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Santa Fe's Romantic Restaurants & Activities
Should you find yourselves in Santa Fe this Valentine's Weekend, looking for a particularly romantic way to celebrate the occasion, you will want to reserve ahead of time. Here are a few of my top picks for such a celebration.
Joseph's Culinary Pub has perhaps the most intimate and romantic atmosphere of Santa Fe's top restaurants. Decorated with softly draped fabrics and murals, this small space a truly most magical environment. Joseph's is known for its innovative menu using local ingredients whenever possible. They do not have a special Valentine's menu, but you are sure to find delicious options for the most discerning of palates. Book ahead by calling 505.982.1272, as this place is very popular with locals and visitors alike.
Another of my favorite restaurants is The Compound, an elegant and historic landmark restaurant located on Canyon Road. Chef/owner Mark Kiffin is a recognized leader in Southwestern cuisine: his menu is a melding of Spanish and Mediterranean influences, resulting in what he calls "Contemporary American". The Compound will be a more quiet environment than Joseph's Culinary Pub, though again, due to its popularity among locals, you will want to reserve in advance by calling 505.982.4353.
The Anasazi Restaurant, just a short walk from the inn, has created a "Romance by Candlelight" Valentine's Dinner. For you diehard romantics, this might be the perfect choice. They are offering a three-course prix fixe menu at $75/person on both the 14th and 15th of February. Celebrate your romance in the high-end version of Southwestern rustic decor and choose from a menu filled with gourmet American/New Mexican cuisine. For reservations call them at 505.988.3030.
To make this an especially memorable Valentine's Day, consider a luxurious couples treatment at our own Absolute Nirvana Spa. Start with one hour full body massage, as our Master-Level therapists drench you in warm oils and work out all the stress from head to toe. Then slip into a hand-carved granite tub filled the petals of two dozen red roses as you nibble on tropical fruits & handmade truffles and sip Javanese ginger tea, a fire burning at your feet. Wow!
New Exhibition at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
As many of you know, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum changes its exhibit twice a year. On February 7th a new and very exciting exhibit will open featuring artwork created in Hawaii by both Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Displayed for the first time ever are paintings by O'Keeffe and photographs by Adams revealing how deeply moved they were by the islands' beauty, flora and fauna. These are not your stereotypical Hawaii vacation photos: rather, the works show how these two artists sought to explore well past the beaches and convey the intimate connections they formed with the land and spirit of Hawaii.
Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai'i Pictures, will be on display from February 7, 2014 through September 14, 2014. The museum is just a short walk from the inn - let one of our innkeepers highlight the museum location on your walking map.
Goya Exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Thanks to New Mexico Museum Director Mary Kershaw, Santa Fe was selected as the only stop in the U.S. for an international exhibition of drawings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya. The show, "Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain", is showing at the New Mexico Museum of Art now through March 9, 2014.
The show's contents were selected by Mark McDonald, a curator at the British Museum. This museum, famous for its tremendous collection of prints and drawings, has such a vast collection that many of these pieces were pulled from the vaults and have never before been on display. McDonald and Kershaw felt that New Mexico, with its Spanish heritage, was the ideal US locale to showcase this remarkable exhibit.
The exhibit includes more than 130 sketches and prints from the mid 16th to the early 19th century, reflecting over 200 years of Spanish religion, social commentary and changing society. Along with Goya are works from such well-known Spanish artists as Diego Velazquez, Vicente Carducho, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbaran, Juan Ribalta and Jose de Ribera.
These drawings are actually quite rare, as they were not considered works of value, and thus were not deemed as collectable at the time. Most of the drawings are torn and soiled, indicating they were used over and over by the artists as they worked out the compositions for their paintings, or recorded finished work before sending it out of the studio.
This remarkable exhibit is a 'must-see' for anyone visiting Santa Fe.
Savings Galore in Santa Fe Stores
Santa Fe is famous for its plethora of shops, with everything from museum quality Native American artwork (The Morningstar Gallery and Joshua Baer & Co) and jewelry (Ortega's, Things Finer, The Golden Eye) to hand-tooled boots (Lucchese Boots and Back at the Ranch) and custom made hats (O'Farrell and Montecristi).
The city is also a favorite haunt for women looking for unique apparel, and January is an excellent time to take advantage of great sales. Bodhi Bazaar currently has all their Fall Holiday Fashions on sale, along with boots, for 25-50% off. For those looking for a selection of globally-sourced fashions, check out Origins, with its selection of tribal jewelry and ethnic clothing from around the world. Here you will find one-of-a-kind items, now at 40-70% off!
Two other well-known Santa Fe stores specializing in home decor are also having sales this month. Design Warehouse, featuring contemporary furniture and household items, is currently discounting every item in the store. ACC (formerly known as American Country Collection) is a beautiful and very high end furniture store, with a selection of luxurious Scandia Linens now for sale at 20% off.
Of course there are plenty of other stores throughout the downtown area that are also offering great prices. Happy shopping!
New Year's Celebrations in Santa Fe
There is plenty going on in Santa Fe to celebrate the New Year, running the gamut from the spiritual to the spirited.
If you are inclined towards a more quiet and contemplative marking of the day, there are two organized meditations happening early on December 31. The Santa Fe Center for Spiritual LIving is holding a World Peace Meditation Service from 4:45am-6am, or you can attend the Everyday Center for Spiritual Living's World Healing Meditation from 5am-6am.
Another spiritually based option is the 23rd annual "Light up a Life" event on the Santa Fe Plaza. Hundreds of farolitos are set out to commemorate the lives of loved ones, both living and deceased. You may purchase your own farolito at the event, and it is suggested that you put a photo of your loved one on the farolito. The $20 donation goes to provide hospice services for those in need. You will want to arrive no later than 5pm to purchase your farolito so as to be present for the ceremony scheduled from 5:30-6pm.
Should you be wishing to bring in the New Year with a grand meal, many of Santa Fe's top restaurants offer incredibly decadent and tantalizing feasts. Some top choices would be The Inn of the Anasazi, serving a festive three course dinner from 4-9:30pm. Prices range from $95-$125, depending on the time of your reservation. The Compound does a fabulous New Year's Eve dinner in their beautiful historic setting, as does Luminaria, which is serving a four course prix fixe meal from 5-9pm for $95. There is also a new restaurant in town, The Thunderbird, located right on the Plaza in the old Ore House location. I have heard great reviews of this new place, and they have a mouth-watering New Year's Eve menu. Their four course meal will be served from 5pm-12am (a bargain at $75) with live music from 9pm-12:30am.
For those of you wishing to celebrate to the max, get your tickets now ($375 each, though $250 is tax deductible) for the New Year's Masked Ball, an annual black tie dinner and dance which takes place at La Posada. The evening starts at 5pm with a concert by the SFCA Orchestra at The Lensic Performing Arts Center (tickets are separate). Continue the evening at La Posada with complimentary wine & champagne, a sit down dinner, and then dancing to the band Soulstice. La Posada is just one block from the inn, making it a good choice for a full night of celebration. Call 505-984-8759 for tickets to this event.
Many guests enjoy attending the Taos Pueblo Turtle Dances, which take place on January 1 at sunrise. The dances begin officially at 8am and go until 1pm. If you plan on getting there for the beginning of this ceremony, you will want to be dressed for bitter cold, but it is well worth it. If you can manage to get there early, you will truly experience the magical mysticism of this dance. No cameras are allowed, giving you the opportunity to fully engage with the ceremonial rattles, drumming, dancing and chanting. What a memorable way to begin the New Year!
Winter Fun in Santa Fe!
Santa Fe has been getting some great early winter snowfall this year, and there are plenty of options for enjoying the powder. The Santa Fe Ski Basin and Taos Ski Valley are both open, with beginner to expert runs available. Santa Fe is the ideal spot for beginner to intermediate skiers, while expert level skiers and boarders will appreciate the steeps of Taos.
If downhill motion is not your thing, consider snowshoeing the many miles of trails at the Valles Caldera (vallescaldera.gov). If you don't have your own equipment, you may rent gear at REI for a reasonable fee.
For a more leisurely expedition, how about a Horse-Drawn Sleight Ride? Picture yourself snuggled up with your loved one as you fly across the brilliant snow-covered fields of the Valles Caldera, sleigh bells ringing, followed by hot cocoa, or a hot toddy, in front of a roaring fire. For more information, check out bearcreekadventures.com.
Christmas Music in Santa Fe
The Christmas garlands and wreaths are up at The Madeleine 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.
Robert Cray Comes to Santa Fe!
Music lovers lucky enough to be at The Madeleine 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
Fabulous Tent Sale at Santa Fe's Museum Hill
It is not unusual for guests to compare museum experiences over breakfast each morning at The Madeleine 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
Santa Fe has its share of fiestas and notable events throughout the year, most within walking distance of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn. 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 To Stop In Santa Fe!
Not far from The Madeleine 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 Annual Pet Parade
The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is just two blocks 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 Palace 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.
Fiestas de Santa Fe
The Madeleine 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 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.
Exceptional Weekend of Dance in Santa Fe
Guests of The Madeleine 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 ticketssantafe.org or by phoning 505.988.1234.
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
Fingers Crossed on our Wine Permit Application
The Madeleine 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!!
Packards to Close after 75 Years
The historic Santa Fe Plaza, just three blocks from the Madeleine 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
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
The Madeleine 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 desertchorale.org.
Father's Day in Santa Fe
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
Long-Awaited Museum Hill Gardens to Open in July
Make plans to attend the grand opening of the Santa Fe Museum Hill Garden, scheduled for the weekend of July 19-21, 2013. The garden, a project undertaken by the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, consists of 1.7 acres of impressive native 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.
64th Annual Rodeo de Santa Fe
Guests come to The Madeleine 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 TicketsSantaFe.org.
Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
3237 Rodeo Road
New Exhibit at The Wheelwright Museum
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.
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Lyle Lovett Returns to Santa Fe!
Lyle Lovett fans are in for a big treat: just a 10-minute drive from The Madeleine 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 santafeopera.org 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.
Trey McIntyre Project Returns to Santa Fe
Should you be in Santa Fe on May 2 or 3, 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. 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 TicketsSantaFe.org.
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
Tax Time Stress Relief
Occupancy at the Madeleine 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!
Easter Brunch in Santa Fe
Guests begin every morning 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 OpenTable.com by calling 505.984.7915.
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