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Ski Valley Shuttles: Service runs daily December 18 through April 3, 2011, between the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley. Find stops, including those at Town lodging properties, and details at www.TaosGov.com (click on “Transportation” at the top) or call 751-4459. Ski/snowboard racks available on shuttles.
On top of the Good Morning America (GMA) piece this weekend, Taos is also featured in Sunset Magazine’s February edition as one of the 10 “Best Places to Live to Make you Happy.” The magazine credited Taos with being the best place to live if you want a vacation home. Here’s the link for the online item: Sunset Magazine’s “37 Best Places to Live”, http://www.sunset.com/travel/outdoor-adventure/best-places-to-live-00418000070574/page5.html (also see news release below).
Fascinating story of the birth of Taos, NM. A must read for every Taos destined tourist.http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20110126/bs_prweb/prweb8090499;_ylt=A0wNdPkdiUBNv0UApibNybYF;_ylu=X3oDMTJtOG43cTdiBGFzc2V0A3Byd2ViLzIwMTEwMTI2L3Byd2ViODA5MDQ5OQRwb3MDMTEEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDdGFvc25ld21leGlj.
Martinez Hacienda is one of the last remaining “great houses” from the Spanish Colonial era
As if drawn by a magnet, some of America’s best artists, many of them European-trained, began arriving to set up shop, and in 1915, The Taos Society of Artists was formed.
In the 1920s, with the arrival of New York scion Mabel Dodge, Taos further gained a reputation as a creative refuge for artists, writers and members of the international intelligentsia. In 1923, Georgia O’Keeffe slept her first New Mexico night in Taos, and with her entry came a parade of luminaries including D.H. Lawrence, Carl Jung, Willa Cather, Ansell Adams and countless others, all seeking that elusive sense of personal and artistic freedom, and a respite from the strictures of established society.
Today the region is becoming known as an eco-tourism destination with wilderness trekking opportunities, wild river rafting on the Rio Grande, hot-air ballooning, world-class hot springs and sustainably operated resorts. This year’s grand sweepstakes for travelers is a week-long EcoTour.
Taos art museums are also expanding into the realm of “world class” with the recent expansion of the University of New Mexico’s Harwood Museum of Art. The $6.3 million addition has added new galleries, curatorial space, and a 130-seat state-of-the-art auditorium to the state’s second-oldest museum (1924).
Over 40 different tours and special unique destinations listed and described, including contact information..
At the northern edge of the artist colony of Taos and a couple hours’ drive north of Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo is a set of adobe dwellings, ranging from two to five stories tall, whose walls gleam in the sun of the high desert. Some of the 2,000 Tiwa-speaking people who live on an adjacent reservation continue to use this six-century-old settlement for ceremonial rites, such as for the Deer and Matachines Dances, which are usually performed to the sound of heavy drum beats. The Taos Pueblo contains the largest collection of multi-story pueblo dwellings in the country—well worth its UNESCO World Heritage status—and provides an uncommon insight into the culture of the first Americans.
The Taos experience consists of seeing majestic mountains rise into a cerulean blue sky, tour a 1,000-year-old pueblo and look at modern art all in one day. Every moment brings you to a higher level of life, all part of the Taos experience.
In the summer, you can splash down the icy waters of the mountainous Rio Grande on a warm 80-degree day, drink margaritas over a spicy New Mexican meal rich with our flavorful green chile, and then stare at a black velvet night sky dotted with infinite stars. Take a tour of the old hippie communes, award winning Northern New Mexico wineries, or search for the natural hot springs. You can arouse or gratify your cultural side with world-class art galleries and phenomenal museums, walking and driving tours, fine dining and shopping and much more.
Taos is a truly unique with its interweaving of nature, history, diverse culture, and fine living that makes it delicious for the soul.
The beautiful Taos Mesa (“table-land” in Spanish) boasts an exceptional view of the Sangre De Cristos mountains with pinon pine and endless fields of aromatic sage. A short drive from Taos town, the stunning panoramic views make this area ideal for a more secluded get away. Make sure to bring your hiking shoes to enjoy the quiet landscapes made famous by many a Taos artist.
Quaint in its picturesque setting, the small town of Arroyo Seco is nestled in the mountains, and overlooks Taos Mesa and the Rio Grande Gorge. A charming, 250 year old Northern New Mexico village, you will savor its engaging scenery, ambience, pristine air, and eclectic shopping opportunities.
The area began in 1804 when two brothers with the last name of Martínez planted crops there before building their houses. By 1824 there was a Hispanic community farming and developing the area. The old “arroyo seco” itself was a gully stemming off El Salto Mountain and called “el Arroyo de la Luvia” (The Arroyo of Run-Off Water).
You visit Angel Fire to enjoy a tranquil, year-round resort in the middle of wooded wilderness and a high mountain valley. The Wheeler Peak range, New Mexico’s highest, stands outside your front door promising skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or sledding for our winter guests. During our cool summers, you can golf, fish, hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, do some 4-wheel, or indulge your family’s need to just to get away from the heat and hectic pace of city life.
The Village of Taos Ski Valley sits within the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is bordered completely by Carson National Forest. Only 15 miles northeast of Taos, a group of adventurous miners settled the town in the 1800’s, and promises the same adventure for both the winter and summer enthusiast. Excellent winter snow powder make this a must do get-away for the winter sportsperson.