Sometimes you just want a nice, cozy and very private space to spend your evenings while in Santa Fe. Sometimes you just want something charming and friendly, maybe with hardwood floors and a beautifully tiled kitchen and bathroom. Wishing for a private, fenced backyard with a huge cottonwood tree AND a hot tub? And are you wishing you could stay in this great place in Santa Fe for less then $120 per night?
If all of these wants and wishes have been running around in your head, I have just the place for you, and I experienced it firsthand last weekend when I was in Santa Fe for a concert at Santa Fe Sol.
It’s the Two Casitas Zia casita, one of Wendy’s six efficiencies. This historic 100 year plus adobe home is situated on what many might call Santa Fe’s most charming street. Casita Zia boasts the best East side location, just one and a half blocks to Canyon Road and five blocks to the Plaza.
I parked my car at the Zia and walked everywhere, except for Santa Fe Sol. I had coffee at Ohori’s at Paseo de Peralto and Old Santa Fe Trail, just a short walk from the Zia. I bought some fruit and cheese and wine at Kaune’s Neighborhood Market. I had breakfast at the Guadalupe Cafe. Late one evening we walked to the Dragon Room (the bar next to the historic Pink Adobe) for a drink and to hear music.
We walked to the Railyard and had dinner at the Zia Diner. Wandered across the street and had the flan at the Cowgirl. There we met a couple from Albuquerque who had come up on the Railrunner to see the BoDeans free show at the Railyard (where, by the way, Paula Nelson, Willie’s daughter, will be playing a free Buckaroo Barn Dance this Saturday night, June 16). Since our plan had been to simply wander around, we ended up joining them at the BoDeans concert, and then having a microbrew at Second Street Brewery.
After which, we strolled home to our fabulous Zia casita with its fireplace, skylights and 100 year-old adobe walls. It had been such a perfect day that the hot tub felt like the most relaxing way to end it, so we sat under the stars in our tub and talked about our Sunday plans.
I always say in these posts that the Two Casitas property I stayed in most recently was my favorite. I’m always pleasantly surprised by something about the home where Wendy puts me (I just leave her in charge of choices; she knows best what her guests want, I think), and the Zia was no exception. I loved the coziness, the privacy, the decor. . .and I loved the backyard where we had our coffee under the cottonwood every morning and our wine in the hot tub every night.
Mostly I loved the weekend. Staying at the Zia made everything convenient and relaxing, and it was a weekend with no specific plans other than the Sunday night concert at Santa Fe Sol.
If your own particular rat race has gotten you down, consider a weekend with Wendy at Two Casitas. Ask for the Zia. At $115 per night, it’s the most affordable way to enjoy feeling like a local. I guarantee you’ll love it!
And by the way, this property is pet-friendly. So if your pooch needs a break, bring her along.