Spring Break in Cloudcroft is for Nature Lovers

March 2, 2015 in Blog

Get out of the city and commune with Mother Nature. Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is the ideal spring break destination for nature lovers. You can spend your spring break vacation in a lovely, rustic cabin and enjoy mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor activities in nearby Lincoln "spring break"National Forest.

Lincoln National Forest

Cloudcroft is located just a short drive from the Sacramento Ranger District of Lincoln National Forest. There are more than 548,800 acres for you to explore.

This forest district also is home to Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, aspen and oak trees; a variety of birds; Blue Columbine, Alpine Daisy, Penstemon and Larkspur wild flowers; and wildlife such as white-tailed deer, black bears and Rocky Mountain elk.

Hiking Trails

Sacramento Ranger District of Lincoln National Forest has a large variety of hiking trails. Many of the trails are ideal for day-hiking and backpacking. They range in length and difficulty from the easy 1.4-mile Sunspot Trail to the difficult 7.3-mile long Alamo Canyon Trail.

Click for a map of Sacramento Ranger District hiking trails.

Take a Scenic Drive

Photographers will love the opportunity to take pictures of the beautiful nature scenery in and around Cloudcroft and the Lincoln National Forest.

"cloudcroft railroad" vacation trails Cloudcroft "new mexico"As you drive along U.S. 82, northwest of Cloudcroft you’ll see the Mexican Canyon Trestle. This historic railroad trestle is the largest of its kind. Take a picnic and spend the day at the Trestle Recreation Area. There are day-hiking trails, as well as picnic tables and restroom facilities.

Other areas such as Mexican Canyon Trestle, Haynes, Cathey and Nelson Canyon Vistas have stunning views.

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers will love spending spring break in Cloudcroft. There are more than 8 miles of trails just north of Cloudcroft. You can also try mountain biking trails such as the Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail or Apple Tree Canyon Trail in Lincoln National Forest.

Vacation Rentals

The best part of spending spring break in Cloudcroft is that after a day of hiking and mountain biking, you can return to a comfortable cabin, like Whispering Pines for a hot bath and dinner.

Nature lovers will love staying at Cloudcroft’s Spruce Cabins in the Lincoln National Forest. These cozy mountain cabins are available in sizes suited for couples or a group or family.

Cabin #4 sleeps up to four people, with a queen-size sofa sleeper, a bedroom with a queen bed and a 3/4 bath. The cabin also has a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and dishes and pots and pans, as well as cable TV, microwave, coffee maker, an iron and ironing board.

Contact Amigo Realty for more information about spring break vacation rentals in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

Enjoy a Cupid’s Connection in Cloudcroft for Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2015 in Blog

Have you already made plans for Valentine’s Day? Will this be another year with you going to out to dinner at a crowded restaurant for an over-priced meal with a hundred other couples?

Instead, you could whisk your special loved one off on a beautiful, romantic getaway to the mountains of New Mexico. This year, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) falls on a Saturday, making it perfect for a romantic weekend getaway."valentine's day" cloudcroft "new mexico romanic getaway

Rent a Room with a View

Spend a romantic weekend in Lonestar Cabin, a rustic two-bedroom cabin that overlooks the Lincoln National Forest. It is also within walking distance to downtown Cloudcroft. Minimum stay: Two nights.

Take a look at A Wonderful Place, Hawk’s Roost and other cozy vacation cabins for rent. Just imagine drinking champagne and eating chocolate-covered strawberries on the patio with a mountain view. Now that’s romantic!

For Nature Lovers Only

Cloudcroft is just a few minutes away from some of New Mexico’s most scenic views. Nature lovers can take a hike in the Lincoln National Forest or from the fascinating White Sands National Monument to Cloudcroft’s historic Mexico Canyon Trestle. You can fall in love with nature and each other all over again.

Contact Amigo Realty to book your vacation rental in time for Valentine’s Day.

*Video from Cloudcroft CVB 

Start the New Year Off Right in a Peaceful Mountain Retreat

December 29, 2014 in Blog

What is your New Year’s Eve tradition? Do you celebrate the new year with a champagne toast with loved ones, attend a big party or gather around the TV to watch the Times Square celebration and see big ball drop?

"new years" resolution New Year’s Eve Traditions

Many New Year’s Eve traditions involve eating a particular type of food at midnight to bring good luck in the coming year.

In the south, eating black-eyed peas and corn bread is a popular tradition. Other traditions including eating collard greens, grapes, pork or special cakes. Read Lucky Foods for the New Year for more ideas.

This year, why not start a New Year’s Eve tradition of your own?

Start your new year in a peaceful mountain retreat in Cloudcroft, NM. Instead of attending a noisy, crowded party, you can enjoy a picturesque view of snow-capped mountains while sitting around a cozy fireplace and sipping a cup of hot chocolate.

Local Attractions

Don’t worry about being bored. There are several fun things to do… like hiking, skiing, as well as local attractions, dining and shopping.

Cloudcroft is less than an hour’s drive from Ruidoso Downs, White Sands National Monument, the Space Museum and Toy Train Depot in Alamogordo. You can also take a day trip to Carlsbad Caverns.

Cloudcroft Vacation Rentals

"whispering pines" cabins cloudcroftHoliday rentals are available in all sizes, with a variety of amenities. You can rent a lovely mountain retreat for the whole family or a cozy cabin for romantic weekend.

Whispering Pines is a lovely two bedroom loft mountain home that sleeps up to 6 people. It has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the living room. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, where you can cook a big pot of lucky black-eyed peas. It is the perfect place for a group of friends to spend a new year’s vacation.

You will love ringing in the new year with your family in Heath Cabin. It is a fully furnished, 2800 sq. ft custom built log home, located just a short walk downtown Cloudcroft.

Heath Cabin features a fireplace with wood stove insert, cable TV/VCR/DVD andWi-Fi Internet. It also has a charcoal grill on the patio. With 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, this beautiful mountain retreat is ideal for family getaway.

Make your reservation online or call 1-866-682-3312.

Spend an Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Mountains

December 1, 2014 in Blog

After 11 months of crowded streets and hectic traffic, why not spend an old-fashioned Christmas with your family in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Our charming town is a winter wonderland, nestled in the Rocky Mountains.

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There are many ways to enjoy the holidays in Cloudcroft. Start the day with a day of shopping at Cricklewood & Company for fragrant candles, soaps and lotions or find handmade silver and turquoise jewelry at Sam’s Silver Lining. After holiday gift shopping, stop by Big Daddy’s Diner for lunch or a slice of homemade pie.

 

Holiday Events in Cloudcroft

 

Cloudcroft’s Annual Light Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 7:00p

The tree lighting will take place on Burro Street, after the parade. Bring an ornament and you can help decorate the tree! Refreshments will be available, starting at 5:00p.

Ullr Fest 2014

Cloudcroft Skating Rink

December 6, 2014, at 8:00p

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” Come celebrate winter with a blazing bonfire at this holiday festival.

Santa Land Bonfire

Zenith Park Pavillion

Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 4:00p

Bring your children to see Santa Claus at Zenith Park. The whole family will enjoy a festive holiday afternoon, while drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 5 p.m. with holiday cookies for the children.

Visit Cloudcroft for the holidays and enjoy the small-town charm and snowcapped mountains views from a custom built log home.

Rentals are available for Christmas, visit Amigo Realty to book your reservation online or call 1-866-682-3312 for more information.

Memorial Day Weekend in Cloudcroft New Mexico

May 23, 2013 in Blog

Wow, is it Memorial Day weekend already? Every year we look forward to Memorial Day weekend because of Cloudcroft’s Mayfair, but "new mexico" cloudcroft "memorial day"it just seems to sneak up on us! In any case, we’re excited to visit Zenith Park this weekend and see what artists from Cloudcroft and all over New Mexico have in store. With two days of running into friends, munching on food, and checking out locally made art, Memorial Day weekend in Cloudcroft is always a blast.

Whether you find something to hang on your walls or not, the 36th Annual Mayfair is a fun activity for the whole family, and it’s one of Cloudcroft’s main events. It makes a great prelude to Memorial Day weekend cookouts, and if you have small kids, it’s a "new mexico" cloudcroft meladrama "memorial day"great way to wear them out so you can relax with a cold beer or a glass of wine in the evening. All in all, about 2,000 people come from all over to browse paintings, glassware, jewelry and other arts and crafts, and you’ll want to allot plenty of time to meander past all the booths—between the art, food, and live music you’ll find, it makes for a memorable way to spend the Saturday.

The event starts on Saturday, May 26th and continues through Sunday, running from 10am to 5pm both days. In addition to the art on display, you’ll also be able to catch Cloudcroft’s light theatre company’s melodrama performance on Saturday at 7:30. Hope to see you there!

Easter Weekend in Cloudcroft New Mexico

March 28, 2013 in Blog

Do you ever drive through small, one-stoplight towns and wonder what it’s like to be a kid in those places? Cloudcroft, New Mexico might be a one of those little spots off the road, but there’s no doubt about it—we have plenty of kids who live here, and there’s plenty for them to do, especially on Easter weekend.

"new mexico" cloudcroft easter This Easter weekend, for example, is the annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt held at Zenith Park. The Kiwanis will be laying a thousand eggs all over Zenith park, waiting for eager little ones to find them. The event kicks off at 10am, and there will be lots of goodies from the Easter Bunny—even Smokey the Bear is going to be there! If the kiddos don’t get their fill of scrambling for Easter eggs on Saturday at the Kiwanis’ event, the Lodge has its own Easter egg hunt on Sunday, starting with Easter brunch at "new mexico" cloudcroft easter "the lodge"the resort’s restaurant, Rebecca’s, where the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Then at 1:30, the Easter egg hunt kicks off, and there will prizes awarded to the kids who find secret, special eggs.

All in all, Easter weekend is just one of the many fun things for children in our little mountain village. Cloudcroft might be a small town, but growing up here offers lots of rich experiences—if you and your family want to check it out, please get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to show you around, and hopefully find a place for you to set down some roots!

New Mexico Ski Vacation

December 17, 2012 in Blog

"ski cloudcroft" "new Mexico" vacationNow that the winter weather has finally made an appearance, the holidays finally feel like they’re in full swing. Christmas is about a week away, and it could very well be a white one; hopefully the snow cooperates and the sky dumps a ton of great powder on the slopes. After all, while I appreciate the snow in Cloudcroft because it’s beautiful, I also appreciate it because it’s fun.

Winter vacations in Cloudcroft are great when there’s a lot of powder on the mountain because we have access to several nearby ski resorts and we’re not too far from Ruidoso. Skiers and boarders are in for a treat—“America’s southernmost ski resort”, Ski Cloudcroft, is about a 10 minute drive from town, and it offers several great slopes for quick runs, making it perfect for half-day lift-tickets if you happen to sleep in. Ski Apache, about an hour up the road in Mescalero, is one of the top resorts in the country, with a wide variety of runs for all skill levels. While all the resorts have rentals available, you can also rent equipment from a number of outfitters in Cloudcroft, advantageous if you plan on skiing for a week.

Taking a week to enjoy winter sports in Cloudcroft is a fantastic way to spend some vacation time, and while there are plenty of great hotels and motels (and a Holiday Inn in Alamorgordo), you should really do it right and rent a cabin. Renting a cabin for your New Mexico ski vacation lets you live here for a little bit, rather than the compartmentalized short-term stay in a hotel room. Imagine "cloudcroft new mexico" winter vacationcoming home from a day of snowboarding and digging into the chili you’ve had simmering in the crockpot all day, maybe uncorking a bottle of wine or cracking open a few ice-cold beers, perhaps putting an ice cold beer on a swollen ankle or knee! When you and your family or a group of friends have a cabin for a week, you get a chance to really relax and hang out, rather than merely cramming into a room with two double beds and watching hotel cable until it’s time to get up and ski again.

The ski season in Cloudcroft, like anywhere else, is dependent on what the weather does, so when the snow arrives, you might as well live it up in a cabin, and enjoy the season to the max. Have a great Christmas and New Year! We hope to see you soon!

Holidays in Cloudcroft New Mexico

December 2, 2012 in Blog

Well, now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, have you started your diet or workout regimen? If you’re like the Amigo staff, you’ll probably start it… tomorrow. Just kidding! We’ll get around to it eventually, but with the holiday season in full swing, there’s so much shopping, baking, and visiting to do that the treadmill might get a little underused. That’s okay, because Christmas in Cloudcroft is plenty fun even if you end up with a few extra pounds or an inch or two on the waist.

One thing we look forward to at the beginning of every holiday season is the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Burro Street. Burro Street is the scene for many of our little village’s seasonal events, but the Christmas Parade and the tree lighting are "christmas cloudcroft" "holidays in new mexico"by far the most spectacular.     This year, be sure to get a spot on Cloudcroft’s main drag by 7pm on Saturday, December 8th for the start of the parade—if you get there at 5pm, there will be refreshments available, too.

The tree lighting is one of the best parts, too. Your family members are welcome and encouraged to bring ornaments for the tree, and if you have young children, this is one of those great family memory moments you don’t want to miss. With the parade, the Christmas tree and all the caroling in between, the start of Cloudcroft’s holiday season is a must-do, and just another fun thing that makes living "holidays in cloudcroft" "new mexico vacation"or vacationing in Southern New Mexico truly spectacular.

And speaking of vacationing, if you’re from out of town and are looking for a winter vacation or getaway in Cloudcroft, don’t hesitate to give Amigo Realty a call. We have some cozy cabins and vacation homes for rent, lease and sale, and we’d love to meet you this holiday season.

Cloudcroft Snow Season

November 1, 2012 in Blog

"cloudcroft new mexico" winter "vacation rental"Given the way the weather’s been lately, we really hope everyone in Cloudcroft has been able to spend some time outside—doing outdoor activities in Cloudcroft during the fall is a great way to enjoy the season, and since this year has been a little on the warm side, it makes hiking, biking, bird watching, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and everything else you like to do in the sunshine that much better. Of course, by this time last year, Cloudcroft we’re already anticipating our first snow. This year, despite temperatures dropping down to the middle 30s at night, we have yet to have enough moisture and to match the freezing point. While skiing, snowboarding, sledding and all the other snow-centric pastimes might be a week or two later than normal, but we’re not worried. The snow always comes, and before too long we’ll be packing more of it into the belly of another giant snowman in the front yard.

"cloudcroft new mexico" winter vacationWith seasonal weather imminent, if a little bit tardy, it’s never too early to plan a winter vacation. As soon as we get a big storm through here, the mountains will be full of great powder, and Ski Cloudcroft will get the lifts going. If you have the vacation time available, renting a cabin in Cloudcroft for a few days or a week is a great way to wrap up the year, hitting the slopes with friends, family or both. At Ski Cloudcroft’s resort, you’ll find equipment rental for skiers and boarders, plus lessons for newbies or people who need to brush up on the basics. As for your lodging, putting you in a sweet New Mexico vacation cabin is what we do—Amigo Realty has winter vacation cabins and homes for rent, and if you really enjoy your stay, we’d love to talk to you about purchasing a vacation house of your own. In any case, do a little snow dance, because we can’t wait until Cloudcroft turns into a winter wonderland. For now, we’re going to step outside for a little sun.