B&B was very cute and full of lovely antiques and books. They have what looks like a complete selection of New Mexico authors that is great, (made me wish I had the time to read). Room was quiet and clean (Heron room). Books on many subjects are available throughout the house.
Breakfast was excellent, green chile, eggs, fruit, Greek yogurt, homemade muffins & turkey bacon. 3 kinds of juices were offered...way beyond my normal fare of coffee & cereal. There was some mention of the virtues of turkey bacon which was lost on me, as I don't normally eat any meat in the morning.
The B&B is a bit different from most others we had stayed in, as the owners actually live in this
house and part of the space is 'their' space (on the same floor w/ open doorways) and part is the guest space. Henceforth if was a more like staying in a bedroom at someone's house, (that you didn't know) and I found that a bit awkward. I understand others might like that more. We were told which space was 'ours' so no question about where we could & could not go.
The bathroom was lovely and part of our space, but outside entryway was also in the bathroom and it was suggested that we use that entryway to come & go instead of the normal one. Whirlpool bath is nice but a bit awkward to get in and out of for showers, (mind the tub mat), extremely slippery and I didn't notice the mat (which was out of reach by then) until I nearly fell. My fault, using the mat would have solved the problem. Bed was queen size but sagged and I spent the entire night trying to get comfortable. My whole photography trip was nearly ruined by this bed, but fortunately I had gotten a good night's sleep at home the night before. This is the biggest issue for me. My husband could not sleep either so it wasn't just me and my finicky back.
Phoebe and her partner Phil run the B&B. We found Phil to be very pleasant and he is a wealth of information on the Bosque as he had managed it for 14 years. He makes gorgeous turned wood bowls and vases that are for sale. We very much enjoyed visiting with him.
We must have caught Phoebe on an off day, as she seemed to be on edge with us the entire time. She did mention she had full occupancy for 14 weeks straight so perhaps she was tired of company. Breakfast was a 8:30 but they had decided to move it up to 8 since we were back from the Bosque by then, I was frozen from the 26 degree shooting & wind and was taking a long hot shower when I returned, but my husband was reminded that I needed to hurry up. She snapped at Phil about turning off the lights in the evening before (it was awkward as who wants to be involved in their discussions when you are de-stressing on vacation?) At the end of the stay she told my husband the price was 109 plus tax. He mentioned 'oh it must have gone up some' because the quoted price was 100 plus tax. She raised her voice at him (at that point, though actually what was meant is it was 109, INCLUDING 9% tax). It was laughable really but when you consider the time spent there and instances of tension, annoying.
Let me say we are not young, not college kids, environmentalists, etc etc, but are semi-retired business professionals that probably have different expectations than most that come to the Bosque and stay at B&Bs. I am a photographer (not professional but have won awards) that takes my time off very seriously and when I travel my main goal is good sleep & low stress so I can get in the mode to see & shoot. All other items are secondary. My main goal was to be as close to the Bosque as possible so I could get up & get out there before sunrise. If you are younger this stuff probably would not even show up on your radar (including the bed). Then this is the place for you.
I would have given the B&B a higher rating if it were not for the sagging bed.
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I am so sorry that you had an unpleasant stay at Casa Blanca B&B as we are always concerned about the safety and comfort of our guests. I certainly accept full responsibility for being less than gracious and hospitable during your visit. I guess my only excuse is that I was in "recovery" after fourteen weeks of solid bookings and I also had not slept well for two nights. I was not very sociable and I probably did not orient you well for your stay since you had some misconceptions about our home based bed and breakfast. I do depend on my partner Phil to take over for me when I am physically or mentally unavailable. He loves to visit with our guests and has always been a tremendous asset to the smooth functioning of this business. I assure you we were not having an argument when I asked him to turn out the lights and lock up so that I could retire early. Sorry our banter made you feel uncomfortable. I also apologize for the saggy bed in your guest room but I have not heard any other negative comments about that particular bed. We do try to keep up a constant rotation for replacing mattresses, linens, towels, etc. as they become worn and most of our repeat guests realize we are open to constructive criticism in regards to the guest rooms. I have recently initiated a poll of my guests to query them about their opinion of the bed in the Heron Room because if we have a majority of negative responses toward the mattress we will purchase a new one posthaste. Of course, in regards to sleeping arrangements I learned many years ago ( I have operated this business for over 23 years) that if one axiom holds true it is that you cannot please all of the people all of the time. I cannot tell from your comments if you just assume we get only young people and "environmentalists" here at Casa Blanca. Actually our visitor profile is most readily summed up as follows: widely traveled and well educated retired or quasi-retired professionals aged 50 to 75, appreciators and supporters of wildlife and wild places, photographers of every rank from amateur to professional, from the southwestern US ( although we have had guests from every state and many foreign countries), and middle to upper middle class. Perhaps five to ten percent of our guests are young families, working couples or students. We thank you for your business and wish you well with your photographic endeavors. We sense that you would be more suitable housed at the Fite Ranch B&B. Linda Brown, the owner, operates a lovely place and we have referred guests to each other for years. She will graciously greet you and settle you into your cozy little apartment and you may not see her again. You will make your own breakfast on your schedule, have no pesky owners or other guests invade your privacy and you should be able to concentrate on your photography presumably with no discomforts or annoyances.
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Casa Blanca Bed and Breakfast
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