The SpaceOpen plan private apartment, (living room, dining room, kitchen), plus two private bedrooms--roughly 1,100 sq. ft. total. Tile floors. In winter, electric heat. In summer, large overhead fans. Comfy light-filled living room features original art on the walls and a stunning kitchen with high-end cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Front bedroom can sleep two, and back bedroom sleeps one. DVD player; local channels TV; wireless Internet. Fully equipped contemporary kitchen: range, microwave, hot pot, drip coffee maker, spices, full-sized fridge, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, mugs and silverware. Also includes iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies, plenty of reading material, local tourism guides and yoga mats. Extra linens are in the drawers located in the main bedroom. Extra towels are located in the 2nd bedroom. Maximum of 3 adult guests. Sorry, no children or pets although we may make exceptions for small pets depending upon the circumstances. The space is also perfect for visiting professors and health professionals as we can accept extended stays. Guest AccessThe apartment has a private entrance off of 7th Street. Guests have access to the full, private apartment with the exception of two storage closets. Bedroom A has a Full size bed that sleeps two people and includes a guest closet. Bedroom B has a twin size bed and includes a writing desk. The guest driveway is directly off of 7th Street, just north of the apartment. Interaction with GuestsHosts are very knowledgeable about the town and the region and are happy to answer questions or make recommendations regarding restaurants, activities and places to visit. Hosts live on site in a separate live/work studio and are artists/designers/educators who have been actively involved in the community producing and overseeing many arts, business and educational activities in town. The NeighborhoodWe are centrally located on 7th Street, one of the main streets in Las Vegas. Convenient to both downtown areas. Many shops, galleries and places to eat are within short walk. Las Vegas has a long, rich and fascinating history.
This is the authentic Las Vegas: a three-college town 45-minutes east of Santa Fe; the southeastern point of a spectacular loop to Taos along the east side of the Sangre de Cristo mountains; an impressive collection of architectural gems and a burgeoning arts community.
Las Vegas was incorporated in 1835, but the original settlement is just as old as Santa Fe. Las Vegas served as a key stop on the historic Santa Fe Trail; a hard-core wild west town; home to America's most notorious gun-slinging outlaws including Doc Holliday (who owned a saloon and barber shop in town), and Billy the Kid (who spent time in jail here); and a gritty backdrop for numerous films including "Easy Rider", the Academy Award-winning "No Country for Old Men", Simon Pegg's sci-fi comedy, "Paul" and television pilots for "Vegas" and "Midnight Texas".
Its beautifully renovated historic train station brings travelers via Amtrak from downtown Los Angeles to the west, and from downtown Chicago to the east. Las Vegas has long served as a gateway between east and west, a densely layered locus for generations of people in motion: Apache and Comanche nomads, French fur trappers, Spanish conquistadors, pioneers migrating westward, fevered gold miners, wild-west outlaws on the run, east coast merchants, Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, Hollywood film crews, bikers on Harleys and Europeans in search of the authentic Wild West.
This is a three college, two high school town and it can be celebratory and noisy at certain times of the year, including: start of school, homecoming weekend, graduation; and during large event weekends, such as the Fourth of July, The Fiestas, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, and New Year's Eve. However, this is a town of parades and celebrations, so these are also some of the most festive and fun times to be in town. If you are going to be in town during one of the above noisy weekends of the year, and are not in town to celebrate and/or are seeking peace and quiet, remember that Rita-T's is right in the thick of things. If you want to be a part of the action, we are very convenient to everything. Getting AroundWe are centrally located off of 7th Street, the main drag in the North New Town Victorian Neighborhood. Off street parking is available for one vehicle. The town is very walkable and bicycle friendly. A short walk: Downtown (New Town) is 2-3 blocks away (banks, shops, restaurants). A Post Office and the historic Carnegie Library and Park are also nearby. Walgreen's, a grocery store, and several fast food restaurants are a few blocks to the north. Within a 10-15 minute walk: Highlands University campus, Donnelly Library, Burris Hall Gallery, Ray Drew Gallery, Ilfeld Auditorium; Old Town Bridge Street and the Plaza (local shops, mom & pop restaurants, bars, art galleries, a modern mini-theater showing first run and independent films, our Historic Society, an excellent book store and a classic drug store/soda fountain, plus live events in the Plaza). History buffs can also walk to our beautifully restored Amtrak station, The Castaneda Hotel , an historic soon-to-be-restored Harvey House hotel and the Rough Rider Museum. Local tour operators, Southwest Detours, provide Fred Harvey-themed guided tours of Las Vegas attractions and access to historic buildings not normally open to the public.
Within a 5-minute drive: A large Lowes grocery store, a Wallmart SuperCenter, a Tractor Supply store and the Highlands University Golf Course. Alta Vista Regional Hospital is also a five minute drive from Rita-T's so it's a quick commute for health professionals.
Within a 12-minite drive: The United World College at restored Montezuma Castle and the Dwan Light Sanctuary by artist Charles Ross. At the base of Montezuma Castle are the well-known, completely natural, un-developed and un-touristy Hot Springs, which are particularly nice when surrounded by winter snow.
Skiing, hiking and mountain biking are are all nearby. Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is 45 minutes away, and beyond that, Taos Ski Valley and Ski Resort which has some of the best skiing and snowboarding in New Mexico is a 1.5 hour drive along Highway 518, which runs literally from Rita-T's front straight to Taos, through the beautiful aspen and pine covered Carson National Forest. Other Things to NoteIf you haven't been to the original Las Vegas (New Mexico) before, feel free to call ahead for best directions. NOTE: directions offered by search engines and most GPS devices are not the best directions.
Check in time is 3:00pm but you can call ahead to arrange early luggage drop off. If you are arriving later than 6 pm, please call ahead to let us know your ETA. If you are on a long road trip, evening arrival is not a problem.