Out of the shoebox (anno 1996): The best B&B I ever stayed is in Bernalillo between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, USA. I forgot the name of it but think I can still drive to it without asking for road directions. Stayed there for a week for several photo-journalistic commissions in the area. One of these was a feature about the catering in a hospital. I remember that one of the silos near the kitchen was weekly filled up with ketchup by a 30 tonnes tank trailer ….
Now I wonder… Does anyone know the name of this B&B in one of the oldest adobe buildings in Bernalillo? It’s near the Rio Grande and at the time situated North-West of the town.
… One of the few ‘left overs’ of our previous adventure (Soekershof, with maze, cactus labyrinth and succulent garden). In the workshop we had several local artists/craftspeople (one of them with an international reputation) who sold their (hand made) products to visitors who could appreciate true South African made arts and crafts. And it’s so fulfilling to know that all of them were able to uplift themselves from poverty and gathering an above average income from their own home and/or workshop.
The new owners transformed the workshops in a (money generating) trendy restaurant and accommodation. In South African tourism there is nowadays hardly any place for a truly mutual beneficial initiative between proprietors and artists/craftspeople. Most of the crafts for sale along the roads and on markets are from abroad … For the tourists there are also state and private funded ’empowerment’ initiatives where local people hone themselves in craft making… Some of these survive, most unfortunately not.