February Events & a Sweet Deal from Us to You!

Have you heard?

Albuquerque is one of the most romantic destinations in the Southwest & our historic B&B is no exception. You could be spending this Valentine’s Day in one of our luxurious rooms, where the fragrant aromas of a gourmet breakfast will tickle your appetite every morning & you’ll never leave our decadent breakfast hour less than completely satisfied.

After breakfast at our inn, you may want to visit any one of the number of romance inspired events happening throughout our city, including; Valentines: Romance, Hearts & Flowers at Sumner & Dene Gallery; Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally at Balloon Fiesta Park;  New Mexico Phillharmonic Valentine’s Day Concert at Popejoy Hall; and Valentine’s Day Old Town Arts Crawl only a mile away from the B&B in Old Town, Albuquerque.

For lunch or dinner you may decide to treat yourself & your special person to the dreamy Valentine’s day inspired menus at restaurants such as La Fonda Del Bosque, Savoy, The St. James Tea Room, and  Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, just to name a few!

And, just because we adore those of you who follow our blog, we’re currently offering a sweet deal just for you! Purchase a Mauger Estate B&B gift certificate any time on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2013 to receive 20% off! Mauger Estate B&B gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

X’s & O’s,

The Mauger Estate B&B

 

A Delicious Winter-Time Recipe: Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Hello All!

Happy New Year & we hope you’re all staying warm this winter. This recipe is DELICIOUS & perfect for chasing away the winter-time chill; it’s warm, gooey, & as comforting as any dish could be. We hope you enjoy it!

Bread Pudding 

  • Plain bread of any kind – enough to fill a 9×13 pan about 2/3 full (we typically use left-over biscuits, croissants, or French bread, anything will work as long as it has a mild flavor that wont disrupt the sweetness of the recipe- so no rye or pickle-loaf! :) ).
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 heaping tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk

Tear bread into small pieces & place in bottom of greased 9×13 pan. Combine remaining ingredients & pour evenly over bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Cut into pieces and pour sauce over top.

  • Bourbon Sauce
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp bourbon

Melt butter in saucepan.  Once melted, add sugar and water.  Stir thoroughly & add egg yolk.  Allow to simmer/boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat & add bourbon.  Pour over top of bread pudding or serve on the side. Serves 10-13.

Enjoy!

River Of Lights at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens

Good morning!

Last night we went to the River of Lights & I couldn’t help but think what a great event this would be for our guests! There were many, many people, young & old, families & couples, visiting the botanical gardens to view the millions of twinkling lights & hundreds of holiday displays at New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show. The entry fees were so reasonable, the ambiance was cheerful & bright; every person we saw had a smile on their face. It was just a really great time & we hope that you might enjoy it as well!

The following is copied from the City of Albuquerque website which can be found here.

Entertainment

Live Music

Local musicians bring holiday cheer with performances during River of Lights. View this year’s schedule of performers.

Dinner at the Shark Reef Cafe

The Shark Reef Cafe will be open for Supper with Santa on Dec. 10 – 23 and evening holiday dining on Dec. 26 – 30. Reservations are recommended. Please call (505) 848-7182.

Holiday Nature Crafts

BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building the first three Wednesdays.

G-Scale Model Railroad

Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.

History

In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year’s show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen. Check back for more on what is new this year!

Accessibility

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent during River of Lights.

For more information or to reserve a wheelchair in advance, please call (505) 848-7182 or email biopark@cabq.gov.

Twinkle Light Parade & Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll

 Good evening,
We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday & are enjoying all the black friday shopping deals. We wanted to let you know about a local shopping event that happens right in our neighborhood every year (we love our fellow local businesses here at the Mauger Estate B&B).
 
Saturday, December 1st in the Historic Nob Hill area of Albuquerque there will be traffic-free shopping & a holiday parade! The streets will be closed between Washington St. & Girard Blvd, creating a calm, stress-free shopping event. In addition, there will be live music such as carolers, mariachis, & strolling musicians; photos with Santa, & FREE trolly rides provided by ABQ Trolley Co. The streets are closed between noon & midnight & all the area stores are participating with excellent discounts!
 
The Twinkle Light Parade begins at 5:15pm & heads west on Central Ave starting at Washington St.. The parade features hundreds of twinkling floats, vehicles, animals, people, & more; with a very special appearance by Santa Claus. For more information on this exciting local event, please visit www.rt66central.com
 
This event is always a bunch of fun so if you’re in this neck of the woods, we hope to see you there!

One of our Favorite Fall Recipes

Good Morning,

We hope you’re all staying nice & warm as the fall temperatures continue to drop around the country. To help keep you warm, we’d like to share one of our favorite fall recipes; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (it’s delicious!). We serve this recipe occasionally & I have used this recipe at fall family gatherings; it’s always a huge hit!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 C vegetable oil
  • ¾ C chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan. In large bowl, sift dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl, beat eggs, oil, pumpkin and sugar.  Mix dry and wet ingredients just until moistened, add chocolate chips.  Place batter in loaf pan and bake for one hour. (You can also use the small loaf pans… they bake quicker & make great little gifts!)

    Doesn't this photo just say "yummy!"?

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do & when you make it at home we hope you think of us here at The Mauger Estate B&B. :)

Have a great day!

 

Recent News at the B&B & Discounts to be “Thankful” For

Hello Friends of The B&B,

We hope you’re having a lovely November! We sure are; the weather has finally cooled; all the red, yellow, & gold leaves are falling; & there are a number of exciting fall & winter events on the horizon here in Albuquerque. We wanted to give you all a quick update of the happenings around the Inn, as well as a couple discounts to really be “Thankful” for. :) Right now, if you mention this blog while making your reservation, you’ll receive an additional 10% off our lowest published rates (that’s a great deal!). This offer is valid on new reservations only, and only from 11/19 to 11/26.

As for what’s new here, it has been quiet around the Inn, giving us a chance to spend some time making a couple little changes which really help keep this place running smoothly & beautifully. For example, we got a new settee! Isn’t it pretty?

Our New Settee

We think it looks right at home in our front room…

Doesn't Our New Settee Look Lovely in the Front Room?

We also had a charming new guest this week! He was playful, sweet, & had the best hair-do we’ve seen all month! Meet Jupiter; he stayed with us in our pet friendly room.

Our Four-Legged Guest, Jupiter, Shows Off His Groovy Haircut for the Camera

 Thanks to his owner for letting him spend a bit of time with us, he was a real sweetie. :)

Well, that’s all for now; just a quick update! Look out for another blog soon containing a list of fall/winter activities around town (there’s SO much wonderful stuff going on this time of year!)

Have a lovely evening & thanks for reading!

October Recap & November Discounts

Hello Friends & Happy November!

October was a fun-filled month; Balloon Fiesta was a great success & we enjoyed every second of the two hectic weeks. We’re already excited to see all our repeat ballooners as well as some new faces for next year! It’s never too early to book your room for the most popular Albuquerque travel event of the year so give us a call & or make a reservation now for your room or townhouse for next year’s Balloon Fiesta.

This year there were a couple of new Balloon Fiesta services we learned about, including: The A Club Limosuine service, which picked up right at our front door & dropped off right outside the Balloon Fiesta gates. The cost was slightly more than the cost of using the city’s Park & Ride service, but  all our guests who used this service said the convenience & friendly staff made it worth every penny! Also, we found out that ABQ Trolley provided tours that dropped guests of directly at the park as well (but only for the nighttime events); what fun! Furthmore, ABQ Trolley Co. also offered Albu-Creepy city tours for Halloween (spooky fun for the whole family!). For outdoors people interested in alternative transportation for Balloon Fiesta next year, Routes Bicycle Rentals offered a guided bike tour from Montano directly to the park. This option includes the cost of a bike rental & avoids all motorized vehicle traffic; using a bike & pedestrian only designated path directly to the Fiesta (it’s a gorgeous ride, although slightly chilly!).

In a tough economy, we’re incredibly grateful to all of the guests who chose to stay with us or are considering staying in the future. We simply adore our repeat guests as well as our first timers & we strive to provide a perfect, comfortable stay every single night. To show our appreciation for our guests, we’re extending our offer of 10% off for reservations of two nights or more & if you mention this blog post when booking your reservation, we’ll include a $20 voucher to Slate Street Cafe.

We look forward to welcoming you to Mauger Estate B&B soon!

Fabulous Fall Events (& Freebies Too!)

Greetings from all of us at the Mauger Estate B&B!

Here at the B&B we sure are loving this fall weather! New Mexico is absolutely gorgeous this time of year. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a thunderstorm in the desert we would love to have you stay with us this fall so that we can share a bit of our amazing climate with you- we promise you, you wont regret it! Book now through December 31, 2012 & mention this blog (BLOG 15) to receive dinner on us! Details located at the end of this  blog.

The incredible weather it isn’t all our state has to offer; don’t forget about all the fun, exciting, informative, world famous, & all around awesome events that occur this time of year too. We took some time to scout out some of the best things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico this time of year & here are the top 5:

5.  The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals have become a New Mexican tradition since the first one in 1989. Held three times a year in March, October and November, each fair attracts tens of thousands of buyers from almost every state, as well as New Mexico residents and collectors from around the world.

4. In our last post, we mentioned the heart & soul of our New Mexican cuisine & the chile festivals that pop up all over the state this time of year. If our unique & spicy cuisine interests you, check out any one of a number of fall harvest festivals that occur this time of year. From the beautiful Coralles Harvest Festival, held just on the outer edge of the city, only a twenty minute drive from the B&B to The 5th Annual Urban Farm and Harvest Festival or the Harvest Fest at the Albuquerque BioPark, each of which are held only minutes from the B&B; there is lots of glorious, fresh, local produce to learn about & enjoy this time of  year.

3. Find your way through the Maize Maze. Every Fall, the Maize Maze attracts thousands of visitors to Rio Grande Community Farm. The corn grown through the summer becomes 6 feet or taller – and has paths precisely cut by GPS technology to form the Maze. Proceeds from the Maze fund the special programs that support education, wildlife, and our community. What could be more fun than a corn maze this fall?!

2.  Check out New Mexico’s annual celebration of world music & culture at ¡Globalquerque! ¡Globalquerque! is a yearly event featuring musicians & performers from all around the world. Many groups performing at this year’s ¡Globalquerque! have never played in the U.S. before, giving Albuquerque residents a chance to be among the first Americans to catch some exciting new acts.

1.  The most exciting & uniquely New Mexican fall activity of them all: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! We anticipate Balloon Fiesta all year long here in Albuqeurque & can’t wait for the colorful skies to become even more colorful as the breeze cools over the Rio Grande and the beautiful hot air balloons fill the skies.

New Mexico is gorgeous & vibrant this time of year & we would love you to come visit & share in our culture, climate, & joyous fall festivities. Here at the inn we absolutely adore our state, city, & other local businesses. To encourage you to  visit & explore small businesses here in our lovely city, we’re including vouchers for dinner at Slate Street Cafe & Wine Bar, only a few minutes walk from the B&B (& absolutely delicious!). Call us to book your reservation before December 31, 2012 & mention this blog (BLOG 15) & receive a $20 voucher to Slate Street Cafe.

Fall in Beautiful Albuquerque, NM

Viva New Mexico Chile Festival

Here in the Land of Enchantment we LOVE our spicy food & especially our New Mexican chile! It’s unlike chile found anywhere else in the world. It’s a staple in our local cuisine & has become a symbol of our state’s cultural heritage. As you explore our state you’ll notice the delicious aroma of roasted green chile wafting through the air or decorative ristras of rich red chiles strung from adobe buildings, just about everywhere you go.

If you have never experienced New Mexican red or green chile, fall is the perfect time of year to get better acquainted with the delectable spice. Here at the B&B we encourage you to learn more about our rich culture, heritage, & cuisine (& of course, have a ton of fun!) by visiting Wagner’s Farmland Experience for the Viva New Mexico Chile Festival.

Viva New Mexico Chile Festival will be held on September 8 & 9 in Los Lunas, NM at their 288-acre farm.  Just a short drive from Albuquerque, the farm is conveniently located for visitors from the city; & Viva New Mexico Chile Festival is an official event of the statewide centennial celebration.

The Wagner’s, along with other  participating chile farmers, will be prepared with loads of freshly picked chile ready for sale and sampling. A mini-growers market will offer other produce grown in the valley. Food vendors will feature this delightful delicacy in their dishes, and chile products in every possible configuration will be available (have you ever eaten red chile fudge?! Yum!).

The celebration will offer variety of chile themed contests, live entertainment,
arts and crafts, and countless chile products. Other family-friendly activities include: hay ride tours through the farmland, a corn maze, a petting zoo, u-pick flower gardens, cow milking demonstrations, pony rides, face painting, and speakers projecting information on a number of fascinating subjects.

I’m very excited to visit Wagner’s Farm for Viva New Mexico Chile Festival; will you be there too? As always, it is our pleasure to help our guests find fun & interesting things to do as they visit our lovely state; please ask any of our staff about events & activities during your stay!

Bicycling in Beautiful Albuquerque, NM

Did you know that Albuquerque offers over 400 miles of on-street bicycle facilities & multi-use trails? With dozens of convenient & diverse bicycle trails that crisscross the entire city, whatever your biking style our city has a trail to suit you. Many of our major bike paths are multiple use trails, which are paved & completely closed off to motor vehicles; these trails are perfect for taking your time & enjoying all the beautiful Albuquerque scenery. If your goal is to get from point A to point B & you don’t mind sharing the road with other vehicles, the city’s bicycle lanes & bicycle routes are a great option for you; these are routes with either designated bike lanes or linking streets where bikes & vehicles share the road. For those of you with a desire for adventure, grab a mountain bike & hit the Foothills Open Space mountain bike trails. No matter what your fitness level or bicycling proficiency our beautiful city offers a trail that will fit your needs.

If you aren’t travelling with your own bike don’t worry, there are a number of bike rental locations. The most convenient location for bicycle rentals to the B&B is Routes Rentals & Tours. Located on Mountain Road between 11th & 12th, Routes is only about half a mile & a 10 minute walk away from us. Routes rentals include city bikes & mountain bikes at hourly, half-day, & full-day rates; & bike reservations can be made online any time.

Pedal your way through historic neighborhoods around the B&B, visit museums & avoid the parking crunch in historic Old Town, feel the wind beneath Cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande River Bike Path, enjoy a picnic at the nearby biological park, zoo, or in one of the area’s many parks – the breathtaking New Mexico sky is the limit! As summer begins to wind down & with fall right around the corner, this is the ideal time of year to get outside & enjoy our city’s bike trails. Remember to stay hydrated in our gorgeous New Mexican desert & enjoy the trails!

For information on our city’s bike trails & for route maps click here!