Historic Tree-Shaded Inn Built in Pueblo Revival Style
Inn on La Loma Plaza was originally built in 1800 as part of a fortified Spanish plaza in Taos, New Mexico. The inn's wooden vigas and thick adobe walls exemplify the Pueblo Revival style of architecture, which is common among the buildings in town. Inside, the hacienda 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 maintains a quiet, intimate vibe, and it’s just 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. The Happy Trails room, for example, has pine paneling, geometric-pattern rugs, and finger-paintings by a bison, giving it a classic southwestern feel.
Breakfast at the inn showcases the area's signature flavors. Try the spicy breakfast burritos enhanced with the innkeeper's famous green sauce or the baked eggs infused with cilantro, mexican cheese, and black olives.
Taos, New Mexico: Historical Town Minutes from World-Class Skiing
Taos is wedged between the colossal Rocky Mountains and the gaping Rio Grande Gorge—a prime location for skiing. The Taos Ski Valley—about a 30-minute drive north of Inn on La Loma Plaza—has deep powder and glade runs. It has a reputation for gnarly backcountry terrain and steep drops. There are plenty of beginner-friendly slopes and a renowned ski-and-snowboard school onsite, too. The rustic base area is refreshingly free of glossy resort trappings, typical of many ski resorts in Taos.
Within steps of the inn is 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 that have 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.