The San Luis Valley

Amish Bishop Mysteries, Amish facts/history, Amish fiction Comments: 56

What The Bishop SawHave you ever been to the San Luis Valley? It’s the setting for my new release, What the Bishop Saw which is now available where ever books are sold. Today I thought I’d share some information about the area.

  • The San Luis Valley is located in south central Colorado. It actually stretches from Colorado into New Mexico.
  • The portion in Colorado is approximately 100 miles long and 50 miles wide.
  • The San Juan Mountains (part of the Rockies) rise to the west of the valley, and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains rise to the east.
  • The valley is also home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
  • zzdata-20020_686x480The area receives 7-8 inches of rain a year, and the growing season is only 90 days.
  • Monte Vista, the setting for my Amish Bishop Mysteries, is known for being a very artistic community.
  • Amish have lived in the area for nearly 100 years.

I’m going to be visiting the area next week, and hopefully posting live video onto my Facebook page, so be sure and follow me there. Now it’s your turn. Where’s one place that you would like to visit this summer? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Last week’s winner was Mari.



Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw is now available in stores and with all e-retailers.
  • My rafflecopter giveaway winner was Jackie T. I’ll post another giveaway in the next week, so be sure and check out my main page.
  • My Shipshewana Amish mystery series is on sale for $2.99 for all 3 e-books.
  • Want to win a copy of WTBS? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • I’ll be presenting at the Lampasas Public library in Lampasas, TX on May 23rd at 10:30 and 5:30. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

Leave a Reply

56 thoughts on “The San Luis Valley

  1. Debbie Earls

    I would like to visit the Biltmore. We were there last year & really enjoyed it. I also want to go back to Pigeon Forge, TN.

  2. Valorie Smith

    This summer if money permitted I would love to visit and fully emerge into the Amish community of Lancaster.

  3. Tiffany

    I would love to go to Hawaii! It won’t happen this summer, but hey, a girl can always dream! I do hope to one day go there though.

  4. mimionlife

    I would love to visit Mount Pleasant SC and see our son and daughter-in-love. First grand baby is due in August. A boy! 🙂 Yes, we are very excited!!

  5. Linda McFarland

    I am planning to spend the month of June with my 90 year-old mom in Arkansas. We will spend lots of time together making memories!

  6. Alice BREEDING

    Can’t wait to read “What the Bishop Saw”and learn more about the area. I’d like to visit Big Bend.

  7. Cherese Akhavein

    There are so many areas I would love to visit in the Amish country, this area looks beautiful. Every time I go into Amish country I want to stay and visit more. This weekend I will be going to Author,Illinois which will be a new area for me and my daughter. This summer I will travel to Ohio and go to all the areas there. After reading so many wonderful Amish books I feel like I know these areas already. I look forward to What the Bishop saw and the entire series.

  8. Marsha Ifft

    Brunswick , Maine is always my ultimate destination. It’s one of the prettiest towns I have ever been in.

  9. Cori

    I’m visiting Ohio this summer… Charm, Sugarcreek, Berlin and several other, bike-trail-rich areas. I’ve been to Monte Vista and Alamosa and that area is gorgeous. I completely enjoyed “what the Bishop saw” and eagerly look forward to other installments in that series

  10. Gerri Moore

    We are going to Pigeon Forge, TN this summer, we love going there, but I would love to visit Amish country sometime.

  11. Meg Bess

    I would love to go to Washington state! My best friend and her husband who is very ill and he can’t travel.

  12. Connie Ruggles

    I’d like to find some of the Amish communities here in Maine; there’s one not very far from us where the Amish run the town’s general store. I’d also like to spend more time in the Acadia National Park area.

  13. Mary

    My husband and I have been through this area many times.. it’s breathtakingly beautiful. I miss Colorado.

  14. Kay Garrett

    Quite honestly, the place I want to go to this summer is our front porch. 🙂 We are in the process now of moving into our dream home that we designed ourselves having it built around two 1853 stone fireplaces in a location we have always wanted to live.. We are retired now and figured if we were ever going to do it that now would be the time – kind of a now or never kind of thing. We are in front of a large mountain with a deep gorge in front of us with mountain views after that. The home has a large front porch across the front of the house where we can sit and admire the view. So my hope and dream for the summer is for the move to be over, everything put in it’s place (which I hope I can remember where that is) and to be sitting on that porch looking out at the amazing view, sipping on a some iced tea and reading some books with my amazing husband there with me.

  15. Bonnie Swibey

    My husband Ivwant to visit Ireland. If the good Lord above permits we will go in 2 years for our 40th wedding anniversary!!

  16. Cherese Akhavein

    I can’t wait to see your wonderful pictures from your trip and hear all about this adventure. I’m Looking forward to reading this series I’m sure I will love it as much as I love all your books.

  17. Annette Eldridge

    How do the Amish grow enough to supply their yearly needs with such a short season? Love your books!

  18. Wendy Newcomb

    Oh Vanetta I am wanting this book so much I’m almost drooling, well maybe a little more than almost, lol.

    At this point I can’t think of anyplace I’d like to visit this summer as we moved ‘back home’ about two months ago and am enjoying the family we have lived so far from for 18 years, unless it would be to our daughter and her family who lived with us the last 6 years and she just moved last week also, but to a different state than us.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  19. Teresa

    I’d love to go back to the Colorado Springs, Colorado area to see the beautiful scenery and the many attractions there!

  20. Heidi Robbins

    We’ll be visiting national parks in southern Utah and Colorado on our way to a family reunion this summer, and Great San Dunes is one of them! I’ve never been there so I’m excited to see the landscape and do some exploring 🙂

  21. Debbie O'Brien

    From the way you describe it in your book I would love to visit it! I am sitting here in my air conditioned living room with my son’s dog finishing your book!! I am loving it. Can’t wait for the second one!!

  22. Ruth Bogue

    I know I’ll be visiting Charleston S. Carolina, my son is graduating Nuclear Power School in the Navy. If I had the money I would love to visit The San Luis Valley, sounds like a beautiful place. Will have to visit through your pictures and blogs 🙂

  23. Linda Goad

    I thoroughly enjoy your books. Looking forward to the new one unfortunately I have to wait for Library to get it.

  24. Alisa King

    I would love to go back to Chsrleston, S,C. I would like to tour the plantations and go to Mt. Pleasant.

  25. Karen G.

    I would love to go to Ohio Amish country but hubby is only giving me a three day weekend to choose from. So, I have decided to go to New Wilmington, PA instead. I’ve see lots of pictures from Facebook and really liked what I saw. It’s probably less commercialized then Ohio even though I still would like to go to Ohio but maybe someday in the future.

  26. diannekc

    My sister and I are planning on visiting upper New York and Niagara Falls and coming back through Lancaster PA this fall. Really looking forward to doing some sight seeing and stopping to see friends along the way.

  27. Kay Bennett

    I have been to CO, but not that area and I didnt get to see all that I wanted. Unfortunately I was with other people. I would love to go back to the area, especially since some places are having snow and we have 90 plus. I would enjoy going back to Gatlinburg as well. I love it there. Hope you are having fun!

  28. Suzanne Watson

    I would love to visit California. We won’t be able to go this summer with my girls in college but some day.

  29. Shirley Chapel

    I viewed your post on Facebook and it looked like you all were having a great time. I now have your cozy mystery What the Bishop Saw from the library. Will start as soon as I finish the book I’m on. Excited to find out what it is that the Bishop Saw! Just the title and the book cover drew me in. Now for the story!

  30. Bablynn Squires

    I got my copy a couple of days ago, but had to sub to help a man who’s wife had surgery and had to help daughter and her hubby work on new house!

  31. Kay Bennett

    I am half way through What the Bishop Saw and am truly enjoying it. I love your writing style.

  32. Shirley Chapel

    Well if we could we would like to visit an Amish community that’s new to us. Both of us are finding it hard to get around. My husband has to use a scooter to get about. My back has been bothering me a lot lately too. So we will stick to the Amish community near by.

  33. vannettachapman Post author

    Thanks everyone for commenting. Our winner of the $10 Amazon certificate this week is Dianne!