Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Eve Magic in Santa Fe

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is perfectly situated in the midst of Santa Fe's historic east side, allowing guests to easily walk to the Plaza and Canyon Road.  This location is particularly ideal on Christmas Eve, when Canyon road and the surrounding residential neighborhood are transformed into a magical fairyland during the annual Farolito Walk.  Adobe walls and rooftops are lined with actual farolitos - small brown paper bags illuminated from within by a small candle - as opposed to the pervasive plastic "bagolitos" that appear right around Thanksgiving!  On every block you will also see luminarias, small bonfires where people gather to chat and sing Christmas carols while warming up.

I personally prefer doing the walk at about 10:30-11pm, when the crowds have dispersed and one can walk along quiet streets illuminated by the soft glow of thousands of flickering candles.  I also recommend venturing off Canyon Road itself, and exploring some of the little alleys and side streets of the neighborhood.  Being in a less-traveled area lends to the mystical nature of the evening even during the height of the walk.

Lastly, if you are heading out for dinner from Hacienda Nicholas, you will want to choose a place within walking distance.  Traffic is exceedingly heavy in the neighborhood on Christmas Eve, as the farolito walk is attracts locals and visitors alike who drive into town from miles around.  Check out Mucho Gusto, La Boca, Il Piatto or The Shed, and make your reservations early!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Music in Santa Fe

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is decorated for the Christmas holidays, as is much of the rest of Santa Fe.  Adobe walls are lined with farolitos, and the Plaza is festooned with garlands and magical lights.  Adding to the holiday spirit are a number of concerts presented by the renowned Santa Fe Desert Chorale, running from December 14 through December 31, 2012.

The Desert Chorale, famous for its glorious and inspiring voices, is a favorite of both locals and returning visitors.  My favorite is the "Carols and Lullabies" concert in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis.  The cathedral itself if beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays, and the program features traditional and more contemporary carols from around the world, from Ave Maria to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and closing with Silent Night.  These concerts are scheduled for December 14, 18, 20, 21 and 22 at 8pm.  Tickets run from $15-$65.

For those of you who like to sing along, the Desert Chorale offers "The Big Holiday Sing", which combines the voices of the Desert Chorale with the New Mexico Concern Choir and the Rio Grande Youth Chorale.  This program, perfect for the whole family, focuses on favorite carols and popular music of the season.  This performance, surely the largest choral gathering in New Mexico, takes places on December 15 at 2pm at Santa Fe's Cristo Rey Church.  Tickets are $20 and $25, and Free for children five and under.

The Desert Chorale will also welcome the New Year with their "Toast to the New Year" on December 28, 29, 30 and 31 at the famous Loretto Chapel.  This concert, beginning at 8pm, will feature colonial hymns, Sephardic folk songs, and French melodies.  The evening ends with the Chorale's beautiful rendition of Auld Lang Syne.  Ticket prices range from $30-$45.

Tickets for these magnificent concerts may be purchased at www.ticketssantafe.org.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving in Santa Fe

Treat yourself to a leisurely Thanksgiving in Santa Fe this year while taking advantage of the 25% off lodging special at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, located just three blocks from the Plaza.  Enjoy glorious blue sky and sun by day, then cool mountain air as night falls and finds you relaxing in front of a blazing fire, or snuggled in your cozy bed of feather and down.

In honor of the season, our Absolute Nirvana Spa has a selection of decadent Pumpkin Spa Specials designed to exfoliate and nourish dry winter skin while you savor the heavenly aromas of the holiday.  Indulge in a relaxing massage followed by a pumpkin body mask and scrub - restore your skin's natural healthy glow with an exfoliating scrub of brown sugar and cinnamon, followed by a nourishing mask of warm pumpkin puree, buttermilk, honey and cloves.  This one and a half hour Pumpkin Delight is just $165.

Another option is the Delicious Pumpkin Facial, using Naturopathica's Pumpkin Enzyme Peel to increase collagen production, leaving the skin firm and radiant, with increased elasticity.  The one hour treatment is priced at $105, but if you choose to combine both of these yummy treatments, you will get 2.5 hours of Pumpkin Bliss for just $250.

Make it a memorable Thanksgiving this year, and start the holiday season feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.



Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Fun in Santa Fe

Guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn looking for fun things to do this Halloween will want to check out the Ghost Tour of Madrid, taking place for the first time ever on October 31, 2012.  Walk through the town of Madrid with Madrid historian and long time resident Lilly Whiteswan as she recounts spooky tales of the town and its past residents, and then plan on spending the evening at the Mine Shaft Tavern - the location for the movie "Wild Hogs" as well as the most haunted place in Madrid.  The tavern takes Halloween very seriously, going all out with decorations and an adult costume contest.  Spend the evening celebrating Halloween while eating one of their famous green chile cheeseburgers and dancing to the music of Anthony Leon and the Chain, an alternative country music band.  Halloween in Madrid is definitely not just for kids!

Ghost Tour and spooky story-telling will take place from 5-7pm - $10.
Purchase tickets online or by phone 505.438.3780.

Dinner/live music at the Mine Shaft - $10 cover.
Dinner served at the Mine Shaft until 9pm.
Costume Contest 9-10pm.

Mine Shaft Tavern
2846 Hwy 14
Madrid, NM
505.473.0743

Sunday, September 16, 2012

La Boca Launches a New Restaurant

Just a short walk from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is La Boca, one of our most-recommended restaurants.  La Boca consistently delivers exceptional cuisine to even the most discerning diners, so they, along with a handful of other local restaurants (Restaurant Martin, Santacafe, The Compound) are our top picks for fine dining in Santa Fe.

Now that La Boca has opened their Taberna La Boca, a Spanish-style tavern, we are delighted to add another name to our list of highly-recommended restaurants. The new location, just around the corner from La Boca and across from The Bull Ring, is also an easy walk from the inn.  Taberna La Boca is designed to be a cozy, intimate space to enjoy a wide array of La Boca's exceptional tapas, wine, sherry and draft beer, and will accommodate the overflow traffic from La Boca itself.

In addition, Taberna La Boca makes an ideal choice for those seeking a private dining experience, whether for a wedding, family reunion, holiday gathering, or other such occasion.   You might also consider arranging a private Wine Dinner, a Chef's Table Dinner or a Paella Party.

Lastlly, Chef James Campbell Caruso will be offering afternoon cooking demonstrations, sherry seminars, and a host of other food and wine events.

In a town known for its food, La Boca is stepping up to the plate in a big way by expanding its operations on such a scale.  Kudos to Chef Caruso!

For reservations call 505.982.3433.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn visit Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) throughout the year, and take great delight in this living history museum.  The early 18th century Spanish colonial ranch is especially memorable when visited during one of the weekend events, such as the upcoming Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, taking place from 10am-6pm on September 22 & 23, 2012.

The Fair features music, flamenco & belly dancing, a costume contest and medieval combat, as well as Celtic games, food and drink, including ale and mead!  Of particular note on the entertainment schedule are the performances by the enchanting Clan Tynker, with its jugglers, magic shows and fire tricks.

Tickets are a modest $10 for adults, $7 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children under age 13.

Rancho de las Golondrinas is located 20 minutes south of town.  From 1-25 South take Exit 276 and follow the signs.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Viva la Fiesta!

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is ideally situated for guests to enjoy the upcoming events of Santa Fe's Annual Fiesta.  This three day cultural and religious celebration began in 1712 to commemorate the returning of the Spanish colonists to Santa Fe.

One of the highlights of Fiesta is the Burning of Zozobra, which will occur on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Fort Marcy Park.  The event consists of the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy known as "Old Man Gloom", a huge puppet representing all the year's hardships and disappointments.  At dusk small fires are lit on the stage just in front of Zozobra and the Fire Dancers begin their dance, jumping and cavorting around in an attempt to frighten away the bad spirits.  The crowd grows increasingly animated, yelling out a chorus of "Burn him!  Burn him! Burn him!".  Once it is fully dark, the fire dancers light the base of the giant marionette, and as he catches fire he begins to moan and groan, waving his arms in the air, his enormous eyes glowing and rolling around.  It is a rather horrid yet spellbinding event.  As Zozobra burns, all the past year's 'doom and gloom' one has experienced burns away with him.  The finale comes with a burst a fireworks as flames engulf Zozobra's head, with the crowd going wild.

Following the burning, many people proceed to the Plaza where there is music, food and dancing.  Because of the popularity of this event, which draws about 50,000 viewers each year, I highly recommend leaving your car in the lot and walking to wherever you wish to go.  One can choose to participate with a close-up view of the burning by purchasing tickets ($20 for adults, $10 for children under 42") and being part of the scene in Ft. Marcy.  In this case, go early and bring a picnic supper.  Bear in the mind that the closer you sit to the stage, the wilder it will get as the night progresses.  For those wishing to avoid the big crowds, walk two blocks from the inn and head up to the Cross of the Martyrs.  You will have a great view and far less jostling about as you burn your doom and gloom.

For this wishing to avoid the event all together, please know that many restaurants in the downtown area will be closed, so you will want to check into this ahead of time.  Best to leave your car in the lot as traffic is insane on Zozobra night.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

61st Annual Spanish Market in Santa Fe

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn won't want to miss the 61st Annual Spanish Market, happening on the Santa Fe Plaza, just a few blocks from the inn.  This event features traditional Spanish art from over 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as music, dance and tasty foods.

The Santa Fe Spanish Market is the oldest and largest such market in the United States, and offers visitors a unique opportunity to not only view and purchase traditional handmade crafts, but to learn about the process of creating these works of art by speaking directly with the artists and their families.  On display will be paintings and carvings of saints, intricate straw appliqué work, weavings, tinwork and hand-carved furniture.  Of course the addition of Spanish music, dance and food showcases the city's Spanish culture on a myriad of levels.

If you miss the summer Spanish Market, you can see a wide array of this artwork at the Spanish Colonial Arts Museum, or plan to be in Santa Fe for the smaller Winter Spanish Market, which takes place every December - a perfect place to do your Christmas shopping!

Spanish Market, 2012
July 28 and 29
Santa Fe Plaza

Friday, July 20, 2012

Viva Mexico Carnaval

Guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are drawn to Santa Fe for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is to learn about and explore our various cultures.  This weekend brings a fantastic event for anyone wishing to be immersed, however briefly, into the culture of Mexico.  The Viva Mexico Carnaval will take place on July 21 and 22 at Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum just south of Santa Fe.  Come either one or both days between the hours of 10-5 for dancing, colorful costumes, music, Mariachi clowns, a fantastic artist market, pinatas, delicious Mexican cooking, healing ceremonies and more.

Rancho de las Golondrinas is a remarkable place to visit any day, and an event such as this just adds loads of yummy icing on the cake!

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and teens, and children under 13 are admitted free.

Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
(take I25 south, exit 276, and then follow the signs)
505.471.2261

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Upcoming Performance

I am highly recommending that guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn who are fortunate enough to be in town on July 13 & 14, 2012, get advance tickets for the incredibly vivacious and fabulous Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.  This small troupe of dancers never ceases to amaze with their presentations of innovative choreography, breath-taking athleticism and utter grace in all they do.

We are ever so fortunate to have such a highly-acclaimed company, who has performed at Jacob's Pillow, the Kennedy Center, Wolftrap and New York City's Joyce Theater, grace us with their presence at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Centre in downtown Santa Fe.

The upcoming performances will feature contemporary works by some of the world's most noted young choreographers.  You will be treated to the work of Alejandro Cerrudo of Hubbard Street Dance, Cayetano Soto's wonderful Kiss Me Goodnight, and the rock-the-house, take-your-breath-away Square None by Norbert De La Cruz.  I have seen Square None twice already, and can't wait to see it for a third time!

Ticket prices are $25, $36, $55 and $72, and may be purchased online or by phoning 505.988.1234.

July 13 & 14, 2012  8pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501


Saturday, June 16, 2012

River Rafting in O'Keeffe Country

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, located just five blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, is one of Santa Fe's most popular museums.  Visitors from around the world come to admire the renowned artist's work, and locals can go again and again since the exhibits are constantly changing.

The museum is a great place to view O'Keeffe's work, and to learn about her life and character.  Touring her house and visiting Ghost Ranch will further deepen your understanding of this remarkable woman.  For a new and unique glimpse into the world of Georgia O'Keeffe, who was an avid camper, river rafter, and intrepid explorer, try a river raft float along the Rio Chama.  The seven mile float, going through the heart of O'Keeffe country, showcases the stunning scenery that inspired O'Keeffe's landscape paintings.  You may choose to do the float on an oar-rigged raft or an inflatable kayak.

These delightful river raft tours tours occur daily from April through September, and are suitable for novice rafters from age 6 on up.  The tours meet at Ghost Ranch at 11am and cost $115/adult, $100/child, which includes a gourmet riverside picnic lunch.  For reservations, please call 800.359.2627 or book online at www.farflung.com.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Santa Fe Opera 2012 Season

Every summer the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn hosts opera lovers who come from far and wide to enjoy the world-famous Santa Fe Opera.  The 2012 season, running from June 29 through August 25,  features five operas, from classics such as Tosca to a world premiere of the new staging of Rossini's Maometto II.

This opera house is a remarkable adobe structure nestled in the mountains just north of Santa Fe, with majestic views of  New Mexico landscape providing a dramatic and memorable setting.   The world's most talented young singers, conductors, directors and designers are invited to participate in what is considered one of the most prestigious opera festivals around.

I recommend arriving early for two reasons.  First of all, the scenery is not to be missed, and many people choose to tailgate (some make this a formal affair, with fine china, crystal, candles and very elaborate cuisine) so as to enjoy the surroundings by daylight.  Enhance your opera experience by attending one of the Prelude Talks, given twice before most performances.  These informative talks are free for ticket-holders and are given both two hours before the performance and one hour prior.  Consider attending the earlier of the two Prelude Talks, then having your tailgate dinner, and then off to your night at the opera.

My parking tip is to park close to the exit, if you are able to walk the distance with ease.  Otherwise you are stuck in a very long line of traffic easing its way back onto the highway.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 505.986.5900 or 800.280.4654 or online at santafeopera.org.   There is a wealth of information online, including schedule, pricing and seating.

2012 SANTA FE OPERA SEASON 

*Tosca: At 8:30 p.m. June 29 and July 4, 7, 13 and 20 and at 8:30 p.m. July 30, Aug. 8, 11, 15, 18, 21 and 24. 

*The Pearl Fishers: At 8:30 p.m. June 30, July 6 and 11 and at 8 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 10, 13, 22 and 25. 

*Maometto II: At 8:30 p.m. July 14, 18 and 27 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 7 and 16 

*King Roger: At 8:30 p.m. July 21 and 25 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 9 and 14 

*Arabella: At 8:30 p.m. July 28 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 6, 17 and 23 
  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Marimba Madness in Santa Fe

Greg, the 'cowboy' innkeeper at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, keeps the tunes flowing throughout the breakfast hour.  Good music plus fantastic southwestern food is a great way to start the day in Santa Fe.  For more fun music, check out the Santa Fe Marimba Festival, a four-day event beginning on Wednesday, June 6.

The Marimba Festival opens at 7pm on June 6 with "Marimba Music From Around the World", and then "Contemporary Classical Marimba" on June 7 - both events at 7 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium.  Ticket prices for the St. Francis Auditorium concerts are just $15 each.

The marimba concerts continue at The Lensic Performing Arts Center with "Double Image", featuring mallet percussionists Dave Samuels and David Friedman on June 8 at 8pm, and end with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and guests marimbists at 6pm on June 9.  Tickets for the Lensic concerts range in price from $20-50.

Tickets for all Santa Fe Marimba Festival concerts may be purchased online at ticketssantafe.org or by calling 505.988.1234.

Monday, May 14, 2012

14,000 Years of Art in New Mexico

Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn guests often make galleries and museums a mainstay of their Santa Fe vacations.  The new exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art, "It's About Time:  14,000 Years of Art in New Mexico", promises to be an impressive view of the state's art through the ages.

Featuring 120 works from Native American, Hispanic American and European American traditions, the exhibit demonstrates how these three cultures have always had a strong influence on one another, and how the art itself has been strongly influenced by changing world views, technology, culture and spirituality.   On view will be a wide range of art, from 14,000 year old Paleo-Indian tools to the contemporary abstract imagery of Agnes Martin and Judy Chicago.  This ambitious display of art in New Mexico serves to deepen our understanding of the region's diverse cultures, and to illuminate the evolution of mankind in general.

The exhibit, which opened on May 11, 2012, will be on display through January 2014.

New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue (just four blocks from Hacienda Nicholas)
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Free Fridays! 5- 8pm
After Memorial Day, the museum will be open seven days a week, 10am-5pm.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

After spending time relaxing in the garden patio of Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, guests are often inspired to purchase a trunk load of xeriscape plants for their own gardens back home.  We generally recommend Santa Fe Greenhouses, voted Santa Fe's Best Nursery for 13 years in a row now!

Another option is the Spring Plant Sale, presented by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden this Saturday, May 12 from 8am-2pm.   Beautify your garden with perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs while also supporting this terrific organization.  Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a non-profit dedicated to preserving the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of the Santa Fe area.  For twenty-five years they have been working diligently to restore the 35 acre Leonora Wetland Preserve at Rancho de las Golondrinas, as well as the 1,350-acre Ortiz Mountains Education Preserve.

Next on their agenda is the creation of a Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill.  Clearly this is an organization worthy of our support.

Spring Plant Sale
Friday, May 11, 4-6pm - members only!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
8am-2pm
Museum Hill, Camino Lejo

Bring your own bags, boxes and carts!



Saturday, May 5, 2012

Civil War Reenactment at Rancho de las Golondrinas

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is a historic adobe home which is especially captivating to history buffs.  This weekend's Civil War Reenactment at Rancho de las Golondrinas will be equally fascinating for lovers of history.  Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) is a living history museum just south of Santa Fe, dating back to the early 1700's.  Along with the annual events such as the Harvest Festival, Wine Festival and Herb & Lavender Fair, the ranch puts on a Civil War Reenactment featuring military drills, living examples of battle zone camp life, educational lectures and demonstrations, as well as actual reenactments of actual Civil War battles that took place in New Mexico.   As 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the state's Civil War battles, the event will be even more elaborate than ever.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and teens.  The event is free for children under age 12.

May 5 and 6, 10am-4pm

334 Los Pinos Road  Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-2261

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Exciting Night of Brazilian Dance

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn may want to check out Dance Brazil, Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.  The evening promises a night of exciting music and enthralling dance, as Dance Brazil offers a unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira

The company evolved from grass-roots workshops in New York City in 1977 and had their first major production at Lincoln Center just a few years later.  Since then they have been captivating audiences on the streets as well as the most prestigious theaters throughout the world with their unparalleled artistry.

Ticket prices are $24, $34 and $44 and may be purchased at select Albertson's grocery stores, by phone at 877.884.8661 or online at unmtickets.com.

April 28, 2012
8-10pm
Popejoy Hall
University of New Mexico Campus
203 Cornell Drive, NE
Albuquerque, NM

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter at The Lensic

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a special treat on May 4, 2012, with a double-header evening of song and story-telling from Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter.   These two world-famous folk and country music singers will be performing at the historic Lensic Theater, accompanying themselves on acoustic guitar, will play selections of their most popular music spanning the past two decades.

Tickets for these multiple Grammy Award winners range from $38-$74 and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.

Friday, May 4, 2012
7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cuban Sizzle Comes to Santa Fe

Shake, wiggle and swivel your hips on down to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, just a few blocks from  the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, for a memorable night of Cuban music.   The event, taking place on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, features the traditional Cuban music of Sierra Maestra.

The mission of Sierra Maestra, formed 34 years ago, was to revive the classical Cuban music of the 1920's and 1930's.   While the group's leader went on to begin the famous Buena Vista Social Club, Sierra Maestra is still considered the best band in the world today playing the music from Cuba's golden age.  This energizing music, considered the soul of Cuba, utilizes the old-style instrumental line-up of guitar, trumpet, bongo, guro and vocals.

Sierra Maestra performs at festivals and clubs throughout the world to rave reviews.  Reserve your tickets now so as not to miss your opportunity to see this highly-acclaimed group.  Ticket prices are a reasonable $20-$40, and may be purchased online at TicketsSantaFe.org, or by calling 505.988.1234.

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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Meow Wolf to Perform at Site Santa Fe

Many guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to engage in the innovative Time-Lapse exhibition at Site Santa Fe.  Site Santa Fe is contemporary arts organization offering ongoing exhibitions, lectures and events to the community of Santa Fe.  Time-Lapse, showing now through May 20, 2012, challenges the notion that an art exhibit is static in nature.  Rather, Time-Lapse is an evolving and ever-changing display with hourly, daily and weekly changes taking place throughout the duration of the show.  In essence, no two days will be the same.  The exhibition comprises large-scale gallery installations, performance art, film screenings, lectures and discussion groups.   One such event will be the performances of Meow Wolf, a collaboration of alternative Santa Fe artists.  Meow Wolf will present two evenings of discourse, dance, poetry, visual arts creation and mediation intended to question preconceived notions of time and space.   These performances will take place from 5-7pm on Friday, April 6 and Friday, May 18.


Site Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
505.989.1199

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rodeo March Madness

While the rest of the country is enthralled with March Madness, guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn can enjoy some western-style March Madness in the form of the Ty Murray Invitational Pro Bull Riding.  No need to wait for Santa Fe's July Rodeo - the event takes place this weekend at the UNM Pit in Albuquerque.  Come watch the top 35 bull riders in the country as they show off their skills against magnificent beasts weighing up to 1 ton!  This is a spectacular event, guaranteed to give you thrills and chills.

Ticket prices start at $15 and can be purchased online or by calling (877)664-8661.

Saturday, March 24 7pm
Sunday, March 25 2pm

The Pit - UNM
1111 University Boulevard
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.unmtickets.com/

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Beads Galore this Weekend in Santa Fe

Whether you are a beader or just like jewelry, be sure to check out Santa Fe's annual Bead-Fest, taking place at the Santa Fe Convention Center, just three blocks from Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn.  This four-day extravaganza offers gems, jewels and bead supplies, as well as finished pieces, glasswork and art.  Always wanted to learn how to create your own jewelry?  Bead-Fest offers a multitude of classes in jewelry-making from nationally known instructors.

The event is open to the public on Saturday, March 17 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, March 18 from 11am-5pm.   Admission is $12 for adults and free for children.

Santa Fe Convention Center
201 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Event for Animal Lovers

As the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is able to accommodate canine guests, it seems only natural to bring attention to the upcoming Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary Fundraiser.  This event will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 6pm-11pm at Body.

Bridging the Worlds has saved hundreds of dogs from abusive situations and shelters where they would have been put to sleep, taking care of them and working diligently to find them loving homes in the community.  Help them continue their good works while enjoying an evening of art, poetry and music from local singer/songwriters.   Get your groove on and shake your booty to the music of the Doug Webb Band, featuring Lydia Clark.  There will also be a silent auction, featuring generous donations from local artists, masseuses jewelers and more. 

The event promises to be loads of fun and is most assuredly for a good cause!  There is a $15 suggested donation at the door.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

From Broadway to Santa Fe - Miss Patti LuPone!

Guests of Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn fortunate enough to be in Santa Fe on March 1 will have the incredible opportunity of seeing Broadway legend, Patti LuPone, at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Centre.

Miss LuPone's recent Broadway performances have been the critically-acclaimed "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Gypsy", for which she won a Tony and numerous other awards for her brilliance in the role of Rose.

She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie HallKennedy Center, and throughout the world.  To see her in such an intimate setting as the Lensic is truly a treat!

Ticket prices range from $20-$92 and may be purchased online or by phoning 505.988.1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Centre
112 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chocolate Seduction in Santa Fe

Chocolate, the food of the gods, is also a highly desired commodity around Valentine's Day.  Just a few blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are two of Santa Fe's best chocolatiers, where you can find incredible selections of artisanal chocolates.

Kakawa Chocolate House, just around the corner from the inn at 1050 E. Paseo de Peralta, is featuring Aphrodisiac Truffles this Valentine's, as well as many other fabulous truffles incorporating the finest dark chocolate, agave, flowers, herbs, nuts, caramels and even gold!  I LOVE getting a box of Kakawa truffles for Valentine's Day!!!  Kakawa also specializes in authentic and historic drinking chocolates based on recipes from 1000 BC to the mid-1900's.

Another nearby chocolate wonderland is Todos Santos, just a few blocks down Palace Avenue in the Sena Plaza Couryard.  The specialty here is hand-carved chocolate milagros (religious folk charms), coated in edible chocolate and silver, which are delicious works of art.

Chocolate lovers staying at Hacienda Nicholas may also want to check out the Chocolate Decadence Treatment at Absolute Nirvana Spa, just across the street.  Two hours of chocolate bliss, including a full body massage, a scrub with organic raw cacao and cane sugar, a mask with yogurt and honey, your own private steam, and then a soak in a hand-carved granite tub filled with the petals of a dozen red roses.  While luxuriating in your tub, nibble on tropical fruits and, you guessed it, hand-rolled chocolate truffles made with organic raw cacao and agave.  Now this is Nirvana in Chocolate!



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine's Day in Santa Fe

Looking for a bit of romance this Valentine's Day?  Book a room at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn - perhaps one of the private suites with king beds and fireplaces - and then wow your sweetheart with a Couples Treatment at Absolute Nirvana Spa, just across the street.

Snuggle under our heavenly down comforters before heading over to enjoy a Southwestern-themed hot breakfast in front of a blazing fire.  Then choose from one of the many tantalizing spa treatments at Absolute Nirvana.  The spa is offering a Valentine's Special throughout the month of February, which includes two full body massages with warm oils infused with organic chocolate and rose essence, followed by a decadent rose petal bath in an oversized granite tub.  Luxuriate with your loved one in a sea of roses from the petals of two dozen red roses as you sip Javanese Ginger Tea and nibble on tropical fruits and homemade truffles, a fire burning at your feet.

Many of Santa Fe's restaurants offer special dinners for Valentine's Day, including La Casa Sena, Osteria  and The Old House (a $25 prix fixe menu!).  The staff of The Hacienda Nicholas will be happy to help you in booking your Valentine's dinner.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Santa Fe's Museum of Indian Arts & Culture - Not to be Missed!

Guests come to the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn from far and wide to explore Santa Fe's Native American art and culture.  A current not-to-missed exhibit at The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is Woven Identities, showcasing a wide array of baskets woven by artists from 60 different North American tribes and pueblos.  While the majority of these baskets were made for purely functional  purposes such as carrying food and water, and even cooking, basket making is truly an art.  This exhibit was curated to illustrate the weavers' focus on creating utilitarian objects with a clear emphasis on beauty.

Of the 241 baskets in this major exhibition, you will see examples of braiding, coiling, false embroidery and cross weaving.  Baskets also incorporate materials found in the wild such as wrapped twine, corn husks, roots, branches, leaves, bark and grass.

While you are on Museum Hill, you might also want to check out the famous International Folk Art Museum, a favorite of our returning guests.  Should you need a bit of nourishment in between museums, step into the Museum Hill Cafe for a tasty selection of soups, sandwiches and burgers, along with a stunning view..

This fascinating exhibition runs now through April 1, 2014.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
710 Camino Lejo (off Old Santa Fe Trail)
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Allure's Big January Sale

Many of our female guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn (and male too, for that matter!) will be interested in checking out the mega sale happening now at Allure, purveyors of luxurious lingerie in downtown Santa Fe.   Stop by their boutique at 328 Guadalupe Street and take advantage of discounts up to 75% on selected items.

You might also want to stroll across the street to visit the jewelry shop of my friend Dell Fox.  Dell goes to Bali at least once a year for inspiration, jewel buying and creation of her truly stunning pieces.  Along with an Indonesian flavor, she also gets her inspiration from the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and India.  She uses 22K gold and precious stones to make the most intricate and delicate of pieces results in the most stunning jewelry.  Dell Fox Jewelry is located in the Sanbusco Market Center at 500 Montezuma Avenue.

The Sanbusco Market Center is also home to many more fun and interesting shops, as well as a couple of tasty dining establishments.  In the mood for yummy Italian?  Check out Pranzo Italian Grill.  New to the Sanbusco Market Center is Ragaa, serving authentic and perfectly spiced East Indian cuisine.

There is way more to Santa Fe than shopping, but that being said, we are known for our plethora of unique shopping opportunities.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Valentine's Day is Fast-Approaching - Are you Ready?

Valentine's Day is the ideal time to show your loved one how much you care, and a stay at a romantic B&B like Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast Inn in Santa Fe makes for a truly memorable time together.  Choose a room with a king bed and fireplace where you can enjoy a bottle of wine or champagne from the vast selection at The Casa Sena Wine Shop, just two blocks away.

For a truly fabulous Valentine's, book our Romance Package, which includes a couples treatment at our Absolute Nirvana Spa, located in the quiet gardens of our neighboring sister inn, The Madeleine.

Upon arrival you will find a dozen red roses and chocolate covered strawberries in your room.  Along with two nights of lodging, our Romance Package includes a relaxing Master-Level Master's Massage for two, followed by a bath in an oversized granite tub filled with the petals of two dozen red roses, a fire burning at your feet.  Two nights stays begin at just $539.

For the ultimate indulgence, choose the Deluxe Romance Package, which includes two nights of lodging, roses and chocolate covered strawberries in your room, PLUS a Two Hour Couples Deluxe Treatment at Absolute Nirvana Spa.  Consider the Organic Chocolate Decadence - a full body massage with warm aromatic rose & chocolate infused oils, a scrub of raw cacao, brown rice powder and cane sugar, followed by a mask of cacao and yogurt.  After basking in your own private steam room, slip into a sea of rose petals as you nibble on tropical fruits and homemade chocolate truffles, while gazing at the fire.  Prices for the Deluxe Romance Package start at $720.