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

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