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. The optional dining credit is good at Lambert's of Taos, where you can sample Georgia quail ($25) and seafood paella ($23).
Taos, New Mexico: Rural Mountain Town with Thriving Art Scene and World-Class Skiing
Situated atop a 7,000-foot mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the small town of Taos—in north-central New Mexico—buzzes with artistic activity and outdoor pursuits. Downtown, historic buildings house more than 50 art galleries, restaurants, and jewelry shops. Taos’s picturesque desert landscapes have inspired many artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe and D.H. Lawrence. The Taos Art Museum celebrates the town’s creative heritage with displays of local artwork from the 20th century. The building was once the home of Russian painter and woodcarver Nicolai Fechin.
The southern Rockies’ premier ski resort, Taos Ski Valley challenges winter-sports enthusiasts with steep slopes, a peak elevation of nearly 12,500 feet, and 113 trails and bowls—half of which are designed for expert skiers and snowboarders. Once the snow melts, the nearby Wheeler Peak Wilderness lures hikers with scenic trails and ample wildlife, including golden eagles, elk, marmot, and the occasional mountain lion or black bear. You can conquer Wheeler Peak—New Mexico’s tallest mountain at 13,161 feet—on an 8-mile summit trail.
Just north of town, visitors are welcome at Taos Pueblo, an ancient Native American village and World Heritage site. For more than 1,000 years , Pueblo Indians have called these multistory adobes home. Here, you can sample wood-fired bread, witness a ceremonial buffalo dance, or purchase handcrafted wares such as turquoise and silver bracelets and woven blankets.
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