I like living in New Mexico so much more than I thought I would, the desert is surprisingly beautiful! However, sometimes my mountain loving heart just needs a little retreat into the woods. Enter Ruidoso, a perfect weekend getaway destination to get your fix of mountains, trees, and all the nature activities!
Here are a few suggestions to get you started on planning your weekend getaway in Ruidoso...
Every good day starts with coffee so I recommend starting at Sacred Grounds. This coffee shop overlooks the river and has a fun/cozy atmosphere. If you stop by when their bar is open you can try local wines or local spirits made just down the road at Glencoe Distillery, the newest addition to New Mexico's distillery scene (probably not a breakfast activity...but no judgement here!) If you want to read more about local drinks in Ruidoso check out my post here!
After Sacred Grounds check out some of the local shops. A few of my favorites include:
The Hot Spot is a shop where you can check out local fiery products including all things Chile! They also have an impressive tasting bar and when the weather is right they grow chilies out front...super adorable!
The shop owners at Happy Hiker are passionate about the trails (check out their instagram to see that they are always out exploring!) and will direct you to some great hikes in the area. Be sure to stop by their shop and support the local business!
In Nomad you can kiss the giant moose and shop for cool mountain wares, including really rad wooden sunglasses.
Old Barrel Tea & Spice Co. specializes in tea and always has samples. Stop by for a quick education and have them help you find a tea you love!
White Mountain Pottery Shop has incredible handmade pottery and a sign boasting that their pot is legal, lol.
Mountain Arts has some of the most beautiful native art I have seen. Seriously, so many beautiful paintings and other works of art...for sure worth checking out!
Ever had green chile wine? The $5 tasting at Noisy Water Winery comes with an additional free taste of either their green or red chile wine (I say go green!). I recommend doing the wine tasting with their delicious cheese platter! If your'e feeling a bit light headed don't worry they also have an oxygen bar ;)
Re-Store is one of the cutest antique/refurbished stores I have ever been in, be sure to check out all of their adorable items!
For a fun but cheap meal head on over to Cafe Rio where for less than $5 you can grab a slice of pizza larger than your head.
Another highly recommended location is Casa Blanca. I haven't been but I've had several people say it's great and I will for sure be stopping by next time I'm in town.
I mentioned Noisy Water Winery above but it is a great place to try some local wine!
Lost hiker brewery is super new to Ruidoso but goodness their beers are good! For sure worth stopping by!
Looking for local spirits? Stop by Sacred Grounds and try some of Glencoe Distillery's spirits available in their bar!
And if you want more info on the local craft drinking holes in Ruidoso check out this post!
Alto Lake is a lovely place for a morning stroll (not too far out of town) or if you are into fishing they offer that as well (just make sure you have all of your proper permits).
If you are there in the winter be sure to check out all of the fun snow activities at Ski Apache. There is also a zip-line at ski apache that I haven't made it to yet but it is for sure on my list!
Inn of the Mountain Gods is often hosting shows featuring major artists. They also have a really beautiful little lake and gambling...I don't usually promote gambling but if that's your thing just do it responsibly :)
Ruidoso is pretty much the home of any outdoor activity you can think of so it's the perfect weekend getaway if your heart is craving nature. Other available activities include: mini golf, the local theater, bike rentals, scooter rentals, and more!
Also be sure to check out https://www.discoverruidoso.com for more events! I was able to go to Vines in the Pines in March 2018 and it was a blast! Ruidoso offers several other super fun events throughout the year, so check out their site!
And if you're headed to Alamogordo check out this post for some ideas of things to do!