Santa Fe is a cultural and art capital of the world, so why not surround yourself with art while you visit? Casa Galleria is an art- and antique-filled home that allows you to truly experience the wonder of the area. Art, artifacts, and antiques have been lovingly collected locally and from around the world. A few things are breakable, and you will feel more comfortable leaving the kiddos at home. A small, well-behaved dog is likely to be welcome in the house and fenced side yard. Please inquire.
The two-story house tumbles down a small hill to a greenbelt, taking advantage of the terrain. Enter the front door after passing through the antique doors that are just below street level, and walk down eight steps to a portal (covered patio in New Mexico parlance) with ample seating to enjoy the morning sun. The front door, from the portal, leads to Casa Galleria's Western Foyer that welcomes you with western art and artifacts before you take three more steps into the large living room that looks out on the greenbelt. Or drive into the garage and use the interior stairway to access the living level. A second level is accessible by the interior stairway; however, it is used for storage and is currently closed off.
To the right of the Western Foyer is a bedroom with a king-size bed and ample closet space that is empty except for two air mattresses and metal frames that could be used in a pinch if the inlaws or adult children make a surprise visit. Abundant afternoon sun and beautiful sunsets on the west side of the house (where the kitchen and living room are located) add to the intrinsic warmth of the house. A kiva fireplace will greet you in the living room, already stacked in the traditional New Mexico way with aromatic pinon firewood. Additional firewood is off the patio — just outside the living room door — in fall, spring, and winter. Concerned about summer heat? Due to the way the house is situated, the living area is cool, even during the warmest two-week period that typically occurs in June. Quick and dramatic rain showers in July and August give way to beautiful sunsets at this 7,200-foot elevation. Most summer rain showers last no more than 30-60 minutes, followed by rainbows viewable from the deck.
Ski Santa Fe is a short 30-minute drive up the hill, where you'll find good winter skiing, spring and summer hiking, and fall colors that can be enjoyed by hitching a ride on the ski lift that runs for sightseers the first two weeks of October. Skiers will also like Taos Ski Valley, less than 2 hours away, which offers 110 trails from 14 ski lifts.
Santa Fe is a culinary oasis, but if you get tired of eating out, visit the seasonal farmer's market at the Railyard for local produce, and create your own Northern New Mexico masterpiece in the fully appointed kitchen. Copper pots and appliances of every sort make cooking-in easy. A barbeque grill makes summer al fresco dining on the deck perched over the greenbelt and just off the kitchen a lovely and memorable experience.
For the road-warrior travelers who must mix business with pleasure, the Internet-equipped office will keep you connected. There are three computer monitors and two keyboards with multiple hookups suitable for most laptops. Three printers that are connected by wifi will allow you to print business documents or your day's sightseeing itinerary. The wifi extends throughout the house, connecting your device to speakers when you prefer not to explore the international collection of CDs that can be played on the traditional CD player in the living room. The television uses a Roku streaming device connected to the house wifi.
But why would you spend the day in the house when Santa Fe beckons to be explored? A path in the greenbelt behind the house leads to downtown Santa Fe and the plaza, a 20-minute walk. Canyon Road art galleries are the same distance by veering left when you emerge from the path. You'll find a hand-drawn map in the Casa Galleria office to ensure you won't get lost. Paths are not illuminated, and an Uber return is advisable after dark.
House - single floor/ Main Residence