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