A delightful, affordable, adobe compound that's a 15-minute drive southeast of the Plaza, this secluded bed-and-breakfast sits amid 10 secluded acres of piñon and ponderosa pines, with grand views of the Ortiz Mountains and the area's high-desert mesas. Ryan and Jessica Miller--along with their friendly dogs--warmly welcome guests to this low-key retreat.
There's no gym on-site, but guests enjoy access, for a daily fee, to nearby and private El Gancho Health Club, which is right down the road.
The individually decorated rooms are brightened by Talavera tiles, folk art, and colorful blankets and rugs. Two of the largest rooms, Eldorado and Luna, have wood-burning fireplaces and private entrances that lead out to a tranquil courtyard with wonderful views of the foothills. The Fiesta and Soleil rooms can be combined into a full suite sleeping four people, making them ideal for families or friends traveling together.
All rooms have private baths, which range from relatively cozy and functional to quite spacious. The romantic Luna Room has an especially large bathroom with a ceramic-tile shower–and–jetted tub combo. All bathrooms have glycerin soaps and hairdryers.
Arts and Crafts furniture and Southwest pottery fill the common room, in which breakfast is served and guests can relax throughout the day. There's a warm fire burning on cool days, and the built-in bookshelves are filled with local literature.
A gift shop off the lobby is stocked with handcrafted jewelry (some of it make by one of the inn's hosts) as well as local soaps, crafts, and decorative items.
Rates include an extensive breakfast featuring northern New Mexico–inspired entrées, such as blue-corn pancakes, along with local artisan-roasted Ohori's coffee, fresh-baked breads, yogurt, and granola. You can take it back and enjoy it in your room or while mingling with fellow guests on the courtyard or in the dining room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Although there are a couple of restaurants nearby, the inn is fairly secluded and a 15- to 20-minute drive from the majority of Santa Fe's restaurants, bars, and attractions.
The inn has no bar, but it's an easy five-minute to the convivial lounge at Harry's Roadhouse.
The Bobcat Inn is set well south of town, off Old Las Vegas Highway, which parallels Interstate 25. Public transportation doesn't serve this area, and using cabs or Uber would quickly become expensive, so it's best to have a car if you're staying here.
You'll discover some of Santa Fe's best people-watching and tastiest modern comfort fare--think lemon-ricotta pancakes at breakfast and fried catfish with grits or blue-corn turkey enchiladas at dinner--at bustling Harry's Roadhouse (5-minute drive), which has a lovely outdoor terrace in back and cozier seating indoors. A short drive south of the inn toward Pecos and Las Vegas, Cafe Fina (5-minute drive) is open only Thursday through Saturday but serves first-rate brunch and dinner fare, including local organic-lamb stew with posole and corn dumplings and ruby trout in brown butter.
Just up the road and adjacent to El Gancho health club, Bourbon Grill (5-minute drive) specializes in fine steaks and baby back ribs and also carries a long and impressive selection of top-shelf bourbons. Right by the famous art installation Meow Wolf, Duel Brewing (18-minute drive) produces stellar Belgian-style craft beers and serves pretty tasty bistro fare, too.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Bobcat Inn is close enough to Santa Fe to easily explore key attractions yet far enough to feel quiet and secluded, away from the fray of tourists and traffic downtown. It's unpretentious and reasonably priced, but well-chosen artwork and smart decorative touches remind you that you're in one of the Southwest's creative hubs. The breakfasts are excellent, too.