- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 3
Description from the owner
We invite you to come experience the little bit of Santa Fe magic that is Suitable Digs! For accommodations we have two small apartments, the Sun Room and the Earth Room, as well as the cozy Bunkhouse, the large, comfortable bedroom in the main house called the Green Room, and the meticulously renovated 1948 Spartan travel trailer (seasonal). Please view each individual accommodation to see which might best suit your particular needs. These lodgings can be rented individually, or in combination for groups of up to 10 people. The owner/proprietor lives on the premises in the main house.
The Sun Room
With all the amenities necessary... for a truly pleasant stay, you will find the Sun Room an inviting space with comfortable accommodations for visits to Santa Fe of any duration. 620 square feet.
The Earth Room
Experience the Earth Room’s character and coziness with brick floors and hand-painted walls built around a large central adobe chimney. You will enjoy the furnishings, rugs and art which have been carefully chosen to enhance this unique space. 620 square feet.
The Bunkhouse is a lovely freestanding cabin that will remind you of simpler times. Filled with light and color, the Bunkhouse is enhanced by golden knotty-pine walls, terracotta floors, and magenta counter tops. The handmade interior and furnishings are complemented by art and photographs evocative of a bygone era. 420 square feet.
The Green Room
We offer a fine large room on the third floor of the main house with magnificent mountain views and access to an outside deck. The cozy sleeping loft is perched above a living area that’s been furnished with a comfortable love seat, coffee table, and a desk for your convenience. 200 square feet + sleeping loft.
The 1948 Spartan travel trailer is nestled in a secluded garden setting, with its own private deck and yard. Upon entering this classic beauty, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. The meticulously renovated interior is enclosed in gleaming birch paneling with mahogany details, and features black and white floors and vintage pieces throughout. 240 square feet.
Eco-friendly green living
100% of our electricity is powered by the sun, in the form of a 16-panel solar tracking system. All rain water and snow are collected from the multiple roofs into storage tanks and used for watering of the gardens. We have several greywater systems in use. The soaps we provide are made of simple biodegradable ingredients. And of course, we never use any toxic substances for cleaning. All recyclable materials are, indeed, recycled. Our kitchen and garden wastes are composted in bins for the fertilization of the gardens.Read more
Suitable Digs: cool green lodgings in Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Additional Location Information
Suitable Digs is located 1/2 mile down a dirt-and-gravel road, just off of West Alameda, which goes straight into the center of town. There is ample parking. Two beautiful mountain ranges can be seen in the distance.
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Last updated on February 02, 2013
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Additional notes from the owner
There is a $25 surcharge for stays of one night, as an alternative to a 2-night minimum.
All rates are for double occupancy. There is an additional charge of $25/night for a third person in any of the applicable spaces.
There will be a $200 security deposit for any stays of one month or longer.
There is a $300 security deposit for groups of 6-11 people.
One half of the full amount is due when the reservation is made, by PayPal or by check, the balance due 3 weeks before arrival.
A full refund is given for cancellations up to 3 weeks before arrival date, minus a $50 processing fee.
Cancellations within 3 weeks result in a 1-year full credit given.
- Towels Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Clothes Dryer
- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stereo or CD player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 620 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
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81 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Steve and Stacey
Clean, comfortable, private, affordable, perfect
Close to everything but still secluded and quiet enough to give the sense that you are hidden in the peaceful mountains of Eden! Lisa's hospitality and attention to every detail made our stay wonderful. The comfortable, clean, private rooms and sprawling gardens made it phenomenal.
This was our third time to Santa Fe and we were ready to try something different for lodging, out of the touristy reaches. We also wanted to spend money on attractions, dining and entertainment so we decided to budget our lodging choice and step-out from our comfort zone of Plaza Hotels. Suitable Digs was it! The grounds and property were impressively clean and private. Lisa was at hand when needed for recommendations to local eats. We took her advice on a couple and we were not disappointed. Lisa's eco-friendly lifestyle was absolutely impressive and inspiring.
Her eclectic décor created visual interest and gave a sense of home and unpretentiousness. The only 'downside' if there was one is that my husband and I are pretty tall and the futon-style mattresses were a bit short and firm for us. Bed frame in the Bunkhouse a bit loose but simply needs tightening. My only recommendation, Lisa, would be a pillow-top mattress option to throw down over the regular mattress to soften it a bit. Bedding was comfortable, clean, attractive and eco-friendly. Nothing about our stay would keep us from returning again and again. I highly recommend the sun room. Double-sinks in the Bunkhouse were a great feature.
I miss Lisa's home tremendously and can't wait to return. Read more
Response from Lisa Sarenduc - 10/12/2013
Thanks so much for your kind words and thoroughness of details, Stacey! And I'm glad to know about the bed...didn't realize it was so loose, just had it tightened by the person who made it, and will investigate pillow-top options as recommended. So look forward to seeing you and Steve again.
Doug and Lori McCray
Midwest City, Oklahoma
An truest unique place to stay!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Loved the place! We are very impressed at how you have designed the place to be so eco-friendly. We will recommend Suitable Digs to everyone we know.
fantastic, intimate, inspiring!
We stayed in the Bunkhouse, and it was simply perfect. Tasteful, simple, colorful, and the attention to details was impeccable. Felt like home, was funky, artsy, and fun! Clean , sweet and human. Lisa is very welcoming , and respectful , gave us great advice about the area , where to eat , walk ...and took us through her amazing property. This is an inspired person's wonderland, and we recommend highly: to anyone who wants to explore the amazing Santa Fe area. In fact , we intend to get back there again as soon as we can.
Tina & Ron
A sublime stay in Santa Fe
This is a phenomenal place, a real find, in a beautiful spot.
We enjoyed the tastefully decorated, comfortable and clean lodgings, with mid-century flair, at reasonable rates.
Lisa is a consummate hostess who makes you feel right at home (and is a font of information about great restaurants and other go-to places). We also appreciated her wonderful commitment to the landscape and sustainable living.
Suitable digs is very convenient for touring Santa Fe and environs while being just outside the hubbub. We look forward to returning.
suitable digs is top notch
I've been to many bed and breakfasts all over the united states...and this one is top notch..in fact one of the best...the beautiful attention to detail and little touches here and there inside and out..make this a fascinating place to explore and find something special around each and every corner...lisa's breathtaking greenhouses...gardens...home...and her genuine warmth bring a sense of peace and a true welcome to all whom are fortunate enough to find this gem in the desert...it brings you back to a place...time and experience of an authentic santa fe and it's surroundings...lisa is truly tuned in to each and every one of her guests needs...comfort..and enjoyment ...you may never want to leave...and each time you return you'll say i'm home...
Beautiful, Peaceful, Wonderful
My husband and two small children (3yo and 7 month old) recently stayed at Suitable Digs in Santa Fe. We had an excellent time! The place was beautiful and unique, as well as very comfortable. Lisa was an absolute joy, and my whole family felt very relaxed and happy while staying with her at Suitable Digs. If you are looking for a far superior experience to a hotel, this is your place. I used to live in Santa Fe many years ago, and staying at Suitable Digs felt like coming home. It is the quintessential Santa Fe experience, and Lisa is the best!
A Getaway For Those adventurous, Expressive Souls!
I came to Suitable Digs for the 20th time or so...this time, with my fairly new boyfriend. We were still in the early stages of getting to know each other and basking in such beautiful and lively surroundings, that I learned some new things about him (one can't help but express themselves openly while visiting Suitable Digs).
The interest and the pleasure he took in retro, vintage style items was new to me--and only enhanced by our getting to stay in the unique classic, the Spartan. We were already excited by the incredible vegetable and fruit gardens growing in this desert Eden, alongside the various and fascinating water catchment, solar and other energy-conserving systems. So much to see and take in!
But hen we stepped into the Spartan for the first time, wow...he came alive in a new and different way than I had seen before. His eyes gleamed with wonder, like a little boy on the first eve of Chanukah. The trailer was adorned in time period style, authentic in its original form with all the little extras that Lisa had taken the time and painstaking effort to locate and attach, no distance too far or too wide, no fixture unaccounted for.
My beau settled in on the couch to read, out loud, several pages of Red Sky at Morning, a 1968 novel by Richard Bradford that takes place in New Mexico. He laughed and reminisced all over again, as he had when he first read it years ago.
That evening, we sat in chairs on the patio outside the Spartan, gazing at the bright moonlit sky and feeling dreamy about where we had landed together. I recall the moonlight as it shone into the Spartan and landed on soft pillows, just as the warm morning sunlight welcomed itself into our cozy abode to gently awaken us the next day.
Being at Suitable Digs for the 21st time was just as familiar as ever...and at the same time, it was as unexpected and fresh as traveling to a completely unfamiliar exotic destination for the first time. The innovative air that always exists there, remains.
Super awesome Eco Ville
I love Suitable Digs sustainable styling. The grounds are beautiful and a fun alternative to the hotel norms. Great example of sustainable living the the high mountain living!
T and M
What a gem! A tranquil Santa Fe oasis on 2.5 acres 12 minutes fr
After our harrowing 9 hour drive to Santa Fe we arrived late in the wee hours of the night at Suitable Digs only to find the owner/proprietor, Lisa Sarenduc, awake to greet us with genuine warmth.
We were looking for a quiet retreat way from the downtown Santa Fe plaza scene but only a few minutes away from town. And we found it in the private casitas of Suitable Digs among the sweet gardens and meandering walkways that would suddenly open into hidden seating areas of magentas, reds, oranges and turquoise golds; each successive oasis uniquely designed amid the pinions.
And the Spartan...oh my!!
What we did not expect to find and what will bring us back was the zero chemical and fragrance cleaning products and soaps, the ecologically minded design and use of the property, the architecture, the zero pesticide and herbicide acreage, and the proprietor's way of naturally warming your heart without invading your privacy. We will be back and consider Suitable Digs a home away from home.
Home is where the heart is...
Suitable Digs is not about service. It is about quality of life, friendship and taking care of Mother Earth. It is about learning how to be responsible stewards of our world. It is about laughter...and wine...about coyotes howling in the wind...about hummingbirds zooming around you...about ripe strawberries and melting figs..it is about conversations and new friends and new beginnings...It is also more than a suitable place to call home..it is a little bit of paradise on Earth.
50th Birthday Celebration!
We were in Santa Fe for the wkend of my 50th. Myself and nine other family members and friends all stayed at Suitable Digs. The accomodations were so charming and welcoming. We had dinner at the outside dining area and Lisa provided us her best silver and serving dishes for a celebratory dinner, she was a fabulous hostess and endured our craziness :). All of us staying their as well as other friends who came for dinner truly enjoyed hanging out, it just felt good! It was such a pleasant experience and we cant wait to go back!
Our contribution to the environment
When visiting Santa Fe, there is only one place that I could recommend to stay and that is: Suitable Digs.
If you are looking for a peaceful and enjoyable place to stay, this is it.
Upon arrival you are greeted by a warm, genuine and friendly smile by your hostess Lisa whom in her gardening attire welcomes you to her home and proudly shows you the facilities.
Suitable Digs is only 10 minute away to Santa Fe's Main Square. It is so close to the City center but yet away from the traffic and crowds of the normal day to day city's activities.
At night this place is truly enchanting. It is so peaceful and so quite that one could really lay back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine by the grape arbor under the stars.
The underground drinking well water tastes so pure and fresh and it is so crystal clear that puts any bottled water to shame.
All rooms are equiped with a kitchenet. Even the 1950's Spartan has a full size refrigerator and galley.
Lisa, the proprietor, has gone above and beyond the call of duty to preserve our fragile earth. Here everything gets recycled. All organic matter goes into the compost pile which she uses to feed her beautiful organic orchard. Water from sinks and showers gets recycled to be used to irrigate surrounding landscape. Rain water gets recycled to irrigate the various fruit trees and vegetable gardens.
Lisa harvest all electricity used at this facility from the wonderful Santa Fe sun.
We always leave Suitable Digs looking forward to our next visit.
Cool, comfortable and warm surrounded by Santa Fe sunsets
It was a fortuitous day when I arrived at Suitable Digs and met Lisa Sarenduc while attending a three-week blacksmithing course just down the road. The lodging was casual, clean and relaxing with a touch and feel of home and on an extended stay, the feel of home can be important. The surrounding landscape of "The Digs" was amazing with great trails through the desert perfect for hiking, running and viewing the magnificent and stunning Santa Fe sunsets. Also not to be overlooked and worth the stay is the amazing yard Ms. Sarenduc has created with her vision and years of hard work! For any creative person, myself a photographer, the solitude one can experience can be food for the mind and soul. And with solitude aside, only 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe is a perfect fit for dining, shopping, nightlife, world of the arts and experiencing the wonderful Southwest. Whether it be long-term or short-term, a stay at Suitable Digs fits the bill.
vernon british columbia canada
off the beaten track... wonderful quiet location
a long thought about first time trip to new mexico began with a weeks' stay at suitable digs.. a charming, one of a kind guest retreat just outside santa fe..quiet,comfy,separate quarters for each set of visitors with kitchens, cozy beds, amazing surrounds, easy access to town( by car)about 10 mts. hostess with loads of info who encourages everyone to practice good environmental "habits" and recycling..loved the colours, the ever changing landscapes... even the snow!!!
More than Suitable - Wonderful
I really love this place. It is a magical, quirky and delightful guest house, made extra special by the proprietor, Lisa, who has an eclectic, exuberant and up-to-date kind of decorating genius that has nothing to do with kiva ovens or adobe, combined with an earth-conscious (but not sanctimonious) philosophy. If you know what to expect and you're the right sort of person, there's no way you could dislike this joint. It's not downtown, but that puts you closer to the desert. You'll need a car and the ride down Chicoma Vista is pretty bumpy, but it's worth the ride. We stayed in the green room and it was super-comfortable and quiet. Let me put it this way-I can't think of another lodging, certainly not in Santa Fe, where you could pay $75 a night and get a deck, a loft bed, a sitting room, and a private bath. Lisa was very helpful with Santa Fe and surrounding area suggestions--Tent Rocks rocks!--for travel and food. Be aware that it's a guest house and not a bed and breakfast; there's a great natural market about a mile and a half down W. Alameda though, so you can go get a bag of freeze dried mangoes and some organic fair trade coffee and bring them back to this solar-powered paradise to feel total immersion in the highest pleasures of the liberal bubble.
great place to stay quick drive from downtown santa fe
If you want to be outside of the hustle bustle of downtown Santa Fe, have
privacy and get a sense of living nearly off the grid in New Mexico this is great. The host is very nice and she is very dedicated to living a sustainable lifestyle and has gardens and even grows fruit trees in a greenhouse. we stayed in the little stand alone Casita and it is very beautifully crafted. It close to the freeway in terms of being easy to get to, but we didn't here any noise, getting downtown is a very quick drive maybe 8 eight minutes and mostly straight down one road.
I recommend it unless you feel a need to be right in the middle of downtown.
Serene Garden of Eden
I was looking for tranquility with scenic views and found it with my stay here. It has lodgings to suit everyone's needs. Fantastic and lush gardens to wander through. While there I had the feeling I was in Santa Fe with a little bit of Italy thrown in. The owner is very hospitable and makes you feel right at home. I would come back here in an instant.
Eagle Point, Or
Lisa - I thoroughly loved my week long stay at your digs! Wanted to return in Sept as you know, but have to put it off til next May. Your facilities & grounds are magnificent, & a joy to walk around. You, of course, are a superb host!!! Can't wait til May! -maybe I won't?
Pritch. Eagle Point, Or.
Absolutely amazing Retreat on a Beautiful Sustainable Property
My husband and I had an wonderful stay at sustainable digs...Lisa is a gracious host and we truly feel like we have found a home away from home. She provided invaluable insights as to the sights, trails and local dining recommendations. The interiors of the rental spaces are thoughtful and very comfortable and put us at ease. Beautiful views, hiking trails, and Lisa's lovely gardens all create a unique and inviting retreat. The property is very convenient to the plaza, yet you have the feeling that you are miles and miles away from the city. We arrived planning to stay for two nights and had such a great experience there that we changed our travel plans to extend our stay. We have recommended Lisa's place several times over to family and dear friends. We cannot wait to return for our next visit!
funky little find in santa fe
Suitable Digs is a great find in Santa Fe. A short distance from the downtown area, yet far enough away to enjoy a little solitude in the beauty of the area. The accommodations are great. Every detail feels intentional, from the reusable totes provided for grocery shopping to the set up of the lodging in its entirety. It is beautifully designed and decorated, with so much character in a no frills kind of way. The property is gorgeous, and host Lisa is a warm, knowledgeable, and encourages exploration. Fabulous find!
Santa Fe Sojourn
Suitable Digs is a swell place to stay in Santa Fe, NM. The B&B;, conveniently located approximately 3.5 miles from downtown Santa Fe, is beautifully designed and the indigenous landscaping is lovely. The Sun Room, with its generous natural light during the daytime and vintage-looking stove heater that's perfect for nippy evenings, invites weary travels a cozy place for a respite.
I spent a few days with Lisa - staying in the loft. I have traveled to Santa Fe often over the last few years - this was one of the best lodging experiences. Lisa was a great host - convivial conversations and great recommendations! Her home is warm and welcoming - the details (from the flooring on up) are considered and true to the green ideal!
Not far from town and off the beaten path - an ideal location for the best of Santa Fe. And, you must check out the fig tree!
Roaming Suitable Digs
This past summer I needed a place to stay for a few months with short notice while I worked on special projects. Suitable Digs was already well booked, but Lisa was able to accommodate me by providing me with new digs every few weeks. So I was able to fully experience her sanctuary and was quickly made to feel comfortable and at home. I stayed first in the Bunk House which is a great studio to work and relax. Then off to the Earth room which was beautifully cool and quiet. Then my favorite, the Spartan which is set away from the main accommodations - it felt like I was living a dream out there. At night there was nothing to see but stars.
A quick 15 minutes drive from Downtown and 5 minutes to local shops, Suitable Digs is close to amenities. The location feels like an out of town oasis as it is nestled in a desert juniper landscape with views of the Santa Fe mountains. Easy to absorb the calm and expansive energy of the place.
But the real beauty of Suitable Digs is the owner, she is an inspiration and is interesting and interested in the world. Each day I would break from work to take a walk through the junipers, tour her latest garden project, or chat about food, energy efficiency, plants, or Peru. I highly recommend Suitable Digs for both short and long stays.
Quebec city, Quebec, Canada
Really really nice stay
I spent a week at Suitable Dig. It was supposed to be only few days but I extended it as I was well there and I finally spent a really nice week.
The house, its garden and the surroundings are beautiful. Really peacefull and colorfull place. It's a good location to visit not only Santa-Fe, but also a lot of places in the moutains around.
Lisa, the owner, is a very kind-hearted and interesting person. I'a really happy to have met her.
I really enjoy my stay there and I recommand the place !
Suitable Digs is quiet, comfortable, mystical and inspiring!
I have traveled all over our country, and the most intriguing place I've stayed is Suitable Digs. Lisa welcomed me, took me to my room-more like an apt/home-, and explained how I could be comfortable, and made herself available for contact. My stay there inspired me to recycle more since Lisa recycles everything. The rooms are made with Earth's products-even the floors! You can't help reconnecting with Mother Earth while there. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and a joy to see and walk through. I plan on returning this year too! I really can't say enough about Lisa and Suitable Digs! Enjoy your stay!
Earthy beautiful simplicity
I fell in love with Suitable Digs on my 3 night stay there in November. Lisa (the owner) welcomed us warmly and was thoughtful and helpful in her suggestions of where to dine and explore in Santa Fe and surrounds. The wonderful experiences (hikes, food, scenery) that we had were all thanks to Lisa's recommendations. The accommodation was beautiful. The attention that Lisa has payed to furnishings and decor make it a unique and comfortable place that you just don't want to leave! Lisa's dedication to sustainability is inspiring. Do yourself a favour and stay here, I cannot recommend it highly enough :)
A true taste of Santa Fe
We stayed here during a long weekend trip to Santa Fe in august - our first time seeing New Mexico. Suitable Digs was a perfect choice providing both a unique and charming atmosphere. Every detail of the house and guest rooms are in tune with Lisa's eclectic style and the flourishing gardens surrounding the house are a wonderful reminder of the Eco-friendly living.
Lisa is a wonderful host! She's extremely interesting and great for conversation in addition to offering wonderful advice on places to eat and drink during your stay.
Enjoy a warm cup of coffee on the patio in the morning or have a glass of wine as the sun sets. Suitable Digs is indisputably the best place to stay in Santa Fe. Our only regret was we couldn't stay longer.
Fort Worth, Tx
Inspirational and very comfortable
Fun, comfortable and reasonable costs were what made us first decide to stay at Suitable Digs the first time, but owner Lisa Sarenduc will keep us coming back each time we visit Sanfe Fe.
Her compound is inspiring. A living example of being earth friendly and sustainable. It was a place with creativity, beauty, and a great sense of humor. Each room has a unique character. Very quiet and very safe in a residential area.
On the outskirts of Santa Fe but just a short drive to restaurant, downtown etc. I recommend it to all my friends.
beauty and warmth
Suitable Digs is an ever-evolving work in progress. Each time we visit I look to see what Lisa has added to the landscape. She has a playful sense of design combined with an innate understanding of what plants and materials work. The grounds are like a small park with many beautiful spaces.
Lisa has a knack for being attentive without being intrusive. Stay in the house if you prefer more conversation with her and her guests, or choose the Bunkhouse or Spartan for more privacy. Any way you choose is a treat. Be sure to check out the sauna.
Sun Room, a sunny, spacious, self-contained home away from home!
My husband and I have stayed at Suitable Digs on four different occasions. The last two visits we stayed in the Sun Room. We love everything about staying at Suitable Digs and I believe the Sun Room is my favorite "suite". On each stay we were there for 8 nights. The fully equiped kitchen allows us to have breakfast at "home" and lunch and dinner as well, when we do not want to try one of Santa Fe's excellent restaurants. The separation of a "living area" allows for bringing friends in for a visit and have places to sit other than on the bed. The room really is configured very comfortably for an extended stay. The grounds of Suitable Digs are beautiful and fun to explore and we can't wait for each visit to discover what new Green feature Lisa has added to the property. It is her attention to her guests and the accomodations, and her love for the property that makes staying with Lisa such fun. We hope we never have to stay anywhere else when we visit Santa Fe.
A fun, unique, creative way to stay in Santa Fe
We spent a kid-free getaway weekend there in February and had a great time. The cabin was very comfortable, quiet, clean, and charming. We also enjoyed walking around the nearby trails.
We loved that the entire place is off the grid -- solar electricity and composting toilet -- it made for a really unique getaway. We would definitely stay again. It mad
Wayne and Toni
Santa Fe dreaming
My wife and I spent an amazing 3 weeks with Lisa in Oct. 2011 while I took a class in blacksmithing right up the street. Cute, cozy and Green, we had a blast; Lisa is doing a much better job of saving the planet than we do at home so we were both inspired by her energy and dedication. Quiet, peaceful but yet only minutes away from downtown Santa Fe with all their art studios, galleries and wonderful eateries. Need anything special in Santa Fe, just ask Lisa, she will get you there.
We will be back.
Comfortable, unique, beautiful spot!
We loved staying in the bunkhouse! It was really comfortable and we loved all the unique touches- Suited our taste for something out of the ordinary and away from things. The kitchen has just enough supplies to get by with some cooking in, though town is just a short drive. Morning tea and afternoon snacks on the patio were lovely and relaxing. Lisa's land is beautiful and she is a warm and helpful host, but gave us plenty of privacy too. We definitely plan to return.
Suitable Digs was a perfect place to make of my stay what I wanted. That isn't always a a given, after all, and I will stay there again when I get the opportunity.
Lisa is a very pleasant, accommodating host...I found her to be good company as well! The property is clean, comfortable and interesting.
Pleasant, unique lodgings with a friendly owner
Lisa's made a wonderful place to stay and offers all the traveller's advice & comfort you could want. Location a bit out from town so car is a must. I spent a down day hanging out there and recommend it!
My husband and I stayed at Suitable Digs in august of 2011 and our only disappointment was not arranging to stay longer! Lisa is genuinely so very friendly and quite knowledgeable about the Santa Fe area. The eclectic style of her unique home is warm, inviting, and offers a secluded and private feel in an area that is very convenient to a multitude of desirable locations. Accommodations are very clean, comfortable, and tranquil. As hikers we especially loved the coming home and relaxing with a bottle of wine in the common area while watching the sun go down behind the distant mountainous views or walking through the garden with a cup of coffee in the early morning taking in the artistic splendors which Lisa has created with her own hands and have to be seen with your own eyes to appreciate. This is indisputably the best place to stay in Santa Fe!
A happy guest
Best Santa Fe vacation!
My husband and I have been coming to Santa Fe every October for about 14 years. This year we stayed with Lisa at Suitable Digs. I felt like I was staying with an old friend. The accommodations, the surroundings and the hospitality couldn't have been better. We'll be back this year and again for many years. Thanks Lisa!
Found Our Second Home
Loving Santa Fe as we do, my husband and I came to visit with the intention of looking at homes for purchase. We ended our week long search with the realization that we found our second home at Suitable Digs. This eco-friendly establishment has all the comforts of home and Lisa does a fabulous job at running the place.
A paradise on earth
In July 2011 we stayed at Suitable Digs in the Spartan...a true vintage movie experience,,,every day we woke up smiling, learning the ins and outs of the masterful restoration. And so, we met Lisa, who shared a wonderful dinner with us, homegrown figs and all...and learned about permaculture and composting and moving earth. We returned for Christmas and would not change a thing since now, we visit Lisa, And it seemed peculiar to us that when driving back to the Digs, we kept saying 'Let's go home" or "how long before we get home", for that is what Lisa shares with you...her home...and there is no place like home.
Experience Natural Santa Fe
A group of four opera goers stayed in the two apartments (Earth Room and Sun Room) for three days in august and we had a wonderful time. We were attracted by the green environment, but many other things added to our enjoyment.
Lisa is a very well organized and considerate hostess! She provided a manual in each room listing dozens of movies we could watch for the asking, listing dozens of local restaurants along with their strengths, providing details on how to operate the equipment in the apartments, listing local venues and events that we might like to see, etc. I have never found such a well thought out guide in any other motel, hotel or B&B.; She kept in touch by email before we arrived and gave detailed driving directions. She is an amazingly competent and helpful hostess.
The two apartments were delightful. The beds were comfortable, the kitchens are very workable, an array of magazines and books are available to read, the dining table works great for 4 or 5 people. An extraordinary woodworker designed and executed the apartments, layouts, closets, shelves, showers, etc. Wherever the eye lighted, there was interesting artesian work to appreciate. And they were spotlessly clean when we arrived and kept that way each day during our stay.
One of the nicest things about the location, is its rural nature. This was the closest I have ever been to getting a "feel" for what it would be like to live there. The wonderful views of New Mexico skies -- stars so close you'd swear you could touch them, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, birds chirping and small animals around the exteriors of the buildings on the property, all gave a good idea of what New Mexico is like. And yet, it took no more than 15 minutes to get into downtown Santa Fe. This was the nicest vacation experience we could have asked for -- sophisticated restaurants and opera at night, outdoor experience during the day.
Suitable is more than a modest understatement
I had the great pleasure and good fortune to spend 10 days at Lisa's Suitable Digs this past fall.
My home away from home was the Spartan, an immaculate and meticulously restored 1948 Spartan trailer which has led me to the believe in the possibility of time travel and its restorative and peaceful effects.
Nestled in the quite and beautiful gardens of her property you feel miles and years away from anything; when in fact everything is only minutes away.
The serenity and amenities of the Spartan are matched only by the warmth and hospitality of Lisa who made me feel more a neighbor and a friend than a guest or a customer.
I can not recommend highly enough finding and taking the time to treat yourself to an experience as unique and enjoyable as a stay at Suitable Digs.
A great unique place to stay in Santa Fe
I stayed here during a workshop for my MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity). It was just what I needed. No harsh chemicals and a green environment. Lisa recommended awesome places to eat and did whatever she could to make my stay pleasant. Highly recommended.
Dr. J. Baumlin
A Healthy Oasis nestled in the New Mexico Prairie...
Traveling can be dicey for a person like myself, who is recovering from "multiple chemical sensitivities" (MCS). The hotel I had originally booked was supposed to be chemical-free, but the aggregate of detergents and perfumes in the rooms and hallways sickened me within an hour. Thank goodness I was able to get a room at Suitable Digs. The proprietor's commitment to "earthy," organic, natural living made it an oasis of healthy frangrances and energies. The lodging itself breathes with the life and smells of roots, herbs, vegetables that Lisa grows so caringly in her gardens--which, next to the eclectically-decorated main bulding, are her obvious pride and joy. The lodging seems off the beaten path, and in some ways it is: being away from the highway and urban center, Suitable Digs lets one appreciate the New Mexico sunrises and sunsets on native soil among native plants. And yet I found it a quick, easy, and scenic drive from the lodging to the historic downtown. For all the above reasons, I can recommend Suitable Digs to any traveler who values natural beauty and a well-kept, eco-friendly lodging. But the most impressive aspect of my stay was the interest Lisa took in learning about my specific needs (as someone recovering, again, from MCS) and accommodating them. She took time to read books on the subject (which I had brought along with me), and we talked at length about health challenges and chemicals and therapies and the environment. I feel as if I saw enough of Santa Fe and don't need to visit it again, but I'd return to spend more time with Lisa and to measure the progress she has since made on her gardens and on her increased commitments to organic, chemical-free living. So: If any Santa Fe traveler has allergies or sensitivities of any kind, I'd heartily recommend that they email or phone Lisa, explain him- or herself, and see what she has to offer. Want peace and health and a sunrise vista? Stay at Suitable Digs!
albuquerque, new mexico
My favorite place to stay in Santa Fe
As always, Lisa Sarenduc, was the perfect hostess. And during my stay at Suitable Digs in the Earth Room over the Thanksgiving holiday I was able to prepare all of the dishes I was to take to my daughter's house for our holiday meal. I was no more than 10 minutes from anyplace I needed to be during my stay, and could dash back to Lisa's place for time away from the crowd when I needed some peaceful,quiet time. Lisa's meticulous attention to detail means I have everything I need, all the time.
Baton Rouge, LA
It's a beautiful and calming place to stay.
I stayed at Suitable Digs for four days and it was very refreshing. Lisa was very accommodating and even picked me up from the Santa Fe train station, which allowed me to not have to get a rental car (only needed one trip to the grocery store). I was in Santa Fe to attend a blacksmithing course at Turley Forge, which I could simply walk to from Suitable Digs.
I stayed in the Bunk House, which had everything I needed, including a small kitchen area. It was an amazing personal space and I loved that I could come in for the evening and just fall into reading, writing, and reflection. It was a fantastic place to come back to and relax after a long day at the forge.
Excellent accommodations and gracious host! I stayed in the charming "Green Room." Fell asleep with a great view of the stars over the desert and woke up with fantastic sunrises! Beautiful timber frame home! Would highly recommend if visiting sunny Santa Fe!
Friendly, clean and green!
This is the second time I stay at Lisa's and the only thing I have to say is awesome! Lisa is a very friendly lady and the place she offers is excellent if you are looking to relax after a long day at the office or if you are only looking to relax. Lisa's place is the right place to meet great people and to eat some good food. She loves cooking and also loves if you cook for her. Suitable Digs is a very clean place and Lisa goes way out of her way to provide you with Ecological and green products for you to use.
I would highly recommend this place for any type of people. The only advice I would have for people is to have their own vehicle or transportation mean because her place is outside of town and you will need to walk about 25 minutes to reach town.
A Good Find
A most interesting place, well tucked away! Every room we saw was warm and cosy, with the most interesting of knick-knacks. It will be where we stay when we go back to Santa Fe.
Away from it all in the middle of it all
The perfect quiet setting in a sustainable environment. Our host was present without hovering. A definite repeat visit called for!
Suitable Digs is an awesome Place to Stay
My friend and I stayed at Suitable Digs in the middle of November and it was one of the most pleasant and unique experiences I've ever had on vacation. The house is beautiful and each room in the property was charming in its own way. The best part about Suitable Digs is the owner, Lisa, who was the consumate host. She recommended some of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at and researched and printed out different sight seeing activities that proved to be wonderful experiences. Because of Lisa, we were able to experience some amazing parts of Santa Fe and the beautiful surrounding areas that we never would have seen otherwise. I would highly recommend anyone stay here that is looking to experience the magic Santa Fe has to offer; she'll take good care of you.
Serene stay just outside of Santa Fe
I had the pleasure of staying at Suitable Digs in September of 2011. I was passing through Santa Fe on a long road trip from Los angeles to Dallas. The one thing that made it bearable was stopping here for a day and two nights. I rented the least expensive room and was still floored by the comfort of my stay. Lisa, the owner, was highly accommodating with my late check-in time and was nothing but sweet and helpful.
The bed was comfortable, the room was warm and the shower was hot. Not only is the house sustainable (complete with solar panels), but it is also filled to the brim with eye candy. Each room is an eclectic mix of color, style and architecture.
The house is about 15 minutes outside of Santa Fe so it's perfect for those looking for something just far enough off the beaten path to wake up to birds singing and the sun rising over the trees. I can't say enough about this place except that you're truly missing out if you're in Santa Fe and don't check out Suitable Digs!
Home away from home
My stay at Suitable Digs is a treat I always look forward to. Lisa makes me feel right at home and Suitable Digs is a wonderful place to relax and be inspired. I also really enjoy the Earth Room. It has a nicely arranged kitchen, dining area and living room, a wonderful space to relax by myself or have some friends over. During my last stay, I had 5 people over to the Earth Room for a tamale dinner and everyone loved it! Its decor is unique, very charming and it's really cozy in the winter too. I can't wait for my next stay!
Denise & Lafe
Charming & Romantic
My husband and I stayed this Christmas at suitable digs. We arrived late after fitting a snow storm, Lisa welcomed us smiling and sweeping snow to our doorway to our warm and charming cottage. She even helped carry our bags in. The parking is good, and there is patio and garden space for each cottage. We didn't use it in the snow but if it would have been warmer we would have. It was very inviting.
The cottage was private and fully equipped, (even had a blender). I loved the kitchen it was a perfect. We are foodies and like to cook a few of our own meals and this kitchen had everything we needed. The decor and one room cottage are true Santa Fe style bright and open. Lisa, is friendly and available.
The cottage is a little off the beaten path, set in a quiet and scenic setting. The drive to the plaza is straight forward, easy and not too far. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday living.
What would I change...very very little. Maybe a bigger TV for the TV watchers.
Thank you Lisa, we wish you much success in 2012 and look forward to staying with you again.
What a great place to relax.
Suitable Digs is a special piece of Santa Fe. My wife and I have stayed twice. The first time was in the Bunkhouse and the second in the Earth Room. While showing respect to the environment you will find there is great attention to the design of each place to stay. We would choose Suitible Digs again!
For us, Suitable Digs was the perfect place,
Having only looked at photos on the Internet, Annette and I were not sure what to expect. We were looking for something different that would produce wonderful memories. Well, we were totally satisfied. While not the Four Seasons, our accommodations were very comfortable, the views great and a great location for access to Santa Fe and many hiking opportunities. However, the best aspect of Suitable Digs was getting to know Lisa who could not have been more helpful, friendly and personable/likeable. Should we return to the Santa Fe area in the future, we already have our lodging place picked out.
Charming, peaceful accommodations
A real pleasure to meet you Lisa, your hospitality and attention to our needs was greatly appreciated. The Bunkhouse was charming, perfectly comfortable. The kitchen had everything one would need and all was spotless. We loved the patio, and all the work you have done to the property. Amazing garden ! Location was great, quiet. We look forward to another stay.
This is a wonderful place !
This is a wonderful place ! The owner has a great feel for design and this is reflected in all the details on her compound. It is also nice that she has a good amount of land on the property that is accessible to visitors. We were in Santa Fe to oversee the last part of construction on a house we were having built... so we stayed here for a month. It was great... just perfect ! Also, the owner is a great source of information on the best restaurants, interesting things to see and do in Santa Fe. She gives the real scoop!
Perfect for eco-conscious travelers
We had a lovely week-long stay in the Green Bunkhouse. It's very clean, attractively furnished, and comfortable. The gardens there are unique and charming, as is Lisa, the host. She is genuinely caring toward her guests and helpful about area information. The lodging is outside of town a bit, but the quiet location, value, and craftsmanship of the building made the few minutes drive into town no problem. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Santa Fe.
Karen and Jenni
Staten Island, NY
It felt like a home away from home!
In Suitable Digs, Lisa Sarenduc has fashioned an oasis that both delights and celebrates the senses! It is a truly unique experience that provides a peaceful retreat just minutes away from downtown Santa Fe.
We're looking forward to returning...
A Snuggle into Nature
What a lovely couple days. Lisa was so friendly and helpful...just a lovely hostess. Her attention to detail in each of her little condos is truly amazing. Everything is put together with TLC. The bed was so comfy and the little fireplace made it so cosy. The windows all open to let in the fresh air and the singing of the birds. Lisa's love of nature is evident in her gardens,both vegetable and flower ,as well as her recycling ethic,
There are grounds and trails to explore and sunsets to watch, while you immerse yourself in the outdoors, but are but a short drive to town.
We would've liked a bigger TV as we're Canadian Hockey Fans.We do plan on returning !
Outstanding accommodations -- and a fascinating experience!
A recent trip to Santa Fe allowed us the good fortune to stay at Suitable Digs, which, simply put, is one of the most charming and tranquil places I've ever experienced. The Digs' owner, Lisa, has created an oasis of (nearly literal) off-the-grid living, demonstrating that environmentally-conscious accommodations are not only possible and practical, but provide a vastly richer experience for the traveler. While located only a few miles from Santa Fe's historic central Plaza, it feels even farther removed from the city's crowds than it actually is - its sole access is by means of a bumpy county road, enhancing the impression of remoteness and serenity of the place - yet Suitable Digs is within easy reach of restaurants, stores, and the city's many attractions. Every inch of Suitable Digs bears Lisa's thoughtful (and whimsical) touch; her efforts in creating this remarkable, self-sustainable place are visionary and almost miraculous. (Be sure to ask Lisa for a tour of the property, and if possible of her lovingly restored 1948 Spartan trailer - a marvel of restoration and a testament to her dedication!) Lisa herself - a wonderful, warm, knowledgeable person - is a kind, gracious host who was endlessly patient with our many questions (and requests for directions, and frantic calls about late arrival, mislaid keys, etc.); her generous suggestions and advice greatly enhanced our visit. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the memorable experience of staying at "green” accommodations (my first time), which has only inspired us to implement more self-sustainable practices within our own home. Suitable Digs is so much more than simply suitable; it's a beautiful, unique alternative to yet another chain hotel, and an exceptionally inviting, relaxing - and perhaps even enriching - choice in accommodations.
Cool digs and even cooler Lisa
My trip to NM was a getaway trip from the demands of life to spend some time with my sister. I stayed for four days with Lisa out of seven and those are the four most memorable days. Though the hiking and site seeing were incredible, it was great to come 'home' after a long day out and about to this wonderful oasis Lisa has created in the desert. Lisa is the 'hostess with the mostess': never obtrusive but always engaged, enchanting and so interesting. Truly a gift. Thank you Lisa for building this place and inviting the world - it was great to get to know you and partake in the little piece of heaven you've carved out. I will most definitely be returning. This was one of my best holidays. Sm
Coral Gables, FL
Suitable digs is an experience by itself.
Aside from loving Santa Fe and all its unique character it is great to have a place to stay that is homey and charming. There is great ambiance here with a house that was relocated from New England and built up with gardens out of the high desert. There are stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background and is a short enjoyable drive to anywhere in town. And of course there is Lisa who puts her personal touch on everything and really enjoys meeting and taking care of all the travelers that come through her doors.
Santa Fe Oasis
I have stayed at Suitable Digs several times over the last eight years and have thoroughly enjoyed every experience. It has been particularly interesting to watch as Lisa has fine tuned the gardens and grounds of the property and implemented the newest green technology. Each time I feel like I have learned something new about sustainable living to take back to my life at home. Lisa herself is a fabulous hostess and takes a personal interest in each and every person that stays at Suitable Digs. I highly recommend Lisa and Suitable Digs as a wonderful addition to any trip to Santa Fe.
Beautiful location, attention to detail, wonderful owner
It felt like someone cared about what they were offering. It was clean, the room was spacious with a kitchen, their is a wonderful wood table to sit and have your morning coffee or evening beer at overlooking the mountains. I will stay here again for certain.
Diane from Buffalo
Suitable Digs: a place of serene beauty, artfulness and comfort
I truely enjoyed my stay in Santa Fe at Suitable Digs due to the lovely views from my room, the sound of coyotes at night, the ability to hike and take photos on the land, and the creative furnishings and naturally designed landscapes. The accommodation was also very comfortable and inviting and Lisa is a helpful and welcoming host. This place is obviously her labor of love. Check it out and you will understand what I mean. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to my closet friends.
great in the details
This is a wonderful place ! The owner has a great feel for design and this is reflected in all the details on her compound. It is also nice that she has a good amount of land on the property that is accessible to visitors.
We were in Santa Fe to oversee the last part of construction on a house we were having built... so we stayed here for a month. It was great... just perfect !
Also, the owner is a great source of information on the best restaurants, interesting things to see and do in Santa Fe. She gives the real scoop!
Pauline Quimson, M.D.
Chama, New Mexico
Suitable Digs is my favorite place to stay in Santa Fe. It's my home away from home (Chama, New Mexico.)
I have stayed in the apartments as well as in the bunkhouse several times over the past 3 years.
I keep coming back because of the relaxing atmosphere, the beautiful gardens, the comfortable and welcoming home of Lisa Sarenduc.
We really appreciated that Suitable Digs facilities are environmentally friendly and completely non-toxic. The separate building we stayed in was clean, roomy and had a kitchenette. It is near SantaFe but has a rural feeling. For us, this was really the way to live - we hope we can return someday.
I would not even think of staying anywhere else in Santa Fe !
Suitable Digs is a unique collection of sustainably designed, comfortable abodes located just outside of Santa Fe. Each is unique in design and amenities though they all have a feel of staying in someone's home. Lisa is so much more than an innkeeper - she is a gracious hostess who is generous with her knowledge of the area, helping her guests to discover the undiscovered!
wonderful home away from home
I've stayed with Lisa many many times.It's my favorite place to stay in Santa Fe.
Author on Book Tour
Total Green Experience, Great Service!
Have never been in a totally functioning Green place that was so totally integrated with the environment and peaceful.
A shout out to Lisa Sarenduc and her Suitable Digs as a great place to stay in Santa Fe! Deep water wells, solar everything, generous kitchen spaces, state of the art composting, and good books. Has anyone ever come across "Carry on Jeeves," by P.G. Wodehouse? It's all there for those into good books, good digs, good manners, and into checking out what Green really is.
Lisa is super nice and one of the wise women of Santa Fe, NM. I was traveling solo, on a 5 City book tour by publisher CraniOcean Media, and it was great to talk with Lisa now and then between events in town.
Getting there is half the fun. I stayed in the BunkHouse. Check it out just for the bright stars at night and the quiet.
surrounded by loveliness, comfort and hospitality
everything about this place is unique and pleasing--the decor, the landscaping, the cordiality and helpfulness of the owner. I would dread staying in a hotel after experiencing Suitable Digs. Very individualized rustic luxury. Where else can you cook up a dinner in your lodgings and then sit and dine in a grape arbor with the clear Santa Fe stars shining above? I've visited twice now. The place attracts good quality clientele and the owner is delightful and friendly without being intrusive.To sum it up, I was charmed by my surroundings .
Grass Valley, CA
I always stay at Suitable Digs when in Santa Fe! Lisa is a completely conscientious and caring host. All of the rooms and apartments at Suitable Digs offer beauty and comfort with endless details of thoughtfulness and whimsy as well as opening onto the carefully tended out of doors. I love going outside to visit the lush gardens, sweet paths and sitting areas, mountain views and an arbor with grand table for dining, chatting or sipping a glass of wine at sunset.
Lisa's care extends to environmental awareness, as well, with solar electricity, water catchment, all biodegradable household products and natural materials. Caring attention seems the overriding result of what is offered at Suitable Digs.
More than suitable/fantastic!
Suitable Digs is the best place I've stayed in Santa Fe. It's perfectly located on beautifully landscaped property only three miles from the town square, yet feels as if it's out in the country. The apartments are attractively furnished and decorated. Each one is unique, with art and delightul whimsical touches. I love having a kitchen, so that some evenings we can cook and eat outside under the lovely grape arbor overlooking the mountains. How many places offer you fresh organic herbs from the garden? The owner is friendly and does a great job of seeing that your needs are taken care of. We visit Santa Fe often, and Suitable Digs will always be our home away from home.
I love staying at suitable digs. I won't stay anywhere else unless I have to because it is full. The rooms are clean, functional, quite and have all of the amenities that I like such as flannel sheets and down comforters. Lisa is gracious, generous and full of passion which can be seen and felt in this wonderful creation.
A wonderful way to experience Santa Fe!
I was interested in knowing more about Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, and suitable digs was a great choice. Lisa Sarenduc was a great host , the accommodations were lovely and it was easy to get to everything ...
I would stay again, and might very soon.
Wonderful stay at Suitable Digs!
When I visit Santa Fe, I always return to Suitable Digs! I thoroughly enjoy my experience there - the charming rooms, the gardens, the relaxing courtyard, the friendly, informative and excellent proprietor and the amazing outdoor dining table with a mountain view! I also value it as a green accommodation. It is a gem and one-of-a-kind! Suitable Digs now feels like my home away from home! I love it!
Living in Sweden, where environmental issues are extremely important, I chose suitable digs for my stay in Santa Fé.
Location suited me very well, and Lisa waited-up for me, until 1am, when I finally arrived at her door-step after a 25 hour journey. I felt more like a member of her family, than a guest. Lisa is firmly committed to make a difference providing lodging experiences that are far above the average hotel or apartment stays.
The apartment was equipped with everything I needed - no plastic shopping bags are allowed - Lisa provides special ones. There were instructions for shopping, entertainment, sight seeing - excursions - I was never bored during my 4 week stay.
We had interesting conversations - Lisa made me feel at home, and answered a million questions, introduced me to several friends and neighbors.
I had several plans for returning - however, circumstances made me postpone my plans. I would only stay at Suitable Digs - and I rather change my travel plans to suit the vacancy.
Haynes-Mendez Family Wedding
The perfect hostess.
After visiting with Lisa via email and telephone, we arrived at Suitable Digs with high expectations. Both Lisa and Suitable Digs exceeded them all! My husband and I had traveled with our families for a small, private wedding ceremony in Santa Fe. Suitable Digs was a perfect location for ourselves and our families. The grounds allowed for lots of family games and activities, as well as relaxing and enjoying the Santa Fe landscape.
Our favorite moments were watching the sunset from the balcony adjacent to the Green Room, and spending time outdoors hiking and having family meals.
This was an unforgettable experience, that has meant the world to us and our families. I think we have all agreed to return at some point to enjoy Suitable Digs once again, and the wonderful hospitality Lisa has to offer!
Oklahoma City, OK
Inspiring * Magical * Fun
Lisa has done amazing work on this beautiful property - growing food, flowers, creating wonderful spaces, and infusing everything with her own special quirkiness and eye for color. In addition, it's the "greenest" place I've stayed, with composting toilets, a solar array, and ingenious water cachement devices. It's ten minutes away from town, yet it feels like a different world of wonder. I just cannot recommend it highly enough - and I am Uber-picky.