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Santa Fe Sage Inn…connecting you to the heart of Santa Fe

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

If you’re looking for one of the most affordable hotels within walking distance to all the main Santa Fe sights and attractions, look no farther than the Santa Fe Sage Inn.  The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located directly across the street to the newly developed Railyard Park, which has an array of shops, restaurants, art galleries and events…everything is so close that you’ll never have to get in your car to explore. At the Sage Inn, they like to say, “we connect you to the heart of Santa Fe.” As you watch the video below you’ll see just how true their slogan is.

The Santa Fe Sage Inn has 155 rooms, with two accommodation levels to choose from, standard and superioreach has two configurations available, king, or double queen. There isn’t a lot of difference between the standard and superior, but the superior rooms do have a mini fridge and full length mirror, along with some decorative trim that sets them apart.

There are a number of free amenities included in your room stay…for starters, there is a free shuttle to downtown (six blocks away) that runs each hour on the hour. Additionally, there is a 24-hour fitness room, laundry facility, pool, free wi-fi and a free “sunshine” breakfast each morning. I was particularly impressed with how friendly and accommodating the staff was…they really go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable and make sure you have everything you need for an enjoyable stay. They even organize a “City Different” walking tour, which will educate you on the history and culture of Santa Fe. The tours run three days a week from May to October and cost just $12.  Click here for more information.

Santa Fe is one of my favorite places to visit, during my recent stay I checked out some new places, as well as some of the classics.  Santa Fe was the winner of the 2012 Rand McNally and USA Today’s “Best of the Road” for best food in small town Americaone of the reasons was surely its unique identity and distinct culinary flavors. One place you can learn about the “New Mexico” style of cooking is at the Santa Fe School of Cooking…I participated in a taco cooking demonstration one day. We learned the history behind the taco, some of the various ingredients that can be used…then, we got our hands into the process of preparing a feast for all to enjoy.

While in Santa Fe you may want to look the part, so two places to check out are, Kowboyz for vintage western wear, and Sissel’s for authentic Indian jewelry and accessories. If a game of 9-ball, live music and libations are for you, head over to Cowgirl.  Speaking of places to eat, a nearby Santa Fe staple is Tomasitas…a family-run Mexican food restaurant that features a world-class mariachi band on Tuesday nightsthis all-female mariachi performed at the 2012 Olympics in London.

On Tuesday and Saturdays, directly across the street from the Santa Fe Sage Inn, the Railyard has a farmer’s market and art show.  You’ll often see some amazing musicians and performers in the area entertaining passersby. For the best selection of locally produced goods, get there early as many of the vendors sell out.  After perusing the market, you may want to check out some of the nearby world-class art studios and galleries.

Next time you’re in New Mexico and you want to stay in the heart of Santa Fe, consider the Santa Fe Sage Inn for your lodging needs. If you’ve ever stayed at the Sage Inn, please leave a comment below and share your experience with my readers and me.

Santa Fe Sage Inn information:

Address: 725 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.982.5952

Nov 1st – April 30th $59 to $89
May 1st – Oct 31st $89 to $149
Activity: For something fun to do, check out the “City Different” walking tour that departs from the Santa Fe Sage Inn.

El Farolito Bed and Breakfast, a true Santa Fe experience

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The El Farolito is conveniently located in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico and is within walking distance of many of the area’s attractions.  You’re just minutes from the historic Central Plaza in one direction, in another…the newly developed Railyard, which has become a community focal point.  Both areas are full of world-class restaurants and shopping.  Art lovers will rejoice with the plethora of museums and art galleries, also within walking distance of the B&B.

When you first arrive at El Farolito, you feel as though you’re entering an authentic Santa Fe style compound, and in fact…you are.  Several of the adobe structures on the property predate statehood, which was 1912.  Not to worry though, the entire property was renovated and additions constructed in 1991.

Each of the eight rooms is distinctly furnished with local, handcrafted furnishings.  The walls are adorned with original artwork, much of which is also represented by local artists.

Those who desire private accommodations will really appreciate El Farolito, all of the suites have separate entrances and many even have their own secluded patios (half have shared patios) in which to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.  Seven of the rooms also have real-wood burning fireplaces…one comes with gas (note: use of the wood-burning fireplaces are seasonal).

El Farolito is owned and run by Walt and his partner Wayne; the two have owned the property since 1997 and are the most hospitable of hosts.  Their knowledge of the area and its history and architecture will make your stay all that much more enjoyable.  From my experience, anyone owning a successful B&B for as long as Walt and Wayne have, speaks volume and is a testament to their success.

Breakfast at El Farolito is served up buffet style—offering home baked goods, three types of coffee, fresh fruit, yogurt, oats and a featured hot entrée, like a frittata or quiche .  If you have any dietary restrictions, the staff is more than happy to try and accommodate. The breakfast area is cozy with individual tables that lend themselves to intimate conversations, or lively discussions with other guests.  On those warmer spring and summer days, guests are invited to enjoy the beautiful patio with the soothing sounds of water flowing from the fountain in the corner.

Adjacent to the breakfast area is a warm and inviting common area for guests to mingle and/or relax.  There is a computer available with a library of books and magazines, and, like the individual rooms, there are many pieces of original art to enjoy. As afternoon arrives, so do an array of cookies and other refreshments.

If you’re looking for a truly southwestern experience, consider visiting the El Farolito Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  For more information, like rates and availability, visit their website directly at: El Farolito.  Click the following link to see more of my pictures of El Farolito.

It’s also worth noting that the El Farolito is a Select Registry property.  If you find that they are booked, you might want to try their sister property, Four Kachinas.

If you’ve ever stayed at this B&B, please leave your comments below for my readers to enjoy.  Also, if you enjoyed reading this review, please hit the “like” button to share with your friends and family.