|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
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This secluded Rio Grande Casita puts the Great Outdoors at your doorstep. The views from the property are unmatched. This traditional village borders both the Rio Grande and the southern Rocky Mountains. Centrally located to sites in Santa Fe, Taos, and southern Colorado, it is a quick, scenic 20 minute drive to Taos, an hour drive from 4 popular ski areas, and a key location for birders, rock climbers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Archaeologists and geologists visit the area to explore cultural sites and rock formations. Artists set up easels along the riverbanks painting the rich colors and dramatic landscapes.
Skip the crowded condo scene and enjoy breathtaking scenery while grilling out on the patio or just kicking back on the screened veranda. Modern kitchen and spacious living area feature brick floors, kiva fireplace, and hand-crafted furniture. Perfect for a romantic getaway or for letting your children enjoy the freedom of natural surroundings.
Winter/Spring Conditions: Winter/Spring in Pilar can be the best time to visit. There are six nearby ski resorts with skiing and snow boarding. Travel time from the casita varies from 45 minutes to a little over an hour. The nearby Orilla Verde Recreation is quiet with returning bald eagles and other wildlife. Of course, summer can be exquisite. Cool nights give way to warm days and the quintessential azure skies of Northern New Mexico.
Taos hosts numerous seasonal festivals featuring regional art, food, and spirits.
Location Details: The casita is located at the end of a private road about 600 feet from the river. It is bordered by BLM land on two sides and is surrounded by mixed conifer trees that offer peace and privacy.
This is a rental by owner. We live next door, 200 feet away, and we are happy to assist visitors with any details regarding their trip to the Taos area.
Meg and Bruce have lived in the area for 35 years. We raised both our daughters here, and they attended school in Taos. One is a physician, the other a geo-physicist, proof that the public schools are good! Meg is a retired elementary school principal and writer; Bruce is a manager at Los Alamos Laboratory. We are both private people and very respectful of the privacy of our guests, though we are available to answer any questions about the history, geology, wildlife, hiking opportunities, and our favorite restaurants. If you're into birds, Meg will happily take you birding along the Rio!
We moved to Northern New Mexico three decades ago because of the stunning beauty, closeness to nature, and richness of its cultures. And we wanted to build a traditional adobe. At the time, we shared the romantic notion we could make a living here as a writer (Meg) and a cabinetmaker (Bruce). While we both had to get practical employment, we remain true to our roots.
We believe the views from the property are completely unique and stunning and probably responsible for my daughter becoming a geologist. The vastness of the panorama can be a bit overwhelming for those new to the area, but the region has been settled since the 1600s when the Spanish arrived. That said, the addition of our hot tub has been inspirational. Nothing like viewing all this natural beauty while soaking tired bones!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful casita with us! The house is beautiful, the area is beautiful. We enjoyed our stay, and 2015 is off to great start. Thank you so much!
My family has visited the Petersons' Casita three times over the past five years. The house itself is beautiful and lovingly cared for. It's right at the edge of the Orilla Verde recreation area, which offers rafting, fishing, and most important a whole bunch of hikes past marvelous gorges and ancient petroglyphs. Only about twenty minutes from one of the best vineyards in New Mexico (La Chiripada). Of the many places we've rented in different parts of the world over the past years, this is our favorite!
On this fifth trip into the Taos area we chose to stay in the Rio Grande River Gorge Casita. In Pilar. I so like this name. A great choice it was. With rural charm, set into the slope of the East side mesa of the Rio Grande, the adobe Casita was surrounded by a forest of pine and juniper...and large basalt boulders. The trees lent a sense of privacy. Oh, and the views up and down river...every light variation was a different view.
Inside, the rustic Casita was clean, well appointed and provisioned. The Casita and location fit our needs like a tailored glove. I must also mention that the hot tub-star gazing was spectacular.
Much of our time was out and about, hiking, plein air painting, photographing, birding, visiting petroglyphs sites (incredible), meeting the locals at the Blue Heron Brewery (trivia night), soaking our bones at Ojo Caliente, a Sante Fe museum, gallery, with lunch at the Shed. It was always pleasant to return home, start the small wood fire, pour two glasses of La Chiripada award winning wine (Dixon), and talk about the day. I also need to mention the Sugar Nymphs Bistro and Leigh's paintings across the street (Penasco on the High Road.) ... It doesn't get much better than this.
My husband and I drove through a Colorado blizzard with white-out conditions and were wonderfully rewarded with a stay at Meg and Bruce's casita. The pictures truly do not do it justice. The place is gorgeous, super clean, has a well-stocked pantry, a vast choice of pots/pans/dishes, very cozy, and has a true southwestern feel from ceiling to floor and wall to wall. We were originally scheduled for a 3 night stay but had to cut our trip short by one day because of a weather report predicting more snow near our home; we did not want to drive through another storm. Meg was extremely generous and offered us an additional night's stay for free if we had decided to stay to wait out the storm. Since we were already headed home when we spoke, we were unable to accept. Meg also refunded the third night we were unable to use! Incredible thoughtfulness that we so gratefully appreciated. We will return! Thank you Meg and Bruce! We will highly recommend this casita to friends and family.
Bruce and Meg:
Thank you again for another wonderful time! We have loved New Mexico since we lived there in the '90's, and can't wait for each return trip. Staying at your peaceful casita just makes it that much more special. We stayed for the first time in late December 2014, and had to wait until March 2016 to return...walking in felt like coming home. We love sitting on the patio: seeing glimpses of the Rio Grande and soaking in the sunshine! The hot tub is amazing after a day of hiking or skiing! My husband loves the kiva fireplace, and since he is the cook, really appreciates a full kitchen! I love feel of the place, the adobe walls, the viga ceiling, the little things from Mexico on the windowsill...We hope to see you again this December!
Jeff and Lisa Maytes
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything met our expectations. The location was exactly what we were looking for--quiet and peaceful, yet easy to get to lots of activities. We hope to return in the future.
We loved our stay in the casita. The desert and Rio Grande Gorge surroundings are beautiful and the casita itself is so lovely-- pictures don't do them justice. It was built by the owner and family and we marveled at their handiwork, both inside and outside, and all the special touches and details. The home is well-stocked and private. One of our favorite features is the hot tub that looks out on the desert landscape (we went to Ojo Caliente and preferred the casita hot tub and its surroundings -especially at night when the stars are bright- over Ojo Caliente). We hope to be back!
Pilar is a quiet New Mexican village located on NM route 68 south of Taos. It lies adjacent to the Rio Grande river at the gateway to the magnificent Rio Grande Gorge and a gateway to the Rio Bravo National Monument. River sports, biking, hiking, and bird watching are a few of the summer activities. Winter skiing is nearby in Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Sipapu. In addition to outdoor fun, the nearby towns boast numerous fine dining restaurants, art galleries, museums, and southwestern cultural points of interest. There are numerous festivals throughout the year including San Geronimo Day at Taos Pueblo, Indian Market in Santa Fe, and a Fall Balloon Rally in both Taos and Albuquerque.
Other Activities: Hiking,birdwatching, kayaking, rafting, Anasazi petroglyph sites, cultural and historical museums
Golf: The Taos Country Club is an easy, picturesque 15-minute drive from the casita. The Club features incredible 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Taos mesa.
Ski: The southern Rocky Mountains boast several nearby ski resorts, including Taos, Santa Fe, Sipapu, and Red River. We are also a 4-hour drive from southern Colorado ski resorts. Our guests often pair a visit to southern Colorado with their stay here in northern New Mexico.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 9 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$125|
We have a new hot tub and patio area! Enjoy unparalleled views of Pilar butte and the Milky Way.