Destination Taos New Mexico

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In addition to the historic Taos Pueblo, make sure to see:

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church: This church in Ranchos de Taos, about 4 miles south of Taos, was started between 1772 and 1816. It is one of the most frequently painted and visited churches. The most famous view made famous by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and the photographs of Ansel Adams and Paul Strand is that from the west with its massive, windowless adobe walls.

Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St.: This is a great, small museum in Taos near the Plaza with a mission to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the arts, especially those created in, inspired by, or relevant to northern New Mexico. I was impressed with the Southwestern Modernism show of paintings by Cady Wells that was on exhibit.

Skiing: North of Taos Pueblo is the Taos Ski Valley. I have never skied there since I ski in Colorado, but if you are there in the winter months, you might check it out. I hear it is a somewhat difficult mountain.

Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Rd.: I have not seen this museum, but will put it on the list for my next trip. Friends recommend it as a small museum with a focus on Native American art and jewelry and Hispanic arts. Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) grew up in New York within privilege and wealth and she was often referred to in the press as the “Standard Oil Heiress”, since it was her grandfather, H.H. Rogers, who was the co-founder with John D. Rockefeller of the Standard Oil Trust. She amassed a substantial collection.

Taos Plaza and John Dunn House Shops: The Plaza has some galleries, restaurants and shops as well as the Hotel La Fonda de Taos which was built in the 1930’s and is a great spot to stay in town. The John Dunn Shops line an attractive pedestrian walkway linking Bent Street and the historic Taos Plaza. Here you will find 19 galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants. I have eaten in two in the past.

Other places to stay include The Taos Inn and the El Monte Sagrado Resort. Recent restaurant reviews suggest Stray Dog Cantina, Lambert’s of Taos, the casual Taos Mesa Brewing and The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant.

I just read about a small restaurant, The Love Apple, which features local, organic home cooking. I hope to try it on my next trip. 803 Paseo del Norte Norte.

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