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Santa Fe, New Mexico

by Gaycation Magazine

Santa 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 will not see very many gay flags as they do not need any. Actually it is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country.

We always stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear. In 1996, Ralph Bolton and Robert Frost purchased the estate which was the former estate of Witter Bynner, the famous poet and author who lived there for over 40 years. Ralph and Robert operated it until they retired last year. In April, 2014 Dan Clark & David Solem acquired the Inn. Their goals as innkeepers and as stewards of the estate and land that Bynner loved – are to rekindle the comfort, creativity and hospitality for which this home was renowned in the past, to protect, restore and extend the legacy of its famous creator, and to provide their guests with a unique, restorative experience that captures the essence of Santa Fe’s past and present. 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

There 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. You will find all of kind of shops in the area selling Indian jewelry, bronze sculptors, and 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, watercolors and photographs. The Palace of the Governors built in 1610 as well 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.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has the largest collection of her photographic 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.

There are dozens of restaurants all around Santa Fe, from the finest 5 Star restaurants to little hole in the wall places that you will find interesting. We have been to Santa Fe over 20 times and have never had a bad meal yet. Gay bars seem to come and go in Santa Fe however you will feel welcome in ANY bar that you go. Santa Fe is for EVERYONE !

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.

Always 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. Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at [email protected] or visit their website at: gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com.

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