‘Un poquito de todo’
Don’t let its tiny size fool you. In typical Taos County fashion, the Spanish land-grant community of Arroyo Seco packs an impressive share of dining and shopping options onto just a short stretch of State Road 150 heading toward Taos Ski Valley. As the locals say, “un poquito de todo” — Arroyo Secco has a little bit of everything.
Shop and eat
The galleries and boutiques are a stone’s throw from each other. Pottery, photography, contemporary and folk art to women’s fashions, ornaments, Pendleton blankets, antiques and unique gifts, it’s all there and more in “Seco.”
Walking can crank up one’s appetite — an easy fix in Seco, just set your sights on ice cream legends Taos Cow (Bon Appétit magazine named it one of the top 10 ice cream shops in America), green chile gurus Abe’s Cantina and Cocina, the part convenience store and part deli Sol Food, exquisite farm-to-table lunch and Sunday brunch cuisine at Aceq (aceqrestaurant.com)and fine dinner dining coupled with a fresh-squeezed margarita in a 150-year-old adobe that is Sabroso Restaurant and Bar (sabrosotaos.com).
The village offers quality lodging accommodations, including the quirky downtown hostel the Abominable SnowMansion (snowmansion.com). The more-than-70-year-old classic adobe lodge has six large rooms that open into the common area. Rental teepees are a common site on the hostel’s grounds from May to October. With a pool table and plenty of toys, boredom is not an issue. There are also a number of vacation home rentals in the area and bed and breakfasts, such as Adobe and Stars (taosadobe.com) and Cottonwood Inn, (575) 776-5826.
The Fourth of July Parade down the main street has become a tradition in these parts, mostly due to the fun, colorful and eclectic paraders. Annually, an average of 5,000 people congregate in this town of approximately 1,000 residents for two blocks of zaniness and hoopla. Every year, larger crowds gather at noon to see painted ponies, decorated floats, vintage cars and more quirkiness. During the day, there are also free concerts and great food. People often say it’s “the biggest little parade in the country.”
Getting to Arroyo Seco:
From Taos, you’ll be heading toward Taos Ski Valley by driving north on Paseo del Pueblo Norte/U.S. Highway 64 for about 4 miles. Turn right at State Road 150 (this intersection is known as “the old blinking light”). Drive for about 5 miles and State Road 150 will take you directly into Arroyo Seco.
Arroyo Seco’s Church of the Holy Trinity dates back to 1834. It is built of adobe with heavy vigas and corbels and an altar where an original bulto — a three-dimensional sacred sculpture, which represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit — is still revered.