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A friendly, relaxing bed and breakfast with a great location near the Plaza
The mid-range Inn at Vanessie offers seven rooms and four suites two blocks from the Plaza. The location makes it easy for guests to explore the area’s many restaurants and shops on foot -- though the on-site restaurant is a great option as well, especially the piano bar, which gets lively in the evenings.
The rooms are housed in the adobe building where the small business center and lobby are located. A pair of sofas, a fireplace, and a library of DVDs make the lobby a comfy hangout. The decor and layouts of the rooms varies, but all have charming Southwestern decor.
The four suites are located in a separate building (where the firewood is stacked for guest use). The grounds at the Vanessie basically consist of a parking lot. However, the Vanessie Restaurant occupies a handsome, historic building next to the Inn where the free hot breakfast is served, as well as casual dining in the evening.
An expansion is underway that will add more rooms in a neighboring historic building. A courtyard is also in the works, which should bring some needed style and interest to the grounds.
Two blocks from the Plaza
The Inn at Vanessie is located two blocks from the Plaza, putting guests within easy walking distance of Santa Fe’s cultural hub. The Railyard shopping district is also easily visited on foot.
Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish and is home to about 70,000 people of varying cultural backgrounds including Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos. New Mexico’s fourth-largest city is also the nation’s highest capitol and its oldest: It was founded in 1607.
The Spanish influence seen so often throughout Santa Fe stems from the missionaries who arrived in the 1600s to convert the local Native American population. Old missions such as the San Miguel can be seen scattered across New Mexico and offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history. Often times, these missions are located at or near Native American pueblos, such as Tesuque or Cochiti, which are home to the various Pueblo peoples. Visiting New Mexico’s pueblos offers a chance to interact with the locals, purchase art and wares, and gain a better appreciation of New Mexico’s rich history.
Today, Santa Fe is the nation’s third-largest market for buying and selling art. In addition to the many galleries at the Plaza and along Canyon Road, several museums including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (showcasing the painter’s long relationship with New Mexico) celebrate the creative spirit in Santa Fe.
The “City Different,” as it’s known, sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the southern edge of the Rockies, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Although the cool summer hiking and skiing in winter offer great reasons to visit, it’s best to keep in mind that the high elevation also means more stress for the body while acclimating. Most people become used to the thinner air after two or three days which means that strenuous physical activity will become easier and less dangerous if you wait a day or two after arriving in town. One more caution: One alcoholic drink at this altitude will equal three drinks at sea level!
Charming and unique, with regional decor and some fireplaces and patios
All seven rooms and four suites at the Vanessie are uniquely designed. The decor is consistent, however, and includes Native American rugs and pottery, framed black-and-white photos of the region, and other works of Southwestern art. Red brick floors, adobe fireplaces, and rough-hewn wood furniture add to the cozy New Mexico atmosphere. Poster beds and antiques are included with some rooms.
No pool or fitness center, but a cozy lobby and free self-parking
Free hot daily breakfast, a fine dining restaurant, and a piano bar
The Inn at Vanessie is a boutique, 11-room bed and breakfast located within walking distance of the Plaza. Rooms are among the most charming available in this price category, with Southwestern decor and in some, extras such as fireplaces and patios. Free Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast add value, and the location is perfect for exploring the busy retail area nearby. There's no pool or fitness center, but Vanessie Restaurant gets great reviews, and a professional pianist plays several nights a week in the lounge.