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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.

Plan an Affordable Getaway in Albuquerque

February 23rd, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Affordable Getaway AlbuquerqueAlbuqeruque is a spectacular city to visit at any time of year.  With it only being located 20 minutes from our historic New Mexico Bed and Breakfast, it’s also an easy place to enjoy during your relaxing time with us.  In Albuquerque, you’ll find a wonderful variety of outdoor activities to enjoy, from hiking and biking, to hot air ballooning and golfing, in addition to a wonderful variety of historic and cultural landmarks and activities to visit.  In addition, Albuquerque has also recently been listed as one of the top 10 value destinations in the country by Hotwire, thanks largely to the generally low prices found here.  Knowing this, it makes planning an affordable getaway to Albuquerque not only possible, but fun!  Book your stay in one of our charming rooms today, and start planning your New Mexico adventure.

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Shop for Treasures at the Santa Fe Indian Market

July 31st, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

Santa Fe Indian MarketMany of our guests choose to stay at the Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast for the quiet simplicity found here.  Once the sight of a stagecoach stop and an old train depot, Hacienda Vargas has been a travel destination for guests to the area since the 17th century, and we continue to offer our guests the historic grace and elegance you’d expect from a New Mexico Bed and Breakfast.  We pride ourselves in offering our guests a retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, but also embrace the cultural excitement of nearby Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Santa Fe, once a legendary trading center in the southwest, is still a portal to Native American artwork and unique, handmade goods that can’t be found elsewhere. There are plenty of individual boutiques to shop when in Santa Fe, but an even better opportunity to find your unique treasures is to visit one of the most popular art markets in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Indian Market.  Book your room at our charming Bed and Breakfast this August, and you can couple an enchanting glimpse into New Mexico’s past, with an exciting day spent browsing the streets of Santa Fe.

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