Mauger News + Events

Sizzling Summer Sun!

It’s a sizzling summer in Albuquerque, and we’re ready to show you a good time. Albuquerque has so many fun things to do this summer, that I’ve decided to make this blog a series…depending on how many days you have to spend in our wonderful city.  Whether you have one day, two days, three or more, I’ll tell you what I would do if I were you!

First, you should know that the Mauger Estate B&B is very centrally located in downtown ABQ and we have a couple of great summer specials:  book 2 nights get 10% off, book 3 nights get 15% off.  Also, for you last minute travelers, check out our fantastic last minute rates, only available within 5 days of arrival.

Secondly, please visit the Albuquerque Convention and Visitor’s Bureau site www.itsatrip.org for a list of fun things to do anytime.  There are also lots of exciting things on www.rt66central.com, and the city’s www.cabq.gov/fun/summer.

And now for the first of the Mauger’s Summer Blog Series.  If you only have one day in ABQ, you’ll want to wake up to the sumptuous smell of freshly baked goods at the Mauger, take in our delicious fulfilling breakfast, and head out for the day around 9:30am.  Starting at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, you’ll find many treasures.  When finished there, stroll through Old Town Plaza, if you’re hungry, have a bite to eat at Church Street Cafe, and catch the ABQ Trolley at 1:00pm.  This 1 ½ hour open air trolley tour is a fun and entertaining outing.

Then, happy hour on the upstairs patio at Season’s Rotisserie and Grill seasonsabq.com, live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Then go across the street to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History for Jazz or Salsa Under the Stars www.nmjazz.org/Summer_Concert_Series.aspx.

Or, if live music isn’t your bag, head up the mountain to the Sandia Peak Tramway for sunset at its best www.sandiapeak.com/. Return for dinner in Nob Hill at one my many favorites: Scalo, Zapateca’s, Streetfood Asia, O’Neills Pub, Two Fools Tavern, and many more!

That’s all for now, watch for the next blog for other one day adventures in ABQ!

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Festival

Good afternoon!

What could be better than the delicious, decadent, warm, & filling breakfast you’ll get when you stay with us? A delicious, decadent, warm, & filling breakfast from the Mauger Estate followed by a day of chocolate & coffee at The Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Festival. The event will be held March 23rd & 24th at the New Mexico Expo State Fair Grounds. There will be live music & entertainment, chocolate eating contests, live demonstrations, vendors, a chocolate sculpture contest & raffle, free activities for the kids & much, much more…

Click here to find out more & to get your tickets.

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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

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

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 with Bourbon Sauce

Yield: 10-13

Ingredients

  • Plain bread of any kind – enough to fill a 9x13 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
  • Bourbon Sauce
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp bourbon

Directions

  1. Tear bread into small pieces & place in bottom of greased 9x13 pan.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients & pour evenly over bread. 
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Cut into pieces and pour sauce over top.
  5. Prepare Bourbon Sauce
  6. Melt butter in saucepan. 
  7. Once melted, add sugar and water. 
  8. Stir thoroughly & add egg yolk. 
  9. Allow to simmer/boil for 5 minutes. 
  10. Remove from heat & add bourbon. 
  11. Pour over top of bread pudding or serve on the side.
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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.ROL

 

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!parade

One of our Favorite Fall Recipes

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

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl, sift dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, beat eggs, oil, pumpkin and sugar. 
  4. Mix dry and wet ingredients just until moistened, add chocolate chips. 
  5. 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!)
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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
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
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!

The Historic Mauger Estate