Spruce Cabins Cloudcroft Photo Contest

April 1, 2014 in Blog

"spruce cabins" cloudcroft "new mexico"Besides our vacation houses available for rent, we also operate the Spruce Cabins, a set of full-apportioned cabins near Cloudcroft’s Chamber of Commerce. They make for a fun place for you and your family to stay, because they’re within walking distance of Cloudcroft’s shopping and dining options, and they’re also close to a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to hunting and hiking. For more than fifty years, these cabins have been a well-known and well-regarded stop for travelers and vacationers alike.

This month, Spruce Cabins is running a photo contest to win a two-night stay in one of their cabins, and we’re excited to help them out. In order to enter, you need only “like” Spruce Cabins on Facebook, and then share and tag Spruce Cabins in a picture of you or your family members in or around Cloudcroft. Whether you’re having fun, doing something silly or amazing, or marveling at the surrounding natural beauty, we want to "spruce cabins" cloudcroft "new mexico"see you enjoying our little mountain village.

A stay in the Spruce Cabins is great for out-of-town friends or relatives, as well as people who have visited in the past—rekindle the memories of your last trip in a village landmark! And while you’re at it, feel free to give Amigo Realty’s Facebook page a “like.” We’d love to meet you too, especially if you like Cloudcroft enough to stay!

Cloudcroft New Mexico goes wild for Mardi Gras

February 22, 2014 in Blog

It might be hard to believe, but our little mountain town of Cloudcroft, New Meixco goes wild for Mardi Gras. Okay, maybe not that wild, "mardi gras" "cloudcroft" "new mexico"but the annual celebration is something our community looks forward to, and this year is no different. We might not be getting crazy like they do in New Orleans, but for a little village in southern New Mexico, we have a pretty good time.

Taking place over the weekend of February 28th, 2014, the Cloudcroft’s annual Mardi Gras in the Clouds celebration is full of things to do. Friday kicks off with an introduction of the 2013 Mardi Gras king and queen at 2pm, and then the 2014 “Monster Mash” theme gets rolling with live music and a spicy Cajun cooking contest. Saturday’s festivities begin in the morning: at 10am, as “Burro-bon St.” merchants will be open, and Cajun cuisine will be served. The rest of the day features the parade, "mardi gras" "new mexico" cloudcroftmore live bands, a parade float trophy presentation and the “king dance” and costume competition. Then on Sunday, in addition to the Burro Ave celebration, there will be the second annual battle of the bands in the Mardi Gras tent from 11-5, where area bands compete for a cash prize!

Our annual Mardi Gras celebration is a fun and family-friendly event, making Mardi Gras one of the best weekends to visit Cloudcroft. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

White Sands New Mexico Full Moon

February 17, 2014 in Blog

If there’s one thing that never ceases to be awe-inspiring, it’s a full moon. Here in southern New Mexico, where the artificial lights are few "full moon" "white sands"and vistas are spectacular, a full moon night is a truly amazing experience. If you’ve ever gazed at the night sky and breathed in the crisp mountain air, you know what we’re talking about. Of course, a full moon is best when the weather is nice and the sky is clear, so the full moons in May, June, July, August, September, and October are particularly worth getting away from the city lights.

The National Park Service offers full moon hikes at White Sands; this year, they fall on May 13, June 11, July 11, August 9, September 7, and October 7. Imagine the "full moon" "white sands"moonlight glittering off the sand as you walk over the landmarks famous dunes—it’s almost surreal, like you’re visiting a science fiction landscape, with the moon looking down on you from a blanket of black velvet sky and millions of stars.

Unlike the infinite reaches of the heavens, space at the White Sands Full Moon Hikes is limited; registration opens about a month ahead of time, so be sure to set a calendar reminder to book early. For more information and to register for a particular hike, go here: . A White Sands Full Moon Hike is but one amazing experiences to be had while visiting Cloudcroft and southern New Mexico. Come visit the mountains for a week when the weather warms up—you’ll find plenty of fun things to do, even if the full moon hike is full. Be sure to check their Facebook for more information!

Spend a Winter Weekend in Cloudcroft New Mexico

January 27, 2014 in Blog

Every year, we look forward to the ski season, and every year, we have to hope that the weather does its part to keep the chairlifts "ice rink" cloudcroft skating running. Unfortunately, that often means the snowpack isn’t sufficient to keep Ski Cloudcroft open consistently; some weeks will be great, and other weeks, well… they’re good for hiking. Still, there are plenty of other wintry outdoor activities to do in Cloudcroft.

Even though a lackluster snowfall might not be good enough for a ski run, tubing and sledding are options, though you still have to be careful about ice. Any gear rental spot in town can point you in the direction of good hills to tube. One such place is the Cloudcroft Ice Rink. Along with its outdoor skating rink and skating rentals, the rink also rents tubing equipment.

"ice rink" cloudcroft skatingOf course, you may want to just skate rather than risk sailing off an icy spot on a hill and landing in a pine tree, and the rink is a safe spot for it—you won’t have to worry about falling into a frozen pond! Besides skating, the Cloudcroft Ice Rink is a fun place to hang out and sip on hot chocolate. It’s open on the weekends, and it features live music or DJs on Saturday evenings from 6-8pm.

From tubing to skating and the occasional awesome week of skiing, Cloudcroft is a great spot to spend a winter weekend—even if you just take it easy in a cabin by the fire.

2014 The Year to Buy a Home

January 10, 2014 in Blog

2014 "new home" "real estate"

2014 “new home” “real estate”

Well, it took a while (365 days, in fact), but here we are in the New Year. What does 2014 have in store for you? Do you plan on making this the year you quit smoking or drop those ten pounds that have been bugging you? Maybe take up a new hobby? What about buying a new home or a place to spend family vacations? While New Year’s resolutions that focus on self-improvement often fall by the wayside when your daily routines set in, purchasing a new home or vacation property is a concrete goal you can actually plan for.

If this is the year you move to a new house or go for it and buy a mountain respite for weekend getaways, we’re excited for you—real estate decisions provide you with a great feeling of moving forward and starting the next chapter of your life, not to mention the financial benefits of investing in property. What’s great about New Mexico (besides the enchanting scenery, of course) is that home prices are "home sweet home" home "buying a home" "real estate" "new mexico"comparatively lower to other southwestern states—while it’s unfortunate that many people moved out of state in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the exodus left a good amount of inventory—there are good deals to be had, and while prices are showing a gradual but steady climb, the economics still favor the buyer.

Still, the market is improving. Consumer confidence is growing every month, as unemployment decreases little by little. Home prices will go up accordingly, which means there might not be a better year for buying a new home than this one. If this is your year, we’d love to help you find the perfect house in Southern New Mexico!

Cloudcroft Black Bears

November 5, 2013 in Blog

Did you know that the living, breathing Smokey Bear was found as a cub in 1950 by soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas? The little guy was caught high up in a tree, trying to escape the flames of the Capitan Gap forest fire. The black bear was originally named “Hotfoot Teddy,” "smokey bear" "new Mexico" bearbut the soldiers later renamed him after the US Forest Service’s mascot. Smokey is the most famous black bear from New Mexico, but all black bears are sort of special, since they’re the official state animal of New Mexico.

These days, you often read or hear about stories of black bears invading suburban neighborhoods, and these stories often give the impression that if you go on a camping vacation you have to worry. Certainly, you should be careful about leaving food out, and if you see bear tracks, you probably need to keep your distance. But at least in southern New Mexico, encountering a black bear in the wild is kind of rare; these furry, intelligent creatures are wary and shy, and they are most likely as afraid of you as you are of them.

"new mexico" "black bear" bear Of course, you may actually be on vacation in southern New Mexico to hunt black bears, in which case you’ll probably want to follow the tracks. Running from August through October, black bear season is just about over for 2013, but it is open to all weapons. If you’re only hunting with a camera, you might be able to spot one foraging before winter sets in. Either way, give our animal neighbors plenty of space, and leave the forest like you found—Smokey Bear would approve.

October is One of the Best to Vacation in Cloudcroft

October 14, 2013 in Blog

How’s your fall so far? Along with the seasonal changes to the scenery (falling leaves, people wearing sweaters), fall in Cloudcroft is Cloudcroft fall "new mexico"marked by a busy month for town events—we’ve already had the art festival, and the High Rolls Apple Festival is this weekend, and everyone’s favorite trick-or-treat alternative, Harvestfest is on the 26th. In fact, October is one of the best months to vacation in Cloudcroft, on account of the various happenings throughout the month, not to mention fantastic weather, when there’s a chill in the air but no snow.

The High Rolls Apple Festival, held in nearby High Rolls on October 19-20, is a fun outing for the family. It’s also delicious, as festival-goers can sample apple products to their hearts content. Besides plenty of cider and other treats, the Festival also has children’s activities and arts and crafts for sale. It’s a fun event for the whole family, and a great way to spend a morning—you’ll "high rolls" apple festival fallwant to get there early in the morning too; the parking is free, but the spots fill up!

After you’ve browsed the festival, head up Highway 82 to the Old Apple Barn for lunch. High Rolls is another little gem of a town in southern New Mexico, and the Old Apple Barn is one of its highlights. Besides apple stuff, treat yourself to their delicious gourmet fudge, or grab one of their tasty Sheboygan bratwursts or smoked elk sausage dogs. There’s a gift shop full of fun knickknacks, and you can even bring home a bag of local coffee beans. Whether you stop by the Festival or hang around town, the fall in southern New Mexico is a beautiful time of year to visit, and annual events like the High Rolls Apple Festival will make your stay in Cloudcroft even sweeter!

Stargazing in the Mountains of Southern New Mexico

September 10, 2013 in Blog

“The stars at night, are big and bright…” You can probably finish that line, right? While Texas apparently has good visibility of the night sky according to an old song, we’d just as soon look at the night sky from our own backyards. Cloudcroft’s visibility is so great that you can see the Milky Way galaxy with the naked eye on most clear nights. It’s truly an amazing experience no matter how old you are.

"milky way" stars astronomy "New Mexico"Of course, if you see the night sky above Cloudcroft when you’re a little kid, it is the kind of sight that will stay with you your entire life. Visiting the mountains of southern New Mexico is a great fall vacation idea, and introducing your kids to the wonders of the heavens when they can actually see a dizzying array of constellations without the light pollution common to big cities is a wonderful part of heading to Cloudcroft. While telescopes are certainly useful and fun for kids to operate (once they learn to be careful with all those little knobs and such), the visibility in Cloudcroft makes them a nice option, rather than a necessity. However, a book on identifying the constellations or an iPad app for the same is definitely helpful.

Cloudcroft is full of fun things to do outdoors during the day, and at night, stargazing makes for a fascinating activity that truly captures one’s imagination. And who knows? If you and your kids spend the weekend in Cloudcroft, maybe one of them will point to that trip as the moment she knew she was going to have a career in science!

New Mexico Green Chile

August 19, 2013 in Blog

One of our relatives who lives in Texas asked us recently if Hatch chiles were the “national export of New Mexico.” We kind of laughed, "new mexico" chile "green chile"but if there’s one thing people outside New Mexico associate our state with (besides “enchantment” and turquoise jewelry, probably), it’s those delicious green chile peppers that have made the town to the west of Cloudcroft kind of famous.

Hatch Green Chiles are named for the Hatch Valley, which includes Hatch, a town of less than 2,000 people, located in Dona Ana County, about two hours away. From the valley, these tasty green chiles are available throughout the Southwest, though growers market them for export further afield. While most people are familiar with their green hue, Hatch chile peppers turn red if left to ripen. Additionally, their flavor is commonly thought to be mild to moderately spicy, but some varieties are hotter than jalapenos.

And while the peppers carry the name of the Hatch Valley, you could also just as accurately call them New Mexico State University Peppers (Aggie peppers?), because most of the varieties have been developed by the "green chile" "new mexico" chile "new mexico state"school’s agriculture department over some 130 years. We’ll keep calling them Hatch Green Chiles for the foreseeable future—it’s a lot easier to tell out-of-staters about.

If you’re visiting southern New Mexico for Labor Day weekend, the town of Hatch has a pepper festival that’s a lot of fun. Featuring chile eating contests, ballet folklorico and mariachi, plus lots more music, food and games, it’s a great way to spend one of your Labor Day weekend days before returning to your cabin or vacation rental house in Cloudcroft. We have plenty of green chiles this time of year, too!

New Mexico’s Dunn Solar Observatory

August 9, 2013 in Blog

Anyone’s who has ever been momentarily dazed after coming out of a movie theater into the afternoon light knows that a sudden "dunn solar" observatory "new mexico" vacationincrease of light can be a jarring, blinding experience. But staring into the sun is precisely what the Dunn Solar Observatory in Sunspot was made to do. If you’re looking for a daytrip, this observatory is an interesting sojourn a mere 18 miles south of Cloudcroft.

While a weekend vacation in Cloudcroft might not afford you enough time to check out Sunspot and the observatory, you might include a trip to Sunspot in a week long Cloudcroft itinerary. The equipment in the tall, wedge-shaped Dunn tower is used to study sunspots, those swirling maelstroms of energy that darken the surface of the sun. The visitor’s center offers tours of the observatory at 2pm.

Contrasted to The Dunn Solar Observatory’s night time counterpart, the Apache Point Observatory studies the stars at night, rather than focusing on the explosive mysteries of the sun. You can visit the "new mexico" cloudcroft vacation sunsetfacilities, but the telescopes are off-limits, unless you’re a scientist, maybe.

Besides the science on display, the real treat of checking out the observatories is a beautiful drive through the Lincoln National Forest, even more spectacular as the sun is going down. After you’ve visited Sunspot, head back for dinner and drinks on Burro Avenue, and toast another relaxing vacation day in our little mountain town!