In the workshop on my first visit, I watched writers from all over the country fall in love with Taos as quickly as I did. Park at the West Rim rest area northwest of Taos on U. A nine-mile one-way trail from the rest area along the West Rim offers a scenic hike, or go a short way for great shots of the bridge itself—recognized in as the most beautiful long-span steel bridge in the nation by the American Institute of Steel Construction, and often featured in movies.
The venue also screens movies, and showcases local talent in its art galleries. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner combine New Mexican and European flavors like chocolate croissants made by the French pastry chef , and you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the long marble bar. At Dragonfly Cafe and Bakery above left , Karen Todd serves eclectic world dishes in a century-old adobe; the patio is a charmer during the summer.
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Pick up hot tamales for a picnic on the patio ; cidsfoodmarket. The Earthships on the mesa west of Taos were pioneered by architect Mike Reynolds, the subject of the documentary Garbage Warrior. These striking, off-the-grid homes are built with recycled materials, including tires, bottles, and cans, and are mainly solar powered.
At night, with the moonlight shining through the bedroom skylight, we just lay there, enjoying a kind of peace you could never find in any hotel. The color, the reflective character of the landscape, the drama of the vast spaces, the superb beauty and severity of the hills, stirred me deeply.
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They launched an art colony that thrives to this day, with important artists such as Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Irving Couse, and Oscar E. Parsons Fine Art ; parsonsart. The rBGH-free ice cream is flavored with New Mexico ingredients, from lavender to pistachios ; taoscow. Directions to Arroyo Seco: visitseco. Art workshops abound in Taos. Wannamaker fires my vase in his outside kiln, then we cool it in a metal trash can filled with newspapers. Geraint Smith Photography safaris focus on everything from grand landscapes Taos Gorge, Taos Mountain to detailed architectural elements of old adobes and barns.
My foray extraordinaire into the wild was orchestrated by Northside at Taos Ski Valley outfitters, which offers winter snowmobiling and snowshoeing into unspoiled, wooded terrain. In more clement times of the year, they arrange mountain biking, horseback riding, jeep tours, and hiking, in an evergreen forest filled with purple asters, blue columbine, and big, red thimbleberries. Wild Earth Llama Adventures will take you on a four-tomile lunch hike into the wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at elevations above 8, feet your llama carries lunch and gear ; an eco-guide points out flora and fauna ; llamaadventures.
The Taos Fly Shop ; taosflyshop teaches fly-fishing in secluded, private stretches of the Brazos, Conejos, and Chama rivers. Spot the wishing well, and explore the free courtyard playspace, which feels like a magical secret garden with a huge climbing structure, crazy mirrors, tree house, slide, and sandbox.
Check the weekly schedule online, and just turn up. For winter athletes, nothing beats the world-class Taos Ski Valley alpine resort, which boasts adrenalin-pumping vertical runs down the Sangre de Cristo Mountains northeast of town. The resort has a base elevation of 9, feet and lifts that take you to 11, feet. It offers trails, 50 percent of them Expert, and the rest evenly divided between Intermediate and Easy. It offers spiky summits, distant chutes, and undulating cruisers on immaculate, fluffy mountain powder. The ski slopes are usually open Thanksgiving Day until the first Sunday in April.
On March 9, sample beers from throughout the Southwest at the Spring Beer Festival ; skitaos. For a boutiquey experience of the Ski Valley, consider the Hotel St. Bernard, named after the patron saint of skiers, located right next to the main chairlift at Taos Ski Valley. Have a green-chile cheeseburger on the deck, then retire to one of the Antoine Predock—designed condos.
The all-inclusive Ski Week package bundles ski lessons, lift tickets, and meals ; stbernardtaos. The traditional buildings have no electricity, and drinking water comes from the river. Check for occasional closures, including the months of February and March Jirby decorates the guesthouses she rents out with her own art and in her trademark splashy, colorful style ; jirby.
Take a three-hour felting workshop at Taos Fiber Arts, decorating a length of silk, and come away with a one-of-a-kind scarf. The E. Today the museum includes his paintings, plus artworks by members of the Taos Society of Artists and the Taos Moderns. The permanent collection includes over 3, works, including those of Agnes Martin as well as contemporaries like Lee Mullican and Larry Bell. Their Mocha Maya melds espresso and Mexican chocolate with a chile spice mix.
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