Sunday, December 16, 2012

Celebrating the Holidays with Asian Flair

Our stockings are hung on the mantlepieces of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast, and garlands wrap the staircases and entry, in preparation for a full house of guests this Christmas.  The Plaza twinkles with thousands of colored lights on every tree, and Santa Fe residents are busy making truckloads of farolitos to line their walkways and rooftops on Christmas Eve.  Along with the beautiful holiday decorations are a variety of holiday concerts given by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Symphony.

For those of you looking for an out of the ordinary activity during the holiday season, check out The Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  Their production of "Cirque Ziva" is having its premiere performance in Santa Fe, and will continue on for another six months of touring.  The troupe continues a tradition going back 25 centuries, and combines acrobatic feats, traditional Asian dance, and stunning costumes with both ancient and contemporary music.  The Golden Dragon Acrobats are considered to be the top Chinese acrobat touring company of the day, and will leave you spellbound with their fast-paced and technologically thrilling spectacle - an exciting show for the whole family to enjoy.

Performances are scheduled for December 20, 21 and 22 from 7-9pm, with a matinee performance on December 22 at 1pm.  Ticket price range from $20-$35 and may be purchased online or by phone at 505.988.1234.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Flamenco Flair for the Holidays

Along with visiting the museums, galleries and archeological sights of Santa Fe, guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are taking advantage of the city's many unique shops to buy some memorable Christmas gifts.  Make Christmas shopping an even more wonderful event by combining it with an evening of flamenco dancing and fantastic Spanish cuisine.

On Sunday, December 9th, the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company is hosting its 4th annual Gala Event, hosted by Ali Macgraw, and featuring world-class flamenco dance, DJ Oona spinning salsa music, as well as paella and tapas by Santa Fe's top Spanish Restaurant, La Boca.  A great opportunity to purchase some Christmas gifts at great prices is the silent auction; bid on original works of art and crafts from the city's many talented artists.

The event will take place from 4-8pm at the St. Francis Auditorium.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the Lensic Box Office or by phoning 505.988.1234.  Proceeds for this fabulous event go to the Heart Gallery Foundation which supports Santa Fe's Foster Youth, as well as to the NM Dance Coalition and the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have been attending classes of the Santa Fe School of Cooking for over 20 years, delighting in their array of classes featuring the cuisine of Northern New Mexico.  There is now a new cooking school in town - The Santa Fe Culinary Academy - which focuses on a broader range of cuisine.  The school has an extensive array of classes every month, geared to the season.  Classes and workshops this December cover everything from Holiday Tamales to Gluten Free Holiday Baking, and include classes on Thai Curry, a Vegetarian Holiday Dinner and a Soup Workshop.  These community classes range in length from a few hours to several days, and are taught by the school's professional chef instructors, local cookbook authors, visiting 'celebrities' and members of the local Santa Fe restaurant community.

For those seeking to embark on a restaurant career, the school also offers a 50 week Professional Program in their new state of the art, 5000-square foot facility.

We wish this new school much success, as they are clearing filling a need for locals and visitors alike who wish to go beyond southwestern cuisine.

The Santa Fe Culinary Academy is located near the inn, at 112 W. San Francisco Street, Suite 500.  Check out their varied schedule online, or call 505.983.7445 for more information.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn this Thanksgiving will be pleased to know there are many choices among Santa Fe's restaurants for a traditional turkey dinner or a more esoteric meal.

Just one block from the inn is Fuego Restaurant at La Posada, with seatings from 3-4pm and again from 5:30-7:30pm.  Their five course menu, with selections of appetizers, soups, salads, a traditional turkey dinner entree and delicious dessert choices is $65/person.  Fuego is doing something wonderful this year: with every reservation of four or more, they will donate a turkey to The New Mexico Food Depot.  For reservations call 505.954.9670.

Another of my favorite restaurants, The Compound, is serving Thanksgiving from their historic adobe on Canyon Road.  Along with the beautiful and tranquil setting, they are offering a prix fixe menu including starters such as Sea Scallops, Shrimp and Grits and Carmelized Pear Salad, followed by main course choices of Roasted Organic Turkey with all the trimmings, Natural Shetland Scottish Salmon or Wild Mushrooms and Organic Stone Ground Polenta.  Dessert Choices include Bittersweet Chocolate Torte, Maple Pecan Pie and more.  The price is $75/person, and $25 for a child's entree plus dessert.  To reserve your dinner at The Compound please call 505.982.4353.

My third recommendation is Restaurant Martin, a family run business featuring deliciously prepared food in an atmosphere of understated elegance.  Their a la carte Thanksgiving menu begins with appetizers such as Leaves of Ahi Tuna, Lobster Bisque and a Semi Boneless Quail, followed by such entree selections as an Organic Turkey platter with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing and Gravy, a Duo of Black Angus Beef or a Vegetarian Tasting Plate.  End your meal at Restaurant Martin with one of the following Dessert offerings:  Carmelized Pumpkin Tart, Textures of Apple (an assortment of apple-based desserts) or a Frozen Chocolate Ganache.  Call to reserve at 505.820.0919.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Handel's Messiah in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn hosts music lovers all summer long, as visitors flock to Santa Fe for the renowned Santa Fe Opera, Chamber Music and Desert Chorale.  There is also a solid winter season of classical holiday music, kicking off this year with The Santa Fe Symphony's performances of Handel's Messiah.   Treat yourselves to the glorious voices of The Symphony Chorus on Sunday, November 18th, at 4pm, in the beautiful and historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.  Enrich your experience by attending the complimentary preview talk at 3pm.

Ticket prices range from $20-$70 (half price for children ages 6-14 when adult tickets are also purchased) and may be procured online or by phoning the Lensic at 505.988.1234.

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Monday, October 29, 2012

Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe

We are very fortunate to have an excellent school of photography here in Santa Fe, and The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is host to both aspiring and professional photographers who flock here to attend the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.   Please note that we offer a 10% discount to all attendees of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Classes vary in their duration, from a few days in various Santa Fe locations to a two-week educational program in Cuba or a trip to Nepal.  The school attracts master-level photographers to teach an array of classes, from those focusing on technical skills to those devoted exclusively to perfecting portrait or landscape photography.

While some classes require advanced knowledge and experience, there are also plenty of classes offered for the novice photographer.   The mission of the school is not only to teach photographic skills, but also to help participants tap more deeply into their creative selves.

You will be amazed at the range of scope of the classes offered, and adding a workshop to your Santa Fe will only deepen the cultural experience of the city.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Santa Fe's Friday Night Art Walks

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is ideally situated for art lovers, as we are just three blocks from the Santa Fe Galleries of Canyon Road.  Another area of town known for its concentration of art galleries is the Railyard, where the bulk of Santa Fe's contemporary art can be found.

The last Friday of every month, this part of town comes alive in the evening hours.  Ten exciting contemporary art galleries, along with SITE Santa Fe, open their doors for an Art Walk from 5-7pm.

These galleries, featuring the best in international contemporary work, include such well known spaces as: James Kelly Contemporary, Tai Gallery, William Segal Gallery and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.  Stroll through the award-winning landscaped gardens of the Railyard before the temperature drops, and then plan on spending the full two hours perusing these warehouse type galleries - a departure from the typical adobe structures of Santa Fe!

Upcoming dates are Friday, October 26 and Friday, November 30, 2012.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Santa Fe's Annual Wine & Chile Fiesta

Santa Fe has its share of fiestas and notable events throughout the year, most within walking distance of The Madeleine Inn.   One of the most enjoyable and highly-anticipated is the Wine & Chile Fiesta, where walking distance might well be a very welcome attribute.  The five day celebration of food and wine runs from September 27-30, 2012.  Due to its increasing popularity, I highly recommend purchasing your tickets online as soon as possible, as most events sell out in advance.

The annual event brings 75 of Santa Fe's most notable restaurants (La Boca, The Compound, Santacafe and Restaurant Martin are some of my favorites) together with 100 national and international wineries.  In addition to food and wine tastings on both a large and small scale (a tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique followed by lunch at Tomme is a top pick), are demonstrations by some of the country's top chefs (Chef John Rivera Sedler - named "Chef of the Year 2011" by Equire Magazine, among other national food celebrities), food-oriented walking tours, and a selection of wine seminars.

The highlight of this extravaganza is the Grand Tasting, taking place on September 29th at the Santa Fe Opera, which includes all participants of the fiesta under huge white tents.  Imagine sampling the best food of Santa Fe together with wines from New Mexico to Mexico, Chile to France, while enjoying the opera's stunning views of New Mexico landscapes.  The cost of the event is $150 per person, and worth every dollar.

The weekend culminates with the Gruet Golf Classic at the Towa Golf Course, just 15 minutes from town.  Every third hole features one of the Gruet Winery's delicious sparkling wines paired with food from a different Santa Fe restaurant.  Golf never tasted so fine!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fiesta de Santa Fe

This next weekend brings the Annual Fiesta de Santa Fe - now a full week of cultural and religious events in celebration of the reoccupation of the Spanish Colonists, led by Don Diego De Vargas, in 1692.  The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is conveniently located in the heart of the action, so guests can easily participate in all events without the hassle of driving through traffic and searching for parking spaces.

Activities run the gamut from religious events and parades to the crowning of the Fiesta King and Queen, to mariachi music, Spanish dancing, arts & crafts, and traditional regional foods.  Best to check out the schedule online to figure out what you want to experience during Fiesta week.

My favorite event of the weekend the beloved Pet Parade, scheduled for Saturday, September 8, from 9am - 10:45am.    Guests can simply walk two blocks to the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Palace Avenue to watch the beginning of this fabulous parade, which consists of over 1000 children and their pets, all dressed up in a variety of costumes.  The parade, which got its start in 1920, gives children a chance to show off a range of family pets: from dogs, cats and rabbits to the more unusual lamas, chickens, goats, turtles and more.  The creativity of the costumes is astounding.  You might see anything from mini Zozobras to zebra-painted kittens, guinea pig pirates to ghoulish ghosts.  The Pet Parade is truly a delight for viewers of all ages.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Passion of Juan Siddi's Flamenco Theatre Company

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to dance on over to The Lodge at Santa Fe for  an evening of fiery, soulful and passionate flamenco dance.  Santa Fe favorite Juan Siddi and his Flamenco Theatre Company have been delighting audiences for five years with both traditional and more contemporary flamenco music and dance.  The ensemble features some the top flamenco musicians from Spain and the U.S., including masters of the guitar, cello, piano and song.  This talented and vivacious company will thrill you with the mystery and passion that is flamenco dance.

Enjoy an evening of Spanish culture to the fullest and treat yourself to a dinner of tapas and selections from the full beverage service, served in an intimate cabaret theater setting.

Performances may be enjoyed Tuesdays through Sundays at 8pm, now through August 12th, 2012.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $55 and are available for purchase online at or by calling 505.988.1234.

The Lodge at Santa Fe
750 North Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, July 8, 2012

7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival

Just a few blocks from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are the two Santa Fe Venues for the upcoming New Mexico Jazz Festival, now in its 7th year.  From July 13 through July 29, both local and international jazz artists and masters will be performing at the Santa Fe Plaza's bandstand and the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

The Lensic will feature such jazz greats as Regina Carter's Reverse Thread on July 19, Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on July 22, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Dianne Reeves on July 27, and NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling on July 28th.  These performances begin at 7:30, with ticket prices ranging from FREE to $60, depending on the performance and seats chosen.

Local favorite Busy McCarroll and The Ambassadors of Pleasure will perform on the Santa Plaza on July 17th from 6-9 pm.  This is a FREE and all ages performance.

You may also enjoy many other jazz legends in Albuquerque during this two week period.

Tickets for all events may be purchased online at or by phoning 505.988.1234 or 505.268.0044.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer in Santa Fe Lodging Special

For the first time ever, The Madeleine Inn and Hacienda Nicholas B&B are offering a Summer in Santa Fe Lodging Special.  Book now and receive a 15% discount off any room, from our value rooms to our most spacious and grand, now through the end of July, 2012*.

Summer in Santa Fe is spectacular and full of things to do.  The world-renowned Santa Fe Opera opens on Friday, June 29 and runs through the end of August.  Music lovers will also be treated to the Santa Fe Chamber Music, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and some great nights of free music on the Santa Fe Plaza.

Santa Fe is also known for its fantastic weather (July days are usually in the 80's, and nights cool way down to the 50's or 60's), amazing museums and galleries, a wide array of outdoor activities, exceptional cuisine and fabulous shopping opportunities.

Treat yourselves to the ultimate in relaxation with a massage, facial or deluxe Balinese spa treatment at our award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the back gardens of The Madeleine Inn.

Call us now at 888.321.5123 to reserve your summer of fun, or book online!

*May not be combined with any other discounts.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Taos Solar Music Festival

Taos, NM is a very popular day trip for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, who go to visit the famed Taos Pueblo, see the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge, and visit such fine museums as the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Harwood Museum.

Another reason to make Taos your destination is the annual Taos Solar Music Festival, now in its 14th year.  This summer's festival is scheduled to take place on June 30 and July 1 at Kit Carson Park, in downtown Taos.  Music lovers of all ages will be treated to such noted performers as Lyle Lovett, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Lobos, and more.  Each days' events begin in the early afternoon, with the headliner bands (Lyle Lovett on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30pm and Michael Franti on Sunday, July 1 at 7pm) finishing up the day.  Be advised to be prepared for a day in the sun, with hats, sunscreen and refillable water bottles.  The show will go on whether rain or shine, so you will want to be prepared for stormy weather as well as descending temperatures as the sun sets.  For added comfort, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Visitors are not permitted to bring their own food or drinks, but there will be beverages, including beer and wine, along with a variety of foods available for purchase once inside the gates.  Please keep the Taos Solar Music Festival a fun and safe event for all:  please bring no illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, fireworks, glass or pets.

Kids under 12 are admitted Free.
One Day Pass is $51, Two Day Pass is $91.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

2012 Santa Fe Indian Market

The Santa Fe Indian Market, now in its 91st year, is the most prestigious market and showcase for Native American artwork in the world.  Santa Fe and the surrounding towns are packed to the rafters with visitors from around the globe.   Because of its proximity to the Plaza, where the market takes place, guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn often book five years in advance for this popular event.

This year's market, taking place on August 18 and 19, will feature the Native American arts of pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry, carving, textiles, bead work, baskets, drums and more of over 1,000 Native American artists from across the U.S. and Canada.  The work of this juried show ranges from museum-quality to collectible-quality to souvenir-type art, and all pieces are guaranteed to adhere to authentic and traditional methods of production.

In addition to the market itself, visitors are treated to traditional Native American music, dance and foods, as well as film, fashion and literature that reflect traditional and contemporary Native American culture.

Due to the popularity of this event (over 100,000 visitors each year) you will want to reserve your lodging and restaurant meals as soon as possible.   Collectors often gather in front of the booths of their favorite artist in the wee hours of the morning to snatch up the best pieces, but for the less serious collector, there are plenty of great pieces to be had all weekend long.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Free Concerts at The Railyard

The Railyard, home of the highly-acclaimed Santa Fe Farmer's Market, has been a popular destination for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn for many years.  This summer The Railyard is home to a number of free concerts by big-name artists, as well as a series of free movies.

Kicking off the season on Saturday, June 2, is the legendary rock 'n roll band, the Bo Deans.  Then on Wednesday, June 4 the Railyard presents FUN., an alternative rock band best known for its Number One hit single "We Are Young".   Don't miss Rob Schneider on July 14, followed by Shannon McNally on August 12.

June 1 brought the beginning of the Free Movie Series at The Railyard with "Rango".  Other free summer movies include "The Princess Bride", "Austin Powers", "City Slickers", "Babe" and "The Bad News Bears".   

Summer in Santa Fe has never been so FUN.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Infamous Thirsty Ear Festival

The Thirsty Ear Festival, a favorite attraction for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn for 12 twelve years now, will be bringing more Southwest roots music to Santa Fe from June 7-12, 2012.  The festival encompasses a wide range of musical styles, including: rockabillly, hillbilly punk, Americana, blues, reggae and jazz.  Most concerts this year will take place at Santa Fe Sol, though some events will take place at other venues.  Headline bands include Legendary Shack Shakers, The Dirt Daubers, Mary Gauthier, Robert Belfour, Ana Egge Band and more.

Thirsty Ear is quite the extravaganza, with both indoor and outdoor stages and a wide array of foods and beverages.  Of particular note are the craft beers  - don't miss the Santa Fe Brewing Company's VIP craft beer tasting on Sunday, June 10 at 5pm - and the delectable organic dessert offerings.   Since the main stage is outside, you will want to have a hat and sunscreen for daytime events, and warmer clothes for evening concerts.

These concerts are kid friendly, with all shows shows open to all ages, and no admission for children.  An extra treat for children is the Kids Corral, with arts & crafts, games, children's music and an interactive African drumming session for children with Akeem Ayanniyi.

Tickets prices for each event range from $12-$29, but the best deal is the "All Pass", which gives access to all events throughout the festival, including the VIP beer tasting on Sunday, for just $80.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 505.988.1234.

Santa Fe Sol
37 Fireplace
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Santa Fe Garden Tours

The gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are about to burst into bloom, along with all the other well-tended gardens of Santa Fe.  Check out some of these luscious gardens during the 17th Annual Santa Fe Garden Club Tour.  

The first tour this year, on June 3 from 1-4 pm, is "The Iconic Eastside".  Meander through the historic Acequia Madre and Canyon Road neighborhoods, with their quintessential Santa Fe adobe homes and old world charm, including the first home designed by the famous John Gaw Meem.  Add to the experience of this June 3 event with a pre-tour picnic lunch, starting at 11:30am, in the beautiful Midyette garden on upper Canyon Road.  The gourmet picnic lunch tickets are just $25, and include entry to the historic Midyette home, a showcase of early Santa Fe architecture.

The second tour takes place the following Sunday, on June 10, from 1-4pm.   Titled "Solitude and Perfection, this tour offers a rare opportunity to visit the private and secluded gardens of notable Santa Fe artists.

Tickets are $40 for a single tour, or $75 to attend both Sunday tours.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by phoning 505.988.1234.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Day in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn has a great Mother's Day Special running the entire month of May.  The three night package, starting at $589, includes a heavenly one hour massage or facial at our Absolute Nirvana Spa, a dozen red roses, and the gift of a luxurious spa robe.

Of course Mother's Day also means a special brunch to honor the mother in your life, and many of Santa Fe's best restaurants offer special Mother's Day menus.  One of my favorite brunch spots in town is Santacafe, with its lovely garden patio providing the ideal setting for Mother's Day.  Another great Mother's Day Brunch option in Santa Fe, also with a spacious garden patio, is Restaurant Martin.

Both restaurants will be quite busy for Mother's Day, so you will want to call ahead to make reservations.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Clay Fair in Santa Fe

Many of our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn come to Santa Fe to visit the many art galleries and museums.  This weekend visitors and locals alike will want to stop by the Santa Fe Woman's Club for the Contemporary Clay Fair, featuring the works of over thirty established New Mexican artists.  The event, now in its 17th year, showcases an astounding variety of work, from traditional pots to sculpture to wearable art.

The Contemporary Clay Fair is a great opportunity to purchase clay art directly from the artists themselves, as well as to learn about the process of working with clay.

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 & 6
Santa Fe Woman's Club
1616 Old Pecos Trail

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Flamenco Guitar at La Boca

Restaurants are a popular topic of discussion during both breakfast and the evening Social Hour at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  It is safe to say that I recommned La Boca several times a day to our guests: not only does it exceed expectations in terms of food, service and ambiance (think intimate European tapas and wine bar), it is also within easy walking distance from the inn.  Now there is a fourth reason to dine at La Boca. 

Every Monday evening diners will be regaled with the exotic and soulful flamenco music of virtuoso guitarist Chuscales.  Chuscales comes from a long line of traditional gypsy flamenco musicians, and actually began his career as a flamenco dancer before turning to guitar.  With his incredible technical ability and speed in high demand, he began touring the world, accompanying some of Spain's best flamenco singers and dancers. 

La Boca has been an exceedingly popular restaurant since opening, and now Monday nights at La Boca promise to be even busier.  You will want to reserve ahead of time by calling 505.982.3433 for your memorable evening of authentic Spanish food and music.

La Boca
72 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Blowout Sale at American Country Collection

We have had many guests recently at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn who are visiting Santa Fe in hopes of purchasing some real estate, whether as a second home or to make a major life change.  Indeed the Santa Fe real estate market shows signs of life again, after some very slow years.

Of course with the purchase of a new abode, one needs everything from furniture to linens, lamps to rugs, candlesticks to decor.  Now is the perfect time to buy such items, during the blowout sale at American Country Collection.  They are discounting absolutely everything in all three of their Santa Fe stores by 25%.  Clearly they are wanting to move inventory, as they are about to head off to market to buy more beautiful items.  American Country Collection, or ACC, has the most stunning collection home furnishings and antiques in town, so this is quite an opportunity.

Visit their stores at:
620 Cerrillos Road (furniture, antiques, rugs, decor)
500 Montezuma (Night & Day - bedding and lighting)
53 Old Santa Fe Trail (furnishings, decor, etc. - on the Plaza)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Dinner in Santa Fe

Spring has sprung in Santa Fe, with blossoms blooming and birds swinging sweetly in the gardens of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn.  This is one of the most glorious times of year to be in Santa Fe.  Guests have begun asking about Easter Dinner options, and there are several restaurants doing special Easter Brunch Menus.

Inn of the Anazsazi, just a few blocks from the inn, is offering an Easter Brunch Menu from 11am-2:30pm at $40 person.  The menu looks pretty interesting. with lots of southwestern-oriented dishes, offering a change from the traditional lamb, potatoes and asparagus.  Consider their Signature Homemade Tortilla Soup, Spanish Benedict (Eggs Benedict with Roioja Chorizo Chipotle Hollandaise), or Huevos Rancheros.  Reservations may be made by calling 505.988.3236.

Another nearby Easter meal is at Fuego, just one block from the inn.  Theirs is a more traditional menu, with appetizers such as Spring Pea Soup, Melon Coupe or Butter Lettuce Salad.  Entrees include Roasted Chicken, Eggs Benedict, Crab Cakes and Eggs, Seared Salmon or Oven Roasted Prime Rib.  In addition to the Baker's Pasty Stand (yum yum!) is a dessert of Strawberries with Devonshire Cream.  This meal will be served from 11am-3pm at a cost of $40/person.  Please call 505.984.9670 for reservations.

Also serving on Easter is one of my favorite Santa Fe Restaurants:  SantaCafe.   Though they have not posted a special Easter menu, the brunch at SantaCafe is fantastic!  I always get their Crispy Calamari with Lime Dipping Sauce to start, and highly recommend that.  Choose from entrees such as Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast, Grilled Ruby Red Trout with Sweet Corn Risotto, Baby Spinach Salad with Seared Tuna or Quiche with Gruyere Cheese.  For dessert is a killer Warm Upside Down Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee and so much more!  In addition, they have a lovely garden patio which is one of the nicest outdoor eating spaces in Santa Fe.  To book your brunch at SantaCafe, please call 505.984.1788.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Re-Visit the Wild West at Lamy's Legal Tender

The Madeleine Inn, built by railroad tycoon George Cuyler Preston in 1886, is very much part of Santa Fe's history.  Guests marvel over the intricate woodwork, stained glass and ornate fireplaces throughout the house.  For another peek into the area's history, take a drive out to Lamy, 18 miles south of Santa Fe.  On the way enjoy glorious open vistas which will free your soul.

Lamy came into existence with the arrival of the railroad, and the station is still operating today with daily Amtrak service.  The Lamy station is also a destination of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, which offers rides on vintage rail cars dating from the 1920's between Santa Fe and Lamy.  This ride includes a short stop in Lamy, but does not allow enough time to actually sit and enjoy a meal at Lamy's Historic Legal Tender.

It is easy to step back in time when walking into the newly re-opened Legal Tender Restaurant, which first opened in 1818 to provide respite to weary travelers in the form of libations, lively poker games and dancing "ladies".  Have a drink yourself at the beautiful old bar, hang out in the beautifully restored El Capitan Poker Room, and enjoy a meal from the extensive menu featuring steaks, burgers, pulled pork, and plenty of vegetarian options.  Kick up your heels and dance to country music every Friday and Saturday night, free of charge.

Legal Tender
151 Old Lamy Trail, NM
Open Friday & Saturday, noon-9pm

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Returns to the Lensic

The Madeleine Inn is named for my daughter who is wholeheartedly pursuing a career in dance - hence my ongoing interest in any and all dance that comes to Santa Fe.   You won't want to miss the upcoming spring performances of the always-amazing Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company when they perform on March 16 and 17th at the Lensic Performing Arts Centre.

This vibrant dance company has been thrilling audiences both nationally and internationally for sixteen years, performing neo-classical and contemporary pieces by leading choreographers such a William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine and Trey McIntyre.

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

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
March 16 & 17, 2012  7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Centre
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Art, Food and Fashion - The Best of Santa Fe

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are drawn to Santa Fe for many reasons, chief among them being the art scene and the cuisine.  During the upcoming 15th annual ARTfeast, from February 24-26, 2012, enjoy a weekend of delicious food and wine, fashion and fantastic art, all for a good cause.  Since its inception in 1998, this veritable feast for the senses has raised close to $1,000,000 to help fund art classes in Santa Fe's public schools.

The Edible Art Tour, perhaps the most popular event of the weekend, brings together 40 Canyon Road and downtown galleries with over 40 top Santa Fe restaurants and caterers, each showcasing their best talents.  This evening of superb food and art takes places on Friday, February 24, from 5-8pm.  Tickets are $35.

Other highlights of the weekend are the Friday Runway Show and Luncheon at the Inn at Loretto, Saturday's Free Home Tour and the Gourmet Dinner and Auction at Encantado Resort, and Sunday's  Artist's Champagne Brunch and Auction at the Scottish Rite Temple.

This is a great weekend to be in Santa Fe!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Santa Fe Valentine's Dinner Specials

Santa Fe offers plenty of romantic dining options this Valentine's for guests at The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Be sure to book ahead, as Valentine's Day Dinners tend to be very popular!

Nothing says romance more than traditional French cuisine, which is served up with style at 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar.  Their three course Valentine's prix-fixe dinner is $50/person, and includes such favorites as:  French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, Grilled Salmon, and Black Mussels.  Save room for Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brulee, or other tantalizing selections.   Serving authentic French cuisine in an intimate setting, this is always a good Valentine's Dinner choice.

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
315 Old Santa Fe Trail

The Old House Restaurant, another locals' favorite, has put together a fabulous-sounding prix-fixe Valentine's Dinner (Feb. 10-14) for $60/person, or $75/person with wine pairings.  Start with a Caesar Salad or an Oyster Trio Sampler.  Entree choices include a Petit Filet & Lobster Tail, Pan Roasted Scallops or Steak Frites.  Heavenly dessert choices are Passion Fruit Creme Brulee, a Warm Chocolate Lava Cake or the Strawberry Mascarpone Tart.

The Old House
309 West San Francisco Street

Italian cuisine is another favorite 'food for lovers', so you may want to check out the San Valentino Menu at Osteria d'Assisi.  Antipasto, Oystes on the Half Shell and Tartar de Tonno (Tuna Tartare) start off this sumptuous menu, followed by incredible dishes of Salmon, Veal, Ravioli and more.  Dessert choices include Tiramisu, Grand Marnier Mousse and a Chocolate Terrine.  Fantastico!

Osteria d'Assisi
58 South Federal Place

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Celebrate Black History Month at the Museum of International Folk Art

The International Folk Art Museum is a favorite destination for many guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn who love both the permanent collections and the special exhibitions.  The museum also offers Educational Events and Presentations throughout the year, many of which are truly illuminating and fascinating.  One such event takes place when MOIFA celebrates Black History Month on Sunday, February 5, 2012, from 1pm-4pm.

Plan to arrive in plenty of time to see West African Drumming and Dance, with showtimes at 1pm and 3pm, performed by Akeem Ayanniyi & Agalu.  At 2pm join author  Vaunda Micheaux Nelson as she presents her book, Almost to Freedom,  a story of a young girl's journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad as told by her doll.  The story was inspired by the African American Dolls in the museum's Girard Wing.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Admission is $6 for New Mexican residents and $9 for non-residents.
Sunday admission is free to residents of New Mexico.

International Folk Art Museum
706 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Exhibit Opening at The O'Keeffe Museum

Museum lovers at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn over the past couple of weeks were disappointed to learn that the O'Keeffe Museum was closed during their stay.  Of course with museums like the International Folk Art and the New Mexico History Museum to explore, these guests were kept occupied.  The good news is that the O'Keeffe Museum will be re-opening on January 27, 2012 with a new exhibit titled Jaune Quick-To-See Smith:  Landscapes of an American Modernist

Jaune Quick-to-See has lived in New Mexico since 1976 and is one of the better-known Native American artists of the late 20th century.  Her paintings, like those of O'Keeffe's, reflect a close personal connection to the landscape of New Mexico.  As a modern abstractionist, her use of vibrant colors and thick layers of paint succeed in bringing to life a new interpretation of the stunning Land of Enchantment.

Her works are part of permanent collections of such notable museums as The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  It is a fine treat indeed to have her work on view in Santa Fe.

This exhibition will run from January 27 through April 29, 2012.

General Admission is $12, with discounts for New Mexico Residents, Seniors and Students
Open Daily 10am - 5pm, and until 8pm on Fridays
O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Moscow Festival to Perform in Santa Fe

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to take advantage of some stellar ballet coming to Santa Fe all the way from Russia.  The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing the delightful and humorous Cinderella on February 2, as well as the haunting and ethereal production of Giselle on February 3, 2012.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, who sought to meld the best elements of the legendary Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet Companies.   The company tours the world over, focusing on classical ballet pieces that showcase the mastery of Russian ballet technique and artistry.

The performances will take place at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Centre, just two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza.  Ticket prices range from $20-$72, and may be purchased online or by phoning 505.988.1234.

February 2 & 3, 2012
Lensic Performing Arts Centre
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, January 14, 2012

MOMIX Botanica at The Lensic

Guests of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn enjoy relaxing in our gardens throughout the spring, summer and fall.  This winter brings an opportunity to see a garden coming to life onstage with a presentation of MOMIX Botanica at The Lensic Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30pm.  The performance, presented by The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, is MOMIX's newest full-length work.

You will be transported to the magical and sensual world of plants and flowers with glorious costumes and stunning set design, along with the score of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", layered with birdsongs.  The dancers of MOMIX will captivate viewers, using their agile bodies to creating magical illusions of flowers and plants.

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

MOMIX Botanica
The Lensic Performing Arts Centre
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012  7:30pm