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.