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This Fourth of July Go Out With a Bang!

June 17th, 2016 by Innkeeper

Celebrate this Fourth of July by treating yourself to a well deserved escape.

Stay at Hacienda Vargas and start your day with a delicious home cooked breakfast to get you ready for the day’s festivities. Take a short drive and spend your day exploring Santa Fe for their traditional Pancakes on the Plaza event. After a fun-filled day in Santa Fe make your way back to Hacienda Vargas to get ready for one of the largest firework shows in the state at Balloon Fiesta Park. This FREE event will give the option of 25 food vendors, a Microbrew Garden, Car Show, kids activities and live music. One of the perks about staying at Hacienda Vargas is you will beat the traffic coming from the south of Albuquerque with a short 20 minute drive to the park.

Rooms are limited for Fourth of July weekend and filling up quickly! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate independence day at Hacienda Vargas this year. Book your stay now! 

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Summer Time at Hacienda Vargas

May 31st, 2016 by Innkeeper

Experience a unique southwest getaway this summer at Hacienda Vargas! All of our rooms offer a private entrance that allows for a private stay and 24 access to our grounds. When you choose our popular Santa Fe, Santa Ana or San Felipe Suites you will also enjoy a private patio that allows you the option of adding the “Grill Your Own Dinner Package”. When choosing this package Hacienda Vargas will provide the grill complete with everything you need for a delicious and romantic dinner for two. Book your stay today! Suites are limited and book fast.  

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Road Trip To The Turquoise Trail As Told By Asta

April 19th, 2016 by Innkeeper


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There are so many things I love about living at Hacienda Vargas. Wide open spaces to chase bunnies, plenty of friendly people to give me pats and car rides; there are so many places to take car rides to.

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A few weeks ago, my humans, Rex and I loaded up our car and set out for an adventure! It’s only 42 minutes to the Casa Grande Trading Post. We drove along the Turquoise Trail. The weather was perfect for driving with all the windows down. Rex and I took full advantage.

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Upon arrival at Casa Grande Trading Post, we explored the shops full of arts and antiques. There’s lots of treasures just waiting to be found!

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We couldn’t head home without a trip to the Cerrillos Petting Zoo. Rex and I made some new friends including a llama.
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Our last stop was at the San Jose Church. The present day structure was built in 1922 to replace the first church, which was situated on land now occupied by the Pastor’s residence.

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Make sure to set aside an afternoon to explore the historic Turquoise Trail during your stay at Hacienda Vargas. I’d be happy to be your tour guide!

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Top Ten Reasons You Need To Plan A Staycation At Hacienda Vargas

March 30th, 2016 by Innkeeper

12208693_10156433663545413_7059674634014305478_nTreat yourself to a stress free vacation that doesn’t include the regular headaches like baggage fees, flight delays or jet lag. Take a look at these 10 tips on how to plan a fun, stress­-free staycation you will love.

  1. Easy Planning

Once you decide on how long you need to get-a-way you can plan the activities. Take some time to do touristy stuff. We all have those activities we put off because we are a local. What have you always wanted to do but never carved out time to actually do them? Don’t worry if you need help we can point you in the direction of some amazing attractions.
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  1. More Bang For Your Buck 

One perk of a staycation is you are often eligible to receive resident pricing on activities. Score! This is perfect for big families because you can still have a fun getaway on a small budget.

  1. Explore Hidden Gems

Open your eyes to the amazing and unique natural landmarks that surround you. Take advantage of hiking trails and historical landmarks like the Tent Rocks.tent-rocks-796001_1920

  1. Recharge Your Batteries

We live in a time where we are always on the go and it’s hard for us to unplug from the buzz of technology. Take some time to turn off all your alarms and allow yourself to naturally wake in the morning to our home cooked breakfast. hd_specials

  1. Connect With Your Inner Self

Reflect on feelings, thoughts and goals you normally are too busy to think about in your everyday schedule. Take some time to yourself and relax in our inner courtyard and stargaze at the beautiful New Mexico sky then treat yourself to long bubble bath before bed.
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  1. Set Your Own Pace

Most of the time we need a vacation to recover from our vacation. That is not the case when you plan a staycation at Hacienda Vargas. By setting your own pace you can allow yourself to be in the moment

  1. The Most Romantic Sunsets At Your Fingertips

Cuddle up with a loved one and watch the watercolor sunsets. Beachside sunsets have nothing on the New Mexico sky, which has been inspiration to many artists. Explore the galleries of Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Placitas or Santa Fe and you can take home a beautiful display so you never forget your stay. inset_area2

  1. Find a Home Away From Home

Hacienda Vargas offers the grace and elegance of historical New Mexico in the rural setting of Algodones, just 20 minutes from Albuquerque and 35 from Santa Fe. From the moment you arrive at Hacienda Vargas, you will be delighted by the ambience and comfort of this historic inn. hd_room_kiva-new

  1. Experience Local Brew and Wine

Whether you’re a beer or a wine connoisseur you can find a unique local brewery or winery  nearby that will knock your socks off. Plan some time to experience a tasting. wine-786933_1920

10. The Food

Let’s face it New Mexico is home to the best food. Treat yourself to a dinner you deserve. Though New Mexican cuisine might be the first option that comes to mind, Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Placitas and Santa Fe melting pots offer many different and exciting cuisines.

Meet Asta and Rex

March 23rd, 2016 by Innkeeper

Here at Hacienda Vargas Bed and Breakfast we love and adore animals. If you have stayed with us before you were probably greeted by our apricot and black Standard Poodles, Asta and Rex. They have unofficially become the mascots of the property and love meeting new friends.

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Asta (5)  has claimed the position of resident host and is exceptional at making sure all of our guests are warmly welcomed. Rex (15) is more low key and tends to do his own thing. If you try to call him and he does not answer, it is not because he is ignoring you, at (age) has gone 90 percent deaf. Though he doesn’t get around much he enjoys a good party.

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We love our animals and know your four legged friends are part of the family. That is why we have made Hacienda Vargas a place for all members of the family to come and relax. Make a reservation for your next getaway at Hacienda Vargas (505) 273-6618 or online.

Award Winning Bed & Breakfast

February 24th, 2016 by Innkeeper

Hacienda Vargas has been named Top Five places to get married in the Albuquerque area by Albuquerque The Magazine, a prestigious competition that honors outstanding local business. “It is a huge honor to be recognized by Albuquerque The Magazine,” said Cynthia Spence, Owner of Hacienda Vargas. “We pride ourselves on our all-inclusive package that helps create the perfect memories for couples’ celebrations.”

Since the 1800s our wedding chapel has united couples in matrimony. However, it is not only the allure of our rich history that has attracted couples from across the nation to celebrate their special day with us. At Hacienda Vargas, couples have the ability have a stress-free wedding day that they will never forget. “Our wedding day was absolutely perfect for us! And the Hacienda eliminated a LOT of potential stressors for us both before, during and after the event,” said a past Hacienda Vargas couple.

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Hacienda Vargas : Albuquerque The Magazine

February 19th, 2016 by Innkeeper

This month when you are flipping through your issue of Albuquerque The Magazine be sure to look for us. We have a beautiful page that not only explains the uniqueness of our property but also the option for all inclusive packages. Cynthia and Spence are dedicated to their guests and work to make each stay one to remember.

Take a look at this preview below and let us know what you think! Remember we love to hear stories from our guests. If you have a story or memory you would like to share please post it to our TripAdvisor profile.

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10 Ways To Surprise Your Valentine With A Romantic Weekend Getaway They Will Never Forget

January 31st, 2016 by Innkeeper

If you have been to a store in the last month, you have seen first hand how the shelves are overflowing with chocolates and stuffed animals. While these have long-been the staple for February 14, we all know they are in no way original. This year, why not think outside of the box and do something that is not only unique, but also spontaneously romantic? Take a look at these 10 tips on how to surprise your Valentine with a romantic getaway you know they deserve.

 

  1. Make A Reservation: Try to book your stay right away! Planning ahead not only helps relieve the stress of planning but also gives you the ability to choose your favorite room.  VDay
  2. Cherish The Little Things: Romance does not always mean expensive or extravagant. Some of the most romantic things are free. Plan some time to go outside and stargaze, have wine by a fire and laugh at each other’s jokes.   

  3. Tell Each Other Secrets: It is easy to forget how important quality time really is. Take some time to really talk to each other. You never know, you might learn something new about the other person (yes, even after 10 years of being together).  
  4. Unplug From Technology: With the everyday hustle and bustle it is easy to be consumed by technology. We may be physically in the room, but with our phone in our hand are we really present? Unplug and you will be happy you did.
  5. Make Them A Relaxing Bath: Relaxation is key and our jacuzzi rooms are the perfect oasis for just that!Grab some flameless candles and bubble bath from the store before you check-in. Place the flameless candles around the jacuzzi tub and fill the tub with warm bubbly water. photo7
  6. Set The Mood: Create a playlist of songs that reminds you of your time together.
  7. Renew Your Vows / Elope: What better time to profess your love than Valentine’s Day? Love is in the air this time of year and the Hacienda Vargas historic chapel is a fairytale come true!
  8. Take A Romantic Drive: New Mexico is home to the most breathtaking views in the southwest. Spark up your getaway with a romantic drive to Santa Fe or Jemez.  
  9. Watch A Classic New Mexico Sunset: Carve some time in your schedule to sit out and enjoy the one-of-a-kind New Mexico sunset! You and your Valentine will watch as a watercolor scene illuminates the sky. Beachside sunsets have nothing on the view we get in the Land of Enchantment!
  10. Sleep In/Dine In: As adults we seem to always be on the go. This  take some time to soak it all in. Set the alarm for a little later and grab some extra beauty sleep. Wake up to homemade pancakes, hash browns, bacon, fresh baked pastries, fresh fruit, juice and coffee all provided by the innkeepers of our historical B&B. hd_specials

Check out our Valentine’s Day Specials online.

 

Century Old Elements Bring Character To Hacienda Vargas

January 12th, 2016 by Innkeeper

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Venture out to the inner courtyard of the Hacienda, past the 205-year-old Elm tree to the brick corridor leading out to the large north yard which is home to a pond, gazebo and our historic bell tower.

The bell tower, more than 110 years old, houses the original bell and years ago, acted as the community’s alarm bell and was used by the volunteer fire department.

That giant tree you passed on the way in? There’s proof it’s been providing shade for Hacienda Vargas guests since the late 1800s. An agricultural team from the University of New Mexico conducted a dendrochronology study dating the tree to over two centuries old.

Today, these two historical elements remain an integral part of the Hacienda Vargas grounds. Outdoor yoga under the elm is held in the warmer months. The bell tower is still used in celebration to announce our newly married couples and to denote time changes for retreats.

These are just a couple of features that help tell the history of our cozy B&B and give it the unique character that keeps visitors coming back time after time.

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.

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