A B&B on the Rez


Apache Canyon Ranch

     When we find ourselves cornered by our daily routine and responsibilities what do we do? Don’t many of us start dreaming of, or actually planning, a vacation? And what sort of experience do we expect, or try to have, when we travel? We might be looking for some stress-relieving fun, a new experience, or an adventure. In a new environment, even a temporary one, our priorities become clear again, we are energized and return home with fresh enthusiasm. That may be especially true for creative types who will see inspiration in new people, places, and experiences. When our creativity becomes recharged all we want to do is get back to work.

     So now the question is, where do we go to experience this resurgence of energy, this refreshed outlook, and where should we stay when we get there? Many sojourners around the globe see the American Southwest as a place off their beaten path and a historic, adventurous journey. In New Mexico you will discover an old place with many traditions. You can experience history by sight-seeing, and there is no end to events taking place the year around. Plan your trip to coincide with an annual event, for instance the International Balloon Fiesta or the Santa Fe Indian Market. Get the tranquility you need to recharge your psyche by walking around on your own and talking to the friendly locals.

     But, where to stay when visiting the Southwest and to accomplish all of the above? Apache Canyon Ranch and Bed and Breakfast located in To’hajiilee, a Navajo community outside of Albuquerque, is a bed and breakfast that can offer all the above. In your own elegant suite in Indian country, you will feel pampered but with all the contemporary comforts needed to revitalize your psyche.


     How to find this Native Oasis of tranquility? Follow Interstate 40, east or west, and take exit 131. Continue on Canoncito School Road for 3.2 miles and along the way enjoy the reservation landscape. Soon you will see an old windmill that waters the tribe's grazing cattle.


     Next there will be cactus ... lots of cactus,

... quickly you will see the ranch in the distance and the front gate will be open, awaiting your arrival.

     Prepare to meet the hostess, Ava Bower, who will also be your chef, guide, and endless source of local information. The Georgia native will pamper you with her sweet potato pie, and private label selection of wine. In the Apache Canyon Ranch's cozy, but elegant interior is a warm, relaxing atmosphere that will tempt you to put your feet up.
     Hang in at the ranch, or see the local sights. To' hajiilee, a Navajo community, is neighbor to two Pueblo reservations to the West, Laguna and Acoma Pueblos. Depending on the time of year you choose to visit, each reservation celebrates an annual feast day. Laguna Pueblo has two, the official saint's day, St. Joseph's Day, is in March on the 19th, and the traditional fall feast is held faithfully on September 19. Then there are also feast days in each of the other six villages, most are in the fall, and each with its own Catholic saint. Acoma's feast day, San Esteban, is held on October 2.