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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.

Wheelwright Museum
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505.982.4636

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.

Happy Easter!

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Returns to the Lensic

Guests 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 TicketsSantaFe.org 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

Annie Leibovitz Together with Georgia O'Keeffe!

Every day guests depart from the Madeleine 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 O'Keeffe 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.

Santa Fe's 16th Annual ARTfeast

Guests of The Madeleine 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

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is a wonderful place to spend Valentine's Day. Our private garden cottages, with fireplaces and king beds, are especially recommended for a romantic getaway.

Many of our guests also treat themselves to a Romance Package, which include a couples massage and luxurious rose petal bath at our Absolute Nirvana Spa, just steps away from your room. 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 brūlée! 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 Brūlée, Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake or a Strawberry Mascarpone Tart. Call them at 505.995.4530 for reservations.

Dining Deals in Santa Fe

Guests of The Madeleine 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.

Santacafe
231 Washington Avenue
505.984.1788

Spanish Colonial Elegance on View in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Inn was built in 1886, a time when the wealthy women of Santa Fe wore the most exquisite clothes and jewelry as part of daily life. One can imagine these women 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)
505.982.2226
Exhibit runs through May 27, 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 Madeleine 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 OpenTable.com.

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

Sales Galore in Santa Fe

Besides touring Santa Fe's galleries, archeological sites and outdoor wonders, guests of The Madeleine 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!

Santa Fe's Magical Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is perfectly situated in the midst of Santa Fe's historic east side, allowing guests to easily walk to the Plaza and Canyon Road. This location is particularly ideal on Christmas Eve, when Canyon road and the surrounding residential neighborhood are transformed into a magical fairyland during the annual Farolito Walk. Adobe walls and rooftops are lined with actual farolitos - small brown paper bags illuminated from within by a small candle - as opposed to the pervasive plastic "bagolitos" that appear right around Thanksgiving! On every block you will also see luminarias, small bonfires where people gather to chat and sing Christmas carols while warming up.

I personally prefer doing the walk at about 10:30-11pm, when the crowds have dispersed and one can walk along quiet streets illuminated by the soft glow of thousands of flickering candles. I also recommend venturing off Canyon Road itself, and exploring some of the little alleys and side streets of the neighborhood. Being in a less-traveled area lends to the mystical nature of the evening even during the height of the walk.

Lastly, if you are heading out for dinner from The Madeleine, you will want to choose a place within walking distance. Traffic is exceedingly heavy in the neighborhood on Christmas Eve, as the farolito walk is attracts locals and visitors alike who drive into town from miles around. Check out Mucho Gusto, La Boca, Il Piatto or The Shed, and make your reservations early!

Christmas/New Year's Music in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is decorated for the Christmas holidays, as is much of the rest of Santa Fe. Adobe walls are lined with farolitos, and the Plaza is festooned with garlands and magical lights. Adding to the holiday spirit are a number of concerts presented by the renowned Santa Fe Desert Chorale, running from December 14 through December 31, 2012.

The Desert Chorale, famous for its glorious and inspiring voices, is a favorite of both locals and returning visitors. My favorite is the "Carols and Lullabies" concert in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. The cathedral itself if beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays, and the program features traditional and more contemporary carols from around the world, from Ave Maria to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and closing with Silent Night. These concerts are scheduled for December 14, 18, 20, 21 and 22 at 8pm. Tickets run from $15-$65.

For those of you who like to sing along, the Desert Chorale offers "The Big Holiday Sing", which combines the voices of the Desert Chorale with the New Mexico Concern Choir and the Rio Grande Youth Chorale. This program, perfect for the whole family, focuses on favorite carols and popular music of the season. This performance, surely the largest choral gathering in New Mexico, takes places on December 15 at 2pm at Santa Fe's Cristo Rey Church. Tickets are $20 and $25, and Free for children five and under.

The Desert Chorale will also welcome the New Year with their "Toast to the New Year" on December 28, 29, 30 and 31 at the famous Loretto Chapel. This concert, beginning at 8pm, will feature colonial hymns, Sephardic folk songs, and French melodies. The evening ends with the Chorale's beautiful rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Ticket prices range from $30-$45.

Tickets for these magnificent concerts may be purchased at www.ticketssantafe.org.

Thanksgiving in Santa Fe!

Treat yourself to a leisurely Thanksgiving in Santa Fe this year while taking advantage of our 25% off lodging special. Enjoy glorious blue sky and sun by day, then cool mountain air as night falls and finds you relaxing in front of a blazing fire, or snuggled in your cozy bed of feather and down.

In honor of the season, our Absolute Nirvana Spa has a selection of decadent Pumpkin Spa Specials designed to exfoliate and nourish dry winter skin while you savor the heavenly aromas of the holiday. Indulge in a relaxing massage followed by a pumpkin body mask and scrub - restore your skin's natural healthy glow with an exfoliating scrub of brown sugar and cinnamon, followed by a nourishing mask of warm pumpkin puree, buttermilk, honey and cloves. This one and a half hour Pumpkin Delight is just $165.

Another option is the Delicious Pumpkin Facial, using Naturopathica's Pumpkin Enzyme Peel to increase collagen production, leaving the skin firm and radiant, with increased elasticity. The one hour treatment is priced at $105, but if you choose to combine both of these yummy treatments, you will get 2.5 hours of Pumpkin Bliss for just $250.

Make it a memorable Thanksgiving this year, and start the holiday season feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Ghost Tours and Spooky Tales for Halloween

Guests of the Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn looking for fun things to do this Halloween will want to check out the Ghost Tour of Madrid, taking place for the first time ever on October 31, 2012. Walk through the town of Madrid with Madrid historian and long time resident Lilly Whiteswan as she recounts spooky tales of the town and its past residents, and then plan on spending the evening at the Mine Shaft Tavern - the location for the movie "Wild Hogs" as well as the most haunted place in Madrid. The tavern takes Halloween very seriously, going all out with decorations and an adult costume contest. Spend the evening celebrating Halloween while eating one of their famous green chile cheeseburgers and dancing to the music of Anthony Leon and the Chain, an alternative country music band. Halloween in Madrid is definitely not just for kids!

Ghost Tour and spooky story-telling will take place from 5-7pm - $10.
Purchase tickets online or by phone 505.438.3780.

Dinner/live music at the Mine Shaft - $10 cover.
Dinner served at the Mine Shaft until 9pm.
Costume Contest 9-10pm.

Mine Shaft Tavern
2846 Hwy 14
Madrid, NM
505.473.0743

La Boca Launches a New Restaurant

Just a short walk from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is La Boca, one of our most-recommended restaurants. La Boca consistently delivers exceptional cuisine to even the most discerning diners, so they, along with a handful of other local restaurants (Restaurant Martin, Santacafe, The Compound) are our top picks for fine dining in Santa Fe.

Now that La Boca has opened their Taberna La Boca, a Spanish-style tavern, we are delighted to add another name to our list of highly-recommended restaurants. The new location, just around the corner from La Boca and across from The Bull Ring, is also an easy walk from the inn. Taberna La Boca is designed to be a cozy, intimate space to enjoy a wide array of La Boca's exceptional tapas, wine, sherry and draft beer, and will accommodate the overflow traffic from La Boca itself.

In addition, Taberna La Boca makes an ideal choice for those seeking a private dining experience, whether for a wedding, family reunion, holiday gathering, or other such occasion. You might also consider arranging a private Wine Dinner, a Chef's Table Dinner or a Paella Party.

Lastlly, Chef James Campbell Caruso will be offering afternoon cooking demonstrations, sherry seminars, and a host of other food and wine events.

In a town known for its food, La Boca is stepping up to the plate in a big way by expanding its operations on such a scale. Kudos to Chef Caruso!

For reservations call 505.982.3433.

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn visit Rancho de las Golondrinas (Ranch of the Swallows) throughout the year, and take great delight in this living history museum. The early 18th century Spanish colonial ranch is especially memorable when visited during one of the weekend events, such as the upcoming Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, taking place from 10am-6pm on September 22 & 23, 2012.

The Fair features music, flamenco & belly dancing, a costume contest and medieval combat, as well as Celtic games, food and drink, including ale and mead! Of particular note on the entertainment schedule are the performances by the enchanting Clan Tynker, with its jugglers, magic shows and fire tricks.

Tickets are a modest $10 for adults, $7 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children under age 13.

Rancho de las Golondrinas is located 20 minutes south of town. From 1-25 South take Exit 276 and follow the signs.

The Burning of Zozobra

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.

One of the highlights of Fiesta is the Burning of Zozobra, which will occur on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Fort Marcy Park. The event consists of the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy known as "Old Man Gloom", a huge puppet representing all the year's hardships and disappointments. At dusk small fires are lit on the stage just in front of Zozobra and the Fire Dancers begin their dance, jumping and cavorting around in an attempt to frighten away the bad spirits. The crowd grows increasingly animated, yelling out a chorus of "Burn him! Burn him! Burn him!". Once it is fully dark, the fire dancers light the base of the giant marionette, and as he catches fire he begins to moan and groan, waving his arms in the air, his enormous eyes glowing and rolling around. It is a rather horrid yet spellbinding event. As Zozobra burns, all the past year's 'doom and gloom' one has experienced burns away with him. The finale comes with a burst a fireworks as flames engulf Zozobra's head, with the crowd going wild.

Following the burning, many people proceed to the Plaza where there is music, food and dancing. Because of the popularity of this event, which draws about 50,000 viewers each year, I highly recommend leaving your car in the lot and walking to wherever you wish to go. One can choose to participate with a close-up view of the burning by purchasing tickets ($20 for adults, $10 for children under 42") and being part of the scene in Ft. Marcy. In this case, go early and bring a picnic supper. Bear in the mind that the closer you sit to the stage, the wilder it will get as the night progresses. For those wishing to avoid the big crowds, walk two blocks from the inn and head up to the Cross of the Martyrs. You will have a great view and far less jostling about as you burn your doom and gloom.

For this wishing to avoid the event all together, please know that many restaurants in the downtown area will be closed, so you will want to check into this ahead of time. Best to leave your car in the lot as traffic is insane on Zozobra night.

61st Annual Spanish Market

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn won't want to miss the 61st Annual Spanish Market, happening on the Santa Fe Plaza, just a few blocks from the inn. This event features traditional Spanish art from over 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as music, dance and tasty foods.

The Santa Fe Spanish Market is the oldest and largest such market in the United States, and offers visitors a unique opportunity to not only view and purchase traditional handmade crafts, but to learn about the process of creating these works of art by speaking directly with the artists and their families. On display will be paintings and carvings of saints, intricate straw appliqué work, weavings, tinwork and hand-carved furniture. Of course the addition of Spanish music, dance and food showcases the city's Spanish culture on a myriad of levels.

If you miss the summer Spanish Market, you can see a wide array of this artwork at the Spanish Colonial Arts Museum, or plan to be in Santa Fe for the smaller Winter Spanish Market, which takes place every December - a perfect place to do your Christmas shopping!

Spanish Market, 2012
July 28 and 29
Santa Fe Plaza

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Lensic

I am highly recommending that guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn who are fortunate enough to be in town on July 13 & 14, 2012, get advance tickets for the incredibly vivacious and fabulous Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. This small troupe of dancers never ceases to amaze with their presentations of innovative choreography, breath-taking athleticism and utter grace in all they do.

We are ever so fortunate to have such a highly-acclaimed company, who has performed at Jacob's Pillow, the Kennedy Center, Wolftrap and New York City's Joyce Theater, grace us with their presence at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Centre in downtown Santa Fe.

The upcoming performances will feature contemporary works by some of the world's most noted young choreographers. You will be treated to the work of Alejandro Cerrudo of Hubbard Street Dance, Cayetano Soto's wonderful Kiss Me Goodnight, and the rock-the-house, take-your-breath-away Square None by Norbert De La Cruz. I have seen Square None twice already, and can't wait to see it for a third time!

Ticket prices are $25, $36, $55 and $72, and may be purchased online or by phoning 505.988.1234.

July 13 & 14, 2012 8pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

River Rafting in O'Keeffe Country

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, located just five blocks from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, is one of Santa Fe's most popular museums. Visitors from around the world come to admire the renowned artist's work, and locals can go again and again since the exhibits are constantly changing.

The museum is a great place to view O'Keeffe's work, and to learn about her life and character. Touring her house and visiting Ghost Ranch will further deepen your understanding of this remarkable woman. For a new and unique glimpse into the world of Georgia O'Keeffe, who was an avid camper, river rafter, and intrepid explorer, try a river raft float along the Rio Chama. The seven mile float, going through the heart of O'Keeffe country, showcases the stunning scenery that inspired O'Keeffe's landscape paintings. You may choose to do the float on an oar-rigged raft or an inflatable kayak.

These delightful river raft tours tours occur daily from April through September, and are suitable for novice rafters from age 6 on up. The tours meet at Ghost Ranch at 11am and cost $115/adult, $100/child, which includes a gourmet riverside picnic lunch. For reservations, please call 800.359.2627 or book online at www.farflung.com.

Mother's Day in Santa Fe

The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn has a great Mother's Day Special running the entire month of May. The three night package, starting at $589, includes a heavenly one hour massage or facial at our Absolute Nirvana Spa, a dozen red roses, and the gift of a luxurious spa robe.

Of course Mother's Day also means a special brunch to honor the mother in your life, and many of Santa Fe's best restaurants offer special Mother's Day menus. One of my favorite brunch spots in town is Santacafe, with its lovely garden patio providing the ideal setting for Mother's Day. Another great Mother's Day Brunch option in Santa Fe, also with a spacious garden patio, is Restaurant Martin.

Both restaurants will be quite busy for Mother's Day, so you will want to call ahead to make reservations.

Easter Brunch in Santa Fe

Spring has sprung in Santa Fe, with blossoms blooming and birds swinging sweetly in the gardens of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn. This is one of the most glorious times of year to be in Santa Fe. Guests have begun asking about Easter Dinner options, and there are several restaurants doing special Easter Brunch Menus.

Inn of the Anazsazi, just a few blocks from the inn, is offering an Easter Brunch Menu from 11am-2:30pm at $40 person. The menu looks pretty interesting. with lots of southwestern-oriented dishes, offering a change from the traditional lamb, potatoes and asparagus. Consider their Signature Homemade Tortilla Soup, Spanish Benedict (Eggs Benedict with Roioja Chorizo Chipotle Hollandaise), or Huevos Rancheros. Reservations may be made by calling 505.988.3236.

Another nearby Easter meal is at Fuego, just one block from the inn. Theirs is a more traditional menu, with appetizers such as Spring Pea Soup, Melon Coupe or Butter Lettuce Salad. Entrees include Roasted Chicken, Eggs Benedict, Crab Cakes and Eggs, Seared Salmon or Oven Roasted Prime Rib. In addition to the Baker's Pasty Stand (yum yum!) is a dessert of Strawberries with Devonshire Cream. This meal will be served from 11am-3pm at a cost of $40/person. Please call 505.984.9670 for reservations.

Also serving on Easter is one of my favorite Santa Fe Restaurants: SantaCafe. Though they have not posted a special Easter menu, the brunch at SantaCafe is fantastic! I always get their Crispy Calamari with Lime Dipping Sauce to start, and highly recommend that. Choose from entrees such as Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast, Grilled Ruby Red Trout with Sweet Corn Risotto, Baby Spinach Salad with Seared Tuna or Quiche with Gruyere Cheese. For dessert is a killer Warm Upside Down Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee and so much more! In addition, they have a lovely garden patio which is one of the nicest outdoor eating spaces in Santa Fe. To book your brunch at SantaCafe, please call 505.984.1788.
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