Georgia O’Keeffe’s namesake suite is one of 11 private rooms on the property; each one honors an author, artist, composer, or other influential visionary who frequented the inn.
Witter Bynner updated this complex in the Spanish-Pueblo Revival style, inspired by the initial rooms from the early 1880s. Today’s innkeepers mimic the tradition, but implement modern amenities.
The Inn of the Turquoise Bear encourages leisure and fitness. Several of their vacation packages incorporate hiking, while others are catered to honeymoons, “babymoons,” and the Santa Fe Opera.
The former home of Santa Fe socialite and activist Witter Bynner (1881–1968), the Inn of the Turquoise Bear is rich with a history of hospitality. Bynner and Robert Hunt, his companion of almost 40 years, were notorious for their uproarious parties; acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams called them ‘‘Bynner’s bashes.’’ The welcoming atmosphere today is more refined and intimate, but the innkeepers remain influenced by the property’s roots. Emphasizing creativity, comfort, and deluxe accommodations, the inn offers sanctuary for sweethearts celebrating Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and—most important—each other’s company.
A delicious Santa Fe breakfast is provided each morning, and takeaway trays are encouraged for guests desiring a more romantic in-room retreat. february/march 2016