pm Mon. through Sun.
(Open til 8 pm on Friday)
$9 out-of-state visitors (includes admission to The Palace of the Governors)
$6 New Mexico residents
Free on Sunday to New Mexico residents
Free on Wednesday to New Mexico senior citizens
Free to Museum Members and children under 17
Free Friday Evenings, 5 to 8 pm

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Santa Fe's International New Media Festival

While the Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is an 1886 Victorian home, our guests appreciate both historic and contemporary styles.  Now through June 19 is an opportunity to see works from an eclectic mix of avant garde artists at the nearby El Museo Cultural.  The show, Currents 2011, is Santa Fe's Second Annual International New Media Festival. On view are the works of over 70 cutting edge artists, rubning the gamut from video, audio and interactive installations to animation, web-based art to multimedia performances and more.  The show's mission is to explore the various ways technology is used in current art medium, and how art has been impacted by the introduction of ever-evolving innovations.

Currents actually began as a local venture in 2002, but has expanded to include national and international artists as well.  Many exhibitors are local Santa Feans, though artists have also come from Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, the Netherlands and China.  Along with exhibitions, the event also offers a number of outreach programs, panels and lectures.

Now through June 19
El Museu Culturel
1615-b Paseo de peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501505.992.0591
All events and exhibitions are free

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Wonder of Meow Wolf

Our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn frequent the many museums of Santa Fe, particular the renowned International Folk Art Museum, The Wheelwright and the relatively new New Mexico History Museum.  A bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the detour, is a new exhibit at The Center for Contemporary Arts (or CCA).

The exhibit, titled The Due Return,  is a mash up of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.  Visitors walk through a 75 foot long, time-traveling, dimension-hopping vessel which has landed on an alien planet after a well-documented journey lasting 200 years.  The ship has the look of a 1600's sailing vessel, and according to the story, has journeyed from world to world, through time and space, collecting information and items which are displayed in the ten rooms of the ship.

The fascinating project, created by Meow Wolf and about 100 artists, builders and writers from around the world, took about eight months to complete.  It is engaging on multiple levels, and would take a few days to actually read and explore the entirety of the exhibit on all levels.  When I was there last weekend I noticed a couple of 4 year old having a great time pushing levers and buttons on the ship's controls, while more studious adults were attempting to learn the history of the ship's travels.  As for myself, I spent my first visit to this massive interactive exhibit immersing myself in this sci-fi fantasy world, imagining what it would be like to experience such an adventure.  It is truly a mind-expanding trip!

For more fun, be sure to attend the multi-media performances during the last two weeks of the exhibit.

Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Now through July 10th
Wednesday and Thursday, 1pm-8pm
Friday-Sunday, 1pm-10pm
Suggested Donation:  $10

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Santa Fe's Newest and Best Flea Market

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn spent many a weekend at the famous Santa Fe Flea Market by the Santa Fe Opera, but after a change in ownership several years ago, the place just wasn't the same.  Many of our favorite vendors moved to the back area of Jackalope, while others simply disappeared.  The flea market scene suffered terribly.

Now, however, a new flea market has come into being out by the Santa Fe Downs - the old racetrack area.  This new market brings back the same fun and good vibe as the original market, and adds even more!  With 150 vendors, selling everything from antiques and vintage items to pawn jewelry, photographs and collectibles, you are sure to find all sorts of fabulous goodies.

In addition, there is now an Art Tent, your one-stop shopping source for handmade jewelry, textiles, pottery and crafts made by New Mexican artists.  Last but not least is the La Cienega Grower's Market, selling fruits, vegetables, soups, cheeses and plants.

Yeah!  Fun at the Flea once again!

The Santa Fe Flea Market
Open weekends now through October 14, 2011
Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm
Fridays in July and August only, 9am-4pm

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tour Santa Fe's Most Glorious Gardens

The gardens at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, along with all other Santa Fe gardens, are now hitting their early summer peak.  Soak up the sun while relaxing in our gardens, or go further afield and take advantage of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tours.

These self-guided tours afford you the opportunity of admiring twelve of the best private gardens in town, including a luncheon at one of these private residences.  The tours are available on Sunday, June 5 and/or Sunday, June 12, from 1-4pm.  The gourmet picnic luncheon takes place only on June 5, at 11am.

Advance tickets are $35 for one day's tours and $65 for two tours.  Should you decide at the last minute to attend, your tickets will be $40 for one tour and $75 for both tour days.  The luncheon tickets are $25 and would need to be booked today!

Visitors and locals alike will delight in the glorious blaze of color from peonies, roses, jupiter's beard, poppies, yarrow, wisteria and much much more.  Should you be so inspired, take a quick trip out to Santa Fe Greenhouses.  They have a huge selection of plants and flowers so you can get to work on beautifying your own gardens.

Tickets are available by calling 505.988.1234 or at

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sensational Summer Spa Special at Absolute Nirvana

Here's a Santa Fe Spa Special for guest of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, or anyone else in Santa Fe this Memorial Day Weekend needing a bit of pampering and relaxing.  Is your skin still feeling dry and rough after a brutally cold winter?  Or perhaps the dry climate of Santa Fe is making you shrivel up like a lizard, no matter how much lotion you apply!  Then book yourself a Sensational Summer Spa Special at Absolute Nirvana.  Start with a one hour Master's massage, drenching your skin with organic oils - just the thing to revive dry skin.  After a polishing scrub of your choice (brown rice powder, turmeric and sandalwood, or perhaps raw cacao and brown rice powder, for example), a hydrating steam in your own private steam shower.  You will emerge glowing and rejuvenated, ready to bare your skin this summer.

After your spa indulgence, walk your gorgeous new self down to the Plaza, just three blocks away, and treat yourself to an ice cream at Haagen Dazs - what a way to welcome summer!

One and half hours of bliss for just $140.
Special valid now through June 30, 2011.
Absolute Nirvana Spa
106 Faithway Street
Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Max's Restaurant - A Santa Fe Sensation

Every morning at breakfast and every evening at our Social Hour, we innkeepers at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are busy giving restaurant suggestions and making reservations for our guests.  New on our radar is Max's, located at 403 1/2 Galisteo Street.  The restaurant began in 2007 in the Railyard District as a fairly casual establishment, but has undergone a transformation with the change of location and more importantly, the arrival of chef Mark Connell.

The restaurant's mission is to serve 'inspired American cuisine', and they succeed brilliantly.  With a focus on local, sustainable and season ingredients, the menu includes a wide range of options.

First course choices includes a Baby Beet and Citrus Salad with pistachios, brown sugar vinaigrette and goat cheese ($12), Two Hour Egg with Polenta Two Ways with a Wild Mushroom Ragout ($15) and a Housemade Riccioli Pasta with Crawfish, Broccoli, Feta and Olives ($12).

Entree choices include such dishes as Pan Seared Grouper with Buttermilk Spaetzle, brussels sprouts, beet puree, preserved meyer lemon ($32), Vermont Cavendish Quail with a black trumpet puree, wild mushroom stuffing, brussels sprouts and syrah reduction ($30), along with Chestmut Ravioli & Pan Seared Root Vegetables with parsnip puree, pickled pumpkin and muscat balsamic ($24).

Innovative, fresh and very much inspired, we welcome this restaurant to the Santa Fe scene.  New Mexican cooking, with its choice of green or red, enchilada or burrito, etc. is not to be missed, but Max's is a great place to choose when you just can't look at another Combination Platter.

This is a popular place, so you will want advance reservations.

403 1/2 S. Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-9:30

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sunset Viewing in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is located smack in the heart of Santa Fe's historic downtown, which is a fabulous location.  That being said, we are not able to see any of the glorious New Mexico sunsets from the inn itself.  Rest assured, however, that there are a number of nearby options. 

One is to simply walk a few blocks away and climb up to the Cross of the Martyrs, learning about Santa Fe's history from the many plaques that line the walkway.  The cross at the top of the hill was erected in memory of the 21 Franciscan priests killed during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  From here you can enjoy a stunning vista of Santa Fe as you gaze at the setting sun.  Bring a bottle of wine and a blanket to make it into a real event.

Another option is the La Fonda Bell Tower, now open again for the summer season.  The Bell Tower Bar is open from Monday-Thursday from 4pm-sunset, and Friday through Sunday from 2pm until sunset.  Enjoy margaritas, chips and guacamole, or whatever your heart may desire from their full bar.  The La Fonda is located right on the Plaza, at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and San Francisco Street, and is the oldest hotel in the city.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Model Train Show at the Fairgrounds

Many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have enjoyed riding the historic Santa Fe Southern Railway while visiting, but here is a chance for railway aficionados to enjoy a large collection of model trains.  The Santa Fe Model Railroad Club will be holding their annual Memorial Day weekend train show from May 28-30.  This is a great opportunity to see a variety of elaborate model train set-ups, in G, O and HO scales.  The highlight of this year's exhibit will be the circus train set-up - great fun for visitors of all ages.

The event, taking place at the Santa Fe Fairgrounds on Rodeo Road, is FREE and open to the public.  Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm, and Monday from 10am-3pm.

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Exhibit at O'Keeffe Museum!

We have had a few disappointed guests this week at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn due to the current closure of the popular Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.  The museum changes out its exhibit twice a year, which allows for a constant flow of fresh material, but necessitates closures of about a week in length to facilitate the change-over.  Should you be a Georgia affectionado, you can arrange for a tour of the Research Center and Archives even when the museum is closed.  These special tours are available Monday through Saturday at 10:30am and 2pm, and Sunday at 2pm.  Reservations may be made only on the day of the tour, and you will need to be in the lobby of the museum at 10am to reserve your place.  Please note that the tours are of limited size so you will want to arrive a bit ahead of time to ensure a spot.

The current closure of the museum will be well worth it, however, as the new show, "Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph" is a spectacular endeavor.  Shared Intelligence, opening on May 20th, explores the fascinating relationship of painting to photography that occurred over the course of the 20th Century American Art scene.  On view will be 75 or so photographs and paintings of such luminaries as  Robert Bechtle, Chuck Close, Thomas Eakins, David Hockney, Sherrie Levine, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cindy Sherman, Charles Sheeler, Ben Shahn, Alfred Stieglitz and Andy Warhol.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM

Monday, May 9, 2011

Civil War Reenactment this Weekend

Santa Fe is a popular destination spot for history buffs, so I want to let our guests at The Madeleine Inn know of the upcoming Civil War Reenactment this weekend at Rancho de los Golondrinas.   You will get to see military drills, dramatizations of daily camp life and the reenacting of actual battles that took place in New Mexico during the Civil War.   For a real treat I would recommend booking the Candlelight Tour, allowing you to see vistas of camp life at night.  These evening tours are twenty minutes in length, with limited tickets available.  You will definitely want to book this in advance by calling 505.471.2261.

The ranch, a living history museum, is one of my favorite places to visit in and around Santa Fe.  All year long they bring history to life, whether during the Fiber Arts Festival (demonstrations of getting wool from sheep to loom to textile), Frontier Days in August and the Harvest Festival in October.  Rancho de los Golondrinas is open Wednesday through Sunday, from June through October, so you can visit the sight even without an event taking place.  However, there is nothing like being there during a reenactment of history, when the place really comes alive.

Rancho de los Golondrinas
Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day Spa Special

To our dear guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn and to all last-minute shoppers for Mother's Day gifts, we have the perfect solution.  The Mother's Day Spa Special at our own Absolute Nirvana Spa includes two hours of pampering and utter relaxation.- sure to please all the mothers in your life!  No phone calls, no driving, cooking or laundry - instead, a relaxing 60 minute Master's Massage followed by a 60 minute Master's Facial. Flowers are nice, but nothing beats the rejuvenating and nourishing power of a massage and facial!

We offer the Mother's Day Indulgence for the entire month of May for just $168, a savings of $42!  

Even if you are completely down to the wire in terms of getting a gift, we offer Online Gift Certificates from Absolute Nirvana Spa, ready in a matter of minutes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Want to Make your Mum (or wife) Happy?

Here's some very important information for Santa Fe locals as well as visitors to The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn:  according to a recent study done by the independent research firm Toluna and released  by, mothers say a spa day or gift card is their most desired Mother's Day Gift.  Surprisingly, mothers in the study let it be known that flowers are their least desired gift on this special day!  Who knew?

Now that you are properly informed, we are here to help.  Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the peaceful back gardens of The Madeleine Inn, offers an array of relaxing and rejuvenating facials and massages, all given by therapists with 17-30 years of experience.  We have also put together a Mother's Day Indulgence, so you can give Mum the gift she so desires and deserves.  Our Mother's Day special is a combination 60 minute Master's Massage followed by a 60 minute Master's Facial.  We are offering the Mother's Day Indulgence for the entire month of May for just $168 - a savings of $42.  You can also give your mother or wife a gift certificate for Absolute Nirvana Spa.  Whether you plan ahead or are a last minute person, our online gift certificates are an easy way to give the woman in your life the perfect gift.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mother's Day Brunch

Hooray, one of my all-time favorite neighborhood restaurants, La Boca, will soon be serving a weekend brunch.  The restaurant is popular with our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn for its location (just a short four blocks away) and fabulous food.  Famous for its innovative menu of tapas, La Boca will begin serving brunch the weekend of May 7 and 8, just in time for Mother's Day festivities.  The brunch menu will be available from 9am-3pm.

Like the restaurant's lunch and dinner menus, brunch at La Boca is also tapas-oriented.  You will want to order a variety of dishes so everyone at the table can enjoy a range of delightful flavors.  I have always found the staff at La Boca to be very helpful should you have any dilemmas around ordering.  Selections from the new brunch menu are:

Cardamon-date bread with fresh Spanish goat cheese & local, seasonal fruit.
Fried Egg Panini iwth jamon Serrano, Bacon or Smoke Salmon
Jamon Bikini - melted manchego Panini wrapped in Spanish ham
Huevos Flamencos - casuela of chorizo, potatoes, jamon Serrano, pepper & onions topped with two eggs
Huevos Revueltos - scrambled eggs iwth asparagus, manchego on olive oil toasted baguette
Omelette with avocado, arugula & drunken goat cheese
Fried oyster-bacon bocadillo

For the daring, try the Bloody Mary Raw Oyster Shooters with a spash of fino electrico sherry.

I have to say, every dish I have ever ordered at La Boca has been sensational.  While I have not had any of the above brunch selections, I can only imagine they will be of the same calibre as the lunch and dinner dishes I have savored in the past.

La Boca is located in an intimate space so will be want to call ahead to reserve your table.

La Boca Restaurant
72 W. Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Calling all Flamenco Lovers

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn may want to join Santa Fe locals in support of the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company.  The 3rd Annual Gala for this fabulous flamenco group will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 4-9pm.  Enjoy live dancing by company members as well as delicious paella and tapas from La Boca, one of my favorite Santa Fe restaurants.  The cash bar will include an array of drinks, including Spanish sangria - the perfect beverage for such an event.

Along with the passion of flamenco dance and the sublime flavors of paella, guests are invited to peruse the silent auction, hosted by local philanthropist Ali MacGraw.  The auction will include a variety of donations from Santa Fe's top artists and businesses.  Santa Fe silent auctions can be a real treasure trove of local art, jewelry and services.

Another treat is the venue -  the historic Scottish Rite Temple.  The Moorish revival building, built in 1911, is modeled after the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. 

Ticket prices are $25 if purchased through the Lensic before April 17.  You may buy tickets by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at
Prices at the door are $30 (cash or check only please) and $10 for children 12 and under.

Scottish Rite Temple
463 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM
April 17, 4-9pm

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Renewal Package at The Madeleine

Winter wreaks havoc on your skin and this has been a particularly brutal one.  Time to treat yourself to our Spring Renewal Package. Book a two-night stay in a suite at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn during the month of April and receive a $50 Spa Credit for use in our award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa. Choose from an array of nourishing facials, relaxing massages or our signature Deluxe Balinese Spa Treatments. 

Beginning on April 15 we will be offering The Ultimate Stress-Buster.  This 90 minute treatment is specially designed to target the effects of stress - tight and aching muscles, headache and overall anxiety. Using Chinese herbal oils and a series of hot towels, we give you a full body massage, with special focus on the neck and shoulders. The treatment ends with a steam in your own private steam room, allowing the oils to penetrate deeply into your newly relaxed muscles. You will come out feeling completely refreshed, rejuvenated and uplifted.

The daffodils are blooming, the birds are chirping and the suns warming rays will thaw out your winter chill.  Spring - a time for renewal in all arenas.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lensic Celebrates 10 Years

The historic Lensic Theatre, built in 1931, is now celebrating 10 years as Santa Fe's premier non-profit performing arts center.  Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are fascinated with the ornate architecture as they pass by, but let me assure you, the theatre is even more spectacular on the interior.  Visitors and locals alike will want to be part of the upcoming 10 Year Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 16, at 5pm.

The Gala will feature performances by musicians, dancers, circus acts and more.  Imagine being able to see the Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Wise Fool and an Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School Soloist all in one night!  There will also be a Film Retrospective of The Lensic Theatre, showing the evolution of this historic landmark theatre through the past eight decades.  When the Lensic first opened it offered movies to Depression-weary Santa Feans for as little as $0.25, and also became a popular venue for vaudeville shows passing through the west.  The theater actually closed its doors in 1999 when it couldn't keep up with the technical advances required for modern-day movie screenings.  Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of arts lovers, the theater evolved to become the current home to many of Santa Fe's stellar arts groups as well as a stage for national and international performing artists.

For those holding Gala tickets, the fun continues after the performance with a dinner dance at the Lumpkins Ballroom of La Fonda Hotel, just two blocks away.  The festive dinner is black-tie optional, with dance music provided by Soulstice.

$25 and $50 for the Lensic performance only.
$250 includes Gala Dinner Dance at La Fonda and premium seating
Tickets may be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at

Lensic Performing Art Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Last Chance for Spring Skiing in Santa Fe

The daffodils are popping up in the gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn but up the mountain, there are still a few days of skiing to go this season.  As one walks around town in jeans and a t-shirt, enjoying the warm sun and temperatures in the high 60's, it is hard to believe one can still be skiing, but the Santa Fe Ski Basin is open for just another four days. 

With 85% of the mountain open and a special end-of-season ticket special going on, this is a great time to head up for a last bit of winter fun.  Adult all-day lift tickets are $45, while children and seniors pay just $35.  Half-day prices are $34.  There is also a mega-sale in the shop, where you can get all you need for next year's season at 50-70% off!

Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen - intense blue skies and blazing sun feel heavenly while you are skiing, but can wreak havoc on your skin!

Santa Fe Ski Basin's last day of operation for the season will be Sunday, April 3.  The day brings goofy races, music, good deals on food and a general good time for all.