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