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Create the New Mexico Wedding of your Dreams

December 16th, 2013 by Emily

New Mexico weddingStatistically, 33 percent of engagements happen during the holiday season.  With all of those newly engaged couples out there, whispers of wedding planning are on the lips of new brides-to-be everywhere.  Dream weddings, intimate events, extravagance, simplicity, elopements:  those are just a few of the words that come to mind as the form of your wedding starts to take shape.  With an inspiringly beautiful landscape fit for some of the worlds most amazing artists, the enchanting lands of New Mexico are synonymous with romance.  Are you looking for a destination wedding that will be as beautiful as it is simple?  Consider hosting a large gathering of friends and family, or a small, intimate event or elopement at Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast and Wedding Chapel, and find out how a New Mexico wedding can be the wedding of your dreams.

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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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