If humans spend one-third of their lives asleep, why would anyone waste a third of their vacation in a bland hotel?  I made my recent southwest vacation nights count by lodging at the charming Casa Blanca Inn, a hacienda-style boutique hotel in Farmington, New Mexico.

Located in a peaceful residential neighborhood, the Casa Blanca Inn is situated around a lush garden courtyard with a trickling central fountain.  (My own personal bliss!)

 

 

Inside the rooms, I found Southwestern decor at its best:  Hand-carved furniture, Mexican tile work, Navajo rugs, and earthy, hand-woven textiles.   I stayed in the Fountain Room and was delighted to find a well-appointed kitchenette.  (Swing by a grocery store for wine before you check-in because, once there, you won’t want to leave!)

 

 

The next morning, a complimentary southwestern-style breakfast was served in an elegantly-appointed dining room.  The gracious hosts ensure their guests feel welcome and well-fortified for a day of adventuring and photography.  And for all these amenities, I found the rates surprisingly affordable.

The Casa Blanca Inn is within close proximity to the Four-Corners region where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet.   The region is rich with many exceptional Southwestern travel destinations, making the Casa Blanca Inn the perfect home base for a memorable vacation.  The farthest destination is less than three hours away, but most are much closer.

Visit the closest destinations on your first day:  Shiprock, the Bisti Badlands, and Chaco CanyonMesa Verde National Park and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument will make for a very full second day.   You’ll need something a bit lighter on the third day, and Durango, Colorado is the perfect example of a southwestern mountain town.   Farther afield, you shouldn’t miss Monument Valley, Bluff, and The Valley of the Gods.  If you can fit in the Moki Dugway and aren’t afraid of steep roads, the view from the top is breathtaking!  Start very early in the day to see it all.  Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the Petrified National Forest allow for a slower-paced fourth day.

 

 

It might seem a rather frantic pace, but not one should be missed!  At day’s end, you’ll be glad to return to your courtyard patio and trickling fountain at the Casa Blanca Inn .

Casa Blanca Inn

505 East La Plata Street

Farmington, New Mexico 87401

(505) 327-6503

https://www.casablancanm.com/