Historical, Tree-Shaded Inn Built in Pueblo-Revival Style
Built in 1800 as part of a Spanish fortified plaza, Inn on La Loma Plaza seems to mirror the Old-World adobe buildings found in much of Taos. Wooden vigas and thick walls help the inn blend into the rest of Taos's Pueblo Revival–style architecture. Inside, the meticulously restored hacienda is teeming with southwestern charm, incorporating fountains, regional antiques, local art, hand-carved wood details, and spacious guest areas in its tranquil ambiance. Named one of the country's 10 most romantic inns by American Historic Inns, Inn on La Loma Plaza maintains this quiet, intimate vibe despite a being a short walk to Taos Plaza, the town's center.
Vibrant colors and kiva fireplaces brighten the inn's individually decorated rooms. In the 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, 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: Historical Town with Lively Artistic Scene
Within minutes 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 is the Kit Carson Home & Museum, where a distant relative of the 19th-century frontiersman shows the living conditions in 1850s Taos with sheepskin bedding and a cooking fireplace.
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 Taos. Considered the oldest continuously occupied dwelling in the United States, the adobe pueblo was built between 1000 and 1450. Tour guides can help navigate the religious sites and burials grounds and find traditional pancake-like bread to sample.