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A Monthly Series
I want to try out something new with this blog! A monthly series, showcasing fun places I’ve been to or events I’ve attended. I am so blessed to be a part of a lifestyle that allows me to create new memories in cool places all over. I want to share these with all of you readers, so that if you’re ever in the area, or are looking for fun places to go, you can check them out too!
Ruidoso, NM (7000 ft. elevation)
Today’s destination is Ruidoso, NM. Located 1 1/2 hours west from Roswell, NM, Ruidoso lies adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. No matter the time of year, you can always find an abundant of things to do. The winter time is great for skiing/snowboarding enthusiasts, and the summer time is a great time to walk along main street and visit the local boutiques and wineries. There are also loads of hiking trails and camping sites within the Lincoln Forest if your into outdoor activities.
My husband and I had our first date here, so it is a very special place to us. After he came back from his deployment, we finally had time to take our much-needed and belated honeymoon. We knew we wanted to come back to this beautiful and serene area and celebrate where it all began for us.
There are a ton of cabin’s you can rent out for your stay here. Since we just happened to be going around spring break time, I was very lucky to find us a honeymoon sweet cabin that was available. It was cozy and clean, but the best part, were the deer!
Since this is a known vacation destination, the deer are very accustomed to people, so they hang around the cabin’s. We got lucky, one morning while drinking our coffee on the porch, hearing nothing but the sound of the tree’s swaying in the breeze, there were a herd of deer in the common area behind our cabin. A few had come up to us and we were able to pet them and give them some crackers before they decided to move along.
We spent our time eating some great New Mexican food and exploring the shops in the town. Some notable eateries are the Cornerstone & Bakery Cafe Co. and Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ, both are very highly rated, and our tastes bud’s can attest that they’re so very good.
Noisy Waters Winery has a great selection of local wine’s, cheese’s, and some really, really good herb infused olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar’s. We love olive oil, so we got a couple of bread loafs sold there (that were made locally, of course), two different infused oil’s (garlic and basil) and two kinds of cheese. A bottle of 25 year aged balsamic vinegar along with some local wine’s completed our before dinner nosh plate.
This is a place we could see ourselves retiring in. It’s always sad when we have to leave, but we left our mark outside of our cabin, along with a lot of other couples who stayed before us.
Cloudcroft, NM (9000 ft. elevation)
An hour south from Ruidoso is a 2000 ft elevation increase in a place called Cloudcroft, NM. It’s a small village, but the view from the viewing tower at The Lodge Resort, overlooking white sands, makes the feeling of being out breath from the high altitude so worth it. We ended our first date here in this tower, watching the sunset over white sands in the distance, and it was magical.
Writing about these places, remembering the serenity and peacefulness of the area, makes me want to go back. I hope one day we will get that opportunity, for now I can only reminisce.
Have you ever visited Ruidoso or Cloudcroft, NM? What were some of your favorite memories there? Comment below, tag me facebook @graceandthane, or on twitter @gracethaneblog.