Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Turtle Dances at Taos Pueblo

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn come from around the world to learn about the area's Native American culture and history.  A terrific opportunity to experience this heritage first-hand presents itself on New Year's Day with the Turtle Dances at the nearby Taos Pueblo.  This pueblo, designated as both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

The Taos Pueblo, famous for its drums and micaceous pottery, is fiercely independent in spirit.  Residents continue to speak the unwritten Tiwa language, and are committed to integrating the traditional way of life with the realities of existing in the modern world.  A day trip to this fascinating pueblo is a high on the list of things to do while in Santa Fe, and to be there during a ceremonial dance is an added treat.

The dances are scheduled to begin on January 1, 2012 around 8am, though this is only an approximate time.  Please note that no cameras or cell phones are allowed during this blessing ritual, which carries deep cultural significance to the community of the Taos Pueblo.  Please behave with utmost respect and consideration, much as you would in a church.

Taos Pueblo
120 Veterans Highway
Taos, NM

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Feasting in Santa Fe

Repeat guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn know that Santa Fe abounds with fabulous restaurants, though many are closed on Christmas Day.  Nonetheless, there are some great options, and many of the city's larger hotels are open and serving bountiful holiday feasts.  You will want to make your reservations as soon as possible, as seating is limited.

My first choice for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Dinner would be Restaurant Martin.  Theirs is an innovative and deliciously-prepared and presented menu, with a wide array of seafood, poultry, meats and vegetarian options in an simple but elegant setting.  Christmas Eve dinner begins at 5:30pm, and Christmas Day service begins at 1pm.

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo Street

I would also recommend The Compound Restaurant for either Christmas Eve Dinner (located on Canyon Road, so very well-situated for those wanting to participate in the Farolito Walk) or Christmas Day.  Their Christmas Eve service begins at 4pm, with a three course prix-fixe dinner for $125.  Christmas Dinner is served from 5pm on, with an a la carte menu featuring Compound favorites along with turkey dinner and all the trimmings.

The Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon Road

Another great choice would be Fuego at La Posada, located just one block from the inn.  Christmas Eve dinner will be available from 5:30-9pm, with the same menu available on Christmas Day from 3pm-8pm for $75/person.

Fuego at La Posada
330 Palace Avenue

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa Fe Southern Railway Holiday Trains

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn can get in the holiday spirit and see some of the fabulous scenery of New Mexico while riding one of the Santa Fe Southern Railway Holiday Trains. From December 16 through December 24, 2011, take a ride to either Lamy or the Galisteo Basin Overlook while riding in vintage railcars dating back to the 1920's. All riders on the Holiday Trains will enjoy spectacular scenery while singing traditional Christmas Carols.

If there are children in your party, you will want to be sure to book yourself a train with Santa himself. For even more Christmas magic, book the Story Book Ride, which features a reading of the Polar Express™ book, with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Guests on this ride are encouraged to wear their PJ's!

Booking reservations in advance is highly recommended, as these are very popular rides. Ticket prices ranges from $20-$50, depending on age and the ride selected. Check online for a Schedule of dates, times and prices.

Please call the Santa Fe Southern Railway to book your reservations at 505.989.8600. The railway office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am-5pm, and open Sunday from 11am-3pm.

All trains board at the historic depot located at:
410 S. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents "A Baroque Christmas"

Santa Fe is a very popular destination for the Christmas holidays. The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is filled with guests who come every year for the festive faroitas lining the rooftops, the smell of pinon burning in kiva fireplaces, great holiday shopping, fantastic cuisine, and an overall jolly holiday spirit. Music is, of course, a very important component of the Christmas holidays, and Santa Fe Pro Musica provides the perfect holiday concert for music lovers of all ages.

Beginning on Sunday, December 18 and again from December 20-24, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble will perform the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Teleman, along with traditional carols. Performances will take place at the Loretto Chapel, home of the miracle staircase, just a few blocks away from Hacienda Nicholas.

Ticket prices are $15-65. Tickets may be purchased over the phone at 505.988.4640 or online.

Santa Fe Pro Musica - A Baroque Christmas
December 18, 20-24 at 6pm & 8pm each evening
Loretto Chapel
207 Old Santa Fe Trail

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dining Deal at The Old House Restaurant

Savor a delicious 3-course dinner at the landmark Old House Restaurant, located at the Eldorado Hotel, just five blocks from Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn. This celebrated restaurant is offering a Prix Fixe Menu for just $25/person, now through December 23, 2011.

The restaurant has received numerous accolades: AAA awarded the Old House Four Diamonds, Zagat honors it as New Mexico's best restaurant, and Wine Spectator gave the wine list their "Award of Excellence".

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a delicious meal at a good price, The Old House's impeccable service, inspired menu and elegant atmosphere will surely please even the most discerning diner.

Old House Restaurant
309 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Nutcracker Comes to the Lensic

Just a few short blocks from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is the historic Lensic Performing Arts Centre, soon to be host to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's staging of The Nutcracker. This spectacular theatrical production, to be performed on the weekend of December 3 and 4, 2011, will delight audiences of all ages.

Come see this magical holiday story, with stunning scenery, lots of action, and memorable performances by a cast of 60 dancers, actors and circus acts. Thrill to visions of the Sugarplum Fairy, an exciting battle between the Nutcracker Prince and the King of the Mice, and the dancing of an exotic Arabian Princess, Chinese Dancers, Flowers, Snow Fairies and so much more.

After the performance, take a stroll up San Francisco Street to the Plaza, now full of enchanting Christmas lights and garlands.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $72 and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at

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

December 3, 2011 - 2pm and 7:30pm
December 4, 2011 - 1pm and 5pm

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe

Guests come from far and wide to the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn to celebrate Thanksgiving in Santa Fe. The crisp, clean mountain air, a blanket of fresh snow in the mountains, and spectacular culinary feasts offered throughout the city, make for a perfect holiday destination.

Since it is just a block from the inn, my first recommendation for Thanksgiving Dinner is La Posada's Fuego Restaurant, where you can enjoy a traditional feast, including a whole roast turkey served tableside. Begin your meal at Fuego with Green Chile Smoked Salmon, Local Vegetables and Domestic Cheeses. This is followed by a Creamy Butternut Squash Soup and a Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts and Autumn Pear Dressing. Along with your Roast Turkey, carved tableside, is Apple Stuffing with Cranberry Chutney, Whipped Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Hazelnuts. End the meal with a Spiced Cheesecake or Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Tart. This fabulous feast is $65/person, with seating from 3pm-9pm.

Fuego Restaurant - La Posada
Corner of Paseo de Peralta and Palace Avenue

Another fine dining option for Thanksgiving Dinner is Restaurant Martin, with an a la carte menu sure to please everyone in your party. Appetizers include a Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque ($12), a Wild Mushroom and Lobster Risotto ($17) or a Slow Braised Prime Short Rib ($14). Entrees range from Roasted Organic Turkey, served with stuffing, potatoes and gravy ($28) to Grilled Black Angus New York Strip ($30) to a Vegetarian Tasting Plate ($23). Save room for dessert of Roasted Pumpkin Pie, Carmelized Golden Apple with Gingerbread Cake or a Chocolate Toffee Bread Pudding. All desserts are $8.

Restaurant Martin
536 Galisteo Street

Last but not least, for those of you wanting a more casual and lower-priced Thanksgiving Dinner, you can't go wrong with the $27.50/person menu at The Zia Diner. Choose from a Butternut Squash Bisque or Salad of Organic Greens, Pears and Pecans. The Zia has several entree selections - one being a Turkey Plate with all the trimmings, another a Roasted Poblano Chile filled with Bulghar Weat Spinach, Pecans, Cranberries, Cheese & Roasted Squash, and the third being an Aromatic Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin. Pie is the word of the day for dessert at The Zia: you will have to make up your mind between Pumpkin, Pumpkin-Pecan, Wicked Cocoa, Apple Crumb and Strawberry Rhubarb.

The Zia Diner
326 S Guadalupe Street

Very important - whether you choose one of these restaurants or another establishment, you will want to call ahead to make reservations! Not all Santa Fe restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, and those that are open are always very busy.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spanish Culture Abounds in Santa Fe

Surround yourself in the Spanish style architecture of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn; then indulge in fabulous Spanish tapas just a few blocks away at La Boca Restaurant before heading out for a night of authentic Spanish dancing with Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel.

José Porcel, regarded as one of the very best flamenco dancers in the world today, has assembled a company consisting of Spain's most acclaimed flamenco artists. Their performances combine traditional flamenco moves with more contemporary choreography, and are renowned for their vitality, passion, and intensity.

This exciting evening of dance and music, presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association, will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $20-$72 and may be purchased online at or by phoning 505.988.1234.

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

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Celebrate Halloween at The Mine Shaft Tavern

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast Inn for Halloween will notice that Santa Fe goes all out for this holiday, which is not surprising for such an arts-based community. In Santa Fe, Halloween is definitely not just for the kids! If you want to get into the spirit of Halloween, head out to Madrid, a coal mining town dating back to 1835, for an evening of revelry at The Mine Shaft Tavern. Enjoy dinner, dancing and libations, as well as a costume contest. The contest itself begins at 9pm, with awards given out at 10:30pm.

Need to put together a last-minute costume? Party City, on Cordova and St. Francis, has a wide array of ready-to-go costumes. If you are feeling more creative, put together a one-of-a-kind costume at Double Take, a consignment shop on Guadalupe Street. Who knows, you may just win a prize!

The Mine Shaft Tavern
2846 Highway 14, Madrid, NM
Monday, October 31, 2011
$10 entry fee

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grab your Lederhosen and Head for Oktoberfest!

Though we are no longer allowed to serve wine at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast, due to new draconian state laws, our guests can imbibe to their heart's content at Oktoberfest, taking place this evening at the Santa Fe Brewing Company. The brewery is New Mexico's oldest micro-brewery, distributing only naturally-conditioned beers in New Mexico and surrounding states.

Oktoberfest is open to all ages, and runs from noon to 8pm. Savor delicious brews, watch some lively polka dancing and participate in the sausage eating contest as well as the 6-pack holding contest. You will need to come early to register in advance for the contests, as space is limited. In the evening, beginning at 6:15pm, enjoy music from Anthony Leon and The Chain and the Sean Helean Band.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Santa Fe Brewing Company
35 Fire Place, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
Tickets are $15 if purchased online in advance, or $20 at the door.
Children 12 and under are FREE.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New York City Ballet Comes to Santa Fe!

Our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a real treat at the end of the month, with two performances by soloists of the New York City Ballet taking place at The Lensic Performing Arts Centre. These performances, scheduled for Thursday October 27 and Friday October 28, will feature eight dancers from this world-renowned company performing various works by George Balanchine, the company's founder.

Thursday evening's repertoire includes such favorites as the pas de deux from “Apollo” and “Agon,” the “Diamonds section from “Jewels,” and the George Gershwin-inspired “Who Cares?” with live piano accompaniment. The Gershwin score’s songs include ’S Wonderful, Do Do Do, Lady Be Good, Embraceable You, and Who Cares? Friday evening's performance will showcases Balanchine’s “Tarantella” and “Who Cares?”, a “Swan Lake” excerpt by Peter Martins, and the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s “After the Rain.”

Ticket prices range from $20 to $72 and my be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at

Lensic Performing Arts Centre
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
October 27 & 28, 2011
7:30 PM

Friday, October 7, 2011

The 40th Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

All week long guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn have been heading off to Albquerque, whether at the crack of dawn or later in the afternoon, to experience the 40th Annual Albquerque Balloon Fiesta. If you have never seen this event, a Kodak moment if there ever was one, be sure to make it part of your New Mexico itinerary. The Albquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest of its kind in the world, and they are always on the cutting edge of hot air ballooning. In fact it was in Albquerque, in 1979, where the idea of balloon glows originated.

My favorite part of the Balloon Fiesta is the night glow, when the burners of each balloon is fired up at the same time, creating a spectacular sight of glowing balloons of all shapes and sizes. This is followed by a memorable fireworks display.

Another highlight of the Balloon Fiesta is the Dawn Patrol. Balloonists prepare their balloons at 5:45am, taking off while it is still dark, and fly until there is enough light to find a safe landing spot. While there are no mass ascension days left during this year's Festival, you can still see dawn ascensions this Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9.

Friday, September 30, 2011

New Exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art

Guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn generally try to fit in a visit to the popular Museum of International Folk Art while in Santa Fe. Whether this is your first visit or you have been multiple times, the museum is always a delight. Along with the permanent collection (the world's largest collection of folk art) is a revolving exhibit that never ceases to amaze with its innovative and creative curating. Opening on Saturday, October 1 is the exhibit Young Brides, Old Treasures, featuring a magnificent collection of Macedonian embroidered dresses made primarily from 1890 to 1920. On display will be 27 mannequins wearing intricate and colorful ensembles representing various parts of the country, and women at various stages of life. Until fairly recently, one could ascertain not only where a Macedonian woman lived, but also whether she was married, had children, was widowed, and more, just by looking at her clothing. The ensembles often incorporated many fabrics, from wool to cotton to silk, along with intricate embroidery using metallic or cotton threads and adornments of metals, glass beads and plastic.

Admission prices are $9 for adults and no charge for children 16 and under. Another option is to get a 2-museum pass or 4-museum pass - definitely the way to go if you plan on visiting more than one museum during your stay.

This particular exhibit will be up through January 5, 2012. Museum Hours are 10am-5pm, Tuesdays through Sundays, closed Mondays.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Exhibit at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Art lovers congregate each evening at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Social Hour, sharing their thoughts on Santa Fe's Museums and Art Galleries. Sure to foster much discussion are two new exhibits at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, featuring works from the permanent collection as well as a show of Robert Henri. Henri, an often overlooked American impressionist painter, is known as the leader of the urban realists group known as "The Ashkan School". The new exhibit, featuring 50 Irish-themed paintings on loan from both private and public collections, can be seen now through January 15, 2012.

The museum is open daily from 10am-5pm (open until 7pm on Fridays). General admission is $10, $5 for New Mexico residents, $5 for military and law enforcement officials, $8 for seniors and students age 18 and above, and free to all under the age of 18.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Experience the Passion of Flamenco

We provide the Bed and the Breakfast at Hacienda Nicholas, but the entertainment is up to you. I recommend to all guests this fall that they treat themselves to a night of exciting flamenco at The Lodge at Santa Fe, in the renowned Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre. Here you will experience the fire and passion of Spanish Flamenco dancer Antonio Granjero & the EntreFlamenco Company. The production runs now through October 23, 2011, with performances beginning nightly at 8:30pm. This intimate theatre, with seating for just 160, also offers beverage and tapas service, making for a whole evening of Spanish culture.

These performances of authentic Andalucian Flamenco are directed and choreographed by principal dancer Antonio Granjero, who worked closely with Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco for over 10 years.

Tickets prices range from $25-$55 and may be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at

The Lodge at Santa Fe
Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco
750 N. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Check out Globalquerque

Music lovers staying at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn over the weekend of September 16 and 17 may want to spend some time at Globalquerque, New Mexico's 7th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.

You will be entertained by world music entertainers from 5 continents, with musicians from Pakistan, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Bulgaria, France and New Zealand, to name just a few. Among the line-up are Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole from Louisiana, Buffy Sainte-Marie for some Cree music, DePedro from Spain, and Gaida from Syria.

The nightly concerts begin at 6pm and take place on three different stages. In addition to the musical events is the Global Fiesta, taking place from 10:30am-4pm, featuring workshops, demonstrations, hands-on crafts, international dance classes, food, shopping and more. The world comes to Albuquerque during these two days!

Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $60 for an adult two-day pass and $35 for an adult one-day pass. Save some money by purchasing your tickets in advance by calling 505.724.4771. Advance ticket prices are $50 for two days and $30 for one day. Children get in for half price.

National Hispanic Cultural Center
September 16 and 17, 2011
1701 4th St SW, at Avenida César Chávez
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Calling all Willy Nelson Fans!

Many of our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are music lovers, with some coming for the Santa Fe Opera, others for the Santa Fe Chamber Music or the Desert Chorale. For those who prefer country music, a real treat is in store with the upcoming performance of Willy Nelson and Family on September 17. Making the event that much more special is the venue. The legendary Willy Nelson will be performing at The Santa Fe Opera, a truly incredible stage.

This concert, a benefit for The Santa Fe Watershed Association, will take place on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30pm, for one show only.

Ticket prices range from $25-$102 and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at

Friday, September 2, 2011

21st Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival

The second most favorite event in Santa Fe for guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, after Indian Market, is the upcoming Wine and Chile Festival. This event, now in its 21st year, features five days of fabulous wine tastings and some of the best food the town has to offer.

The festival is a food and wine connoisseur's Disneyland, with cooking demonstrations, wine seminars and a myriad of special luncheons and dinners at Santa Fe's most highly-acclaimed restaurants. Choose from Wine Dinners at Amavi, Restaurant Martin, The Compound and many more top Santa Fe Restaurants. Capping off this glorious five-day abundance of food and wine is the Grand Food & Wine Tasting, where guests savor food from 75 of Santa Fe's best restaurants and great vintages from 90 world-class wineries. These festivities take place under huge tents at the Santa Fe Opera, with its scenic mountain vistas and dramatic sunset view enhancing the evening's enjoyment.

Because this is such a popular event, tickets tend to sell out. If you are planning on attending, I advise getting your tickets right away.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
539 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Thursday, August 25, 2011

End-of-Summer Sales

Santa Fe is known for its plethora of fun and inspired boutiques, and many of our guests return to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn with their arms full of new purchases. This is the time of year to take advantage of great end-of-summer sales, and two of my favorite shops are now offering mega sales worth checking out.

Bodhi Bazaar, located in the Sanbusco Center, currently is discounting all spring and summer merchandise at 25-70% off. They have an array of both hip and trendy attire, as well as some more sedate dresses and pants for those a bit less adventurous.

Take advantage of 30-50% off at On Your Feet and the adjacent Get it Together, also located in the Sanbusco Center. Here you can find the most fashionable and comfortable (!!!) footwear right next to very wearable and affordable fashions.

Sanbusco Center
530 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mucho Gusto es Muy Delicioso

We recommend Mucho Gusto to many of our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn who are seeking traditional New Mexican cuisine within walking distance of the inn. Mucho Gusto fits the bill perfectly, serving up delicious fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, chalupas and much more, all less than three blocks from Hacienda Nicholas.

It is important that I sample the fare of the restaurants I recommend, just to make sure they are still on top of their game. This weekend brought such an opportunity when my family and I celebrated my brother's 50th birthday with a dinner at Mucho Gusto. We were given a private room which perfectly accommodated our party of seven. Our meal began with flavorful tomatillo salsa, guacamole and chips - if you are a large party, I would suggest getting two orders of guacamole, as the serving size is a bit small. One of the signature dishes of Mucho Gusto is the fajitas - the owners of the restaurant used to own The Old Mexico Grill, the best fajita restaurant Santa Fe has ever known. I had the tasty vegetable and tofu fajitas, two others in our party savored the succulent lamb fajitas (that night's special), though you can also opt for chicken, beef or shrimp. I love the sound of sizzling fajita platters coming to the table, with the accompanying tortillas, guacamole, cheese, salsa and sour cream.

Mucho Gusto is also famous for "The Bomb", a thoroughly decadent and delicious dish of chicken breast stuffed with jack cheese, poblano chiles, almonds and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with a rich mushroom chipotle cream sauce.

Be sure to save room for dessert. If you are an ice cream lover, the Chocolate Toffee Pie is a fabulous end of the meal.

The decor of the restaurant is fairly nondescript. In my opinion they would benefit tremendously mimicking the decor of The Shed or La Choza, with their brightly painted walls and fun murals. Nonetheless, the combination of delicious food, reasonable prices (entrees are $12-14) and convenient location continue to make Mucho Gusto one of my top picks for guests of The Hacienda Nicholas B&B.

Open Daily from Noon-9pm
839 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

90th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market!

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn has been booked out for over year, mostly with repeat guests who enjoy the tradition of the Santa Fe Indian Market time and again. This event, now celebrating its 90th year, will take place on August 20 and 21st at the Santa Fe Plaza. Because it is the most prestigious and well-known Native Arts Market in the entire world, it attracts both major collectors and those curious to see what all the fuss is about. Serious buyers are known to camp out in front of the booths of the most sought-after artists for half the night in order to get first pick at the best items.

Featuring 1100 vendors from over 100 tribes, Indian Market brings together jewelers, potters, weavers and visual artists, along with film-makers, musicians, dancers, writers, culinary artists and more.

We recommend to our guests that they try to get to Market early in the day, before things got too hot, and when the selection is best. Of course at the end of market there are some terrific deals to be had! Remember, wear a hat and drink plenty of water along with that tasty fry bread.

Saturday August 20, 7am-5pm
Sunday, August 21, 8am-5pm
At the Santa Fe Plaza
Free Admission

Friday, August 12, 2011

Taos Musician Robert Mirabel in Po'Pay Speaks

Visitors to Santa Fe and The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are fascinated with the rich history of the area, particularly the Native American culture. Here is an opportunity to learn more of this vivid history during a premiere of the one-man show, Po'Pay Speaks. Starring Taos Pueblo musican, artist and writer Robert Mirabel, Po'Pay Speaks is a depiction of Po-Pay, the leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt against Spanish colonial rule. Mirabel, a two-time Grammy winner, will use music, story-telling and dance to tell the story of Po'Pay's tremendous achievement in uniting the Pueblo peoples to drive out the Spaniards. The production then segues into a message to Native American youth today, given in the spirit of a current-day Po'Pay. He laments the adverse of effects of consumerism, facebook and mass media on Native American culture, and implores Pueblo peoples to re-examine and re-connect with their roots.

The premiere of Po'Pay Speaks is on August 16, followed by another 17 performances running through September 4, 2011. Tickets are $45 and $55 and may be purchased at or by calling 505.988.1234.

Po'Pay Speaks
August 16-Sept. 4, 2011
The Lodge at Santa Fe - Maria Benitez Room
750 North St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cook With the Chef Series at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market

As we are big proponents of organic and local foods here at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, we happily recommend all events affiliated with our famous and fabulous Santa Fe Farmer's Market. Besides selling the best local and organic produce of the area, the market is active in promoting all aspects of healthy eating and lifestyle.

One example of this is the weekly "Cook With the Chef", happening every Thursday at the Railyard from 5:30-6:30pm. This event features a number of the city's top chefs demonstrating their signature dishes as well as discussing their recipes and local food sources. There is also an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the recipes discussed.

This Thursday, August 4, you can get an inside look at Amavi Restaurant with Chef Megan Tucker. Next Thursday's event features the cooking of Louie's Corner Cafe, with Chef Alea Jensen.

This fun and informative series is presented by the Santa Fe Alliance, a group working tirelessly to promote a local and sustainable economic community.

The Santa Fe Farmers' Market is also open in the Railyard on Saturday mornings, 7am-Noon.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Simply Stunning Alonzo King Lines Ballet Comes to Santa Fe

Guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a real treat if they plan on attending the upcoming performance of Alonzo King Lines Ballet at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. This small San Francisco-based company tours throughout the world, thrilling audience with their spectacular blend of contemporary dance and traditional ballet. Thanks to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Lines will be in Santa Fe for one night only, on August 5th. Lines is known for their collaboration with well-known composers, musicians and visual artists, adding a deeper dimension to the art of dance. This ain't no Swan Lake!

Ticket prices range from $36-$72
Tickets may be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at

The Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco (just six blocks from Hacienda Nicholas)
Friday, August 5, 2011 at 8pm

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The 60th Annual Santa Fe Spanish Market

For our guests who fall in love with the touches of Spanish art placed throughout The Hacienda Nicholas B&B Inn, this weekend is the perfect time to start your own collection of this beautiful art. Plan to check out this summer's highly-acclaimed Spanish Market, held at the nearby Santa Fe Plaza on July 30 and 31. Spanish Market began way back in 1926, and is now the largest and most spectacular of any such market in the country. You will see traditional Spanish Colonial art and contemporary Hispanic Arts, including santos, boltos, straw applique work and more. With over 200 vendors from New Mexico showing their work, plus music, dance, food and demonstrations, the festival is a great opportunity to experience past and present New Mexico Culture.

Many of you may also be interested in the special mass to be celebrated at the St. Francis Basilica on Sunday at 8am. There you will see the blessing of the art and the artists of the Spanish Market. This mass will be followed by a procession around the Plaza, led by a Mariachi band. A very festive beginning to the day.

Santa Fe Spanish Market
At The Plaza
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Behind Adobe Walls

You will find peace and tranquility behind our adobe walls at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast Inn, as well as on the famous home and garden tour, Behind Adobe Walls. This annual tour, put on by the Santa Fe Garden Club, features four incredibly beautiful Santa Fe homes and their gardens.

I remember going on this tour several years ago and being amazed by what I saw. One home in particular was one I had passed a hundred times while driving, and never thought it was at all remarkable. Going behind the high adobe walls surrounding the house was another matter - inside were lush gardens, a spectacularly beautiful adobe home, and an amazing collection of fine art.

These are the surprises and delights that await anyone taking the tour. The tour, which began in 1941 (with a break for the war) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious of its kind in the country. Because it is so very popular, you will want to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Tuesday, July 26
Reservations: Call Westwind Travel at 505.984.0022 or

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tired of Hearing "Red or Green?"

Santa Fe is known for its plethora of fine dining establishments, as well as its myriad of Northern New Mexican restaurants. For those guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn who want a break from costly high end cuisine, or don't want to hear the question, "red or green?"(as in chile), The Flying Star Cafe is just the place.

With an emphasis on local and organic foods, the menu offers a variety of salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches, along with a huge array of award-winning desserts and baked goods. In addition, there are a number of selections for those following a gluten-free or vegan diet. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is that of a contemporary diner.

Serving from 7am until 9pm during the week, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday, The Flying Star has something for everyone.

500 Market St # 8 - near The Farmer's Market
Santa Fe, NM 87501-7322
(505) 216-3939

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Two for One Wine Tasting

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are invited to take advantage of a special deal at the Black Mesa Winery. Simply let the innkeeper know you are interested in the Two for One Wine Tasting and you will receive a coupon giving you access to the Black Mesa Winery tasting for just $7 for two people.

It may come as a surprise to many people, but New Mexico is actually the oldest wine-growing region in the United States! The first grapevines were planted in New Mexico as far back as 1629, while California didn't begin planting grapevines until 1769.

Stop by the Black Mesa Winery, perhaps on the way back from a day-trip to Taos, and learn more about the history of New Mexico wine while sipping some award-winning New Mexico wines. The Black Mesa Winery is located in Velarde, NM, in between Santa Fe and Taos. As members of the New Mexico Wine Grower's Association, Blue Mesa Winery strives to make wine of the highest quality.

Black Mesa Winery
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm
Sunday, Noon-6pm

Monday, July 11, 2011

Fabulous Consignment Shopping for a Good Cause

This afternoon I went to buy recycled ink for the Hacienda Nicholas B&B office printer, but alack alas, I found that the store had moved. However, while there, I made a great discovery. Right next door to where my eco-friendly computer ink store used to be (by Jinga Restaurant) is the new location of the Barkin' Boutique, a fabulous consignment shop whose proceeds go to benefit the Espanola Valley Animal Shelter.

I found an assortment of high quality clothes and shoes (including some well-known designer labels), along with handbags, jewelry, shoes and accessories. Even better, the prices are lower than Double Take, Act Two and many of the other Santa Fe consignment shops. Because it was my birthday, I treated myself to several dresses and a pair of shoes - way more fun than buying computer ink!

This store is a great destination for visitors and locals alike, and what better cause than the animal shelter?

Barkin' Boutique
Suite N
510 North Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Santa Fe Ranked as One of Top Cities in the U.S.

We are noticing an uptick in reservations at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, now that the fire scares have dissipated. Perhaps even more travelers will add Santa Fe to their travel itineraries now that Travel + Leisure Magazine has once again ranked Santa Fe as one of the Top Ten Cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The Travel + Leisure Annual Survey of the World's Best Cities ranks Santa Fe as Number Five, where it has been for the past three years. We Santa Feans are tickled pink to be chosen just after New York, Charleston, Chicago and San Francisco.

The survey questions cover everything from weather to activities, scenic beauty to nightlife, so it is quite a honor to retain our high placement.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mexican Tiles Galore

Guests staying at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast love all the colorful Mexican tile through the inn. Many are inspired to purchase some for a bathroom or kitchen re-model at home. This weekend brings a great opportunity for anyone looking to bring some Santa Fe style to their own home, during Artesanos Imports' annual 4th of July storewide sale.

All weekend long Artesonos will be selling floor tiles, wall tiles, punched tin mirrors, glass, lighting fixtures and more at great prices. The tiles are the best deal in the store, at 50% off, but everything else is 25-30% off.

I have found the staff to be invaluable in assisting with measurements, amounts and selection, so I have always gotten exactly what I needed for a given project.

At prices like these, you may want to do more than one bathroom!

1414 Maclovia
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale has been thrilling audiences, including many guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, for the past 28 years. The group's much anticipated 2011 season begins on July 7 and runs through August 12. Performances may be enjoyed at various venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, including the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis and the Loretto Chapel.

Programs this summer include "Great Cathedral Music: The Spirit Soars", with music by Bach Brahms & Mendelssohn, "J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor" and "Songs of War and Peace", with a selection of dramatic and powerful music conveying the world's ongoing struggles and angst.

The Desert Chorale, made up of 24 spectacular chorale singers from throughout the country, is one of the premiere chorale groups in the country. They perform to sold-out audiences twice a year - in the summer as well as over the December holiday season.

Tickets: $20 - $275
Available by phone at 505.988.1234 or online at

Friday, June 24, 2011

How Raw are You?

Being an Eco-Friendly establishment, we serve a lot of local, organic and healthy foods at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn (along with lots of yummy, gooey, sugary treats as well!). Because of this, we attract a number of guests who are either really into food in general, or into a healthy lifestyle. Many of our guests make a point of taking a class or two at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, which offers an array of options throughout the week, from demonstration classes to hands-on cooking to restaurant tasting tours.

Another option, of a healthier variety, are the Lifestyle culinary classes taught by Raw Woman. Choose from a single class, or go whole hog (not really!) and sign up for a workshop or retreat. Raw Woman's longer sessions are geared to women who not only want to eat healthy foods, but who are looking for a complete nutritional, spiritual and life renewal.

Of course if your idea of vacation is taking a break from cooking all-together, Santa Fe is chock full of fabulous restaurants for your dining pleasure, from New Mexican to East Indian, Spanish to Japanese, we've got it all!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Music Scene at The Santa Fe Plaza

Visitors coming to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn this July and August will want to plan on hanging out on the central Santa Fe Plaza to soak up some local flavor and great tunes. Now in its 9th year, the Santa Fe Bandstand shows attract big crowds of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy jazz, soul/funk, rock and roll, reggae, Latin, R&B and more. There are also dance and juggling acts during intermissions, and some special performers catering specifically to children and families, such as the beloved Clan Tynker Troupe.

There is plenty of room to sit back on a bench or on the grass, with an ice cream or cool drink, as well as a large open space for those who want a closer view and to get down and boogie. Santa Fe Bandstands kicks off on Tuesday, July 5 and goes on for seven weeks, with both daytime and evening performances. The daytime shows are Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 1:30, a perfect time to plan a picnic lunch on the Plaza. Evening shows are from 6pm-8:30pm, Monday through Thursday nights.

Check out the schedule of over 75 different performances so you can take advantage of these FREE musical events. July highlights include:

July 5 - The Iguanas (rock n roll from New Orleans) and the Clan Tynker troupe (childrens' entertainment)
July 6 - Nosotros
July 11 - Jono Manson, Hilary Smith and Soul Kitchen
July 12 - Ryan McGarvey with Cristen Grey and the Moving Dunes
July 18 - Sister Carol (reggae)

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Tempest comes to Santa Fe

Santa Feans and visitors to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a real treat this weekend with the performance of The Tempest at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, located just a few blocks from the inn. Get your tickets now for one of only two live performances of this classic Shakespearean drama, starring renowned actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford, with music by Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Orchestra.

Sir Jacobi is one of England's most celebrated actors and was recently described in a New York Times review as "one of the greatest living Shakespearean actors today". The combination of Jacobi and Clifford, another notable Shakespearean actor, will inevitably lead to a memorable evening of theater.

June 18 - 7:30pm
June 19 - 4pm
Ticket Prices range from $20-$50 and may be purchased online at or by phoning 505.988.7050.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Folk Art of the Andes

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn captivates visitors from around the world who are drawn to Santa Fe's vast collection of art. One of the most favorite places to view art is The International Folk Art Museum, which has a new exhibit - Folk Art of the Andes.

This is a spectacular collection of over 850 pieces, including embroidery, weaving, metalwork, sculpture, ceramics and painting and woodwork. Marvel over these various types of indigenous art forms as seen in a variety of costumes, toys, religious artifacts, jewelry and everyday household items. In addition to this particular exhibit are enchanting rooms filled with a variety of old doll houses, replicas of Guatamalan marketplaces, Day of the Dead items, textiles from around the world and so much more. The museum is a delight for all ages.

The exhibition runs until September 9, 2012 in the Hispanic Heritage Wing and through March 10, 2013 in the Barlett Gallery.

International Folk Art Museum
Museum Hill
706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM
10am-5pm Daily (open Mondays now through Labor Day, Tue-Sun after Labor Day)
Open until 8pm on Fridays.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Santa Fe Studio Tour

Santa Fe is famous for its galleries and plethora of artists, resulting in a steady stream of visitors to the city and to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast. From the hundred plus galleries of Canyon Road to the more informal viewings at coffee shops and local businesses, the city offers a myriad of venues to view art.

In addition to the exhibition spaces, there are a number of studio tours throughout the year. They range in size and scope, from the tours of Dixon studios to those of Eldorado. The most ambitious is the bi-annual Santa Fe Studio Tour, which happens in both June and November. The event is a great opportunity to meet some of Santa Fe's top artists, as well as to visit their studios, see their work, and in many cases, see actual demonstrations of artists at work.

The tour, which kicks off on Friday, June 17 with a Preview Party, is free to the public. Plan on spending at least part of your Saturday or Sunday touring the studios of the thirty participating artists, including photographers, sculptors, painters, ceramicists, digital artists and more. You will come away with a greater appreciation for the work of these artists, if not a piece or two to add to your collection.

Preview Party, June 17, 5-7pm
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael's Drive

Weekend Studio Tours (map available online)
Saturday, June 18, 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 19, 11am-4pm

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Notice to all Denver Area Guests of Hacienda Nicholas

To all of our past and future guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn hailing from the Denver area, I want to let you know of a not-to-be-missed gallery opening. On Thursday, June 9 the highly-acclaimed Robischon Gallery will host an opening for artist Ted Larsen, who happens to be my husband. The gallery will re-open after several months of extensive renovation, providing a stunning setting for this new body of work.

Larsen uses salvage materials to create two and three dimensional art that is both minimalist in nature yet also full of content and character. The works range from being highly formal in nature, to being very playful and just plain fun. But hey, I am not writer of fine art. Best to read the words of Elizabeth Sussman of The Whitney Museum, as she describes the work of Ted Larsen much more eloquently than I could ever hope to do.

Rejoinder - Works of Ted Larsen
June 9- July 16, 2011
Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO. 80202
Phone: 303.298.7788

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 11am - 6pm
Saturday, 12pm - 5pm
(Complimentary Daytime Parking)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Spring Festival and Children's Fair at Las Golondrinas

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to get out to Rancho de las Golondrinas this weekend, whether they have children in tow or not.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th, this living history museum hosts their annual Spring Festival and Children's Fair. The historic Spanish ranch comes alive with traditional New Mexican music and dance, demonstrations of sheep shearing, bread-making in an horno (an authentic outdoor adobe oven), puppet shows, arts and crafts-making and much more. There will also be traditional New Mexican food, arts and crafts for sale.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $8/adult, $5/teens and seniors, and FREE for anyone under the age of 13. The event is great fun for all ages, and is an engaging way to learn about life in New Mexico during the 19th century.

Rancho de las Golondrinas
20 minutes south of Santa Fe - 334 Los Pinos Road
June 4 and 5 - 10am-4pm

Monday, May 30, 2011

Tiffany & Company's Best Kept Secret

I am recommending that guests coming through Albuquerque on their way to or from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn take the time to visit the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. The museum has the distinct honor of showcasing an incredible museum show that has not been seen outside of New York City, the Netherlands and Germany - A New Light on Tiffany - on display now through August 21, 2011.

Visitors will get to ooh and awe over breathtakingly beautiful Tiffany glass - including 60 stunning lamps, from the much vaunted Dragonfly motif to the Peacock, Daffodil and Wisteria designs. Not only will viewers get the rare opportunity to see this exhibit, they will learn in great detail a never-before-known fact - that many of these brilliant designs are actually the work of a woman (!!!) - Clara Discoll. This well-kept secret of Tiffany & Co. was not revealed until 2005, when a number of her letters were discovered by two historians in two different locations.

Along with the displays, one can learn some of the technical aspects of how these stunning works of stained glass were created, as well as peek into the life of Clara Driscoll in early 20th century New York.

A New Light on Tiffany
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road N.W.
Albuquerque, NM

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Shawn Colvin coming to Santa Fe

Guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast Inn will be delighted to know that Shawn Colvin will soon be appearing in Santa Fe. This legendary singer/songwriter will be appearing at The Lensic Theatre on June 11 as part of the infamous Thirst Ear Festival.

Colvin, winner of three Grammy Awards, has released ten albums which have sold more than two and half million copies in the U.S. Her popularity is a result of a brilliant combination of sensational lyrics coupled with her hauntingly beautiful vocals. This is definitely an event worth getting to.

Tickets range from $32-$79 and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Lensic Theatre
211 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Behind the Scenes with Faust

Every summer The Hacienda Nichols Bed & Breakfast fills up with opera lovers, in town to enjoy the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.  This summer's season, running from July 1 through August 27, includes Faust (making its Santa Fe debut), La Boheme, Giselda (the first major production of this work in the U.S.), The Last Savage and and Wozzek

The Santa Fe Opera brings together some of the best voices in opera today, attracting opera lovers from around the world.  Along with spectacular performances, the stage itself is truly unique - its open air design allows guests to enjoy New Mexico's scenic beauty and dramatic summer lightning storms while simultaneously being transported by the heavenly voices on stage.  Even if you are not a seasoned opera aficionado, you can't help but be mesmerized by the performances in this spectacular setting.

Tickets are already on sale and go fast, so if you are interested, so you will want to book right away.  Ticket prices start at $35, and can be purchased online or by calling 505.986.5900.

Many attendees choose to arrive a few hours before the opera to enjoy a tailgate dinner while watching a fabulous New Mexico sunset.  A wide array of tailgate dinners can be purchased through the opera itself for a reasonable $29 per dinner, or simply put together with a visit to Whole Foods.  I have seen people up there wearing jeans, eating a sandwich on the ground, while others are in black tie, eating the most elaborate of meals on fine china while drinking champagne in crystal glasses, with crisp white damask on their picnic table.  The Santa Fe Opera is truly a remarkable scene.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Get a $50 Spa Credit at Absolute Nirvana Spa

You too can get a $50 Spa Credit at Absolute Nirvana Spa this June.  Stay any three nights at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn or The Madeleine Inn this June and we will give you a $50 credit to use at Absolute Nirvana Spa.  Treat yourself to a restorative retreat in Santa Fe during one of the most beautiful times of the year.

The credit may be used when booking one of our many heavenly Deluxe Treatments - two hours of massage, mask, scrub and steam, ending with a memorable soak in a sea of rose petals. Or, take $40 off a two-hour Master-Level Massage & Facial Combination.

Along with an assortment of fabulous spa treatments to choose from, June is also a time to enjoy the annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, for music lovers to kick back at The Thirsty Ear Festival, and dance lovers to take in a performance of the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Giddyup to the Buckaroo Ball

Hey all you cowboys and cowgirls coming to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast in mid-June, time to get your tickets to the annual Buckaroo Ball.  This gala is one of the highlights of the Santa Fe social scene, with music, dancing, a live auction and lots of merriment.  The Buckaroo Ball, now in its 15th year, raises money to help at-risk children in Santa Fe County. 

This year the event will take place on June 17 at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, from 6pm-9pm.  Kick up your heels to the music of South by Southwest and savor delicious food prepared by Hotel Santa Fe.  Wine from the Santa Fe Vineyards will be flowing freely.  You might want to shop at Kowboyz for some duds, as most attendees will be dressed in their finest cowboy regalia.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online.

Saturday brings more Buckaroo festivities at The Railyard, with a free event open to the public from noon to 6pm.  There will be story-telling by the beloved Joe Hayes, music by Joe West Review, with the Buckarettes, the Bill Hearne Trio and Kim & the Caballeros, as well as delicious BBQ from Whole Hog.

The fun doesn't stop there.  Stick around for the Hoedown, a free community event on Saturday night, offering another opportunity to two-step the night away. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beethoven Marathon this Weekend

Many of our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas  Bed & Breakfast Inn are big fans of classical music and will be thrilled to take part in the Beethoven Music Marathon, taking this weekend at the historic Lensic Theatre.   The Musical Marathon will begin on Saturday, May 21 at 6pm and continue through Sunday, with a performance at 2pm.

The highly acclaimed Santa Fe Symphony and Orchestra will be joined by pianist Anton Kuerti, an Austrian virtuoso with an unparalleled ability to render the works of Beethoven as they were meant to be played.  You will be dazzled on Saturday with his interpretation of Beethoven's Concerti 3, 2 and 4.  On Sunday Kuerti will play Overture to Coriolon as well as Concerti 1 and 5.

Keurti is a highly sought-after musician who has performed throughout the world, including tours in Japan, Russian and much of Europe.  It is a great honor for the Santa Fe Symphony to be working with Keurti, who has previously performed with the likes of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and more.

Tickets prices $20-40.
Tickets available by phone at 505.988.1234 or online at

Saturday May 21, 2pm.
Sunday May 22, 4pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Friday, May 13, 2011

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

Like so many visitors to Santa Fe, guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are drawn to the art of the Native American population.  Coming up over the Memorial Day Weekend is the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, a wonderful opportunity to view and/or purchase museum-quality Native American art.  Featured with be 200 of the most renowned Native American artists from around the country, showcasing and selling everything from pottery to jewelry to weavings.  Styles range from traditional to contemporary, and artists range from newly discovered, up-and-coming to well-established names in the field.

The two-day event includes demonstrations, food and music, making for a festive event.  Not only is this a great chance to add a stunning piece or two to your collection, the proceeds will go to benefit the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.  The location, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, is just a few blocks away from The Hacienda Nicholas B&B, so you can easily walk and avoid the lines of cars heading for the parking areas.

Be sure to get there when the event begins for the best selection of art, should you be in buying mode.  Otherwise, take your time and stroll through at a more leisurely pace, enjoying the entertainment an great spirit of this gathering.

Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM
May 28 and 29, 10am-4pm
Admission $5 on Saturday (tix available at the door)
                 FREE on Sunday

Friday, May 6, 2011

For a Memorable Mother's Day Brunch

Guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn may want to eat light at the morning breakfast in order to take advantage of the Mother's Day Brunch offering at Santacafe.  The patio of this restaurant is one of the nicest places to eat in all of Santa Fe, with large trees, planted flowers and the sweet chirping of the birds, surrounded by a historic territorial style adobe compound.

Not only is the setting superb for a late spring luncheon, the menu includes tantalizing treats for all tastes.  We always get the basket of fresh-baked muffins and sweet breads to pass around the table as we peruse the menu.  For starters I recommend  the Flash-Fried Calamari with Lime Dipping Sauce that is absolutely heavenly or some tasty Spring Rolls (both $9.50). 

Main courses include a savory Quiche with Gruyere Cheese with a small watercress salad ($12),  Baby Spinach Salad with Seared Rare Tuna ($13), Ruby Trout with Sweet Corn Risotto ($15) and Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast and Fresh Fruit ($12).  Check out their website to see more choices if none of these dishes whet your whistle.

They will be serving brunch on Mother's Day from 11am-3pm.
Best to call ahead to make reservations, as the place will be very popular on this particular day.

231 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, NM

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Santa Fe Farmer's Market Open for a New Season

The Santa Fe Farmer's Market is a favorite destination for guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn.  This lively gathering spot for locals and visitors alike is now open for another glorious season, offering the best in locally grown, organic foods and products.

Summer brings the most abundant produce, but even in springtime you will delight in a tremendous variety of goods.  Fill your bags with tender asparagus, nutritious spinach, sprouts, root veggies, herbs, goat milk, yogurt and cheeses.  Bing along a cooler for grass-fed meats, and leave room to carry baked goods, an assortment of lotions and potions and plant starts.  Remember, it is safe to plant outside after Mother's Day, coming right up!

The Farmer's Market is open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, from 8am-1pm, in the Santa Fe Railyard.  If you are lucky the Railrunner Train will pull into the station while you are there, which is always an added bonus.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chick Corea and Gary Burton Jazz up the Santa Fe Scene

Our innkeepers often choose a melodic jazz CD to play during the morning breakfast hour at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, but live is so much better, isn't it?  On Sunday, May 1, renowned jazz musicians Chick Corea and Gary Burton will be jazzing things up at the Lensic Performing Arts Center

Chick Corea, instrumental in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement of the 1970's, is also the founder of the ever-popular enemble, "Return to Forever".  Corea continues to be a  jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer of international renown.  Gary Burton, also a pioneer in fusion jazz, is known for his innovative playing of the vibraphone.  The two artists have produced several albums (remember them?) and CD's together, including the 1979 epic "Crystal Silence". 

Corea and Burton are currently in the midst of an international tour, covering the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Israel.  The dynamic musical duo shows no signs of slowing down!  This concert is a fabulous opportunity for all jazz lovers in Santa Fe on May 1.

Ticket prices are $30-$65 and may be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Annual Holy Week Pilgrimage to Chimayo

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are fascinated to learn of the annual pilgrimage to Chimayo that happens every year over Holy Week.  During this time thousands of the faithful will walk up to 100 miles on their way to the Santuario de Chimayo.  For some the walk is a demonstration of their devotion to the Church, while others may walk to honor a loved one, to seek penance, or in hopes of receiving spiritual or physical healing from the curative powers of the shrine's holy dirt.  The Santuario, built in 1816, is believed to sit on sacred earth which has miraculous healing powers.  It is also sometimes known as "The Lourdes of the West". 

On Good Friday, the highways to the north of Santa Fe leading to Chimayo are packed with walkers, causing traffic to slow to a snail's pace.  Some walkers carry on the tradition of walking with heavy wooden crosses, though these days many of the crosses are fashioned of styrofoam, making the trip much easier.  By Easter Sunday the church will have received tens of thousands of visitors.

For those visitors wanting to get a real taste of New Mexico's strong culture and faith, I would recommend joining this pilgrimage for at least a mile or two.  Should you make it all the way to Chimayo and are looking for sustenance, I suggest stopping in at Rancho de Chimayo for some hearty Northern New Mexico fare and a margarita to whet your whistle after such a long walk.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Brunch at The Compound Restaurant

Santa Fe is a popular destination for the Easter Holidays - the lilacs and fruit trees are blooming, the birds are chirping gaily and spring is in the air.  While we offer a filling breakfast at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast, guests are always curious about where they can enjoy a traditional Easter Brunch a bit later in the day. 

This year The Compound Restaurant is offering a tantalizing feast of holiday favorites from a spring-inspired a la carte menu.   The restaurant, located in an historic landmark building on Santa Fe's famous Canyon Road, is known for its innovative menu and elegant atmosphere.

First Course Selections - prices range from $11-$14
Made to Order Spring Pea Soup
Cured Atlantic Salmon Salad
Bangers In a Blanket
Jumbo Crab Meat Salad

Main Course Choices Include - prices range from $19-$28

Jumbo Crab and Lobster Salad
Chicken Schnitzel (my personal favorite!!)
Beef Tenderloin Medallions
Asparagus & Spinach Quiche

Dessert Options Include - $8/each
Strawberry Shortcake
Carrot Cake
Fresh Berries with Chocolate Tuile

There is also a children's menu available, including such yummy delights as Buttermilk Pancakes or a Black Forest Ham & White Cheddar Cheese Egg Scramble.

The Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Easter Brunch - Sunday, April 24, 2011

Please call in advance to ensure a table:  505.982.4353