An Oregon Innkeeper's Dream and Travels in New Mexico

My first stay in a Bed and Breakfast was, I don't know, 15 years ago and I was taken inn!  We have stayed in many over the years and I always came away with the dream to have my own inn, "someday".   When our youngest graduated from college, I asked my husband if we could "please do it now"?  Relunctantly, he said yes and the rest is history.  We purchased the Old Parkdale Inn, in the beautiful Hood River Valley, on the north slope of Mt Hood, 6 years ago and haven't looked back.

When we do get a chance to travel the first place I look to for lodging is a state association of bed and breakfast such as the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Most state associations have a set of Quality Assurance Guidelines to assure travelers consistantly high standards in a variety of accommodations.  We, the Old Parkdale Inn, also belong to an organization called Mi Casa Su Casa and that is how we found Casa Gallina.  It was a bonus that our daughter knew the owner, Richard Spera, personally.
Casa Gallina, an artisan inn just minutes from downtown Taos New MexicoOwning a B&B is certainly a dream but we all need a vacation now and then.  So here we are traveling in New Mexico visiting our daughter.  And last night we stayed at the Casa Gallina B&B, located just 5 minutes from downtown Taos.  The inn consists of three adobe guest houses, casitas, and offers a quiet, pastoral setting with majestic views of Taos Mountain, the vast Taos Valley and one of the clearest night skies you'll ever see.  Each guest house is decorated with furniture, art, and textiles from both Old and New Mexico.  The guest rooms are well appointed, with fully stocked kitchens, complete with organically grown eggs from the hens on the property.   Truely a luxurious and cozy retreat, we could easily relax here all day, but off we go to enjoy another gorgeous day in the Taos Valley   

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