Location: Cimarron Rose is tucked into the whispering pine woods just off scenic New Mexico Hwy. 53.. It doesn’t take long to get away from it all. The B&B is 30 miles southwest of Grants, New Mexico which is on I-40.
Address:689 Oso Ridge Rd, Grants, NM
Accomodations: Three suites complete with kitchen. Healthy creative breakfast included.
Price: $85 - $185, depending on the number of days you stay, the suite chosen and the season.
Cimarron Rose – Your Country Retreat
As I drove down Hwy. 53 in New Mexico I began to relax. Small towns, ranches and high desert scenery stretched for miles. I passed El Morro National Monument and eventually came to the mile markers in the 50’s. I was told the B&B was between 57 and 56. And, fortunately as I slowed, there was good signage. I turned in.
As I approached the office, the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees. There was a chill in the air and so the warmth of the reception office and the owner, was very welcome.
I soon was involved in looking at the small fetish carving collection for sale, through photos of birds sighted on the property and through a photo album showing the history of the unbelievable restoration of a once run-down farm house. And, throughout the history was woven stories of Cimarron, the B&B’s equine namesake, who was rescued as a colt from the wilds of northern Washington state. Cimarron is now retired and is living out his years in horsy luxury at the Cimarron Rose property. He is accompanied by two female goats and an occasional cat or dog who wanders into this animal-loving place.
A Green Retreat
Cimarron Rose is a Green Inn and belongs to the Green Hotels Association. I’ve stayed at some Green Hotels but found that the Cimarron Rose B&B exceeded the criteria listed by the Association. It’s a great place to learn about life in the country without city water, sewer, and garbage service. I learned about their cistern system for collecting water, the trials of a septic system and was pleased to see how the B&B composted and re-used. Owner, Sheri truly walks the talk. She even has taken responsibility for clean-up on a section of Hwy. 53.
My Little Cabin in the Woods
I was offered the Cimarron Suite. It had a separate entrance, little patio with bar-b-que and private garden sitting area. But what I loved most about the suite was that it turned out to be my little cabin in the pine woods. With high wood beamed ceilings and fully stocked country kitchen surrounding an antique cast iron wood stove, all I could think of was my childhood cabin in the redwoods.
The suite had a comfortable queen sized bed and futon couch. The clawfoot tub was quite luxurious and the kitchen had all the touches of home. And, like my childhood cabin, the Cimarron Suite had a fascinating collection of odds and ends and Native American art. There was no TV, but who cared? There were tons of interesting books and magazines along with a CD player and collection of CDs. When one needs to relax, being without TV or Internet is just fine.
The Cimarron Rose Experience
Sheri, the owner, is an animal lover. She is a great source of information about the birds that flock to the B&B’s feeders and is happy to introduce you to her sweet horse, Cimi and the two resident goats. She is the one who renovated the once run-down ranch house and has continuing plans for improvement and growth. She is inspiring and is the type of person you are sure to learn from.
When you go to Cimarron Rose, be sure and wander the grounds and head out on the nature trail. Ask questions and observe all the life on the B&B’s 43 acres. Take time to relax and watch the birds come to the feeders. And, at night, savor the quiet.
Cimarron Rose is about peace, nurturing of the environment and returning to a simpler life. It is an ideal get-away for whatever ails you. It’s also a retreat for people wanting to spend quality time together.
Nearby are fantastic outdoor opportunities. You can hike, visit El Morro National Monument, drive about an hour down the road to Zuni, a culturally intact Indian reservation, and travel the newly designated Ancient Way Arts Trail.
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