Taos, New Mexico

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Winter, spring, summer and fall--no matter the season,Taos wears it comfortably, beautifully and in its own way. Not only are the views magnificent (whether you're looking at Taos Mountain, the plaza, the infinite, blue skies, the snow falling or falling in the snow), but few towns can boast of a beauty that is created both by what one perceives with the eyes and what one sees with the soul. Taos is at once mystical, spiritual and decadent. Few other small towns have the variety and number of activities that Taos has (galleries, art openings, restaurants, music, outdoor activities (hiking with llamas, horseback riding in the mountains, rafting on the Rio Grande). Many small towns try to create what Taos does because of its local, its history, its land and its abundance of talented, dedicated and diverse people. Its restaurants compare to some of the best in larger cities (don't miss El Meze!), its artists are renown throughout the world (if you love photography don't miss Lenny Foster's gallery), its history seeps from the pores of every building and every TaoseƱo. Come experience "la vida tranquila"--the tranquil life--that Taos has to offer!
Reviewed by JFarias
on September 17, 2012
Taos, New Mexico is truly beautiful; at 7,000 ft elevation, it has a backdrop of mountains close in on two sides. The closest mountains have peaks at 13,000 ft., with evergreen forests on their slopes. The air is wonderful, with very little pollution, with the bluest of blue skies. Taos, while not as famous for art as Santa Fe, has been a southwest artist place for decades, and the sculptures and art work visible throughout the center and north end of town, along with the old adobe architecture combine to make it uniquely beautiful. Not to be missed on the tour!
Reviewed by goldberry
on June 4, 2012
Taos is a panoramic treasure in every season! The drama of the glorious skies against Taos Mountain to the awe inspiring Taos Gorge to the simple charm of the Taos Pueblo and the vibrant colors of the Native American dances to the rich and preserved Spanish culture and unforgettable adobe architecture in the lush high desert terrain. I can close my eyes and be there from my memories instantly ~ unforgettable.
Reviewed by torcidoloop
on June 1, 2012
Lush, green, pure skies, spectacularly dramatic vistas, stepping back into history to another era where the pace is more relaxed and the connection with nature is inevitable.
Reviewed by ev
on May 15, 2012
Taos is the perfect mix of great outdoors (with world-class skiing, hiking, fishing, climbing, horseback riding, white water rafting, hot springs, mineral collecting, llama trekking, biking, golf, and exploring along) with one of America's greatest art communities and the oldest continuously inhabited buildings (over 700 years) at the Taos Pueblo. What it lacks is the rush and high price of so many other vacation destinations. Taos is small. Taos is friendly. The town is almost completely surrounded by national forest. Taos has wonderful museums and great shopping for unique items. Visitors can learn to weave, knit, make pottery, cook, paint, play an instrument or write from some of the best teachers around. The northern New Mexican cuisine is unlike the Mexican food that comes from some of the neighboring states. It is subtler and tastier (yes, I am biased). The architecture is mostly adobe with spectacular homemade doors, windows, and gates. The weather in Taos is spectacular with summer highs normally in the mid 80's in the day with very little humidity with cool evenings. There are over 300 days of sunshine a year. The snow is comparable (better this year than most anywhere else in America) or better than at some of the better known ski resorts to the north, the lift lines are much shorter and the lift tickets are more than 30% cheaper than some other resorts. The ski area is consistently rated as one of the best in North America. The town is at 7000 feet and has very little pollution so the stars are not to be believed
Reviewed by brantly
on April 20, 2012
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