In the past, I have made comments about my annual trips to Santa Fe for the Santa Fe Opera, the Chamber Music Festival and other events that make the summer very delightfully musical every year. I have been a regular visitor to the Inn of the Turquoise Bear for these stays and have been most pleased by the accommodations. There has been little change there now that they inn has changed ownership. The new owners have not been there very long and I am sure that they will make some changes as they learn the personality of the Inn and its loyal customers. I will happily write more later as I find how the Inn evolves.
First of all, the Inn itself is very much 'old Santa Fe' rather than the newer lodging facilities around the city which make the visits to Santa Fe as original as a visit to 'any-city USA'.
The Turquoise Bear is a delightful experience in itself. It attracts lodgers who also are there for the music festivals as well as the galleries and museums to explore for 'off hours'. Those lodgers repeatedly come to the Inn from across the country and the world and become a wonderful part of what I enjoy about this Inn. The breakfasts become discussion groups about yesterday's (or last night's) performances.
There have not been many B and B's where I have stayed which have such freewheeling conversation. The diners are not separated out into private tables as you might find in other Inns. There is one enormous table for breakfast, but if there are those who wish to avoid the conversation, there are patio 'cafe tables' for that or for overflow.
Since I mentioned breakfast, I must mention that the nature of the breakfast has changed with the new owners. The 'cold table' with fruits, cereals, breads (with a toaster) is exactly the same. The hot breakfast has changed in that there is not a menu any more but a breakfast entree available. That entree changes daily and if a diner does not wish the entree of the day, an alternate is available (eggs any style with sides as desired). This past week, I decided to keep to the entree and had a delightful breakfast every morning. I have no idea of what the future holds, but my mornings had fajitas or quiches for the most part. There was a fresh fruit smoothie every morning (many made from home grown fruits and berries) which, even though it was different each morning, I became an addict for them.
I am sure that I am missing something that I had planned to say, but I will have more to say following my next visit, I am sure.
I want to assure the old 'regulars' at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear that while the place has changed from what you remember, it is still a wonderful place to stay and I plan on remaining a returning reg