Deep in the Chama Valley, this inn has a secluded vibe amid the red-rock geography that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe. The departure point for tours of the nearby O'Keeffe Home and also a good base for exploring the trails and museums of Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, this 25-room rambling inn also has a great little restaurant and a fine art gallery.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The inn is in a tiny town that's nearly an hour's drive from Santa Fe, making it less than ideal if you wish to be close to lots of restaurants and shops.
Rooms, including several four-person casitas, are brightly decorated with Southwestern accents and have woodstoves or kiva-style fireplaces and wood-beam ceilings; some units have verandas or screen-in porches with hammocks and open views of O'Keeffe Country, and a couple of smaller economical rooms are attractively priced.
The casitas have small but well-stocked kitchens, which are handy if you're staying more than a couple of days in this remote location. You can pick up supplies just down the road at historic Bode's general store.
Bathrooms have colorfully tiled shower-bath combos, counters, and floors. They're average sized but with high-quality towels and Gilchrist & Soames and BeeKind bath products.
The lobby is relatively small and little visited by guests beyond check-in, but it is decorated with attractive local artwork, and it's just steps from the inn's excellent Galeria Arriba, which is stocked with fine art, jewelry, and apparel.
On warm days and evenings, the inn's loveliest public area is the landscaped courtyard, which is anchored by a gurgling fountain.
Hung with paintings and photography, Cafe Abiquiu serves excellent New Mexican fare, including corn cakes topped with poached eggs, red-chile mornay sauce, bacon, and cotija cheese at breakfast. The blue-corn fried local trout is a favorite for lunch or dinner.
Try one of the local beers produced by Abbey Brewing Company, which is operated by the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert, an isolated monastery 30 miles away in the Chama Valley wilderness.
The inn is on U.S. 84, the main road through Abiquiu, about an hour's drive north of Santa Fe and a 20-minute drive from Espanola, which has plenty of grocery stores, casual restaurants, and other travel services. It's also a good base for visiting hiking amid the soaring rock formations of the Plaza Blanca wilderness, the historic Ojo Caliente spa, and the museums and hiking trails at Ghost Ranch.
There aren't many dining options nearby, but Bode's General Store (5-minute drive), where Georgia O'Keeffe used to buy her groceries, serves delicious breakfast burritos and green-chile cheeseburgers in from late morning through mid-afternoon. It's a 15-minute drive to El Farolito, a tiny hole-in-the-wall family-run restaurant serving hearty and authentic home-style New Mexican fare; it's in the small village of El Rito.
Artesian Restaurant (30-minute drive) at the famed Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa serves fancier fare in a handsome dining room and is also has the best cocktail, beer, and wine list in the vicinity.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For fans of Georgia O'Keeffe, who made her home in this area for decades, the inn offers the perfect base for viewing the scenery that inspired the iconic artist, and touring her home and studio. Santa Fe is still close enough for frequent forays, yet the peaceful setting is far enough from any population centers that guests are treated to dark, starry nights, and breathtaking high-desert scenery.