Monday, May 25, 2015

RUFFING it at Elephant Butte Inn & Spa.....NOT Roughing It!


With Memorial Day loominng and summertime around the corner, I-Travelin' Jack, decided that Jill and I would beat the crowds and head to Elephant Butte....AND especially to avoid the crowds at the lake who are 'roughing' it in their tents.

We chose to go the other direction and luxuriate in the 'casual elegance' of the Elephant Butte Inn & Spa, that is...! Not only do they welcome registered pets with a doggy treat, they also have a very reasonable pet fee. $15 for small dogs, $20 for large dogs...and that is FOR THE ENTIRE STAY, not per night.

Before heading to our room, we took a little walk about the property.  Ya know it's a double dog good thing when you have to stop and smell the roses along the route!  Lovelee property.  OH....and take note here you dog people out there......I love it when they post signs telling everyone what they expect.  We ALWAYS obey the it.  I'll carry my leash with me whereever I wander around this dog-fabulous Inn.
The Inn is full service with 2 restaurants, large outdoor pool area, gift shop, and full service Spa on property. The majority of the rooms face the lake, with an outdoor porch for enjoying the lovely views and weather right from your room. The rooms have been recently redecorated with lovely decor as well as accommodating to your every need.
We especially enjoyed the large sweeping lawn area with lots of roaming area for the pup. A complimentary full service hot breakfast is part of the room rate for all guests...but perhaps even better than that is the on-property Ivory Tusk Restaurant and Tavern...with a Pet-Friendly Patio!
Whether you want a late afternoon happy hour beverage or a full steak dinner (or both...which is what we did!), Jill and I  (especially me!) enjoyed this nice element of our vacation experience. Followed by a nice afternoon refresher, we decided to hit the Ivory Spa.
Jill decided to take a much needed personal treatment and luxuriated in the Ivory Spa right on property.!  They don't allow Pets in the Spa.....
so I enjoyed a cool Iced Tea with my new Gal Friend, Susie, while Jill got her Massage. I hear through the dog-vine that their Massage Therapist, Debbie, works magic in the spa.  Jill said it was a totally wonderful and relaxing part of the stay here.

But.....lucky for me.....Lucky DAWG that I am, I found the answer to this dog-lemma!  Right across the street at the Elephant Butte RV Resort!
Not only do they have NICE DIGS....'er RV pads for those RVers out there, but they have LOTS of great stuff on site for the travelin' a DOG WASH!
So Yippity Doo Dawg!  I got my PAW SPA treatment too! 

Why Jill and I felt so refreshed after our little spa treatment, we decided to check out the nearby hiking trails....they have several right there by the Inn
and they even come with their own Pet Potty Stations....NICE! 
But back at the ranch...or the Elephant Butte Inn & Spa as the case may be for this trip......we decided it was dinnertime! Yippee! 
So I got all spruced up....and we meandered over to the Ivory Tusk Restaurant & Tavern....on the PETIO where I could dine right along side Jill.   We picked out a table by the gurgling Water Feature (I've got an eye for all the niceties, you know!)
and then WHAT do I SPY.... a cute little doggie lass also dining on the Petio with her family.  Got to know her TOOT-SWEET....her name is Bella.  I do believe she was quite taken with my Dog-anaire looks....but then who wouldn't be!
But the Dinner Clock is ticking.....gotta get back to the dog-portant stuff now.  I'll just sit here and peruse the menu with my glass of Red Dog-ernet!  (some people call it Cabernet...but that sounds too much like cat for my choosing, so I'll just bulldog-erize it...if ya follow me!)

But I dog-gress.  Dinner.  Think I'll have Steak & Shrimp......Yup-Pup, that is my decision!  It looks yummy!
                                                                                                                       Do I have to share with Jill?

All right...maybe just a bite! 
How was it you ask?  It was DOUBLE DOG YUM!  And that is no exaggeration!

Yep, this has definitely been a nice little visit.  Without stepping foot off property for our little quick getaway from the city to Elephant Butte Inn and Spa, we were able to enjoy a full service luxury experience and my best pal-gal, Jill!
My official Travelin' Jack review you ask?  Why Elephant Butte Inn & Spa get my 5-PAWS RATING....and as you all just doesn't get any better than that!

Now....this is our idea of RUFFing it.....NOT roughing it! We WILL be back!

For MORE info on Elephant Butte Inn & Spa, check out their website....

or if you are RVing it...check out

See you round the bend in the road!