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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Burch Street Casitas – Taos Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals

Author: , August 25th, 2017

Burch Street Casitas

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

Recently built (June 2005) and with a very convenient in-town Taos location, Burch Street Casitas are an easy walk from the Historic Taos Plaza and Kit Carson Museum. These vacation rental cottages provide the ideal Taos vacation rental.

At Burch Street Casitas, our Taos Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals, we offer four cozy 550 sf units featuring southwestern style architecture in a private compound.

We supply everything you’ll need except for food!

Our Taos Casitas are in the heart of “Canyon”, a historic neighborhood just 1.5 miles from Carson National Forest. This area is well-known for great hiking, biking, and fishing.

These casitas are also close to the Taos Plaza, shops, galleries, restaurants, and Kit Carson House.

We offer pleasant relaxing environments, including all the comforts of home, as well as romanticwood burning fireplaces. Outdoors, you’ll find private patios under a canopy of tall Chinese Elm and Cottonwood trees. There is also private off-street parking just a few feet from your arched front door.

Each of our ground-level Taos casitas features an open floor plan, and has a king-sized bed, full kitchen, full private bath, and quaint living/office/dining areas, with saltillo tiled radiant floor heat throughout.

The custom tongue-and-groove native New Mexico Pine and cross-beamed ceilings, along with the large windows and glass-wall blocks lend a light and airy charm. Each casita is decorated with contemporary southwest flavor.

Tastefully appointed niches, attractive wall hangings, consignment art from J. K. Lamkin, an eclectic selection of books and talavera tile kitchen counter accents complete your home away from home.

Casita amenities include:

  • king-sized bed with ceiling fans
  • free high speed internet
  • direct phone line with computer jack
  • TV / DVD Player / VCR
  • a selection of videos and books
  • informal book exchange
  • washer/dryer
  • iron / ironing board
  • generous closet/cabinet storage
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • desk
  • hair dryer

Each full kitchen includes all appliances:

  • gas flamed broiler / oven / range stove
  • refrigerator-freezer with icemaker
  • microwave
  • coffee maker & toaster
  • blender & crock pot
  • cooking / service ware for four people
  • coffee & tea
  • specialty equipment supplied at your request

You’ll find all the conveniences, staple items, and paper supplies you’ll need for your stay.

Coming to Taos? Stay with us at the modern, charming, friendly Burch Street Casitas!

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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 – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Author: , November 3rd, 2010
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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/

Featured Property: Triangle Inn, Santa Fe

Author: , October 4th, 2010

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

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Triangle Inn Santa FeA rustic, country property located in an old adobe compound, catering to the lesbian and gay community with all the charm of an intimate b&b. Set on an acre of landscaped grounds with large cottonwoods, pinons and juniper trees, and enclosed by high adobe walls, providing maximum privacy.

We have two spacious courtyards for guests’ use:

The Hacienda Courtyard has southwestern plantings, relaxed sitting areas, and a unique portal (freestanding porch) with an outdoor fireplace. Refreshments provided here Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Main Courtyard features an outdoor hot tub, several sunning and sitting areas, and extensive southwestern plantings.

Each of the seven casitas (small adobe cottages), ranging from cozy studios to a large two-bedroom house, are individually decorated in southwestern style, and promise guests a great amount of privacy, authenticity and charm

All have private entrances and private baths — stocked with plenty of fluffy cotton towels, hairdryers, tampons and safer sex supplies.

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Moseying Through History: Santa Fe's Museums

Author: , March 4th, 2010
by Linda, La Casa Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Ask five different people what’s great about visiting Santa Fe, and you will get way more than five answers. People enthuse about the food, the inclusive community, the unique shopping opportunities, the sunshine 325 days a year, the rich tri-cultural history, the vibrant arts scene, and much more.

They may forget to mention that the heart of the city is very compact. A multi-faceted Santa Fe experience is available on foot, while saving your automobile rental dollars for something more gratifying. This is especially true for museum buffs. Between the art galleries and the historical buildings, half the town looks like a museum, but eleven museum collections reside within five blocks of the central Plaza.

Start at the New Mexico State Capitol Building to see a sample of paintings, sculpture, photographs, lithographs, pottery, weaving, and just about every other New Mexico art form that doesn’t require live performance. There is no charge for admission to the Capitol building, which is interesting in itself as the only round U.S. state capitol. The surrounding grounds have sculptures representing many of New Mexico’s outstanding artists, as well as landscaping with a variety of native plants. You may take a self-guided tour, or arrange for a guided tour by appointment: www.collectorsguide.com/sf/sffa10.shtml.

When were you last asked to touch the sculptures in an art exhibit? Just north of the state capitol, the Bataan Memorial Building Atrium Gallery features the Touching Beauty exhibit. Sculptor Michael Naranjo lost his sight, the use of one arm, and most of the use his other hand in the Vietnam War. Nevertheless, he pursued his sculpture. Follow the artist’s vision, as you touch and explore the bronzes with your hands as well as with your eyes: www.collectorsguide.com/fa/fa116.shtml.

Located in the newly developed Railyard District, SITE Santa Fe does not hold permanent collections, but rather presents exhibitions of contemporary arts. Biennial exhibitions, developed around particular themes, provide a showcase for internationally recognized artists. They open in even-numbered years, usually in midsummer. Additional, shorter exhibitions and lecture series vary throughout the year: www.sitesantafe.org.

Also in the Railyard District, you find El Museo Cultural. El Museo was developed to showcase and promote Hispanic culture and learning. Although Northern New Mexico traditions are featured, the art, history, and culture of the larger Hispanic community are celebrated as well. The museum also hosts community-oriented events, classes and workshops. www.elmuseocultural.org.

Moving to the north, locate the Santuario de Guadalupe. This large, adobe structure has a somewhat mysterious history – some sources suggest it was built in the late 1600’s, others cite early 1700s or even 1800s. Clearly, there has been rebuilding and remodeling at various periods, and the Santuario now serves as a museum and a popular site for weddings and community oriented activities. You can visit to see a collection of Mexican baroque and Italian Renaissance paintings, and New Mexican santos (carved images of saints.) A large statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe graces the patio to the north, and rose gardens glorify the image.

Onward to the five museums closest to the Plaza, in the heart of the city:

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated entirely to the works of a woman artist, and is the most-visited museum in New Mexico. O’Keeffe’s works rotate through the museum throughout the year, with approximately 50 selections on view at any given time. In addition, the Museum presents special exhibitions either devoted entirely to O’Keeffe’s work or combining examples of her art with works by her American modernist contemporaries: www.okeeffemuseum.org.

Founded in 1917, the New Mexico Museum of Art focuses on work produced in or related to New Mexico. Long-term exhibits are augmented by special projects devoted to a particular artist or New Mexico theme. The west wing of the museum houses St. Francis Auditorium, one of Santa Fe’s premier performance spaces. www.nmartmuseum.org

The Spanish colonial government built the adobe Palace of the Governors in the 1600s to house its representatives. In this, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States, exhibitions draw on the museum’s collection to highlight New Mexico history. An additional attraction is the Portal Program, where over 900 Native American artists rotate to sell authentic arts and crafts from New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and parts of Arizona: www.palaceofthegovernors.org/.

Step through the Palace of the Governors courtyard, and enter the New Mexico History Museum. Initially opened in 2009, the core exhibit tells New Mexico history from the pre-colonial era to the present. Although tangible artifacts are generously displayed, the emphasis is upon the interweaving of peoples and events which developed present-day New Mexico: www.nmhistorymuseum.org/.

A block from the east side of the Plaza, you’ll find the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum. The Institute is a multi-tribal four-year fine arts college, and the Museum provides exhibit space for work by contemporary Native American artists, including IAIA students. It also serves as a resource for training the students in skills which prepare them to work as museum professionals: www.iaia.edu/museum/info.php.

Those who wish to venture a bit farther afield can catch a ride on the city Museum Bus route to Museum Hill, with four more extraordinary offerings:

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art: www.spanishcolonial.org/

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and Laboratory of Anthropology: www.indianartsandculture.org/

Museum of International Folk Art: www.internationalfolkart.org/

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian: www.wheelwright.org/

Lastly, the city hosts two additional museums eight blocks from the Plaza, on the Old Santa Fe Trail:


=”font-family: Verdana, sans-serif”>The Santa Fe Children’s Museum
provides hands-on educational exhibits, and a climbing wall helps kids burn off some energy in a safe environment. www.santafechildrensmuseum.org/

The Bataan Memorial Military Museum tells the tale of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments, who were captured on Bataan when the Japanese overran the island in 1942. They endured captivity for one and a half years, losing half their members in the ordeal. The collection of artifacts and memorabilia from World War II is steadily growing. www.angelfire.com/nm/bcmfofnm/museum/militarymuseum.html.

Make your stay in Santa Fe special by staying in the fully-furnished, historic José D Sena House. We have been happy to live in Santa Fe for over thirty years, and would like to help you have a happy stay in our historic dwelling. Here in the Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Railyard District, and the Santa Fe River, as well as downtown museums and a bus link to Museum Hill.

You will be staying in rooms with 12 foot ceilings, in which you can still see hand-hewn boards and vigas, along with bits of the adobe that originally served for the roof. But never fear, there are modern touches such as electricity and indoor plumbing! See our home page at www.lacasasantafe.com for our rates, and for clickable links to information about nearby restaurants, shopping, museums, outdoor activities, and more. You can contact us at 505-231-6670, or lacasasantafe@comcast.net.