Marsha's Writing Retreat -- Peace and Quiet in the Historic Jemez Mountains(7 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4-6. 2-story with loft, great room, and garage.
TAKE A BREAK! Spend the weekend in the Jemez. Shop and eat in the Jemez Springs village at numerous cozy places all decorated for the holidays. On Sat, Dec 10, 5-9PM, enjoy Native American flute music and dancing , wagon rides, bonfires, at the Jemez Monument amidst the farolitos (luminarias), a tradition here. Call 575-259-2202 for info.
Adult Coloring Group, Sundays, 3-4:30, at Fitzgerald Ctr, Dick Nelson 575-829-3583. All supplies available. Drum Circle follows at 5PM.
Yoga atthe Jemez library, 9-10:30AM. 575-829-9155. Call for schedule.
Inquiries received after 5 PM may be responded to the next day. We are now in the season where a 4WD vehicle is absolutely mandatory.
NEED TO ESCAPE? PEACE AND QUIET, SURROUNDED BY NATURE'S BEAUTY. Beautiful sunsets and Redondo Peak (11,258 ft) to help you de-stress. Sit on the porch with your beverage and listen to birds and rustling trees. Catch lightning storms in the summer. Sip hot chocolate and listen to snow fall. Located between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos, your drive is scenic. Summer mornings can be chilly; temps can reach the 80s and higher, cooling at night. At 8,300 ft, no need for a.c. (a noise that does not contribute to quiet!); ceiling fans in bedrooms & great room if it gets too warm.
His& her bathrobes DVD/VHS player
Hair dryer, soap, shampoo Coffee, tea, condiments, spices
Wood stove, cut firewood out back Washing machine & Dryer (+ soap)
Dishwasher & garbage disposal Garage
Cooking utensils, pots & pans, dishes, accessories, wine bottle opener, & more!
Main floor - queen platform bed
Upstairs - 2 twin beds, no closet but a large storage area; wall rack to hang clothes
1 queen air mattress (built-in pump) to use in loft area
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, and 2 on air mattress. Extra charge beyond 4 guests.
Sheets may not match (does not affect your sleep!); bath/hand/face towels.
FOR KIDS: Harrison 'Toots' George, a huge resident stuffed bear, will keep them company. Toots is named after a famous golfer, the owner's Dad! Please note this house is not a child-proof house, and parents need to watch their children. Guests have brought children.
RATES & CANCELLATION (2-night minimum):
No extra charge for weekends, holidays, or special events!
$135/4 persons; $15/night extra for each person more than 4. .
Bookings w/in 30 days of arrival require full payment; otherwise, 50% at booking.
For complete cancellation policy, please review Rental Agreement.
Guests should check out trip insurance. There is no refund of rent or deposits for cancellation inside 30 days or early departure. Security deposit is refundable when the contract and Departure Checklist have been followed.
Optional Damage Insurance through HomeAway/VRBO (paid to them).
$100 cleaning fee; additional fee for cleaning that takes more than 4 hours and for stays >14 days.
FIRE is always a concern in the mountains. Check with the Forest Service for restrictions
that usually run from late March through October.
WATER: Great cold water from community well system. If there is an outage, Guests can still shower in the morning, before the turn-off time. There is water stored in the garage that would need to be boiled for cooking purposes; the stored water is also used to flush the toilets when the water is off. Guests often spend the day away from the cabin, so this slight inconvenience is usually not a problem.
WI-FI AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Internet is installed, service can be sketchy at times.
No cable/dish TV, but a TV to watch VHS tapes from a collection of military war/history movies and westerns, exercise videos, and more; some children's video tapes.
DVD player (watch on a 13-inch TV screen). Bring your own DVDs.
Books and games.
Walking in the subdivision or hiking in the Valles Caldera.
Landline telephone w/free long distance for calls in Continental U.S. only (no calls to Hawaii or Alaska).
Cell phones unlikely to work, but sometimes those with Verizon can get some service outside in the front yard.
ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE 2-DAY MINIMUM (you can stay 1 night, but will still need to pay for 2nights), NO PETS AND NO SMOKING POLICIES. Please do not ask for an exception.
VILLAGE OF JEMEZ SPRINGS: 30-min. drive south--restaurants, library (w/computers), skateboard track, bath house/spa--enjoy a mineral springs bath and massage; churches, art galleries, and more. Visit the historical Jemez Monument to see Indian ruins. The Jemez Springs Baptist Church holds an interdenominational service Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the Jemez Falls campground amphitheater at 8 AM, 3 miles south on Hwy 4. Santa Fe is a 90-min. drive, with many museums and festivals, and the world-famous Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, open on Friday evenings from 5 to 7 PM.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE & AND DO:
Majestic Valles Caldera Grande National Preserve, 8 mi. north, is a haven for photographers, hunters, nature lovers, hikers, X-C skiers, and mountain bikers. (Call 505-661-3333 for a ride to the backcountry) General -- call 866-382-5537. Event hotline: 505-569-6842. Check out their website for classes in photography. (You will receive an info document with information, too.)
Bandelier National Monument, with ancient Indian ruins, 20 minutes north on Hwy 4.
Downhill skiing at Parajito (rated in January 2014 as one of the best-kept secret places to ski!), just outside of Los Alamos.
Jemez Falls & picnic area, 3 mi south.
Several fishing sites along Hwy 4.
Lots of trails—stop at Ranger Ofc north of Jemez Springs on your way up for info.
Monthly 'Paint Your Vision' workshops are offered by local artists. Previous painting experience is not required. Learn technique from experts, and have fun. Art-viewing field trips are planned. Call Geraldine (575) 834-7918.
Restaurant and a small store are 15 minutes south in La Cueva.
Sightseeing 30-45 min. away in historical Los Alamos.
There are many activities, or--you can do nothing.
INDIAN CULTURE: New Mexico is rich in culture and diversity. On the way from Albuquerque, stop at the Walatowa Visitor Center and Museum in the Red Rocks area, and eat Indian fry bread from one of the vendors (the Frito pies are delicious). Great photos of the Red Rocks, too. The Walatowa Convenience Store is your last opportunity to get gas when coming from the south; the next chance is in Los Alamos. Visit Soda Dam, north of the village. The Gilman Tunnels are at the 485 turnoff before you get to the village--the site for movies filmed in the Jemez.
WINTER TIME: Roads can be snow-packed and icy. You MUST have a 4WD vehicle. Arrive by 4 PM, when the sun has melted some of the ice, making it easier to get up the driveway. It gets dark by 5 PM in the mountains; no road lights; it is easy to veer off the road into a culvert. So, plan your arrival during daylight hours.
MEDICAL FACILITIES: Nearest is in Los Alamos; EMTs may respond from La Cueva 15 minutes away.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: Special plywood ramp in the garage for wheelchair access through the interior kitchen door from garage. There are also rubber mats to put in the bathtubs for slip protection. The altitude may be an issue for those with heart or lung problems.
NEED MORE ROOM? Planning a family or group gathering and don't want to be separated but need a little extra room? Our next-door neighbor has space (VRBO listing #322935--Big Foot Cabin). It is a 2-minute walk there.
TRAVEL LOGISTICS: The cabin is a 1 3/4-hour drive from I-25 & Tramway Rd (about 2 hrs from ABQ airport). Once you leave the highway, you travel for nearly 2 miles up and down a dirt/gravel road that gets steep in places. A 4WD IS MANDATORY IN THE WINTER, recommended in the summer, as roads can be slippery after a rain. For security reasons, the exact address is not given out here.
o NM assesses a gross receipts tax on the rates and all fees.
o Minimum stay - 2 nights. Lower rates 8 days or longer.
o Maximum Occupancy - 6. Rates based on 4 people; extra for 2 more. Renter must stay in the house, be 25 or older (must provide names, sex and age of others in group). You may be asked to email a copy of your driver's license before the booking can be confirmed. A child is anyone age 17 and under.
NOTE: No camping on the property. Evidence of any camping will result in additional charges and your stay is shortened with no reimbursement.
o Check-in time 3:30 PM; check-out 10:30 AM.
o Marsha's Writing Retreat is located in a tranquil and quiet environment. This is not a party house. Guests appreciate the quiet nature of the surroundings.
o No pets (inside or outside) – owner is allergic to most animals.
o There is no trash pick-up for subdivision; guests must take all garbage/trash with them upon departure. Trash bags are provided.
o Please read the contract before confirming your reservation and ask questions. Directions and entry information sent before arrival.
o Military veterans receive a special rate over Veterans Day holiday (Nov 10-12)
o In winter, YOU NEED a 4WD. Roads cannot always be immediately plowed, and not until the snow reaches around 6 inches. Getting up icy hills can be a challenge, and chains/cables may be advised. Road plowing is not in the owner's control.
o Regardless of the season, sunscreen is a must in NM.
The cabin is the owner's writing retreat, a place to get away from it all—noise, hustle and bustle, and rat race of everyday living. The house is rustic in feel, eclectic in décor (some of it 1950s style), and cozy enough that you won't want to leave! Bring your camera, sunscreen, and binoculars!
This is a private home, not the same as a hotel; hence, there are rules and restrictions than you may not be used to.
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Member since: 2013
- 1100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Children are welcome, but note that the house is not child-proof. There is an open loft area and a railing. Parents need to keep an eye on their children at all times, both inside and outside. ...moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Smoking is not allowed in or outside the house. Evidence of smoking will incur extra cleaning charges for the guests. There will be a fee of $500+ to have the house fumigated should evidence of smoking be found. ...moreless
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
Guests are welcome to park in the garage. However, if your car leaks any fluids or oil, please do not park in the garage. Costs to clean up or remove leaks and leak damage will be charged to guest. ...moreless
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
Landline, with free unlimited long distance within the continental U.S.; no AK or HI Cell service is not available, although those with Verizon can sometimes call if standing outside. Can use wi-fi. ...moreless
Bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths are provided. Kitchen towels, cloth napkins, dish drying towels, kitchen dish rags. Also rags for when a rag is needed (just toss into trash when done)....moreless
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
Full sized; no automatic icemaker--ice cube trays. Recommend that you stop to buy ice on your way to the property if you need more than what is in the trays. Water from faucet is very cold. ...moreless
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Cleaning $100 + tax
- Tax Rate 6.25%
Rates may change until confirmed and paid. Tax added at booking. $15/night for each guest over 4. Guest must be 25+, same name on credit card, stay in cabin, provide copy of driver's license & sex and ages of children and others in your party. Add'l $70 cleaning midway on stays of 15-30 days, and every 2 weeks on >4-wk stays. No refund for late arrival or early checkout. No refund for reducing the number of days originally reserved when the change is inside of a month of the stay. Stays of longer than 30 days must be paid in advance.
Military veterans get 10% off Veterans Day holiday when reserving for 2 nights on Nov 10-11 or Nov 11-12. Members of SouthWest Writers receive a 5% discount on all dates except for the period Nov 9-13.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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The cabin is located less than 2 miles off NM Hwy 4, over a dirt/gravel road, with some steep inclines. The subdivision averages 8000' in altitude and higher, and is heavily wooded. Conveniently located, you are minutes (3 miles) from Jemez Falls, the historic Valles Caldera (8 miles), and 35 minutes from historic Los Alamos. There are many outdoor activities available. During times of high fire season, access to various parts of the Santa Fe Forest, including the Jemez Mountains, may be restricted or even prohibited. The village of Jemez Springs holds several events annually.
Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: A native of Minnesota and graduate of the University of Minnesota and SUNY, I retired to New Mexico after a career in the military and with the government, with teaching jobs along the way. Unfortunately, since I have asthma and allergies, I cannot allow pets or smoking of any kind, inside or outside the house.
Why the Owner Chose Jemez Springs, NM, USA:
What is there not to like about the beautiful scenery and serene atmosphere in northern New Mexico?! It reminds me of northern Minnesota, albeit without the lakes, so peaceful and quiet. I call it Marsha’s Writing Retreat (designed it myself), and will give you some stationery and postcards with a drawing of the cabin to remind you of your visit. The beauty in winter is my favorite time up there, and just may provide some inspiration for you to write (or photograph).
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
It is so quiet you can hear the snow fall. Sit on the porch and read while you sip your wine or hot chocolate. You have the look and feel of a cabin, and enough conveniences to satisfy most people. The great room has a two-story ceiling. The views are breathtaking, and you may drift off for a few moments and think you are in heaven. The water that comes out of the faucets (from the well) is the best water you will ever taste! For longer stays, you will like having the convenience of the washer and dryer.
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The west side of house has a 2-story great room.
Great room, with futon sofa
View from the loft
Dining area, looking into great room
TV can be moved to wherever you want it.
Main level bedroom
Main level bathroom
Laundry area, small pantry and closet to hang jackets
Plenty of parking available and there is also the garage
Line drawing of cabin
Meet Harrison 'Toots' George, named after a famous golfer, my dad!
Dining and kitchen area.
The metal roof is green.
Main level bedroom chest and dresser.
Upstairs bedroom - twin beds
Looking down driveway; you can see the driveway going up to the Big Foott Cabin
Snow--lots of it. Shoveling is great exercise!
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Friday, February 03, 2017
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