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Why It Might Be Time For You To Elope

November 27th, 2015 by Innkeeper

1098079_10153313811260413_301005082_nIt’s true, eloping isn’t for everyone. If you’ve always dreamed of having that huge wedding with all 500 of your relatives on hand to watch you walk down the isle, then maybe elopement is not for you.

If, however, you love the idea of a small, intimate ceremony that’s low stress and won’t break the bank, then you are in the right place. Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast and Wedding Chapel is a highly recommended, picturesque  location that has been home to many quick, stress-free and extremely happy marriage ceremonies.

A recent Cosmopolitan article by Nancy Dunham really encompasses how elopement can be some couple’s ideal option when it comes to getting married. The title is “Why Eloping was the Best Decision I Ever Made”. She notes how it was the right decision for her and her fiancé. They didn’t have time or money to spend on all the details that come with planning a big wedding. Instead, running off to somewhere quiet was the perfect solution.

Consider the stress of wedding details. Everyone has probably experienced engaged friends or family members, or seen a reality TV show, in which the couple struggle with the horrendous details of gold printed napkins, the perfect wedding dress and the reality of being able to pay for the huge, dream party splashed across the pages of wedding magazines and neatly organized on Pinterest boards.

Instead, take a deep breath. Browse the photos of the quaint, relaxing Hacienda Vargas property. Imagine coming here for a quiet day, getting married in a simple ceremony in our 200-year-old chapel, then taking the rest of your visit to just be with your partner.

Following your ceremony, we are happy to provide an intimate, candlelit dinner in your suite. If you prefer to venture out, the two of you can check out some of the most romantic restaurants in Albuquerque, Antiquity or Prairie Star, before returning to your private, jacuzzi suite for a restful night with a complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling cider.

There is some preparation required if you want your elopement to go smoothly. Make sure you take care of all the legal arrangements beforehand.

One thing you won’t have to worry about before heading to Hacienda Vargas is finding witnesses for your ceremony. Cynthia and Spence, long time owners of Hacienda Vargas, are there to happily be your stand in family members, helpers, and all around support on your special day.

Also, we have a special photography package with Bryan’s Photography available to you to capture those precious photos of you both on your special day. Then not only will you have something to have for your photo album, but you can use them on your marriage announcement when you let everyone know that you both have successfully tied the knot.

Will some people feel like they missed out not being included in your special day? Possibly. It’s not that they really wanted to do the chicken dance at your reception, they just want to see you both happy. When you tell them about the beauty and joy of the elopement, they should understand that it was an important step in you and your partner’s future happiness.

Hacienda Vargas supports everyone in their pursuit of being happy and whole by welcoming both same-sex and heterosexual marriage ceremonies.

Hacienda Vargas is in-between Albuquerque and Santa Fe – the perfect place to use as your wedding destination, “hub” for sightseeing, or as your quiet retreat. No matter who you are, if you are excited about hiding away for your perfect elopement then give Hacienda Vargas a call at (505) 273-6618. You can also make your reservations online.

It’s Time to Unplug and Unwind

November 6th, 2015 by Innkeeper

IMG_6427 (1)At Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast and Wedding Chapel, the idea is to not only unplug, but to unplug in a place that radiates rest and relaxation. Hacienda Vargas is a bed and breakfast that’s in a beautiful location with friendly people, a great breakfast, and a quick hop from the highway and many tourist destinations.

Support for unplugging has come from recent research that has shown that exposure to blue light from devices like TVs and computers can disrupt our sleep cycles and keep us from falling asleep at night. At Hacienda Vargas you won’t find any Internet connections, or televisions (although there is cell coverage). But this idea also just works with the whole Hacienda Vargas atmosphere. Located in what was part of an old stagecoach stop with some original adobe walls and historic feel, it would seem strange to have the glow and the racket of a television.

And if you find you need to get on the Internet while you are staying at Hacienda Vargas, no worries! Hacienda Vargas may be in a quiet, farming neighborhood, but there is a Starbucks only five minutes up the road in Bernalillo. When you drive 313 from the bed and breakfast, you’ll drive past farms and historic posts, and then suddenly you’re in the heart of Bernalillo near restaurants and casinos.

It’s all because Hacienda Vargas is located in the quiet, small town of Algodones, but only a short distance from all the places people want to see in New Mexico. The big plus of the tasty breakfasts is hash browns, pumpkin pancakes, bacon, coffee, and more. And unlike staying in a hotel, you’ll get friendly, personal service. Consider checking out other reviews to see how we fare like on Trip Advisor.

Unplugging is also a great way to focus. If you are looking for a way to concentrate, consider coming to stay at Hacienda Vargas to work on that project of yours, maybe that book you’ve always wanted to write. We have tables in the dining area, as well as places in the garden and around the bed and breakfast to relax.

Or if you are coming back from a day of sightseeing in Albuquerque or Santa Fe (each are only a short distance away), come back to Hacienda Vargas, put your feet up and read a good book, do some yoga, get to know the other guests, or the B&Bs friendly dogs.

The research from Harvard also found that exposure to bright sunlight during the day will help you sleep. Where else can you find that but in sunny New Mexico! On average we get 280 sunny days a year, and our weather is generally mild.

Hacienda Vargas is in between Albuquerque and Santa Fe – the perfect place to use as your “hub”, and as your quiet retreat. If it’s time for you to give your eyes a break and your body the recharge it needs before returning to “normal” life again, then give Hacienda Vargas a call (505)867-9115 or make your online reservation today.

Helpful Hints for the Balloon Fiesta

October 7th, 2015 by Innkeeper

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As Balloon Fiesta draws near, I think it’s important to share with everyone some things to know, especially if this is your first time coming out to one of Albuquerque’s biggest events.

A big insider tip is that driving to Balloon Fiesta from the North makes a huge difference. The reasoning is that the Fiesta is held North of the city, making about 90% of the attendees (coming from Albuquerque hotels and locals) driving from the South. What’s awesome is that Hacienda Vargas is North of Balloon Fiesta and only 20 minutes drive away. This saves anyone coming from our b&b a lot of time in traffic.

Another thing to keep in mind is there are balloon lift-offs for nine days straight (from Saturday to the next Sunday), and there are opportunities at night to enjoy a balloon glow. If you don’t want to fight the crowds on the weekend mornings, consider the other options.

If you want to see a morning liftoff, it all starts with getting up early, in the dark of morning, around 4:00 AM. I know, that sounds terrible, but it’s worth it to spend a few hours watching hundreds of balloons launch all around you. Getting in early to the fiesta ensures that you are walking around with the balloons instead of stuck in traffic, waiting for a parking spot.

What I love about Balloon Fiesta is walking among the balloons while they expand, taking candid photos of the balloonists as they focus on getting ready, and photos of the insides of the balloon envelopes as they’re on the ground. Last year I got a great photo of the Storm Trouper guarding the Darth Vader balloon. I also love digging into the food from the vendors like breakfast burritos and a hot cup of coffee.

I’d also suggest keeping a close eye out for hazards. For example, don’t step on the balloon envelopes when they are lying on the ground. When the balloons are being inflated, they’ll suddenly start rising. You don’t want to be in the way of the rope person, hanging on to the top of the balloon and rushing forward with the rising. He or she is there to make sure the balloon doesn’t rise too fast and fall the opposite direction. You’ll also want to keep close tabs on your friends, family and children. It can be easy to get separated with so many people and so many distractions. I suggest picking a location to meet if anyone gets lost.

I’ve been there a few times and each time I think I’m not going to take so many photos, and I always end up with over a thousand images on my camera. Definitely make sure to have plenty of space for digital photos. And if your camera uses batteries, bring extra. I remember my first time there, using an older camera. I went to take a perfect picture of the bee balloons. They always set them up so they look like they’re holding hands as they ascend. That perfect picture was lost, as my camera went dark from no battery power. Super annoying, and I plan to never let that happen again.

And, as for our weather here in New Mexico, well we are a desert. In the morning, you’re more than likely going to need a sweatshirt, knit hat, maybe some gloves because of the cold, crisp October air. Once the sun rises and is warming up the fiesta, you’ll probably be in a t-shirt, but keep in mind we don’t get too hot. So, I highly suggest wearing layers.

 Make your plans as flexible as possible. The weather in New Mexico is usually sunny and not too hot, but we also occasionally have storms, or sometimes the winds will be to strong for the balloons to take off. If that happens, be ready for them to cancel, spend your day enjoying something else, then plan to hit balloon fiesta the next day.

Once your done at Balloon Fiesta, come back to your comfy room at the Hacienda Vargas for a nap, then check out the many other things to do in and around the area. We’re in between Albuquerque and Santa Fe – the perfect place to use as your “hub”.

I hope everyone enjoys his or her time in and around the fiesta. This is a great time of year to be here.

6 Unique Summer Activities in Albuquerque

July 31st, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Albuquerque Summer ActivitiesIn a city as diverse and beautiful as Albuquerque, we don’t have to look very hard to find fun and exciting things to do, especially during the busy summer months.  It’s easy for most people to find those top attractions in Albuquerque to go see, such as the ABQ BioPark, the Sandia Tramway, or the many downtown museums.  But what about those summer activities that are maybe a little off the beaten path, or those enjoyed by the local crowds?  There is no better way to get the true flavor of a city than to experience it as the locals experience it. Choose from one of the exciting summer activities below, and experience Albuquerque in a whole new, exciting, and authentic way.  Book your room at our historic New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today, and get ready to fall in love with Albuquerque.

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Hot Air Ballooning in the Skies over Albuquerque

July 15th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Albuquerque ballooningThe Albuquerque area of New Mexico is blessed with a mild, dry climate and expansive blue skies that shine on us an average 310 days out of the year.  You can plan on great weather just about any time of year that you visit, making Albuquerque the perfect destination for those who love to spend time outdoors.  Add to this exquisite weather the unbelievably beautiful natural landscapes that New Mexico is famous for, and you have the makings of a perfect summer destination.  One of our favorite ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of Albuquerque is from above, in a stunning hot air balloon ride over the city.  If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at ballooning over Albuquerque’s famous skies, then now is the perfect time to book your stay at our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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Hacienda Vargas is the Perfect New Mexico Wedding Venue

June 26th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

New Mexico wedding venueNew Mexico is home to some of the most beautiful wedding venues and destinations in the country.  Mountains stand tall in the distance reaching up to the expansive blue skies, and the warm colors of adobe architecture brighten even the sunniest of days. Whether you’re coming from near or far, and whether you’re planning a romantic elopement, a small and intimate wedding, or a larger celebration with your family and friends, Hacienda Vargas is the perfect wedding venue in New Mexico.  Our experienced team has helped hundreds of couples plan the wedding of their dreams, and is here waiting to help you plan yours. Wedding tours are available by appointment only, so contact us today and find out why our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect venue for your dream wedding.

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Plan for the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway Near Albuquerque

June 12th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Girlfriend GetawayIt’s no secret that the fast-paced world of modern life leaves us feeling frenzied and disconnected from those important to us. This is especially true for modern women, who tend to balance incredibly stressful schedules between familial obligations and successful careers. Sometimes, there is no better way to spend a few days relaxing than with your best girlfriends. Whether you’re from New Mexico or from farther away, there are several reasons that Albuquerque should be at the top of your list for a girlfriend getaway.  The historic and charming ambiance of Hacienda Vargas will be the perfect compliment to your getaway. Book your room at our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn, and get the best of both worlds when you make us your next Girlfriend Getaway Destination.

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Hiking Along the Turquoise Trail

May 29th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Hiking the Turquoise TrailMany guests that stay with us at Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast are looking to escape the frenzied pace of modern day living, and want to step back into a simpler time when the pace of daily activities seemed much slower.  Whether you’re coming from afar, or are coming from one of the many nearby larger cities such as Albuquerque or Santa Fe, Hacienda Vargas is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the romantic, historic ambiance of Old New Mexico.  From the second you arrive at our property, you’ll be ushered back in time and feel the presence of both the original Spanish Settlers and the Pueblo Indians that once dominated this region.  A wonderful way to connect with the history of our piece of the American Southwest is to spend some time hiking along the historic and nearby Turquoise Trail.  Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast today, and get ready to explore some of the most scenic hiking in New Mexico.

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Scenic Biking Routes Through Rural New Mexico

May 15th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Biking routes rural New MexicoThe wide and beautiful open roads of New Mexico offer up some of the most scenic and enjoyable biking routes in the country. Whether you’re new to the area, or whether you’re just looking for a change in scenery and pace, the charming ambiance at Hacienda Vargas is waiting for you. Head out for a day enjoying the dramatic vistas of the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley, then come back to relax in a jacuzzi tub and the quiet ambiance you’ll find at our historic Inn.  Book your room with us today, and see where your two wheels can take you.

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Getaway from Albuquerque for the Weekend

April 25th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Getaway AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque is a truly wonderful city with plenty to offer its visitors who are looking for an authentic and fun experience in the Southwest.  However, sometimes those of us living down in this area just need an excuse for a weekend getaway.  We need to escape the busy streets, crowded places, and the hustle-and-bustle so many of us face on a daily basis.  If you’re looking for a reason to leave the city of Albuqeruque behind for the weekend, look no further.  There are many great reasons this May to take a getaway to our historic New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.  Book your stay with us now, and find out what a weekend out of the city really feels like.

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