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Hacienda Summer- Fall - Winter 07-08
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2007 Events
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During many events there is usually room for non-package guests!

August 9th –12th  Summer Club Piloto Film Festival
(Three nights and Four Days of R & R, Movies, Etc.)
Please see pilot’s page for details on this and other pilot activities.


September 1st, 6:00 p.m.
The Alamos Museum is hosting a Photography Show for
Hacienda owner Nancy Swickard

The show is entited “Ageless Beauty” Exposiciòn Fotogràfica "Lo bello de la edad" por Nancy Swickard
Sàbado 1ro. de Septiembre/2007
a las 18:00 horas
Salòn de Exposiciones
More information later about the Festivities.
October 19th  & 20th
Hacienda closed for a private Wedding
(Lunch is available both days, by reservation, at the new Cacharamba Grill)
October 15th, 2007

Meet Mark Milligan
Dinner 6:30 p.m. & Concert 8:00 p.m.

Listen to a Mark Mulligan song and let your mind wander to a land of white sand beaches, blue water, and golden sun. Mark combines the influences of artists like Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor and Jim Croce and adds his own unique touch for a “tropical folk” sound.

Mark was born in Phoenix, living and performing much of his life throughout the state of Arizona. In 1992, he released his debut album, “The Things I Love”. In 1993, Mark moved to Mexico, where he met his wife Adela.  They married in 1999 and have two beautiful sons, Marcos and Luis.  Mark performs not only up and down the Sea of Cortez, but also in the United States, everywhere from Washington, California and Arizona to Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Florida.

Mark resides in beautiful San Carlos, Sonora Mexico, where he performs during tourist season in resorts, beachfront bars, and local events such as ”Mulligan's Island Fest”, a big tropical music festival he hosts annually. His CDs;  “Mexico”, “Son of the Sunshine”, “Going Coastal”, “First World Refugee”, "Life In A Beach Town", "Journey Around the Sun", and his brand new album, "A Bar Down In Mexico" reflect on many of his experiences during his years of living on the Sea of Cortez.

Jamie and Ramon says a couple of hours with Mark are better than the Beach!
October 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th
(Four nights, Five Days)
Digital Photo Workshop
by Bevin Bering

Bevin began photographing at a very early age, won a scholarship from the Association of Texas Photography Instructors for her high school portfolio and went on to study photography and the history of photography at Emory University.  She has studied photography all over the world, including Other Americas Photo Workshops in Mexico, the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, ME, the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, and the Glassel School of Art in Houston, Texas.  She has studied under such notables as Sally Gall, Dan Borris, Nancy Marshall and Geoff Winningham. Collectors of her work include, Bracewell Guilliani, Wachovia and many other private collectors. Bevin believes that that digital photography has endless possibilities and is only limited by the imagination.

“Falling in Love with Your Digital Camera”
Hacienda de los Santos is proud and pleased to announce a comprehensive week-long course that will take you from the first step in image-making—capturing a photograph--through to the final step of storing and preserving your photographs.  The instructor will also introduce several valuable tools to assist in your processing and workflow.
Each day will begin with an optional morning shoot, followed by presentation.  Bevin Bering, a Houston-based photographer and curator of the Bering and James gallery, will offer presentations such as the differences between digital and analogue photography, photo composition, and printing materials.  We will also have time for hands-on, interactive classes that will cover topics such as getting your images into the digital environment, image adjustment, and any specific concerns you may have about your camera or pictures.  At the end of the morning sessions Bevin will send you off with the charge to relax and explore Alamos, and also to take pictures for us to work with the next day.

This course is ideal for someone who loves to photograph, but still has questions and concerns about digital imaging.  While we will cover a lot of information, the course is about having fun and walking away with some knowledge and confidence that will help you explore the world photographically.

What To Bring:

A digital camera!  Either Point and Shoot or Single Lens Reflex Memory Cards:  The more memory the better!  Preferably 2 (two) 1GB cards, or more Batteries and charger for your camera Tripod if you are interested in interior or night photography Laptop Photoshop CS2, recommended Blank CDs or DVDs if your laptop can burn them, or a USB drive.  We will use these to store your photographs
A card reader or cable to connect your camera to your computer A notebook Camera Manuals Itinerary:
Sunday, October 21, 2007
7:00 pm—Welcome reception and introductions.  Bevin will give an overview of the course, present an introduction to digital photography and talk about the next day’s assignment. All assignments are optional.  Bevin will also be available for any questions.

Monday October 22, 2007
Morning Photo Assignment:  “Views of the Hacienda”.  Hacienda de los Santos is filled with spectacular views, passages and sights.  Take advantage of the morning light and the beautiful chain of haciendas.

Morning Presentation: “Getting Your Images into the Digital Realm”.  Bevin will show you how to get your images from your memory card to your computer, and then safely store your photographs.  We will also talk about image size and resolution.

Lunch, Siesta, Spa and Explore.  And don’t forget to bring your camera!

7:00 p.m. Presentation: “The Decisive Moment”. View images by legendary photographers and listen to how their views on photography changed how we shoot and capture our images.

Tuesday October 23, 2007
Morning Photo Assignment: “Outside the Hacienda Walls”.  Go out and explore the cobbled streets of Alamos.  The town-square and the look-out are both great places to start, and you’ll probably find that the journey offers most of your material.
Morning Presentation: “Getting the Right Exposure—Looking at Light and White Balance”.

Lunch, Siesta, Spa, Explore, and don’t forget to bring your camera!

7:00 pm Presentation: “Looking at Composition”.  Have you ever wandered why some photographs are just more appealing than others?  Learn some of the guidelines to composition to consider while you photograph.

Wednesday October 24, 2007
Morning Photo Assignment:  "Looking at portraiture and light.  Learn how to light
a scene for headshots, your children, friends, old-hollywood profiles and other scenarios.
Morning Presentation: “Workflow and Image Adjustment”. How to use tools such as Photoshop to enhance and alter your photographs.
Lunch, Siesta, Spa, Explore, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
7:00 pm Presentation: “Printing Methods: Exploring Papers and Beyond”.

Thursday October 25, 2007
Morning Photo Assignment: “Shooting Abstract Photographs”. Your challenge will be to view your surroundings in an abstract way—whether it is a fountain, flower, rock, person, or architectural detail, try to break the image apart and create an abstract image.

Photo Presentation: “How To Present Your Photographs” Bevin will cover a variety of ways to store and share your photographs, whether you want to create online albums, print for family and friends, or show to a client or gallery.
Lunch, Siesta, Spa, Explore, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
7:00 pm Farewell Reception with laptop slideshows of the week’s work.

For reservations for this exciting workshop, kindly email

The workshop cost is $200 for Hacienda Guests and $250 for Non-Hacienda Guests.
Tucson Home & Garden Magazine’s
Old Mexico History, Style, Food
& Day of the Dead Celebration
Hacienda de Los Santos Resort
Sunday, October 28th- November 1st, 2007
(Thursday-Monday, 4 nights-5 days)

Experience a Culinary Cooking School and the Spanish Colonial Mansions and Courtyards of Alamos, Sonora

Join Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden Editor, Debby Larsen & staff  to discover the  charming Spanish Colonial village of Alamos. You will be privileged to experience Alamos behind the most unique doors. You will create wonderful memories of the Day of the Dead event that you can enjoy for years to come.

Featuring  “Mexican High Cuisine” by Chef Donna Nordin of Tucson’s much touted Terra Cotta Café

For more details and prices please call Sherry Young at Tucson Home & Garden. 520-721-2929 or
October 30th, 31st, November 1st & 2nd
(3 nights & 5 days)
Dr. Forrest Davis

570 S. Little Bear Trail, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone (520) 458-9446 or 1-800-743-2668

“Alamos represents one of the finest examples of old Spanish colonial architecture. The city has gradually been restored over the past fifty years, with considerable assistance from expatriate Americans. In the Alamos area, we encounter pristine tropical deciduous forest for the first time. The Alamos area represents the Northern extent of this habitat that stretches all the way to Costa Rica. The Rio Cuchijaqui provides a rich riparian garden for many of the tropical species.”     Dr. Forrest Davis

We’ll be spending four nights in the Five-star, Hacienda de los Santos, (member, “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”).
November 2nd and 3rd
Hacienda closed for a Private Wedding
November 3, 2007 - March 8, 2008

Hunters take note….

Best “Dove Hunting” in Mexico

The Hacienda is happy to line you up with a professional guide. Guide will provide shotguns, shells, Suburban etc. The guys go hunting while the girls enjoy luxurious spa treatments and shopping. (Actually, we have many gals go hunting, couples are welcome).

Chef Rene Duarte and staff are happy to roast the dove for your group to enjoy.

For more information:
November 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th
Fall Reunion of Club Pilotos de Mexico
(Five Days & Four Nights of Aviation Fun, 1st come on hangar)
November 16th, 17th, & 18th
(3 nights & 4 days)

Mexican Guitar, Wine & Fine Food Festival

Guadalupe Valley Wine Tasting & Classes
with fine Baja California wineries participating

This is sure to be one of the most exciting events ever to be held at the Hacienda. Guitarists from many areas of Mexico will delight, impress and charm us with their exceptional talent and devotion to this fine instrument. All types of Guitar Music from Classical to Salsa. Directors Ramon Alcantar & Oscar Mayoral will have more information for us soon, but reserve as soon as possible as this is sure to be a sell-out!


Alan Zeman a Certified Executive Chef and member of the American Academy of Chefs, graduated first in his class at New York’s prestigious Culinary Institute of America after learning the restaurant business from the ground up in his hometown of Chicago. The Chef has been named “Chef of the Year” by the Chef’s Association of Southern Arizona.

You could say that chef Zeman enjoys showing off his flair for the dramatic. Fuego ( Spanish for “fire”), was named for one of his signature dishes, a flaming concoction of Jumbo Scallop, Shrimp, Chorizo, Onions, Peppers & Garlic brought to the table on a sizzler and set ablaze with tequila, and served with warm tortillas.

“I like to bring the kitchen aromas and action right into the dining room” says Zeman. “That, makes the dining experience more entertaining.”

Zemans bold and innovative style emerges from his conviction that eating out should be fun, not pretentious. The Chef’s classes are fun as well as very informative and everything he makes is “delicious.”

The Chef will be teaching each morning from 10:00 a.m. till noon at which time the students will enjoy what he has made in class and a wine tasting with one of our excellent wine experts.
November 22nd, 23rd & 24th (10-noon daily with lunch)
Hacienda Thai Cooking School

Thai Cooking to Delight Your Palette by Deirdre Pain of “Malee’s Thai Bistro” Scottsdale, Arizona

We felt this would be a very non-traditional & delicious  way to spend Thanksgiving Morning.

Class will also be held on Friday and Saturday mornings and space must be reserved.
Each class (not hands on, but a demonstration, with recipes included) is from 10:00 a.m.-Noonish and is held in the old Hacienda Cocina.

Class is followed by a luncheon, on the Portal
or the Hacienda Comedor, of the scrumptious food made in class that day. Cost per person is $40 per class and includes lunch. Guests who wish to reserve for the luncheon only must reserve 24 hours in advance and the cost is $25 and includes a glass of wine.

(We are excited to present this Asian Venue in Mexico. This shows how the same ingredients, that we use in Mexican cuisine, are similar to several world cultures.)
Hacienda Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 22nd
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

The Hacienda Thanksgiving Celebration is nearly as much fun as going to Grandma’s, maybe more……much more!!! Please be a part of the Hacienda family for this year's Thanksgiving Celebration.


Appetizer of Mesquite Grilled Skewer of Tequila Marinated Shrimp with a glass of Chandon Champagne or a Sparkling Beverage Freshly Baked Bollios (from the mesquite oven) & Butter Hearts of Romaine Salad with Pears, Toasted Nuts & Hacienda Vinaigrette Fresh Pineapple Sorbet Citrus Glazed & Roasted Turkey with Traditional Gravy Fresh Roasted Green Chile & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Jalapeno Corn Bread Stuffing, with Sausage, Sauteed Onions Nuts & Apples Compote of Cranberries Tequila & Brown Sugar Laced Yams in Orange Cups French Green Beans with Red Bell Peppers & Almonds
Coffee or Tea
Freshly Baked Pumpkin & Pecan Pies
...a traditional sweet touch to end year's most anticipated meal

You may choose to sit at the Community Table or reserve a table
for Private Dining or with a Special Group. Reservations are essential.

$40.00 US + tax & gratuity
Children are always welcome for Holiday meals.
November 23rd

Fabulous Fiesta & Ballet Folklorico

One of the most favorite of Hacienda evenings. The Colors of  Mexico abound and are heightened by Los Hacendos playing and singing the songs of their “Abuelos”.

The 50 foot mesquite grill area will be smokin’ with great Grilled Steak, Chicken Breast & Green Onions along with four Salads, Pork Tamales, Mexican Rice, Tortillas, Frijoles and
Spun Sugar Topped Flan. Coffee, Jicama & Iced Tea.

Cost for Performance and Fiesta Buffet $35 including tax
(Note, this is one of the finest Ballet Folkloric groups in the Republic)

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Part Two

November 24th
Comadre Party at the Hacienda  Ranch
More Details Later
November 28th, 29th, 30th & December 1st

Hacienda Silver Show and Ball

Featuring Emilia Castillo “I follow my hands. They are the best companions in my work. They allow me to express things I can’t put into words.”

Award-winning designer Emilia Castillo is heir to the silversmith legacy begun by her father, Antonio Castillo. Antonio trained under renowned silversmith William Spratling and, with Emilia's uncles, founded the famed “Los Castillo” workshop that contributed to the development of Taxco jewelry in the 40's and 50's.

This Package includes:

Air Transportation from Phoenix or Tucson Transportation to the Hacienda from the Alamos Airport & return Fresh Fruit & Flowers in your room upon arrival Hacienda Guestroom for 4 Nights (may be upgraded to Estate or Master Suite for extra charge.) Nightly turndown with a romantic fire (if requested) Complete Breakfast Buffet each morning Complimentary use of the Gym, Putting Greens & Archery Facilities Three, two-hour classes by Chef Jeff Shepley in the Hacienda Cocina with Lunch & a Wine Class on the flower filled Portal or if chilly in the original Comedor Cocktail Party with the owners on the Cacharamba Terrace With private Dinner to follow at the Sugar Mill Nightly live Music by Los Hacendados A tour of a neighboring silver village in a Swiss Military six wheel drive vehicle Paella Party with Salsa Dancing Complimentary Films in the Hacienda Theater (more than 700 great selections) Opportunity to purchase fabulous silver directly from a prominent Taxco silversmith, featuring the “best of the best!”, a good time for holiday shopping!

The Gala Dinner & Silver Ball

(enjoy the sounds of a great live band for dancing and fun, black tie optional)

All travel (charter air from Arizona & ground transportation), room, meals, taxes and gratuities included (alcoholic beverages & spa excluded).  Cost is $2,400 per person with charter air, based on double occupancy.  Without charter air the per person price is $1,200, based on double occupancy.
Hacienda Art Show
Featuring The Work of Daan Hoekstra
December 23rd-January 3rd

Alamos artist Daan Hoekstra began his studies in 1980 at the University of Dallas. He later studied with Taos artist Ray Vinella, traditional realist Richard Lack, and buon fresco artist Mark Balma. Daan came to Alamos 7 years ago to work on mural commissions in a hacienda. Attracted by the tranquil setting and the friendly people, he decided to stay in Alamos. He has painted several murals in the area, including murals for the altar of the Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon in nearby Navojoa. Through workshops and his small studio-school in Navojoa, has become known around Sonora as a teacher.

Daan’s current work attempts to capture the spirit of the Alamos landscape, as well as the dignity and values of its inhabitants.

More information about Hoekstra, and more images of his work can be found at

More details to follow on this exciting show of sale of Daan’s work.
Hacienda Christmas

We don’t dream of a White Christmas at the Hacienda, we dream of a Spiritual, Relaxing, Warm Days, Cool Nights and Fun Filled Celebration. We dream of options…..sleeping late, reading a book by one of the four pools, being waited upon at your beckon call, dancing or listening to live salsa or romantic music, enjoying fine food, walking hand in hand over the cobble stoned streets in the village, no pressure, being embraced by another culture, meeting other Hacienda guests, having a great massage, sitting in front of a fireplace, great conversations, riding a horse, going with Jim into the outback in 6X6 Pinzgauer (google this one), but most of all taking time to love and be loved at your own pace.

That is a “Hacienda de los Santos” Christmas.

This season we will be doing two Holiday packages, which include a private charter from either Phoenix or Tucson in a 9 seat Grand Caravan private aircraft directly to the Alamos airport. Passports are required for flight.

The “Christmas Experience” will have an arrival on December 23rd with a departure on December 27th.

Just imagine a candle lit procession, with soft guitar music, as Joseph leads a very pregnant and tired Mary through a barrio close to the Hacienda. The evening is crisp and they are refused entry at each stop. We follow along and feel their pain and disappointment.  Then the huge 18th century two ton Hacienda doors open and they are lead to an authentic manager created by the Hacienda family. Many tears are shed on this journey as we finally “get it.” The baby is born and the Celebration begins. Alamos is not about gifts…it’s about feeling. And the feelings are shared by all, guests, locals and staff. It is in the air everywhere and you will know why you spent this Christmas at the Hacienda. Let this “experience” be your gift.

The Hacienda Christmas Experience

Air Transportation from Phoenix or Tucson Transportation to the Hacienda from the Alamos Airport Fresh Fruit & Flowers in your room upon arrival Hacienda Guestroom for 4 Nights (may be upgraded to Estate or Master Suite for extra charge.) Nightly turndown with Fireplace lit and Mesquite logs burning if desired Breakfast Buffet each morning Complimentary use of the Gym 3 classes by a professional chef in the Hacienda Cocina with Lunch after the class on the Portal or Comedor Cocktail Party with the owners on the Rooftop Terrace Nightly live Music by Los Hacendados A tour of the village in a 6 wheel drive open air vehicle Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinners (5 Course) Hacienda Christmas Gift Paella Party with Salsa Dancing Complimentary Films, of your choice from the library in the Hacienda Theater on plush leather couches

All taxes and gratuities….$2,780 per person with double occupancy

Price without charter airfare……$1,700
The Hacienda New Year Experience

December 30th, 31st, 1st with a departure on the 2nd

On this “experience” you will have the time to rest up from the hectic Holidays at home and be pampered till you feel whole again. This is a time for you to rejuvenate and let your cares slip away as you experience the caring of the Hacienda family. Your wish is their desire. Have your breakfast in bed, dine by your fireplace or mingle with the other guests. You will need this rest to be ready for the Big Night.

All stops are out for the Gala New Years Eve Party (Black Tie Optional). You will ease into the evening with a 5 Course Delicious Dinner with Wine. You may hear the band quietly tuning up during your candle lit dinner.

At 9:00 p.m. be ready to party and play. The evening will pass quickly. You will find dancing to this group irresistible. They are full of surprises and fun.

Get your Sweetie nearby as Mid-night approaches. The Champagne will flow and we will Toast new friends and old.

The dancing will get a bit more Romantic and at 1:00 a.m. Miniature Sandwiches will be served.

Don’t miss a moment of this special night of nights!

Party Favors as well as a Special Hacienda Gift

Experience includes:

Air Transportation from Phoenix or Tucson by Private Grand Caravan Transportation to the Hacienda from the Alamos Airport Fresh Fruit & Flowers in your room or suite upon arrival Hacienda Guestroom for 3 Nights (may be upgraded to Estate or Master Suite for extra charge.) Nightly turndown with Fireplace lit and Mesquite logs burning if desired Breakfast Buffet each morning Complimentary use of the Gym 3 classes by a Professional Chef in the Hacienda Cocina with Lunch and a glass of wine after the class on the Portal or Comedor Cocktail Party with the owners on the Rooftop Terrace Nightly live Music by Los Hacendados A tour of the village in a 6 wheel drive open air vehicle The New Year’s Eve Gala Optional afternoon game of Texas Hold’um on the 31st Paella Party with Salsa Dancing on January 1st Complimentary Films, of your choice from the library in the Hacienda Theater on plush leather couches All taxes and gratuities…$2,100 all inclusive

Non-Charter Guests…$1,300 all inclusive

There is a three night minimum stay for the New Year’s Holiday.
January 3rd, 4th, & 5th 10:00 A.M.-Noon

Hacienda Cooking Demonstration

by Chef Rafael (Paco) Martinez of At the Gaslamp in San Diego

Paco and his partner Santiago Woolfolk  will be teaching in the Hacienda Cocina for 3 morning’s.

Those who attend their classes go home “ready” to entertain their guests with 3 really great menus that they will enjoy preparing.

Classes include lunch & a glass of wine or limonada. Limited to 14 Students

Cost per class & lots of fun $40
January 10th,11th,12th & 13th, departure on the 14th

Bob Rink Digital Photography

Hacienda de los Santos is very proud to present this icon among photographers. Add to your Hacienda visit by taking home skills that you will use the rest of your life. Plan to do a photography journal on yourself, family and travels for generations to come.

Bob Rink, having recently retired after serving as the city of Phoenix's photographer for the past 25 years, is freelancing, generally assisting local governments, organizations and non-profits with their photography needs. His photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Arizona Highways, Arizona Republic, Boston Globe, Mesa Tribune, New Times, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, USA Today, and Washington Post. His work has currently been appearing in the Phoenix Business Journal.

During his tenure as city photographer, he has photographed everything from asphalt to zoos, and included anything from mayors to manholes with a few presidents, first ladies, governors and senators thrown into the mix.

Rink is an associate photographer with Through Each Others Eyes ( Since 1988, he has completed exchanges with Himeji, Japan; Havana, Cuba; and Hermosillo, Mexico and is currently working towards one with Baguio, Philippines in early 2008.

He has photographed extensively in the Grand Canyon and the Southwest during backpack and rafting trips, as well as trips to Europe, China, and the Philippines.

His sister and he have developed the annual Alamos international photo festival with the Sonoran Cultural Institute in northwestern Mexico, which travels throughout the state of Sonora.

Create better digital pictures with simple lighting techniques, improved composition and become more familiar with Photoshop CS2.

Workshop Cost for Hacienda Guests is $300
Non-Guests is $350
Please reserve:
January 18th-26th
Alamos Music Festival 2 Tours

Want to do 2 flights here: This is last year’s package.
Reserve Early for 2007 Music Festival----January 19th-27th

Enjoy the traditional “XXIII Festival Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado” when Alamos opens it doors to entertainment, music, art and design . From Singing in the Streets to Daily Art Walks, this is one of the most magical times to experience all of the sights and sounds of a truly historic Mexican village.

Three Nights/Four Days Guestroom Accommodations
Full Breakfast Each Day
Early or Late Dinner for two each evening
Two Spa Treatments
Tax  and Gratuity
$1,295 per person inclusive – Hacienda King
$1,395 per couple inclusive – Estate Suites
$1,595 per couple inclusive – Master Suites
2008 Alamos Music Festival Experience

Additional Nights:  Just $250 per night inclusive for Hacienda King (add $275 and $300 to Estate and Master Suites respectively)

For reservations, kindly contact us at or call the hotel directly at 647-428-0222 or 0217 (From U.S. add 011-52)
January 13th – 19th
Dr. Forrest Davis

570 S. Little Bear Trail, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone (520) 458-9446 or 1-800-743-2668

Russet-crowned Motmot

Jan. 13-19
Dr Forrest Davis
High Lonesome Bird Tour

High Lonesome BirdTours is committed to providing high quality, personalized trips for birders who seek the benefits of a smaller group experience. Our tours maintain a relaxed pace that is appropriate for any age or level of birding experience. Due to our own extensive traveling experience, we have designed our client based tours to deliver maximum comfort, convenience and opportunity.

JANUARY 12 – 21, 2007
JANUARY 11 – 20, 2008


from Tucson includes nine nights lodging, all meals (gourmet), beverages (including beer & wine),  excursions, guides, taxes & tips.

Easy with a couple of moderately strenuous hikes of up to 2 miles that are optional.


For several years now, our trips to friendly Sonora, Mexico have been in great demand. The colonial town of Alamos has especially charmed our guests. This year, we have decided to offer a trip exclusively to Alamos. We are especially pleased to offer to our guests a singularly unique lodging in Alamos: The Hacienda de los Santos, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Hacienda de Los Santos was built in the late 17th century for a wealthy silver baron. It has been lovingly restored and expanded by the Swickard family: Jim, Nancy and daughter, Jamie. The Swickards live on the premises and manage the The Hacienda. Their warm hospitality makes the Inn that much more attractive, and they typically join guests at the gourmet dinners served in their fine restaurant. Guests will be staying in spacious mini-suites. The bar offers over 500 different Tequilas, perhaps the most extensive collection anywhere. The on-site spa offers a full menu of treatments at a reasonable cost. Four swimming pools are available on grounds to guests. We are confident that your stay at the Hacienda will be an experience you will never forget!

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Part Three

January 16, 2008 ~ 8:00 pm
Hacienda de los Santos Classical Concert

Steven Moeckel, violinist
Paula Fan, pianist

Hacienda 5 course dinner & concert $35.00
Concert only  $12.00

Please reserve: 428-0222

The internationally acclaimed violinist STEVEN MOECKEL has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Europe and America. His extensive command of the solo repertoire includes the Elgar, Tschaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius and Berg concertos as well as the works of Ysaye. As chamber musician, he has appeared at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, performing with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler as well as in other events in the U.S. He also performed as violinist of the Makart Trio Salzburg with Erika Frieser and Dana Micacoi, and as first violinist of the Auraeus quartet in concerts throughout Europe.

The only American award winner at the 2005 Sibelius Competition, Steven Moeckel began his musical career at an early age, first as violinist, then performing from the age of eleven as principal soprano soloist for the renowned Vienna Boys Choir for two years. After leaving the choir, he resumed violin studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, graduating with honors at the age of nineteen. He immediately assumed the position of Co-concertmaster of Germany’s Ulm Philharmonic, where he remained for three seasons. After further study in the United States at Indiana University with the distinguished American violinist Miriam Fried, Steven Moeckel became concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2002. He also leads the chamber group, Ensemble Amabile, and teaches violin at the University of Arizona.

Pianist PAULA FAN has performed as soloist and chamber musician on five continents. As one of the first recipients of the doctorate in the art of Accompanying, she has been in great demand as pianist/coach for numerous internationally recognized artists and has lectured on the subject at educational institutions worldwide. Since the early 1980s, Dr. Fan's interest in her heritage has led her to China, where she joined members of Beijing's Central Philharmonic in the first concert of Western chamber music presented since the Cultural Revolution, and as the first accompanist-coach to be invited by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, organized and accompanied the first evening of art song heard in decades.

With her husband and sonata partner, the late John Denman, Dr. Fan has recorded most of the masterworks of the clarinet repertoire. In addition, she has recorded a number of the solo piano works of Dussek in new editions based on early printed sources, the result of research in libraries in London and Paris. She has broadcast regularly for the BBC, National Public Radio, Radio Television China, Australian radio and other international stations. Currently Dr. Fan is pianist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona School of Music.
Feb 12th - 18th, 2008
We feel very privileged to have an Exhibition and Sale for
Mick Davidson, well known Alamos & Arizona Artist
Circle the date, more information on this event later.

Millard (Mick) Davidson, a registered architect with degrees from Yale University, B.S. Engineering ‘68 and Univ of Oregon, M. of Arch. ‘75, has transistioned into a full time fine arts career. His mediums are oil, watercolor, charcoal and photography. Residing in Tucson, AZ and Alamos, Sonora he is inspired by the abstractness of the southwestern landscapes, the richness of the Mexican and southwestern cultures, and the dignity of the human spirit.

A long time student of Ron Lukas he also has studied with many other teachers who were taught, or greatly inflluenced, by the Russian colorist, Sergei Bongart. Mick’s painting is split equally between plein aire and studio work, the latter usually based on smaller plein aire pieces.”I draw and paint, because it can be fun, and because it is fulfilling to learn more about the world and to clarify my impression of the harmonies in it as best I can. Since we seem to be overexposed to discord and the mundane, I aim for visual poetry, choosing to seek out a unifying harmony in life.” In juried shows in 1995 his oils won first prizes at Seattle Eastside Assn of Fine Arts Annual and North Kitsap Annual, a second prize at the Sequim Arts Annual, and a Best of Show at the Garret Gallery's National Fine Arts Competition in St. Louis.

In 1997 two of his paintings were selected for the national traveling show of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society where one was purchased for the permanent collection of the Ella Carothers Art Museum. His paintings also hang in the Pacific Power and Gas collection in Portland and in private homes throughout the country and Alamos, Sonora. He has been juried into the Empire 100 and the Tucson Mountain Oyster Club shows since 2001 and is a juried artist member of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society. He is represented by Galeria en la Plaza, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, Metamorphosis Gallery, Patagonia, AZ and the Ars Longa Gallery, Folsom, CA.
Feb 13th
Las Comadres Fashion Show

This will be a really fun day at the Hacienda. It is a fund-raiser for the less fortunate of Alamos. Event starts with a silent auction of the most intriguing gifts. A delicious luncheon by Chef Rene Duarte of the Hacienda. Followed by a unique auction of gently used and new designer clothing and accessories by beautiful local models. Lots of laughs and fun. Guests enjoy chilled wine or lemonade throughout the event. More details later, but be sure to reserve ASAP.
Feb 14th

Valentine Ball

Day to celebrate you love at the Hacienda and an evening to dress-up, dine by candle light and dance in the arms of the one you love. Guests have remarked that the Ball was like reliving their high- school Prom, only this time with the one they love.

$150 per couple including tax and gratuity.
March 5-9
Spring Pilot’s Reunion
March 13th, 14th, 15th ,16th
4 Nights / 5 Days
featuring Latino"High" Cuisine

~ Old Mexico History, Style and Food ~
Experience a Magical Journey to a Culinary Cooking School
and the Spanish Colonial Mansions and Courtyards of Alamos, Sonora

Albert Hall began his culinary career over 35 years ago in metropolitan Washington D.C. At age 16 while working in a local seafood restaurant he was fortunate enough to be pointed in the direction of "Haute Cuisine". Wherever he traveled, Albert found himself in the company of European chefs on a crusade to spread the gospel of an emerging cuisine called "Nouvelle". This was the beginning of modern cooking in America as we know it today and is now a viable contender on the world's food scene.Chef Hall apprenticed at the Statler Hilton in Washington D.C. and then moved on to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Albert found himself at the forefront of modern American cuisine and has held chef positions at prestigious institutions such as the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, L'Auberge de Sedona on Oak Creek, The Phoenician Hotel and Resort and Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. In November of 2004, Albert opened Acacia at St. Philips. Albert's standards are unwavering. His commitment and passion towards the most enjoyable dining experience possible will not fail his guests. He is driven to excellence and would put his name on nothing less.

Join Hacienda Owners, Jim and Nancy Swickard, to discover the charming Spanish Colonial village of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.

Jim and Nancy have been responsible for all the Interior and Exterior Detail of the Hacienda and are happy to sit with you and explain how it all came about & are willing to share ideas for you own personal Hacienda.

The four day adventure offers a spectrum of experiences ----- from learning to cook innovative dishes to exploring the arts, architecture, culture and history of Spanish Colonial village. Guests will have morning excursions to Spanish Colonial mansions selected for their awe-inspiring architectural features and incredible history. In the afternoons, you will learn to cook an entire dinner menu featuring the specialties of Mexican, Spanish & Cuban cuisine which will be served at dinner that evening.

There will be a trip to the old mining village of La Aduana in Jim’s 6 wheel drive Pinzgauer. Founded in 1664, it was once the richest silver mine in all of Mexico. You will visit the small town plaza and the historic church where a miracle was to have occurred and is still celebrated today. A highpoint of the trip will be to see the historic silver assay’s headquarters , recently renovated by owners Peter Law and BobTate, designers who restore properties.

You will enjoy a Private Cocktail party with Jim, Nancy, Chef & Lila on the new roof top terrace. La Cucharamba Grill.

The Hacienda de las Santos and their gracious staff are known for making your stay a momentos venture. You will dine on the open air veranda and in the intimate high-ceilinged rooms that were once a Sugar Mill. At night the flickering of the luminarios and the scent of mesquite burning in the fireplaces beckon you to gather in the Hacienda cantina for drinks and hor d’ouerves while being serenaded by the Hacendados, singing the Bolero music of Mexico.

The atmosphere of the Hacienda de las Santos has been described as a place where “time has stopped” and you will want to luxuriate in the many different ways to enjoy the moment. Imagine relaxing by one of the four azure-tiled pools sipping a margarita or watching; parrots swarm from tree to tree. You will also want one of the Hacienda spa services that include massages and facials, manicures, pedicures, and reflexology. Or perhaps, you will want to read under the portals beside one the many outdoor fireplaces.


Arrival on Thursday evening – Meet at 6.30pm in Zapata’s Cantina for cocktails followed by dinner on the terrace. Music by Los Hacendados.

Morning - Every morning there is a 30-30 minute walk around the village. You will need walking shoes to participate. Breakfast in the Hacienda Dining Room. Enjoy Four Mansion Tours and learn about the rich history and warmth of Alamos, one of the most romantic pueblos of Mexico.

Lunch at the Hacienda followed by Hacienda Cooking School. Recipes, aprons and information are provided to enhance the learning environment back home.

Roof Top Welcome Reception-
Enjoy botanas, margaritas and libations. Meet, mix and mingle with your hosts, guest chefs and owners of the Hacienda. Dinner following reception on the Portales of the Old Sugar Mill with recipes from the daily Culinary Session.

Morning - Visit the old mining village of Aduana in the Pinsgauer. Picnic poolside luncheon with libations catered with classical guitar music by Ramon.

The Day at Aduana’s highlight will be exploring the Church of Miracles and the Restored Fabulous Mill of two gentlemen from San Francisco.

Hacienda Cooking School in Afternoon.

Dinner with menu and recipes from the daily Culinary Session. Enjoy guitar music fireside under the moonlight and a stunning performance by “La Estudiantina.”

Morning Walk with Jim to the Alamos outdoor market.

Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation with optional shopping, La Dulce Vida Spa, horseback riding or pure reflection.

Sunday Evening Celebrate the final evening with a Hacienda Paella Fiesta. Enjoy a special event with guitar music, bolero, dancing and a wonderful evening of fun and sharing of new knowledge and friends.

$395 per person plus tax

Inquire about special guestroom rates, transfers and air charter service from Phoenix or Tucson.

Experience the new two lane highway if driving from Arizona. For reservations, kindly email

March 23rd
10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Easter Brunch Buffet
Hacienda de los Santos Resort

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice Cinnamon and Raisin Sticky Buns  Blueberry Muffins Fresh Fruit of the Season
Mexican Style Eggs Benedict
Breast of Chicken Enchiladas with Sonoran Red Sauce on a Bed of Shredded Lettuce
Breast of Chicken Chiliquiles with Tomatillo Sauce
Pork Tamales
Vaquero Beans
Prime Rib of Beef with Horse Radish Sauce
Black Forest Ham
Maple Cured Bacon
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Spring Greens with a Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dressing & Croutons
Grilled Asparagus with Pine Nuts
Triple Layer Fresh Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Nut Frosting
New York Style Cheese Cake
American Style Pie Coffee or Tea
Glass of Chandon Champagne (add'l $6.00 each)
$20.00 including iva, gratuity appreciated

Reservations: 428-0222 or
March 27th & 28th
Hacienda closed for Private Wedding
Private Yoga Classes available for $75 per hour and $100 per hour for shared couples or groups.   Personalized programs available.