It’s back to summer weather here in SoCal and it has me missing our time in New Mexico. The crisp air, the cool morning and evenings, and the gorgeous views… oh, I want to go back to Taos Ski Valley so badly! This is the last of our 2013 summer vacation recap and we spent a lot of time out in the mountains, but we also spent a lot of time in our cabin too.
It was our first time renting an actual home (cabin) to stay in rather than a hotel. I was kind of nervous about it at first, but we had such a lovely time and the place was amazing. We had these large front windows that looked onto the mountains and the view was just breathtaking. We chose Snow Bear Inn to stay at and it was perfect for our group of 8. There were 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining and living room. It was nice to have a home away from home. We made all our meals (never ate out at all, but it took intense meal planning and packing!) and had a room of their own to go to bed at a proper time, and it gave us adult time to chat.
So many memories were made here. Mama, Ben’s mom, made wonderful breakfasts every morning; we were spoiled having waffles, pancakes, and french toast everyday. We had family dinners at the table and Ben’s sister, Suzy, would read from his mom’s old journal that she wrote when they would go on vacation when to New Mexico when Ben and Suzy were younger. That was an especially memorable night. The girls and Ben’s sister put on a show for us on the last night and the girls just loved that they had a new place to explore, everything was way cool to them! Another favorite memory were our family walks at night. They weren’t long, but they were just so peaceful and it was just wonderful to be surrounded by God’s creation under twilight. That blanket of stars above just left you in awe!
Snow Bear Inn was the perfect place to call home while we there and we were sad to leave. It made us dream of buying a cabin there one day. Donna, the manager, was especially helpful and always gave us the best suggestions of what to do and see. She went above and beyond and I was seriously calling her everyday for this or that and she was so great in answering my questions. I think Taos Ski Valley is quite popular in the winter since it’s known for skiing, so summer was a much more affordable time to go and stay there. Now that I think about it, it’s called Snow Bear Inn, but it isn’t really an inn, but more like a lot of cabin/condos put together. Most of them have individual owners that rent it out when they aren’t there and Donna manages it all. It would be fun to be one of those owners and have this little haven to go to every summer. A girl can dream, can’t she?!
If you could have another little place to call home anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
7 comments on “rewind to summer vacation: our home away from home”
I’m so glad you wrote this! We live in Albuquerque and I’ve never been to Taos before, but would love to find a place to take a mini roadtrip to next summer for our first trip as a family of three!
Your girlies are all SO adorable!
Beautiful! Looks so cozy!
xo Lisa | Making Life’s Lemons
My husband and I went there on our honeymoon (a while ago)! I’d love any little spot in the mountains to call my home away from home. Thanks for sharing!
Did you stay at the same cabin too?! Isn’t the area just gorgeous! I so would love to live amidst that gorgeousness!
If we could pick a home away from for our fam (which we’ve talked a lot about), it would have to be New Zealand. We spent 3 1/2 months here wih our oldest when he was a baby. We loved every minute and cant wait to go back and take more family.
There are so many places I would want another home, but I really love Mazama, WA or Iceland. Totally and completely different, but both downright breathtaking!
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