Off the beaten path and about 16 miles from Santa Fe in Lamy is a different kind of Airbnb experience Matthew Andrae calls “luxury by 17th Century standards.”
“It kind of gives people a time away from their normal lives,” Andrae said about his new business, The Tipis of Santa Fe, which allows visitors a chance to have a campout in a Native American tepee on a hill overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
“It’s an amazing shelter and they look great at night and, you know, as you’re under the stars you get the feeling of just being out in the wilderness.”
Guests won’t find running water, cell service or plumbing, but do have access to an outhouse, with the nearest cafe about 10 miles away.
Their amenities include massages in the canvass tepees, archery lessons, and inside the tepees people will find three beds that can comfortably sleep four people.
“And then when they walk out the door and they look at this beautiful vista, they think, ‘I’ve done something interesting, something new that I’ve never done before,'” Andrae said.
The native New Mexican said he has plans to increase the number and size of the tepees on his 10-acre lot because the business that opened in February is already taking off.
He said there’s a reason it’s bringing people from other countries including Italy, France and Germany to remote New Mexico.
“I think they have a connection with the native America that they were raised with as children, but they wanted to find out what it was like to be in an actual tepee,” Andrae said.
He added people want to spend time in the silence among the juniper trees with their family or their thoughts.
A night’s stay is $55, but that’s expected to increase to $100 by summer.
Andrae said he may expand his business closer to Santa Fe and in Arizona, Colorado, or Texas.