Romantic Getaways in Ruidoso, New Mexico

by Melissa Sherrard, Demand Media

    Ruidoso, New Mexico, known as the "land of enchantment" and "year-round playground of the Southwest," is a village situated high in the Rocky Mountains in the southeastern area of the state. Ruidoso proudly offers year-round entertainment, mild weather and a wealth of natural wonders, making it an excellent location for lovers to escape reality for a while. Couples looking for a romantic getaway can turn to this picturesque mountain town for a wide array of activities and accommodations.

    Cabin or Campsite?

    Couples who enjoy spending time outdoors should consider the various camping, cabin and RV sites Ruidoso has to offer. You'll be able to explore miles of mountainous trails on foot, bike or horseback, or go fishing. Consider an outdoor campsite in the Lincoln National Forest or a romantic cabin on the banks of the Rio Ruidoso River to get away from it all with your special someone.

    Ski Trip for 2

    Seasoned skiers and snowboarders, or those who would like to learn, should consider the Ski Apache resort, situated on the slopes of the Sierra Blanca. The ski lodge offers lessons and a wealth of on-site amenities, including rental equipment, several restaurants and a fully stocked Sport Shop. Ski Apache offers several ski trip packages that include nearby accommodations, making planning a romantic ski trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico, simple for anyone.

    Gamblers' Getaway

    Lovers who like to gamble but are looking for a romantic alternative to the bright lights of Las Vegas should seriously consider Ruidoso. This quaint mountain town boasts two of New Mexico's best casinos: Billy the Kid Casino and Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. The Ruidoso Downs Race Track hosts live horse races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, as well as the richest quarter race on Earth, the All American Futurity, and other special meets.

    Nights on the Town

    Couples in need of a getaway filled with shopping excursions, romantic dinners and a wide variety of day and night-time entertainment will thoroughly enjoy a trip to Ruidoso. Art galleries, museums and theaters abound in this quaint mountain town, and each June the Mountain of Blues Festival is in Ruidoso's Event Plaza. Check out the city's website to discover what annual events, festivals or concerts will be taking place when you plan on visiting.

    About the Author

    Melissa Sherrard acquired her Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida in 2007 and has been writing professionally ever since. She also has extensive hands-on experience planning weddings and other private functions. She has created original print materials including announcements, invitations and programs for weddings, corporate events and private functions.

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