Sunday, January 30, 2011

Santa Fe's Souper Bowl XVII

While this event is typically more of a draw for Santa Fe locals, I believe our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will appreciate Santa Fe's Souper Bowl XVII.  This fundraiser, happening this afternoon, will benefit The Food Depot, a local organization that provides food for those in need.  Over twenty-five top Santa Fe Restaurants will be participating, showcasing their best soups, while ticket-holders have the fun job of tasting and voting on the best soup of the day.  Choose the best cream, savory, seafood and vegetarian soups, with all categories competing to win the coveted "Best Soup" award. Some of the participating restaurants are: Amavi, Anasazi Restaurant, Bon Appetit, Café Pasqual’s, Café Café,  the Club at Las Campanas and Dinner for Two.

Not only will you enjoy tasty and healthy soups, you also have an opportunity to bid on some fabulous Santa Fe merchant donations during the silent auction.  In addition, a cookbook will be sold featuring soup recipes from some of Santa Fe's most famous chefs.  It is a great way to support a good cause while filling your belly with real local flavor.

You may purchase your tickets at the door - adults are $30, children are $10.  If you want to buy tickets online, the price $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12.

Santa Fe Convention Center - an easy walk for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn
201 W. Marcy St.
(505) 471-1633
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 30

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Following in O-Keefe's Tradition

The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn has hosted many artists over the years, but here is activity for artists and non-artists alike to enjoy with their children.  On Saturday, January 29, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will host a workshop for families to create sculptures along the lines of O'Keeffe paintings.

As many of you know, Georgia O'Keeffe was known for her fascination with bones, rocks, sticks and shells, which featured prominently in many of her paintings.  This workshop, 'Sculpting Abstract Forms', will help you and your children to create works of art using these materials pulled right from nature.  No previous art experience or knowledge is necessary - just bring yourselves and let your creative juices begin to flow under the expert guidance of the program leaders.

The workshop runs from 9:30-11:30 and is FREE to the public.  You will want to go to the Museum Education annex which is located at 123 Grant Avenue.  Reservations are not necessary, but I would recommend that you call ahead to ensure space.

You may want to tour the museum when you are finished with your own creation.  Entrance to the museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students.  Museum  hours are 10-5, seven days a week.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street

Friday, January 21, 2011

For a Delightful Cup of Tea on Canyon Road

One of the Top Ten Activities in Santa Fe is a tour of Canyon Road, the 'art and soul of Santa Fe'.  We often suggest that our guests at The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn walk up one side of the road, stop at The Teahouse, and then head on back down the other side.

The Teahouse on Canyon Road has something for everyone, from a huge assortment of exotic teas from around the world (over 100 different varieties of tea!) to wine, beer and a light menu.   The lunch menu includes a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads, along with some tasty desserts.  This is a perfect place to rest your feet, quench your thirst and satisfy your rumbly belly. 

Santa Fe Teahouse
821 Canyon Road
Open 8am-7pm

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

World-Class Tango comes to Santa Fe

Whether you dance the tango or merely enjoy watching others perform this tantalizing dance form, you will enjoy Tango Buenos Aires at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  The Santa Fe Concert Association presents this night of authentic tango dance on Tuesday, January the 25th at 7:30pm.

Guests visiting The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn may call our reservations office in advance of your arrival, should you want dinner reservations that evening before the concert.  I would recommend La Boca, an intimate tapas restaurant just a few blocks from the inn, just to keep in the spirit of the evening.

Tango Buenos Aires has toured throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East, delighting audiences with their passionate, dramatic and sensual moves. 

Ticket prices range from $20-$72 and may be purchased online at at by phone at 505.988.1234.

The Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Monday, January 17, 2011

Terrific Deals at Two of Santa Fe's Best Boutiques

I am recommending to our guests at The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn that they hightail it down to On Your Feet and their adjoining store, Get it Together, for some fabulous winter deals.  This local shoe and clothing store was opened in 1983 by Santa Fe local Nina Houle.  I daresay it is hands down the favorite shoe store of Santa Feans.  You will not find any Jimmy Choos or other outrageous designs, but instead, a wide selection of beautiful and comfortable shoes and boots.  Nina also does a great job selecting handbags, socks and reading glasses.

While supplies last, an array of winter clothes, shoes and boots are marked down 20-40%.  I am planning on heading down there as soon as I post this blog!  It is the only shoe store in Santa Fe that I ever frequent.  Being on my feet all day as an innkeeper, I really focus on comfort.

The shop is located in the Sanbusco Market (in the historic railyard area) at 500 Montezuma Street.  You will find a number of other fun shops in this shopping area.  Some of my favorites are Dell Fox Jewelry and Night and Day, a beautiful home linens and accessories store. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Learn to Make your Own Straw Applique Art

Over the years, many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have purchased beautiful pieces of straw applique art at the bi-annual Spanish Market.  Here is an opportunity for you to learn to create this art on your own.  The workshop, hosted by the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, will be taught by Della Vigil Ulibarri, a Master Spanish Market Artist in Straw Appliqué.

Following a discussion of this intricate art form will be a workshop during which Della will show you how to create your own straw appliqué masterpiece.  It is recommended that you make your reservation early, as the workshop is limited in size to only 12 participants.  This is an all-day event, going from 10am-3pm, and you are asked to bring your own 'brown-bag' lunch.

While it is doubtful that you will undertake anything as impressive as the piece in this photo, you will have gained a new appreciation for this delicate craft.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Workshop Fee:  $75 (includes materials)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Boo Hoo - Another Santa Fe Boutique Gallery Closing its Doors

Santa Fe has seen a number of gallery, shop and restaurant closings in the past year and  I am sad to announce another such closing.  Many of our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are attracted by our Victorian/Asian decor and ask where they can buy similar statues, art and decor.   Here is an opportunity to buy a variety of such unique Asian treasures at great prices.  

The Heart of the Lotus, a Santa Fe boutique and gallery featuring sacred statues and art, exotic jewelry, Asian furniture, handmade rugs and unique home accessories is going out of business.  They are discounting everything in the store by 50% or more, with the sale running through the month of January.  Choose from a wide array of unique, antique and contemporary pieces, along with a large collection of one-of-a-kind sacred art pieces.  I was tempted by some beautiful antique tonkas and a couple of large singing bowls.  May have to go back and do some shopping myself.  Should you be captivated by any of the exquisite Buddhas for indoors or outdoors, you can easily ship them home by going across the street to Pak Mail.

Heart of the Lotus
322 Montezuma Street
Monday-Saturday 10-5:30pm

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Beethoven Festival in Santa Fe

Many of our guests at The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn are avid fans of classical music who will enjoy the upcoming Beethoven Festival, presented by Santa Fe Pro Musica.

The event is scheduled to take place at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center on Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28.  Thursday night will showcase Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 and Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”, conducted by Thomas O'Connor.  Per Tengstrand will be the pianist for the evening. 

Friday night will feature Beethoven's Sonata in G Major, Op. 96 for Violin & Piano and Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”.  Per Tengstrand will once again be on piano, with violinist Colin Jacobsen.. 

Both performances will begin at 7:30pm and there is ample parking across the street.  Ticket prices range from $15-$65 and can be purchased over the phone at (505)988-1234 or online.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Berlioz, Barber & Brahms

The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn hosts a constant stream of music lovers all year long.  While Santa Fe is particularly known for its summer music offerings, from world-class opera to chorale, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus also has a very full winter performance schedule to delight locals and visitors alike.

On Sunday, January 23, the Orchestra will present Jazz Meets the Classics, featuring the music of Berlioz's Rob Roy Overture, Brahms' Symphony No. 4 and Barbar's  Violin Concerto.  The Barbar Violin Concerto features acclaimed violinist Michael Ludwig, who is a highly sought-after soloist, performing with such greats as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.  To get even more out of this performance you will want to attend the pre-concert lecture which begins at 3pm. 

The performance will take place at the acclaimed Lensic Performing Arts Center, located just two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza.  Tickets are 20-$70 and cover both the entrance to the lecture and the concert. 

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 505.988.1234 or online at

Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Sunday, January 23 - 4pm

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sales in Santa Fe!

There are some incredible sales happening right now at some of Santa Fe's most treasured stores.  While sales abound at most every shop, these shops are advertising some of the biggest discounts in town.  All of these shops are within easy walking distance of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Perhaps the biggest bargains can be found at Simply Santa Fe.  This multi-storied shop, right on the Plaza, is going out of business and selling their entire inventory of furniture, dishware and Santa Fe chotsky at 50-70% off.  I always felt the store was grossly over-priced, but they had a lot of really beautiful items on view.  Now is the time to get some of these treasures at a more reasonable price.  Hurry on in though, as the store is closing on January 4.

Origins is one of the most incredible women's clothing shops I have ever seen.  This place is the  antithesis of your Ann Taylor and J. Crew, packed to the rafters with some of the most exotic clothing you can imagine.  Owner Judy Margolis seeks out clothing from around the world, as well as designs and jewelry by local artists and designers, offering an eclectic array for woman who want to create their own unique style.  Right now Origins is offering 40-75% off on a large segment of the store's varied inventory.

Casa Natura is a natural lifestyle store known for its lovely and versatile organic cotton clothing, organic mattresses, bedding and bath lines.  The store has recently re-opened at 401 E. Palace Avenue and is offering discounts of 30-70% off bedding, bath, clothing, jewelry and baby clothes.

Happy Shopping!