The D. H. Lawrence Room (on the second floor) is a junior suite named for Bynner's friend and traveling companion. Bynner and the Lawrences traveled together on an extended trip to Mexico, about which they each wrote a book. D. H. and Frieda Lawrence spent their first night in an American home in this house and were frequent guests here. The bedroom is separate from a sitting area and has a queen-sized bed, kiva fireplace and wide plank floors. The sitting area has a twin-size sofa-bed, bookcases and two chairs. The balcony overlooks an interior courtyard with a rustic staircase leading to the courtyard.
"Inn of the Turquoise Bear a Delightful Den"
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012
"On a recent return trip from Durango Colorado, on our way back to Albuquerque, New Mexico, we spent the night at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As we had stayed at this Bed & Breakfast 6 year ago we chose to return, as it is one of our favorites.
"Situated in close proximity to just about everything you want to see in Santa Fee, it's within walking distance of each of the major attractions, except Canyon Road which a major Art Gallery mecca. The Inn is truly a romantic getaway loaded with history. The owners and hosts are Robert Frost and his partner Ralph Bolton, a noted anthropologist. Robert actually manages the place and is a warm and gracious host who has a wonderful sense of humor.
"The historic Inn, with its off-street private parking lot, once housed several noted authors, musicians and artists including D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keefe, O. Henry, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Edna Millay and a host of other famous artists. It is a quiet, seemingly majestic facility replete with adobe splendor.
"The well-kept gardens are absolutely beautiful. Although we didn't have a pet with us, the place is pet friendly and is inhabited by two beautiful friendly dogs and cats that have the run of the place. As we both are dog lovers, this was ideal for us.
"The rooms, each of which is named for a famous person who had once stayed there, are well appointed and have everything one needs for a restful night's sleep or just simply a retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life with an unending supply of books to read.
"An especially enjoyable and welcomed amenity, that we've not found in other B&B's and one which is very much appreciated, is an afternoon chat with the owners and the other inhabitants over a glass of wine, provided by the owners – and an excellent wine at that.
"When we were there 6 years ago we had made plans specifically to attend the Santa Fe Opera. We found that many of the guests on this trip were there especially to attend the Santa Fe opera whose outdoor auditorium is an incredibly beautiful facility, equipped with English translation monitors in front of every seat.
"Our breakfast, the next morning was a made to order personalized meal that we chose the night before. It was outstanding!
"Our take on the Inn of the Turquoise Bear is one of a quiet, charming, romantic out of the way facility in which we felt welcomed and hated to leave. Most importantly, our hosts Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton were warm, gracious, and hospitable. We will definitely stay there again when we return to Santa Fe.
"We stayed in the Stravinsky room back in 2006 when we were there before. This is to the left of the entrance and is on the first level and is ideal if you have heavy luggage. This past August (2012) we stayed in the D. H Lawrence room which is located on the 2nd floor and is a junior suite. As we didn't have much luggage to carry this was fine even with the relatively short amount of stairs you had to climb to get to it. We were pleased with both rooms"
CJ - Ohio