Hotel at a Glance: Pinecliff Village Resort
With classic adobe architecture blending in with the New Mexico landscape, Pinecliff Village Resort makes its home in the natural wonderland of Ruidoso, a town that calls itself "The Year-Round Playground of the Southwest." Close to rivers, lakes, and streams, the resort features sweeping Sacramento Mountains scenery, with easy access to fishing and hiking. Here, you'll be tucked up in a two-bedroom suite designed to feel like a vacation home, with spacious kitchen and living areas and warm, earth-toned decor—some rooms even have fireplaces.
- Close to: shopping and restaurants in downtown Ruidoso, as well as two nearby casinos
- Stunning views of the Sacramento Mountains and tall pine forests
- Comfortable suites: Pinecliff's accommodations are home-like, with fully equipped kitchens and upscale design elements, such as cushy leather couches and private balconies or patios
- Dive in to the indoor pool and jacuzzi, or send the kids off to the playground or onsite game room.
Ruidoso, New Mexico: Mountain Scenery, Skiing, and Upscale Downtown
Once a sleepy village in the mountains, Ruidoso is now New Mexico's third-fastest-growing city. It's easy to see why—surrounded by the Sacramento Mountains, ribboned by rivers, and studded with lakes and tall pine forests, Ruidoso is an excellent home base for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, and horseback-riding opportunities abound, and year-round, you can fish for rainbow and brook trout in the creeks and rivers that meander through the area.
Ruidoso also has plenty of indoor activities to keep visitors occupied—there's the Casino Apache and Inn of the Mountain Gods, both enormous casinos. And there are also shops, upscale restaurants, and galleries galore downtown. Don't miss a stop at the Hubbard Museum of the American West, an offshoot of the Smithsonian Institution that celebrates the not-so-distant Old West past.