Taos is not a cookie-cutter mountain town and it’s not trying to be. We’re not meaning to be full of ourselves, but we love the quaint, casual and historic fabric of our beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain home in the Southern Rockies. This ain’t Colorado.
Here you can ski in world-class style in the morning and play golf (maybe) in the afternoon. Have a hand-crafted locally produced brew after that and catch a live music act later on.
Taos isn’t pretentious or overdone. The biggest neon sign in town is the thunderbird in front of the Historic Taos Inn. Heck, many of our roads don’t even have street lamps.
We’re more of a community of festivals than sideshows; of fundraisers for local charities than reality TV fodder.
We love all of our restaurant choices from Northern New Mexican cuisine to Middle Eastern fare. It wouldn’t surprise us to learn that we have more farm-to-table eateries per capita than anywhere else in the country — we probably do, but have no data to back that up, yet.
And anyone who has visited Taos before or did some research prior to arriving, knows that Taos is deep into the arts and we’re quite proud of that. We have more galleries than gas stations, and more museums and historic homes than grocery stores.
Only here can you visit a place in America that has been continually inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.
Not only is our snow deep but our history, blended cultures, cuisine, architecture, landmarks and art is passionately held deep down in our hearts — maybe deeper than any “resort” town in the country. And the spectacular Río Grande Gorge … now that’s deep.
— Scott Gerdes, special sections editor