Nothing says romance like a spontaneous weekend escape. The best road trip getaways involve somewhere memorable to stay — like one of these Native-owned or -operated bed and breakfast destinations. Consider surprising your valentine this weekend with an excursion through Indian countryside to a relaxing inn, hotel, B&B or home that reflects Native culture.
“When you are a guest in our hotel you will enjoy a view of an enormous landscape where Mother Earth meets Father Sky in a seemingly endless vista of beauty. This is a place where Hozhóó, harmony, is revealed to all,” says Armanda Ortega, Diné, owner of The View Hotel at Monument Valley in Monument Valley, Utah.
Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
At Kayenta Monument Valley Inn, guests are a short one-hour to one day’s drive to sites like Monument Valley (23 miles away), Navajo National Monument (29 miles away), Canyon De Chelly (68 miles away), Mexican Hat (45 miles away), the Four Corners (79 miles away, Lake Powell (98 miles away), the Grand Canyon (150 miles away), and Mesa Verde (130 miles away).
Kayenta Monument Valley Inn immediately lends an authentic Navajo feel once you step into the lobby. Brightly colored artwork and designs cover the walls, and traditional Native music plays in the background. Guests can dine at The Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and the Inn also offers boxed lunches to-go for road trips to the Canyons. Stay in one of 163 guest rooms or eight family suites that accommodates six comfortably. Note: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah Residents enjoy 10 percent off the Inn’s “Best Available” rates, subject to availability.
The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites
When The Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites opened its doors for guests in April 2010, in Tuba City, Arizona, near the Western Gateway to Hopi, it was the first hotel built on Hopi tribal land in 50 years. The vision and inspiration of the Elders of Upper Village of Moenkopi, the village encourages guests to visit Hopi Villages, meet artists in their home workshops, enjoy unique Hopi food, and meet some of the friendliest people in the world – the Hopi people.
Nestled among coral-colored sandstone formations against the majestic Chuska Mountains in Red Valley, Arizona, Sage Hill Bed and Breakfast is worthy of a trip for its natural surroundings alone, including silver-green sage and pinon trees among rolling hills. At the B&B, bookshelves are filled with thousands of novels from Navajo and Native collections to Southwestern anthropology, mystery, travel collections, children’s books, gardening books and more. Get away to this tranquil escape in the heart of the Red Valley. Timothy Benally, a Navajo from Red Valley, Arizona, and his wife Karen Benally, opened this intricately designed B&B In 2009.
Shash Diné Eco-Retreat
Consider staying in a Navajo Hogan or canvas tent. Glamping, or glamorous camping, is the hot travel trend du jour, combining luxury amenities with the wild. Guests glamp in style at Shash Diné Eco-Retreat on the Navajo Nation, south of Page, Arizona. Accommodations in a traditional Navajo hogan or canvas tent include cots, linens, fresh drinking water, lanterns, a wood-burning stove and a self-composting toilet. There’s also a bucket of water for showering.
In the morning, owner Baya Meehan, who grew up on this working ranch and now lives here with her husband and two toddlers, serves traditional blue corn mush, coffee and a variety of seasonal fruits.
The retreat, in the northwest corner of the Navajo Nation, is an experience of Navajo culture, not just an attraction, Lee McMichael, tourism director for the city of Page, previously told ICMN.
Historic Requa Inn in Redwood National Park
This century-old bed-and-breakfast, Historic Requa Inn in Redwood National Park sits on the banks of the Klamath River in the middle of Redwood National Park, also on the Yurok reservation. Requa is a Yurok word meaning mouth of the river. “This has been our home for time immemorial. My grandparents met at a dance hall across the street from the Requa Inn in 1917,” Jan Wortman, who grew up on the Yurok Indian Reservation and co-owns the Inn with her husband Marty, previously told ICMN. The couple purchased the property in February 2010.
The Klamath area is magical for people who love the outdoors. Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Smith River National Recreation Area, and the Pacific coast are all within a 40-minute radius of the Inn.The area is sparsely populated (Del Norte County has about 28,000 people) and largely wilderness. The parks are visited most heavily in the summer, but even then you won’t find the crowds that often come with National Parks. Fall and spring are even better times to experience the wildness of this place, and to watch the migration of whales off shore.
Grizzly Roadhouse Bed & Breakfast
In a majestic rural setting with views of the mountains and mesas, Grizzly Roadhouse Bed & Breakfast is just minutes from the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and many other incredible sites in Southwest Colorado. Located on 30 acres of evergreen studded hills and canyons, this country-style B&B and Guest Cottage provides a place to relax, expand and be at peace. Patios and decks provide a comfortable spot for relaxation in warmer weather, bird watching, and savoring the most sensational sunsets in Mesa Verde Country. “Bear necessities” include walks along high mesa trails, exploring the bounty of nature, uninterrupted views of the stars, native storytelling and “hibernation” spiritual retreats. Enjoy stories from Michelle’s Santa Clara Pueblo background. The B&B also offers a continental breakfast.
Bunkhouse Bed & Breakfast on the Big Horn
Wake up to a delicious and hearty Montana breakfasts at B&B with optional drift boat rental. A popular lodging choice for fishermen, Bunkhouse Bed & Breakfast on the Big Horn is situated in Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing Big Horn River country on the Crow Reservation near Fort Smith, Montana.
Crow Indian Reservation residents Rocky and Mary Zaic run the historic bed and breakfast inn. The family is a big supporter of Special Olympics Montana; their son, Devon Zaic, a Crow tribal member, used to compete in the Olympic events.
Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa
Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa is centrally located in the growing Santa Fe Railyard district and a 10 minute walk from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The Santa Fe Railyard is a 50-acre city project incorporating the wildly popular Santa Fe Farmers’ Market–one block from the hotel–SITE Santa Fe contemporary art center, Sanbusco Market shopping district, a 10-acre garden of native plants, two performance areas, and the many restaurants, galleries and shops along Guadalupe Street. For those who prefer not to go on foot, the hotel’s distinctive purple shuttles–painted London “black cabs”–are available to guests offering rides within a two mile perimeter of the property.
The hotel’s majority owner is Picuris Pueblo, the smallest of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo tribes. Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa is Santa Fe’s only Native American-owned hotel and the city’s largest Native American enterprise. Opened in May 1991 with 128 rooms, the hotel expanded with a luxurious spa in 2008, and later the addition of The Hacienda and its 35 suites featuring butler service in 2011. In January 2015, the hotel underwent another upgrade, and the lobby floor was redone with Mesquite wood from a dam project in Arizona.
Mohawk Bed & Breakfast
In 1993, a group of Mohawks, led by Mohawk elder and spiritual leader Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, left Akwesasne and returned to their ancestral home in the Mohawk Valley, where they purchased a farm at auction and began the work of renovating buildings, planting gardens, introducing a herd of cattle, opening a Native craft store, and fixing up a bed and breakfast. The area offers workshops, conferences and cultural exchange programs with various colleges and community groups.
The B&B is the oldest building on the property, a 200-year-old structure on the state’s list of historic landmarks. It offers the Turtle Room, Wolf Room, Bear Room and Eagle Room, as well as extra bedrooms.
Odd Duck Inn
The Odd Duck Inn, located near Kyle, South Dakota, in the heart of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, offers traditional Native American hospitality. Indian-owned and -operated by Oglala Lakota tribal member Tilda Long Soldier and Mark St. Pierre, this cross between an Inn and a Bed & Breakfast sits on the historic Big Foot Trail (leading to Wounded Knee) in the beautiful Red Owl Springs Valley. The quiet sight was allotted to Oglala Lakota, Cloud Horse Woman, Tilda’s great grandmother. It sits on the sight of Little Warrior’s cabin. Johnson Little Warrior, who died in 1953, was one of the last living survivors of the Custer Battle. It was their daughter Sadie who raised your hostess Tilda Long Soldier-St. Pierre. This hidden treasure of a Bed and Breakfast offers remote privacy and relaxation along with an amazing range of possible activities.
Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort
Stay on Oglala (Lakota) tribal lands just south of Kyle, on the prairie lands where Crazy Horse once livedNear the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. The greenhouse at Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort, off of Highway 2, supplies its restaurant kitchen. Don’t miss the hearty steak or burger dinners (ask for a side of crispy sweet potato fries) and anything that features their fluffy crusts, like chicken pot pie or warmed apple pie with ice cream. The property, run by the Puckett family, who are tribal members, has a gift shop that supports local artists and offers rooms, some with kitchenettes, a bunkhouse and several cabins. (605-455-2555; LakotaPrairie.com)
Blacktail Deer Creek Bed & Breakfast
Blacktail Deer Creek B&B is “where the prairie meets the sky in beautiful Lakota Land.” Enjoy a romantic weekend and the beauty of the open prairie — with a view of the wildlife from your bedroom window — on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 12 miles east of Oelrichs, South Dakota, on U.S. Hwy 18, across the road from Prairie WInd Casino. Native-owned and -operated, Judy Merdanian runs this hidden treasure. Nest in a comfy room, or stay in one of three tipis in summer months. The B&B features all the modern amenities: Internet, satellite TV and laundry access.
The View Hotel at Monument Valley
Armanda Ortega, Diné, of the Kiy`anníí (Towering House) Clan, owns and operates The View Hotel at Monument Valley. Opened in December 2008, the carefully designed accommodations serve the needs of visitors from around the world while blending with the environment so as not to detract from the beauty of Monument Valley. Three floors provide 95 rooms, each one with a private eastern facing balcony with views unlike anywhere else in world. The top floor offers unforgettable views of the stars, the entirety of Monument Valley, and serves as a perfect venue for amateur night-time long exposure photography without leaving the comfort of one’s room. Unique to The View is the authentic Native American décor with a locally woven Navajo Rug, traditional Navajo dye chart, and other Native American inspired decorations.