Fodor's Expert Review Rancho Manzana B&B

26 Camino de Mision, Chimayó, New Mexico 87522, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

A great base if you're making an overnight adventure of the High Road, or an affordable and charming lodging option that's an easy and scenic 30-minute drive from Downtown Santa Fe, this distinctive, eco-conscious retreat facing Plaza del Cerro, one of the state's best-preserved Spanish-colonial plazas, and is an easy walk to the attractions and shops in historic Chimayó. four acres of lush gardens, apple orchards, and massive-walled adobe buildings surround a scenic communal garden and acequia. A fire pit and outdoor seating invite stargazing.


Rooms are in two private casitas and a spacious 1,300-square-foot casita and have natural mud walls, high ceilings, and comfortable, homey furnishings, including high-quality linens with down comforters. Each accesses a lovely deck. The apartment is an excellent option for families or groups and has heated hardwood floors, high ceilings, a washer-dryer, and a well-stocked kitchen. There are no TVs or phones in the rooms, and cell-service can be a bit spotty in this area, but there is Wi-Fi.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There's a two-night minimum stay for the casita rooms, and a three-night minimum for the apartment. The latter has a starting rate of just $95 for double-occupancy, but it can sleep up to six, and there's a charge of $25 per each occupant. Whatever the size of your party, it's a great deal.


Bathrooms in the two casita rooms are cozy but nicely outfitted with big fluffy towels; they have showers rather than bathtubs. In the apartment, there are two bathrooms, one with a romantic vintage claw-foot tub, and the other with a spacious tiled shower.


At this intimate property, there's no lobby per se but rather a dining–living room where breakfast is available in the mornings. Guests tend to relax more in their own rooms or amid the gorgeous, peaceful grounds.


Rancho Manzana differs from conventional B&Bs in that breakfast is not included in the rates but rather available for an additional $17 per person. It's actually a handy policy if you're staying in the apartment, with its own kitchen, and prefer cooking for yourself, or you'd like to try one of the great breakfast restaurants in Santa Fe or elsewhere in the region. If you do opt for breakfast, you can expect a delicious gourmet meal that uses organic ingredients and might feature French toast with caramelized bananas, eggs Benedict, or some other artfully presented treat.


There's no bar, but you can enjoy your own wine or cocktail on the deck of your casita, or while relaxing under the apple tree overlooking a small koi pond. It's about a 20-minute drive from Kokoman Fine Wines & Liquors, one of the best such shops in the state.


Getting Around

Although this B&B is within walking distance of several galleries and historic attractions in tiny Chimayó, it's in a rural community with limited public transit options. A car is your best bet for getting here and exploring the area.


It's an easy, picturesque stroll to charming and historic Rancho de Chimayó (6-minute walk), a bewitching spot for a drinks or a full meal of well-prepared classic New Mexican fare on the patio or in one of the atmospheric dining room. Farther north along the scenic High Road to Taos, Sugar Nymphs Bistro (30-minute drive) in tiny Peñasco is inside a historic theater building and is justly acclaimed for farm-fresh breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Save room for the decadent triple-layer chocolate cake and other rich desserts.


Time your visit to Gabriels (20-minute drive), which is famed for its flavorful table-side guacamole and excellent margaritas, to coincide with the sunset, which you can watch from the handsome patio. Another great outdoor spot for drinks, Terra (30-minute drive), inside the plush Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, offers an outstanding wine, beer, and cocktail selection plus delicious food. If the weather's cold, have a seat at the sophisticated inside bar.


The verdant grounds and setting on one of New Mexico's most beautiful and historic plazas are among the best attributes of this small, well-cared-for adobe inn. The breakfasts here do cost extra, but they're prepared by a talented gourmet chef, and there's much to see right in the tiny village the inn is located in as well as throughout the surrounding area. The spacious apartment, which sleeps up to six, is one of the best lodging options for groups and families along the High Road to Taos.


Local Flavor


Phones: 505-351–2227;888-505–2227

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