Santa Fe, Casa Cuma B & B, Don Gasper Inn and Inn of the Turquoise Bear

Our love affair with New Mexico continued. Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico, but it retains a small town feel. No freeway bisects this charming town.

The Casa Cuma B & B is an old Santa Fe adobe home. However, Colleen and Shaan have made structural changes that enhance every guest’s stay. For example, the great room where guests enter was once three small rooms. Now it is large, with a fireplace and very inviting. The guest rooms were modified to open to the outside of the inn and a small deck was added to each entrance. The grounds are spacious and beautifully decorated to enhance the great view of the Sandia Mountains. Colleen and Shaan had just returned from a trip to Spain and were very interested to learn about interim inn keeping services.

The Don Gasper Inn is located in the heart of Santa Fe. Beautiful neighborhood. Guests may choose between 7 large private suites, 2 one-bedroom casitas, and one 3-bedroom home. Each offer a private entrance and patios. The gardens, fountains and meandering courtyards that surround the three homes which comprise the Inn add to the ambiance of this wonderful property. We had the opportunity to meet Innkeeper Patrick Schroeder who prides himself on the quality and character of the inn…It really shows!

Dan Clark (left) and John at Dan's Inn of the Turquoise Bear

Dan Clark (left) and John at Dan’s Inn of the Turquoise Bear

Former Chicago executive, Dan Clark purchased the Inn of the Turquoise Bear last year and gave us a fascinating tour of this rambling inn. It occupies the home of Witter Bynner (1881-1968), who for almost 50 years was a prominent and eccentric citizen of Santa Fe, actively participating in the cultural, artistic, and political life of the city. Bynner and Robert Hunt, his companion of almost 40 years, were famous – or infamous – for the riotous parties they hosted in this estate, referred to by photographer Ansel Adams as ‘Bynner’s bashes.’ Their home was regarded as the center for the gathering of the creative and fun loving elite of Santa Fe and visitors from New York and around the world.

Bynner created his rambling adobe villa more or less piecemeal, constructed in Spanish-Pueblo Revival style, from a core of rooms that date to the early 1800’s. With its signature portico, towering pine trees, magnificent rock terraces, and lush gardens filled with lilacs, wild roses, and other flowers, the Inn offers guests a bucolic retreat as well as a popular wedding venue.

Catherine Lamb

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