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- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Local Culture
- 75%Art & Design Lovers
- 66%Family Travelers
- 66%Spiritual Seekers
- 59%Adventure Travelers
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- TaosMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury Travelers
At the turn of the 20th century, artists Bert Phillips and Ernest Blumenschein stopped to have a broken wagon wheel replaced in Taos and decided to stay. Then socialite Mabel Dodge Luhan brought well-known artists like Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, and Georgia O’Keeffe, who fell for the drama of this desert town surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The art-colony spirit lives on in Taos, where $25 gets you access to five local museums, and the walkable downtown is rife with art galleries and adobe inns with kiva fireplaces. After a day out skiing, retreat to El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa, where the treatments include Life-Reading Massage and Reiki.Recommended for:
Oh, Taos. You never change. New Mexico's fringiest town really keeps its character over the years--I've been visiting for nearly 40 of them! It is actually impressive how little it has slicked up and gentrified (though I'm sure people who live here can get worked up about it). Still plenty of opportunities to get muddy and listen to cover bands and drink margaritas and talk about solar energy, as you would hope.Recommended for:
- TaosMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
Taos is beautiful in many ways. Set on an arid plain and surrounded by a crook of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the location is visually extremely impressive. Add in the fact that Taos was one of the northernmost points of Spanish Territory in North America. Adobe buildings are everywhere, including the Taos Pueblo and the San Francisco Mission Church. Taos popular with skiers, artists and tourists alike. The town is incredibly peaceful and my wife and I have enjoyed our two days here immensely.Recommended for:
- TaosMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
This is a very nice city to visit. The art community is one of the best in the nation second only to New York City. The Native American community is very visible and has excellent crafts for sale. The food was excellent.
Visited twice in 1997 Again alone. Someone who was moving there told me it was a ghost town. And it was. Many motels on stip were doing poorly. Many were secretly selling or hoping too but did not tell me. One Motel, do not remember name, nor do I know if it exists as the owner was looking to sell. Stayed 4 nites One nite, in the Billie Holiday room, two in Marilyn Monroe room---gorgeous-bathroom large enough as a studio with large tub in ground. one nite in James Dean Room. Free breakfast consisted of stale donuts and watered down coffee and she did not have a pay phone. No cell phone back then and had to walk two long blocks on strip to pay phone that often did not work. Got mad at me because I thought Id stay 3 weeks but ran our of money and she did not believe me. I read residents -businesses not friendly.
Threatened others would take their jobs. So many artists lost all they had back then. That is why it was a Ghost town. One bus passed by 3 times a day. and returned no later than nine. Cabs were very expensive. One movie house. Need a car there as they DC d bus. Not much at all to do in the town. Say it is spiritual there, not really. Had two places where people could get a meal free twice a week. Both were far and required a car. No battered women shelters , no shelters back then. People not spiritual Lovely Church that has an artists photo that shows a religious relic only at times , scientists and more studied and detected no fraud. Did spend lots of time walking around Taos. Warning. If u have altitude sickness see a dr. before going. I was dizzy, short of breath and other symptoms. The areas where Wealthy live -beautiful. Ranches, horses, so so beautiful I could see myself living there part of year as I am a City person. I hear now there are more places to see. Think Julia Roberts started some theatre there. Then spent follwing month in Arroyo Seco. I did not know i was 8,000 above sea level -beautiful but business was bad there. nothing to do but sking in winter. So sick I was that i thought i was having psychological problems, had intense anxiety, unexplained, all symptoms of altitude sickness but I did not know . Would go to Taso, 7,000 feet and still feel sick. Two women at a cafe told me I needed to go back down. I didnt know she meant lower than 7,000ft and stay. Seemed disinterested. After telling a dr. I found out i could have died! You must see a travel dr. before traveling to high altitudes. and sometimes when there too.
- TaosMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 2
On the road from Santa Fe to Taos I became so aware of the landscape. The clouds are so full and light it feels as if you could move them with your finger. They play with light and shadow on the hills. When you look at the images they leave you begin to understand the inspiration they gift to all the artists over the ages and today.
- TaosMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
I was expecting a lot more out of Taos. I thought it was going to be some wacky and mystical place, but really, the downtown felt like an elderly tourist mecca like Sedona. The surrounding land is truly lovely though.
This is an ancient Indian Pueblo as well as a thriving arts community.
There are only about 900 Indians who live in the giant condominium-apartment Pueblo and ajacent fams. The Pueblo is the largest, continuously occupied building in the USA. Early in the mornings, Taos men gather in white robes, on the rooves of the buildings, to "bring up the sun". Holidays and feast days that are open to the public are fantastic with dozens of huge bonfires burning between the buildings.
The Taos village is like a suburb of artsie Santa Fe with plaza, galleries and boutiques, but fewer and smaller. Therein lies Taos' charm.It is small but extremely elegant. Many of the great Westen paintings were made around here. There are quaint back streets and good restaurants as well as some fine niche museums. Great powder skiing in winter with a thriving community up on the mountain.
- TaosMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersVegetarian
Small and on the sleepy side but nicely situated with skiing and hiking nearby as well as a huge number of galleries and art related activities. Most people just breeze through enroute to Santa Fe but it is worth a stop and taking time to unwind and enjoy.
Settled first by artists, it still retains its artistic flavor with three art museums, several performing arts venues, and many restaurants even double as galleries. The oldest existing American Indian Taos Pueblo community will occasionally open its doors to visitors. D.H. Lawrence and Georgia O'Keeffe both spent time here in the 1920s. Twenty miles northwest of Taos is the D. H. Lawrence Ranch, where it's believed the author's ashes are buried.
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