Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B – Gay Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast

Author: , November 14th, 2018

Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B

The Inn of the Turquoise Bear is a quintessential rambling adobe villa set in the heart of historic Santa Fe. Guests of our Santa Fe bed and breakfast will enjoy being within walking distance to Santa Fe’s Plaza, museums, galleries, shops, fine dining, and nightlife.

The estate was once the home of noted poet, playwright and essayist Witter Bynner. Bynner and his companion Robert Hunt were famous – or infamous – for the wild parties they hosted in the house know as “Bynner’s bashes.” The celebrity guest list included D. H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Willa Cather, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Austin, Thornton Wilder, Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden, Lynn Riggs, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and countless others.

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Rass Mandal – Santa Fe Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Author: , January 31st, 2018

Rass Mandal - Santa Fe Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Rass Mandal is a unique adobe vacation residence situated on a mountain range of pine forests with spectacular views. Entering brings you to another time and presents a serene and inspiring atmosphere for all. The house and grounds of more than 10 acres offer abundant locations for quiet time. There are numerous hiking & mountain bike trails immediately accessible, some of which take you directly to the center of Santa Fe.

Rass Mandal was built by a direct descendant of the daughter of King Akbar of India, sister to Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal.

It was also featured on HGTV’s House Hunter’s on Vacation with initial airing on June 22nd 2012.

Upon entering the home you encounter a large domed circular living room complete with a fireplace, eastern antique furniture and beautiful views looking out to a pool. This space is ideal for group sessions, gatherings and entertainment. Off to the left of the living room is the dining room and kitchen area. The dining table has room to accommodate 12 and is a great area for entertaining and formal meals. The kitchen is open plan and has a Moroccan style fireplace and a very comfortable breakfast nook ideal for bird watching. Behind the kitchen is a queen size bedroom and a bathroom, secluded from the rest of the house with its own private entrance.

To the right of the living room are guest quarters, each room offers views overlooking the grounds and the entire Santa Fe valley. The master bedroom is complete with a fireplace, a large meditation/work area, beautiful bathroom and sunken Jacuzzi with views. Additionally, there is a 2nd story observation deck that provides expansive views over all of Santa Fe, the Jemez Mountains and beyond. The house is not air conditioned but given the cool evenings it is not actually necessary. Fans are provided should they be desired.

Heading outside, there is a large private pool with waterfall, hot tub and sauna. The pool is heated during the summer months (June 1st – September 30th) – however it is 35,000 gallons and heating is not feasible during the other times. Generally the pool water temperature will be maintained at 78 F in July and August but ranges about 74F – 76F for June and September. The hot tub is kept at 104 F. All this is surrounded by a deck and patio ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. There is also a gas-fired Fire Pit for enjoyment during the cool evenings.

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Slip Away to Santa Fe

Author: , May 20th, 2016

Santa Fe

Long famed as a magnet for artists seeking sunny skies, Santa Fe conjures up images of Georgia O’Keefe, flashes of turquoise, and earthen architecture. So it should come as no surprise that the city has the most art galleries and museums per capita in the entire country.

Fewer people realize that Santa Fe is as much an adventure sports center as it is a haven for artistic pursuits. Come December, the dusty desert town takes advantage of its sky-high elevation and offers some first-class powder at Ski Santa Fe (SkiSantaFe.com) with none of the insane lift lines endemic to many resort towns.

Do a few runs on the beginner’s Santa Fe trail or risk it all on a black diamond, then hunker down at the lodge for a local beer. The perfect tonic for those apres ski sore muscles is Ten Thousand Waves (TenThousandWaves.com), a Japanese spa offering massages anchored around a communal soaking tub.

By Greg Garry – Full Story at Out

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Inn of the Turquoise Bear, Santa Fe – Featured Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 28th, 2016

Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Inn of the Turquoise Bear is a quintessential rambling adobe villa set in the heart of historic Santa Fe. Guests of our Santa Fe bed and breakfast will enjoy being within walking distance to Santa Fe’s Plaza, museums, galleries, shops, fine dining, and nightlife.

The estate was once the home of noted poet, playwright and essayist Witter Bynner. Bynner and his companion Robert Hunt were famous – or infamous – for the wild parties they hosted in the house know as “Bynner’s bashes.” The celebrity guest list included D. H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Willa Cather, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Austin, Thornton Wilder, Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden, Lynn Riggs, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and countless others. Constructed in a Spanish-Pueblo Revival Style, the historic adobe estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is consider one of Santa Fe’s most significant structures.

Today guests will enjoy the magnificent garden setting, gourmet breakfasts, and historic spirit on this Santa Fe bed and breakfast.

See the Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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City Sundays: Santa Fe

Author: , February 21st, 2016

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Hey all,

Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Santa Fe is a quintessential Southwestern city. As the oldest state capital in the country, it’s steeped in history, both of the Native American peoples who lived in the area first and the Mexican and American settlers who followed. It’s comfortable even in the middle of the summer, and has its own (delicious) cuisine.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Santa Fe page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/newmexico/nmsantafe.html

And our Santa Fe articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Santa+fe

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Santa Fe, New Mexico Part 2

Author: , November 29th, 2015

Downtown Santa feIn our last travel column on Santa Fe, we told you about the FABULOUS place to stay, El Farolito B and B Inn, http://farolito.com/ or their sister property, Four Kachinas Inn, http://fourkachinas.com/ They are simply THE BEST.

santa fe la chozaOnce you settle in, you need to find places to dine. We have been going to Santa Fe for over 30 years and our two very favorite places to dine are La Choza, 904 Alarid St. which is just once block east of St. Francis and one block north of Cerrillos Road. It is located in the old adobe headquarters of the turn of the century Mercer Ranch. They offer a very large selection of meals using the finest of ingredients.

They have been voted the #1 restaurant in New Mexico by many different surveys and we agree! It is all about atmosphere, food presentation, quality of food and service. La Choza has it all! If you are lucky enough to get server, Geraldo you are very lucky indeed. He is the best of the best and will be able to help you select the perfect menu just for you. Why can’t all servers be this friendly and professional. When you enter the restaurant you are very warmly greeted by Newman who takes you to your table and he is one of the friendliest guys in Santa Fe.Visit their website at: http://www.lachozasf.com/

La Casa SenaAnother of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe is La Casa Sena, http://lacasasena.com/ located in downtown just a block from the Plaza. There actually three different places to dine there. You can dine inside which we have done when the weather is bad however they have a huge outdoor patio which we much prefer. They have another great place to dine, La Cantina which is also located right on their property. Sena Plaza is one of the oldest surviving houses in Santa Fe. The rich history of La Casa Sena feels like you are enjoying everything about Santa Fe. Their menu is full of exciting entrees to eat. We always try to get something different every time we go there.

La Cantina EntertainmentTheir La Cantina Bar and restaurant is one of the things all visitors must do when visiting Santa Fe. Their singing waitstaff performs nightly. As always, we talk to everyone and our experience there was no exception as we talked with the staff. We were there every night while we were visiting Santa Fe. Two of our very favorite singers were Morgan Faulkner and Sean Schwebke. They sang songs from Broadway, Jazz and much more, They were a true delight to the entire audience. With Todd Lowrey on the piano it made for a perfect evening. After dark, there is really little to do in the city so this is a real joy! The singers and pianist are simply FABULOUS!

On a sad note, after visiting Santa Fe for over 30 years, we had a bad dining experience at the La Fonda. Several of the guests were complaining about the food as we were. The hostess was very combative which is not a good thing. Follow up notes to the management really did not resolve the problem. We realize that things change and we are very sorry that we cannot recommend dining at the La Fonda anymore.

Another place to stay away from is Vanessie’s. It used to be a wonderful place to dine and hear live music. Unfortunately it was sold a few years ago and because of the new owners attitude, we highly suggest that the LGBT community stay away. A recent email from their business said, ” The owner prefers not to be named.” What kind of an owner of a restaurant / bar prefers not to be named? STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE! and enjoy the rest of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Indian ReservationOur favorite Indian Reservation to visit when we go to Santa Fe is the Santo Domingo Pueblo as it is one of the best known tribes of the Southwest Indians. It is the 5th largest in population of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos. It is located about 20 miles south of Santa Fe and just a couple of miles west of the Interstate. We have been there during their high feast days and have been welcomed into their homes for dinner. If at all possible, visit the Pueblo on Feast Days. With all the Indian Reservations, please consider that you are a guest there and respect their privacy. However we have always found that the Indians there are very friendly and hospitable and enjoy talking with visitors. Their website is: http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/santodomingo.html

Shopping in Santa Fe is a real treat. From the most expensive shops on Canyon Road which has over 100 galleries, boutiques and restaurants in just a half mile area, http://visitcanyonroad.com/ The downtown Plaza stores are filled with everything imaginable as well as area Antiques shops and thrift shops. Our home is filled with a lot of items that we have purchased in Santa Fe over the years. You can spend a whole week in Santa Fe just visiting their museums and art galleries.

When visiting Santa Fe, just remember to stay at the El Farolito B and B Inn, http://farolito.com/ or their sister property, Four Kachinas Inn, http://fourkachinas.com/ Santa Fe is such a historical, adventurous and FABULOUS place to visit. We really cannot get enough of it! Guess that is why we have been visiting Santa Fe for over 30 years.

Don and RayAlways 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 gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Gay Santa Fe, Part One

Author: , November 15th, 2015

El Farolito

Donald and RayFirst of all, they have a wonderful Mayor of Santa Fe, Javier Gonzales and he invited us to his office to welcome ‘the Award-Winning, Celebrity Travel Columnists” to the city and also presented us with a beautiful plaque.

There are three main questions that people ask when in Santa Fe. First is “do you want green or red salsa?” and the second is “where are you from?” and the third question is, “If you are not staying at the El Farolito B and B, then why not?” We have found a FABULOUS place to stay when in Santa Fe and trust us on this, it is the ONLY place to stay! El Farolito is one of THE finest Bed and Breakfast Inns in the entire country. Wayne Mainus and Walt Wyss have owned the Inn for 18 years and their guests return again and again and again. These gentlemen do everything perfect and we do mean PERFECT!

El FarolitoThe Inn is located within a short walk to the Plaza which makes it close to everything. They have plenty of private parking for their guests. They have beautifully appointed Casitas that are tucked among gardens and intimate patios. Each Casita has its own fireplace for those cool nights. We have never had a better breakfast anywhere in our travels. Afternoons you walk to the main room and smell the aroma of fresh baked cookies.

They have the FINEST of linens in each room. You really do not want to go back home to yours! LOL. However you can go to the website where they purchase theirs and purchase your own which we did when we returned home. You can walk to a deli and purchase some food and dine on your patio or take a leisurely walk to the many restaurants in the surrounding area.

El FarolitoGuests come from all over the country to stay there. And when you stay in a B and B, guests is what it is all about. While we were there we met two wonderful women from Alabama (Connie and Allison) who was a Mother and daughter who take a yearly trip together to different locations. This was their first trip to Santa Fe and they were thrilled visiting there. Other interesting guests were Nancy and Thomas from Michigan who, turned out to be FABULOUS and artist Coleen and her husband Candler from the Atlanta area. Breakfast time is always a great time to visit with other guests.

Wayne and Walt also own a second B and B just a few blocks away, Four Kachinas offers an alternative if the El Farolito is booked up. They have owned that B and B for 16 years. There is a marvelous book out called, DISTINGUISHED INNS OF NORTH AMERICA and yes, they are featured in it. As a matter of fact, they are the ONLY B and B Inn in the State of New Mexico to be featured. Both B and B’s are listed in the “Select Registry for Exceptional B&B’s, Inns and Hotels” which is a rare honor!

El FarolitoBut when you do things ‘perfect’ like the owners do, what else would you expect? A few years ago they were voted the BEST small property by the New Mexico Lodging Association. TripAdvisor.com ranks El Farolito and Four Kachinas first and second out of all the over 40 Inns in Santa Fe. We have stayed at over 100 Inns/B & B’s from coast to coast and by far their breakfast is the best of the best. We STRONGLY urge all of our readers to visit Santa Fe and stay at one of these two locations.

For more information about El Farolito and the Four Kachinas, here is their information:

El Farolito Inn, 514 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, Phone: 505-988-1631 or Toll-free: 888-634-8782. emal: innkeeper@farolito.com and their website is: www.farolito.com

Four Kachinas Inn, 512 Webber Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone:
505-982-2550. Toll-free: 800-397-2564. email: info@fourkachinas.com and their website is www.fourkachinas.com

In Part Two of our next Santa Fe column we will be telling you were to dine, where to shop and the many, many different places to visit in the Santa Fe area and also where NOT to go. Before visiting Santa Fe, but sure and check out: http://santafe.org/ and http://santafegay.com/new/

THANK YOU WAYNE AND WALT for being such professionals!

Don and RayAlways 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 gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Santa Fe on a Budget

Author: , May 3rd, 2014

Santa Fe - Apple MapsSanta Fe isn’t exactly known as a budget destination, but don’t let that deter you from exploring the 400-year-old city’s art galleries, stores, museums, and restaurants. With a little planning, you can visit on a budget – and still experience all that “The City Different” has to offer.

Where to Chow

Entrees alone at many of Santa Fe’s fining dining establishments easily top $35, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to eat well. For New Mexican cuisine, check out The Pantry, a local favorite serving spicy dishes like carne adovada ($9) and homey classics like meatloaf ($10) with veggies and mashed potatoes. Locals come here for breakfast, too, to indulge in huevos rancheros ($8) and breakfast burritos ($8).

Another option is Roque’s Carnitas, also a Santa Fe institution. From March to October, Roque Garcia serves charcoal-grilled carnitas ($6) wrapped in foil from his food cart parked on the Plaza. Add a drink for a dollar more and you have a satisfying, albeit messy, meal.

By Teresa Bitler – Sherman’s Travel | Santa Fe Gay Travel Resources