by Colette M. Armijo
RATON — Upon entering Raton, taking the first exit off I-25 heading south, you’ll first set eyes on the Raton Pass Inn: a small, intimate, and quiet inn with 14 rooms plus a breakfast room which offers a continental breakfast.
The inn was owned by Janet Brunton for the past 10 years, but has been passed to Laurie ‘Bunny’ Bunker and her partner Jason Bennett. Bunker was born and raised in Arizona and, after serving in the USAF for four years and her 25 year career in the postal service in Florida, felt drawn to do something different and adventurous.
She began her search for inns and hotels for sale in the southwest region and stumbled upon a few opportunities, which included Raton and Truth or Consequences. When asked what helped her to make her decision she emphatically said “Small town charm, retro vibe, and of course being close to nature!” She also wanted to be closer to her hometown of Tuscon AZ.