Historical, Tree-Shaded Inn Built in Charming Pueblo Revival Style
Beginning in the late 18th century, Spanish colonizers created fortified plazas and built homes with thick adobe walls to ward off raiders. One of the very first of those strongholds now makes up the first floor of Inn on La Loma Plaza, whose aged, wooden vigas and maple floors embody classic Pueblo Revival architecture. The meticulously restored hacienda abounds with southwestern charm, from its regional antiques and local art to fountains and hand-carved wood details. Though it lies in a grassy hill in the heart of Taos's bustling historical district, Inn on La Loma Plaza offers up peace and quiet behind its thick adobe walls.
Private entrances lead into individually decorated rooms where wood-burning fireplaces crackle and freshly cut flowers fill the space with a sweet aroma. Guest rooms are filled with local art, handcrafted furniture, and southwestern furniture, and most come with private outdoor patios overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A kitchenette also accompanies some studio rooms, fully equipped with stovetops, under-counter refrigerators, and microwaves for warming up socks and mittens.
Every morning, a breakfast buffet lures guests to the sunroom or patio with hearty eats such as breakfast burritos, granola pancakes, and green-chili strata. Innkeepers also provide light afternoon snacks and evening coffee and cookies.
Taos, New Mexico: Historical Town Minutes from World-Class Skiing
Wedged between the colossal Rocky Mountains and gaping Rio Grande Gorge, Taos is situated in a prime location for outdoor recreation. The deep powder and gladed runs of Taos Ski Valley—about a 30-minute drive north of Inn on La Loma Plaza—engage skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Despite a reputation for gnarly backcountry terrain and steep drops, the resort also boasts plenty of beginner-friendly slopes and a renowned ski-and-snowboard school. The rustic base area illustrates Taos’s dedication to the pure skiing experience, free of glossy resort trappings such as teleporting gondolas.
Within minutes of the inn, foot traffic converges on Taos Plaza, where galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants encircle a small central park. Streets radiate from the plaza like spokes, fronted by many time-tested buildings bearing fascinating histories. The 19th-century Kit Carson Home & Museum rests a block east of the plaza. Guides lead groups through rooms of buffalo hides and a cooking fireplace to demonstrate the living conditions of Taos frontiersmen.