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Travel Journal- Mojito Creek, Blackhawk, CO

Hello Everyone!

Every once in a while you just need to get away, and that is exactly what I did last weekend. If you follow me on Instagram (@taketimetocreate) you will have noticed that I was at my happy place, Mojito Creek. I went up for the weekend to take a class from Tara Pappas and to craft my heart out!

Just for the record, this is not a paid or sponsored post, I just love the place so much that I wanted to tell you all about it.

Mojito Creek is an awesome retreat in Blackhawk, CO. It is a little ways from the casinos (about 20 minutes), and in my opinion that is perfect! If we wanted to go do some fun activities then we could, or we could just stay in the beautiful mountains and relax. That is what I chose to do.

I know you can rent the house for the weekend for a private party or you can come to one of the open weekends. I was there to learn from the artist Tara Pappas (www.tarapappasart.com) and to work on some of my own projects. Tara is an amazing mixed media artist and I will tell you all about the class we took with her in my next post. (I just don’t want this one to get too long, lol)

Anyway, this is my second time visiting Mojito Creek and I loved it just as much the second time as I did the first time I was there.

I drove up there last Friday morning and the weather was perfect! Bright blue skies, sunny, and not too hot. Weather can change pretty quickly in Colorado, and it does get cooler the higher you go in the mountains, but that day it was perfect. The house is at about 9000 ft so the wireless was not as fast as I was  used to, but that just encouraged me to but my phone down and get to crafting!

The kitchen and dining room are nice and big. We had 14 people up there that weekend and I didn’t feel like it was crowded at all. 

Look at all this space for crafting! I mean, it is fantastic how much room we had! Everyone had a huge table with a lamp, there was plenty of room to do just about any craft! I loved seeing all the various crafts that people were doing, some were making cards, other people were scrapbooking, while I was working on some mixed media projects. 

So much space! It can be configured differently when different groups are up there, but having the crafting tables up is my favorite configuration, lol.

When you need a break from crafting there is a nice little sun room tucked off to the side. This is my favorite place to grab my book and read for a while. I didn’t take pictures of the bedrooms but the beds are nice to sleep in, and my room mates were very nice.

The mountains are always beautiful and the flowers were just starting to come out. This was the perfect way for me to regroup and relax and when I got home Sunday afternoon I was ready to tackle my week.


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Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

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Hello Everyone!

Fun Fact about me is that I love to visit factories. I love to see how things are made, what process are used and all the ingenuity that goes into a factory. I have been to power plants, fish farms, tea factories, candy factories, airplane factories, and many more. I love meeting the people that work there and learning all about what they make and how they do it. So when we went on our road trip a few weeks ago and learned that there was a pistachio farm on our route. So we just had to stop by and check it out.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Heart of the Desert

What a beautiful place, that was my first impression when we got there.  When we got there the weather was warm, but sunny and beautiful, and it was peaceful and the trees were just so awesome to look at.

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The first thing we did was get some pistachio ice cream while we were waiting for our tour to start. I forgot to take a picture of the ice cream, but believe me when I said that it was wonderful! So good and refreshing on a hot day.

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Our tour started out looking at the trees and we learned about how they  grow the trees and more about the history of the company.

Then we went to the processing part of the pistachio. I had no idea that so much detail went into processing the pistachio. Machines do a lot of the work, but the last step is to check all the pistachios by hand. It is a tough job, but I appreciate all their hard work.

Our tour guide was wonderful. She was so informative and answered all our questions and helped us fully understand the process.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Tons of shells left over from de-shelling some of the pistachios. We even saw where they roast and season the pistachios. There are a ton of flavors and varieties. I am partial to the roasted and salted and the roasted and unsalted ones. (I know, I know, not very adventurous, but they are delicious any way you eat them.)

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Boxes and boxes of pistachio varieties. There is something for everyone.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Once we were done the boys wandered around the shop while the moms taste tested some wines. The wines were wonderful, it was so hard to choose what to buy, but I ended up purchasing a bottle of Riesling.

They have this wonderful patio where you sit and enjoy a glass of wine or you can rent it out for events. If we lived closer I think I would rent this patio for almost every event, it was so beautiful and peaceful.

 

 

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM     Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Heart of the Desert is a great farm and the tour was wonderful. I am glad that we stopped by for a few hours.

What tours have you taken? Do you have any recommendations for me? We are headed to Florida in a few months and I would love to  hear your recommendations for factory tours in Florida. Thanks!!!

In case you missed it here is the link to the first part of our August Road trip:

Travel Journal-Ojo Caliente

Travel Journal- Ojo Caliente, NM

Hello Everyone!

Travel is one of my favorite things to do. I love visiting new places and exploring everything in that new area. Travel rejuvenates me and it soothes me and get my creative juice flowing. I am always up for new adventures, I will go just about anywhere with just about anyone. While traveling I look for ideas to incorporate into my crafts and DIY projects. 

I recently returned from a road trip to New Mexico with my son and his friend and mom. So it was 2 moms and 2 teenage boys. It was tons of fun! We spent about 5 days exploring the state and enjoying some of the natural wonders of New Mexico.

Our First stop was Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

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Here we are crossing the New Mexico Boarder. We are a little travel weary, but excited to get to our destination.

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Next stop was Ojo Caliente. The moms had spa appointments to keep so we had to keep on schedule. The drive down was nice, the weather was great, traffic was not too bad, and there was beautiful scenery along the way.

We were thrilled to finally get there! The weather was very warm with clouds, so it was nice that the sun wasn’t blaring down on us. The cloud cover was appreciated.

 

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We arrived by mid afternoon, which was perfect because our appointments were at 4 so we had time to soak before our spa time!

 

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Take Time To Create Travel Journal about Ojo Caliente

Such a beautiful place, and so very relaxing. The wonderful desert colors were speaking to me and it sparked my creative juices. Just sitting this relaxing environment brought new ideas to mind, and I can’t wait to get started on them and share them with you!

Before our spa appointment we hit the waters.

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They had a pool for just about anything! And of course we had to try them all. Even the boys got into it and and tried all of them, except the mud pool Smile The mud pool was so much fun. You spread mud all over your body then sit in the desert sun and bake then you wash it off and your skin feel amazing after you are done. That was fantastic!

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We soaked and relaxed for a while then we went to our spa treatments while the boys continued to hang out it in the water.

Take Time To Create Travel Journal about Ojo Caliente

I had a foot reflexology treatment done. It was amazing. Having my feet rubbed has got to be one of my favorite things and this treatment was awesome. I wish I could do it everyday.

After my feet were all massages and relaxed I went back into the pools and we hung out until dinner.

Take Time To Create Travel Journal about Ojo Caliente

They were doing some construction, improving the space, but that did not detract from the tranquil feeling at the spa. I felt so relaxed at the spa, it was wonderful. And when the construction is complete it will be even better, so I am thinking that a return trip will be necessary.

Take Time To Create Travel Journal about Ojo Caliente

After we will all relaxed we grabbed some dinner at Red Mountain Pizza down the road. It was fantastic food, and it hit the spot after a long day.

After dinner the boys hung out for a while. The cottages that we stayed in were great. There were 2 beds and a kitchenette and a little dining area and a bathroom in each cottage. They were cozy and comfortable and nice place to spend the night.

 

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Take Time To Create Travel Journal about Ojo Caliente

This was a perfect way to start our vacation. Ojo Caliente was beautiful and relaxing and it is a place I look forward to returning to.

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