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New Mexico 2010: Two B&Bs and an Inn

We have been fortunate enough to find great places to stay when we visit New Mexico — a bed and breakfast each in Albuquerque and Taos, and an inn in Santa Fe. These are places we love and look forward to revisiting, and since accommodations can make or break a trip, I want to write about precisely why we keep going back to these outstanding places.

Albuquerque — Adobe Nido

If I saw everything there is to see in New Mexico, I would keep going back just to stay at Adobe Nido. The hosts, Sarah and Rol, are so much like family! They are the quintessential warm, knowledgeable, and caring B&B hosts,  and I consider Dave and I lucky to have discovered them. If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in one of their two rooms or their suite , you can count on them taking the best care of you. They can tell you which restaurants best fit your interests and will make reservations for you. Similarly, if you tell them what you feel like doing while you’re in the area, their comprehensive knowledge of the state will come into play and they will make multiple suggestions for activities that suit your fancy.

The charming bedrooms are decorated in traditional New Mexican adobe and come complete with jacuzzis. Free wi-fi is available, and if you want a sip or two of limoncello, you’ll find a bottle and some small liquor glasses in the room. Breakfasts are amazing, both delicious and filling — Sarah and Rol are accomplished cooks. And if you, like Dave and I, arrive operating on Eastern time, coffee is ready in the dining area around 6:30 each morning. Their two small dogs, Reisa and Lady, are friendly without being overbearing — if you’re a dog person, great; if not, they won’t bother you.

I always leave Adobe Nido eager to return.

Santa Fe — Pueblo Bonito

Here is the hugely significant selling point for Pueblo Bonito: cheapest good inn within walking distance of the Santa Fe plaza. But also: wonderful beds. The beds in the other places we stay are very good, but these are great. I say this as someone with major Princess and the Pea issues, too. I have happy dreams in this place because it’s so cozy at night. The rooms we’ve stayed in have each had a kiva, or traditional New Mexican fireplace, and fairly large bathrooms. If you’re traveling for a long enough time, you might want to check out the rooms with the kitchenettes. Breakfasts are continental, in the main building, and free wi-fi is available. The breakfasts and afternoon snacks also offer an opportunity to meet and befriend fellow guests. edsssThe hosts are gracious and can make restaurant recommendations.

And did I mention the place is within walking distance of the Plaza? And reasonably priced? With great beds?

Taos — Little Tree Bed and Breakfast

One thing you can count on with Maggie and Gordon, the hosts at Little Tree — they will send you to the best restaurants in town. Usually, they know the chefs personally. It’s no wonder, since they both have such engaging personalities and befriend people easily. Their lovely home on the north of Taos currently has three rooms, each with a kiva and one with its own outdoor hot tub. The decor throughout blends elegance with local traditions. The breakfasts are splendid and made from the finest ingredients available, and there are often fresh-baked cookies or brownies available in the afternoons. Maggie and Gordon have three dogs and two cats who are used to visitors. One thing I absolutely love about this place is the sweet smell of the high desert that permeates their property. This is another place I feel fortunate to have found, and I look forward to returning.

Next: Restaurants old and new.


October 28, 2010 - Posted by | Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe, Taos, travel | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Elizabeth! Thanks so much for the kind words. We love you too. I am saddened to say that Risa passed away on the night we returned from vacation. A very unfortunate blood disorder took her away from us. I will blog about it when I am able. You are the only guest I have told about it, as I know you, being a cat person, were also fond of little Risa. We are devastated, but getting better each day. By the time we see you next there will probably be another chih to meet, as Lady is as lonely as we are and needs a new friend. Life sure does suck sometimes.

    Comment by Sarah Dolk | November 15, 2010 | Reply

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