When traveling as much as we do it is so easy to get into a major rut and return to the same places all the time. For the past 10 years we “winter” in Florida and always have a grand time. Of course we always stay at the Fabulous GRAND RESORT AND SPA and how can one NOT have a grand time there ? This year we have made the decision to go to Puerto Vallarta instead for the winter which will be our very first time there. It is always nice to go places new.
However we NEVER tire of going to Santa Fe where we visit usually every other year for a week. Santa Fe is like no other city in the entire country. There are no gay flags since everywhere is accepting of everybody.
There are no major gay bars or gay restaurants although several are owned by gays and lesbians. Mayor David Coss is extremely friendly to all who comes to visit or moves to his city, as it should be.
We always stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear Bed and Breakfast which is the former estate of the gay poet/author, Witter Bynner and is located just about 6 blocks from the downtown Plaza which is the hub of most everything that is happening in Santa Fe.
The Inn of the Turquoise Bear certainly ranks up as of one of the finest Bed and Breakfast’s in the entire country. Owners Robert Frost and Ralph Boulton have owned the Inn since 1996. Simply go to tripadvisor.com and search for them and you will be able to read why over 200 former guests write glowing reviews about the Inn.
The Inn is gay owned and straight friendly and we have met so many interesting and fun guests while we have stayed there over the years. This past month we met Sir Jon and Sir Paul from England who are now residing in Dallas for a couple of years. It is always nice getting to meet and talk with people from different countries. They have been a couple fie about 10 years and are legally married.
Three “real” sisters from Oklahoma were also staying at the Inn and they were delightful to talk with. Each of them had their own personalities and were extremely interesting. This was their first driving trip together in many years and it seemed to be working out okay.
Another fun couple were from Florida and at one nightly social hour he was telling everybody about all the “fun and interesting and rather bizarre” things that they have done. Another fun couple was from Tennessee and were there for the wine festival and they got right into the conversations during the social hour.
This is one of the delightful things about staying at B and B’s is that you actually get to meet and talk to people from all walks of life and people from all over the world. Bill and Katherine from California stopped by for social hour a couple of nights also. They were EXTREMELY interesting !
When owners own a Bed and Breakfast for several years, they seem to get tired and it shows in both the upkeep of their business as well as the quality of food and food presentation and many other things.
However owner, Robert has kept everything the same (perfect) year after year after year. It never changes and that is why they keep getting the same guests back year after year after year. Robert has a new assistant, Tom who is extremely personable and friendly. He has the perfect personality for what he is doing. Everybody praised him.
Santa Fe is a place to rest, enjoy, savor and relax. Everything there is extremely laid back and quiet. No heavy traffic, no crowds, no waiting in line at restaurants and truly relaxing. Santa Fe is a place where you can spend a few dollars in some of the shops or $125,000.00 and up or more on some of the paintings and sculptors.
On our drive to Santa Fe we stopped by a moving sale and the artist Karen Cooper and her photographer, husband Dwight Bartlett were selling everything and moving to Texas where her western art sells better. We were able to purchase a piece of art work from both of them and in addition a male torso nude sculptor that she had created a few years ago.
Traveling does not always have to be a rush adventure. Often it is wonderful to just take it easy and enjoy life without being so rushed all the time. Enjoy the NOW ! There are dozens of restaurants to dine in Santa Fe. Robert keeps up on all the happenings and events in the city and he is more than happy to recommend places to see and dine.
Sadly the only gay bar that opened a couple of years ago has not caught on with the gay crowd in Santa Fe. The first night we were there, there were only 3 customers in the bar and that included the two of us. We drove by a couple more nights and less that 4 people were there. The bartenderess told us that the prices were too high and that prevented most of the gays from going there.
Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!
TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/