Inn of the Mountain Gods
I felt very blessed to have a few days off work over my birthday so we went to Ruidoso, New Mexico to the Inn of the Mountain Gods to celebrate the occasion.
view from hotel
another view from room
On the way up we drive through Alamogordo and stopped at Pistacchio land which is marked by what has to be the Worlds Largest Pistacchio! I really just wanted a picture of that but as it happens there is also really good pistacchio brittle inside the shop.
Parking for nuts only
As with every casino we had the opportunity to gorge on the buffets and watch our money go down the drain of the slot machine. There was also a nice pool and hot tub we made use of on the first day.
slot machine win
slot machine winnings
Ruidoso is a mountain town so hiking is priority for a lot of people. There was a trail from the visitors center that ran along a stream that we checked out before doing with hike of the shops along main street. I was excited to see that I could get my very own alien for only $25!
aliens for sale
Ruidoso River Trail
walking the line
Noisy water winery
A six mile out and back hiking trail also set off from the hotel and runs along the road but still offers pretty views of the mountais.