Southwestern Adobe Lodge at Foot of Taos Mountain
At the foot of Taos Mountain, gravel paths form a stone labyrinth 50 feet in diameter, and river rocks edge a tree-lined prayer path that wraps around the San Geronimo Lodge. Both of these are part of lodge’s recent renovations, which enhance its serene, spiritual atmosphere without detracting from its historical significance as one of Taos’s first resort hotels. The owners have kept the high viga ceilings and thick adobe walls while adding adornments such as Talavera-tile bathrooms. It’s a tranquil place from which to explore Taos’s artistic legacy and desert terrain.
The lodge’s southwestern spirit can be seen everywhere, from the meditation stations outfitted with bells and statues to the individually decorated guest rooms. Each comes furnished with a kiva fireplace, original oil paintings, and handmade southwestern furniture. French doors in deluxe rooms lead to private decks and covered verandas. Some overlook nearby apricot trees and the mountains, while others face the six-person hot tub, which remains accessible year-round at a temperature of 104 degrees.
Mornings begin with a full breakfast, which includes a hot entree of the day. Typical entrees include blue-corn blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and made-to-order omelets.
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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