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Take A Peek Into The Past At Hacienda Vargas

December 30th, 2015 by Innkeeper

IMG_6573Nestled along Route 66 in the Rio Grande Valley, Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast and Wedding Chapel is a romantic, relaxing hideaway offering comfort and convenience for both out-of-state visitors and New Mexico residents. But what sets our cozy retreat apart is its beautiful and historic setting, reserving the spirit of the Old West, the influence of the original Spanish settlers, and the presence of the Pueblo Indian culture.

Long before its B&B days, Hacienda Vargas was the site of a stagecoach stop, a train station, a pony express station, a post office and a general store. Located on the historic El Camino Real, or Royal Highway, Hacienda Vargas lies along the historic route in which explorers, soldiers, adventurers and farmers traveled, seeking gold and land since the 16th century. Each part of the Hacienda Vargas property offers a glimpse into the region’s vibrant past.

It is thought that this particular piece of land was originally granted to a female Vigil who married into the Archibeque family.

IMG_6374The main Hacienda building was originally two separate buildings that date back more than 200 years ago. The south wing of the building was a stagecoach stop until around 1888 when the railroad tracks were laid across the Southwest. The wing is almost entirely adobe and very traditional with original brick floors, beamed and cove ceilings. The north wing, which includes the dining room and kitchen, is the oldest section of the main building. Its central interior wall is the original adobe and can be viewed through truth windows located off the dining room. The truth windows allow you to see original adobe walls.

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The cornerstone of Hacienda Vargas, the adobe chapel is a special place with an unknown history. While we do not have a documented date of origin, we do know that it is in its original state with the exception of the new stain glass. This chapel has been the wedding site of hundreds of couples since the late 1800s.

Whether planning your own wedding or visiting for a weekend getaway, you’ll be able to experience the rich history surrounding Hacienda Vargas.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

December 9th, 2015 by InsideOut Solutions

inset_inn1Break away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season for a quiet getaway to Hacienda Vargas.

It’s one of our favorite times of year here at HV. Many December days our grounds are covered in snow, holiday decorations adorn the B&B and our wood burning fireplaces are roaring, filling the building with the sound and smell of crackling firewood.

Whether you plan to hole up in our cozy abode or venture out, you’re sure to leave happy. This time of year there is an abundance of activities in the area you can only catch during the winter months:

Bundle up and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historical headquarters of the Valle Grande. Sleigh and wagon rides at Valle Calles Grande in the Jemez are available all month long.

If you haven’t experienced New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show at Albuquerque’s River of Lights, you are missing out.  November 27 through December 30, millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday sculptures illuminate the Rio Grande Bio Park in a spectacular display.

Enjoy the Acoma Pueblo Christmas Celebrations in the San Esteban Del Rey Mission. Cultural dances celebrating the birth of the Christ Child are performed December 25-28.

If outdoor adventure is more your speed, we are conveniently located in between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, a short drive to great skiing and snowboarding resorts. What better way to unwind after a hard day on the slopes than in one our charming rooms with a hot soak in your private jacuzzi tub?

Looking for a unique way to spend time with your family this holiday season? The entire place is available to rent for private getaways. We would love to celebrate with you!

Why It Might Be Time For You To Elope

November 27th, 2015 by InsideOut Solutions

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.

Drive down historic Route 66 This Fall

September 30th, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

Historic Route 66 New MexicoThere are no roads more legendary that historic Route 66.  Just the mention of Route 66 conjers of a sense of history and romance, of simpler times when there was no greater joy than seeing the open expanse of road before you on this legendary road between Chicago and Los Angeles.  Albuquerque, which is now the largest city in New Mexico, owes its rapid growth and expansion to the economic boom brought to the area along The Mother Road.  Today, visitors to Albuquerque can take a step back in time to this glorious period of history, and can see the architecture of the time periods that Route 66 represents.  If you love road trips, then we can’t think of a better place for you to visit this fall.  Stay at our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn, just off Route 66, and fall in love with enchanting New Mexico.

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Immerse yourself in New Mexico History at Hacienda Vargas

March 23rd, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

New Mexico History at our New Mexico Bed and BreakfastNew Mexico’s history is fascinating, and has left a lasting imprint on the unique and diverse cultures found here. Algodones, where our bed and breakfast is located, was originally founded as a military garrison, and provided protection for the merchant wagon trains traveling between Santa Fe and Mexico.  It was a popular military supply depot, and was even occupied by General Kearney and the Army of the West in 1846.  Since the 17th century, travelers and adventurers exploring El Camino Real have stopped for lodging at Hacienda Vargas.   In the past, the location of our New Mexico bed and breakfast was used both as a stagecoach stop and a train station.  Our charming New Mexico bed and breakfast has been a part of New Mexico history for centuries, and is a wonderful place to spend some time if you’re fascinated by the Old West.  The owners/innkeepers of Hacienda Vargas bed and breakfast have made a firm committment to maintaining the historical ambiance found at this beautiful New Mexico bed and breakfast, ensuring its lasting place in the rich fabric of New Mexico history.

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