For anyone desiring peace and quiet, this is the right place to stay. But for a writer like me, it has the additional element of inspiration. Magpies and ravens come to visit every morning - I could count on them. Then, one morning I was blessed to see a red-tailed hawk perched in the bare elm tree visible from the kitchen window. Out that same window I can see Pedranal butte all the way in Abiquiu, 60 miles away. The majestic Taos Mountain beckons from the backyard, and even in the cold of winter, I put on a pair of boots and go for a hike in the National forest which adjoins the land. I return from he walk in the woods to a cozy fire from the woodstove and relax in the leather chair with a mug of hot cocoa or tea, provided in the well stocked kitchen — which has everything you need, even food staples like rice and granola. I can see the mountain from the writing desk as I listen to the exquisitely tuned wind chimes. When I eventually grow restless and want to go out and about, the town plaza is only a mile and a half away. There are lots of good restaurants with fireplaces, but none better than the woodstove back in Casita de Canon. Then, the morning I left, i was surprised to receive a visit from a woodpecker, who I mistook for someone knocking on the front door. It was almost like a call from Housekeeping, letting me know it was time to go. A lovely escape from big city life. I expect to be back again and again.