Hacienda Vargas is a wonderful, historic bed and breakfast nestled along El Camino Real, the historic road that linked Mexico City to Santa Fe. Visitors to our New Mexico bed and breakfast relish in the quiet sanctuary found here, where they can connect with the spirit of the Old West, and retreat from their fast-paced modern lives. While we pride ourselves on the historic ambience our Inn is famous for, we are also conventiently located nearly equidistant from two of new Mexico’s great metropolis’; Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The thriving and exciting culture of Santa Fe is just 35 minutes away, which makes it easy to enjoy the excitement of the city before retreating back to the peace and quiet of your room. For a truly authentic taste of Santa Fe this summer, don’t miss the annual Burning of Zozobra, and the subsequent Santa Fe Fiesta over Labor Day Weekend. Rooms are quickly filling up in Santa Fe and surrounding areas for this decades-old tradition, so book your room today, and celebrate at one of the most popular of these summer festivals in Santa Fe.
2014 Burning of Zozobra and The Santa Fe Fiesta
The annual Burning of Zozobra Festival takes place on August 28th at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe, and is the grand kickoff for the Santa Fe Fiesta, which takes place over the following Labor Day Weekend. Historically, Zozobra, who is also called Old Man Gloom, is based on a representation of the figure by artist Will Shuster, and was introduced as part of the Fiesta in 1926. Todays embodiment of Zozobra is a 50 foot tall figure made of muslin, and stuffed with shredded paper. As he is lit on fire, it is said that all of the feelings of gloom and doom over the past year burn with him, making the annual Burning of Zozobra a fun and festive event full of hope for the year to come. The Burning of Zozobra is also a major fundraiser for the city of Santa Fe, which the Santa Fe Downtown Kiwanis Foundation has used to provide college scholarships, fund local youth projects, and provide camp fees for physically challenged children.
Following this great kickoff event, the 301 year-old celebration known as the Santa Fe Fiesta, begins. The Santa Fe Fiesta commorates the rich history of Santa Fe, and De Vargas’ reoccupation of the city of Santa Fe in 1692. Throughout the Santa Fe Fiesta, enjoy the many art markets, food booths, and other events held throughout Santa Fe over Labor Day Weekend. Though the city will surely be an exciting place to be during this celebratory weekend, staying at Hacienda Vargas ensures you a quiet and restful night of sleep. Book your room today, so you don’t miss your chance to celebrate with Santa Fe this summer.