Friday, March 27, 2015

Road Trip Review #1-Ruidoso, New Mexico

Last weekend, we took a fast and furious road trip to Ruidoso, NM, to do a little spring-break skiing.  The weather was GORGEOUS and it even snowed for a bit on us while we were out on the slopes.  The snow was a little slushy, which is to be expected that late in the season, but we all had a blast.  It wasn't crowded, so no long lines for the chair lift--yippee!

Ski Apache has added a zip line for the adrenaline junkies and has a nice snack bar.  We shared some posole and I also had this Apache taco, which is an open face beef taco on Indian fry bread.  So good!

After skiing, we headed back to our hotel, the Lodge at Sierra Blanca.  

We couldn't have asked for a prettier place or friendlier people.  
Here's the fireplace in the lobby:

and the fire pit on the patio just outside the dining area:

The hotel backs up to a golf course and there are walking trails all around it. The free breakfast in the morning was a full buffet with (REAL) eggs and sausage, pancakes and french toast, fruit, yogurt and an omelette station.  The indoor pool was a hit with the kids and there were also spa facilities in the hotel. 

On our way out of town, we ate lunch at the kids' favorite place, Cafe Rio.  I noticed on their website they're celebrating their 20th anniversary, which means we've been going there about as long as they've been open, and we've never been disappointed.  Hubby and I always split a small Greek salad and everyone chooses a slice of their favorite pizza.  The crust is thin and crispy--perfect.

We can't wait to go back this summer when we have a little more time to spend.  This part of southern New Mexico is beautiful and has so much to offer--skiing, horse racing, fishing, hiking, golf and, of course, wonderful food and shopping.  Ruidoso is a great weekend destination for Texans from Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa and El Paso.  Hope you get a chance some time to enjoy one of our favorite places!


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