Thursday, February 10, 2011

Music in Corrales, Corrales New Mexico, Petar Jankovic

A hidden treasure in Corrales, New Mexico is our Music in Corrales series. From September through April, the concerts are held in the Old San Ysidro Church- another Corrales "treasure"- usually on Saturday evening at 7:30. We have heard from various performers how much they enjoy playing in the intimate venue of the Old Church with the wonderful acoustics.

On Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 Petar Jankovic will fill the Old Church with the sweet sounds of classical guitar. Petar is a native of Serbia, and will be performing his interpretations of Spanish and Latin-American composers. Described as "an artist who masterfully translates music into emotion," audiences find themselves moved by the connection they feel to this musician. Beginning his studies at age eight, Petar has garnered numerous prestigious awards at major competitions around the world. In the intimate setting of the Old Church you will undoubtedly have an unforgettable evening with an artist having "a character to his playing that is reminiscent of artists like Segovia or Bream."

This performance includes composers Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, and Piazzolla. Classical Spanish guitar at its finest is played with verve and clarity. Jankovic’s 25-year concert career touches his audience through sensitivity and passion, sharing the composer’s goal of reaching the listener’s soul. His commanding stage presence is equal parts energetic talent, skill, intelligence and personal charisma.

Tickets are available at Frame-n-Art, 10200 Corrales Rd NW, Albuquerque ( You may call 505.898.0660 for store hours.) Cash, Check or Credit Card (Visa,MasterCard) are accepted for payment. While tickets may be available at the door, it is best to purchase tickets in advance to ensure getting a ticket. For additional information regarding the concert series, call 1.877.287.0082.

Enjoy the weekend in Corrales. After you purchase your concert tickets, contact the Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast at 505-898-1800 for reservations and then make dinner reservations at one of our fine restaurants - Oasis, Casa Vieja, Indigo Crow, Corrales Bistro Brewery or Village Pizza.

Monday, January 31, 2011

New Mexico Day Trip, Corrales New Mexico, Sunset Magazine

Old Church in Corrales
Hi- it's me- Romeo the resident roadrunner at the Corrales New Mexico Bed and Breakfast, the Chocolate Turtle. Did you see the great article in the January 2011 issue of Sunset Magazine- New Mexico day trip Corrales? We were excited to see the two page article on Corrales that starts on page 19- close to the front of this nationally distributed magazine .

It starts off "A new crop of restaurants, galleries, and boutiques has energized this once-sleepy farming village..." A great picture of Milagro Vineyards with a description of their Corrales White "a crisp blend that springs you from a Chard or Sauv Blanc..." introduces readers to one of the hidden treasures in our Village. We currently have three wineries in Corrales.

“A consignment shop with heart” describes Et Cetera .“Meet the local talent” introduces the newest co-op gallery on Corrales Road -Galeria de Corrales, while “Score offbeat finds” talks about Prized Possessions, a great antique shop that features earrings made from antique buttons by the owner (Nancy, one of the owners of my B&B has a pair of these earrings and every time she wears them she receives a compliment.)

“A farm-to-table meal”  described Casa Vieja restaurant which uses products from local farmers and produce grown in their kitchen garden. Other Corrales places of note, including Hanselmann Pottery which is open 24/7 , the Winter Growers Market and Hannah & Nate’s Market Cafe were also included. (In future posts I’ll tell you more about each of these businesses.)

Oh- I almost forgot- “Make it a weekend” featuring the Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast was included in the article. The writer Jennie Nunn described our southwestern charm, complimentary Wi-Fi, and yummy breakfasts !! Yes- we were excited to be included. When you plan a trip to Corrales, which is adjacent to Albuquerque, book your reservation on our website http://www.chocolateturtlebb.com/  Hope to see you soon!! Romeo

Friday, January 21, 2011

Corrales, NM Chocolate Turtle Honored with Top 10 Bed and Breakfast Award!

CHOCOLATE TURTLE HONORED AS BEST IN THE 2011 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Corrales, NM, USA- January 20, 2011 - Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast was chosen as a Best Top 10 B&Bs and Inns in the United States Hotel by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in its ninth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers.

Unlike any other hotel awards programs in the world, TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the web.

“With the help of millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels for the ninth year of the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “From the best bargain hotels to best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

For reviews on the Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast , go to TripAdvisor.

Dallas and Nancy are honored to have been chosen by their guests as a Top Ten Bed and Breakfast!



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More about Staying at a B&B

Spring is trying hard to come to the Chocolate Turtle B&B www.chocolateturtlebb.com Hi- it's me Romeo, the resident Road Runner at the Turtle. I'm back to tell you more about Bed and Breakfasts.

The big apricot tree out back bloomed about a week ago and as usual it got cold the next day- it even snowed a little- so we will probably not see any apricots again this year. The apple and cherry trees are blooming this week and the daffodils are everywhere!! Daffodils do well here because the bunnies don't like them.

Nancy has planted pansies and the bunnies have already nibbled on some of them even though she has them in pots that are sitting on stools. Those little guys sure are persistent. Many of the perennials that do well in the high desert are coming to life- the catmint, penstamons, salvias and even the chocolate flowers have little green leaves filling in the base of the plant. This is such a neat time of year in Corrales as the cottonwoods , salt cedar and russian olives begin budding out. Did I tell you- the Turtle is going to be on a Corrales Garden Tour on June 6? I'll tell you more about it and the gardens in another note.

Last time I wrote, I said I'd tell you more about our rooms. In additon to the colorful walls, there's a variety of local art in all the bedrooms. The Sandia Room features the colorful paintings of the Vargas family - Lawrence is the dad and Lawrence, Jr. and David are his sons. Nancy and Dallas met them when the boys were small- David was about 7 and just fell in love with their work. They use bright colors and depict traditional New Mexico scenes.

The Bunny room and the Quail room have a painting by Edward Gonzales who has a gallery in Corrales . Quilted wall hangings by Cathy Gormley (who had owned Quilts Ole in the Village) are in the Sandia and Road Runner rooms. You will see lots of pictures by Carolyn Langford , an artist from Santa Teresa, NM, throughout the Turtle. Nancy bought one of Carolyn's paintings the first summer she was in New Mexico and has quite a collection now.

The four bedrooms have comfortable seating for reading and several have desks. Comfy robes are in the closets. A CD player with CDs are there for your enjoyment as well. A little stuffed critter - including a road runner, quail, bunny and desert turtle - lives in each room and will welcome you .

Locally made bath products including shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel are in the bathrooms. They have a lovely cedar scent and many guests like to purchase them for friends. Color is found in all the rooms including our bed linens and bath towels.

I think this should give you a good idea about what you can expect to find in each room. Upon arrival you will be given two keys- one is for the front door and the other is to your room. So of course, you are free to come and go as you wish. (This is a question our first time B&B'ers have asked.) Our guests frequently tell us how comfortable they feel at the Turtle- they feel right at home! Hope my descriptions will help you better understand what it's like at a B&B!!

It's so pretty outside, I want to go play with my friends!! Will tell you more about the outdoors later. Romeo

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What's It like at a B&B?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to stay at a B&B? Well, I can't tell you about all B&B's, but let me tell you a little bit about the Chocolate Turtle B&B which is located in the historic farming Village of Corrales New Mexico. In case you want to see what a B&B looks like, click onto http://www.chocolateturtlebb.com/ and there's even a video at this site that will take you on a personal tour of the "Turtle".



Nancy and Dallas (the owners) invite guests to stay in one of their 4 rooms - one room has two twin beds, two rooms have a queen bed, and another has a king and a single Taos bed- and all of the rooms have their own private bathrooms. Each room is different and colorful-you really feel like you are in the southwest. One room has a New Mexico screen door for the headboard ,another has a blue bannister from Mexico as the headboard, and the king room even has a private patio. Fresh flowers and chocolate turtle candies are in all the rooms. (One of the rooms is even named after me- Roadrunner!)



When guests arrive at the Turtle, Nancy or Dallas will greet them- even if they arrive late because their plane was delayed- and take them on a short tour. Frequently when the guests enter the foyer and see the beautiful turquoise fireplace, they say wow ! Next in the breakfast room, there's complimentary coffee, tea, sodas and water plus snacks available 24/7- yumm!! (You don't get this at hotels!) Nancy usually gives a little "lecture" on drinking water. Because we are at 5000 feet- high desert- it's important to stay hydrated. While state law prohibits us from serving alcohol, we provide wine glasses and an opener if our guests want to bring in their favorite beverage.



I mentioned the Breakfast Room. While we have to serve breakfast there in cold weather, we prefer to serve it outside on the portal (that's New Mexican for porch) in warm weather.My friends - the quail and bunnies - and I often provide entertainment during breakfast as we chase each other around the yard. sometimes I come up on the porch to welcome the guests and to get a piece of hamburger. (I'm going to tell you more about their great breakfasts another time.)



In case guests bring laptops, we have free wireless and for those who left their computers at home (because they are on vacation), there is a computer in the great room just in case they want to check e-mails or print their boarding passes. We have a TV in the great room, but most of the time the guests prefer to sit on the portal or patio and watch me and my friends and the ever changing Sandia Mountains. Wow- what a view is what the guests usually say the first time they see the mountain. It is quite impressive and is looks differeent every time I look at it. At sunset it turns a watermellon color (hence the name) for a brief period.

I hear my friends calling- gotta run!! I'll tell you about the rooms the next time.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Romeo's First Blog

Greetings- I am Romeo, the resident Road Runner at the Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast located in the historic farming Village of Corrales, New Mexico. Lots of people ask- where is Corrales? It is adjacent to the northwest corner of Albuquerque- nestled on the Rio Grande- conviently located about 25 minutes from the airport and about 20 minutes from Old Town.

Corrales is a pretty cool place to live and visit- along the bosque are lots of big Cottonwood trees, there are walking paths along the asequia, wonderful local restaurants, charming galleries and shops and several wineries. 2000 horses live in Corrales. Everyone says they feel like they are "so far away" from the hustle of urban living, yet we are just minutes from so many amenities.

My friends at the Chocolate Turtle include other Road Runners, Quail (lots will be here in the spring) and Bunnies. Oops- I forgot to mention- Dallas and Nancy- the owners of the B&B. They are my best friends for I have them trained to feed me when I hop up on the porch. (Sometimes I have to peck on the door to let them know I'm hungry.)

During the coming weeks, I'm going to tell you more about the Village, my home and my friends.

To learn more about my great home, the Turtle, go to our website at www.chocolateturtlebb.com