Here’s 48 hours of culture & fun in this historic mountain town.
Start the day with an Artisan Walking Tour of Taos with Heritage Inspirations.
These tours are offered three days a week (Thursday & Saturday mornings and Friday afternoons) and take you through the artistic history of Taos. Meet our modern artisans and end with a specialty chocolate tasting!
Once your tour ends, take the beautiful drive past mountain streams and beaver ponds up to Taos Ski Valley. Continue on through the main village and head up a well-maintained dirt road as you wind higher and higher in the mountains. As you round the corner near the end of the road Kachina Peak will great you. At the base of the mountain you’ll find The Bavarian Restaurant; grab some schnitzel, pretzels and a German Bier on the expansive patio.
Once you've fueled up, walk across the lawn to the Scenic Summer Chairlift and take a ride with unforgettable views. You’ll be taken halfway up to Kachina Peak - for the adventurous you can hike the peak from here, or just hop off and explore the basin for a while before taking the ride back down.
When you drive down the mountain be sure to stop in the small village of Arroyo Seco. There is a lot of history here and some amazing artists and shops. Be sure to stop in the Arroyo Seco Mercantile for gifts to bring home - or gifts for yourself!
After you’ve traversed the side alleys and walkways, take a load off and enjoy a delicious dinner at Sabroso in Arroyo Seco, they have a large and tranquil patio filled with fruit trees or cool off in their historic adobe dining room.
Day 2Yesterday started off with an overview of Taos’ art, today delve in deeper to the art, culture and history of the town. Start off at the Harwood Museum of Art, which began in the 1920’s as a small, privately-owned library and exhibition space. It has grown to today be a powerhouse of art and culture in Taos and is run by the University of New Mexico.
After wandering the rooms of the Harwood, walk across the Plaza and sit down to lunch at Doc Martin’s in the Historic Taos Inn. This authentic adobe building has been standing since 1936.
An 83 year-old building made of mud and straw may seem impressive, but next you’ll head to the Taos Pueblo, where the adobe homes - many of which are still inhabited - were built 1000 years ago! Tours are offered every 20 minutes by students who grew up in the Pueblo or have family homes there.
After visiting the Pueblo and the shops and artisans who reside there, it’s time to head back indoors. The Millicent Rogers Museum is a beautiful space where you can find rotating exhibits of pottery, weaving, jewelry and art.
By now you should feel like you know the art, culture and nature in and around Taos....and you should be tired! Finish off your two-day adventure and head over to Common Fire, medley. or Pizanos, all feature lovely, shady patios with expansive views. Take a seat and watch the alpenglow on Taos Mountain as the sun sets.