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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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.

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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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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Author: , November 3rd, 2010
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Gay Santa Fe

Gay Santa FeSanta Fe is so interesting and exciting. The city was established in 1610 and is one of the oldest cities in the country. The elevation is 7,000 feet.

Everyone is welcome in Santa Fe. You won’t see very many gay flags as they don’t need any. Actually it is the most gay-friendly cities in the country.

Inn of the Turquoise Bear, Santa FeWe always stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear which is owned by Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. It is the estate of the former Witter Bynner, the famous poet and author who lived there for over 40 years. Actually the Inn is a “compound” with an adobe wall all around it.

It is located just a few blocks of the downtown Plaza. You are really stepping back in time when staying there. Their guest list reads like a who’s who in the arts, entertainment and writers. We have met so many extremely interesting guests over the years staying there. This is just a very grand place to stay when visiting Santa Fe. Their website is www.turquoisebear.com

Palace of the Governors, Santa FeThere are so many things to see and do when visiting Santa Fe. The “Plaza” which is the business square in downtown Santa Fe has been at the heart of Santa Fe which everything regarding the city. You will find all of kind of shops in the area selling Indian jewelry, bronze sculptors, an abundance of all kinds of art for sale.

The shops on Canyon Road are extremely top of the line. There are many museums in the city including the Museum of Fine Arts, with regional art, oil paintings and watercolors and photographs.

Turquoise Necklace from Santa feThe Palace of the Governors built in 1610 as the original capitol of New Mexico is located right on the Plaza. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture with exhibits of pottery, basketry, clothing, carpets and jewelry is a must see.

The Museum of International Folk Art houses over 130,000 objects from around the world. The Girard Room is truly spectacular.

Santa Fe PotteryThe Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has the largest collection of her works in the world. There are several other museums that you would also want to visit.

For those interested in architecture Santa Fe has some of the most wonderful old churches, many dating back several hundred years. The Santa Fe Opera was established in 1959 and is considered the 2nd finest Opera company in the country, second only to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Check them out at www.santafeopera.org

Cafe Cafe - Santa FeOne has to dine and we highly suggest the Cafe-Cafe Restaurant. Kirstn Griffin and Donalee Goodbrod have owned this fabulous restaurant for 3 years and since its opening day, throngs of diners have passed thru their doors. Their menu is exciting and everything is freshly made daily. Service is impeccable! We would dine there every day if possible. We used taste buds that we have not used in years! It is so great dining at a restaurant where the owners really care about the food that they are serving. Check them out at www.cafecafesantafe.com

A new bar recently opened in downtown Santa Fe right across the street from City Hall. The Rouge Cat has a nice lounge upstairs and then down stairs is their dance scene. It has been open only a few months however it has become a favorite among the locals.

Santa FeSpeaking of City Hall, we met with Mayor David Coss who is one of the favorite mayors that we have met. He also has a great administrative assistant, Marge Sandoval.

Also a must see is the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. You can visit their website at www.juansiddiflamenco.com

Santa Fe RugFor shopping, the Canyon Road Arts District is THE place to go. There you will find more than 100 art galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, restaurants and the historic adobe architecture that gives Santa Fe its legendary southwestern charm.

There are numerous day trips that one can take from Santa Fe including driving up the high road to Taos thru the very small Indian villages and then visit Taos itself. The Bandelier National Monument close to Los Alamos is a scenic beauty and just 15 miles to the south is El Rancho de las Golondrinas which is a 200 acre ranch dating back to 18th Century. Check out santafe.org/ before going. And for the most memorable time visiting Santa Fe, be sure and stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear Bed and Breakfast.

Don & ray - Gay TravelersAlways 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/