Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast
Christmas Music in Santa Fe 7 Dec 2013, 4:27 pmThe 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.
Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe 20 Nov 2013, 9:47 amWe'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.
Hooray! We got our Wine Permit!!! 15 Nov 2013, 12:26 pmThe 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.
Canyon Road's Annual Paint-Out Today! 19 Oct 2013, 10:13 amCrisp 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.
Robert Cray Comes to Santa Fe! 12 Oct 2013, 12:47 pmMusic 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 www.ticketssantafe.org. Ticket prices range from $34-54. Concert begins at 7:30pm.
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Once in a Decade Museum Shop Sale! 29 Sep 2013, 6:31 pmIt 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.
Santa Fe's 23rd Annual Wine & Chile Fiesta 22 Sep 2013, 2:23 pm
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 Boca, The Compound, Santacafe 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!
Station to Station Stops Off in Santa Fe 15 Sep 2013, 11:00 amNot 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.
Santa Fe's Beloved Pet Parade 6 Sep 2013, 1:05 pmThe 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.
The Annual Burning of Zozobra 1 Sep 2013, 10:42 am
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 http://burnzozobra.com/buy-my-tickets-now) 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.