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.

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

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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.

See the Rass Mandal Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Unbuttoned – Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene

Author: , March 18th, 2017

UnbuttonedSometimes when we visit a town we wish that we had read more about it before going. Such is the case with Santa Fe, New Mexico where we have visited many times over the past 30 years. We visit all the really great places and shrines and churches and really appreciate the architecture, etc.

When we visited last year we ran across a new published book about Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene written by Walter Cooper. It is a great history of Gay Life in Santa Fe particular in the art scene.
Walter was born in New York, got his B.A. in American Studies from Hobart College and worked in New York City and Tokyo for 10 years as a copywriter. but yearned for more out of life. He then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1970’s and as they say, the rest is history and what a rich life he has had in Santa Fe.

Like many of us, he enjoys “people” in all forms, shapes and sizes. Walter’s artwork has been exhibited in major galleries and private collections. His work in graphic design includes opera posters, book and record album covers, wool rug, greeting cards and postage stamps. He is the author of two previously published books.

Santa Fe has always been a haven for artists and writers, poets and sculptors and the rest of the arts including their famous Santa Fe Opera which has become a world renown Opera. It is located just to the north of Santa Fe in the high mountains and draws thousands of visitors each year. Santa Fe has it’s mountains and scenery and chapels and architecture but it is PEOPLE that makes a community and Santa Fe has had a very colorful history of people from all walks of life.” Why be like everyone else” would be a good description of  the people in Santa Fe ?

Walter Cooper’s book of more than 250 pages, including over 80 photographs, tells about most all of the people that he has met in his many years living in Santa Fe. And what colorful characters he has met and partied with ! From Grande Dames to artists, writers, entertainers, and just people who live there. Often it is those people who are most interesting to be with.

He tells his readers about his social life as well as his personal life with the different lovers that he has had. He tells readers about the dozens and dozens over extremely interesting characters that has met and become friends with.  Readers will really get involved with his stories and wish that they were there enjoying the life as he has lived and continues to live.  You will be introduced to so many VERY interesting people. This is certainly a book that when you start reading, you cannot put down until the ending.

The one thing that readers need to take home with them from reading his book is that one can have the life that he has had anywhere that they live. One just has to enjoy people and get involved with people on different levels of life. Being ‘different’ is a good thing !

Walter Cooper has now lived in Santa Fe and he and his partner of many years, Doug live in the countryside near Santa Fe. Many book stores sell his books or you can purchase them from Amazon.com. After reading his book all we can say is that he has had a life, well lived. Readers should take heed and live their lives more fully. Walter certainly as had a life well lived. Next time you are going somewhere to visit, try learning about the ‘people’ before going there.

And when going to Santa Fe the best place to stay is El Farolito Bed & Breakfast Inn. They are located at 514 Galisteo which is just a few short blocks from the Plaza. Their website is: https://farolito.com/ and their phone is: 505.988.1631 or 888.634.8762. Owners Wayne Mainus and Walt Wyass have owned the Inn for nearly 20 years and they have guests that keep coming back all the time simply because they are the BEST ! If they are booked up, which they often are, they also have another B and B, The Four Kachinas Inn, just a few blocks away, https://fourkachinas.com/

And on top of everything else about Santa Fe, they have a very handsome and WONDERFUL Mayor, Javier Gonzales. Hopefully he will be the Governor one of these days.

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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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: 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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Triangle Inn Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Author: , April 3rd, 2014

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

Private Adobe Casitas in Great Location: An authentic compound close to all northern New Mexico has to offer. The inn offers five private casitas with high-end amenities, including: TV/VCR, stereo/CD, video library, down bedding, fireplaces, jacuzzi, cocktails and breakfast with exceptional home-baked muffins.

See the Triangle Inn Santa Fe Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rass Mandal Vacation Rental, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Author: , March 3rd, 2014

Rass Mandal Vacation Rental, Santa FePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Reidence on 10 Acres & Pool – Featurd HGVT: Rass Mandal is a unique adobe vacation/retreat residence situated on a mountain range of pine forests with spectacular views. Entering brings you to another time, presenting a serene and inspiring atmosphere for all. There are numerous hiking & mountain bike trails immediately accessible, some of which take you directly to the center of Santa Fe.

See the Rass Mandal Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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