Taos, New Mexico, attracts a wide variety of visitors. Art lovers, outdoors types and those who wish to simply relax in the stunning setting at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains all appreciate this vacation destination.
Stay at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa
This upscale, eco-friendly hotel offers rooms, casitas and suites in a variety of global themes. Larger suites are available, but for an experience true to the surroundings, book a one-bedroom Native American suite. Each of the 18 available takes its name from a famous Native American in history and features a Kiva-style fireplace, stone tile, a living area with foldout couch, and a private balcony or patio with a view of the property's ponds and Sacred Circle. The grassy, cottonwood-shaded area at the center of the hotel gets irrigated by water recycled from the hotel, just one of the ways it lives in harmony with the environment. The tropical flora and calming waterfalls throughout also contribute to the hotel winning numerous awards, including a "Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest" designation by Condé Nast Traveler. Visit the website elmontesagrado.com for more information and reservations.
Eat at Lambert's of Taos
Chef Zeke Lambert began serving contemporary regional American dishes to locals and visitors alike in 1989. Lambert's former protégé Taoseno Ky Quintanilla took over in 2008 as executive chef, and the menu continues to impress. Standouts on the dinner menu include New Mexican Green Chile Stew and Colorado Rack of Lamb, served with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetable medley and red wine demi-glace. Arrive before your reservation time to enjoy the restaurant's signature cocktail at the bar: Zeke's Manhattan, made with Old Overholt rye and Italian wild cherries marinated in Maker's Mark bourbon. Visit taosrestaurantgroup.com for more information and reservations.
Play a Round at Angel Fire Resort Golf Course
This par-72 golf course rises to 8,500 feet, making it one of the highest regulation courses in the world. It features a front nine that winds through two unspoiled canyons of aspen and spruce trees, plus a back nine with mountain meadows featuring rolling fairways and meandering streams. The full-service golf shop with PGA instructor on staff and upscale Elements restaurant and bar make this a must-play course for visiting golfers. The season opens on May 21. Visit angelfireresort.com for more information and reservations.
Relax at El Monte Sagrado Living Spa
After playing a round at Angel Fire or hiking the Sangre de Cristo Range, book a massage and other treatments at this spa. The 75-minute Talistone Massage begins with you choosing an engraved talistone that best represents your intention. A therapist then uses a combination of water, heated river stones, gemstones and plant extracts to create a custom massage experience to "melt away stress, relieve tense muscles and reconnect your sense of profound sacredness." Visit elmontesagrado.com for a full menu of spa services and reservations.
If you enjoy the beauty of Taos, be sure to stop by one of the more than 50 art galleries on the town plaza to take home a piece that captures it.