Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Jemez Springs
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4-6
Planning to book? Save time, email a copy of your driver's license to the owner. Once received, you can proceed with the 'Book It' option.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE JEMEZ?
*Valles Caldera Elk Festival Sep 25-28. Features a bugling challenge, educ booths, demos, exhibits, vendors, more.
*Jemez Pueblo Open Air Market Oct 11-12, at Red Rocks. Arts & crafts, dances, bread-baking demos, food vendors. Farmer's market on Oct, 11A-2P.
*11th Annual 26-Mile Trail Sale Oct 18-19. Starts at Hwy 550/Hwy 4, follows Hwy 4 to La Cueva.
PEACE AND QUIET, SURROUNDED BY NATURE'S BEAUTY. This house at nearly 8400 feet has beautiful views of the sunsets and Redondo Peak (11,258 ft., and can be seen from Albuquerque). Sit on the front porch with your beverage and listen to birds or the rustling trees. Catch the lightning storms during the summer. Or sip hot chocolate in the fall and winter, listening to the snow fall. Located between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos, your drive is scenic, with stops along the way to take photos. Summer mornings can be chilly; temperatures can reach the 80s and occasionally the 90s, cooling off at night, sometimes down to the 50s. Because of the altitude, there is no need for air conditioning (a noise that does not contribute to quiet, mind you!); there are ceiling fans in the bedrooms and the great room. Summer brings the rains, which quickly disappear.
Hair dryer; soap, shampoo
Coffee and tea, some condiments and spices
Wood Stove with cut firewood out back
Washing Machine & Clothes Dryer (and laundry soap)
Dishwasher and garbage disposal
Ample cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes
SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: Queen platform bed in main floor bedroom. Upstairs, 2 twin beds, no closet but a large storage area, and a rack on the wall to hang clothes. A queen air mattress (built-in air pump) can be used in the loft area. All total, the cabin can sleep 4 in two bedrooms, and 2 on the air mattress. (Extra charge beyond 4 guests.) Sheets may not match (does not affect your sleep!), and ample bath towels, hand towels, and face cloths are provided. Extra blankets.
For children who might be scared of strange noises, they will have Harrison 'Toots' George, a huge resident stuffed bear, to keep them company. Toots is named after a famous golfer, my Dad!
RATES & CANCELLATION INFORMATION: Bookings made within 30 days of arrival require full payment; if made earlier, 50% at booking. For a complete cancellation policy, please review the Rental Agreement. Guests are urged to check out trip insurance. There is no refund of the rent or deposits for cancellation inside 30 days or for early departure. The security deposit is refundable when the contract has been followed.
FIRE is always a concern in the warm months to those who live in the mountains. We have a VERY DRY state. Residents are kept informed about any fire threat; if there is danger of a fire or an evacuation prior to a guest’s arrival, and you decide not to come, your reservation will be saved and you can move it to another date within the next six months. The AREA IS UNDER LEVEL 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. NO OUTDOOR CAMPFIRES, GRILLING, AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS.
WATER: A community well system serves the subdivision. Water is safe to drink out of the tap. Currently, water meters are being installed on each property, which means the water is turned off from 7:30 AM until 5 PM (and usually by 3 PM) on the scheduled day (with 24-48 hours' notice). Guests can still shower in the morning, just before the turn-off time. There is water stored in the garage that would need to be boiled for cooking purposes; the stored water is also used to flush the toilets when the water is off. Most guests spend the day away from the cabin, so this slight inconvenience is usually not a problem.
WI-FI AND HOW TO KEEP ENTERTAINED: Internet is installed, but service is sketchy in the mountains and not always 24/7. There is no cable/dish TV, though, but there is a TV to watch VHS tapes from a collection of military war/history movies and westerns, exercise videos, among others, including Gone With the Wind, and some children's video tapes. There is a DVD player (to watch on a 13-inch TV screen). There are books and games to keep you occupied. The landline telephone has free long distance for calls only in the Continental U.S. (no calls to Hawaii or Alaska). Your cell phone is unlikely to work, but sometimes those with Verizon can get some service by going outside in the front yard.
VILLAGE OF JEMEZ SPRINGS: The village is a 30-minute drive south from the cabin, and has restaurants, a library (with computers), a skateboard track, a bath house/spa where you can enjoy a mineral springs bath and a massage, several churches, art galleries, and more. Visit the Jemez Monument in the village, too. The Jemez Springs Baptist Church holds an interdenominational service Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the Jemez Falls campground amphitheater at 8 a.m., located 3 miles away, south on Hwy 4. If you are coming to visit Santa Fe (90-min. drive), do take in the Santa Fe Opera in the summer and many other festivals. And don't forget the world-famous Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and many others, many of which are open on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 PM, with free admission.
SPECIAL THINGS TO SEE AND DO: The majestic Valles Caldera (Valles Grande National Preserve, north on Hwy 4 by about eight miles) is a haven for photographers, hunters, nature lovers, hikers, X-C skiers, and mountain bikers. (Call 505-661-3333 for a ride to the backcountry to ride your bike.) . Call them at (866-382-5537). Event hotline: 505-569-6842. Check out their website for classes in photography. (I provide an information document for you with some information, too.) Bandelier National Monument, with ancient Indian ruins, is about 20 minutes away. There is downhill skiing at Parajito (recently rated in January 2014 one of the best places to ski!), just outside of Los Alamos. You are 3 miles from the entrance to the Jemez Falls picnic area, and a short walk from it to the falls.
Monthly 'Paint Your Vision' workshops are offered by local artists. Previous painting experience is not required. Learn technique from experts, and have fun. Art-viewing field trips are planned. Contact Geraldine Kerr at email@example.com or (575) 834-7918.
There is a restaurant within 15 minutes La Cueva, and sightseeing about 45 min. away in historical Los Alamos. There are many activities, or--you can do nothing. The nearest medical facility is in Los Alamos, although EMTs may respond from La Cueva 15 minutes away.
INDIAN CULTURE: New Mexico is rich in culture and diversity. Also in the area, on the way up from Albuquerque, you can stop at the Walatowa Visitor Center and Museum in the Red Rocks area, and eat Indian fry bread from one of the vendors across the road (the Frito pies are delicious, too!) The Walatowa Convenience Store is your last opportunity to get gas, too, when coming from the south; the next chance is in Los Alamos. You can visit the Jemez Monument in the village, as well as Soda Dam.
WINTER TIME: Roads within the subdivision can be snow-packed and icy. It is imperative that you have a 4WD vehicle. It is recommended that you arrive no later than 4 PM in winter time, when the sun has melted some of the ice, making it easier to get up the driveway. It gets dark by 5 PM in the mountains, and there are no street lights. Seeing where you are going in the dark is challenging, and it is easy to veer off the road into a culvert. So, please plan your arrival during daylight hours.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: There is a special plywood ramp in the garage for wheelchair access through the interior kitchen door from the garage. There are also rubber mats to put in the bathtubs for slip protection. The altitude might be an issue for those with heart or lung problems.
NEED MORE ROOM? If you are planning a family or group gathering and don't want to be separated but need a little extra room, my next-door neighbor has space for eight people. That VRBO listing number is 322935 (Big Foot Cabin). It is a 2-minute walk there.
TRAVEL LOGISTICS: The cabin is a 1 3/4-hour drive from I-25 and Tramway Road (a little over 2 hrs from the airport). Once you leave the state highway, you travel for under 2 miles up and down a dirt/gravel road that gets steep in places. In the winter, you absolutely need 4WD; in the summer, 4WD is recommended (roads can become slippery after a rain), although you can get by without it, but you will need to drive in 2nd or lst as you traverse the dirt/gravel hilly roads. For security reasons, directions to the exact address are not given out here.
• NM assesses a gross receipts tax on the rates and cleaning fee.
• Minimum stay - 2 nights.
• MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY - 6. The renter must stay in the house, be age 25 or older, and email a copy (scan to your computer) driver's license before getting a confirmed booking. A child is anyone age 17 and under.
• Check-in time 3:30 PM.
• Check-out time 10:30 AM.
• There is no trash pick-up for the subdivision; guests must take all garbage/trash with them upon departure.
• Please read the contract before confirming your reservation and ask questions. Directions and entry information sent within a week of arrival.
• Military veteran? I offer a special rate for veterans over the Veterans Day holiday.
Regardless of the season, sunscreen is a must in NM. The cabin was originally and still is my writing retreat, a place to get away from it all—the noise, the hustle, the bustle, and rat race of everyday living. The house is rustic in feel, eclectic in décor, and cozy enough that you won't want to leave! Don’t forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, and binoculars!
For questions, please contact the owner via email and provide your phone number.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
About Marsha Thole
A native of Minnesota and graduate of the University of Minnesota, among others, I retired to New Mexico after a career in the military and with the government, with teaching jobs along the way. I am a pianist, choir director, an avid scrapbooker, and a certified tea specialist. As a world traveler, I especially love international adventure trips. My travels have taken me to nearly every continent. Unfortunately, since I have asthma and allergies, I cannot allow pets or smoking of any kind, inside or outside the house.
Marsha Thole purchased this cabin in 1996
Why Marsha Thole chose Jemez Springs
As a writer, I wanted a quiet place to go that reminded me of northern Minnesota, albeit without the lakes, and without any distractions. I call it Marsha’s Writing Retreat, and will give you some stationery and postcards with a drawing of the cabin to remind you of your visit. The beauty in winter is my favorite time up there. I designed my cabin.
What makes this cabin unique
It is so quiet you can hear the snow fall, and you will get all the peace you want. Sit on the porch and read while you sip your wine or hot chocolate. You have the look, feel, and coziness of a cabin, and enough conveniences to satisfy most people. The great room has a two-story ceiling. The views are breathtaking, and you may drift off for a few moments and think you are in heaven. The water that comes out of the faucets (from the well) is the best water you will ever taste! For longer stays, you will like having the convenience of the washer and dryer.