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