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New Mexico Romantic getaway

November 25th, 2013 by Emily

New Mexico romantic getawayIn some places around the country, the winter doldrums are setting in.  Gray skies, chilly temperatures, and even some rain or snow dominate daily landscapes.  Autumn is firmly here, and winter is rapidly approaching.  This is the time of year when people the world over start to yearn for sun; for warmth; for excitement.  Exotic, tropical destinations come to mind:  The Caribbean, the Bahamas, Mexico, even Hawaii.  However, there is someplace much closer to home that can offer you the perfect remedy for your winter grays.  If you’ve never been to New Mexico, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing.  Surrounded by beauty, and filled with opportunities for discovery, New Mexico is quickly becoming an unbeatable travel destination.  Stay with Hacienda Vargas, perfectly situated by two amazing and unique cities, offers you the grace and elegance of historical New Mexico, where you can relax, unwind, and connect on a romantic getaway to New Mexico.

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Experience a New Mexico Christmas at Hacienda Vargas

November 18th, 2013 by Emily

New Mexico ChristmasThere is really no bad time of year to visit New Mexico. Each season brings unique festivals, experiences, and opportunities for every traveler.  Winter is just around the corner, and the busy holiday season is fast approaching.  For most of us, it can be hard to slow down the fast pace of life enough to enjoy and savor in the delights of the Holiday season.  If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, then look no farther.  Spend a New Mexico Christmas with us at Hacienda Vargas, where you will find privacy, relaxation, history, and charm, all within half an hour’s drive to the cultural centers of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  Relax to your hearts content at our quiet bed and breakfast, and when you’re ready, head out for more unforgettable adventures in neighboring cities.  In a land with over 300 days a year of sunshine, the world’s finest visual and performing arts, and a thriving culinary scene, New Mexico is the perfect destination for a winter retreat.  Hacienda Vargas’ central location will allow you to experience the holiday festivities found in both cities, all the while savoring your quiet, beautiful New Mexico Christmas here.

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Tastes of the Season in Albuquerque

October 30th, 2013 by Emily

Tastes of the SeasonNew Mexican cuisine is comparable to no other.  Both Albuquerque and Santa Fe offer an exceptionally diverse array of culinary experiences that should be on the top of any foodie’s list of travel destinations.  While the food here is surely worth the visit alone, Albuquerque is also home to a variety of wineries and microbreweries.  Wine has been produced in this region dating back to the Spanish missionaries, who planted grapes in the lush Rio Grande Valley to establish the first of the vineyards.  Our award-winning wines flourish in 310 days of sun each year, enjoying the perfect balance of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights.  There are few better ways to share such a rich culinary history than in the several fun beer, wine, and food festivals of Albuquerque. One such festival, the Tastes of the Season, is coming up in Albuquerque in mid-November, and is sure to please food lovers from around the globe.  It doesn’t matter if you come here for a quick weekend foodie adventure, or if you want to relax on an extended New Mexican adventure; we have it all.  Stay at Hacienda Vargas, a quiet old-world retreat filled with New Mexican charm that is far enough away from the bustling city, yet still close enough to easily enjoy gastronomical delights awaiting you in Albuquerque’s Tastes of the Season.

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Shop New Mexico at the Placitas Holiday Sale

October 23rd, 2013 by Emily

Placitas Holiday saleThe southwest is a region well known for its beautiful arts and vibrant culture. Both Albuquerque and Santa Fe rank as top arts destinations, offering a varied abundance for anyone seeking traditional or contemporary art and culture.  While Santa Fe is certainly home to some of the world’s best arts and crafts markets, there is a smaller and more intimate holiday craft market located midway between both cities that is worth visiting. The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is an annual tradition held in the charming town of Placitas each year, during the weekend before Thanksgiving. This fantastic arts and crafts market features painters, printmakers, ceramic and glass artists, woodworkers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers, metal artists, and so much more.  Located just a short drive from Placitas, Hacienda Vargas is the perfect place for you to stay while you get a jump on your holiday shopping at this friendly arts and crafts sale.

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Ghostly Sightings

December 3rd, 2012 by Cynthia Spence

We are always asked, “Is the Hacienda haunted?” We always answer that we have never seen any ghosts or felt anything but peace and good feelings at Hacienda Vargas.  We’ve lived here for 12 years and have spent time in every square inch of the property at all times of day and night, but, maybe we’re just not meant to see!

Over the years, we have had several sightings of “guests” in a few of the rooms that were not the paying guests!  For the most part, all the experiences have been of a benign  nature.  But the interesting part is that each instance has been very different – there has never been a central character, theme  or specific resident, etc. that the experience can be tied to.  There have been at least four reports to us and a few of them repeat guests that have had experiences on several occasions! 

For those of you wondering, most of the sightings orexperiences have been located in our casitas, which are the suites in a separate building and there is absolutely no extra cost for any manifestations you may encounter!

On another note, if you aren’t lucky enough to run into a ghost at Hacienda Vargas, you should go on a ghost tour in nearby Old Town; a 90 minute, lantern lit adventure, searching for the lost souls who have made Old Town their eternal home.  It’s lots of fun and you never know if you will have an actual sighting, see an appartion or catch some orbs on your camera!

All Things Enchanting – YOGA

April 16th, 2012 by Cynthia Spence

yoga retreat in New Mexico

Treat yourself to a yoga retreat, complete with a massage and river trip.

The newest Enchanting event scheduled at Hacienda Vargas is a Yoga Retreat on May 19 and 20th.  We are partnering with two other local businesses, Quiet Waters Paddling, and Hummingbird Day Spa to make this a well-rounded retreat.

We’ll have plenty of YOGA, plenty of DELICIOUS and HEALTHY FOOD, plenty of PAMPERING OPTIONS and plenty of ADVENTURE!  Does that catch your interest?  It should, read on . . .

On Saturday the 19th, there will be 5 sessions of yoga led by certified Yoga Instructor Chris MacIntyre.  A light and healthy breakfast will get us started, followed by a couple of yoga sessions, then a delicious energy packed lunch.  We’ll work our lunch off with a local walk in Algodones.  Following lunch, there will be 3 more yoga sessions include a Yoga Niedra.  We’ll end the day with another delicious, nutritious dinner.

Optional add-ons may be accommodations (at special Yoga prices), a massage, manicure or pedicure on-site by Hummingbird, and a river trip the following morning with Quiet Waters.

Make a weekend of it by spending Friday night, yoga retreat and massage on Saturday, spend Saturday night, have a full and delicious breakfast on Sunday morning before heading off on a river adventure.

What a wonderful way to renew and refresh yourself, a friend or relative!  Call (505)867-91115 or email (stay@haciendavargas.com) for more details and pricing.


Enchanting Things to Do in New Mexico

June 4th, 2011 by Cynthia Spence

One of the most enchanting things about New Mexico is the blending of cultures and a perfect example of this is the Hummingbird Day Spa in Bernalillo.  Nestled in the heart of historic Bernalillo, NM, just 5 miles south of Hacienda Vargas.

This Day Spa is owned by Valentina, a Native American woman, from the San Felipe Pueblo just 5 miles south of Hacienda Vargas.  Valentina exhibits the grace of her home Pueblo and has integrated it into the pueblo style ambiance of the treatment rooms and retail space.  Valentina says the Spa “has been a labor of love since its inception.”  She fashioned the treatment rooms after her grandparents’  home in the San Felipe Pueblo –Nurturing, Warm and Full of Love!

Murder Mystery in New Mexico

February 5th, 2011 by Cynthia Spence

A year or so ago, we hosted a Murder Mystery weekend at Hacienda Vargas and met an entire new group of friends.  Recently, one couple who were part of that weekend approached us and requested that we do another Murder Mystery for a group of their friends!  We did, last weekend, and it was a blast!  These folks were the best and they totally thew themselves into their characters with full dress costumes.

So, now, we have two more on the calendar . . . .

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Enchanting Weddings in NM – The Land of Enchantment

January 30th, 2011 by Cynthia Spence

New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment! One of the most “enchanting” things that happens at Hacienda Vargas are weddings.  More wedding proposals are made during the holidays, from Thanksgiving thru Valentine’s Day than any time of the year.  Although we host weddings year round, weddings in the winter in the Hacienda Vargas chapel are one of the most enchanting things you will ever experience, whether it be an impromptu wedding, a planned elopement, commitment ceremony or vow renewal!

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Holiday Happenings in New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment

November 18th, 2010 by Cynthia Spence

The Hacienda Courtyard in the Fall


One, not very highly publicized, event is this upcoming weekend’s   Placitas Holiday Sale.

Placitas Holiday Sale Banner

Placitas Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale

The Placitas Holiday Sale is a juried fine arts and crafts sale held every year for the past 28 years, the weekend before Thanksgiving, in the Village of Placitas.  82 of the finest artists and artisans in New Mexico and surrounding western states meet in the quaint, mountain Village of Placitas in three separate locations to show and sale their wares.  There is a wide array of crafts offered, all is handmade and many are items that the artists created just for the holiday season – all at affordable prices.  What’s so special about the three separate locations is that you can drive to all three or you can park your car and enjoy the fresh air by walking the ¾ mile between the three locations.    Placitas HolidaySale Map

Location # 1 is the Anasazi Fields Winery  http://www.anasazifieldswinery.com/ that sits on the western edge of the old village of Placitas.  Its orchards and vineyards surround the winery and are watered by a spring-fed irrigation system that dates back over a thousand years  to a time when the Anasazi people farmed the Placitas Valley.  They hand-craft dry table wines from grapes and other fruits and berries and are famous for their Cranberry wine.  This year, at the Placitas Holiday Sale, the Anasazi Fields Winery will be featuring a new release of their American Cranberry Table Wine and serving cups of hot, mulled cranberry wine. anasazifieldswinery.com.   They will be featuring Little Smokies where they will service salmon on a stick with lettuce and cheese as well as shrimp dogs, shrimp tacos and cheese stuffed bread.

Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas

Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas

Location #2 is the Big Tent on Hwy 165, just east of the Presbyterian Church, the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (www.lasplacitaschurch.org) which has been serving the Placitas community since 1894 and will be serving their own delicious frozen chile, coffee and handmade Christmas gift bags to benefit Habitat for Humanity right out of the tent.  Then, across the road the Church will be selling homemade food for everyone out of their church kitchen, Chili Pepper Café featuring breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches and more.

Location #3 is the Placitas Elementary School where the 5th grade parents will be selling hot foods like frito pies, hamburgers, drinks and desserts in addition to all the wonderful arts and crafts ready for you to shop!

The fair is from 10:00a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21. Located 6 miles east of I-25 on Highway 165 (take exit 242). Colorful signs and banners will mark the way through the scenic hills to the historic village of Placitas.

Hacienda Vargas one of New Mexico’s Bed and Breakfasts, is only 10 minutes from the Placitas Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale.  A perfect weekend might be to spend a night at the Bed and Breakfast  in one of their 7 rooms with your own private entrance, fireplace and jacuzzi tub, have a delicious breakfast in the morning and head out the Placitas Holiday Sale for the day.

Kiva Bedroom with Kiva fireplace

One of Hacienda Vargas’s 7 rooms

Placitas is Spanish for “little places”, and is a collection of unique communities nestled in the foothills at the north end of the Sandia Mountain range that reaches heights of 11,000 feet.  The Village is located in the center of the 1745 San Antonio de las Huertas land grant and was an early home to Spanish settlers who may have been drawn by the areas of fresh spring waters and fertile soil that remain in use today.  A few miles east of the village of Placitas, just off the dirt portion of Highway 165, is Sandia Man Cave where prehistoric spear points were discovered in 1936 by Dr. Frank Hibben, establishing the presence of man in this area some 12,000 years ago. Placitas is Spanish for “little places”, and is a collection of unique communities nestled in the foothills at the north end of the Sandia Mountain range that reaches heights of 11,000 feet.  The Village is located in the center of the 1745 San Antonio de las Huertas land grant and was an early home to Spanish settlers who may have been drawn by the areas of fresh spring waters and fertile soil that remain in use today.  A few miles east of the village of Placitas, just off the dirt portion of Highway 165, is Sandia Man Cave  where prehistoric spear points were discovered in 1936 by Dr. Frank Hibben, establishing the presence of man in this area some 12,000 years ago.Sandia Man Cave.

Sandia Man Cave

Sandia Man Cave

Combine an enchanting day shopping and eating at the Placitas Holiday Sale, maybe hiking to Sandia Man Cave and spending an evening at   Hacienda Vargas and you have sampled some of  the enchantment of New Mexico.

All things enchanting in New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment,