If you want a quiet retreat, then historic Hillsboro is the place to go.\n\nThis two-bedroom 1894 Victorian cottage is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is among the most unique homes in New Mexico. It's featured in Linda Harris' book, "Houses in Time" (Arroyo Press), and appeared in a New Mexico Magazine, Special Home Issue.\n\nGold built Hillsboro, and this house is built out of molten gold slag, poured into blocks that reflect iridescent purple and pink. Its wood came from a razed photographer's studio in nearby Kingston. The property was formerly owned by Judge Frank W. Parker, a McKinley nominee to the Supreme Court. Ancestors of the Galles family of Albuquerque built the home.\n\nFrom the veranda you'll enjoy the mountain views and the air embalmed by birdsong. You can chat, read, and if you must, work on your laptop. You'll quickly see why Hillsboro has a high concentration of writers and artists, many of whom sell their creations at the Percha Creek Trader's artist co-op down the hill from where you'll stay. The co-op aside, you should visit the Black Range Museum and the antique shops.\n\nYou might take a meal or two at the Hillsboro General Store Cafe. The "152 Pile-up" breakfast plate lives up to its title. The Barbershop Cafe reopens soon. Work off your meal with a walk through the Hillsboro Historic District and take in the unique architecture about town, including a home owned by New Mexico's Lt. Governor, Diane Denish.\n\nHillsboro is a great place to take a long pause on the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway. It's a launch pad - crash pad for activities in the Gila National Forest, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Lake Valley historic ghost town, or Caballo and Elephant Butte state parks. Make forays into the arts scene, hot spring baths, and antique shops and museums in Truth or Consequences, 30 miles away.\n\nThis historic Hillsboro house is fully equipped for stays of any length. The main bedroom has a queen-size pillow-top bed, a double sleeper sofa in the living room, and another queen in detached casita with a modern full bathroom and laundry.\n\nHillsboro is a draw any time of year, but Christmas in the Foothills is a special event for artists and their patrons.