Arroyo Seco

A good thing in a small package

Courtesy SecoLive.org

This picturesque Village of Arroyo Seco located on State Road 150 on the way to Taos Ski Valley always offers down-home community and friendliness, and great gatherings, once pandemic lockdowns are over. Then, the foothills will once again boom with the global sounds of Seco Live and Roots & Wings presenting Celebrate Seco, a spate of free summer shows in the heart of town outdoors. Free. For updates on scheduled events, visit secolive.org.


LODGING

Taos News file photo

The SnowMansion
Sometimes referred to as a ski lodge with campsites, the concept of the SnowMansion is based on the hostel. For many years, the SnowMansion has been a popular, comfortable and cozy, budget-friendly place to stay.
476 State Road 150; 575-776-8298


MERCHANTS

Arroyo Seco Mercantile
The 1895 building houses antiques, American West vintage items, gifts, santos, Indian trade blankets and much more.
Open Daily; 488 State Road 150; 575-776-8806

Locally made jewelry at Claireworks in Arroyo Seco. Courtesy photo

Claireworks Gallery
Owner and award-winning sculptor and painter, Claire Haye’s sterling silver, bronze and gold pieces “speak universally to women of all ages and walks of life.” Her online store is active and effective for sales and new information.
Friday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; 482A State Road 150
575-776-5175

Fine Art New Mexico
Film industry writer, producer and director Jack Leustig’s print studio is open for reduced hours at this time. He produces prints for local artists in small to large formats as a premier publisher of Southwest art and photography.
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 482 State Road 150
575-776-3899

Logan Wannamaker Pottery
“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 Taos News.
Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 482A State Road 150
575-770-4334

Marigolds
Seco’s newest women’s clothing boutique offering Hard Tail, Culture Shop and more. They definitely have the right style for you.
Open Daily except for Wednesday, 10am-5pm; 492 State Road 150

Parse Seco
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.” Check the events calendar on Facebook.
Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. or by appointment; 487 State Road 150
312-593-3948

Rottenstone Pottery
Rottenstone Pottery specializes in unique ceramic art made in the ancient tradition of wood-firing. Scott Rutherford’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.
Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 486 State Road 150
575-776-1042

Santos y Mas
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.
Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 484 State Road 150
575-776-2088


RESTAURANTS

Abe’s Cantina y Cocina
This decades-long, family-owned and -operated establishment is a local favorite serving up some of the best enchiladas, chicharrones, tamales and empanadas (especially the pumpkin!) in Northern New Mexico. The historic tavern currently is only open for to-go liquor sales. It’s a great place to hear some gossip, if you’re hankering for a little local liveliness.
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; 489 State Road 150
575-776-8516

ACEQ
ACEQ Is offering dine-in and takeout. They offer the fare and atmosphere that consistently gets rave reviews, presenting comfort food that utilizes local, wild and farm-fresh ingredients. Check the webiste for current menu items.
Open  5 p.m. – 9 p.m. every day.; 480 State Road 150
575-776-0900

Sabroso
Sabroso offers American and global cuisine with dine-in and takeout. Once inside and patio service is established, it typically provides a fully stoked bar and wine cellar. The hand-squeezed fresh lime margaritas are some of the best in the Southwest. Live music on the patio may still be an offering, as per COVID-19 safety measures allow. The patio and bar have frequently been referred to as “Seco’s living room.”
Wednesday-Monday 4 p.m.-close; closed Tuesday; 470 State Road 150;
575-776-3333

Sol Food Market and Café
Country-style natural foods market and café offering an informal, friendly atmosphere aiming to use natural organic and local ingredients whenever possible.
Market : Daily 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Café: Food to-go only, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
591 Hondo Seco Road; 575-776-5765

Taos Cow
Heavenly, award-winning ice cream offering classic and unique rotating flavors such as Piñón Caramel and Chocolate Río Grande. But this quintessential food cart also has an espresso bar and serves bagel sandwiches, breakfast burritos and its famous egg sando. Outdoor riverside seating.
Daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; 485 State Road 150
575-776-5640

The Odin Bowl – acai, banana, blueberry, strawberry and housemade granola with peanut butter, almonds and hemp seed. Courtesy Wake & Take

The Wake & Take
The Wake & Take Café  is home to Shrub Life Foods a vegan and plant-based food company located in the village of Arroyo Seco. They offer to-go, tasty and
affordable options for anyone who wants to level up their health and the planet.
To-go: Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Wednesday; 480 State Rd 150, Suite A
505-990-0296