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 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