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.