A Fabulous place to vacation for a weekend or a week. For a small town, Ruidoso has so much to offer. We like to camp when we go to Ruidoso, but before we began RVing, we stayed many times in a cabin in Upper Canyon. From private cabins rented throughout the year, to commercial cabins, to hotels, to Bed and Breakfasts, Ruidoso has tons of options. We now like to stay at our favorite little campground just outside of town towards Alto called Little Creek RV Campground. Owned by the Varnadore's, it's a friendly, quiet and beautiful setting that we have been frequenting for over 3 years. Plenty of deer come up in the evening for our viewing pleasure. There is a small putting green for some practice time. A large grassy area to throw a Frisbee or football. Plenty of room for the kiddos to ride their bike's. It's a laid back kind of place with friendly travelers as your neighbors. Wide spots that make it easy to back in your Rig. They also have pull through spots, if that's your preference. You will pay around $35 a night for a spot with full hook ups, including cable TV. Make your reservations early, the word has gotten out about Little Creek and it's often full all summer long. Partly our fault, as we tell everyone we know about our favorite little campground.
We love to eat when we go to Ruidoso. Green Chili is the thing to have when you are in New Mexico and Ruidoso doesn't fail to live up to this reputation. Lincoln County Grill is our breakfast spot. The Huevos Rancheros call out to us. It's two eggs over easy perched on top of two soft corn tortilla's, with pan fried potatoes, pinto beans, two sausage patties all covered in Red Chili or Green Chili or if you feel Cheery, Christmas. That's both Red and Green chili. Delicioso! Our son loves the Buttermilk Pancakes with hot maple syrup. Our favorite snack is at Farley's and it's the Fried Green Chili Wontons. It's a hangout for locals and tourist. Sort of a Sports Bar/Apres Ski Joint. Family friendly, so don't worry about taking the kids. It's totally fine. For good, straight up New Mexican Fare - try Casa Blanca. It's our go to place when we bring first time Ruidoso visitors with us. It never let's us down. Hungry for some Pizza? Try Casa Rio right in the heart of the town on Suddereth. Total local joint, the pizza is great. Great prices too! If you are feeling way more Italian - go to Michalena's. It's got your pizza and so much more. Great pasta dishes and great ambiance.
Enough on food. Although I can never get enough. Walk off that chow with a little shopping. One of my favorite stores of all time is right in the heart of midtown - J. Roberts. Sooo Cute! They have the most fun fashions. Great prices and things you can't find everywhere. The owner is a talented buyer. I always find something or somethings I want when I go in there. She never lets me down. This time I found cutie patootie green flower earrings, a sexy dress and a peacock essence t-shirt.
After you get your shopping on, you can burn off more calories with all the outdoor activities. With an outdoor park, bike and walking trail, tennis courts, golfing galore, hiking, fishing, you name it. Winter time brings skiing. Summer time brings jeep and hiking trails. Got more time? Take the hour drive up to Cloudcroft for a whole new experience. Feeling lucky? The Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel and Casino offers breathtaking views, golf, a lake, more good food and gambling. Owned by the Apache Indians, this Hotel and Casino sits on part of the reservation and is operated by the Natives themselves. A top notch outfit with some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in all of New Mexico.
For the less active and outdoorsy type, head on over the the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Located in Ruidoso Downs, it offers different exhibits throughout the year ranging from artists to movie making exhibits like Tombstone. Also in Ruidoso Downs is it's namesake the Horse Race Track itself. An experience unlike many others, you can enjoy the sport, people watch and place a bet. A real trip.
I'm only hitting my highpoints. Ruidoso has so much more to offer. Check out the Chambers site for a calender of events. There is always something going on. You really can't miss.
Labels: Ruidoso New Mexico - Monday, June 1, 2009