Taos New Mexico Yearly Splendor
Year Round Splendor in Taos New Mexico
Park City may have a film festival and Sun Valley may have celebrities, but no ski town in the Western US has the same opportunities for non-skiers as Taos, New Mexico. With four different ski areas, there are plenty of opportunities for skiers of any level, but non-skiers are not excluded. At Red River ski area, tubing starts at 4:15 pm, just after the slopes close, and Angel Fire ski area has the Polar Coaster consisting of 1,000 feet of hills and a lift to take tubers back to the top. Angel Fire is also well-lit for night tubing. Taos is home to the Enchanted Forest in the Carson National Forest, which offers wide, groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For non-snow activities, Taos is a long-standing center for wellness treatments and bodywork practitioners. A popular spot for these practices is the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, where sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters flow from a subterranean volcanic aquifer. For those interested in the cultural history of the area, the Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historical Landmark. In fact, the multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years. Nearby, the town of Santa Fe provides more artistic and cultural opportunities, as does Ghost Ranch, the famous ranch and home of artist Georgia O’Keefe.
Great Food and Lodging in Taos
I was lucky enough to find the most relaxing B & B in Taos which also had the friendliest owners, Brad and Amber Gordon. You will feel like you’ve found your home away from home and the food is outstanding as they are both chefs and provide a gourmet breakfast tailored to your individual dietary needs. Get your taste buds ready for what this dynamic duo will serve up. Pictured is Amber’s famous Baklava, made without raisins. It is the best I’ve ever tasted.
Touchstone Inn brings to life the essence, beauty and tranquility of the southwest. From the moment I spoke to this dynamic duo Brad and Amber, I knew staying there would far exceed my very discerning tastes. I typically seek out experiences, not just nice places to stay. This beautiful and rustic southwest inn hits it out of the park in terms of comfort, hospitality and cuisine. It is conveniently located just north of the Plaza but far enough off the main road to feel like you have reached a true “peaceful getaway”. Brad and Amber both are culinary professionals, so, as a foodie, I was delighted that the gourmet breakfast was both passionately prepared, delicious and beautiful in presentation. Waking to the aroma of their “sweet and savory” breakfast was the perfect start to a great day of exploration in the area. For those with a sweet tooth, the granny smith apple pancake was over the top smothered with fresh whipped cream and real maple syrup. Brad is more than happy to share some his chef secrets as well. The tomato and basil soufflé, was outstanding in a light raspberry sauce that was both unexpected and a perfect accompaniment. Sitting in the breakfast gallery, mostly filled with Amber’s Mothers’ accomplished artwork, and overlooking the back of the property and Pueblo lands, you get a sense that the breakfast you are about to enjoy will be lovingly prepared by two of the nicest people you will ever meet. I can’t say enough great things about the hosts as their knowledge of the area, culinary expertise and friendly service will make you feel right at home. You don’t find this combination very often. If you want to sample the Touchstone Inn’s cooking, you can try their famous Oven Roasted Tomato and Basil Garlic Sauce Served with Eggs.
From the moment you enter the Touchstone Inn property there is a feeling of tranquility. As second generation owners of Touchstone Inn, there is great attention to detail and impeccable service. Brad ensures even before the arrival that all of your needs are met reviewing dietary restrictions to ensure they prepare for any individual needs you have. The inn was very quaint and the room was cozy and had a great view of Taos Mountain. The property backs up to the peaceful ambiance of the Pueblo lands. The room included all the comforts of home including a fireplace, refrigerator, wine glasses and opener, jacuzzi tub and very comfortable beds. I cannot say enough great things about Touchstone Inn. I can’t wait to return.
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No visit to Taos is complete without a trip down the Gorge in a raft or Funyak or biking on the Rift Valley Trail which has spectacular views of the Rio Grande. Both can be done in a single day. Biking in the morning left plenty of energy for the afternoon funyaking down the Rio Grande. I highly recommend Cottams Rio Grande Rafting and Biking. They go out of their way to ensure you leave with plenty of lasting memories until your next trip back. Don’t taking in one of the many Pueblo and Indian Reservations, some are still operating today.
April 22, 2013
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