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.