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.