Un poquito de todo (a little bit of everything)
Arroyo Seco is a valley flanked by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the east, a river that runs uphill on the north, a desert that is guarded by the plumed serpent on the west and by the ruined houses of La Llorona on the south.
You can always feel the sense of community and creativity in the shops, boutiques, galleries and eateries that line the main street of this picturesque village located on State Road 150 on the way to Taos Ski Valley.
Sol Food Cafe
Daily 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Located inside a country-style natural foods market the Sol Food Café has an informal, friendly atmosphere and aims to use natural, organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The market sells food and trendy boutique items, with half their items locally-sourced.
The farm-to-table café serves local free-range eggs for its to-go breakfast burritos and organic apple slices as a side to the kids’ menu items. Grilled paninis include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as Niman Ranch roast beef, Applegate turkey and ham. New on the menu this summer are pulled pork sandwiches. A healthy variety of salads, superfood and fruit smoothies, a juice and espresso bar round out the menu.
Abe’s Cantina y Cocina
Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
This decades-long, family-owned and operated establishment is a local and visitor favorite serving up some of the best enchiladas, chicharrones, empanadas (especially the pumpkin) and tamales in Northern New Mexico. The tavern is also a great watering hole and place to hear some gossip, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Wed.-Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This modern neighborhood restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews presents an interpretation of comfort food and utilizes the best in local, wild and farm-fresh ingredients. The menu, featuring tasty and technique-driven dishes, includes contemporary takes on old classics, house-made specialties and decadent desserts that change with the seasons.
Wed.-Mon. 4 p.m.-close; closed Tuesdays
Sabroso is American and global cuisine, a fully-stocked bar and wine cellar with live music and a value-priced menu in the piano bar. The bar is often referred as “Seco’s living room.” Dine fireside in the 150-year-old adobe with fresh-squeezed margaritas, wood-grilled steaks and salmon.
Daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oh, yes, Taos Cow has ice cream — its own award-winning ice cream offering classic and unique rotating flavors such as Piñon Caramel and Chocolate Río Grande. But this quaint cafe also serves fresh baked goods, breakfast, locally roasted organic fair-trade coffee and espresso, homemade soups and salads, and sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi to boot.
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Stop in and swoon over the colors and textures of their hand-dyed wool and weavings. It is owned and operated by Teresa Loveless, the granddaughter of famed weaver Rachel Brown. Loveless was taught how to weave at age 2 on a small tapestry loom.
Weaving Southwest has been supplying the worldwide fiber community with quality hand-dyed yarn and weaving and spinning equipment for more than three decades.
Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
“New York Magazine” touted this unique furnishings wholesale showroom as “One of the Best-Kept Shopping Secrets.” And it’s no wonder. Antiquarius Imports is the culmination of extensive traveling and collecting from around the world. The collection includes antique Buddhist and Hindu devotional art from Tibet; textiles from Central Asia; African sculptures and masks to decorative accessories; unique home furnishings; and rare objects. Also offered are antique tribal rugs from Iran and Turkey, as well as modern handwoven rugs from Afghanistan. Locally made upholstered furniture and cowhide ottomans are also available and can be custom ordered.
Arroyo Seco Mercantile
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The building that houses a plethora of goods including antiques, American West vintage items, gifts, santos, Indian trade blankets and much more was built around 1895 and was a general store until the mid-1950s.
Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Created from “curiosity, magic and nature,” Aureate Plum is a superb tea house and gallery featuring handcrafted works and scrumptious food.
Bella Mundi Gallery
Hours are “hit and miss”
Original and unusual can be found here from lighted metal sculpture, in-house printing on metal, wearable art pendants, hand-painted prayer flags, and cards and boxes.
Daily 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Owner and award-winning sculptor (and painter) Claire Haye converted her talent into making jewelry in sterling silver, bronze and gold. Her pieces are embeded with symbolism and spirituality that “speak universally to women of all ages and walks of life.”
Fine Art New Mexico
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
After years of writing, producing and directing in the film industry, Jack Leustig was searching for “a new, smaller creative journey.” The artistry of printing an image became his passion. In 1998, he opened his print studio and has been producing prints for local artists in small to large formats ever since, becoming a premier publisher of Southwest art and photography. The collection of works for sale is inspiring and impressive.
Francesca’s Clothing Boutique
Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Francesca’s offers a surprisingly large selection of one-of-a-kind women’s clothing and accessories considering how the store looks more like a small home upon first glance. Clothes are stylish and trendy with something for every body type. There is definitely something for all ages and customers notice — Francesca’s has topped the “Best Women’s Clothing Boutique” category in The Taos News’ “Best of Taos” survey for 12 years.
Logan Wannamaker Pottery
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“Logan Wannamaker stands at a whirling pottery wheel and effortlessly shapes a ball of black clay into a cup in seconds. That moment — throwing a pot — is probably the easiest part of his creative process. Behind it are hours of digging, sieving, mixing, hammering, chopping and burning that finally culminate in a one-of-a-kind work of art that uses native materials to mirror the dramatic Northern New Mexico landscape,” wrote J.R. Logan for The Taos News.
Wannamaker moved to Taos in 2006 from Colorado, and for eight years owned and operated Taos Clay. The business hosted resident artists and offered pottery classes. It also gave Wannamaker gallery space to showcase his pots. In 2014, he sold the business to focus full time on his own artwork.
Parse Seco is an experimental creative space that provides a platform for artists, musicians and creators to present experiences in an intimate setting or in other words, “using art to reform the social norm.” The venue has hosted live concerts, open mic nights, art openings, poetry readings and more. Check the events calendar on Facebook.
Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rottenstone Pottery specializes in unique ceramic art made in the ancient tradition of wood-firing. Scott Rottenstone’s wares combine an Eastern Wabi Sabi aesthetic with the functional formal considerations of American folk craft pottery. His pieces are either fired in an electric oxidation kiln, a salt kiln or in an Anagama wood kiln.
Santos y Mas
Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Santos y Mas is where to go for the area’s best selection of handcrafted Northern New Mexico folk art and colorful, whimsical gifts and collectibles. You can’t help but smile.
Scott Carlson Pottery
“Open every day”
Brightly colored pottery made for the home and for everyday use. Check out Carlson’s signature colors salmon, blue and green. Custom place settings are his specialty. Cups, mugs, small vases and citrus juicers (great for making margaritas) are common items found at Scott Carlson Pottery.
By appointment only, please email email@example.com
Melinda Littlejohn began her fine art career as a minimal abstractionist, but was drawn to the style of 17th-century Spanish Bodegon still-life paintings. The uncomplicated form is well-suited to her use of light and shadow to create a specific mood.
Offering authentic Northern New Mexican accommodations such as the adobe brick home Casa Miguel and Casa Kachina in Arroyo Seco’s distinct residential community Los Altos. Premiere has over 100 upscale properties located in the greater Taos area.
Sometimes referred to as a ski lodge with campsites, the concept of the SnowMansion is based on the hostel — a popular, inexpensive type of lodging conceived in Europe that consists of sociable accommodations where guests can rent a bed, commonly a bunk bed, in a dormitory-style room and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes (as guests do at the SnowMansion) have use of a kitchen. For many years, the SnowMansion has been a popular, comfortable and cozy, budget-friendly place to stay for skiers, boarders and winter travelers.
— Staff report