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Charming Santa Fe Casita Perched on a mountainside just off the historic Old Santa Fe Trail, this beautiful 800-square-foot, one bedroom casita enjoys spectacular views. Grab your camera for Santa Fe's glorious sunsets that illuminate four mountain ranges. After dark, you'll look out on a carpet of twinkly lights below and genuinely endless stars above. Enjoy our balmy high desert climate from the private wrap-around, covered portal with beautiful wildflower gardens. Inside, relax in a classic Santa Fe setting. Linger over the Sunday paper on the down-filled couch, peek up at a blanket of stars through skylights placed throughout this peaceful residence, and sleep soundly in the handsome wrought-iron, queen-size bed with luxury linens from the Sundance catalog.
The kitchen is fully equipped with old-fashioned china, Mexican wine goblets and a gourmet chef's cookware collection. The bathroom is quintessential New Mexico, decorated in colorful tiles and outfitted with plush Egyptian cotton towels. The casita is stocked with a coffee maker, blender, microwave, toaster, WI-FI and flat-screen satellite television. We can also provide an outdoor grill and an outdoor copper fire pit for sipping wine while the sun sets (at your request). There is no phone service, but good cell phone coverage.
Santa Fe is the pinup town for the Southwest, famous for its wildflower gardens corralled by plump adobe walls. But it's also a brainy vortex of science, art and culture, with a side of freaky-deaky New Age shamanism. Of late, some notable intelligent life has landed: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, writer Cormac McCarthy and former CIA agent Valerie Plame. As the town's polymathic tendencies have snowballed, Santa Fe has been reborn as the white-hot center of an American Renaissance.
Anointed America's first UNESCO Creative City, the nation's oldest state capital is celebrating its 400th year with a newly-minted identity: the Florence of the 21st century. Scientists here are mapping genetic codes in the human brain, developing mind-boggling agent-based computer prediction models and making giant strides in alternative energy. Santa Fe has been nicknamed Tamalewood for the plethora of films being shot here. Love opera? The Met's best come to the Santa Fe Opera every summer for a season of acclaimed new and classic operas performed in Santa Fe's architectural jewel of an opera house, constructed in a contemporary clam shell shape. Throughout the year you can snag amazing seats at some of the best rock, country, jazz and classical concerts in the country at Santa Fe's intimate venues. The Lannan Foundation brings internationally-renowned writers, artists and musicians to speak in the beautifully-restored Lensic Theater. With more than 135 galleries, Santa Fe is firmly entrenched as the second largest art market in the country.
Getting here just got easier. The Railrunner now whisks train passengers between Albuquerque's International Airport and the Santa Fe Railyard in chic Santa Fe style. A refreshingly-modern upstart sibling to the town's historic Plaza, the artistic and hip Railyard area is Santa Fe's new SoHo on Old West holy ground: the end of the spur-line for the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. The Railyard's soul (and the brain trust of the slow food movement) is the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. Stalls heaped with colorful local produce, organic lamb, artisan cheeses, and buckets of New Mexican sunflowers greet you every Tuesday and Saturday morning. The fooderati flock to Santa Fe not only for its extraordinary farmer's market. Its inventive chefs and their entertaining cooking classes, and the renowned Wine & Chili Festival draw huge numbers as well. Art collectors troll Santa Fe's eclectic galleries, prestigious museums and art festivals throughout the summer including SITE Santa Fe's International Biennial, Indian Market, Spanish Market, and the International Folk Art Market.
Northern New Mexico is Georgia O'Keeffe country: red rocks sculpted by wind and rain climb from the desert floor; mountains covered in Aspen trees frame electric blue skies. It's warm (and thanks to the altitude, never too hot) in the summer. In the winter, everything is blanketed in deep powdery snow. This stunning landscape is home to world-class skiing, biking, rafting, kayaking, hiking, golf, fly fishing, rock and ice climbing. (Santa Fe's own ski resort, Ski Santa Fe, is just 35 minutes from our door; Taos Ski Valley is two hours north.)
Feel free to contact us for many more photos of this lovely retreat and any other information about visiting Santa Fe. We hope to meet you soon!
Rates: $140 - $160/night plus tax, depending on the season. $800/week; $1600/month. 50% deposit required upon booking. For stays beyond three days there is a $200 cleaning fee/ damage deposit, but you'll only be charged for the actual cleaning required. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate pets. This is a non-smoking property.
Memorial Day Week May 22 - May 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer Season Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Winter Break Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Cleaning fee will only be the actual time it takes the housekeeper to clean the cottage at $22/hour. The balance will be reimbursed within a few days of departure. Rental agreement furnished upon request.
Payment Terms:Half rent plus security deposit to hold reservation. Balance due at check-in. Cancellation Policy:If reservation is cancelled more than one month before check in, guest will receive 100% refund. If cancelled anytime between one month and one week prior to check-in, a cancellation fee of 25% of the full rental fee will be retained. No refund for cancellation within 7 days of check-in.
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About the owner: My husband and I are both writers who've lived in Santa Fe for over 20 years. We live near the casita so we're there to answer any questions, recommend restaurants, galleries, hikes and day trips.
Why the Owner Chose Private Homes: We fell in love with Santa Fe on a romantic road trip 25 years ago. Five years later we had settled in and never intend to leave! This is our home, where our children were born and raised, and where we've put down real and lasting roots.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: We offer guests a welcome basket with local New Mexico snacks, a bottle of one of New Mexico's fine wines or sparkling wine (whichever you prefer), and breakfast supplies for the first few days of your stay.