Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Music in Santa Fe

The Christmas garlands and wreaths are up at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn in anticipation of a full house over the holidays.  Christmas in Santa Fe is a truly magical time, with farolitos lining adobe walls and rooftops throughout the town, the Plaza ablaze with glittering lights, delicious New Mexican holiday cuisine, and world class music concerts taking place throughout the month of December.

One such event is the Santa Fe Symphony's Christmas Treasures Concert, taking place on Sunday, December 15, at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.   The concert, featuring Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony Joseph Young, includes such holiday favorites as Arnold's Holly & the Ivy, Silvestri's Suite from Polar Express, Delius' Sleigh Ride, Anderson's A Christmas Festival, and Berlin's White Christmas.

Tickets prices range from $20-$70 and may be purchased online at the Lensic Box Office. The concert itself begins at 4pm, but included in the price of admission is an informative Preview Talk which begins at 3pm.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe

We'll be serving up some tasty Southwestern Breakfast Enchiladas at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn this Thanksgiving morning, but guests will surely want to make reservations now for a Thanksgiving Dinner later in the day. Many of the town's fine dining establishments go the extra mile on this holiday, serving up sumptuous feasts with all the traditional trimmings.

My top pick this year is Fuego at La Posada:  located just one block from the Hacienda Nicholas, La Posada has put together an amazing five course dinner comprised of the traditional holiday favorites.  Start with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, followed by Mulled Pear with Spinach and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Spicy Pecans.  Then comes an Herb Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and Herbed Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beats and Carrots with Cranberry Orange Compote.  End your meal with Pumpkin, Pecan or Apple Pie.  The five course dinner is a reasonable $69 per person, with seatings as early as 3pm and as late as 7:30pm.  The reason I recommend Fuego above the others is because they are donating a turkey to the Santa Fe Food Depot for each reservation of four or more.  Executive Chef Carmen Rodriguez, named "New Mexico's Chef of the Year" in 2012, deserves kudos for this generous initiative to help those in need.

There are plenty of other great options as well.  The award-winning Compound Restaurant, located on Canyon Road, is serving a 3 course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner featuring Compound Classics and Seasonal Specialties.  The dinner menu, served from 3-7pm, features a mouth-watering array of choices.  Start with traditional Butternut Squash Soup or try something a bit more unusual like Rock Shrimp & Grits or a Duck Confit.  You may choose the traditional Thanksgiving meal, including Organic Turkey and all the trimmings, or perhaps a Braised Veal Osso Bucco, Wild Alaskan Halibut or Wild Mushrooms and Organic Stone Ground Polenta.  Save room for dessert!  On the menu are a Dark Chocolate Walnut Tart, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Maple Pecan Pie and Pear Sorbet.  This 3 course menu is priced at $75/person, with a $25 option for children.  Call them at 505.982.4353 for reservations.

Another top pick for Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe is the Inn of the Anasazi, serving both a Thanksgiving Brunch (11am-2:30pm, 3 course menu at $45/adult and $28/child) and a Thanksgiving Dinner (4-9pm, 3 course menu at $85/adult and $45/child).  For reservations call 505.988.3236.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hooray! We got our Wine Permit!!!

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is happy to announce the return of our very popular Wine & Cheese Hour.  Due to Draconian New Mexico liquor laws, we had to suspend service of any wine and limit the libations served to Pellegrino and Juice.  After two years of working with the New Mexico Legislature, we finally were able to get a bill passed allowing the B&B's of the state to serve limited quantities of beer or wine to our guests - then another 5 months to jump through all the hoops to obtain this permit!

In any case, Hacienda Nicholas and The Madeleine Inn are the first two inns in New Mexico to be granted this special B&B Wine Permit, and we have resumed our Wine & Cheese Hour as of yesterday.  We look forward to working with some of the local Northern New Mexico Vineyards, such as Estrella del Norte and Vino del Corazon, and hope other inns will take advantage of this opportunity.

To celebrate our new Wine Permits, we are offering some great lodging deals at both The Hacienda B&B and The Madeleine Inn - now through January 2014 (excluding holidays) we are offering 25% Sun-Thursday night stays and 15% off weekends.  Call us now at 888.321.5123 for best room selection.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Canyon Road's Annual Paint-Out Today!

Crisp fall weather combined with a sunny blue sky day make for perfect conditions to walk the 3 blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn to Canyon Road for the 6th Annual Canyon Road Paint Out.  Over 100 artists continue the tradition of painting "en plein air" that began a century ago on Canyon Road, when artists first began establishing themselves in Santa Fe.  These artists moved into homes up and down Canyon Road, living in the back rooms, using the front rooms and outdoor portals as their studios, and displaying art along the sidewalks and exteriors of their homes.  Artists will be working outside all day today, October 19th, demonstrating such varied artistic endeavors as painting, jewelry-making, sculpting and carving.

This is a fabulous opportunity to not only see the art that wins international accolades for Canyon Road, but also the work in progress.  Music, food and art shows will be offered at various locations up and down the street.

Should you get hungry for a proper meal along the way, I highly recommend treating yourselves to a yummy lunch at the highly acclaimed Compound Restaurant, located in an historic adobe compound just off Canyon Road.  Another terrific lunch spot is Geronimo's, where you can chose to eat inside or on the outdoor patio, allowing for great people watching and enjoyment of the perfect fall weather we are experiencing today.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Robert Cray Comes to Santa Fe!

Music lovers lucky enough to be at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn on November 10th will want to purchase advance tickets to see legendary blues guitarist and singer Robert Cray at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.  The five-time Grammy Award winner, now age 57, is the youngest musician to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.  He has played with such legends as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker, as well as doing his own solo performances.

To see him at such a relatively intimate venue as the Lensic is a rare treat indeed.  I highly recommend calling the Lensic as soon as possible at 505.988.1234 for best seats.  You may also reserve tickets online at  Ticket prices range from $34-54.  Concert begins at 7:30pm.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Once in a Decade Museum Shop Sale!

It is not unusual for guests to compare museum experiences over breakfast each morning at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed  & Breakfast Inn.  Perhaps the most popular museum on Santa Fe's Museum Hill is the International Folk Art Museum, with hundreds of pieces of folk art from around the world.  Also popular is the newer Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the two museums featuring antique Native American art:  The Wheelwright and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

All of these museums have terrific shops, with an array of fabulous items at reasonable prices. On October 5th, however, is a golden opportunity to shop til you drop at the New Mexico Museum Tent Sale, when all merchandise from each museum shop will be sold at 25-90% off!  Peruse the 10,000 items, which include jewelry, crafts, textiles, books, cards, stationery and prints and you will surely find treasures for yourself and to give as gifts.  This sale only happens about once a decade, so you won't want to miss out on all the fabulous deals.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Santa Fe's 23rd Annual Wine & Chile Fiesta

Santa Fe has its share of fiestas and notable events throughout the year, most within walking distance of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast.   One of the most enjoyable and highly-anticipated is the Wine & Chile Fiesta, where walking distance might well be a very welcome attribute.  The five day celebration of food and wine runs from September 25-29, 2013.  Due to its increasing popularity, I highly recommend purchasing your tickets online as soon as possible:  as of today only 200 of the 2500 tickets for the Grand Tasting!

The annual event brings 75 of Santa Fe's most notable restaurants (La BocaThe CompoundSantacafe and Restaurant Martin are some of my favorites) together with 100 national and international wineries.  In addition to food and wine tastings on both a large and small scale (a tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique followed by lunch at Tomme is a top pick), are demonstrations by some of the country's top chefs (Chef John Rivera Sedler - named "Chef of the Year 2011" by Equire Magazine, among other national food celebrities), food-oriented walking tours, and a selection of wine seminars.

The highlight of this extravaganza is the Grand Tasting, taking place on September 28th at the Santa Fe Opera, which includes all participants of the fiesta under huge white tents.  Imagine sampling the best food of Santa Fe together with wines from New Mexico to Mexico, Chile to France, while enjoying the opera's stunning views of New Mexico landscapes.  The cost of the event is $150 per person, and worth every dollar.

The weekend culminates with the 20th Annual Gruet Golf Classic at the Towa Golf Course, just 15 minutes from town, on September 29th.  Every third hole features one of the Gruet Winery's delicious sparkling wines paired with food from a different Santa Fe restaurant.  Golf never tasted so fine!