We booked Willowtail Springs so we could be near various archaeological sites, and it sounded like a pleasant spot. Instead, we found ourselves so tied to the Abode that it was sometimes hard to go off to Mesa Verde and the other sites (by the way, for those interested in the Anasazi sites, even Chaco, you couldn't find a more centrally located "base"). I've always longed to be in the the high desert mountains of the Four Corners region, and I couldn't have found a lovelier, more peaceful, and ecologically fascinating place had I been looking for it. I felt as though I were at some sort of "family compound" where you could wander around out to the dock, or through what is in fact an ecological preserve, look at Peggy's beautiful paintings, or just kick back. I think, as a painter, I was most struck by the aesthetic spirit of Willowtail. The house designs are ingenious, fascinating, a little wistful, and a little impish. You must include a "viewing" of Peggy's artwork as part of your stay. As a painter-veteran of the West and East Coast art worlds, I have to say in no uncertain terms that Peggy's work is absolutely first-class. These are not "pretty pictures" of overflowered landscapes cluttered with kittens, or blurry self-serving portraits. Her paintings are challenging, visually breathtaking, to be taken very, very seriously. I guess you can tell that I had in no way expected to find a powerfully talented painter up there in the Colorado foothills. Are there downsides? No at all, but you should be aware that this is not your typical Colorado resort. It helps if you are a little odd, eager to have new experiences, and hungry for visual beauty, both human and natural.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abode at Willowtail Springs is a gorgeous property with a large private lake and 60 acres of forests and streams. Three log cabins face the lake and the mountains. Fully equipped kitchens are stocked with fresh eggs, organic juice, fruit, bread, granola coffee,cream,tea,spices and homemade cherry/raspberry jam and staples. Two cabins accommodate two - four people. The larger cabin accommodates six people. Boats are provided and fishing gear at no extra cost. A private two person hot tub and stone patio overhang the lake and the mountains. A library, fireplace, fresh flowers,spa products and wireless connection are in each cabin,as well as outside grill and lovely picnic seating. Visit us at this paradise. ... more less