Hiking ABQ

As Winter graciously brings us highs up to 74 and Spring eagerly awaits her turn you will find most of us Burquenos (term of endearment for those residing in Albuquerque) traipsing around our beloved “Bosque” and Sandias. There are books out there outlining all of the trails within our city limits, but for blog purposes I’m going to cover three of our favorites.

Less than two miles southwest of the Mauger Estate B&B is one of seven entrance points (Tingley Beach Drive) to the Paseo del Bosque Trail, or simply “the Bosque” as we all know her. While this 16-mile trail isn’t the quintessential mountain trail inclining through pines and spruces, it IS one of the best urban trails according to magazines such as Sunset and National Geographic, boasting more than 500 species of animals, and numerous resting areas shaded by Cottonwoods. Bosque is Spanish for forest, and while this forest will challenge your notion of what a forest is, this fairly flat trail (uninterrupted by roadways) will not disappoint. Start early morning or later in the afternoon and enjoy all the colors of the sunrise over the Sandia Mountains, or a sunset only read of. And don’t forget to take that side trail to the riverbank.

Roughly 17 miles east of the Mauger Estate B&B lays that magnificent mountain range – the Sandias. While you could spend a week just hiking around the foothills, my next two trails take you on more intimate adventures … leading you out of the desert and high up into the mountains.

The Pino Trail (#140) sits at the edge of the city and takes you straight up to the Sandia Crest Trail, roughly 10 miles round-trip. Having done this trail I can tell you that it’s one of the steeper ones around, but ascending out of the native cacti and grasses, and into the conifer forest exemplifies Albuquerque’s uniqueness. You may find some ice or snow near the top during this time of the year, but all should clear up around mid-Spring. Bikes are permitted, as are leashed dogs. $2 entrance fee.

Last but certainly not least, the infamous La Luz Trail (#137.) Ask any Burqueno about this trail and while it’s not guaranteed that they’ve completed it, they’ve certainly heard of it! The La Luz Trail is a strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 3,775ft; nine miles up will land you at the Sandia Crest, while eleven miles will get you to the Sandia Tramway – a great way to come back down. After all, you already completed the tough part! Stop by High Finance for a beer (or two) before heading down. I’ve completed this eleven-mile hike and the views are worth every mile. There’s also something to be said for hiking through four different climate zones: Your trip will start off with Pinon Trees and Prickly Pear cacti until mile four when you’re awe-smacked with Ponderosa Pines and Blue Spruce. Shortly after, you scale a rocky draw lined with Aspen … and I won’t ruin the rest for you. Leashed dogs permitted. $3 parking fee.

Simply, and abruptly stated, get outside when visiting Albuquerque, and allow a new part of your soul to wake up suddenly! If you can’t get to one of these trails ask us about others and we will certainly have suggestions. It’s what we do here, and it’s certainly an attribute of Albuquerque that we want to share with others whenever we can! Happy trails …..

Paseo del Bosque info and trail map: http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/lands/paseo-del-bosque-trail
Foothills map off of Tramway: http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/documents/piedralisa.pdf

written and photographed by Carrie

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Scrumptious, Healthy Breakfast … It’s Real!!

We hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We wish all of you your best year yet. And we look forward to ours!

As we quickly approach February and say goodbye to January, it seems a good time to do a (quick) pulse check on our New Year resolutions. Ugh, I had to say it didn’t I? The dreaded “r” word! If you’re giving me five seconds to magically change the subject before you shut me down then I’m guessing one of your resolutions centers around eating healthy/weight loss … somewhere in that distressing realm of topics that we hate to talk about. No need to fret though! I’m no dietician, physician, anything ending in “-cian” for that matter (hmmm … innkeepercian … awwwe grasshopper.) I’m merely an innkeeper that happens to know that healthy breakfast does not have to come in liquid form, feel like your gnawing on sandpaper, or cost $6 for five bars. Five delicious (“This is amazing! I can do this. Mind over matter.”) bars.

Let’s squash the stereo-type that B&Bs are in the business of feeding guests 2,000 calorie breakfasts (at least this B&B is not.) If we all ate one meal a day, that would be optimal. But a lot of us rarely even eat breakfast, let-a-lone make it our one meal a day. Public service announcement – please eat breakfast! Mauger Estate Bed & Dinner … who am I kidding! That sounds amazing! But it’s not a real thing folks.

Here at the Mauger Estate we understand the urge to skip breakfast, so we have two goals (after making the kitchen smell heavenly to lure you down): One, to fuel your body with the nutrients needed for the day ahead (whether you’re working or doing the tourist thing.) And two, to do it in a way that makes you want to come back and eat more breakfast! That’s it!! Get your inner fat kid on! Feel no shame. It tastes so good he/she will never know it’s healthy. Until you step on a scale and now both of you are happy. It really is a sweet life …

So, how do we do it, and more importantly how easy is it to do at home? Second question first … it’s pre-school easy. Grab your favorite doll or truck and play all day easy. And how do we do it? Without giving away all of our secrets, I’ll give away the biggest one. Eggs; English Baked Eggs, frittatas, omelettes; the sky is the limit with eggs, and most of it you can prep the night before and throw in the oven the next morning while getting ready.

Key things to remember: 1% – 2% milk rather than cream, and know that not all veggies are created equally. Some have more carbs/calories than others. Great veggies to use are spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, and green onions. Tomatoes and bell peppers won’t kill you. And spices!! Spices can make or break the deal. So throw in some salt, pepper, garlic, marjoram, thyme, and don’t forget the cheese (if you do dairy.) Some cheeses are carb free (say it isn’t so!) so feel free to add some Cheddar and Parmesan. Aren’t you glad you didn’t shut me down two minutes ago? But we don’t stop at eggs at the Mauger Estate. We understand that some of our guests’ can’t/don’t eat eggs.

Roll out the Greek yogurt, granola, and fruit. Eat all of it, eat some of it, mix it all up … hey, it’s your breakfast, your call. One cup of plain Greek yogurt sits at 120 cal, 0 fat, and 9 carbs. And yes, it can cause a gag reflex by itself. Agreed. Don’t shut me down yet! Add a ¼ cup of homemade granola (recipe on our website) and you’ve already gone from worst day ever to good day. NOW, throw in your berries; raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries (they sit a little higher in carbs, but nothing terrible) and it’s a great day my friends! You can even skip the granola and just add a little cinnamon. Key things to remember: Not all yogurts are created equally just because it’s “yogurt”. Look at the back. And not all granolas are created equally. Clue – breakfast granola does not have M&Ms. Sorry. Again, look at the back. It’s easy-peasy once you get your routine down.

By no means are we claiming to be experts, and we absolutely serve Stuffed French Toast, because our guests deserve that as well. But we do know healthy breakfast, and we do know that our guests love it just as much as the Stuffed French Toast. Now show that resolution that you mean business! … oh, and throw those breakfast bars away. Now do the running-man and embrace the New Year.

I have attached the recipe for our Mediterranean Frittata for your enjoyment, but also for you to get an idea of how simple creating your own frittata can be!

Mediterranean Frittata

Makes one 9 inch quiche or frittata pan.

2 C frozen hashbrowns
9 eggs
2 C milk
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 Tblsp Italian seasoning
2 Tblsp fresh basil, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
½ C sundried tomatoes
1 C goat cheese
1 C fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 C fresh spinach, chopped

Place hashbrowns in greased pan, bake in oven at 380 degrees for 30 minutes. Pour 2 Tblsp melted butter over the hashbrowns. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over hashbrowns. Place green onions on top of parmesan cheese, then sundried tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese. Mix eggs, milk or ½ and ½ and spices with whisk, add seasoning, basil and spinach.

You may refrigerate overnight (cover quiche dish and egg mixture separately) and pour egg mixture into quiche dish in the morning and bake at 375 degrees for approximately one hour or until eggs are set. You may bake immediately after mixing as well.

Enjoy!

Written & photographed by Carrie, Innkeeper

low-fat yogurt with homemade granola and berries

English Baked Egg

Frittata

A Fall Bike Ride to Casa Rondena Winery

Make no mistake about it; our ultimate goal here at the Mauger Estate is to provide the utmost relaxation. If you’re lying in your room all day watching the History Channel then we’ve done our job. However, we also love the city that we live in, and we love sharing everything that she offers … a lot of it lining the streets surrounding us. So, if you choose one of our cozy beds and the History Channel we will not judge. If you choose to get outside, allow us to share one of our packages, and true gems of Albuquerque with you … our Wine Country Package enjoyed at Casa Rondena Winery.

Right before Thanksgiving I took a bike ride out to Casa Rondena (stopping at some breweries on the way, but that’s a later blog) with some friends. Simply put, and unjustly stated, this ride took me out of Albuquerque while reminding me of how magical she is all at once. Trees draped in Autumn, hot air balloons ascending, fields of wild geese, farm houses of past decades … I know what you’re thinking, and yes I speak of Albuquerque, New Mexico (Los Ranchos de Albuquerque to be exact.)

At 4:35 p.m. we made that turn into Casa Rondena. Right as the sun filled her vineyards and kissed her faces. (Warning! Please remember that you are in the middle of the road and need to pull off to the side before taking pictures.) I have yet to visit Casa Rondena in the warm months, and I imagine the beauty of robust vines, but the golden fields of vineyard leaf-fall warmed me to the core in that crisp Autumn air.

Owner and award winning vintner John Calvin resided in Spain for some time, and lucky for us he brought part of her back with him! The Spanish architecture permeates inside, welcoming you into a tasting room haloed by wood beams and walls shelved with wine bottles. Being that two of the four of us had never visited Casa Rondena, we were offered the wine tasting, and being that we rode 20 miles and still had a slight chill in our bones we kindly declined and went straight for full glasses.

We continued to brave the crisp air and headed out to the patio; me with my glass of Meritage and the other three with their glasses of 1629 (both highly awarded wines.) No disappointment here as we watched the Sun go down over the pond, closing out the day.

Casa Rondena Winery was just awarded 2014 Best Of Albuquerque’s Best Local Winery, Best Vintner (for the 4th year), and The Best Local Secret for it’s 1629 Club. And Albuquerque is ranked one of the Top 50 U.S. Cities to bike in. Regardless of how you choose to get there though, Casa Rondena Winery is worth the visit!

Our Wine Country Package is an additional $39 per couple and includes a picnic basket loaded with fruit, cheese, and other snacks, an Albuquerque wine country map and info pack, and wine tasting at Casa Rondena Winery. If you choose to bike and/or use public transportation please let us know and we can help you with routes and bike rentals. http://www.maugerbb.com/packages.cfm

Written and photographed by Carrie, Innkeeper
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Spooky Fun Fall at the Mauger

Fall is spectacular in ABQ, and we want you to see it for yourself!

Mention this blog post when making a reservation and receive a 15% discount.
pumpkin pecan scones

Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Albuquerque this fabulous fall:

1. 5th Annual New Mexico Brewfest

http://www.nmbrewfest.com/

2. McCall’s Pumpkin Patch

http://www.mccallpumpkinpatch.com/

3. Fractal Maze in the Maize

http://riograndefarm.org/events/maize-maze/

4. ABQ Trolley’s Trolley of Terror

http://www.abqtrolley.com/

5. Explora Spooky Science Parents’ Night Out

http://www.explora.us/en/events/parents-night-out

6. Oktoberfiesto

http://www.oktoberfiesto.com/

7. Haunted Scarecrow non profit haunted house

http://hauntedscarecrow.wix.com/scream-house-web-site-2011

8. Dragon’s House of Horror

http://www.dragonshouseofhorror.com/

9. Realm of Darkness

http://www.realmofdarknessnm.com/

10. Haunted Attraction NM Slaughter House

http://www.nmslaughterhouse.com/

Mauger Estate Jumps on the Breaking Bad Wagon

Breaking Bad
We must admit, we are downtown ABQ, and many scenes were filmed for Breaking Bad at nearby locations. You may wonder why a B&B would want to be associated with such a dark plotted television series. Well, after having many guests, from all over the world who have visited ABQ for the specific purpose of seeing where Walter White and Jesse Pinkman called home, we have decided to jump on the Breaking Bad Wagon. After all, if the Pinkmans can call downtown ABQ home, you should too, while you stay at the Mauger!

The ABQ Trolley hosts a Breaking Bad tour most Saturdays and some other special dates as well. This is one of Albuquerque’s finest tourist attractions! The open air trolley takes Breaking Bad fans on a 3.5 hour tour. $25 per person. If you are not able to do a Breaking Bad Tour, their regular city tour is a hoot! http://www.abqtrolley.com/month

Breaking Bad RV Tours, takes you on an RV like the one on the show, less the meth cooking. Leaves from Old Town Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. $65 per person. http://www.breakingbadrvtours.com/

Lonely Planet’s Do-It-Yourself Breaking Bad Tour is a self guided tour that identifies the filming locations for you and gives you maps to find the sites yourselves, at your own pace. You can stop and eat a green child dog at the Dog House, or sit for hours in front of Walter and Skyler’s house, or try to find Jesse at Java Joe’s while sipping a java treat. Whatever you please as you take it at ease. FREE http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/a-do-it-yourself-breaking-bad-tour-of-albuquerque

Get some exercise as you bike your way on the Routes Biking Bad Tour. Several different tours are offered depending on who your favorite character is on the show. Twice a month on Saturdays, $50 per person, $45 with your own bike. http://routesrentals.com/blogroll/tours/specialty-bike-tours-abq/biking-bad-tour/

Mention this blog to receive a 10% discount for your reservation at the Mauger(not valid during special events, holidays, and must be mentioned at time of reservation.)

Now, get out and enjoy the city’s meth free tours!

Shakespeare on the Plaza!

When
Jun 26, 2014
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM
Where
Civic Plaza
400 Marquette Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-768-3556
Description
The City of Albuquerque and The Vortex Theater are proud to present a joint venture that brings two of William Shakespeare’s classics to life in outdoor productions at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza this summer. Starting June 19 and running for four weeks, The Vortex TheatreLeaving www.cabq.gov, click for disclaimer will present multiple showings of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a forest becomes the stage for four young lovers, a group of comic working men, and magical creatures that sow confusion on all hands. Both of these love stories will be staged with special relevance to Albuquerque and New Mexico.

See the full schedule: http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/things-to-do/annual-events/shakespeare-on-the-plaza

May the season begin at the Mauger!

We are gearing up for summer at the Mauger Estate B&B.  There are so many fun things to do during the summer in Albuquerque, and we are lucky to be in the heart of it all! The magnificent month of May kicks off the season with these exciting events:

May 17-18, 2014
9am-8:30pm
and don’t miss the Albuquerque Wine Festival
May 24-26, 2014
12-6pm
The summer begins June 21, but ABQ cues it up with the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience at Nob Hill June 1.  It’s a tough act to follow, but here goes:

The Yards Craft Beer Premier June 21

If you’re in the mood for a party, check out the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for their patio entertainment!

For the freshest beet in town, visit the Downtown Growers Market, just around the corner from the Mauger.

The Mauger is offering you the best deal of the summer with 15% off two or more nights or 10% off one night if you mention this blog post.  Must be booked directly on our website or by calling 505.242.8755, no other discounts may be applied.

You’ll Never Buy a Coffee Cake Again!

This recipe for coffee cake is sure to make you a rock star in the office, or at home.  Spice it up, and get your creative juices flowing by adding your favorite fruit, nuts or both!

Mauger Estate B&B Coffee Cake

½ C melted butter

½ C granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

½ C milk

2 C all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½  tsp salt

1 C sour cream

1 C fruit (berries, diced pear, diced peaches, etc.)

Lemon zest to taste and compliment, for example, with blueberries or pears, lemon zest is a nice complimentary flavor.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in milk, vanilla, then eggs, beating until smooth.  Mix flour, soda, baking powder and salt.  Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, mixing just to blend after each addition.  Fold in fruit.  Bake in greased 6 – 8 cup Bundt pan at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes and turn out onto plate. Melt 3 tablespoons butter and pour over top, sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut, serve and enjoy the praise!

Coffee Cake

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