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.