Romantic getaway just a drive away


Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is a little over a 90-minute drive from Las Cruces With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, if you haven’t made plans with your sweetheart, check out a few options that can be done the weekend before without a reservation.

James Sewell Ice Rink

The James Sewell Ice Rink is located on 751 James Canyon Highway, is the only natural ice rink in the Southwest. Their season runs through the winter months weather permitting. Covered over the ice rink, customers can enjoy skating whether it is snowing or not. Do you need a warmup in between skating? There is a warming hut and snack bar. Grab a hot chocolate and warm up by the fire.

All skating levels are welcome. The access to the ice is at no charge. Skate rentals are $10 for ages 10 and below and $15 for ages 11 and up. James Swell Ice Rink is open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Cloudcroft Brewing Co.

Cloudcroft Brewing Co. located on 1301 Burro Ave. With two musical stages, a sizeable selection of beer, wine and artisan pizza, stop by CBC for a down-to-Earth celebration.

From Friday to Sunday, CBC has live music from 6-9 p.m. Next to the outdoor patio is an indoor stage in the large dining area. CBC is an ideal location for a low-key Valentine’s Day evening for couples and families. If you would like to listen to the music, but enjoy your company more, CBC has a smaller area by the bar with a fireplace.

On tap, CBC has its own staples on the menu like Amber Ale, Railspike Red Ale and the Trainwreck IPA. They also have several guest taps from breweries around New Mexico like Bosque Brewing Co., Canteen Brewhouse, Sandia Hard Cider, Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Sierra Blanca Brewing Company to name a few. Looking for vino to go with your pizza? St. Clair and Noisy Water Winery are also available.

Contact Cloudcroft Brewing Co. at 575-682-2337 or

The Burro Street Exchange

The Burro Street Exchange located 505 Burro Avenue, in the heart of the mountain village, is a shopping center with eateries and retail shops. Take some time on your trip to relax, to shop, take in the lovely backdrop of the trees and mountains and indulge along the wooden path of the shopping strip.

Burro Street Bakery is open daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Not only do they have fresh baked items like danishes, brownies, lemon bars, scones, but they have pies and espresso lattes. The Caramel Apple Walnut and Cloudcroft Pie are among a few of the local favorites. RedWall Jewerly has handmade turquoise, raw gemstone and gold pieces. Want to show your love for New Mexico. The jewelry store also has Zia Symbol items like earrings and pendants.

Contact the Burro Street Exchange at 575-964-7889 or look for them on Facebook.

Sylvia Quintanilla is a freelance reporter and may be reached at