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Casa Cuma Makes Every Guest Feel At Home

By Pamela Sosnowski

For over 30 years, Casa Cuma Bed and Breakfast has served as an oasis for visitors to the Santa Fe area. Surrounded by mountain views, fir trees, and gardens, the adobe-style property is beautiful enough on the outside, but the amenities offered inside are part of the reason it's won several travel awards and is rated one of the best B&Bs by the community.

Owned and operated by Colleen Davidson and Shaan Minhas, Casa Cuma offers guests free Internet usage, free museum tickets, free parking, a free full breakfast that includes hot entrees every morning, and the use of an outdoor hot tub.

Four luxurious rooms are decorated in traditional Southwestern style featuring local textiles, antiques, and artwork, and two casitas ("little houses") as well as a full house on a ridge are available as accommodations.

Davidson and Minhas have taken care to add little touches to each guest room that make a stay all that more luxurious. Only high thread count bedding is used in the rooms, as well as down comforters and feather beds. Thick towels and separate spa towels make showering or a visit to the hot tub a pampering experience. Bathrobes, cable TV, a clock radio, hair dryer, and an iron are provided in each room as well as high-quality toiletries including bath soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

It's no wonder that Casa Cuma was chosen by Newsweek in 2007 as one of three top "Desert Paradises" n the U.S. The property is also a member of the Santa Fe Inns of Distinction.

Guests also favor a stay here due to its close proximity to Santa Fe's downtown area. According to Davidson, the B&B is "an easy five-minute walk to the restaurants and a ten-minute walk to the Historic Plaza, the center of Santa Fe culture." Santa Fe is described by Davidson as "an easy going culture filled with creative people."

It's also teeming with history; the city was founded as a Spanish colony in 1610 and is noted for its crooked streets and adobe architecture. Notable attractions include the Georgia O'Keefe museum, guided sightseeing tours of Native American sites, and historic downtown walking tours.

The nearby Santa Fe National Forest also contain several miles of hiking trails, and just a 20-minute drive away from the city is the Pecos Studio, where visitors can visit up to 20 open artist studios that showcase paintings, ceramics, tinwork, jewelry, and more.

After partaking in all of that culture and sightseeing, guests can watch the sun descend over the mountains, relax on the B&B's patio, or soak in the hot tub. The following morning they're treated to a breakfast that often includes Dutch apple pancakes, Southwestern burritos, or pumpkin pecan waffles. Whether a guest is just beginning their trip in Santa Fe or ending their stay, Casa Cuma makes each of them feel at home.

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