Santa Fe, NM, is known for its artistic and cultural expression with multitudes of museums, culture, and historic architecture. One of the most significant historic buildings in Santa Fe is our 1800’s adobe inn. Do yourself a favor by investing some time to discover Inn of the Turquoise Bear: an historic gem in Santa Fe NM.

A Property Filled with History

If you’re looking for artistic and cultural enrichment in Santa Fe, then you’ll find it at The Inn of the Turquoise Bear. Built in the mid-1800s by Witter Bynner (American poet, writer, and scholar; 1881-1968), our beautiful two-story adobe Spanish-Pueblo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, Bynner and the building played a significant role in the development of what Santa Fe is today.

This inn has a fascinating history. For example, the home had a notorious reputation for rowdy parties known as “Bynner Bashes” – the entertainment hub for Santa Fe’s cultural elite and influential people worldwide. Party guests included Ansel Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Aldous Huxley, Errol Flynn, Rita Hayworth, Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many others.

Bynner was also a fascinating person, most notably his concern and advocacy for human rights. The plight of Native Americans, women, and other minorities were at the forefront of his mind. As you learn about the man who created this building, you begin to see a picture of an intelligent, caring, and fun loving person.

Oftentimes, buildings of bygone years fall into disrepair. The Inn of the Turquoise Bear was no exception. However, in 1996, Ralph Bolton and Robert Frost restored the estate and turned it into a bed and breakfast. In doing so, they successfully retained the villa’s authentic Northern New Mexico magic. You can even see slight reminders of the Chinese decoration that Bynner used to differentiate it from other buildings. That Asian touch is significant, offering one more reason to book a stay.

What’s more, imagine yourself enveloped by cozy courtyards, rock terraces, lush gardens, and natural walking paths. The scent of lilacs and roses will fill your senses as you admire the majestic pines that stand as guardians on this one-acre property. Needless to say, visiting the inn is an experience you will enjoy and remember for years to come.

O Henry guest room queen bed, fire in fireplace, sitting chair 2 windows

A Unique Location

The Inn is in one of America’s oldest and most unique cities near the Old Santa Fe Trail. A short walk takes you to Santa Fe’s historic plaza,  The Palace of Governors (the oldest continually inhabited government building in the US), Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and multiple other museums and other historic buildings. Despite our close proximity to town, our one-acre property nestled in nature provides a sense of seclusion. You’ll experience ample opportunity to get away from everything and everyone to rest, relax, and renew.

Rooms That Immerse You in History and Culture

Once inside the inn, you’ll notice that the style is in line with its historic significance. For instance, the lobby and several other rooms will take you back in time with their carved wood furniture and other accessories. Then, as you nestle in for the night enveloped in plush linens, you can imagine sleeping in the same room where D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Igor Stravinsky, or Georgia O’Keeffe spent the night.

So what are you waiting for? Discover Inn of the Turquoise Bear: an historic gem in Santa Fe NM, and you’ll find yourself deep in Santa Fe’s rich history. Your getaway will be more than a visit – it will be a cultural experience. Book now.