|The Lodge Resort and Spa (from TripAdvisor)|
As far as I am concerned, the next best thing to living in New Mexico is vacationing there. The state even has the ideal place to stay for a unique Halloween experience -- the Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft! According to legend, a young red-headed hotel chambermaid named Rebecca disappeared from her room after her lover found her with another man. Since that time some have sworn they have seen her wandering the halls of the hotel. She is apparently a mischievous ghost, moving things about but not acting in an especially threatening manner. Management personnel are so fond of their playful specter that they have named the restaurant after her. The Southwest Ghost Hunters Association even investigated the premises, and managed to snap one intriguing photo. If you are interested in seeing signs of the supernatural but have no desire to be frightened, then this may be the destination for you!
|The lovely Rebecca!|
It certainly doesn't hurt that the resort is quite luxurious. Located at 9,000 feet in the Sacramento Mountains and surrounded by 215,000 acres of the Lincoln National Forest, this mountain getaway has 59 guest rooms, a fitness room and spa, restaurants, a heated outdoor swimming pool, hiking trails, and a nine-hole golf course. The historic Lodge was constructed in 1899 by the Alamagordo and Sacramento Railway. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 1909, but the Lodge was rebuilt and reopened in 1911, and it has been catering to guests (and ghosts?) ever since.
|The original Lodge in flames (1909)|
|The newly rebuilt Lodge (1911)|
Best of all, the Lodge has several special events perfect for Halloween celebrations, including a Haunted Hotel Package, Ghost Hunters Package, and my favorite, a Murder Mystery Weekend! My husband and I try to spend some time in New Mexico at least once a year. We are definitely going to have to spend a late October/early November weekend at the Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft -- maybe next year?