Monday, February 18, 2019

Looking for a Creative Summer Retreat?

Are you looking for a creative summer retreat? One that gets you out of the heat and into the cool mountains? Then read on!

Our home in the mountains of New Mexico is available for a 5-month rental from May to October this year. Living at this 7,000-foot elevation, with access to trails on public land and a lake, we've found it a perfect place to be creative. Whether you're a painter or writer or are involved in some other creative endeavor, you'll enjoy not just the beauty of the area but also the house, which sits at the edge of the quiet, friendly community of Ramah.

The house, which is our home and studio, is completely furnished, and the price includes all utilities (electricity, LP gas heat and hot water, water softener, town water and sewer, and Internet) as well as washer/dryer and creative spaces to work in. The 1200-sq-ft house is suitable for one or a couple. Sorry, but no smoking anywhere on the property and no pets.

The price is $800/month and requires a five-month commitment from early May to early October. In addition, we would ask for some minor yard work—weed-whacking the weeds.

Ramah lies in the heart of what is called the Ancient Way. The Zuni reservation is just to the west; the Ramah Navajo reservation just to the east; and the Cibola National Forest surrounds it all. The El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments are just a few miles away. Gallup, the main service town, is about 45 minutes away, but Zuni (20 minutes) has an excellent grocery store and Ramah itself has a restaurant, the El Morro Market (natural foods and local produce) plus a convenience store as well as the Farmer's Market in the summertime.

And here's an idea. If you are thinking of retiring to a scenic area like this, perhaps you might use your time to explore. We have a nearly 8-acre lot nearby in Timberlake for sale, and it would be a perfect building lot in a very desirable area with views of rocky cliffs, the Zuni Mountains and ponderosa and juniper.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to and I can provide photos and other details.  I've included a few photos of the area here, plus some paintings I've done.

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