Eat what you bring, bring what you want

Call it “food independence.” We’ve equipped each casita with a fully functional kitchen to give you the freedom to organize your meals as you wish. Though I do stock your casita with olive oil, vinegar, spices and a packet of strong coffee, plan on bringing provisions for your snacks, beverages, and meals with you. Stopping at the store on your way to us means avoiding having to leave right away to get supplies.
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The best options for food shopping are Taos or Santa Fe – both about an hour away. (Contact us if you’d like the list.) A delightful destination that will meet some, if not many, of your needs, head to Bode’s on US 84 in Abiquiu (505-685-4422), a gorgeous half hour drive north along the Rio Chama. The closest store for gas, beer, and an assortment of goods is Oliver’s, five minutes away in Ojo Caliente (505-583-2317).


Bounty from the land

For a couple of wonderful summers we all enjoyed the amazing produce Alcides and Erin Ortigoza grew in our market garden here. As a result of their dedication and hard work guests discovered carrots, zucchini, salad mix, garlic, summer squash, melons, peppers, winter squash, beets, radishes, tomatoes, spinach, kale or chard in their refrigerators upon arrival. Sadly, our farming family has now moved on to greener pastures. So, no more produce until we find new farmers! Know anyone??

Share a bite with your fellow travelers

The breezeway is where guests gather to socialize. There’s a gas grill there that you can use. A big table seats eight plus – perfect for families and friends traveling together. If you meet someone at the pond or on the trail whom you’d like to get to know better, why not share a meal together on the breezeway? Please observe our Covid-19 Safely mask and social distancing rules until the pandemic is behind us.


When dining out is just the ticket.

We’re lucky to have several great restaurants nearby. It’s a good idea to use the phone on the Cliff House portal to call before you go to be sure they’re open. (And with the pandemic, researching whether eating out is even an option is key.) Here are some favorites:

El Farolito 575-581-9509 (closed Mondays)
Serving the best northern New Mexican cooking. Award winning green chile dishes. A teeny tiny place well worth the beautiful 9 mile drive to the village of El Rito. Cash or check only! Read the Yelp reviews here.
The Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs’ Artesian Restaurant 505-583-2233
An oasis of civilization! Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Has a wine bar.
In Ojo Caliente, just 3.5 miles away.
The Mesa Vista Cafe 505-582-2245
A Trip Advisor reviewer wrote “authentic New Mexico,” describing the Mesa Vista in a nutshell. Must-see decor, friendly staff, tasty meals. On 285 on the way into Ojo Caliente, 3 miles from Cliff River Springs.


Lamberts of Taos 575-758-1009
We’re partial to dining on Lambert’s pretty garden patio at 123 Bent Street. Arrive early enough to enjoy a libation upstairs at The TreeHouse Bar & Lounge where happy hour begins at the civilized hour of 2:30 pm seven days a week. For a beautiful drive head over to Taos by way of Pilar and back across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
The Love Apple 575-751-0050
A memorable farm-to-table eating experience in Taos, The Love Apple features delicious local, organic home cooked dishes served in an artistic setting. On a warm summer’s evening, try dining on the outdoor patio. Located at 803 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
Sugar Nymphs Bistro 575-587-0311
In Penasco on the scenic High Road to Taos, Sugar Nymphs is a destination well worth the trip for lunch or dinner. So cozy on a crisp day when the wood stove’s going. And oh, the carrot cake… It’s a featured stop on our 3-day itinerary.


Heading to Santa Fe? You’re in for a treat. So many great restaurants to choose from. Ask us for recommendations!


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