Where’s Placitas, New Mexico?


Placitas sits on the northern edge of the Sandia Mountains, about twenty minutes north of the Albuquerque International Sunport (our airport) and forty minutes south of Santa Fe. It’s close to civilization and a great base for exploration, but surrounded by hiking trails and spectacular scenery.  “Placitas” -- Spanish for “public plaza” -- has been home to native peoples for thousands of years and settled by Spanish land grant in the 1700’s.

Check out this video to see just how special the area is:


Here’s a good summary of the area’s history: http://www.placitassage.org/html/placitas_history.html

When’s the best time to visit?


Visit whenever you can! The high-desert climate here is mild year-round and there is never a truly bad time to be in Placitas, New Mexico. But keep in mind there is no guarantee you will get seven straight days of calm sunshine while you’re here. There are no refunds if Mother Nature decides to be cranky. Here’s more info on the climate:


Some basic weather guidelines:


Spring:  Mild or warm temperatures with occasional rain and/or wind. Wind gusts can sometimes make things dusty and wild. The desert in bloom is a spectacular thing to see.


Summer: Yes, it does get hot – in the nineties during the day – but the casita has air conditioning. Mornings and evenings are great for hiking and biking, and since there’s very little humidity, the nights are often cool enough to sleep with the windows open.


Fall: Fall is just flat-out glorious. It is a sight to behold when the cottonwoods turn a rich gold against our blue skies. October is tourist time here. It’s the time for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and any number of art, wine, beer, and food festivals. If you’d like to time your coaching retreat for October, it would be wise to book far in advance. Adding extra nights to the retreat may not be possible.


Winter: Winter here is great for writing. The combination of sunny, mild days and cold high-desert nights is lovely. There’s always the scent of cedar and pinon wood smoke in the night air. If you enjoy skiing, the state’s resorts are some of the best. The adobe cottage never gets more than a dusting of snow -- enough to make things pretty while not affecting travel.






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Paved walking trails in the neighborhood                                                    Photo by Susan Donovan

A Dusting of Snow                                                                                                           Photo by Susan Donovan