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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.

Re-Visit History at Lamy's Legal Tender

The Madeleine Inn, built by railroad tycoon George Cuyler Preston in 1886, is very much part of Santa Fe's history. Guests marvel over the intricate woodwork, stained glass and ornate fireplaces throughout the house. For another peek into the area's history, take a drive out to Lamy, 18 miles south of Santa Fe. On the way enjoy glorious open vistas which will free your soul.

Lamy came into existence with the arrival of the railroad, and the station is still operating today with daily Amtrak service. The Lamy station is also a destination of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, which offers rides on vintage rail cars dating from the 1920's between Santa Fe and Lamy. This ride includes a short stop in Lamy, but does not allow enough time to actually sit and enjoy a meal at Lamy's Historic Legal Tender.

It is easy to step back in time when walking into the newly re-opened Legal Tender Restaurant, which first opened in 1818 to provide respite to weary travelers in the form of libations, lively poker games and dancing "ladies". Have a drink yourself at the beautiful old bar, hang out in the beautifully restored El Capitan Poker Room, and enjoy a meal from the extensive menu featuring steaks, burgers, pulled pork, and plenty of vegetarian options. Kick up your heels and dance to country music every Friday and Saturday night, free of charge.

Legal Tender
151 Old Lamy Trail, NM
505.466.1650
Open Friday & Saturday, noon-9pm

Shopping at the Sanbusco Market Center

Many of our female guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn (and male too, for that matter!) will be interested in checking out the mega sale happening now at Allure, purveyors of luxurious lingerie in downtown Santa Fe. Stop by their boutique at 328 Guadalupe Street and take advantage of discounts up to 75% on selected items.

You might also want to stroll across the street to visit the jewelry shop of my friend Dell Fox. Dell goes to Bali at least once a year for inspiration, jewel buying and creation of her truly stunning pieces. Along with an Indonesian flavor, she also gets her inspiration from the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and India. She uses 22K gold and precious stones to make the most intricate and delicate of pieces results in the most remarkably beautiful jewelry. Dell Fox Jewelry is located in the Sanbusco Market Center at 500 Montezuma Avenue.

The Sanbusco Market Center is also home to many more fun and interesting shops, as well as a couple of tasty dining establishments. In the mood for yummy Italian? Check out Pranzo Italian Grill. New to the Sanbusco Market Center is Ragaa, serving authentic and perfectly spiced East Indian cuisine.

There is way more to Santa Fe than shopping, but that being said, we are known for our plethora of unique shopping opportunities.

New Year's Turtle Dances at Taos Pueblo

Guests of The Madeleine Inn come from around the world to learn about the area's Native American culture and history. A terrific opportunity to experience this heritage first-hand presents itself on New Year's Day with the Turtle Dances at the nearby Taos Pueblo. This pueblo, designated as both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

The Taos Pueblo, famous for its drums and micaceous pottery, is fiercely independent in spirit. Residents continue to speak the unwritten Tiwa language, and are committed to integrating the traditional way of life with the realities of existing in the modern world. A day trip to this fascinating pueblo is a high on the list of things to do while in Santa Fe, and to be there during a ceremonial dance is an added treat.

The dances are scheduled to begin on January 1, 2012 around 8am, though this is only an approximate time. Please note that no cameras or cell phones are allowed during this blessing ritual, which carries deep cultural significance to the community of the Taos Pueblo. Please behave with utmost respect and consideration, much as you would in a church.

Taos Pueblo
120 Veterans Highway
Taos, NM
575.758.1028

Christmas Dinner in Santa Fe

Everyone knows that Santa Fe abounds with fabulous restaurants, though many are closed on Christmas Day. Nonetheless, there are some great options, and many of the city's larger hotels are open and serving bountiful holiday feasts. You will want to make your reservations as soon as possible, as seating is limited.

My first choice for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Dinner would be Restaurant Martin. Theirs is an innovative and deliciously-prepared and presented menu, with a wide array of seafood, poultry, meats and vegetarian options in an simple but elegant setting. Christmas Eve dinner begins at 5:30pm, and Christmas Day service begins at 1pm.

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo Street
505.820.0919

I would also recommend The Compound Restaurant for either Christmas Eve Dinner (located on Canyon Road, so very well-situated for those wanting to participate in the Farolito Walk) or Christmas Day. Their Christmas Eve service begins at 4pm, with a three course prix-fixe dinner for $125. Christmas Dinner is served from 5pm on, with an a la carte menu featuring Compound favorites along with turkey dinner and all the trimmings.

The Compound Restaurant
653 Canyon Road
505.982.4353

Another great choice would be Fuego at La Posada, located just one block from the inn. Christmas Eve dinner will be available from 5:30-9pm, with the same menu available on Christmas Day from 3pm-8pm for $75/person.

Fuego at La Posada
330 Palace Avenue
505.954.9670

Santa Fe Southern Railway Holiday Trains

Guests of The Madeleine Inn can get in the holiday spirit and see some of the fabulous scenery of New Mexico while riding one of the Santa Fe Southern Railway Holiday Trains. From December 16 through December 24, 2011, take a ride to either Lamy or the Galisteo Basin Overlook while riding in vintage railcars dating back to the 1920's. All riders on the Holiday Trains will enjoy spectacular scenery while singing traditional Christmas Carols.

If there are children in your party, you will want to be sure to book yourself a train with Santa himself. For even more Christmas magic, book the Story Book Ride, which features a reading of the Polar ExpressTM book, with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Guests on this ride are encouraged to wear their PJ's!

Booking reservations in advance is highly recommended, as these are very popular rides. Ticket prices ranges from $20-$50, depending on age and the ride selected. Check online for a Schedule of dates, times and prices.

Please call the Santa Fe Southern Railway to book your reservations at 505.989.8600. The railway office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am-5pm, and open Sunday from 11am-3pm.

All trains board at the historic depot located at:
410 S. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM

Dining Deal at The Old House Restaurant

Savor a delicious 3-course dinner at the landmark Old House Restaurant, located at the Eldorado Hotel, just five blocks from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn. This celebrated restaurant is offering a Prix Fixe Menu for just $25/person, now through December 23, 2011.

The restaurant has received numerous accolades: AAA awarded the Old House Four Diamonds, Zagat honors it as New Mexico's best restaurant, and Wine Spectator gave the wine list their "Award of Excellence".

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a delicious meal at a good price, The Old House's impeccable service, inspired menu and elegant atmosphere will surely please even the most discerning diner.

Old House Restaurant
309 W. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM
505.995.4530

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe

Guests come from far and wide to The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn to celebrate Thanksgiving in Santa Fe. The crisp, clean mountain air, a blanket of fresh snow in the mountains, and spectacular culinary feasts offered throughout the city, make for a perfect holiday destination.

Since it is just a block from the inn, my first recommendation for Thanksgiving Dinner is La Posada's Fuego Restaurant, where you can enjoy a traditional feast, including a whole roast turkey served tableside. Begin your meal at Fuego with Green Chile Smoked Salmon, Local Vegetables and Domestic Cheeses. This is followed by a Creamy Butternut Squash Soup and a Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts and Autumn Pear Dressing. Along with your Roast Turkey, carved tableside, is Apple Stuffing with Cranberry Chutney, Whipped Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Hazelnuts. End the meal with a Spiced Cheesecake or Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Tart. This fabulous feast is $65/person, with seating from 3pm-9pm.

Fuego Restaurant - La Posada
Corner of Paseo de Peralta and Palace Avenue
505.954.9670

Another fine dining option for Thanksgiving Dinner is Restaurant Martin, with an a la carte menu sure to please everyone in your party. Appetizers include a Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque ($12), a Wild Mushroom and Lobster Risotto ($17) or a Slow Braised Prime Short Rib ($14). Entrees range from Roasted Organic Turkey, served with stuffing, potatoes and gravy ($28) to Grilled Black Angus New York Strip ($30) to a Vegetarian Tasting Plate ($23). Save room for dessert of Roasted Pumpkin Pie, Carmelized Golden Apple with Gingerbread Cake or a Chocolate Toffee Bread Pudding. All desserts are $8.

Restaurant Martin
536 Galisteo Street
505.820.0919

Last but not least, for those of you wanting a more casual and lower-priced Thanksgiving Dinner, you can't go wrong with the $27.50/person menu at The Zia Diner. Choose from a Butternut Squash Bisque or Salad of Organic Greens, Pears and Pecans. The Zia has several entree selections - one being a Turkey Plate with all the trimmings, another a Roasted Poblano Chile filled with Bulghar Weat Spinach, Pecans, Cranberries, Cheese & Roasted Squash, and the third being an Aromatic Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin. Pie is the word of the day for dessert at The Zia: you will have to make up your mind between Pumpkin, Pumpkin-Pecan, Wicked Cocoa, Apple Crumb and Strawberry Rhubarb.

The Zia Diner
326 S Guadalupe Street
505.988.7008

Very important - whether you choose one of these restaurants or another establishment, you will want to call ahead to make reservations! Not all Santa Fe restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, and those that are open are always very busy.

Santa Fe is Steeped in the Culture of Spain

Surround yourself in the Spanish style architecture while breakfasting at our Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn; then indulge in fabulous Spanish tapas just a few blocks away at La Boca Restaurant before heading out for a night of authentic Spanish dancing with Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel.

José Porcel, regarded as one of the very best flamenco dancers in the world today, has assembled a company consisting of Spain's most acclaimed flamenco artists. Their performances combine traditional flamenco moves with more contemporary choreography, and are renowned for their vitality, passion, and intensity.

This exciting evening of dance and music, presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association, will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $20-$72 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 87501

Foodie Festival in Santa Fe

November is shaping up to be a busy month this year at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn. Those fortunate enough to be with us this November will have the good fortune of participating in the Santa Fe Harvest Festival, a month-long celebration of New Mexico food and wine. From November 1 through November 23 the city will demonstrate its culinary skills in a myriad of ways, with cooking classes, a Chef Showdown, a War of the Bars, and much more. The festival culminates with the Grand Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, a competition finale and a "Best of the Fest" Gala Dinner.

Your pass, which may be purchased online or at venues such as Whole Foods or Sunflower Market, will also entitle you to discounts as some of Santa Fe's top restaurants, including some of my favorites: Andiamo!, Cafe Cafe, Epazote, La Boca, The Pink Adobe and Trattoria Nostrani. Passes are available at two levels - Gold for $35 or Red for $160 (this pass includes admission to the Grand Gourmet and Best of the Fest Gala Dinner).

Start your Thanksgiving celebration early by participating in this bounty of the glorious foods of New Mexico!

Santa Fe Harvest Festival
November 1-23, 2011

Flamenco Fridays at La Boca

Just a few short blocks from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn is La Boca, a terrific neighborhood tapas restaurant. The menu at La Boca consists of both traditional Spanish tapas dishes and innovative, exciting contemporary offerings. Eating at a tapas restaurant is a lot of fun for couples or groups, as you can share a number of small plates of food, savoring a multitude of fabulous flavors. La Boca is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Santa Fe, and gets rave reviews from all guests of The Madeleine who have chosen to dine there.

After the dinner hour La Boca evolves into an intimate wine bar, featuring an extensive collection of South American and Mediterranean wines. An added treat is the introduction of Flamenco Fridays, where you can enjoy the passionate music and dance of traditional and authentic flamenco. The troupe of professional dancers and musicians, many of whom have performed with Maria Benitez, will be performing at 10pm on November 28 and December 23, 2011. Guests may indulge in the Spanish tradition of late dining by ordering off the menu or partaking of some special La Boca Bailla specials, which will include the $10 cover charge for these events.

For a true Spanish cultural experience, check out La Boca on Flamenco Fridays.

La Boca
72 West Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM
505.982.3433
Special Flamenco Fridays - November 28 and December 23, 2011.
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