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Suitable Digs Is Like A Home Away From Home For The Ecoconscious Traveler

By S. Mathur

The definition of Suitable Digs changes over time. While the name recalls the concerns of students in Edwardian Britain, in 2017 New Mexico it means a green, solar powered home for vacations and short stays. Located just 10 minutes away from the Plaza in Santa Fe, the short term lodgings and apartments are surrounded by garden and greenhouses.

"We have 3 small apartments clustered around the cobblestone patio, a large loft bedroom in the main house with full use of our kitchen, and an impeccably restored 1948 Spartan travel trailer in the back yard, with kitchen and bath and it's own little yard and deck," Owner/Proprietor Lisa Sarenduc said.>[?

The accommodations also have suitably intriguing names, such as the Sun Room, the Earth Room and the Green Room. They are furnished in character and are popular with ecoconscious travelers, offering an alternative to bland hotel and motel rooms. The commitment to green living is also expressed through the materials used in the interiors, with natural fabrics like cotton and wool, and rich colors with southwestern themes and motifs. Natural materials like wood, stone, brick and metal are used throughout. Interior finishes are all petroleum-free.

All energy is supplied by a large solar energy array and the roof water collection system provides water for the extensive gardens.

"There are multiple gardens at Suitable Digs, growing vegetables, berries, grapes, fruit trees and nuts," Sarenduc said. "We also have two beautiful greenhouses, one for growing four fig trees, the other for trees olive trees. The intention here is to restore the land to high fertility, which we have been working on for 15 years, and to offer a lifestyle free of toxic products inside the lodgings and in the gardens."

The 2.5 acres of integrated landscaping offers plenty of outdoor space for guests. A new planting of 120 trees creates shade, wildlife habitat and helps to hold water in the ground. There's even a rock-lined natural swimming pool.

"There are great walking trails in the surrounding hills, and we are a fairly short drive away from mountain hikes, Indian ruins, stunning natural sites, fine food, ongoing cultural events and wonderful neighboring towns and villages," Sarenduc said. "And Meow Wolf, which has quickly become a necessary part of any visit to Santa Fe, is a mere 7 minutes away!"

Meow Wolf, also known as the House of Eternal Return, is an art collective that offers visitors an immersive experience.

Bookings can be made online and via Airbnb, for anything from a day to a month or more. Suitable Digs welcomes guests from all over the world.

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