Historic Tree-Shaded Inn Built in Pueblo Revival Style
Built in 1800 as part of a Spanish fortified plaza, Inn on La Loma Plaza fits right in with the traditional adobe buildings found throughout Taos. The inn's wooden vigas and thick adobe walls exemplify the Pueblo Revival style of architecture for which the town is known. Inside, the meticulously restored hacienda abounds with southwestern charm; the spacious, tranquil interior is accented with regional antiques, local art, and hand-carved wooden embellishments. Named one of the country's 10 most romantic inns by American Historic Inns, the B&B manages to maintain a quiet, intimate vibe despite being a short walk from Taos Plaza, the town's bustling center.
Vibrant colors and kiva fireplaces brighten the inn's individually decorated rooms. In deluxe king rooms, french doors open onto private outdoor patios facing the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and local art adorns the sponge-painted walls. The Happy Trails room has a classic southwestern feel, evoked through pine paneling, geometric-pattern rugs, and finger-paintings by bison. Breakfast at the inn showcases the area's signature flavors in everything from spicy breakfast burritos—enhanced with the innkeeper's famous green sauce—to baked eggs infused with cilantro, mexican cheese, and black olives.
Taos, New Mexico: Historic Town with Lively Arts Scene
Within steps of the inn, pedestrians converge on Taos Plaza, where museums, shops, and restaurants encircle a small central park. Streets radiate from the plaza, many fronted by local art galleries and time-tested buildings bearing fascinating histories. A block east of the plaza, you'll find the Kit Carson Home & Museum, where a distant relative of the 19th-century frontiersman acquaints visitors with the living conditions in 1850s Taos.
For a peek into the local Native Americans' past and present customs, head to the ancient village of Taos Pueblo about 4 miles northeast of town. Considered the oldest continuously occupied dwelling in the United States, the adobe pueblo was built between 1000 and 1450. Tour guides help you navigate the religious sites and burial grounds and find traditional pancake-like bread to sample.
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