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“A Unique Experience Beyond Our Imaginations!”
The Spartan, long view
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The Spartan, long view
Spartan lounge area
Spartan Window over the Bed
Spartan shower in bathroom
The front of Suitable DIgs
Garden with geodesic dome
olive tree greenhouse
small rock-lined swimming hole in the yard!
swimming hole, artistically
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Caravan/mobile home -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Leslie R
Roswell, Georgia
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“A Unique Experience Beyond Our Imaginations!”
Reviewed 18 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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We had such an extraordinary stay at Suitable Digs that I am going to write 2 reviews: a short one for the busy traveler and a longer one for someone who would really like to dig in to the experience.

Short version:
Being greeted by an acre and a half of brilliant wildflowers was our first taste of Suitable Digs. The entire property was lush with vegetable, berry, and herb gardens, a geodesic dome with fig trees and rosemary bushes, a greenhouse with olive trees and wild grasses, a beautifully landscaped deep, cold, stone plunging pool and an entire property of trees, plants, and whimsical fun.
We stayed in the beautifully restored 1948 Spartan travel trailer. The restoration project is documented on her website. It was appointed with all era-appropriate items and the front and back yards were private, intimate, and lush. The view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was spectacular.
The exterior and interior areas of the property were neat, clean, tidy and in excellent repair. Wifi was better than any hotel.
The proprietor, Lisa Sarenduc, was Santa Fe-savvy with great information for travelers and very respectful of privacy. She has lovingly created an extraordinary green space in the harsh landscape and we are forever grateful that she so generously shares it with us. We will always return to Suitable Digs.

Long version:
Upon arriving at the entrance of Suitable Digs, we were greeted on the right by an acre and a half of brilliantly colored wildflowers which were a unique sight in the desert landscape. We would come to learn that this wildflower garden was Lisa’s (the proprietor) current project and there would soon be the addition of 100 to 125 trees to be planted. We would return to this garden in the cool mornings to witness an army of hummingbirds, listen to the bees which covered the bee balm, and take some of our most beautiful pictures of the trip.
Meeting Lisa was our next treat. She immediately gave us a tour of the property which represented 13 years of her adventures in creating this lush, serene, and lovely space. The opulent vegetable, herb, flower, and berry gardens were in full bloom. The geodesic dome was bursting with ripening fig trees and rosemary bushes. The greenhouse contained olive trees and a wild garden of grasses and flowers. The entire grounds contained the normal indigenous junipers and pinon pines that were probably there when she arrived. However, the fine gravel pathways were lined with additional trees and plants that Lisa lovingly planted to create a cool haven from the hot and harsh landscape. Chairs strategically placed around the property gave the impression that Lisa might take to occasional break to enjoy the view or appreciate her labors.
Peppered throughout the setting were whimsical articles that brought a smile, just enough to be clever and fun but not kitschy. Lisa found a way to make use of artistic cast-offs and recycled material such as tumbled glass and hub caps to add interest, fun and beauty.
Arriving at the Spartan was the next surprise. The fully restored 1948 travel trailer would be our nest for the next three days. The restoration project is fully documented on the Suitable Digs website as well as in a feature article in Atomic Ranch: Mid-Century Marvels. It’s hard to describe the feeling of fun and joy to stay in the Spartan. In addition to the exquisite blonde wood interior, the attention to the era-appropriate details was remarkable. From the front deck entrance with the glider and milk box to the interior with 40s fabrics and fixtures, the appointments were made with careful thought to create a complete retro experience of time-travel. Of special note were the books, movies, refrigerator, Osterizer, step chair, dishes, sofa, radio, coffee table, iron, and many other items that any child of the 40s or 50s would recognize and love. The front deck was the perfect place to enjoy a cool morning, moving to the back Hobbit garden as the day warmed up. The cool, intimate setting of the Spartan was a flawless vacation setting for us. We enjoyed every second of our stay there.
The next joyful wonder was the stone plunging pool. The cold refreshing water was the perfect beat-the-heat option. Beautifully landscaped with a view of the mountains, it was also intimate and serene. The wooly mammoth companion overlooking the pool was an example of whimsy that gave a smile. The nearby outdoor dining table with solar lanterns hanging above completes the picture of beauty and serenity that characterizes the property.
All aspects of the exterior and interior space were neat, clean, tidy, and in excellent repair. Great care has been given to maintaining the many details of this outstanding property.
Lisa has the greenest thumb and the biggest heart. She has lovingly built a green space (see suitabledigs.com) for her guests to enjoy. Staying at Suitable Digs, you get the feeling that you are participating in green living that respects and nurtures the earth. Lisa is a rare individual who seems to have humbly taken on the privilege of being a fine steward of the earth in her little part of the planet. That she shares it so generously is our privilege, indeed. To me she will always be “The Woman Who Planted Trees.”

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Liked best: Lisa, swimming hole, Spartan, wildflower meadow.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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TheNank
Plantation, Florida
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“Very Unique Wonderful Place, Get a Sense of the Land”
Reviewed 11 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

I have been coming and going for over 20 years and it just keeps getting better. I can appreciate it now more than ever and has been wonderful watching the evolution of the lodgings, the gardens and its surroundings. All of which has been the hard work and imagination of the proprietor Lisa, who tirelessly tends to the gardens and guests alike.

Every time I return to find a new tree planted, a new sustainable system, or some other novelty that makes for greener ambiance. Having just returned yesterday I was greeted by a generous new greenhouse, the second on the property, a new metal grape arbor still framing the beautiful mountain view and some new steps and pathways for exploring.

The property has a negative carbon footprint as it generates more electricity than it uses, collects rain water as well uses its own well water, composts all its organic material which regenerates into fertilizer for the gardens and trees. Is a very cool self sufficient system minutes from the plaza in Santa Fe.

I would recommend a stay here for anyone invested in the environment, green gardening and sustainable living. Really great experience to be a part of and Lisa is so knowledgable about everything organic.

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Liked best: It's a destination in and of itself.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Colorado
Reviewed 24 January 2013 for a stay in September 2012
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AZ
Reviewed 20 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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Tasmania
Reviewed 10 February 2012 for a stay in September 2011

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