Mauger News + Events

It’s so exciting to see the daffodils, bright green leaves budding from trees, and feel the warm sun.  We love spring at the Mauger, and we’re delighted to bring you a bright and cheery gift – 15% off standard rates for any stay in April or May!  Just mention this blog when booking a room directly with us on our website or call 505.242.8755.

And now for the spring time news! The city is brimming with action and things to do.  We are happy to present you with a few.

  • Old Town will celebrate Fiestas de Albuquerque on April 8th  from 12-5pm, Old Town Plaza.
  • The 3rd Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival on April 8th  from 12 – 6pm at the Balloon Museum
  • Downtown Grower’s Market  begins the season April 15th 8am – noon at Robinson Park
  • Art in the Afternoon with Todd Tijerena on April 15th 2-4pm at the Albuquerque Museum
  • Bacon, Beer and Blues on April 15th 11am – 5pm at Balloon Fiesta Park
  • Gathering of Nations Pow Wow April 27th  – 29th  at Expo New Mexico: Home of the State Fair
  • Albuquerque Renaissance Faire on April 29th from 10am – 6pm at the Balloon Museum
  • Rail Yards Market begins May 7th 10am – 2pm at the Rail Yards
  • 29th Annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival May 20th -21st  at Balloon Fiesta Park
  • 7th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews on May 28th 3 – 6pm at Sandia Resort and Casino
  • Albuquerque Wine Festival May 27th – 29th 11:30am – 7pm at Balloon Fiesta Park
  • New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival May 27th – 29th at Balloon Fiesta Park
  • 7th Annual ABQ Beer Week May 25th – June 4th multiple venues

We also want to tell you about a few of our favorite hang out spots to relish.  All are near the B&B, and we hope you’ll stay with us and stroll around to check them out because the ART traffic is hellish 🙂

  • Dialogue Brewing – 1st and Kinley
  • Marble Brewery – 1st and Marble
  • Boese Brother’s Brewing – 6th and Gold
  • Duel Brewing – 6th and Central
  • Monk’s Brewery – 2nd and Silver


While you initiate your New Year’s resolutions, and begin to eat healthy and exercise, we are here for you at the Mauger!

We will begin by telling you that we are within walking distance of some great restaurants:  Slate Street Café, The Cellar, Cocina Azul, 5 Star Burgers, and Amore Pizza to name a few.

Next, we are one mile from Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

So, book at room at the Mauger, rest, relax, walk and enjoy breakfast!

We leave you with a healthy new breakfast recipe, straight from the Mauger Estate B&B kitchen!

New Mexico Poached Eggs

2 C diced potato or sweet potato

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Mix all together and place in a 9×9 baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Remove and top with the following:

1 ½  C chopped/diced vegetables of your choice, such as broccoli, sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes etc.

½ C chopped green onion

1 Tbsp parsley

Green Chile Sauce:

1 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp butter

½ C milk

½ C water

1 Tbsp dried onion

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic

1 C chopped green chile

In saucepan over low heat, melt butter, mix with flour until smooth, add milk, heat until thickening begins, add water, heat and add spices and green chile, keep warm.

Poach 6 eggs, gently place on top of potatoes and vegetables, drizzle with green chile sauce and top with Parmesan/goat cheese.

Serves 6.

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Grab your bag, jump in the car, or on the plane and head to Albuquerque or Santa Fe during December, and you’ll find a truly amazing and beautiful tradition spread throughout the cities. Luminarias (and/or farolitos) adorn rooftops and sidewalks, lighting the way for residents and visitors to homes, businesses, and churches.

Traditionally, the luminaria is a stacked cube of pińon branches burned as a lantern. Today, the luminaria is commonly referred to as what is traditionally called a “farolito,” or brown paper bag containing sand and a tea light candle. The terms are now mostly interchangeable throughout the state.

For some New Mexican communities, the tradition is lighting one luminaria each night during the period called Las Posadas until the final ninth luminaria is lit. In Albuquerque, the tradition is at its peak on Christmas Eve, when most communities line the streets, sidewalks and rooftops with luminarias, and the city hosts a Luminaria Tour in Old Town and the Country Club neighborhood. This tour has become a renowned event, and hundreds of locals board buses at the Convention Center, and ride through the downtown/Old Town neighborhoods to experience the magic. Many people walk through these neighborhoods, stopping to chat with residents and sip on hot apple cider or hot cocoa as everyone appreciates the folklore of these radiant little bags. Old Town Plaza teems with people of all ages, smiling in awe at the glow. The luminarias burn throughout the evening and through the night of Christmas Eve.

This tradition is an extraordinarily beautiful sight, and brings a feeling of warmth and closeness to all communities throughout the cities as these glowing little bags mesmerize us at the wonder of the season.

So, bundle up and come on over, down, up, or just OUT to experience this tradition with us!

At the Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast we hope that all our guests will have the chance to experience some of New Mexico’s incredible culture around the Holidays –there are plenty of unique events to choose from. With average winter temperatures ranging from 30° to 50° you can bundle up and comfortably enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as the River of Lights, Luminaria Tour or New Year’s Eve in the heart of our beautiful city at Civic Plaza. If you prefer indoor events, shopping, or cultural events our city has tons to offer!



For unique gift ideas you may want to visit any of the number of arts and crafts fairs throughout the city and surrounding areas. You might expect to see many local artists creating art in their booths right before your eyes. Art styles range from unique, handcrafted jewelry (specifically Indian jewelry featuring sterling silver, turquoise, coral, and beadwork) to Dia de Los Muertos style artwork by local artist such as Sean Wells. There are usually tons of local food options to sample and purchase like salsas, cookies, red chile hot chocolate, spice mixes, cooking sauces, beef jerky and more. This list just barely scratches the surface of the wonderful items you’ll find for purchase at any of these events.


If you prefer indoor events there are many to choose from as well, each highlighting the best of what New Mexico has to offer. One thing that is so unique to our beloved New Mexico is Panketzaliztli: An Aztec Celebration of the Season. This event is a raising of the banners celebration centered around Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind traditional holiday customs. This incredible event is held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (a great place for travelers to visit, regardless of time of year, by the way).



903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 – Abq Bio Park
Experience millions of sparkling lights at New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production with more than 400 glowing light displays and animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show.
Hours:6-9:30 p.m.
Closed Dec. 24, 25.
Buy tickets in advance, beginning Nov. 1 or at the gate.



Dec 3 at 7:30 PM to Dec 4 at 2 PM

Kalpulli Ehekatl/Ehekatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panketzaliztli, a theatrical performance in three acts. The presentation, an Aztec celebration of the season, draws upon Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind traditional holiday customs and includes a lyrically performed version of the Panketzaliztli (Alzamiento de los Estandartes, or Raising of the Banners) celebration, a retelling of the history of Yankwik Tletl (Fuego Nuevo, or the New Fire Ritual, performed during Panketzaliztli every 52 years), and, as a closing act, the Serpent of Fire Dance.
$12 w/ $2 discount for students, seniors &NHCC members


The walk-through displays feature handcrafted characters. The Bugg Lights have been a local tradition for over 40 years. The Bugg lights are now on display at the Harvey House Museum in Belen, and while the display is free, donations are welcome, to help support the many volunteers who helped make it happen. Bugg lights begin November 26 and continue through December 31, Sunday – Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.



The evening of holiday fun at Coronado Monumentincludes luminarias, a bonfire, a visit from Santa, Native dancers, biscochito cookies, hot apple cider and cocoa. Kids can make their own Christmas ornament. There will be music, traditional Pueblo dances and Native American storytelling. Look for children’s activities and food trucks. It happens Sunday, December 4, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

at Coronado Monument, Hwy 550, Bernalillo.


December 24, 2016

Location: Albuquerque Convention Center

401 Second St. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-768-4575

Admission: Adults $3, Children ages 10-18 and Seniors $1.70.

Enjoy an annual New Mexican tradition! Let ABQ Ride take you through a twinkling wonderland in Old Town, a festively-adorned Albuquerque Country Club and other hot spots decked out for the holidays.


December 31, 2016

Location: Civic Plaza

1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-768-3452

Admission: Free

Ring in 2017 with the City of Albuquerque on Civic Plaza! New Year’s Eve on the Plaza will be from 9 p.m. – midnight on December 31. This free event is the place to be for the final seconds of 2016.

While we usually bring you great information about the city, or fabulous recipes, or outstanding accommodations and service, today we bring you an historic recap of one of the city’s finest bed and breakfasts.  The Mauger Estate B&B is centrally located in the heart of the city, and has a rich history.  This property is on the city’s historic walking tour:

A rare and exceptional pet friendly bed and breakfast, with one dog friendly room in the main house and two dog friendly townhouses, dogs and their owners love our delightful accommodations and amenities.

The story of the Mauger Estate B&B history is enchanting, and makes this Albquerque B&B a great find.

Maude Talbot, the daughter of a local tavern owner and wholesale liquor distributor, ordered the residence constructed in 1897 at a cost of $1,600. Maude soon returned to her native New York after selling the home to William E. Mauger and his wife, Brittania. The Maugers’, a prominent Boston family, purchased the property in 1907 for $4,350. In 1912 they bought the lot to the west and added the two-story sleeping porch.

W.E. Mauger owned the Raabe & Mauger Hardware store on 1st Street, but his primary business was buying raw wool from the Indians and shipping it back to Boston for resale. The Wool Room, now a gracious bedroom on the B&B’s second floor, was originally an office for the wool business records.

W.E. Mauger died in April of 1923 and Brittania Mauger continued to live at the Estate until 1932. Mrs. Mauger then moved to a smaller house on Maple Street where she died in 1970 at the age of 102.  The residence was sold after the Mauger’s passed, and was poorly maintained for many years.  It was almost condemned when it was bought by Richard and Utta Carleno and beautifully restored in the early 1980’s.

The Mauger Estate B&B is a classic example of Queen Anne style architecture. It has been brilliantly restored with careful attention to detail, preserving many of the original features including etched glass and finely refinished woodwork. The inn features a parlor/sitting room, a beautiful indoor-outdoor dining room, stunning suites and cozy bedrooms (including one with a special doggy door and private yard), and a sunny breakfast room in what was once the home’s sleeping porch.

The Estate was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  Come see us soon and experience why so many people return to this beautiful historic bed and breakfast, where sleep is delicious!

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Duke City Marathon 2016

Sacred and secular, old and new, desert and hills – New Mexico is a state of contrasts, making it rich in its diversity of food, culture, terrain and attractions.
The varied offerings of three of the cardinal directions that make perfect day trips from Albuquerque have already been discovered, leaving the western part of the state as the final frontier to explore in this Land Of Enchantment.

For an experience that will bring you back 1000 years in time, drive an hour west of Albuquerque on I-40 to the Acoma Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. Built upon a 367-foot sandstone bluff, the Pueblo is home to 4800 people and 250 dwellings, none of which has running water, sewer systems, or electricity. Also within the Pueblo you will find the San Esteban del Rey Mission, a Catholic mission constructed in 1629.

Educational tours and cultural exhibits are offered at the Sky City Cultural Center and Haaku Museum. Pottery making demonstrations are provided, and a visit to the gift shop is an absolute must for anyone desiring to purchase authentic Native American art and jewelry. To take the 90-minute tour of the Pueblo, you must buy tickets at the Center, and photography and dress code rules apply.

If you’re in the mood for extremes, then a trip just under two hours west of Albuquerque to the Ice Caves and Bandera Volcano is in order. Located in the west central Zuni Mountain range along the Continental Divide, these natural landmarks can both be reached within an hour’s walk of each other along an ancient lava trail lined with twisted Juniper, Fir, and Ponderosa Pine trees. There is even gemstone mining for the younger members of the family, and a trading post with a shaded picnic area provide opportunities for souvenir shopping and a relaxing outdoor lunch.

Continuing your education and appreciation of nature’s gifts drive thirty miles west of the caves and volcano to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a refuge for displaced, unwanted and un-releasable wolves and wolf-dogs. You can watch, meet, and even feed these majestic creatures by booking a tour in advance, with your visit supporting the rescue and lifetime sanctuary and care of these animals.

For a day trip that will whet your archaeological thirst, head 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque to the Aztec Ruins National Monument. A preserve of the 11th-century Ancestral Puebloan structures in New Mexico, this monument allows visitors to step back in time and take a self-guided tour of this three-story archaeological site. You can walk through the Great House and original rooms, admiring the stone masonry and wooden roofing still intact. You even get to enter the ceremonial Great Kiva, used for religious and purification purposes. There is also a museum, a garden, native plants walk, and interpretive programs.

The Land of Enchantment has vast and varied tourist options in every direction, with something to entertain and enthrall everyone. In the third of this four-part series, attractions and activities east of Albuquerque will be explored, with each day trip providing ideas of how to best experience the uniqueness and beauty of New Mexico.

Just thirty minutes northeast of Albuquerque you will find the Sandia Aerial Peak Tramway, where you can ride for 15 minutes almost 3 miles up the side of a mountain whose treasures include deep canyons, granite rock faces, aspen groves, pine and oak trees, and a myriad of wildlife. On top of the mountain, you are treated to an 11,000 square-mile view of New Mexico, which you can enjoy while setting off on a hike or dining in the restaurant atop the peak.

If you choose to hike the Sandia Mountains, there are a variety of trails to choose from both at the Tramway summit and within 30 to 60 minutes’ drive of Albuquerque. Many of the hikes begin in cactus country and wind their way up to mountain meadows teeming with wildflowers. A past haven for Apache warriors, gold miners, and bandits, the Sandia Mountains are also a sacred place for the Pueblo Indians and a 37,000-acre wilderness that provides a relaxing respite from the city.

For a taste of blue waters, old byways and Billy the Kid, head east on I-40 a little over 100 miles, where your first stop is The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa. This lake, born of a geological phenomenon called The Santa Rosa Sink, is an oasis in this harsh land of sand and sagebrush. With visibility at 100 feet, swimmers, scuba divers and sightseers can delight in this cold crystal-clear water year-round.

If you’re in the mood for some Wild West nostalgia, head southeast on NM 84 from Santa Rosa for 45 minutes to Fort Sumner where, in 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett gunned down Billy the Kid. Competing museums and grave-sight locations vie for tourists’ attention, and if you’re in the area the second week of June, you can participate in the town’s Tombstone races.

If a trip down Route 66’s memory lane is more your style, then head east for an hour on I-40 from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari, where you will encounter a dinosaur museum, an historical museum, a Route 66 museum, and the world’s largest mural dedicated to Route 66. Photo opportunities abound here, with the best one being the Route 66 Roadside Attraction in front of the city’s convention center.

For more active pursuits, consider taking a day trip to Ruidoso, a town 180 miles southeast of Albuquerque that is surrounded by more than a million acres of National Forest and wilderness, providing countless hiking, mountain biking, and horseback trails for hours of outdoor fun. You can also try your luck at one of the area’s three casinos, wager on the ponies at the track, or spend time wandering through the town’s eclectic shops. And for a taste of Wild West excitement, consider seeing a Flying J Wrangler show replete with gunfights, a Chuckwagon dinner and show.

Continuing the exploration of New Mexico from the central location of Albuquerque, this next part of the series will focus on three different areas in the southern part of the state, all under 3-½ hours from Albuquerque and each unique to the heritage and culture of New Mexico.

For an eclectic day of sightseeing, begin by driving 90 minutes south to your first stop of the day, the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Located between two mountain ranges and fed by the Rio Grande, this sanctuary is a temporary home to thousands of sandhill cranes, geese, and other waterfowl that migrate here each winter, as well as a permanent home to ancient petroglyphs, lush groves of cottonwoods and willows, and abundant and varied wildlife.

Continuing south to Truth or Consequences, you will find a town famous for its natural hot springs, with a myriad of spas to choose from for a soak and a massage. It is rumored the great Apache chief and shaman Geronimo dipped himself in these healing waters. You can find out more about him, and the area in general, by visiting the Geronimo Springs Museum. And if space exploration is what you’re after, then you must take time to visit Spaceport America for an experience that is out of this world!

The last stop of the day is Hatch, New Mexico. Known as the chile capital of the world, this small agricultural community boasts piles of roasted chilis for the asking year round. And make sure to stop at Sparky’s Burgers, BBQ and Espresso for a green chili cheeseburger and a slice of old-time Americana to top off your day.

For a more leisurely (but no less fun!) day, consider a southern stroll through some tiny towns and the Very Large Array. Heading south on I-25 and then west on US-60, you will come to Magdalena, a hamlet filled with rich treasures, to include a Box Car Museum, a 16th-century mission church, art galleries, and a trading post.

Twenty-four miles west you will trade small-town charm for the awe-inspiring Very Large Array, one of the world’s first – and largest – astronomical radio observatories. Here you can wander through the visitor center, explore all the exhibits describing radio astronomy, and view antennas and telescopes through both self and guided walking tours.

After immersing yourself in dish antennas, head west for 40 miles to Pie Town to immerse yourself in a dish or two of pie at either Pie Town Café or Pie-O-Neer Café, or both! Sitting on top of the Continental Divide, this settlement has its roots in the dustbowl era, and continues to survive (and thrive) on pure determination and innovation – as a slice of New Mexican Apple Pie with Green Chili and Pinon Nuts will attest to!

Another must-do southern New Mexico experience is a day excursion to Roswell. Two hundred miles southeast of Albuquerque, this is the site of the 1947 “Roswell UFO Incident” in which an unidentified flying object (purported by the Air Force to be a weather balloon) crashed on a ranch during a thunderstorm, spurring decades of theories regarding aliens and government cover-ups. One result of the incident is the International UFO Museum and Research Center on Main Street, where several hours can be spent learning about the 1947 occurrence and subsequent research into extraterrestrial life. Other Roswell attractions include wineries, art museums, and a picnic at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

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