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Geographically the town of Taos New Mexico combines the high desert southwest with the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop to culture, art and history. Taos NM is an art mecca with over 100 galleries and museums, featuring works of art by such notables as R.C. Gorman, Amado Pena, and Georgia O'Keefe.


In addition to world renowned skiing at Taos Ski Valley, you can mingle with people from an ancient, thriving culture at the Taos Pueblo, ride "the Taos box"on the Rio Grande on a spectacular guided raft trip, take a watercolor class, go two-stepping, play golf on a beautiful course, explore winding mountain roads, ride horseback across the same deserts that inspire the artists, visit the Plaza, and admire the spectacular views from the Rio Grande Gorge bridge at sunset.

The weather is beautiful year round in Taos New Mexico. The temperatures are mild with only a little snow in the town of Taos during the winter and spring but lots of snow just a few miles away in the Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Ski area and Red River Ski area. The sky is bright blue most of the time with lots of sunshine!

The rafting season has started and will be good through most of the summer and possible into the Fall. There are several golf courses in the area with golfing lasting up to late November.

The town of Taos is 7000 ft above sea level and receives 325 days or more of sunshine per year, on average 10 inches of rain and 35 inches of snow, mostly in January, February and March.

The Taos Ski Valley, nineteen miles away, is at 9200 ft. and receives 300 plus inches of snow per year starting in November. Opening day for the Taos Ski Season is Thanksgiving day and the season will end on the first Sunday in April.

Taos Pueblo During the spring, summer and fall you can go horseback riding on Taos Pueblo, mountain biking, rock climbing or hiking in the Rio Grande Gorge or numerous mountain trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, hot springs dipping, site seeing, gallery hopping, museum and pueblo touring. Additionally there is some of the best whitewater or scenic float river rafting in New Mexico right here in Taos on the Rio Grande.Taos also has a lot of day drives to the surrounding areas such as the Enchanted Circle, O'Keefe country, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Bandelier Cliff Dwellings or a day trip to Santa Fe via the high road.

Taos Ski Valley, Taos New MexicoEven in the winter you can hike down into the Rio Grande Gorge or go snowmobiling, sledding, cross country skiing, alpine skiing at four resorts as well as partake of most of all the other activities available to do in Taos.

You can always just relax and enjoy the blue skies, sunshine and magic of Taos New Mexico at Inn on La Loma Plaza behind thick adobe walls in our secluded compound,

just two blocks from Taos Plaza.

We will be happy to help you plan your days with activities, make reservations

for a candle light dinner or tell you about the best local Mexican food restaurants,

schedule a massage or show you on the map how to get to the hot springs. We

guarantee you will have plenty to keep you busy for several days and still look

forward to coming back for much more.

 

Dining in Taos or Taos Ski Valley is a special treat when rest and relaxation are essential in your travel plans. Five star chefs are also artists here, where they create dishes that appeal to both eye and palate.

Many chefs rely on local, organically grown produce, offering fresh greens, herbs, tomatoes, wild mushrooms, and baby squash. You'll find famous Taos green chile dishes as well as home cooked delights. Of course the wine is not to be overlooked either. There are very sophisticated wine cellars in Taos and three are recipients of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

The core of activity in the town of Taos is the Plaza area, and one of our favorite shops is Charley's Corner. This place is presided over by a rotund legend in Taos named, you guessed it, Charley. Like many of the shops on the Plaza you will find T-shirts, plastic luminaries, nick-knacks, prints, posters, etc. What makes this shop special is visiting with the proprietor, who has keen observations on life in Taos NM. Other shops around the plaza feature books, artist-crafted furniture, Indian made jewelry and original works of art in the numerous galleries.

The Taos Pueblo is a must do stop on any visitor's list. You can munched on delicious Indian Bread baked in the traditional earthen oven and drink cold locally made root beer from one of the vendors. You will also find beautiful pottery, furniture, moccasins, drums, and other native crafts and goods at the several curio shops within the Taos Pueblo. If you have some change left, you can stop at the casino on your way out of the Taos Pueblo. Here you will find slots, blackjack, bingo, poker, and one-armed bandits that will please the gamblers in your group.

 

 

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ATTRACTIONS

TAOS PUEBLO

A World Heritage Site - appears today much as it did when the first Spanish explorers arrived in 1540, believing it to be one of the fabled seven Cities of Gold. Open to the public year-round, the still-inhabited pueblo and its residents have gone to great lengths to preserve their way of life, their culture and their art. You can view tribal dances, or see pottery made as it was centuries ago. Kids will learn more in one afternoon on the pueblo than you could ever imagine.

TAOS PLAZA

Most guests leave their vehicles at the Inn and walk to the historic district, which boasts 70 galleries, 100 shops, six museums, restaurants galore, and many other sites of interest.

SAN FRANCISCO de ASIS CHURCH

At the South End of town visitors will find Ranchos de Taos. One the most photographed and painted architectural delights in the state. The San Francisco de Asis Mission has been painted by Georgia O'Keefe and photographed by famed photographer Ansel Adams as well as by the countless other artists and tourists who have lingered here at the Mission. Other nearby area towns and villages such as Arroyo Seco, Taos Pueblo, Las Trampas and Chimayo offer many other beautiful historical missions and churches.

MUSEUMS

One of our favorite Museums is the Kit Carson Home and Museum located five blocks from the Inn. This was the legendary frontiersman's home from 1843 until his death in 1868. Today the museum contains a portion of Carson's original home, artifacts and exhibits illustrate the life story of Carson, his family and the character of frontier life in Taos. Other exhibits depict the importance of the Native American and Hispanic cultures in the history of northern New Mexico.


The Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century and is 1/2 block from the Inn.

La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martin (later changed to Martinez), this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire. The Hacienda was the final terminus for the Camino Real (the royal road) which connected northern New Mexico to Mexico City. The Hacienda also was the headquarters for an extensive ranching and farming operation. La Hacienda also located on Ranchitos Road two miles west of the Inn.

Founded in 1923 and operated by the University of New Mexico since 1936, the Harwood Museum is the second oldest art museum in the state and is just 1/2 block from the Inn. The Permanent Collection enhances our appreciation for the centuries-old, millennium new tradition of the arts in Taos. The Hispanic Traditions Gallery features a remarkable collection of retablos (paintings on wood) donated by Mabel Dodge Luhan and displays the largest public collection of sculptures by Patrocino Barela.

Art patron Millicent Rogers settled in Taos in 1947. A stunning beauty and talented designer in her own right, she was a passionate collector and assembled a distinguished collection of Native American silver and turquoise jewelry and Navajo and Rio Grande weaving's. Her collection formed the core of one of America's most important collections of Southwestern arts and design at the Millicent Rogers Museum on the north edge of the Town of Taos.

Photo of the Fechin Home The Fechin house and studio, which are on the National Register of Historic Places, are the home of the Taos Art Museum. The Taos Art Museum and Fechin House are located just two blocks North of the famous Taos Plaza.

Governor Bent Museum and Gallery was the home of the first American governor of New Mexico, Charles Bent, an early trader who was killed in the Taos uprising of 1847. Nineteenth century memorabilia and relics of the uprising. Open daily: Summer 9-5, Winter 10-4.

You will find more than 100 works of art by the great Taos pioneers as well as contemporary artists at The Firehouse Art Collection . All artwork donated to support the efforts of the Taos firefighters. Mon-Fri 9-4:30 and weekends by appointment.

Taos New Mexico offers you a great opportunity to enjoy the many wonders, pleasures, activities and splendor of the Land of Enchantment. Do not miss Taos Ski Valley winter or summer and the Rio Grande Valley year round or you can also just relax and enjoy the blue skies, sunshine and magic of Taos NM.

We will be happy to help you plan your days with activities, make reservations for a candle light dinner, schedule a massage or show you on the map how to get to the hot springs. We guarantee you will have plenty to keep you busy for several days during your stay in Taos NM.

ACTIVITIES

DINING

Finding the perfect meal is always easy in Taos! Some of our favorites include Lambert's of Taos within walking distance of the Inn and features contemporary American cuisine and homemade deserts. The emphasis at Lambert's has always been on quality and value. The menu and wine list are created to compliment each other. The extensive wine list is primarily Californian with a smattering of international favorites.The menu changes seasonally and they are open for dinner starting at 5:30 to closing. Joseph's Table is back after a year off and in a new location just two blocks from the Inn, now located on the south side of the Plaza. Food and Wine Magazine recently named Joseph one of the top ten new chefs in America. Serving nouveau American cuisine nightly and lunch except for Sunday, this is a restaurant not to be missed.

Another tried and truly good restaurant, also within walking distance, is the Apple Tree.They feature international and regional cuisine with vegetarian specials with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list. Lunch Monday through Saturday, Dinner daily 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday Brunch. Another legendary spot is Doc Martins at the Taos Inn one block north of the Plaza and walking distance from the Inn. This place has a long history of pleasing locals and visitors with culinary style ranging from New World to European, with influences from the American Southwest, Mexico, and the Caribbean, in a historic old Adobe hotel. Doc Martin's Restaurant is a 10-time winner of the "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator." One of our favorite people watching spots is the in the Adobe Bar and on the Patio in front of the Inn with live entertainment in the bar every night except Tuesday.

For a great sandwich and salad try the Bent Street Deli on Bent Street across the street from the Apple Tree. This reasonably priced place is adjacent to the John Dunn shops area, and their open-air porch is as delightful as the pate' and Brie another restaurant which an easy walk from the Inn. The closest restaurant from the Inn is Byzantium's. A small but fun dining experience with a great list of salads and appetizers with a nice selection of entree's and a good wine list. Open at 5:00 PM Thursday through Monday. A more recent addition to the Taos dinning scene is Caffe Renato Northern Italian cuisine, traditional pastas, buffalo burger, New York steak, grilled salmon, panini sandwiches, organic salads and scratch-made soups. Enjoy a beer, wine or mimosa with Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner in the garden or gallery.

The Stakeout features prime steak, seafood and pasta and offers spectacular sunset views and outdoor dinning ten miles south of the Inn on Out Law Hill and open every night from 5:00 PM until closing.

Located on the south end of town at Ranchos de Taos and open daily for dinner 5:00 PM till closing is the Trading Post. Where traditional Italian fare can be enjoyed with great wines and good cigars amidst Vigas and local Art. You may watch acclaimed Chef René prepare flavorful dishes from around the world from his open air kitchen. Another wonderful Italian restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine is Villa Fontana located on the northside of town. Carlo is an expert with wild mushrooms that he picks locally.

If you are interested in some local southwestern cuisine than you should check out Orlando's. They feature New Mexican cuisine and have a vegetarian selection. Open Monday through Saturday for Lunch and Dinner and are located 2 miles north of the Inn. Another southwest cuisine favorite is the Old Blinking Light famous for their margaritas and featuring Northern New Mex, Tex Mex, Mex Mex and American cuisine. Open daily for dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00p.m.and have live entertainment nightly.

For something a little different and unique try the Tiwa Kitchen Restaurant located on the Taos Pueblo. Serving Traditional and Native meals, Buffalo steaks and burgers. Another unique dining experience is the Sheva Cafe serving Middle Eastern Food and Vegetarian Delicates. Antonio's is a taste of Mexico serving contemporary and authentic Mexican cuisine located a mile north of the Plaza with great views of Taos Mountain. The Bavarian Restaurant is a taste of Bavaria locate on the mountain at Taos Ski Valley and a the foot of the trail head to Williams Lake. Try some Sauerbraten or Hungarian Goulash in their beautiful Old World dinning room.

Some local favorite places are Taos Pizza Outback, Western Sky Cafe, Michael's Kitchen Coffee Shop and Bakery, Ranchos Plaza Grill, Alley Cantina, Eske's Brew Pub, Dragonfly Cafe and Bravo's



SHOPPING

Taos offers great shopping from one end of town to the other. For T-shirts, prints, and posters try one of the many shops in the Plaza area. Sometimes it can be hard to find a Plaza parking spot, but have no fear as there are a couple of municipal lots within short walking distance.

Don't miss a trip to the Overland Sheepskin Company where high quality hand made leather goods and sheepskin coats are available at great prices. Another great place to shop for souvenirs is Taos Drums factory outlet in Ranchos de Taos.

GOLF

Taos Country Club - 18-hole desert style course. Open to public March 1 to mid November, tournaments available. This is a beautiful course that has minimal impact on the environment. Bring your camera, views are incredible! Take extra balls out on the golf course, out of bounds is sage brush desert.

The par-72, 18-hole course at the Angel Fire Resort Golf Course is a PGA-endorsed course. Situated in a grove of ponderosa pine, spruce, and aspen, at 8,500 feet, the scenic vistas are spectacular. It's one of the highest regulation golf courses in the world and includes a driving range and putting green. Carts and clubs can be rented at the course, and the club pro offers instruction.

For a quick nine-hole fix, stop at the golf course at Valle Escondido residential village. Only 13 miles from Taos NM on US 64, it's a par-36 course with mountain and valley views. Clubs and pull-carts are available for rental, and the clubhouse serves refreshments.

There is also the new 18-hole Red Eagle Golf Course, in Red River, boasting the highest elevation of any other course in New Mexico. Don't forget the tennis racquet, courts are everywhere.

TENNIS

Taos Spa and Tennis Club has five courts, and the Northside Health and Fitness Center in El Prado has three tennis courts. In addition, there are four free public courts in Taos, two at Kit Carson Park, on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, and two at Fred Baca Memorial Park, on Camino del Medio south of Ranchitos Road.

HIKING

Take a short drive through the canyon area between Taos and Angel Fire. There are lots of parks here along a beautiful creek from which to hike up in the mountains.We have many suggestions of the best hiking trails depending on the time of year. You can go hiking year round in Taos. There are many areas to hike along the Rio Grande as well, but if you would rather float than try river rafting


RAFTING

When the snow starts to melt, water streams in from Colorado to keep the waters of the mighty Rio Grande flowing. Take advantage of it, try whitewater rafting down the beautiful Rio Grande Gorge. We suggest trying this refreshing, adventuresome sport with New Mexico's oldest and most experienced rafting company, Los Rios River Runners . They have trips for all levels, whether you want an exciting whitewater plunge, or a more serene ride, or in between. Inquire about all levels and lengths of trips, whether 1/2 day, day, or overnight .

HOT AIR BALLOONS

Hot air balloons are also a common sight and make for great photo opportunities. Don't forget to take a ride yourself, it's an excellent way to experience the Taos area.

HORSEBACK RIDING

The Taos Indian Horse Ranch, on Taos Pueblo land, offers a variety of guided rides. Open by appointment, the ranch provides horses for all types of riders (English, Western, Australian, and bareback) and ability levels. Call ahead for prices and to reserve times and horses. Horse-drawn hay wagon rides are also offered in summer. From late November to March (weather permitting), the ranch provides afternoon and evening sleigh rides followed by a bonfire and marshmallow roast.

LLAMA TREKING

For an experience you can not find in too many other places, you might want to trek with the llamas. These unusual beasts of burden can be booked to carry your food and gear, while you hike and explore the park ranges. The llama expeditions are scheduled May to mid-October, and day hikes are scheduled year-round. Gourmet meals are provided.

 

SUMMER TIPS

If you go wilderness hiking or biking be sure someone knows where you are going. Afternoon rain showers are common but they usually only last a short time. Wear plenty of sunscreen no matter the season. At 8,500 feet you can burn quickly. When the sun goes down, temperatures cool off quickly no matter what season, be prepared with extra layers of clothing. If you see a bear, don't feed it! Be loud, wave your arms and back slowly away, facing the bear. If you drive through a canyon at dusk, you're likely to see deer.

SKIING

SKIING Magazine ranks the Taos Ski Valley as one of the country's Top 10 and notes that: "In an age of master-planned pedestrian base villages and multi-megaresorts, unpretentious Taos New Mexico, thankfully, delivers no-frill, top-of-the-line goods. Taos Ski Valley is a true skiers' mountain and provides every level of skier with a challenging experience.

The Yellowbird Program at Taos Ski Valley helps first time skiers get started on the right ski. Each program includes morning and afternoon lessons. Free rental equipment and a novice lift ticket is included in the package. Group lessons are also available for a maximum of 7 participants and the instruction is geared to all levels. Kinderkare accepts children 6 weeks through 2 years old, for families that require babysitting.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Enchanted Forest is New Mexico's largest full-service cross country ski area, offering 33km of trails groomed for both classic and freestyle skiing and 15km devoted to snowshoes. Located just 3 miles east of Red River, NM on the Carson National Forest, Enchanted Forest offers the best of all worlds, stunning mountains vistas, and meandering forest trails which give a back country feel in a groomed area.

ICE SKATING

Skating enthusiasts can find a wonderful ice skating ring at the new Town of Taos Family Center. Drop the kids off and go do some shopping! Visitors may rent skates.

SNOWMOBLING

There are several company's that offer snowmobile tours around the Taos, NM. They provide suites, boots and helmets and unsurpassed scenic views and outdoor beauty.

WINTER TIPS

Taos is a town caught between the desert and the mountains, and as a result weather can vary quite a bit throughout a typical day. It is not unusual to have highs in the fifties during the day, and lows close to zero at night so dress in layers so you can easily shed some layers of clothing as it warms up. Taos Ski Valley is known for abundant sunshine , and in the spring warm weather skiing can be a delight, making it possible to worship the snow as well as the sun. All the main roads leading into Taos are major highways , and in the event of snow or inclement weather these roads are almost always kept open.


 

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