|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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HAPPENINGs IN THE JEMEZ and VALLES CALDERA--something is going on all the time.
Adult Coloring Group, Sundays, 3-4:30, at Fitzgerald Center, Dick Nelson 575-829-3583. All supplies available. Drum Circle follows at 5PM.
Yoga on Thursdays at library, 9-10:30AM. 575-829-9155.
Inquiries received after 5 PM are responded to the next day.
NEED TO ESCAPE? PEACE AND QUIET, SURROUNDED BY NATURE'S BEAUTY. Beautiful sunsets and Redondo Peak (11,258 ft) to help you de-stress. Sit on the porch with your beverage and listen to birds and rustling trees. Catch lightning storms in the summer. Sip hot chocolate and listen to snow fall. Located between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos, your drive is scenic. Summer mornings can be chilly; temps can reach the 80s and higher, cooling at night. At 8,300 ft, no need for a.c. (a noise that does not contribute to quiet!); ceiling fans in bedrooms & great room if it gets too warm.
His and her bathrobes DVD/VHS player
Hair dryer, soap, shampoo Coffee, tea, some condiments, spices
Wood stove with cut firewood out back Washing machine & Dryer (+ soap)
Dishwasher & garbage disposal Garage
Cooking utensils, pots & pans, dishes, accessories, wine bottle opener, & more!
Main floor - queen platform bed
Upstairs - 2 twin beds, no closet but a large storage area; wall rack to hang clothes
1 queen air mattress (built-in pump) to use in loft area
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, and 2 on air mattress. Extra charge beyond 4 guests.
Sheets may not match (does not affect your sleep!); bath/hand/face towels.
FOR KIDS: 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 (2-night minimum):
No extra charge for weekends, holidays, or special events!
$135/4 persons; $15/night extra for each person more than 4. .
Bookings w/in 30 days of arrival require full payment; otherwise, 50% at booking.
For complete cancellation policy, please review Rental Agreement.
Guests should check out trip insurance. There is no refund of rent or deposits for cancellation inside 30 days or early departure. Security deposit is refundable when the contract and Departure Checklist have been followed.
Optional Damage Insurance through HomeAway/VRBO.
$100 cleaning fee; additional fee for cleaning that takes more than 4 hours and for stays >14 days.
FIRE is always a concern in the mountains. Check with the Forest Service for RESTRICTIONS that usually run from late March through October.
WATER: Great cold water from community well system. If there is an outage, Guests can still shower in the morning, 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. Guests often spend the day away from the cabin, so this slight inconvenience is usually not a problem.
WI-FI AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Internet is installed, some sketchy service.
No cable/dish TV, but a TV to watch VHS tapes from a collection of military war/history movies and westerns, exercise videos, and more, and some children's video tapes.
DVD player (watch on a 13-inch TV screen). Bring your own DVDs.
There are books and games.
Walking in the subdivision or hiking in the Valles Caldera.
Landline telephone w/free long distance for calls in Continental U.S. only (no calls to Hawaii or Alaska).
Cell phones unlikely to work, but sometimes those with Verizon can get some service outside in the front yard.
VILLAGE OF JEMEZ SPRINGS: 30-minute drive south--restaurants, library (with computers), skateboard track, bath house/spa where you can enjoy a mineral springs bath and massage, churches, art galleries, and more. Visit the historical Jemez Monument to see Indian ruins. 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 AM, 3 miles south on Hwy 4. Santa Fe is a 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 7 PM, with free admission.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE & AND DO:
Majestic Valles Caldera Grande National Preserve, 8 mi. north, 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) General -- call 866-382-5537. Event hotline: 505-569-6842. Check out their website for classes in photography. (You will receive an info document with information, too.)
Bandelier National Monument, with ancient Indian ruins, 20 minutes north on Hwy 4.
Downhill skiing at Parajito (rated in January 2014 as one of the best places to ski!), just outside of Los Alamos.
Jemez Falls & picnic area, 3 mi south.
Several fishing sites along Hwy 4.
Lots of trails—stop at Ranger Ofc north of Jemez Springs on your way up for info.
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. Call Geraldine (575) 834-7918.
Restaurant 15 minutes away in La Cueva, and small store.
Sightseeing 30-45 min. away in historical Los Alamos.
There are many activities, or--you can do nothing.
INDIAN CULTURE: New Mexico is rich in culture and diversity. On the way up from Albuquerque, stop at the Walatowa Visitor Center and Museum in the Red Rocks area, and eat Indian fry bread from one of the vendors (the Frito pies are delicious). Great photos of the Red Rocks, too. The Walatowa Convenience Store is your last opportunity to get gas when coming from the south; the next chance is in Los Alamos. You can visit Soda Dam, north of the village. The Gilman Tunnels are at the 485 turnoff before you get to the village--they are the site for movies filmed in the Jemez.
WINTER TIME: Roads can be snow-packed and icy. You MUST have a 4WD vehicle. Arrive by 4 PM, 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; there are no road lights, and it is easy to veer off the road into a culvert. So, plan your arrival during daylight hours.
MEDICAL FACILITIES: Nearest medical facility is in Los Alamos, although EMTs may respond from La Cueva 15 minutes away.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: There is a special plywood ramp in the garage for wheelchair access through the interior kitchen door from 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? 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 11 guests (VRBO listing #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 & Tramway Rd (about 2 hrs from ABQ airport). Once you leave the highway, you travel for nearly 2 miles up and down a dirt/gravel road that gets steep in places. In the winter, you MUST HAVE 4WD; in the summer, 4WD is recommended, as roads can become slippery after a rain (drive in 2nd or lst gear as you traverse the hilly roads). For security reasons, the exact address is not given out here.
o NM assesses a gross receipts tax on the rates and all fees.
o Minimum stay - 2 nights. Lower rates 8 days or longer.
o Maximum Occupancy - 6. Rates based on 4 people; extra for 2 more. Renter must stay in the house, be 25 or older (also provide sex and age of others in group), and email a copy (scan to your computer) of your driver's license before the booking can be confirmed. A child is anyone age 17 and under.
NOTE: Camping is not allowed on the property. Evidence of any camping will result in additional charges and your stay is shortened with no reimbursement.
o Check-in time 3:30 PM; check-out 10:30 AM.
o Marsha's Writing Retreat is located in a tranquil and quiet environment. This is not a party house. Guests appreciate the quiet nature of the surroundings.
o No pets (inside or outside) – owner is allergic to most animals.
o There is no trash pick-up for subdivision; guests must take all garbage/trash with them upon departure. Trash bags are provided.
o Please read the contract before confirming your reservation and ask questions. Directions and entry information sent within a week before arrival.
o Military veterans receive a special rate over the Veterans Day holiday (Nov 10-12)
o Mountain weather is unpredictable. In winter, YOU NEED a 4WD. Roads cannot always be immediately plowed, and not until the snow reaches around 6 inches. Getting up icy hills can be a challenge, and chains/cables may be advised. Plowing of the roads is not in the owner's control.
o 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 (some of it 1950s style), and cozy enough that you won't want to leave! Don’t forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, and binoculars!
NOTICE: VRBO charges travelers a 9-10% service fee (additional commission on top of several other fees it charges owners). Owners have no control over this.
Note that this is a private home, and is not the same as a hotel; hence, there are more rules and restrictions than you may be used to. Guests are asked to treat the property accordingly.
A native of Minnesota and graduate of the University of Minnesota and SUNY, 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, avid scrapbooker, Certified Tea Specialist, and a world traveler. Just one continent to go! 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
What is there not to like about the beautiful scenery and serene atmosphere in northern New Mexico?! It reminds me of northern Minnesota, albeit without the lakes, so peaceful and quiet. I call it Marsha’s Writing Retreat (designed it myself), 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, and just may provide some inspiration for you to write (or photograph).
It is so quiet you can hear the snow fall. Sit on the porch and read while you sip your wine or hot chocolate. You have the look and feel 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.
This was the perfect location for our trips into Valles Caldera, Bandelier, and Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project NHP. We appreciated the clean, safe spot for our family to unwind and look forward to venturing back to Santa Fe at a later trip!
We had a great time, had a problem with the water,someone had turned it off at the meter. The local contact was wonderful and came to help. Would recommend this cabin for a peaceful getaway.
My friends and I had a great time. It's located by all major hiking trails and is in a very quiet area. Ceilings are high and the place is very cute and clean. Everything you need to make a fun home cooked meal is in the kitchen.
We had a wonderful time at the cabin - it was clean, cozy, and tranquil, with great access to hiking, hot springs, and to scenic Santa Fe. Marsha was very straightforward and detailed in her communications, so we had no trouble finding the place and getting settled in. We really enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend to other nature-lovers looking for a cozy getaway!
I loved my stay at Marsha's secluded cabin in the woods! Very well appointed two bedroom cabin. Everything I needed, pots pans dishes etc. were there. Lots of light through two story glass windows in the living room make it extra pleasant! Near great hiking and outdoor opportunities, it is absolutely beautiful in this part of northern new mexico. Look forward to visiting again some time in the future!
Charming, well-appointed cabin in a peaceful, beautiful setting. Property lacks for nothing you might need and is comfortable and cozy. Owner excels in communication, goes the extra mile to provide information and assistance, and is prompt in all matters. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend Marsha's Writing Retreat - you won't be disappointed!!!
We were lucky enough to be the first to stay here, and we had a great time. It was too bad the forest was closed during our stay, but we still found plenty to do: Bandelier Natl. Monument is a fascinating place to hike and explore, the Bath House in Jemez Springs provided great mineral baths after days of hiking, and we also explored museums in Los Alamos and at Jemez Pueblo and visited the Ponderosa Winery. This all sounds busy, but there were plenty of hours of relaxation and reading, enjoying the quiet of the mountain cabin, too. Marsha has worked hard to make this a pleasant getaway, and she's succeeded!
The cabin is located less than 2 miles off NM Hwy 4, over a dirt/gravel road, with some steep inclines. The subdivision averages 8000' in altitude and higher, and is heavily wooded. Conveniently located, you are minutes (3 miles) from Jemez Falls, the historic Valles Caldera (8 miles), and 35 minutes from historic Los Alamos. There are many outdoor activities available. During times of high fire season, access to various parts of the Santa Fe Forest, including the Jemez Mountains, may be restricted or even prohibited. The village of Jemez Springs holds several events annually.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning||£76 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£190|
|Property Damage Protection||£45|
Rates may change until confirmed and paid. Tax added at booking. $15/night for each guest over 4. Guest must be 25+, same name on credit card, stay in cabin, provide copy of driver's license & sex and ages of children and others in your party. Add'l $70 cleaning midway on stays of 15-30 days, and every 2 weeks on >4-wk stays. No refund for late arrival or early checkout. No refund for reducing the number of days originally reserved when the change is inside of a month of the stay. Stays of longer than 30 days must be paid in advance.
Military veterans get 10% off Veterans Day holiday when reserving for 2 nights on Nov 10-11 or Nov 11-12. Members of SouthWest Writers receive a 5% discount on all dates except for the period Nov 9-13.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.