Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Music in Santa Fe

The Christmas garlands and wreaths are up at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn in anticipation of a full house over the holidays.  Christmas in Santa Fe is a truly magical time, with farolitos lining adobe walls and rooftops throughout the town, the Plaza ablaze with glittering lights, delicious New Mexican holiday cuisine, and world class music concerts taking place throughout the month of December.

One such event is the Santa Fe Symphony's Christmas Treasures Concert, taking place on Sunday, December 15, at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.   The concert, featuring Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony Joseph Young, includes such holiday favorites as Arnold's Holly & the Ivy, Silvestri's Suite from Polar Express, Delius' Sleigh Ride, Anderson's A Christmas Festival, and Berlin's White Christmas.

Tickets prices range from $20-$70 and may be purchased online at the Lensic Box Office. The concert itself begins at 4pm, but included in the price of admission is an informative Preview Talk which begins at 3pm.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe

We'll be serving up some tasty Southwestern Breakfast Enchiladas at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn this Thanksgiving morning, but guests will surely want to make reservations now for a Thanksgiving Dinner later in the day. Many of the town's fine dining establishments go the extra mile on this holiday, serving up sumptuous feasts with all the traditional trimmings.

My top pick this year is Fuego at La Posada:  located just one block from the Hacienda Nicholas, La Posada has put together an amazing five course dinner comprised of the traditional holiday favorites.  Start with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, followed by Mulled Pear with Spinach and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Spicy Pecans.  Then comes an Herb Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and Herbed Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beats and Carrots with Cranberry Orange Compote.  End your meal with Pumpkin, Pecan or Apple Pie.  The five course dinner is a reasonable $69 per person, with seatings as early as 3pm and as late as 7:30pm.  The reason I recommend Fuego above the others is because they are donating a turkey to the Santa Fe Food Depot for each reservation of four or more.  Executive Chef Carmen Rodriguez, named "New Mexico's Chef of the Year" in 2012, deserves kudos for this generous initiative to help those in need.

There are plenty of other great options as well.  The award-winning Compound Restaurant, located on Canyon Road, is serving a 3 course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner featuring Compound Classics and Seasonal Specialties.  The dinner menu, served from 3-7pm, features a mouth-watering array of choices.  Start with traditional Butternut Squash Soup or try something a bit more unusual like Rock Shrimp & Grits or a Duck Confit.  You may choose the traditional Thanksgiving meal, including Organic Turkey and all the trimmings, or perhaps a Braised Veal Osso Bucco, Wild Alaskan Halibut or Wild Mushrooms and Organic Stone Ground Polenta.  Save room for dessert!  On the menu are a Dark Chocolate Walnut Tart, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Maple Pecan Pie and Pear Sorbet.  This 3 course menu is priced at $75/person, with a $25 option for children.  Call them at 505.982.4353 for reservations.

Another top pick for Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe is the Inn of the Anasazi, serving both a Thanksgiving Brunch (11am-2:30pm, 3 course menu at $45/adult and $28/child) and a Thanksgiving Dinner (4-9pm, 3 course menu at $85/adult and $45/child).  For reservations call 505.988.3236.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hooray! We got our Wine Permit!!!

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is happy to announce the return of our very popular Wine & Cheese Hour.  Due to Draconian New Mexico liquor laws, we had to suspend service of any wine and limit the libations served to Pellegrino and Juice.  After two years of working with the New Mexico Legislature, we finally were able to get a bill passed allowing the B&B's of the state to serve limited quantities of beer or wine to our guests - then another 5 months to jump through all the hoops to obtain this permit!

In any case, Hacienda Nicholas and The Madeleine Inn are the first two inns in New Mexico to be granted this special B&B Wine Permit, and we have resumed our Wine & Cheese Hour as of yesterday.  We look forward to working with some of the local Northern New Mexico Vineyards, such as Estrella del Norte and Vino del Corazon, and hope other inns will take advantage of this opportunity.

To celebrate our new Wine Permits, we are offering some great lodging deals at both The Hacienda B&B and The Madeleine Inn - now through January 2014 (excluding holidays) we are offering 25% Sun-Thursday night stays and 15% off weekends.  Call us now at 888.321.5123 for best room selection.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Canyon Road's Annual Paint-Out Today!

Crisp fall weather combined with a sunny blue sky day make for perfect conditions to walk the 3 blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn to Canyon Road for the 6th Annual Canyon Road Paint Out.  Over 100 artists continue the tradition of painting "en plein air" that began a century ago on Canyon Road, when artists first began establishing themselves in Santa Fe.  These artists moved into homes up and down Canyon Road, living in the back rooms, using the front rooms and outdoor portals as their studios, and displaying art along the sidewalks and exteriors of their homes.  Artists will be working outside all day today, October 19th, demonstrating such varied artistic endeavors as painting, jewelry-making, sculpting and carving.

This is a fabulous opportunity to not only see the art that wins international accolades for Canyon Road, but also the work in progress.  Music, food and art shows will be offered at various locations up and down the street.

Should you get hungry for a proper meal along the way, I highly recommend treating yourselves to a yummy lunch at the highly acclaimed Compound Restaurant, located in an historic adobe compound just off Canyon Road.  Another terrific lunch spot is Geronimo's, where you can chose to eat inside or on the outdoor patio, allowing for great people watching and enjoyment of the perfect fall weather we are experiencing today.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Robert Cray Comes to Santa Fe!

Music lovers lucky enough to be at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn on November 10th will want to purchase advance tickets to see legendary blues guitarist and singer Robert Cray at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.  The five-time Grammy Award winner, now age 57, is the youngest musician to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.  He has played with such legends as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker, as well as doing his own solo performances.

To see him at such a relatively intimate venue as the Lensic is a rare treat indeed.  I highly recommend calling the Lensic as soon as possible at 505.988.1234 for best seats.  You may also reserve tickets online at  Ticket prices range from $34-54.  Concert begins at 7:30pm.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Once in a Decade Museum Shop Sale!

It is not unusual for guests to compare museum experiences over breakfast each morning at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed  & Breakfast Inn.  Perhaps the most popular museum on Santa Fe's Museum Hill is the International Folk Art Museum, with hundreds of pieces of folk art from around the world.  Also popular is the newer Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the two museums featuring antique Native American art:  The Wheelwright and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

All of these museums have terrific shops, with an array of fabulous items at reasonable prices. On October 5th, however, is a golden opportunity to shop til you drop at the New Mexico Museum Tent Sale, when all merchandise from each museum shop will be sold at 25-90% off!  Peruse the 10,000 items, which include jewelry, crafts, textiles, books, cards, stationery and prints and you will surely find treasures for yourself and to give as gifts.  This sale only happens about once a decade, so you won't want to miss out on all the fabulous deals.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Santa Fe's 23rd Annual Wine & Chile Fiesta

Santa Fe has its share of fiestas and notable events throughout the year, most within walking distance of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast.   One of the most enjoyable and highly-anticipated is the Wine & Chile Fiesta, where walking distance might well be a very welcome attribute.  The five day celebration of food and wine runs from September 25-29, 2013.  Due to its increasing popularity, I highly recommend purchasing your tickets online as soon as possible:  as of today only 200 of the 2500 tickets for the Grand Tasting!

The annual event brings 75 of Santa Fe's most notable restaurants (La BocaThe CompoundSantacafe and Restaurant Martin are some of my favorites) together with 100 national and international wineries.  In addition to food and wine tastings on both a large and small scale (a tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique followed by lunch at Tomme is a top pick), are demonstrations by some of the country's top chefs (Chef John Rivera Sedler - named "Chef of the Year 2011" by Equire Magazine, among other national food celebrities), food-oriented walking tours, and a selection of wine seminars.

The highlight of this extravaganza is the Grand Tasting, taking place on September 28th at the Santa Fe Opera, which includes all participants of the fiesta under huge white tents.  Imagine sampling the best food of Santa Fe together with wines from New Mexico to Mexico, Chile to France, while enjoying the opera's stunning views of New Mexico landscapes.  The cost of the event is $150 per person, and worth every dollar.

The weekend culminates with the 20th Annual Gruet Golf Classic at the Towa Golf Course, just 15 minutes from town, on September 29th.  Every third hole features one of the Gruet Winery's delicious sparkling wines paired with food from a different Santa Fe restaurant.  Golf never tasted so fine!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Station to Station Stops Off in Santa Fe

Not far from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is the Santa Fe stop of Station to Station, a 3-week train journey from New York to San Francisco connecting "leading figures and underground creators from the worlds of art, music, food, literature, and film for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings."  This innovative multi-media nomadic happening is the brainchild of artist Doug Aitken, with backing from the Levi's brand.  The train itself has been refurbished to become a moving piece kinetic light sculpture and stage, which will make stops at nine train stations across the country.

The Santa Fe event, taking place at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Pavilion from 6-10:30pm on September 18th, has been sold out for some time now.   You might want to head down to the Railyard to see if anyone has tickets for sale, but otherwise, the art installations are open to the public in the Railyard Plaza.

Aitken seeks to explore the age-old questions of "Who are we?  Where are we going?  How can we express ourselves?"  Check out this monumental event wherever you can, and see what sorts of answers you yourself come up with after seeing this gathering of many of the country's ground-breaking contemporary artists.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Santa Fe's Beloved Pet Parade

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is just one block from the route of Santa Fe's beloved Pet Parade, so eat an early breakfast (tomorrow's dish is a yummy Southwestern Frittata) and be sure to be on the corner of Marcy and Paseo de Peralta by 9am to see the full parade.

Along with the famous burning of Zozobra, the Pet Parade is one of the highlights of the annual Santa Fe Fiesta celebration.  The parade will take place Saturday, September 7th from 9-11am, and consists of over 1000 children and their pets, all dressed up in a variety of costumes.  The event, which got its start in 1920, gives children a chance to show off a range of family pets: from dogs, cats and rabbits to the more unusual lamas, chickens, goats, turtles and more.  The creativity of the costumes is astounding.  You might see anything from mini Zozobras to zebra-painted kittens, guinea pig pirates to ghoulish ghosts.  Some of the get-ups are incredibly elaborate, and it is definitely not just for children.  The Pet Parade is truly a delight for viewers of all ages.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Annual Burning of Zozobra

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.  This year the Fiesta kicks off with a Fiesta Arts & Crafts Market on the Plaza and a Mariachi Extravaganza at the Santa Fe Opera on September 1.  Throughout the week will be more festivities on the Plaza, such as Mariachi Music, dancing, foods, and parades, along with special masses.

One of the highlights of Fiesta is the Burning of Zozobra, now in its 89th year, which will occur on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Fort Marcy Park.  Gates open at 3pm, with entertainment beginning at 7pm.  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 (buy in advance online for just $10 each at 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 evening 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 those choosing to avoid this event altogether, 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.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Exceptional Ballet at the Santa Fe Lensic

Guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a real treat this weekend, with the return of Daniel Ulbricht and his dance company, Stars of American Ballet.  Having wowed Santa Fe audiences for the past two summers, the company is back for another weekend of performances at the historic Lensic Theatre.  Stars of American Ballet is comprised of principals and soloist dancers from two of America's top ballet companies:  New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

They will be performing on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24th, with different programs each evening featuring both classical and contemporary pieces.  Classical pieces include the pas de deux from Giselle as well as the Rubies pas de deux and Stars and Stripes pas de deux, both choreographed by George Balanchine.  Contemporary pieces consist of Liturgy and Carousel, both choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, dances to the music of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, and finishing each night's program is Jerome Robbins' beloved Fancy Free.

Performances begin at 7:30, with a talk by Daniel Ulbricht one hour before the Saturday evening program for those wanting to learn more about dance and this particular company of stars.

Ticket prices range from $20-$75 and may be purchased online at or by phoning 505.988.1234.

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

Monday, August 19, 2013

Guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast will want to dance on over to The Lodge at Santa Fe for  an evening of fiery, soulful and passionate flamenco dance. Santa Fe favorite Juan Siddi and his Flamenco Theatre Company have been delighting audiences for five years with both traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance.  The ensemble features some the top flamenco musicians from Spain and the U.S., including masters of the guitar, cello, piano and song.  This talented and vivacious company will thrill you with the mystery and passion that is flamenco dance.

Enjoy an evening of Spanish culture to the fullest and treat yourself to a dinner of tapas and selections from the full beverage service, served in an intimate cabaret theater setting.

Performances may be enjoyed Tuesdays through Sundays at 8pm.  Due to the popularity of these performances, their season has now been extended through September 1, 2013.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $55 and are available for purchase online at or by calling 505.988.1234.

The Lodge at Santa Fe
750 North Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM

Friday, August 16, 2013

Santa Fe's Indian Market, Now in its 92nd Year!!!

The Santa Fe Indian Market, now in its 92nd year, is the most prestigious market and showcase for Native American artwork in the world.  Santa Fe and the surrounding towns are packed to the rafters with visitors from around the globe.   Because of its proximity to the Plaza, where the market takes place, guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn often book five years in advance for this popular event.

This year's market, taking place on August 17 and 18, will feature the Native American arts of pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry, carving, textiles, bead work, baskets, drums and more of over 1,000 Native American artists from across the U.S. and Canada.  The work of this juried show ranges from museum-quality to collectible-quality to souvenir-type art, and all pieces are guaranteed to adhere to authentic and traditional methods of production.

In addition to the market itself, visitors are treated to traditional Native American musicdance and foods, as well as film, fashion and literature that reflect traditional and contemporary Native American culture.

Due to the popularity of this event (over 100,000 visitors each year) you will want to reserve your lodging and restaurant meals as soon as possible.   Collectors often gather in front of the booths of their favorite artist in the wee hours of the morning to snatch up the best pieces, but for the less serious collector, there are plenty of great pieces to be had all weekend long.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Wine Permit Application Submitted!

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn began an evening Happy Hour many years ago, with the blessings of the City of Santa Fe, and it quickly became a very popular event.  Guests really enjoyed the complimentary glass of wine and appetizers, socializing with other guests at the end of a day of touring, and getting help with the evening's dinner plans.

Then the hammer came down and the State of New Mexico Alcohol & Gaming Division notified all New Mexico B&B's that we were no longer allowed to offer any beer or wine to guests.  We learned this was considered a serious offense, punishable by18 months in jail and a $5000 fine!  That was the end of our Happy Hour!

I was given the task by the New Mexico B&B Association to get legislation passed that would allow the State's inns to get Wine & Beer Permits for restricted service to our guests.  Two and a half years later, after much trial and tribulation, the B&B's of New Mexico are now allowed to apply for such a permit.  Much documentation is necessary, coupled with hearings on the state and local level, but we are hopeful that our application, submitted July 31, 2013, will be approved.

Assuming this is the case, we hope to be serving wine in the evenings beginning in November of 2013.    We will also be meeting with the New Mexico Wine Grower's Association in hopes of finding some local New Mexico Wines for your enjoyment.  Cross your fingers!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Packards to Close after 75 Years

The historic Santa Fe Plaza, just three blocks from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, has been home to Packards for the past 75 years.  Sadly, Packards has just announced the closing of their store, long known for its museum quality antique Native American weavings, Zuni fetishes, kachinas made by master Hopi carvers, southwestern pottery and exquisite silver and turquoise jewelry.  The store has long been a mecca for collectors of authentic American Indian art, and visiting the store has always been like touring a museum where the pieces are actually for sale.

In addition to their fine collection of historic pieces, they also showcase contemporary pieces from more current generations of artisans.

With an inventory of this calibre, it is not surprising that the prices would be higher than most other stores around Santa Fe.  However, with the closing of the store, all pieces have been marked down, making this a good time to head on down and find something precious and dear that you will treasure for a lifetime.  This is truly a loss for the locals and visitors of Santa Fe.

61 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM
Open 9:30 am - 6pm daily

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Santa Fe's 2013 Desert Chorale Season

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is full of guests throughout the summer who come to Santa Fe for the rich musical offerings of the season.  The Santa Fe Opera brings fans from around the world who come to enjoy their favorite classical operas, or world premieres, at the fantastically beautiful Santa Fe Opera House.  The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival brings chamber music devotees every year as well, and is now enjoying its 41st season.

Collaborating once again with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, now in its 31st season, who give concerts throughout the year.  This summer's season runs from July 11 through August 29, 2013, and features a variety of styles in five different programs, from Romance to Requiem with Susan Graham to a Grand Gala evening of cabaret with Sylvia McNair.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale is one of the premier choral ensembles in the country, consisting of top singers from the southwest and throughout the United States.  Their programs consist of traditional choral music along with new compositions commissioned by the ensemble from composers around the world.

Tickets may be purchased by phoning 505.988.2282 or online at

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day Brunch in Santa Fe

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is chock-a-block full this Father's Day Weekend, and for those who have yet to choose a Father's Day meal, here is my last-minute recommendation:  Santacafe, one of Santa Fe's most popular fine dining establishments, is offering a special Father's Day Brunch.  A favorite among locals who love its casually elegant dining, Santacafe is one of my absolute favorite choices for a special brunch.

This year's Father's Day Brunch will be served from 11:30-2:30, with a la carte items priced from $9 and up.  Sample items include their heavenly Crispy Calamari with Lime Dipping Sauce, a Steak Sandwich with Aioli, Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Berries, Grilled Ruby Trout, and an array of salads.

You will want to call ahead to make reservations (505)984-1788), and definitely ask for an outdoor table, as their patio is quite lovely.  Don't worry that it's last-minute - I got a 12:30 table when I called today in the early afternoon.  Clearly Father's Day Brunch is not quite as popular as Mother's Day Brunch!

231 Washington Avenue
Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Museum Hill Gardens Grand Opening

The roses of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are about to reach their peak, and already the garden is ablaze with color from our abundant jupiter's beard, yarrow, salvia and other drought-tolerant flowers.  Garden lovers will also be interested in knowing of the grand opening of the Santa Fe Museum Hill Garden (Museum Hill is home to four of Santa Fe's best museums:  The International Folk Art Museum, The Wheelwright, Spanish Colonial Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture) scheduled for the weekend of July 19-21, 2013.  The Orchard Gardens, a project undertaken by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, consist of 1.7 acres of landscaping and stonework.

Those wishing to be the first to view the Meadow Garden will want to attend the Gala Opening Night Reception on July 19 from 6-8pm.  Stroll the beautiful gardens and view one of the famous Santa Fe sunsets while enjoying mariachi music, local libations of margaritas and sangria, and munching on a selection of delicious tapas.  Gala tickets are $125/person and may be purchased online.

Saturday, July 20 is reserved for members of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and their friends, with the official Public Opening scheduled for Sunday, July 21, from 9am-5pm.  The day will feature entertainment, activities and performances by local artists, dancers and musicians, as well as food and drink.  The day promises to be a great celebration of community and sustainable local gardening.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

64th Annual Santa Fe Rodeo

Guests come to The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn year 'round to experience the unique blend of cultures found in Santa Fe. The city's population consists of Native Americans, descendants of the Spanish conquistadors and Anglos, with festivals taking place throughout the year to honor the history and traditions of each culture.  Along with the Santa Fe Indian Market and the bi-annual Spanish Market is the Rodeo de Santa Fe, now in its 64th year.

Kicking off the rodeo is downtown Santa Fe Rodeo Parade, beginning at 10am on Saturday, June 15.  The rodeo itself takes place from June 19-22 at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, on the outskirts of town.  Rodeo de Santa Fe is one of the top 60 PRCA Rodeos in the country, drawing World Champion cowboys such as Taos Muncy, Trevor Brazile and JW Harris.  The excitement includes bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and roping events, along with Mutton Bustin' and the crowning of the Rodeo Queen - fun for all ages.  Besides the action in the arena, you may also enjoy the beer garden and carnival midway.

Tickets are $17-$27 for adults and $10 for children and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at

Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
3237 Rodeo Road
(505) 471-4300

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Superb New Exhibit at Santa Fe's Wheelwright Museum

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is a top choice for visitors seeking to experience authentic Southwestern architecture and ambiance.  Like all travelers coming to Santa Fe, they make a point of going to the city's top rate museums to see traditional Native American weavings, pottery, beadwork, baskets and paintings.  Santa Fe boasts two fabulous museums featuring antique Native American Indian art:  The Wheelwright Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, both on Museum Hill.

A noteworthy new exhibit has just opened at The Wheelwright - The Durango Collection: Native American Weaving in the Southwest, 1860-1880.  This exhibit will run through April 13, 2014.  The complete Durango Collection is held by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and features 800 years of weaving in the Southwest.  The Wheelwright has chosen to showcase a small portion of this vast collection, allowing you to feast your eyes on some truly exceptional one-of-a-kind textiles, rugs, shawls and mantas woven by Pueblo, Navajo and Hispanic weavers.

The Wheelwright is open seven days a week and admission is free.  You can support their endeavors by patronizing their wonderful gift shop, The Case Trading Post.  Here you will find a carefully chosen selection of hand-made Native American art, books on the subject, and assorted souvenirs.  I would recommend going to the museum and Trading Post on Saturday mornings to take advantage of their free lecture series: "Looking at Indian Art."  Deepen your understanding of Native American art while enjoying complimentary coffee and doughnuts.

Wheelwright Museum
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lyle Lovett at the Santa Fe Opera!

Lyle Lovett fans are in for a big treat: just a 10-minute drive from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is the Santa Fe Opera, where Lyle will be performing on Sunday, May 26, 2013.  Joining Lyle Lovett will be fellow Texan Robert Earl Keen, for a night of acoustic guitar, song and story-telling.  The two have known one another for 30 years, having met as students at Texas A&M.

Lyle Lovett, one of America's most beloved singer-songwriters, has recorded thirteen albums and won four Grammy Awards.  He is known for his quirky sense of humor, which is evident in his lyrics as well as his concert quips between songs.  Lovett's music blends elements of country, folk, swing, jazz, blues, gospel and Western for a memorable compilation of tunes.

Ticket prices range from $27-$89, and may be purchased online at or by calling 505.986.5900.  The Santa Fe Opera is fairly large, so I would definitely pay the extra money for a chance to see this engaging performer up close and personal.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Trey McIntyre Returns to Santa Fe

Should you be planning a stay at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn in early May, be sure to consider attending the Trey McIntyre Project.  Their 2011 Santa Fe performance was so popular they were invited back for two performances at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center: May 2 and May 3 at 7:30pm.  Trey McIntyre Project, a contemporary dance company based in Boise, Idaho, began as a summer touring company in 2005.  After receiving accolades at some the country's most prestigious summer dance festivals, including The Vail International Dance Festival, the company launched as a full-time company in 2008.  Known for their ground-breaking and innovative choreography, they are currently one of the day's most highly sought-after contemporary dance companies, having performed throughout the world in such well known venues as Carnegie Hall, Jacob's Pillow and Zellerbach Hall.

Tickets are a real bargain, at $20-$45, and may be purchased by calling the Lensic Box Office at 505.988.1234 or going online to

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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tax Time Stressbuster

Occupancy at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn tends to drop the week before taxes are due, and we can only imagine that is due to the financial and emotional stress brought about by the mere mention of tax day, April 15.  In an attempt to combat this stress, or perhaps as a fabulous reward once taxes are completed, we are offering a discount on The Ultimate Stressbuster, a 90 minute treatment created by our spa, Absolute Nirvana.

Guests who take advantage of the 10% discount, offered now through April 30, 2013, will experience total bliss and relaxation.  The Stressbuster is specially designed to target the effects of stress - headache, tight and aching muscles and overall anxiety - using steam, hot towels, Chinese herbal oils and special attention to the neck and shoulders.

After your Stressbuster spa treatment, head on over to Maria's Restaurant and choose from a menu of over 100 different margaritas as you munch on New Mexican comfort foods like enchiladas, burritos and tacos, smothered in chile and cheese.  This is a guaranteed antidote to all of life's stresses!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Dinner in Santa Fe

Guests begin every morning at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn with a full breakfast, often including southwestern favorites such as Stuffed Poblanos, Blue Corn Pinon Waffles, or a Green Chile Frittata, always made with plenty of fresh, local and natural ingredients.   We do not, however, serve additional meals, so here are some recommendations for those in search of a big Easter Dinner.

The Compound is one of my favorite Santa Fe restaurants.  Aside from serving consistently tasty meals, I love that it is located in an historic adobe compound on Canyon Road.  This year they are serving an a la carte Easter Brunch from 11:30am-3pm.  Begin with a Made to Order Spring Pea Soup, Crepes Suzette or perhaps Cracker Crusted Crab Cakes.  Main Course selections include Chicken Schnitzel (incredibly tasty, if not so healthy), Jumbo Crab and Lobster Salad, Forever Braised Short Rib Benedict and more.  Finish off your meal with Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Mousse or a Lemon Tart.  Call the Compound at 505.982.4353 or book on their own website to make reservations.

My other top choice for an Easter Sunday feast would be Luminaria, situated in the Inn at Loretto.  They have an extensive brunch menu with starters such as Smoked Salmon, Grilled Anchiote Shrimp and a Warm Spinach Salad, followed by entree choices including Eggs Benedict, Buckwheat Pancakes, Glazed Ham and Tuna au Poivre.  These brunch items are served with Family Style Platters of Breakfast Breads and Pasteries.  Save room for the mouthwatering assortment of pies and cakes on their dessert menu.  The three course meal is $43 for adults and $21 for children ages 4-12.  Children 3 and under eat for free.  Reservations would be highly recommended here as well, and may be made online on by calling 505.984.7915.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Don't Miss Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's March Performances

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast are always looking for things to do in Santa Fe, and those fortunate enough to be in town on March 29 and 30, 2013 will want to purchase advance tickets for the renowned Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.  This small troupe of dancers perform not only in Santa Fe and Aspen, but have toured both nationally and internationally, going as far afield as Guatemala, Brazil,  France, Germany, Italy and Israel. They are currently performing for the first time in Russia, where their innovative blend of classical ballet technique with modern dance is being very well received.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will be performing three pieces by contemporary American choreographers on March 29 and 30 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  These include Jiri Kylian's Return to a Strange Land; Alejandro Cerrudo's Last; and Trey McIntyre's Like a Samba.  These three pieces showcase the broad range of this talented and innovative company, from breathtakingly seductive to powerful and bold moves.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by phoning 505.988.1234.  Ticket prices range from $25-$72.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
March 29, 30, 2013 - 7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Monday, February 25, 2013

Annie Leibowitz at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Every day guests depart from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn on their way to explore the art and inspiration behind the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.  From very limited tours of O'Keeffe's home in Abique to visiting the O'Keeffe Museum, just four blocks from the inn, to hiking around O'Keeffe country, Santa Fe is a great place to learn more about this beloved American artist.

In conjunction with the museum's ongoing "Georgia O'Keeffe and The Farway: Nature and Imagine," is a new exhibit: "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage".  Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and running through May 5, 2013, these 64 photos are unusual for Leibovitz in that they are not staged studio portraits.  Rather, they capture a profound sense of place, whether a landscape (Niagara Falls, Walden Pond, Yosemite Valley) or the home of a well-known person (O'Keeffe, Elvis Presley, Ralph Waldo Emerson).  Indeed, Leibovitz took two trips to New Mexico, photographing both O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu as well as the landscape of Ghost Ranch.

Director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Rob Kret, chose to feature Leibovitz's Pilgrimage because it "truly commemorates and compliments the ongoing 'Georgia O'Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image' exhibition with paintings and photographs of O'Keeffe's most beloved and inspiring locations in the Southwest."  Kret makes the case that both women were successful in capturing the profound depth power and emotion that connects us to certain surroundings, allowing us to feel a deep sense of place.

Seeing the work of these two gifted artists in simultaneous exhibits is a real treat, and will afford the viewer a deeper appreciation of both perspectives.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Santa Fe's Remarkable Art Feast

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn flock to Santa Fe for a myriad of reasons, with art and cuisine being particularly alluring. During the upcoming ARTfeast, running from February 22-24, 2013, you will be immersed in a weekend of fabulous food, beautiful art by renowned Santa Fe artists, house tours, golfing and high fashion - adding to the fun is the knowledge that all the proceeds from this weekend extravaganza are donated to fund a great cause.

It may hard to believe that Santa Fe, a city with such a solid foundation in the arts, experiences a profound lack of funding for arts in its schools, yet such is the case.  ARTfeast began in 1998 as an attempt to address this shortfall when a few galleries began asking for donations during their Friday night openings.  Since then the program has grown tremendously and has raised over one million dollars to help fund art classes in Santa Fe's public schools.

The highlight of the weekend is the Edible Art tour, a collaboration of forty top Canyon Road galleries with over forty of Santa Fe's best restaurants and caterers, each showcasing their most noteworthy talents.  This presentation of fine food and art will take place on Friday, February 22, from 5-8pm.  Tickets are $35 each if purchased in advance, and $40 if purchased on the day of the event.

Other events include Friday's Art of Fashion: Runway Show & Luncheon ($100/ticket), the Free Art of Home Tour offered on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday's Artist's Champagne Brunch and Auction taking place at Hotel Santa Fe for $75/person.

ARTfeast Santa Fe
February 22-24, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day in Santa Fe - Dining Specials

Santa Fe's Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is a wonderful place to spend Valentine's Day.  The  private courtyard suites, all with thick adobe walls, fireplaces and king beds, are especially recommended for a romantic getaway.

Many of our guests also take advantage of our Romance Packages, which include a couples massage and luxurious rose petal bath at our Absolute Nirvana Spa.  Imagine you and your sweetheart receiving side-by-side massages in a candlelit room, followed by a luxuriating bath in a hand-carved granite tub filled with the petals of 2 dozen red roses, a fire burning at your feet, as you sip Javanese ginger tea and nibble on tropical fruits with homemade chocolate truffles.

While we serve a full southwestern breakfast, you will want to choose from among Santa Fe's many fine dining establishments for your Valentine's Day dinner.  A number of Santa Fe restaurants are offering special Valentine's Day Menus this year.  Among these, my top picks for a romantic dinner this Valetine's are 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Luminaria at Inn of Loretto and the Old House at The Eldorado.

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar is a top choice for Francophiles who will appreciate its classic French bistro menu and intimate setting.  This Valentine's they are offering a three course dinner for $55/person, served from 5-9pm.  Appetizers include choices such as French Onion Soup Gratinee, Seared Fois Gras and Coquilles Saint Jacques.  Entrees includes Seared Duck Breast "Coq au Vin", Bouillabaisse and Osso Bucco, among others.  Save room for one of their fabulous homemade desserts - flourless chocolate cake, profiteroles or creme brûlée! Call them at 505.986.9190 for reservations.

Luminaria, located at Inn of Loretto, is offering a four course selection, with each course paired with a carefully chosen wine.  While they offer no options in their set menu, the idea of starting with the "Introduction" (Seared Scallops), then "The Courting" (Portabella Ravioli), followed by "The Engagement" (Grilled Filet of Beef) and ending with "Happily Ever After" (Tangerine Bavarian with Blood Orange Pudding) is quite clever.   This menu is priced at $75/person, including the wine pairings.  Reservations may be made by calling them at 505.984.7915.

The Eldorado Hotel's Old House Restaurant has put together an "Aphrodisiac Menu", priced at $119/couple, or $149/couple with wine pairings.  The menu begins with a Seafood Sampler to share with your beloved, including oysters on the half shell, crispy fried oysters and seared raw tuna.  This is followed by a choice of Asparagus Soup or a Sweetheart Salad of baby spinach, arugula, avocado, figs and pine nuts.  Main course selections include a Petite Filet & Lobster Tail or Pan Seared Scallops or a Chile Rubbed New York Steak.  Finish your meal of love with Passion Fruit Creme Brûlée, Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake or a Strawberry Mascarpone Tart.  Call them at 505.995.4530 for reservations.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fine Dining Deal in Santa Fe

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to take advantage of the great winter dining deals now offered at Santacafe, one of Santa Fe's most treasured restaurants.  Santacafe is taking a page out of the playbook of La Boca, another of my favorite Santa Fe restaurants, by offering half price appetizers Monday through Friday evenings from 4:30-6:30pm.  Try their famous calamari - flash fried with a fantastic 4 chile dipping sauce, along with their famous classic dumplings and spring rolls.  Their Happy Hour Special also features wines by the glass, an array of cocktails and their House Margaritas, all for just $5.

In addition to the Happy Hour Special, Santacafe is now offering a 3-Course Dinner Special on Sunday through Thursday nights, beginning at 5:30pm.  Santacafe is located in an historic adobe compound where one can dine by candlelight in one of four intimate dining rooms.  The restaurant is known for its creative and contemporary southwestern cuisine, with a menu extensive enough to please everyone in your group.

231 Washington Avenue

Saturday, February 2, 2013

An Evening of Blues Music in Santa Fe

Just six blocks from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is Santa Fe's historic Lensic Theater, an architectural jewel hosting world-class music, dance and theatrical events throughout the year.  Coming up on Saturday, February 9th, is a performance by West African superstar Habib Koite together with New York bluesman Eric Bibb, collaborating for a memorable evening of transatlantic blues.  Blending Mali's rich and diverse traditions with the legacy of American blues, gospel and folk, they create a sensational and seamless fusion of world music.  The New York Times writes, "[Koite's] reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical, combining rock and classical techniques with Malian tunings..."  The two have been touring the globe, so it quite a treat to have the opportunity to see them right here in Santa Fe.

Get your tickets online at or by calling 505.988.1234.  Ticket prices range from $19-$39.

Lensic Theater
211 San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7pm

Monday, January 28, 2013

Spanish Colonial Elegance on View in Santa Fe

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in an historic adobe just three blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza, was built in the 1920's for a Spanish beauty.  It is not hard to imagine this regal woman, along with other wealthy Santa Fe women of that era, strolling about in fine adornments from Spain:  beautifully embroidered  mantones de Manila (elaborate hand-embroidered shawls), mantillas (hair coverings made of lace and other fine textiles), filigree jewelry, peinetas (decorative hair combs) and intricately painted fans.

We Santa Fe women are more apt to be sporting a more casual look these days, but you can view examples of these sumptuous Spanish garments and jewels at the newly opened exhibit Filigree and Finery: The Art of Spanish Elegance, at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.  Most of the items on display are family heirlooms donated from old Santa Fe families and have never before been on display.  Because New Mexico was on the international trade route of the Camino Real, there are textiles from Spain as well as France, China, the Philippines and Mexico.  The exhibit has been curated so viewers can also see how historic laws dictated which members of society were permitted to wear different levels of finery.  Rebozos (decorative woven shawls), for example, could be woven for very little money on a back-strap loom at home, but the wealthier classes wore finely woven rebozos made with more costly materials.  As it was the custom of the day to wear one's wealth, it was not at all unusual to see women bedecked in gold, pearls and diamonds, wearing gorgeous embroidered silks and velvets, while walking along the Santa Fe's dusty roads.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill)
Exhibit runs through May 27, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Broadway Show Tunes while Dining at La Cantina

A short walk from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is La Cantina, a favorite of our guests seeking an evening of entertainment coupled with delicious food.  Their highly trained and accomplished wait staff perform selections from beloved Broadway shows, including Rent, The Producers and Phantom of the Opera, while serving up entrees featuring seasonal and local ingredients.   Choose from selections such as Grass Fed New Mexico Filet Mignon, Quinoa Lentil Tamales, Pan Seared Scallops or Natural Chicken Breast rubbed with Achitoe Chile.   The singing wait staff perform Wednesday through Sunday nights, beginning at 6pm.

The Cantina is located in an historic adobe just about one block from the Plaza, along with its more upscale dining establishment, La Casa Sena, and the La Casa Sena Wine Shop.  As we are still not able to serve wine to our guests, the Wine Shop is a great place to buy a bottle or two to enjoy during your stay in Santa Fe.

La Cantina
125 East Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flamenco to Warm up a Cold Winter's Night

Santa Fe has been experiencing some colder than normal temperatures this January, but just one block from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, the Flamenco en Fuego evening will warm up the coldest of nights.  Come in out of the cold for this Latin Dance Performance and three course dinner being offered up at Fuego, the high end dining establishment at La Posada Resort & Spa.  Performing this evening will be Ballet en Fuego, one of the Southwest's top dance troupes, known for their proficiency in Mexican, Spanish and Latin dance, as well as their vibrant costumes.

 Executive Chef Carmen Rodriguez, voted the New Mexico Chef of the Year in 2012, will be serving up a three course dinner as the dancer's perform.  Selections from the first course include a choice of Ensalada Nido de Pajaro or Thai Coconut Horchata Soup.  The second course offerings include Salmon en Papa with Red Chile Honey Braised Chard and Green Chile Hollandaise or Enchilada Madre Santa or Puerco con Hongo.  Finish up your meal with Nana's Chocolate Mousse.

The price is $48 per person. with two seatings available:  5:30pm and 7:30pm.
For reservations call 505.954.9670 or reserve online at

La Posada
330 East Palace Avenue (just one block from the inn)
Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sales Galore in Santa Fe

Besides touring Santa Fe's galleries, archeological sites and outdoor wonders, guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast Inn love to explore the city's wide array of unique shops.  January is a particularly fortuitous time for such exploration, as many of our finest stores are offering exceptional sales.

Origins, a boutique at 135 San Francisco Street, features gorgeous jewelry, exotic clothing, textiles, decor and furnishings from around the world.  Going into Origins is like visiting a museum where everything is for sale, and with every item in the store on sale, this is a great time to visit.

My favorite shoe store, Sanbusco Center's On Your Feet, has an assortment of winter shoes and boots on sale, at 20-40% off.  The store is known for its focus on stylish yet comfortable footwear - you will not find any stilettos at On Your Feet!  They stock lines such as Dansko and Merrell, ideal for navigating Santa Fe's famously uneven sidewalks.

Be sure to include a stop at Design Warehouse in your shopping expedition.  This spacious store, located at 101 West Marcy Street, is full of contemporary home decor and furniture for those wishing to decorate with a sense of adventure and playfulness.

These are just a few of the many shops offering special pricing during the month of January.  There are deals to be had at most every establishment, as this is a particularly show time of year in Santa Fe, and room must be made for incoming merchandise.  Happy shopping!