Being from south Texas, we had always dreamed of having a white Christmas and I researched many hours to find the perfect destination for our family. I could not have dreamed of a more perfect location than Cloudcroft!
The Aspen Lodge is nestled in a perfect location on the east side of town, just a short distance from the ice skating rink and the quaint Burro St. shopping area. We had researched different activities to fill our time while in Cloudcroft, but it was unnecessary because the kids never wanted to leave our cabin! We were lucky to receive 6" of fresh snow on Christmas Eve and the area surrounding the cabin is perfect for sledding, snowball fighting, hiking and nature watching. While we enjoyed some of the local restaurants (Big Daddy's Diner is a must-eat!), we did cook some meals and found the kitchen to be well stocked for our stay. The air hockey table downstairs was a HUGE hit with the kids (and their grandmother!) and the owners have provided books, puzzles and other games as well. The beds were all very comfortable with ample pillows and linens. Each time I contacted the owner with questions, he was always very quick to reply.
Because nothing is ever perfect, I would like to mention a few details that would have made our stay even more enjoyable. While the home was very comfortable, there was not much storage for a family of 7 staying for 5 nights...we were pretty much living out of our suitcases (which were just laying on the floor of the bedrooms). Also, we had problems getting the downstairs room heated comfortably...it was always much colder than the upstairs, especially if we had a fire burning. As much as we enjoyed the wood burning stove, we had to stop using it because while it was burning, the heater would not turn on and the downstairs would become downright frigid (temps at night were in the teens).
Overall, this house was a tremendous bargain and we would happily stay here again.