|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Designed as a personal private retreat by a Chicago architect, this modern adobe style home harmonizes perfectly with the natural simple environment. The cozy casita's well-lit living room is furnished with traditional Mexican leather tub chairs, a comfortable sand-colored love seat, and the owner's original paintings.
The well-appointed kitchen features hand-carved and painted Mexican cabinetry and the dining area seats four comfortably in French leather bistro chairs.
The two bedrooms feature queen beds with brand new pillowtop mattresses covered with high-thread count sheets and down comforters. Both bedrooms feature ensuite baths, tiled with Mexican terra cotta tile, featuring spacious vanities with ample storage, Egyptian cotton towels, and hotel quality robes.
While well separated from the main house, guests at the casita may avail themselves of the hot tub, grill, and bocce ball court. The casita has its own ramada, perfect for enjoying a night cap and staring at the mulitudes of stars.
Plaza Blanca, with its white cathedral stone spires made famous by Georgia O'Keefe, is only a five minute drive away. The famous Ghost Ranch, former winter home of Ms. O'Keefe, is just twenty minutes away and features creative workshops, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, hiking, or you can simply sit and soak in the dramatic beauty. Or if you wish to explore your creative side, the owner, the established abstract artist Susan Schuler offers private and small group instruction for all skill levels.
It is true that travel experiences are made more special when you connect with people. Susan made our second trip to New Mexico that much more special for us by all of the unique touches she provided in her beautiful casita we rented for 5 days. Upon arrival, key under the mat as she was not home, she had left us a very welcoming package of sweet treats, wine and a beautiful card. We have done a lot of travel across Australia, Europe and Canada and the US....this was by far one of the best places we have ever stayed at. The view is so gorgeous, across the Chama River looking upon the mountain mesas and arroyos, with a view of snow-capped mountains in the distance. You can see the same view without getting out of your comfy bed! What a treat. We especially loved the kiva fireplace and made use of that every night, as well as a private hot tub at Susan's house within a short walk. She is available to help with advice and friendly company if you so desire but she also gives you your space for privacy. We did tons of hiking in the New Mexico canyons, especially loving Ghost Ranch Chimney Rock and Box Canyon hike. Just up the road from the casita is Plaza Blanca, a must-see if you love hiking and amazing scenery. Look for coyote and mountain lion tracks! We saw tons. Absolutely will never be forgotten in our memory. There is so much to do in the area that we couldn't fit it all in, but we were there to hike. Georgia O'Keefe's home is 10 mins away, private tours available. We saw Abiquiu Lake, gorgeous, and took the Old Spanish Trail for more stunning scenery. Had a great unique dinner at El Farolito, a must for traditional New Mexican food, not to be missed. Abiquiu Inn serves good food as well, and Mamacita's Pizza and famous Green Chili Cheeseburger fabulous just 5 mins away. Food prices very reasonable in the area. The casita is a treat, Susan has everything you could possibly need, I didn't bring my hair dryer, and she had one, of course. Her artwork is all over the casita and she showed us her gorgeous studio, very inspiring. Her work is so beautiful. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to meet her and become her friend. Thankyou Susan for an unforgettable holiday in Abiquiu!
We loved our stay at Viento del Rio and our time in the Abiquiu area. The casita, as others have said, offered amazing views from every window, and we never got tired of looking at the sky and the mountains all around. Our teen and tween enjoyed exploring the property, especially along the river, and we all enjoyed afternoon dips in the hot tub. Susan left us wonderful coffee cakes, and coffee, popcorn, and other goodies. The beds are fantastically comfortable. The space is more than enough for a family of four, and Susan has provided an extensive collection of movies and games. Other than sounds of the Rio Chama, the place is very, very quiet, so much so that we were amazed to realize how much vehicle noise we have near our own home, which we had previously considered to be in a quiet area.
We loved hiking the Box Canyon and Chimney Rock trails at Ghost Ranch, just a few miles up the highway, and the short trail across the river at the Poshuouingue ruins, as well as trails at Plaza Blanca and the Echo Amphitheater. We made several day trips to the Santa Fe area, about an hour away, for stops at the Sage Bakehouse and Kakawa Chocolate House and visits to the O'Keeffe Museum, Intl Folk Art Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Railyard Park, and an afternoon in the snow on the big mountain outside the city. (Bandelier and the Puye Cliff Dwellings, and the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, are also relatively near the house, between an hour and two-hour drive.) We spent a lot of time, especially in the mornings, lounging around and taking in the scenery right outside the casita. If we ever return to the area, we will definitely stay at Viento del Rio again.
This is our second visit to this lovely Casita, and it is such as special spot that from the first time we felt the need to move to Abiquiu. The Casita is well appointed, with a very comfortable two bedroom with living, dinning, kitchenette area design. Susan is a wonderful hostess who knows well that little details count, like a welcome basket with sweet and salty treats and a bottle of wine, marshmallows for roasting on the fabulous kiva Fire place in the living area, toiletries in both bathrooms, etc... All this plus great Art work on the walls! Set this in wonderful Abiquiu, and what's not to like!
Vieto del Rio was the perfect holiday vacation spot for the three of us. There was ample room, the beds, including the fold-out, were super comfortable, the kitchen worked well, as did the bathrooms and we really enjoyed the fireplace. Susan went above and beyond to make us feel at home, adding niceties that were unexpected and very much appreciated. The casita is well insulated (was cozy-warm and stayed that way even in frigid cold), has a lovely view of the Chama River (a short, easy walk) where one can watch the flow of water and see various water fowl and other birds. There are many natural attractions nearby: Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch, the (natural) Amphitheatre, Abiquiu Pueblo, scenic hikes in all directions, one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America...too much mention. Toas and Santa Fe are about an hours drive away. Bode's general store ihas a good stcck of food ( groceries ) and cooked food; the Abiquiu Inn is a good place for nice dinner out and both are about a 5 minute drive away. We really enjoyed both Viento del Rio and Abiquiu--unbelievably gorgeous! thank you Susan!
Looking for a little mini-vacation, we drove to Abiquiu from Albuquerque. I knew from the photos and reviews that Viento Del Rio was what we were looking for and our expectations were far exceeded. Our charming host gave us a tour of her house and her absolutely breathtaking art. We so liked her immediately. Despite her incredible talent, she was warm and welcoming.
BUT...the casita was just as charming and had excellent views of the sexy hills and mountains from almost every window. The chama river was just a short walk on the property and offered soothing burbling sounds to read by. Water and views...wow! The casita must have been really well built as we hardly needed heat and everything from excellent coffee, cream and special surprise treats were there. Towels were the softest ever and linens really really nice. Both beds were the perfect softness. We felt so at home (except my towels can't measure up). We had Thanksgiving leftovers with us but Abiquiu and Bodes is really close for anything you have forgotten...anything.
Our next day we went to the Ghost Ranch for the Georgia O'Keefe Landscape tour on horseback and thoroughly enjoyed the history and views. Everyone there was extremely friendly and helpful. Learned so much.
Also went to the Rising Sun Gallery in Abiquiu and saw many of the local artists' work. (We had missed the recent Art Tour). Abiquiu must have the highest number of good artists per capita anywhere. We stopped into Bosshards, an importer with exquisite pieces. John and Matthew were a delight. Another side trip was hiking in the area of the Dar Es Lam mosque. Beautiful beautiful landscapes. This is God's country.
Our last night, we built a fire in the fireplace and glowed along with it. Our mini-vacation was incredibly special due to our warm lovely casita by the Chama, the views and our amazing host. Hope to return in July when our host will have her work at the Rising Moon. Would never stay anywhere else.
We dragged into Abiquiu Sunday evening. As we drove into the drive I was hoping we could get some rest and enjoyment. Sure enough, the view from the Casita was a balm for us. The colors, the hills, the desert around us, the ever changing sky and shadings of hills and plants. It was a true refreshment. The host was extremely gracious, the Casita was clean, comfortable, peacefully and nicely furnished. My husband said, "Everyone should be able to look up from reading and see such a beautiful view." We visited in the Autumn, we look forward to visiting again in other seasons.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$10 + Tax|
The list price of 150.00 a night is for one bedroom in the Casita, for 1 or 2 people. An additional fee of $25. per person will be charged when using both bedrooms and or the pull out couch.
Pets limited to one dog, 30 pounds or under.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.