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