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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.

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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Spring is Coming to New Mexico

February 16th, 2015 by Cynthia Spence

Spring New MexicoIt may only be February, but it’s certainly feeling a lot like Spring in New Mexico. With the great weather outside, there are plenty of fun and exciting activities to enjoy in nearby Albuquerque.  Enjoy a day spent soaring through the sparkling blue skies in a hot air balloon, get your heart pumping with any of our exciting outdoor adventures, or spend a leisurely day on our spectacular golf courses.  No matter what it is you choose to do on your Albuquerque vacation, know that you’ll be doing it in a city widely recognized for its arts, culture, and beautiful outdoors.  Albuquerque has also been listed as a top value destination, making an affordable getaway to New Mexico this spring within easy reach.  Book your stay at our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn today, and enjoy a spring in New Mexico like no other.

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Winter Activities in New Mexico

November 28th, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

New Mexico Winter ActivitiesWith spectacular weather, featuring 310 glorious days of sunshine and blue skies each year, as well as an abundance of outdoor adventures, New Mexico is a great place for both experienced athletes and those seeking leisurely outdoor fun this winter.  Our unique weather provides us with the ability to enjoy year-round hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and even ballooning, and our Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect place from which to launch your New Mexico adventure.  Most people come to stay with us for the historic and romantic ambience that our rural setting provides, but we know many guests like to get out and have a little adventure, too.  When you book your room with us this winter, you’ll be able to have the best of both worlds.  Get outside and explore the wide variety of winter activities New Mexico has to offer, then come back to our luxurious, peaceful accomodations for some quality downtime together.

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A Day of Birding in New Mexico

October 27th, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

New Mexico birdingThere are approximately 500 different birds on New Mexico’s state bird list, so it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of spectacular places for birding enthusiasts to spend their day.  In fact, thanks to the incredible diversity of habitat found in the region, Albuquerque, New Mexico ranks as number four for bird diversity in the United States, opening up endless birding possibilities for amateurs and experienced birders alike.  Here, thanks to the Rio Grande River Valley and the beautiful Sandia Mountains, bird enthusiasts can enjoy birdwatching at three distinct elevations, and can interact with nature in a new and inspiring way.  Though the peak to New Mexico birding comes in late spring, it is a rewarding experience no matter what time of year you go, thanks to our incredible diversity of native birds.  Book your stay at our peaceful and historic Bed and Breakfast today, and start planning your New Mexico birding adventure.

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An Enchanting Day Hiking through New Mexico

April 28th, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

 New Mexico hikingFrom rugged mountaintops to grassy plains, New Mexico’s unique landscapes offer a taste of some truly diverse habitats.  Here, you’ll find unparalleled scenic beauty, and a plentiful population of wildlife and plant species.  At Hacienda Vargas, we are situated perfectly between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  You’ll find the Sandia Mountains in our backyard, making our area a virtual haven for outdoor enthusiasts.  New Mexico has a well-deserved reputation for the high desert landscapes made famous in part by the artist Georgia O’Keefe, all of which can be explored on a variety of beautiful hiking trails. Come stay with us this spring at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast, and be inspired by the majestic beauty that can only be discovered by hiking the hills of New Mexico.

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Take Yourself on a New Mexico Mountain Biking Adventure

April 23rd, 2014 by Cynthia Spence

New Mexico bikingWith 320 days of sunny days, brilliant blue skies, wide open expanses of beautiful land, and some of the purest air around, it’s no wonder outdoor enthusiasts travel in droves to New Mexico.  Whether your preference is to ride the trails or hit the roads, New Mexico is the perfect mountain biking destination.  Tucked into the Valley of the Rio Grande, near both the Sandia Crest and Jemez mountains, cities such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque are popular biking destinations for riders across the country.  Book your room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today, and start planning your New Mexico mountain biking adventure.

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