As a travel junkie social distancing has not come easy. And after months of isolation, I’ve started to realize there is a cloud looming over my soul.
Travel offers me a sense of perspective and a way to recharge my batteries. But my husband suffers from a suppressed immune system and, as a result, a desperately needed getaway has become too risky to consider—until now. My name is Allison, and this is a story, my story, of how the innkeepers at a historic estate provided me with guidance to plan a safe and well-deserved respite from the reality that has become my new norm.
My travel journey started with the discovery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. A destination recognized for its pueblo-style architecture and unique arts scene, I quickly discovered that Santa Fe offered us numerous options for a peaceful retreat. That includes hiking among towering Pines and Aspens, day trips to the painted desert, picnic excursions to alpine meadows, and lakes so pristine the wildlife will eat your lunch from your hands! Low people density and natural expanse made Santa Fe an obvious choice for our family vacation.
Having settled on “The City Different” (as Santa Fe is known for), my husband and I now turned our search towards accommodations that would provide us with a safe and private retreat. It wasn’t long before we discovered an alluring bed and breakfast – Inn of the Turquoise Bear. While this charming B&B had much to offer in the form of amenities and services, it was the innkeepers, Dan and Alex, that provided us with the assurance and confidence to book our stay with them.
Guest rooms and suites that offer a unique Santa Fe lodging experience.
First, the estate offers their guests distancing in a truly natural way. There is an acre of gardens that have been terraced, providing plenty of space to unwind and recharge. Most rooms have private entrances from the garden, and they don’t share public areas (such as hallways) with other guest rooms. Before the pandemic, that may have seemed trivial. But now it’s a valuable selling point and something you won’t find with traditional hotels and resorts.
Safety and cleaning practices have been refined as well to exceed the discerning standards of travelers. First, staff is required to wear masks when interacting with guests. Then, surfaces that guests may come in contact with – such as remote controls, lamp switches, tables, doorknobs, handrails, etc. – are frequently cleaned and sanitized.
Unused or unopened amenities are removed and replaced after guests depart. Each new guest that arrives receives new individual sized amenities, including hand sanitizer. While we may think this is common practice, we’ve noticed that some inns and B&B’s re-use (or re-purpose) amenities in an effort to save on expenses. But not the Inn of the Turquoise Bear.
We were surprised (and delighted) to discover this unique safety and cleaning practice. After each stay, guest rooms are treated with recommended ozone disinfecting methods. Then, they’re left vacant for a minimum of 24 hours before being meticulously cleaned and sanitized focusing on high-touch areas.
Complimentary hand sanitizer is made available at check-in, in all public areas, and in guest rooms. And while we travel with our own sanitizing wipes, we take comfort in knowing that the innkeepers are looking after their guest’s safety and well-being.
Gourmet Santa Fe Breakfast Menu with available outdoor dining.
We were also delighted to discover that in-room and outdoor dining was available, along with a takeaway breakfast option. Outdoor dining areas have been created throughout the grounds so guests can spread out and enjoy their meals. With so many creature comforts and safety measures in place, it’s no wonder we are excited to be guests of this little gem. We look forward to enjoying the unique experience that Dan and Alex have created at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear.