A Night Out on the Town!

Many local ABQ residents tell us that they never knew we existed. The Mauger has been here operating as a B&B for over 30 years! But, we believe that the reason people don’t know about us, is because they don’t know about all of the amazing fun there is to be had right here in downtown Albuquerque.  So, we’ve listed a few fun spots, and some delicious dining venues.  No more excuses, make your reservation (we have fantastic specials and winter rates), pack your overnight bag, and treat yourselves to a night out on the town!

To Do:

Tricklock Theatre Company  http://tricklock.com/general/contact-us.php

Kimo Theater http://www.kimotickets.com/

The Art Bar  https://www.facebook.com/ArtBarByCatalystClub

The Albuquerque Little Theater  http://albuquerquelittletheatre.org/

To Dine:

Slate Street Cafe http://www.slatestreetcafe.com/

Artichoke Cafe  http://www.artichokecafe.com/

Season’s  http://seasonsabq.com/

Farina Pizzeria  http://www.farinapizzeria.com/

Vinaigrette  http://www.vinaigretteonline.com/

To Hang:

Marble Brewery  http://www.marblebrewery.com/

The Anodyne  http://theanodyne.com/

 

Happy New Year! Ringing in with Raspberry Cream Cheese Scones.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Scones

2 ½ C flour
¾ C sugar
½ C butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 C milk or ½ and ½
1 C fresh raspberries
4 oz. (1/2 package) cream cheese, cubed into ½” squares

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or fork until crumbly mixture is formed. Add vanilla and milk or ½ and ½. Mix with fork until dough is formed, texture should be similar to biscuits, turn out onto floured surface and pat with hands into a 12” long rectangle, 6” wide and about 1” thick. Add flour if dough is sticky and work in with hands by folding over and patting down.  Place fresh raspberries on dough, place cubed cream cheese on dough, fold outside edges toward center, pressing edges together, and pat down to about 1” thick again. Cut into triangles and bake at 375 degrees until slightly brown on top and firm.

 

 

Winter Wonderland!

This Thursday has brought some lovely snow to Albuquerque, making everything beautiful!

Front porch at the Mauger 12/5/13

Front porch at the Mauger 12/5/13

‘Tis the season for bundling up, going shopping and treating yourself to a night at the Mauger!  We have great winter rates with a queen bedroom starting at $89 for our Last Minute rate (within 5 days of arrival).  As far as gift giving, why not give a gift certificate to a very deserving person to enjoy a night at the Mauger, or stuff a stocking with one of our cookbooks!  http://www.maugerbb.com/

Downtown is the perfect place to be this time of year, with lights, luminarias, and holiday festivities galore!  This weekend visit the Downtown Arts Crawl on Friday http://www.itsatrip.org/events/details/downtown-artscrawl-22529/, and  the Twinkle Light Parade and Nob Hill Shop & Stroll on Saturday, December 7th.  http://www.itsatrip.org/events/details/twinkle-light-parade-22344/

Don’t miss the River of Lights, one of the most beautiful scenes of the season!  http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark

River of Lights Show Returns on November 30

Happy holidays…happy holidays… to YOU!

 

Warming up and getting out!

Greetings!  Fall is such a gratifying time of year.  We begin to celebrate holidays, reflect on the year that is whirring past, and bundle up with chunky scarves and hand knitted socks.  We are thankful for the family, friends and time that we have relished.  We begin to think about resolutions for the coming year, and get excited for change.

As we approach the year’s end, we search for the perfect recipes to please palates throughout the season.  I’d like to share a Mauger Estate B&B recipe that is a warm and satisfying treat, our Berry crisp topped with yogurt is sure to win you over this winter.

Berry Crisp

½ cup rolled oats

1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans (10 mins at 300 degrees if not yet toasted)

½ cup all purpose flour

½ tsp salt

4 tbsp cold butter cut into pieces

¾ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup honey

4 cups mixed berries

¼ cup sugar

1½ tbsp corn starch

1½ tsp water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar, pecans, flour and salt.  Using fingers or fork cut in butter until no clumps remain.  Set topping aside.  In small bowl, whisk together yogurt and ¼ cup honey.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine berries, sugar, corn starch and water.  Cook, stirring occasionally until berries release juices, 5-10 minutes.  Increase heat to medium; simmer until thickened, 5-10 minutes more.  Transfer to ceramic loaf pan. Sprinkle topping over fruit.  Set dish on baking sheet.  Bake until filling is bubbling and topping is golden brown, about 25 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Drizzle with yogurt and honey. Add a little lemon zest to give it a kick!

Serves 4.

 

Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast, get out and enjoy the sites and activities around town.  We’ve listed a few fun things, but visit the ABQ site: www.itsatrip.org/events for more.

Nov.9 – Dec. 21 Winter Downtown Growers Market http://www.downtowngrowers.com/

Nov.29 – Dec. 1 Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival http://www.riograndefestivals.com/festivals/holiday-show/

Nov.29 – Dec.29 Cliffs Magical Christmas  http://www.cliffsmagicalchristmas.com/

Nov.30 – Jan.5 River of Lights http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/garden/annual-events/river-of-lights/

Dec.6 – Dec.22 The Vortex Theatre Holiday Festival http://www.vortexabq.org/

Dec. 7 Twinkle Light Parade http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/events/twinkle-light-parade-nob-hill-shop-stroll/

Dec. 7 Nob Hill Shop & Stroll http://www.rt66central.com/

Dec. 18-21 Trolley of Lights http://www.abqtrolley.com/

Dec.24 Luminaria Tour http://www.cabq.gov/transit/programs-and-projects/luminaria-tour

Dec.24 Lights & Luminaria Bike Tour http://routesrentals.com/

Pumpkin Apple Scones

2 ½ C flour

½ C butter

1 C canned pumpkin

¾ C chopped apples or canned apples

1 C sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

2 tsp baking powder

¼ c milk

1 whisked egg white (whisk until frothy)

 

Add flour and other dry ingredients to large mixing bowl.  Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is mealy in texture.  Add pumpkin, apples and milk, mix together until dough is slightly sticky. Turn out onto floured surface and pat down to rectangle or circle 1 inch thick, and cut into triangle or other shapes.  Brush tops with egg white, and sprinkle raw sugar on top.  Bake on greased baking sheet at 375 for approximately 20 minutes, until tops turn golden.

Looking Fallward…

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Greetings!  We are enjoying our mild end of summer and pre-fall weather in Albuquerque.  As our days this week are overcast and rainy, we have the perfect solution for travelers…indoor sites to pique your interest!

How about a museum?  Here are some of our favorites:

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum

International Balloon Museum

http://www.balloonmuseum.com/

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/

Friday the 13th is coming up, and we want you to spend it with us!  Mention this blog post and receive a 15% discount off of standard rates.  For fun things to do on this coming superstitious date, visit the Alibi: http://alibi.com/events/calendar.html?d=2013-09-13&m=1, or the city’s event calendar: http://www.itsatrip.org/events/default.aspx.

We are gearing up for the International Balloon Fiesta, October 5 – 13, if you haven’t attended, it’s a once in a lifetime, must see event!  http://www.balloonfiesta.com/

In the kitchen, I’ve been waiting for this season, because it boasts my favorite flavors! Pumpkin, sweet potato, home grown tomatoes, eggplant, and lots more, come stay with us and see how delicious breakfast can be!

Thanks for reading… Tammy

Summer Sun Part 2

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Summertime is well underway in Albuquerque, and we want you to make the most of it!

Today we’re going to share more things to do if you only have one day in our culture rich city.  After waking to the smell of fresh baked breads, french toast, souffle or quiche, have some of our delicious coffee, indulge in our sumptuous breakfast and be on your way for a day.

Start at the Titanic Artifact Exhibition at the Museum of Natural History & Science where you’ll explore 100 years of one of the world’s greatest maritime tragedies.  www.nmnaturalhistory.org/

Next, put on some sunscreen and pack your water and camera, and head out to the Petroglyph National Monument.  You’ll see over 200 petroglyphs at the Boca Negra Canyon, about a 20 minute drive from the B&B.  www.nps.gov/petr/planyourvisit/bn.htm

Afterward, take a relaxing break and taste some of the award winning wines at Casa Rondena Winery in the north valley.  This winery is an oasis in the city, offering some of the state’s best wines, and a spectacular retreat from a busy day.  www.casarondena.com/

Then, meander across town to the Sandia Peak Tramway to get a ticket to ride to the top of the Sandia Mountains to experience breathtaking views of the city.  www.sandiapeak.com/   Best viewing is sunset, so plan to go up in the daylight, do a short hike or have a cocktail at High Finance Restaurant, and return just after sunset.  Then, head to Nob Hill and stroll until you find just the right bite to eat, and people watch along Central Avenue (Route 66) as the city comes alive in this eclectic and fun neighborhood.

Another wonderfully enjoyable day in lovely Albuquerque!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic Artifact Exhibition Just Minutes Away

Good afternoon,

Here’s an exciting event we’d like to share with you!

The Titanic Artifact Exhibition is underway at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science . Visitors are invited to explore 100 years of history of the Titanic. The exhibit begins with heroic & tragic stories of the individuals of one of the world’s greatest maritime tragedies. Their stories are told with over 125 authentic artifacts recovered from the wreckage & detailed re-creations of the ship’s interior. As the exhibit moves through history wreckage discovery (73 years after it sank!) is explained, highlighting the innovative recovery & conservation efforts made over the last 25 years. Here at the Mauger Estate B&B we invite you to stay with us! Come & enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep in one of our romantic rooms & a luxurious breakfast in the morning before strolling through beautiful downtown on your way to Old Town where the Titanic Artifact Exhibition is located for a limited time only.

 

 

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.