Monday, June 23, 2014

Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu is a small town about 53 miles north of Santa Fe.
On a recent weekend trip there, we stayed at Abiquiu Inn. This a photo of the courtyard shared by the Plaza Blanca rooms near the front of the property.
The building above is the one that houses 3 Chama Vista Casitas where we stayed. The best feature of these are that they each have a private screened-in porch, overlooking pasture land. (Hint: If you book on of these, ask for one of the casitas on the end. We had the middle casita so we could hear neighbors on either side).  The Inn also has a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We visited the lake, Plaza Blanca, & Ghost Ranch.
Plaza Blanca seen above is accessed from an unimproved road for at least part of the way. I would not try this if it has been raining or snowing, or you might be stuck! However the scenery is breath-taking.

The photo above is from Ghost Ranch and probably it's most well know formation, Chimney Rock.

In the photo below, the house shown is not as old as it looks.  It was built in 1991 for the movie City Slickers and allowed to remain after filming was completed.
There have been over a dozen movies that have featured scenery from Ghost Ranch including The Lone Ranger,  Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, & No Country for Old Men just to name a few.
Ghost Ranch is probably best know for it's famous association with Georgia O'Keeffe. Not only did she paint many scenes from Ghost Ranch, but made her home there for a time as well.
Bella is posing after our hike to Matrimonial Rock. (She is hoping someone will make a painting of this). You can see Abiquiu Lake in the background.

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