Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Shopping at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn absolutely love visiting the famous Santa Fe Farmer's Market, known for its abundant produce and lively atmosphere, but did you know you could make it a holiday shopping destination too?  The Farmer's Market shops are open everyday through December 24th, giving  you an opportunity to shop local and find unique gifts for everyone on your list.  Choose from a tantalizing selection of wines, teas, coffees, chocolates, garden items, as well as a variety of locally and internationally crafted gifts.

The shops are open Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm, Saturdays from 8am-4pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm.  The Market Shops entrance is in Railyard Plaza, at 1607 Paseo de Peralta.  Forget the mall and support the community of Santa Fe.

In addition, while many of us patronize the market throughout the spring, summer and fall, it is easy to forget that the market is open on Saturday mornings from 8am-1pm throughout the winter months.  Stop in for fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, cheese, grassfed meats, delicious baked goods, body care products and herbal products.

Another fun day to visit the Farmer's Market Pavilion is Sundays, when the Railyard Artists Market takes place from 10am-4pm.  Listen to live music and peruse the booths of over 40 local artists selling fiber art, paintings, hand blown glass, herbal products, sculpture, photography, jewelry and so much more.  Yet another venue for some extraordinary holiday shopping!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Santa Fe's Winter Indian Market

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn gets booked five years in advance for Santa Fe's Annual August Indian Market, but many people don't realize there is also a Winter Indian Market.  This year the Winter Indian Market will take place on November 30 and December 1, from 9am-5pm, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  Now in its 8th year, the Winter Market is a much smaller and more intimate affair than the crazy Summer Market, though the calibre of the artists remains high.

On exhibit will be pottery, weavings, drums, bead work and more from over 200 Native artists from the US and Canada.  A special treat are six open studio artists demonstrations by award-winning artists, as well as Native American music, dance and food.  A highlight of this winter's market is a performance of "The Immersion" by world champion hoop dancer and Cirque de Soleil star Nakotah LaRance, accompanied by Brian Frejo playing the Native flute, hand drum and a mix of hip hop beats.  This performance will take place at 1:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the Winter Indian Market is $10/day or $15 for the weekend, with members and children admitted free of charge.  Stay away from the crowds at the mall and take advantage of this cultural event - a great place to buy some memorable and unique gifts.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Joseph's Table Opens in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn attracts foodies from all around the country who are enamored with Santa Fe's cultural offerings, art scene, and of course, the myriad of great restaurants.  We are very fortunate to have such an array of great restaurants in Santa Fe, including award-winning fine dining establishments such as The Compound, Santacafe, Luminaria and Geronimo's.  Then there are many ethnic options, from traditional New Mexican (The Shed, La Choza, Tomasitas) to Caribbean (Jambo Cafe) to Japanese (Shoko) and much more.

New to the Santa Fe restaurant scene is Joseph's Table, an intimate and romantic little establishment with a creative and innovate menu.  Chef Joseph Wrede had opened the original Joseph's Table in Taos, where it was very successful for many years.  He closed it several years ago, perhaps due to the hard economic hit taken by Taos during the recession, and moved to Santa Fe in 2011 where he worked at The Palace Restaurant and then at Tomme, which is now closed.

This past October Joseph's Table re-opened at 428 Montezuma, home of the now defunct Azur Restaurant.  The restaurant business is a tough one!  The menu features a wide variety of dishes, from Starters such as Rock Shrimp & Smoked Butter with Crispy Whole Wheat Phyllo and Sherry Wine Beurre ($14) or Grilled Polenta with Warm Chicken Liver Mousse, Parma Prosciutto, Crispy Shallots & Parsley ($12).  I dined there a few nights ago with friends and began with a Raw Vegetable Salad with Zucchini, Squash & Fennel with Butter Lettuce & Black Truffle Vinaigrette ($11).  I was expecting something with more raw veggies, given the description, but it was really a Butter Lettuce Salad with a few shavings of vegetables.  Tasty, but not what I had anticipated.  One of the highlights of our meal, in my opinion, were the French Fries, fried in Duck Oil, that we ordered for the table.  Delicious!  Also incredibly good rolls with herb butter. Yummy!

Main dishes include Local Lamb & Banana Yellow Curry Tagine with Lemon Coriander Jasmine Rice ($24), Organic Scottish Salmon with Corn Pudding, Sweet Potato Tamale and a Warm Tomatillo Sauce ($27) and Mustard Seed & Creme Fraiche Crusted Cast Iron Cauliflower, White Beans, Anchovy Tomato Sauce, Fried Capers & Green Dust ($18).  I opted for the Pumpkin, Kale, Corn & Local Chanterelle Enchiladas with Cotna Cheese, Spicy Green Rice & East Indian Spinach Puree ($22).  I found the combination of flavors to be quite pleasing to the palate, but it didn't knock my socks off the way I had hoped.

I really wanted to love the restaurant, having heard such rave reviews about Joseph's Table in Taos.  The interior is so warm and inviting, and I appreciate Chef Wrede's innovative menu.  Because of those two factors, I will go back again when I am not part of a large group, and will perhaps have a very different experience.  There were about 12 of us at the table, and I recognize it is hard to service such a large party.

Joseph's Table serves dinner Sunday through Thursday evenings from 5:30-10pm,  Friday and Saturday's until 11pm.

It was quite full when we were there on a Wednesday night, so I recommend calling ahead for reservations at 505.982.1272.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

42nd Annual Balloon Fiesta


All week long guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn have been heading off to Albquerque, whether at the crack of dawn or later in the afternoon, to experience the 40th Annual Albquerque Balloon Fiesta. If you have never seen this event, a Kodak moment if there ever was one, be sure to make it part of your New Mexico itinerary. The Albquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest of its kind in the world, and they are always on the cutting edge of hot air ballooning. In fact it was in Albquerque, in 1979, where the idea of balloon glows originated.

My favorite part of the Balloon Fiesta is the night glow, when the burners of each balloon is fired up at the same time, creating a spectacular sight of glowing balloons of all shapes and sizes. This is followed by a memorable fireworks display.

Another highlight of the Balloon Fiesta is the Dawn Patrol. Balloonists prepare their balloons at 5:45am, taking off while it is still dark, and fly until there is enough light to find a safe landing spot. While there are no mass ascension days left during this year's Festival, you can still see dawn ascensions this weekend.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rancho de las Golondrinas Harvest Festival

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn utilizes local harvests of everything from apples to chiles, but what could be more fun than spending a day at the annual Harvest Festival taking place at Rancho de las Golondrinas on October 5 & 6, 2013.  The full day events run from 10am-4pm and are the most popular of their weekend events - certainly my personal favorite of the Golondrinas festivals.  Watch as grapes are crushed by foot for wine, chiles are strung for ristras, burros crush sorghum in the making of molasses, and apple cider and tortillas are made (and consumed).  Also demonstrated are milling, blacksmithing, bread making, dying of wool and tanning of hides.  Join in the fun by making your own corn husk doll or participating in the tin stamping workshop, trying out your archery skills, enjoying storytelling with Paulette Atencio or going on a wagon ride.  There is also music, flamenco dancing, and delicious food and drink available throughout the day.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and teens, with children 12 and under admitted for free.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Revelry at the 2013 Santa Fe Renaissance Fair


Guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn enjoy visiting Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) throughout the year: visitors of all ages take great delight in this living history museum.  The early 18th century Spanish colonial ranch is especially memorable when visited during one of the many weekend events, such as this weekend's Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, taking place from 10am-6pm on September 21 & 22, 2012.

The Fair features music, flamenco & belly dancing, a medieval village, costume contest and medieval combat, as well as Celtic games, food and drink, including ale and mead!  Of particular note on the entertainment schedule are the performances by the enchanting Clan Tynker, with its jugglers, magic shows and fire tricks.

Tickets are a modest $10 for adults, $7 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children under age 13.  Proceeds from the fair benefit The Interfaith Community Shelter, an organization which serves the homeless of Santa Fe.

Rancho de las Golondrinas is located 20 minutes south of town.  From 1-25 South take Exit 276 and follow the signs.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Two Decadent Fall Spa Specials

In the back gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is the award-winning Absolute Nirvana Spa, a destination for locals and visitors seeking top-notch bodywork as well as authentic Balinese spa treatments.  Throughout the year the spa offers seasonal specials, and this time of year brings two of our  most popular offerings.  Fall is in the air, with crisp cool nights, falling leaves, and heavenly aromas of pumpkin pies, sugar and spices, inspiring us to create two Pumpkin Spa Specials.

Along with its heavenly aroma, pumpkin is also fantastic for your skin.  Pumpkin is rich in carotenoid antioxidants that repair skin damage while simultaneously polishing and hydrating dull skin.  The plant 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.

Our Pumpkin Decadence treat takes advantage of all the gloriousness of pumpkin:  Treat yourself to a full body massage and exfoliating body scrub of brown sugar and cinnamon, followed by a nourishing mask of warm pumpkin, honey and cloves.  One and a half hours of yumminess for just $165.

Or indulge in a Delicious Pumpkin 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 our of cleansing, exfoliation, hydrating mask, steam and nourishing cream for $105.

Once you have been inundated with the tantalizing smells of pumpkin and spices, add to your indulgence with a trip to Harry's Roadhouse for a slice of Peyton's fabulous Pumpkin Pie!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Big Sales at Top Santa Fe Stores

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, just three blocks from the Plaza, is an ideal home base for shoppers.  With several remarkable sales going on at some of Santa Fe's best boutiques, the shopping just got that much better. 

End-of-season sales are happening at at Origins, with Cottons and Linens from India, Guatamala and Italy offered at 2 for the price of 1.  This is in addition to 60-70% off a selection of Designer items.

You will also find huge discounts at another local favorite woman's clothing store:  Bodhi Bazaar, in the Sanbusco Center, is discounting all remaining spring and summer fashions by 25-80%, with an additional 10% taken off at the register.

Yet another Santa Fe favorite group of stores - On Your Feet, Get it Together and On Your Little Feet - is offering 30-50% off their lines of comfortable yet stylish footwear and women's clothing.  

Hurry in and take advantage of these great sales!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fabulous New Exhibit at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Just a ten minute drive from The Madeleine Inn is the ever-so-popular Museum Hill, home of four of Santa Fe's best museums.  Along with the Wheelwright, International Folk Art and Indian Arts & Culture is the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.   Now on display at the Spanish Colonial is a significantly large and permanent gift of Peruvian art: over sixty pieces have been donated to the museum from the estate of Pedro Gerardo Beltran Espantoso, Peru's Ambassador to the United States in 1944-45 and Prime Minister of Peru from 1959-61.  In addition to the new permanent collection is a large number of objects on long-term loan from the estate.  These rare pieces of Peruvian art, never before seen by the public, will be exhibited at the museum through May 27, 2014.

Some noteworthy pieces on display are a Eglomise painting of the Madonna & Child, an intricate silver panel of Abraham, Isaac & Angel, and a table with marquetry of incised ivory and tortoise shell.  Other items include an exquisite dinner service, jewelry, silver and a selection of paintings.

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting art of the Spanish colonial period.  The Museum showcases over 3700 pieces of art, ranging from historically important pieces to contemporary work.  I recommend arranging for a docent tour, which can be done in advance of your visit by calling 505.982.2226 x 121 or sending an email to education@spanishcolonial.org.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Laura Sheppherd's August Sale!

Just a short walk from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is the atelier of Laura Sheppherd Salon de Couture, a local designer whose collections feature both ready to wear garments or one-of-a-kind made to order pieces.  Her designs reference fashion history, incorporating 19th century corsets, sensuous bias draping from the 1930's, and graphic designs from days of yore.  Along with gorgeous daytime and evening jackets and dresses, she has a large bridal collection.  Sheppherd uses stunning fabrics in all of her pieces, many being rare and antique, along with trims, lace and beaded laces made exclusively  for her in France and India.

Now is the perfect time to shop at this jewel of a store, as they are celebrating 15 years of business with 20-75% off both Summer and Winter Collections, now through the end of August.  Peruse the selection of Close out Bridal dresses, Cocktail and Long Dresses, Silk Separates and Velvets, Hats, Sweater, Leather Gloves and much more.

Laura Sheppherd Salon de Couture
65 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.986.1444

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Shakespeare in the Park Back in Santa Fe


The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is chock-a-block full of guests flocking to Santa Fe for the 92nd annual Indian Market Festival.  The market is the largest of its kind in the world, and is a mecca for both serious collectors of Native American arts as well as those just wanting to see what all the fuss is about.

After a long day of perusing the hundreds of booths of the market, you may want to head to Whole Foods for a picnic dinner (or purchase a pre-made box picnic onsite), and then enjoy an evening of Shakespeare taking place at the beautiful campus of St. John's College.  The performance, "All For Your Delight," is a medley of scenes and songs from Shakespeare's most popular comedies, and is affiliated with the highly acclaimed New York City Shakespeare Guild.  The production, directed by the prestigious Nagle Jackson, will feature highlights from A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like it, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, and other Shakespeare classics.

Shows are scheduled for August 17 and 18 at 7:30, with pre-show music at 6:30.  Ticket prices are $20, but just $12 for students.  Make your reservations by calling 505.988.1234 or online at ticketssantafe.org.  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The World Famous Santa Fe Opera


Every summer the Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn enjoys the company of opera lovers who come from far and wide to enjoy the world-famous Santa Fe Opera.  Guests typically sit together over breakfast for hours, comparing notes on the previous evening's opera, and planning their meals before the next evening's opera. The 2013 season, running now through August 24, 2013,  features five operas: from classics such as La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro to the world premier of Oscar.

This opera house is a remarkable adobe structure nestled in the mountains just north of Santa Fe, with majestic views of  New Mexico landscape providing a dramatic and memorable setting.   The world's most talented young singers, conductors, directors and designers are invited to participate in what is considered one of the most prestigious opera festivals around.

I recommend arriving early for two reasons.  First of all, the scenery is not to be missed, and many people choose to tailgate (some make this a formal affair, with fine china, crystal, candles and very elaborate cuisine) so as to enjoy the surroundings by daylight.  Enhance your opera experience by attending one of the Prelude Talks, given twice before most performances.  These informative talks are free for ticket-holders and are given both two hours before the performance and one hour prior.  Consider attending the earlier of the two Prelude Talks, then having your tailgate dinner, and then off to your night at the opera.

My parking tip is to park close to the exit, if you are able to walk the distance with ease.  Otherwise you are stuck in a very long line of traffic easing its way back onto the highway.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 505.986.5900 or 800.280.4654 or online at santafeopera.org.   There is a wealth of information online, including schedule, pricing and seating.  The best seats of the house are pretty pricey, at $934, but some seats are as low as $84.

2013 SANTA FE OPERA SEASON 


The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein  
June 28, July 3, 6, 12, 19 - 8:30pm
July 30, August 7, 15, 21, 24  8pm

The Marriage of Figaro
June 29, July 5, 10  8:30pm
August 3, 8, 13, 20, 23  8pm

La Donna del Lago
July 13, 17, 26  8:30pm
August 1, 6, 14  8pm

La Traviata
July 20, 24  8:30pm
July 29, August 2, 5, 10, 16, 22  8pm

Oscar
July 27  8:30pm
July 31, August 9, 12, 17  8pm


Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Fabulous, Fantastic, Far-Out Folk Art Market


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 10th 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 54 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.  The Folk Art Market provides a professional venue for master traditional artists to display and sell their work, as well as to demonstrate how it is created.  A full 90% of the proceeds from these sales are then brought back to communities around the world to improve the quality of life, helping to fund wells for clean water, schools, medical centers and 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 12, 13 & 14, 2013
Ticket prices range from $10-50, depending on Date & Time
Buy Tickets Online or at the Market
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505-7516
(505) 476-1189

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Rancho de las Golondrinas Herb & Lavender Fair

The lavender is just now beginning to bloom in the gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, but lavender lovers will want to head out to Rancho de las Golondrinas this weekend for the annual Herb and Lavender Fair.  The event takes place on June 22 and 23, 2013, from 10am-4pm.

Stroll the bucolic setting of Rancho de las Golondrinas, a 200-acre Spanish colonial rancho and living history museum, while learning about the uses of lavender, buying herb and lavender products, and sipping on lavender lemonade while touring the ranch's herb gardens.  You may also choose to consult with a "curandera", a traditional herbalist and healer, make a lavender wand, and shake your booty to the live marimba music from Kumusha.

Admission is just $8 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Teens, and free for children 12 and under.   The ranch is south of Santa Fe:  Take 1-25 South, then Exit 276 and follow the signs for Las Golondrinas.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Huge Sale at American Country Collection

Just a few blocks from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is the Plaza location of ACC (American Country Collection), one of Santa Fe's most highly acclaimed home furnishings stores.  Their large inventory of elegant and stylish furniture, linens, home decor, rugs and art is always of the highest quality, making ACC a favorite destination for both new and established Santa Fe homeowners.  Their selection ranges from traditional to contemporary, from Santa Fe style to European.

ACC recently announced plans to close the Plaza showroom location at 53 Old Santa Fe Trail, and are offering 50% of ALL merchandise in the store from June 14 through June 18.  This will be their last weekend of being open on the Plaza before all remaining inventory is brought to the store's primary showroom at 620 Cerrillos Road.

Now is a great opportunity to find some incredible deals at the store voted  "Best Showroom in the Southwest and Midwest" by the ARTS awards.  Should you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the thought of redecorating your home with all the great deals you get at ACC this weekend, the store offers complimentary home decorating assistance.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Explore the Beauty Behind Santa Fe's Adobe Walls

The flowers are in bloom at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, providing the perfect spot for weary travelers to kick back and relax after a day of touring Santa Fe.   While our historic home and gardens are always open to the public, many of Santa Fe's most stunning homes and gardens are hidden from view behind protective adobe walls.  This July you will have an opportunity to visit eight of these notable homes and gardens, when the Santa Fe Garden Club offers it famous tour: Behind Adobe Walls.  Four spectacular homes are featured on two consecutive Tuesdays, showcasing historical homes, impressive private art collections, and a variety of memorable gardens.  


The tour, which began in 1941 (with a break for the war), is the oldest and one of the most prestigious of its kind in the country. Because it is so very popular, with tickets selling out every year, you will want to make your reservations as soon as possible.  This year's tours are Tuesday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 30, 2013, with buses departing from Hotel Santa Fe at 12:30pm and returning at 4:45pm.  The price of each tour is $75 per person, per tour, with proceeds benefiting various horticultural and conservation projects throughout the state of New Mexico.  A prix-fixe lunch is available at Hotel Santa Fe from 11am-noon for an additional $20.

Reservations: Call Westwind Travel at 505.984.0022 or
Email terry@westwindtravel.net

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell in Santa Fe

We play a wide range of music during The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn breakfast hour, from Native American to country, blues to opera, but nothing beats the enjoyment of live music.  Fortunately Santa Fe has many venues for great musicians touring the country, from the Lensic Performing Arts Center to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the Santa Fe Opera to the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand.

A rarely used venue (other than for the famous Santa Fe Flea Market), the old horse racetrack at The Downs, will be hosting Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell on Saturday, June 15, 2013.  Emmylou Harris is one of America's most recognized singer-songwriters and musicians, having won 12 Grammys for her blend of country, folk and rock music.  Crowell, himself a Grammy Award-winning musician, is a well-known country singer and songwriter who crosses over from mainstream to alternative country. While  Crowell joined Emmylou Harris' Hot Band in 1975 as guitarist and harmony singer, the two have just released their first official collaboration, an album called Old Yellow Moon.  The album features four songs written by Crowell, along with traditional country songs by Hank DeVito ('Hanging up My Heart'), Roger Miller ('Invitation to the Blues') and more.  Songs from this album will be front and center on June 15.

The concert is scheduled to run from 7-10pm, with doors open at 6pm.  The General Admission tickets are $70 for the Front Lawn, $40 for the Rear Lawn, and $10 for children 14 and under.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Santa Fe Mother's Day Brunch Options

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is full this weekend, with many people taking advantage of our Mother's Day Spa & Lodging Special.  Of course Mother's Day is often made complete with a Sunday Brunch, and a number of Santa Fe's top restaurants are featuring special menus for the occasion.

One of my top picks for brunch anytime of year is Santacafe, as they have a beautiful courtyard and a fantastic a la carte brunch menu.  Some of their standouts include starters such as Crispy Calamari with 4 Lime Dipping Sauce, Shitake & Cactus Spring Rolls or their Shrimp & Spinach Dumplings.  Choose from their extensive selection of main dish offerings, from a Southwestern version of Eggs Benedict to Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Strawberries to Green Chile Burgers with Rosemary Potato Chips and so much more!  Weather permitting, you will want to reserve a table on the patio by calling 505.984.1788.  They will be serving brunch from 10am-2:30pm.

Another favorite brunch spot is La Casa Sena, with one of the more beautiful garden patios in town.  They will be serving Mother's Day Brunch from 11am-3pm, with a prix fixe, three-course menu priced at $28 per person or $12 for children under age 12.  Start with a basket of fresh-baked breads, and then choose from entrees such as a Blue Crab Spinach Salad, Chorizo Omelette or Ranchero Eggs, a Pobalano Chile Relleno or Red Chile Crusted Pork Loin, among many other options.  Leave room for dessert, which includes mouth-watering Blackberry Cake, Chocolate-Strawbery Pavlova or a Trio of Sorbets.  Reservations are recommended - call them at 505.988.9232.

Both restaurants are located just a few blocks from the inn, making for an easy stroll.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jackalope - a Teeming Treasure Trove

This morning I suggested to a guest at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast that she head out to Jackalope to buy some gifts for friends and family back home, and then noticed they are having a big sale this weekend.

On April 26, 27 and 28 Jackalope is offering 30% off all their pots, just in time for summer planting.  Jackalope is the place to go in Santa Fe for pottery.  At any given time of year they sell thousands of pots of all shapes and sizes, from tiny indoor pots to enormous outdoor pots.  The sale extends to their greenhouse plants (15% off), with 10% off everything else in the store.  Since Jackalope has limited options for plants, you may want to fill your new pots at Payne's Nurseries or Newman's Nursery.  Alas, the beloved Santa Fe Greenhouses went under last year, after 29 years in business.

Jackalope is a Santa Fe institution: The store was founded in 1976 by Darby McQuade, selling Mexican pottery on the Plaza from the back of his pick-up.  Since then the store has expanded tremendously.  Jackalope now consists of three large warehouses on several acres of land, selling goods from Mexico, India, Bali, China, Egypt, Thailand and Africa.  One warehouse is set up like a market, with folk art, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, clothes, masks and more being sold in little side-by-side stalls.  Another warehouse is primarily dedicated to hand-made furniture, while the newest is devoted to such items as rugs, housewares, DVD's, candles and tableware.

One of my favorite things to do at Jackalope is to spend some time hanging out at the Praire Dog Village.  Bring a bag of baby carrots to feed these adorable little critters, and you can easily pass an hour watching their interactions as they eat.

Shopping at Jackalope is an experience in and of itself.  One can spend half a day just seeing all the merchandise, touring the extensive grounds, checking out the animal barn and prairie dog village, and getting a refreshment at their cafe.  Please note that Jackalope can ship whatever you buy!

Jackalope
2820 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505.471.8539

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fear not dear outdoor enthusiasts of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn: while the season has ended at the Santa Fe Ski Basin, now is the time to take advantage of the snow run-off and experience the thrill of whitewater rafting.  My favorite river rafting company in the area is New Wave Rafting, which has been operating river tours since 1980.  Located on the Rio Grande River between Santa Fe and Taos, they offer trips from the most mild to the most wild.  Whether you are looking for a family outing with young children in tow, a peaceful trip down the river to take in the area's spectacular scenic beauty, or a thrilling ride of the Taos Box with lots of action, New Wave can accommodate.

Trips are offered every day of the week from March 28, 2013 through September 2, 2013, though the wilder rides generally end by July when much of the season's snowpack has melted away.  New Wave has actually lowered their prices this year:  you can book a two hour float for as little as $22, or a three day camping trip down the Chama for $448.  Trips tend to run about $50 for a half day and up to $100 for a full day, and most include a delicious riverside picnic lunch.

You will definitely want to have hats and shoes that fasten securely, along with sunscreen and a water bottle, but New Wave provides all the rest.  With so many options to choose from, you will surely find a trip that meets your needs and desires.  Call New Wave directly at 800.984.1444 to make your reservations.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tax-Time Comic Relief in Santa Fe

Tax time can be very stressful and devoid of humor, so I highly recommend that the guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn plan to attend the Lensic Theater's production of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on April 15, 2013. Whether you are a lover of ballet or not, watching as this all-male drag dance company performs classical ballet's most beloved pieces in full traditional costume, complete with tiaras and pointe shoes, is guaranteed to provide a night of hilarity for all.  The company's was founded 35 years ago with the mission to parody the conventions and cliches of classical ballet, which truly lend themselves to this sort of humor.   The company's repertoire includes traditional ballets such as Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Balanchine's Stars & Stripes, the Nutcracker and more.  The company's remarkable technique, brilliant acting skills and slapstick humor will have you laughing so hard you'll forget all about Uncle Sam's taxes.

Be sure to reserve your seats ahead of time, as this performance, brought to you by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, will inevitably sell out.  Tickets may be booked online at TicketsSantaFe.org or by calling 505.988.1234.  Ticket prices range from $25-$72.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501
April 15, 2013  7:30pm

Saturday, March 23, 2013

New York to Albuquerque Just $66!!!

We get plenty of guests from New York staying at both The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn and Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast, and now getting to New Mexico is going to be a lot easier for these visitors.  Jet Blue is beginning non-stop service between JFK and Albuquerque on April 22, 2013.  Those wanting to travel between April 22 and May 22 can take advantage of their introductory offer of $130 each way, if booked before April 23, 2013.  For the time being the only flights offered are red-eye, but the upside of that is that you will have a whole extra day to enjoy all that Santa Fe has to offer!

April and May are some of the most beautiful months of the year in Santa Fe, as the lilacs and fruit trees are all coming into bloom.  The delicate blossoms and heavenly aromas waft throughout the city, and the daytime temperatures in the 60's and 70's are absolutely ideal.  There are plenty of things to do in Santa Fe in the springtime, from the best river rafting of the year (I recommend booking with New Wave Rafting, who does a great job for rafters of all ages and levels) to an array of cultural offerings at The Lensic Performing Arts Center to archeological expeditions and exceptionally great dining at Santa Fe's Restaurants.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Beads, Bead, Beads....and more Beads

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn has been hosting attendees of the Santa Fe Bead Fest since 2009.  Beaders gather enthusiastically to buy from over 150 vendors, selling beads of every imaginable type and origin (including exotic beads from Africa and Asia), along with gems, tools and other jewelry making supplies.  In addition is a wide array of workshops and beading demonstrations, catering to hobbyists, professional jewelers, and even absolute novices.

The workshops, all of which require advance registration, are suitable for all skill levels. Beginners can learn the basics of metalsmithing, for example, learning how to saw, file, and solder, all is one day.  Another featured workshop appropriate for all levels is on the process of Keumboo, a technique for adding gold to jewelry designs.  Other workshops teach everything from silversmithing to how to make tribal earrings, Dremel drilling techniques to making hinged treasure boxes.  There is an impressive array of workshops - something for absolutely everyone.

The event runs from March 13 through March 17, 2013, and takes place primarily at the Santa Fe Convention Center, with workshops and demonstrations also taking place at the Santa Fe Hilton and The First Presbyterian Church.  The booths are open from March 14-17, with Thursday's opening taking place from 5pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday hours from 10am-6pm, and Sunday's hours from 11am-5pm.  One can purchase tickets online for just $12, which are good for all four days of the expo.  The 4-day pass may be purchased at the door for $15, though there is also a link on the website for a $3 coupon to use at the door.  Whether you are a professional jeweler or simply have a budding interest in the craft of beading, this festival has something for everyone.


Friday, March 1, 2013

The Pipes & Drums of The Black Watch

A real treat is in store for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn on March 11, 2013:  The Santa Fe Concert Association will be presenting The Pipes & Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and The Band of the Scots Guards, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  This illustrious band originated in 1793 and remains true to its legacy of family honor and bravery.  The Black Watch continues to be a fully operational battalion in today's British army, while also providing entertainment and inspiration to audiences around the world.

Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear the Sounds of Scotland during the evening's colorful and jubilant display of bagpipe music, drums, Celtic dance and military pageantry.  Ticket prices range from $20-$75 and may be purchased online at www.ticketssantafe.org or by calling 505.988.1234.

The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch
Monday, March 11, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, February 24, 2013

An Evening with Zen Master & Calligrapher

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, built in 1886 by a railroad tycoon, is a unique blend of Victorian and Asian architecture.  Having been constructed by Chinese railroad workers, the building melds classic Queen Anne Victorian design with a strong Asian influence, which is primarily evident in staircase and intricate carved wood throughout the downstairs of the building.

Those who appreciate the Asian art and design sense are welcome to stop by for a tour, and will also want to attend a special presentation of Zen Master and Calligrapher Shodo Harada Roshi at the St. Francis Auditorium on Tuesday, February 26.  The event, offered by the New Mexico Museum of Art and the One Drop Zen Community of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, is scheduled to take place from 6-8pm.  Shodo Harada Roshi will share his teachings on the the practice of calligraphy as a spiritual art form, as well as how it has affected his personal journey as a monk.  During the two hour demonstration Roshi will create large-scale scrolls from start to finish, and a translator will provide on-going commentary to illuminate the process.

St. Francis Auditorium/New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue (on the Plaza)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Suggested donation at the door of $5

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Calling all Foodies for Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Santa Fe has many acclaims to fame, bringing guests throughout the year to The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Along with our colorful history, world-renowned art, depth of culture and scenic beauty, Santa Fe also boasts a wide array of highly-acclaimed restaurants.  From Native American Indian to east Indian, French to New Mexican, African to Italian, Santa Fe has something for every palate.  A great time of year to try out these fine restaurants is during the 4th Annual Santa Fe Restaurant Week, taking place from February 24-March 3, 2013.

All 49 participating restaurants will be offering specially-priced dinners (many also offer special lunch menus as well), some as low as $25 for a couple, and on up to $40/person for a serious culinary feast.  My personal favorites of the high-end restaurants are The Compound (Contemporary American) and La Boca (Spanish Tapas), each offering a $40/person menu of delectable choices.  Among the more ethnic and exotic options, my top picks are Jambo Cafe (African) and Shoko Cafe (Japanese).

In addition to the special dining deals, you can also take advantage of a plethora of cooking classes, demonstrations and tours.  Learn to make "Gnocchi Like an Italian Grandmother" or "How to Make Fresh Pasta" from Chef Andrew Cooper of the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.  Sign up for the "Tour & Taste of New World Cuisine" offered at the Museum Hill Cafe in conjunction with the Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum.  For those preferring a class centered on libations, check out "The History of Beer" being held at the Cowgirl BBQ.

Due to the popularity of this culinary event, advance reservations are highly recommended - they can be made by calling each participating restaurant directly, or finding them on Open Table. This the ideal time to dine at your favorite tried-and-true establishments, or to branch out and try something new and different.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Violin Virtuoso Hilary Hahn in Santa Fe

Recognizing that people these days travel with their music stored in MP3 players, we have docking stations and speakers in each guest room of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  While iPods and other such devices make it ever so easy to store music these days, nothing can compare to the magic of live music, particularly when one has the opportunity to hear a true virtuoso.  Residents and visitors to Santa Fe will soon have such an opportunity, as violin superstar Hilary Hahn will be performing on Tuesday, February 19th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Though only 31 years old, Hilary Hahn is one of the most sought-after artists of the day.  She performs with the world's most prestigious orchestras, has won two Grammies, and has received multiple Diapason "d'Or de l'Annee" and "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" prizes.  Her technical brilliance, thoughtful interpretations and tireless work to communicate her love of classical music with other others led to her being recognized in 2011 by Time Magazine as "America's Best Young Classical Musician".

Santa Fe is one stop on a US tour titled In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, which includes works by Beethoven and Bach as well as specially commissioned pieces by two dozen contemporary composers.

Tickets for this remarkable performance are available online or by calling the Lensic Box Office at 505.988.1234.  Ticket prices range from $20-$75, with student discounts available.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013  7:30pm

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The St. Francis Auditorium, just a short walk from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, will be hosting piano virtuoso Gabriela Montero on Sunday, February 10, 2103.  Gabriela will be playing Three Intermezzos by Brahms and Schumann's Fantasy in C Major.  The concert, presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association, begins at 4pm.  Ticket prices range from $20-$50 and may be purchased online at www.ticketssantafe.org or by calling 505.988.1234.

Gabriela Montero, born in Caracus, Venezuala, got her start playing the piano very early in life.  The toy piano of an older cousin was placed in her playpen when she was only 7 months old, and rather than banging on the keys with her fist, she immediately begin picking out notes with her index finger.  Before she could even speak, she had picked out the melody for the country's National Anthem on her piano, by then her favorite toy.  Gabriela began formal lessons at age 4, and gave her first public concert at age 5.

Ms. Montero tours worldwide, most recently in Spain and Germany, and is particularly known for her remarkable performance improvisations.  She encourages her audiences to suggest various melodies and themes, and then she rewards them with unique interpretations of these requests.  Her ability to come this with a career as a serious classical artists results in a close connection with her audiences.  Santa Fe is fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy such a gifted and highly-acclaimed pianist.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Celebrating Valentine's Day in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is the perfect place to wow your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, or any time of the year you might be inspired to rekindle your romance.  The 1886 Queen Anne architecture, complete with stained glass and ornately carved fireplaces, creates an ideal amorous backdrop.

Enhance the mood with a couples treatment at the Balinese-inspired Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the back garden of The Madeleine.  They are offering a Valentine's Spa Special throughout the month of February.  This couples treatment begins with a Master's Massage in a candlelit room as you are both drenched with warm oils permeated with rose and chocolate essence.  Following your massages, slip into a hand-carved granite tub, filled with the petals of two dozen red roses, a fire burning at your feet, as you nibble on tropical fruits and homemade chocolate truffles.

After your blissful time in the spa, head out to one of Santa Fe's many fine restaurants.  If your stay coincides with Valentine's Day itself, there are several restaurants offering dining specials.  The Old House Restaurant is featuring a four-course 'Aphrodisiac Menu' which includes oysters, lobster tail, New York steak, fresh strawberries and chocolate.  The price for this is a reasonable $119 per couple, or $149 if a wine pairing menu is chosen.  Their Valentine's Day menu will be served from February 14-17.  Reservations are highly recommended, and may be made by phoning 505.995.4530.

Another top pick for a romantic meal is Santacafe, located just a few blocks from The Madeleine in an historic adobe compound.  The casually elegant setting consists of four intimate, candlelit rooms and is a lovely atmosphere in which to savor the delicious menu of contemporary American and Southwestern cuisine.  Again, reservations are recommended - call Santacafe at 505.984.1788.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Santa Fe Opera 2013 Season

Every summer The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn fills up with opera lovers from across the country, many of whom have been staying with us for 15 years or more.  The 2013 Santa Fe Opera summer season schedule is now posted, so you will want to plan your trip soon:  the preferred seats and the best hotel rooms tend to sell fast.

This summer brings revivals of two very popular operas:  Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi's La Traviata.   A real treat will be the world premiere of Oscar, by Theodore Morrison, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.  This opera was co-commissioned and co-produced by The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia, and features David Daniels as Oscar Wilde.   For operatic hilarity, plan to attend Offenbach's The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, which has not been performed since 1979.  This newly staged production will be performed on opening night, June 28, and features Susan Graham in the title role.  Last but not least is Rossini's romantic La Donna del Lago, starring acclaimed mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato as the mysterious lady of the lake.

Winter is hardly the time of year to be thinking of outdoor picnics, but you will want to plan a tailgate supper so as to take advantage of the spectacular sunset and mountain views available from the opera's parking lot.  Stop by Whole Foods and choose from their extensive deli array, choose take-out from one of Santa Fe's many fine dining restaurants, or order a box meal directly from the Santa Fe Opera.

Tickets range from $30 (standing room only) to a whopping $943 for top tier orchestra seats.  Serious opera devotees will want to plan their stays so as to enjoy all five operas back-to-back.  This option is available from July 30-Augst 3, August 6-10 or August 13-17.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 800.280.4654.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Santa Fe Real Estate Market on the Rise

Over the past six months The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn has hosted many a guest in the market for a home in Santa Fe.  As was the case in much of the country, our real estate market dropped in value by about 30%, though that tide is turning.  Inventory has dropped significantly from a year ago, and the median sales price for a Santa Fe home in the final quarter of 2012 was $266,184 - an increase of close to 30%, though there were fewer sales overall in that final quarter.

In addition, "Business Insider" anticipates Santa Fe's annualized expected growth in the real estate sector to be 8.9%, making it one of the fifteen best housing markets in the U.S. over the next five years.  From the sounds of it, now is the time to buy in Santa Fe, before things heat up even more.

Santa Fe boasts a plethora of realtors, from large national agencies such as Sotheby's and Coldwell Banker to highly reputed local agencies such as Barker Realty, Prudential or Santa Fe Properties.

This is also a great time to furnish that new home in Santa Fe, as American Country Collection is offering every item in their showroom at 25% off.  Located at 620 Cerrillos Road, the store features unique home furnishings, antiques, rugs and a wide assortment of upholstery and curtain fabrics.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A New Year - A New You

Winter is a quiet time at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, making it an ideal time to treat yourself to a quiet time of renewal and rejuvenation.  Start the day in quiet meditation and journaling, or perhaps an early morning yoga class at Yoga Source or one of Santa Fe's newest yoga studios, Dragon Rising.  After a healthy breakfast of fruits, yogurt and homemade granola (or indulge in Blue Corn Waffles, Blueberry Almond Stuffed French Toast, or a Southwestern Breakfast Enchilada), enjoy New Mexico's blue skies and sun with a walk up Canyon Road or a hike in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. 

Then give yourself the ultimate New Year's gift of a spa renewal afternoon.  Absolute Nirvana, our Balinese-inspired garden spa, is currently offering a Detoxification and Rejuvenation Special to help you start the new year at your best.  Begin with a relaxing massage, followed by an exfoliating scrub of French White Clay & Sea Salt, and ending with a mask of Golden Belizian Seaweed.  This treatment, using only natural and organic ingredients, is specially formulated to rid the body of toxins and stress.  A new you will emerge, feeling energized, purified and radiant.

Santa Fe offers a number of healthy dinner options for those opting for a visit centered on purification of body and soul.  Body Cafe offers a wide array of vegan, gluten-free and raw entrees, including some delicious raw organic truffles.  Another choice is Vinaigrette, featuring a selection of salads, soups and sandwiches, made using organic greens and vegetables from their own farm in Nambe, NM.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Exhibition for Chocolate Lovers at the Santa Fe Folk Art Museum

The Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the back gardens of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, offers a couple of decadent chocolate-based spa treatments.   Guests can indulge in the two hour Chocolate Decadence, for example, which includes a head to toe massage with warm oils, chocolate/rose aromatherapy, a scrub of raw organic cacao and sugar, a mask of yogurt and honey, and ending with a luxuriating soak in a tub filled with the petals of a dozen roses.

Chocolate lovers will also enjoy the new exhibition at Santa Fe's International Folk Art Museum, titled New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas.  This thoughtfully curated show highlights the earliest cultural mixing that took place in the Americas through cuisine, as foods originating from Europe and the New World were combined as a result of the travels of the Spanish Manila Galleons.  Specifically showcased in this exhibition are objects and information related to the history of chocolate and mate: their origins, how they came to be so popular, and objects related to their harvesting, preparation and service.  The exhibit will run through January 5, 2014.

This immersion into the history of chocolate, including a stop at the tantalizing 'scent station', you will no doubt leave you salivating for a taste of this elixir of the Gods.  Satiate your desires with a visit to Kakawa, located near The Madeleine Inn at 1050 Paseo de Peralta.  Kakawa is best known for their assortment of authentic Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican, Mayan, and Aztec drinking chocolates, as well as 1600's European, Colonial American and Colonial Mexican drinking chocolates.  They also feature an ever-changing selection of exquisite and unique truffles, caramels and baked goods, working only in small batches, using only fresh and seasonal ingredients.