Taos, New Mexico is a popular ski town for Texans and Oklahomans. We can easily drive there, spend time in beautiful mountains surrounded by aspens and clean air, and relax without heading to some of the more popular (and farther away) resorts like Breckenridge or Brighton.
If you like to ski, you can obviously go to the Taos Sky Valley and have a time. It’s a small village, so it’s really laid back. The lift line are short even on “busy” days, and the runs are well kept. If you’re not into skiing, consider taking a 2 hour trips with Big Al’s Snowmobiling adventures or getting a massage at The Blake or Edelweiss Lodge & Spa. Fun Fact about The Blake– they actually have original Georgia O’Keeffe paintings unassumingly displayed behind the check-in counter! It’s the real deal. You can eat dinner, served family style, at Hotel St Bernard (or just stock up on bailey’s and coffee to-go….), and on the way out of town hit Arroyo Seco’s local artisan shops. I personally really enjoyed Claire Works and bought this ring from her shop.
Helpful hint if you go- the Walmart in the town is awful for groceries. Do yourself a favor and go to Albertson’s and thank me later. They sell beer, wine, and liquor at grocery stores in NM too, ya know. Just in case that’s something you’ll be looking for. Another favor you can do yourself is to eat at La Cueva. It’s a hole in the wall, New Mexican restaurant and the best. They do take reservations, but weekdays off-season it’s not so bad. Be prepared for an awkward wait in a very small hallway if it’s on a weekend. It’s basically a right of passage though to clumsily adjust while waiters and patrons go in-and-out and rest-assured, they never rush your meal even though they only have about 6 tables in their main establishment to seat guests! I loved the sopa de rojas poblanas and chile rellenos, christmas style!
My husband and I (and our two dogs) stayed in this beautiful Airbnb (highly recommend, by the way!) at the base of the mountains, outside of Taos. A lot of people suggested we stay in the actual town of Taos, but we didn’t really mind the additional drive in exchange for our unobstructed view of the mountains from our hot tub. I was asked to photograph their home so they could update some of their listing photos. Check out a few of the Before and Afters I provide below and the whole gallery here! Same house, different photos– which would you book?