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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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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,

Cynthia