From the moment you travel down the gravel road to the Casa del Gavilan, you know you are in for an adventure. My husband, son and I were happy to see the Casa after a long day on the road. Our accomodation, the Nairn room, with a king size bed and pullout couch, was spacious and very comfortable. The Casa is an older property so do not expect all the bells and whistles of a modern Inn. The peace and beauty of the property is one of its main pluses. Keri, our gracious Inkeeper, was always helpful and a good cook, too! Her breakfasts were very tasty and got us all off to a great start. We met wonderful people and had great conversations at breakfast. The courtyard is a relaxing place and the bright New Mexico sun and low humidity made for a good outdoor time.
My husband and son were attending Philmont, the Boy Scout facility, during most of the week and sleeping in a tent.. I stayed at the Inn and drove about 7 minutes to Philmont for activities. I highly recommend Casa del Gavilan. You won't be disappointed! Try the St. James Hotel's restaurant. It has a very nice dining room with an adjoining bar and courtyard. There are two interesting gift/art gallery shops on Cimarron's main street. One of them has a soda fountain where good ice cream and milkshakes can be had. The Cree-Mee has fast food and good shakes, too. Heck's Hungry Traveller is a family style restaurant with good food. Cimarron has just over 800 people in the town so eating places are few. There are many places to visit in the area including Villa Philmonte, the summer home of Waite Phillips, the founder of Phillips 66. Check with Keri, the Inkeeper, about other areas of interest. Enjoy your visit to Cimarron and the Casa del Gavilan!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico, is the historic inn, Casa del Gavilan. A place of spirit--where hawk and eagle soar--this grand adobe villa was built about 1912 for Jack and Gertrude Nairn, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut. When completed, artists and writers from far and wide came to enjoy the Nairns' elegant hospitality and to capture the majestic beauty that is New Mexico. With twelve-foot high ceilings, vigas, and eighteen-inch thick walls, Casa del Gavilan (House of the Hawk) is a showplace of Pueblo-revival architecture exhibiting artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others.Completely surrounded by Philmont Scout Ranch, and a mile from Philmont's base camp, the Casa del Gavilan (also known as the Nairn Place) offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking trails, and the peace and tranquility so rare these days. The guest rooms all have private baths and a full breakfast is served daily. ... more less
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