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Santa Fe Real Estate Market

As was the case in much of the country, our real estate market dropped in value by about 30%, though that tide has now turned. Inventory has dropped significantly from a year ago, and the median sales price for a Santa Fe home in the final quarter of 2012 was $266,184 - an increase of close to 30% - though there were fewer sales overall in that final quarter.

In addition, "Business Insider" anticipates Santa Fe's annualized expected growth in the real estate sector to be 8.9%, making it one of the fifteen best housing markets in the U.S. over the next five years. From the sounds of it, now is the time to buy in Santa Fe, before things heat up even more. The best values tend to be on the outskirts of town, and particularly in Eldorado, though the South Capitol is a good option for people wanting to be close to the Plaza area.

Santa Fe boasts a plethora of realtors, from large national agencies such as Sotheby's (call Katherine Blagden) and Coldwell Banker (ask fro Valerie Hasson) to highly reputed local agencies such as Barker Realty (go with John Hancock and Rebecca Holland), Prudential (Lisa Knouse) or Santa Fe Properties.

This is also a great time to furnish that new home in Santa Fe, as American Country Collection is offering every item in their showroom at 25% off. Located at 620 Cerrillos Road, the store features unique home furnishings, antiques, rugs and a wide assortment of upholstery and curtain fabrics.

A New Year - A New You

Winter is a quiet time at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, making it an ideal time to treat yourself to a quiet time of renewal and rejuvenation. Start the day in quiet meditation and journaling, or perhaps an early morning yoga class at Yoga Source or one of Santa Fe's newest yoga studios, Dragon Rising. After a healthy breakfast of fruits, yogurt and homemade granola (or indulge in Blue Corn Waffles, Blueberry Almond Stuffed French Toast, or a Southwestern Breakfast Enchilada), enjoy New Mexico's blue skies and sun with a walk up Canyon Road or a hike in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Then give yourself the ultimate New Year's gift of a spa renewal afternoon. Absolute Nirvana, our Balinese-inspired garden spa, is currently offering a Detoxification and Rejuvenation Special to help you start the new year at your best. Begin with a relaxing massage, followed by an exfoliating scrub of French White Clay & Sea Salt, and ending with a mask of Golden Belizian Seaweed. This treatment, using only natural and organic ingredients, is specially formulated to rid the body of toxins and stress. A new you will emerge, feeling energized, purified and radiant.

Santa Fe offers a number of healthy dinner options for those opting for a visit centered on purification of body and soul. Body Cafe offers a wide array of vegan, gluten-free and raw entrees, including some delicious raw organic truffles. Another choice is Vinaigrette, featuring a selection of salads, soups and sandwiches, made using organic greens and vegetables from their own farm in Nambe, NM.

Things to Do in Santa Fe for Chocolate Lovers

The Absolute Nirvana Spa, located just across the street from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, offers a couple of decadent chocolate-based spa treatments. Guests can indulge in the two hour Chocolate Decadence, for example, which includes a head to toe massage with warm oils, chocolate/rose aromatherapy, a scrub of raw organic cacao and sugar, a mask of yogurt and honey, and ending with a luxuriating soak in a tub filled with the petals of a dozen roses.

Chocolate lovers will also enjoy the new exhibition at Santa Fe's International Folk Art Museum, titled New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas. This thoughtfully curated show highlights the earliest cultural mixing that took place in the Americas through cuisine, as foods originating from Europe and the New World were combined as a result of the travels of the Spanish Manila Galleons. Specifically showcased in this exhibition are objects and information related to the history of chocolate and mate: their origins, how they came to be so popular, and objects related to their harvesting, preparation and service. The exhibit will run through January 5, 2014.

This immersion into the history of chocolate, including a stop at the tantalizing 'scent station', you will no doubt leave you salivating for a taste of this elixir of the Gods. Satiate your desires with a visit to Kakawa, located near The Hacienda Nicholas, at 1050 Paseo de Peralta. Kakawa is best known for their assortment of authentic Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican, Mayan, and Aztec drinking chocolates, as well as 1600's European, Colonial American and Colonial Mexican drinking chocolates. They also feature an ever-changing selection of exquisite and unique truffles, caramels and baked goods, working only in small batches, using only fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Celebrating the Holidays with Asian Flair

Our stockings are hung on the mantlepieces of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast, and garlands wrap the staircases and entry, in preparation for a full house of guests this Christmas. The Plaza twinkles with thousands of colored lights on every tree, and Santa Fe residents are busy making truckloads of farolitos to line their walkways and rooftops on Christmas Eve. Along with the beautiful holiday decorations are a variety of holiday concerts given by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Symphony.

For those of you looking for an out of the ordinary activity during the holiday season, check out The Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Their production of "Cirque Ziva" is having its premiere performance in Santa Fe, and will continue on for another six months of touring. The troupe continues a tradition going back 25 centuries, and combines acrobatic feats, traditional Asian dance, and stunning costumes with both ancient and contemporary music. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are considered to be the top Chinese acrobat touring company of the day, and will leave you spellbound with their fast-paced and technologically thrilling spectacle - an exciting show for the whole family to enjoy.

Performances are scheduled for December 20, 21 and 22 from 7-9pm, with a matinee performance on December 22 at 1pm. Ticket price range from $20-$35 and may be purchased online or by phone at 505.988.1234.

Fantastic Flamenco for the Holidays

Along with visiting the museums, galleries and archeological sights of Santa Fe, guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are taking advantage of the city's many unique shops to buy some memorable Christmas gifts. Make Christmas shopping an even more wonderful event by combining it with an evening of flamenco dancing and fantastic Spanish cuisine.

On Sunday, December 9th, the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company is hosting its 4th annual Gala Event, hosted by Ali Macgraw, and featuring world-class flamenco dance, DJ Oona spinning salsa music, as well as paella and tapas by Santa Fe's top Spanish Restaurant, La Boca. A great opportunity to purchase some Christmas gifts at great prices is the silent auction; bid on original works of art and crafts from the city's many talented artists.

The event will take place from 4-8pm at the St. Francis Auditorium. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the Lensic Box Office or by phoning 505.988.1234. Proceeds for this fabulous event go to the Heart Gallery Foundation which supports Santa Fe's Foster Youth, as well as to the NM Dance Coalition and the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company.

Exciting New Cooking School in Santa Fe!

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn have been attending classes of the Santa Fe School of Cooking for over 20 years, delighting in their array of classes featuring the cuisine of Northern New Mexico. There is now a new cooking school in town - The Santa Fe Culinary Academy - which focuses on a broader range of cuisine. The school has an extensive array of classes every month, geared to the season. Classes and workshops this December cover everything from Holiday Tamales to Gluten Free Holiday Baking, and include classes on Thai Curry, a Vegetarian Holiday Dinner and a Soup Workshop. These community classes range in length from a few hours to several days, and are taught by the school's professional chef instructors, local cookbook authors, visiting 'celebrities' and members of the local Santa Fe restaurant community.

For those seeking to embark on a restaurant career, the school also offers a 50 week Professional Program in their new state of the art, 5000-square foot facility.

We wish this new school much success, as they are clearing filling a need for locals and visitors alike who wish to go beyond southwestern cuisine.

The Santa Fe Culinary Academy is located near the inn, at 112 W. San Francisco Street, Suite 500. Check out their varied schedule online, or call 505.983.7445 for more information.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Fe

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn this Thanksgiving will be pleased to know there are many choices among Santa Fe's restaurants for a traditional turkey dinner or a more esoteric meal.

Just one block from the inn is Fuego Restaurant at La Posada, with seatings from 3-4pm and again from 5:30-7:30pm. Their five course menu, with selections of appetizers, soups, salads, a traditional turkey dinner entree and delicious dessert choices is $65/person. Fuego is doing something wonderful this year: with every reservation of four or more, they will donate a turkey to The New Mexico Food Depot. For reservations call 505.954.9670.

Another of my favorite restaurants, The Compound, is serving Thanksgiving from their historic adobe on Canyon Road. Along with the beautiful and tranquil setting, they are offering a prix fixe menu including starters such as Sea Scallops, Shrimp and Grits and Carmelized Pear Salad, followed by main course choices of Roasted Organic Turkey with all the trimmings, Natural Shetland Scottish Salmon or Wild Mushrooms and Organic Stone Ground Polenta. Dessert Choices include Bittersweet Chocolate Torte, Maple Pecan Pie and more. The price is $75/person, and $25 for a child's entree plus dessert. To reserve your dinner at The Compound please call 505.982.4353.

My third recommendation is Restaurant Martin, a family run business featuring deliciously prepared food in an atmosphere of understated elegance. Their a la carte Thanksgiving menu begins with appetizers such as Leaves of Ahi Tuna, Lobster Bisque and a Semi Boneless Quail, followed by such entree selections as an Organic Turkey platter with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing and Gravy, a Duo of Black Angus Beef or a Vegetarian Tasting Plate. End your meal at Restaurant Martin with one of the following Dessert offerings: Carmelized Pumpkin Tart, Textures of Apple (an assortment of apple-based desserts) or a Frozen Chocolate Ganache. Call to reserve at 505.820.0919.

Handel's Messiah in Santa Fe

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn hosts music lovers all summer long, as visitors flock to Santa Fe for the renowned Santa Fe Opera, Chamber Music and Desert Chorale. There is also a solid winter season of classical holiday music, kicking off this year with The Santa Fe Symphony's performances of Handel's Messiah. Treat yourselves to the glorious voices of The Symphony Chorus on Sunday, November 18th, at 4pm, in the beautiful and historic Lensic Performing Arts Center. Enrich your experience by attending the complimentary preview talk at 3pm.

Ticket prices range from $20-$70 (half price for children ages 6-14 when adult tickets are also purchased) and may be procured online or by phoning the Lensic at 505.988.1234.

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

We are very fortunate to have an excellent school of photography here in Santa Fe, and The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is host to both aspiring and professional photographers who flock here to attend the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Please note that we offer a 10% discount to all attendees of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Classes vary in their duration, from a few days in various Santa Fe locations to a two-week educational program in Cuba or a trip to Nepal. The school attracts master-level photographers to teach an array of classes, from those focusing on technical skills to those devoted exclusively to perfecting portrait or landscape photography.

While some classes require advanced knowledge and experience, there are also plenty of classes offered for the novice photographer. The mission of the school is not only to teach photographic skills, but also to help participants tap more deeply into their creative selves.

You will be amazed at the range of scope of the classes offered, and adding a workshop to your Santa Fe will only deepen the cultural experience of the city.

Santa Fe Art Walk in the Railyard

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is ideally situated for art lovers, as we are just three blocks from the Santa Fe Galleries of Canyon Road. Another area of town known for its concentration of art galleries is the Railyard, where the bulk of Santa Fe's contemporary art can be found.

The last Friday of every month, this part of town comes alive in the evening hours. Ten exciting contemporary art galleries, along with SITE Santa Fe, open their doors for an Art Walk from 5-7pm.

These galleries, featuring the best in international contemporary work, include such well known spaces as: James Kelly Contemporary, Tai Gallery, William Segal Gallery and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art. Stroll through the award-winning landscaped gardens of the Railyard before the temperature drops, and then plan on spending the full two hours perusing these warehouse type galleries - a departure from the typical adobe structures of Santa Fe!

Upcoming dates are Friday, October 26 and Friday, November 30, 2012.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Santa Fe has its share of fiestas and notable events throughout the year, most within walking distance of The Hacienda Nicholas. 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 27-30, 2012. Due to its increasing popularity, I highly recommend purchasing your tickets online as soon as possible, as most events sell out in advance.

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 29th 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 Gruet Golf Classic at the Towa Golf Course, just 15 minutes from town. 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!

7th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival

Just a few blocks from The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are the two Santa Fe Venues for the upcoming New Mexico Jazz Festival, now in its 7th year. From July 13 through July 29, both local and international jazz artists and masters will be performing at the Santa Fe Plaza's bandstand and the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

The Lensic will feature such jazz greats as Regina Carter's Reverse Thread on July 19, Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on July 22, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Dianne Reeves on July 27, and NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling on July 28th. These performances begin at 7:30, with ticket prices ranging from FREE to $60, depending on the performance and seats chosen.

Local favorite Busy McCarroll and The Ambassadors of Pleasure will perform on the Santa Plaza on July 17th from 6-9 pm. This is a FREE and all ages performance.

You may also enjoy many other jazz legends in Albuquerque during this two week period.

Tickets for all events may be purchased online at www.ticketssantafe.org or by phoning 505.988.1234 or 505.268.0044.

The Taos Solar Music Festival

Taos, NM is a very popular day trip for guests of the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn, who go to visit the famed Taos Pueblo, see the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge, and visit such fine museums as the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Harwood Museum.

Another reason to the one hour drive to Taos is the annual Taos Solar Music Festival, now in its 14th year. This summer's festival is scheduled to take place on June 30 and July 1 at Kit Carson Park, in downtown Taos. Music lovers of all ages will be treated to such noted performers as Lyle Lovett, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Lobos, and more. Each days' events begin in the early afternoon, with the headliner bands (Lyle Lovett on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30pm and Michael Franti on Sunday, July 1 at 7pm) finishing up the day. Be advised to be prepared for a day in the sun, with hats, sunscreen and refillable water bottles. The show will go on whether rain or shine, so you will want to be prepared for stormy weather as well as descending temperatures as the sun sets. For added comfort, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Visitors are not permitted to bring their own food or drinks, but there will be beverages, including beer and wine, along with a variety of foods available for purchase once inside the gates. Please keep the Taos Solar Music Festival a fun and safe event for all: please bring no illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, fireworks, glass or pets.

Kids under 12 are admitted Free.
One Day Pass is $51, Two Day Pass is $91.

2012 Santa Fe Indian Market

The Santa Fe Indian Market, now in its 91st year, is the most prestigious market and showcase for Native American artwork in the world. Santa Fe and the surrounding towns are packed to the rafters with visitors from around the globe. Because of its proximity to the Plaza, where the market takes place, many of our guests will book up to five years in advance for this popular event.

This year's market, taking place on August 18 and 19, will feature the Native American arts of pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry, carving, textiles, bead work, baskets, drums and more of over 1,000 Native American artists from across the U.S. and Canada. The work of this juried show ranges from museum-quality to collectible-quality to souvenir-type art, and all pieces are guaranteed to adhere to authentic and traditional methods of production.

In addition to the market itself, visitors are treated to traditional Native American music, dance and foods, as well as film, fashion and literature that reflect traditional and contemporary Native American culture.

Due to the popularity of this event (over 100,000 visitors each year) you will want to reserve your lodging and restaurant meals as soon as possible. Collectors often gather in front of the booths of their favorite artist in the wee hours of the morning to snatch up the best pieces, but for the less serious collector, there are plenty of great pieces to be had all weekend long.

Free Summer Concerts & Movies at The Railyard

The Railyard, home of the highly-acclaimed Santa Fe Farmer's Market, has been a popular destination for our guests for many years. This summer The Railyard is home to a number of free concerts by big-name artists, as well as a series of free movies.

Kicking off the season on Saturday, June 2, is the legendary rock 'n roll band, the Bo Deans. Then on Wednesday, June 4 the Railyard presents FUN., an alternative rock band best known for its Number One hit single "We Are Young". Don't miss Rob Schneider on July 14, followed by Shannon McNally on August 12.

June 1 brought the beginning of the Free Movie Series at The Railyard with "Rango". Other free summer movies include "The Princess Bride", "Austin Powers", "City Slickers", "Babe" and "The Bad News Bears".

Check out the full schedule online. Summer in Santa Fe has never been so FUN.

Mother's Day in Santa Fe

The Hacienda Nicholas B&B 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.

Contemporary Clay Fair

This weekend visitors will want to stop by the Santa Fe Woman's Club for the Contemporary Clay Fair, featuring the works of over thirty established New Mexican artists. The event, now in its 17th year, showcases an astounding variety of work, from traditional pots to sculpture to wearable art.

The Contemporary Clay Fair is a great opportunity to purchase clay art directly from the artists themselves, as well as to learn about the process of working with clay.

Santa Fe Woman's Club
1616 Paseo de Peralta
May 5 and 6, 10am-5pm

Shawn Colvin & Mary Chapin Carpenter Coming to Santa Fe

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are in for a special treat on May 4, 2012, with a double-header evening of song and story-telling from Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. These two world-famous folk and country music singers will be performing at the historic Lensic Theater, accompanying themselves on acoustic guitar, and playing selections of their most popular music spanning the past two decades.

Tickets for these multiple Grammy Award winners range from $38-$74 and may be purchased by calling 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.

Friday, May 4, 2012
7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM

Easter Brunch in Santa Fe

Spring has sprung in Santa Fe, with blossoms blooming and birds swinging sweetly in the gardens of The Hacienda Nicholas 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 the Old West at Lamy's Legal Tender

The Madeleine Inn, just across the street from Hacienda Nicholas, was built by railroad tycoon George Cuyler Preston in 1886. 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

Broadway Legend Patti LuPone comes to Santa Fe!

Guests of Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn fortunate enough to be in Santa Fe on March 1 will have the incredible opportunity of seeing Broadway legend, Patti LuPone, at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Centre.

Miss LuPone's recent Broadway performances have been the critically-acclaimed "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Gypsy", for which she won a Tony and numerous other awards for her brilliance in the role of Rose.

She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and throughout the world. To see her in such an intimate setting as the Lensic is truly a treat!

Ticket prices range from $20-$92 and may be purchased online or by phoning 505.988.1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lensic Performing Arts Centre
112 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

A Feast of Art, Food and Fashion in Santa Fe

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn are drawn to Santa Fe for many reasons, chief among them being the art scene and the cuisine. During the upcoming 15th annual ARTfeast, from February 24-26, 2012, enjoy a weekend of delicious food and wine, fashion and fantastic art, all for a good cause. Since its inception in 1998, this veritable feast for the senses has raised close to $1,000,000 to help fund art classes in Santa Fe's public schools.

The Edible Art Tour, perhaps the most popular event of the weekend, brings together 40 Canyon Road and downtown galleries with over 40 top Santa Fe restaurants and caterers, each showcasing their best talents. This evening of superb food and art takes places on Friday, February 24, from 5-8pm. Tickets are $35.

Other highlights of the weekend are the Friday Runway Show and Luncheon at the Inn at Loretto, Saturday's Free Home Tour and the Gourmet Dinner and Auction at Encantado Resort, and Sunday's Artist's Champagne Brunch and Auction at the Scottish Rite Temple.

This is a great weekend to be in Santa Fe!

Valentine's Day Dinner in Santa Fe

Santa Fe offers plenty of romantic dining options this Valentine's for guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed and Breakfast Inn. Be sure to book ahead, as Valentine's Day Dinners tend to be very popular!

Nothing says romance more than traditional French cuisine, which is served up with style at 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar. Their three course Valentine's prix-fixe dinner is $50/person, and includes such favorites as: French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, Grilled Salmon, and Black Mussels. Save room for Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brulee, or other tantalizing selections. Serving authentic French cuisine in an intimate setting, this is always a good Valentine's Dinner choice.

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
315 Old Santa Fe Trail
505.986.9190

The Old House Restaurant, another locals' favorite, has put together a fabulous-sounding prix-fixe Valentine's Dinner (Feb. 10-14) for $60/person, or $75/person with wine pairings. Start with a Caesar Salad or an Oyster Trio Sampler. Entree choices include a Petit Filet & Lobster Tail, Pan Roasted Scallops or Steak Frites. Heavenly dessert choices are Passion Fruit Creme Brulee, a Warm Chocolate Lava Cake or the Strawberry Mascarpone Tart.

The Old House
309 West San Francisco Street
505.995.4530

Italian cuisine is another favorite 'food for lovers', so you may want to check out the San Valentino Menu at Osteria d'Assisi. Antipasto, Oystes on the Half Shell and Tartar de Tonno (Tuna Tartare) start off this sumptuous menu, followed by incredible dishes of Salmon, Veal, Ravioli and more. Dessert choices include Tiramisu, Grand Marnier Mousse and a Chocolate Terrine. Fantastico!

Osteria d'Assisi
58 South Federal Place
505.986.5858

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Santa Fe

Looking for a bit of romance this Valentine's Day? Book a room at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn - perhaps one of the private suites with king beds and fireplaces - and then wow your sweetheart with a Couples Treatment at Absolute Nirvana Spa, just across the street.

Snuggle under our heavenly down comforters before heading over to enjoy a Southwestern-themed hot breakfast in front of a blazing fire. Then choose from one of the many tantalizing spa treatments at Absolute Nirvana. The spa is offering a Valentine's Special throughout the month of February, which includes two full body massages with warm oils infused with organic chocolate and rose essence, followed by a decadent rose petal bath in an oversized granite tub. Luxuriate with your loved one in a sea of roses from the petals of two dozen red roses as you sip Javanese Ginger Tea and nibble on tropical fruits and homemade truffles, a fire burning at your feet.

Many of Santa Fe's restaurants offer special dinners for Valentine's Day, including La Casa Sena, Osteria and The Old House (a $25 prix fixe menu!). The staff of The Hacienda Nicholas will be happy to help you in booking your Valentine's dinner.

Shopping in the Sanbusco Market Center

Many of our female guests at The Hacienda Nicholas 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.
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