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A Toast to Five Years! The Grand Hacienda Inn in Abiquiu Celebrates a Milestone.

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Five Years of Tranquility and Beyond!

Five incredible seasons, one extraordinary journey! The Grand Hacienda on Abiquiú Lake celebrates a milestone, having launched just weeks before the pandemic. Through resilience and innovation, we've transformed the Inn and are now thriving in season five. Here's to creating more lasting memories for our guests – cheers to many more!


The start of this season has already been a delight. In just the first month, we've hosted amazing guests from all over the world,including England, the Netherlands, and right here in the US (Massachusetts, Maine, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, and West Virginia!) It's a testament to the beauty of Abiquiú and Abiquiú Lake and the unforgettable experiences created here at The Grand Hacienda.


A massive thank you to all of you who have been a part of this incredible journey over the last five years. But hold onto your cowboy hats – we've got some exciting news brewing for this season and beyond!


BUT FIRST, MANY OF YOU ASKED WHAT WE WERE UP TO THIS OFF-SEASON.

Like last year, we used our time during the off-season to explore, learn, relax and recharge! And, we've been busy crafting the experiences for our fifth season.


Culinary Immersion

Chef cooking in Mexico

We dove headfirst into the world of authentic Mexican cuisine in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, learning alongside our friends John and Harry. From shopping vibrant local markets to mastering traditional specialties with fresh, regional ingredients, we're bringing exciting new flavors to The Grand Hacienda! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the true taste of Mexico.

Plant-Based Power

salad full of vegetables

Back in Houston, we explored the delicious world of plant-based cuisine. We delved into the seven principles for creating healthy, satisfying meals using whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients. We prepared recipes using grains and legumes, vegetables, beans, seeds, tofu, seitan, and tempeh. We studied using food for healing practices and longevity. Expect innovative recipes featuring an abundance of grains, legumes, vegetables, and more! We're passionate about showcasing how plant-based cuisine can be both delicious and nourishing.


Living Your Best Life

yoga at The Grand Hacienda

Speaking of well-being, we're committed to your health and happiness at The Grand Hacienda. Inspired by our own focus on healthy living and longevity, we're incorporating learnings from preventative practices into your experience. Walk barefoot on our grounded floors, take in early morning sun on your private terrace, soak in the hot tub, and enjoy a room with limited EMFs. No need to bring yoga mats and blocks - we've got you covered. Whether you're a seasoned wellness enthusiast or just starting your journey, we'll provide opportunities to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.

man hitting pickle ball
pickle ball

We discovered a new passion for pickleball during our break…one might say we are officially addicted. Nothing could keep us off the court despite the occasional wall encounter, ball smack, or pulled muscle. While we can’t bring pickleball to Abiquiu, we are bringing that active spirit to The Grand Hacienda through bocce ball and Jenga competitions.


Beyond the Ordinary

Life is precious, and we were blessed with the arrival of our first grandchild, William James! We also squeezed in cultural adventures, and live theater, caught iconic artists like Madonna and the Rolling Stones, and cheered on the Houston Astros.


EXCITING ENHANCEMENTS AWAIT YOU AT THE GRAND HACIENDA!

Thanks to all of you who responded to our survey and provided valuable feedback, we're thrilled to unveil some exciting changes based on your insights that will elevate your Grand Hacienda experience:

Open All Year!

Many of you requested a chance to experience Abiquiú Lake's winter wonderland. We're happy to announce we will return to being open year-round (362 days to be exact)! Embrace the serenity of a snow-covered landscape and dark skies to create lasting memories. Enjoy your private chimenia fire pot on cold evenings, after a hot tub under the stars. You can book your stay now at www.thegrandhacienda.com/reservations. Use code winterwonderland to receive 20% off the room rate for stays of two nights or more during December 2024, and January and February 2025 (code expires July 31, 2024).

Abiquiu New Mexico Winter Scene
Abiquiu Winter Wonderland

Relaxed Check-Out You spoke, we listened! Check-out is now at a leisurely 11:00 am, giving you more time to savor breakfast conversations and pack with ease. While this may affect early check-in availability, we believe it provides a more relaxed departure for most guests.

Enhanced Suites Based on your feedback, we've transformed the Rio Chama Suite with a cozy seating area for two. O'Keeffe Suite guests will enjoy a new bench for luggage or lounging and a larger chair for added comfort.

Eco-Lodging We know sustainability is important to you - you appreciate nature and the culture of the area. And we think eco-tourism is a much-needed trend in the travel industry. We operate with the land, having the lowest possible impact on the environment. We continue to focus on sustainability - from water conservation to solar energy, and growing our herbs and veggies. Our roads are dirt, not blacktopped. We heat our floors with heat pulled out of our greenhouse. We buy from local farmers. We ground our floors and limit EMFs.


New in the Mercado Gift Shop

Indulge in the luxurious new soaps from Sandia Soap Company, available in the Mercado! Made with essential oils and boasting beautiful silk textures, these soaps come in a variety of

enticing fragrances like Santa Fe Sage and Pueblo Lavender.

Discover Abiquiu from A to Z

Our acclaimed book, Discover Abiquiú from A to Z, is now available (and we love to sign copies!) in The Grand Hacienda's Mercado, and also at the Abiquiu Inn, Cafe Sierra Negra, The Dome, and Nest gift stores. For those further afield, you can find it online at Amazon or through our Mercado. This beautiful guide is packed with informative listings from A to Z. Whether you're a curious visitor or a longtime resident, this book is the perfect companion for exploring Abiquiú's rich history and hidden gems. It is also an ideal book for parents and grandparents to share with children and grandchildren. WELCOME CHRISTOPHER & JESSICA: WHERE WARM HOSPITALITY MEETS CULINARY DELIGHTS!

We're delighted to welcome Christopher and Jessica, an innkeeper and culinary dream team, to join our Grand Hacienda family on September 1st!!

Christopher and Jessica's passion for food transcends borders. Their travels have taken them around the globe, where they've mastered diverse cuisines and developed their own signature style. Expect innovative dishes bursting with flavor, all prepared with fresh, local ingredients. They're not just experts in cuisine, they're also innovative mixologists! Get ready for exciting new handcrafted wine cocktails at The Grand Hacienda.

These adventurous spirits aren't just culinary rockstars. When they're not whipping up delectable treats, you might find them exploring the surrounding trails, soaking in the breathtaking scenery of Abiquiú, or delving into the rich history and vibrant arts scene.

Their love for travel and culture has instilled a deep appreciation for the world. From museums and concerts to historical sites, they find inspiration in everything around them. Currently, they are wrapping up an adventure that led them to Sweden, back to where Jessica was born. There, they embarked on an unforgettable chapter of their lives, working at a castle hotel, immersed in centuries of history. Relocating from Sweden to Abiquiú, expect their enthusiasm and global perspective to infuse your experience at The Grand Hacienda.

We're beyond excited to have Christopher and Jessica join our team. Their passion, creativity, and love for exploration are a perfect fit for The Grand Hacienda. We know you'll love getting to know them on your next visit!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR ABIQUIÚ EVENTS THIS YEAR!

Get ready for another vibrant year in Abiquiú! Here's a taste of some of the exciting events you won't want to miss:

Fresh from the Farm

  • Abiquiú Farmers Market: Every Tuesday, June 4th to October 29th, stock up on fresh, seasonal produce at the Abiquiú Farmers Market (4pm-6pm) next to the Post Office. Support local farmers and savor the delicious bounty of Abiquiú!

Art

  • Ghost Ranch Mercado (every Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, through the summer).

  • New! Abiquiú Gathering of Artisans (July 27th & 28th): Presented by the Abiquiú Arts Council, this new event is your chance to discover and connect with talented Rio Arriba County artists and artisans.

  • Discover Abiquiú From A to Z book reading and gallery tour (August 18 from 2 - 4 pm): for a literary and artistic journey at Gallery One Thirty Nine. Reserve your spot by emailing DiscoverAbiquiu@yahoo.com.

ghost ranch blossom and bones concert
Blossoms & Bones Concert in Abiquiu
  • Ghost Ranch Music Festival: Blossoms & Bones (September 13th & 14th): The ever-popular festival returns with a stellar lineup featuring Vance Joy, Mavis Staples, and Lucinda Williams.

  • Abiquiú Studio Tour (October 12th & 13th): Don't miss the 30th anniversary of this renowned event! Embark on a self-guided driving adventure through Abiquiú's vibrant art scene, visit working studios, meet local artists, and discover unique treasures.

Culture

  • Rodeo on the Chama (June 15 and 16): Abiquiu Rural Events Center.

  • Santa Rosa de Lima Fiesta (August 24th): Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Abiquiú as the community celebrates its patron saint. Witness a traditional Catholic mass at the historic chapel ruins, followed by a vibrant procession and festivities with music, food, and a warm community atmosphere.

Fiesta for St. Thomas in Abiquiu
Fiesta for St. Thomas in Abiquiu
  • Abiquiú Fiesta for St. Thomas (November 16th): Travel back in time and experience the vibrant St. Thomas Feast Day celebration. Immerse yourself in the culture with traditional dances, music, and delicious food as the community honors its rich Indigenous heritage.

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY!

The Grand Hacienda is excited to welcome first-time guests this season and welcome back our wonderful family of repeat "Best Guests". Remember, use code winterwonderland to receive 20% off the room rate for stays of two nights or more during December, January, and February (code expires July 31, 2024).

Thank you all so much for sharing the love of Abiquiu and The Grand Hacienda! We hope to see you all soon.


Carolyn and Tom

 


 

 

 

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