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The casita is beautifully decorated with artwork from local artists. The furniture is comfortable, and the apartment is nice and warm. Bright colors and lovely details make this a fun place to stay. It is close to the Rio Grande and irrigation ditches which provide hours of walking with scenic views. Very rural, yet only a short drive (20 min) from downtown Albuquerque .
I stayed at Pine Cone Inn for over a week. I didn't want to leave, the owners almost had to drag me away. This location is fantastic for a getaway. I visited Pine Cone alone and Brad and Rick were perfect hosts, checking in just enough to be sure I was safe and sound. Brad took me on a hike one of my first days which was wonderful because I would have never found it on my own but these trails join other marked trails that will give you breathtaking views North, West and South to Albuquerque. I took many drives up the14 Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe. The drive itself is beautiful and the old towns on this old trading road are fun.
Rick, one of my hosts, suggested Henderson's in Golden on the 14 for Native American jewelry and other handmade items. The selection and pricing was a goldmine find. I did most of my Christmas shopping there. Further north is Madrid. Be sure to stop at Java Junction for coffee. I stopped there 4 times during my week and 3 different baristas made consistently delicious coffee. I had a Wagyu hamburger at The Mine Shaft Tavern which was probably one of the best hamburgers. But my favorite find was the Black Bird Saloon in Cerrillos, 5 miles north of Madrid. I only wish I had found this place the first day and not my last day. The couple who own the place and run it including the cooking were absolutely charming. I had the Wagyu pastrami sandwich on rye. They had just cut the pastrami that morning and the rye bread had to have been made on location, it was the softest rye I have ever had. They have beer and wine on tap, I enjoyed some red. The decor is saloon right down to the pot belly stove in the middle of the room. They have food options for all.
The Pine Cone Inn had everything you could hope for to be comfortable. It snowed while I was there, which was stunning but I was never cold inside the premises. This is a perfect, romantic getaway for a couple or a family of 4. Brad and Rick have another location which they do not reside that is more comfortable for a party of 6. I hope to go back there for a holiday with family.
If you live in Albuqerque, this is a perfect location just 20 - 25 minutes north of ABQ and if I was that close, I'd be at Pine Cone Inn at least once a month. For now, it'll be a week long retreat location for me annually. I can't wait to go back to some of the most beautiful country you'll ever experience.