Lucky guests of the historic Wortley Hotel in Lincoln, New Mexico will find themselves in the center of a Wild West time capsule. The hotel, formerly owned by Sheriff Pat Garrett who shot the infamous Billy the Kid, sits on what was once the most dangerous street in America.
Of course, the Wild West lawlessness is long gone these days; guests will find nothing but peace and relaxation in this blissful New Mexico mountain town bed and breakfast.
I stayed at the Wortley Hotel as part of a Southern New Mexico press trip.
The Wortley Hotel, along with the entire town of Lincoln is on the National Register of Historic Places, so the exterior of the building looks just as it did way back when. Sitting on the front porch, guests can look out at the Lincoln jail which held Billy the Kid before he made his notorious escape.
In fact, Deputy Marshall Bob Olinger was having a meal at the Wortley when he heard the gunshots that killed Deputy Jim Bell during Billy the Kid’s famous jailbreak. When he ran across the street to the jail, Billy shot and killed him too.
Imagine staying in the middle of where all this happened!
There are five period-style rooms available for booking at the Wortley Hotel, each with a private entrance, small bathroom and working fireplace. Most of the rooms have queen beds, but mine had two cozy twin beds and a bathroom with a shower.
Each stay comes with a home cooked breakfast, and if you need coffee before breakfast is served, you’ll find a fresh pot out on the front porch waiting for you.
Relax on a porch rocker in the evening and you’ll probably see deer and elk wandering by to say hello. In the daytime, you’ll be greeted by some of the free-range hens roaming the property. Perhaps they’re checking to see if you enjoyed their fresh eggs that morning for breakfast?
By the way, meals at the Wortley Hotel are thoroughly modern and oh, so delicious!
But about those animals… you can also see goats, pigs and sheep at the mini-farm out back, and if you’re lucky enough to be there when there are baby goats, you’re in for lots of cuddles!
Also out back, you’ll be able to see the Rio Bonito river basin and of course, those rolling hills and mountains. The sunsets are spectacular here too!
While you’re staying at the Wortley Hotel, be sure to stroll through Lincoln Historic District and better yet, arrange for a tour. I loved hearing the Wild West tales of the Lincoln County War. If you’re fascinated with outlaws, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, it’s not be missed!
The Wortley Hotel
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