Thursday, February 6, 2014

Taos NM Daytrip, NM Vacation, Taos Pueblo, Casa Escondida B&B

The historic town of Taos is a common daytrip while a guest a Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast. Casa Escondida is a Taos area B&B which is located in historic Chimayo, NM (just 50 minutes south of Taos). Casa Escondida B&B provides Taos and Santa Fe area accommodations for your New Mexico vacation needs. The following is Casa Escondida’s recommendations for a splendid, full-day, self-guided tour of Taos. As you leave Casa Escondida B&B, you can either travel the High Road to Taos or take the Low Road to Taos. The High Road is slightly longer and winds through primarily national forest areas and small historic villages. The Low Road to Taos is a drive which parallels the Rio Grande River and goes through the canyon. Both drives are stunningly beautiful.  Either way, just before you arrive in Taos be sure to stop in the nearby town of Ranchos de Taos. Here you will find the San Franscisco de Asis Church. You are sure to recognize it upon arrival. Georgia O’Keeffe featured this church in one of her famous paintings. It is also one of the most photographed churches in the world. During this stop, take a moment to see the famous “mystery painting”. It is housed in the building that is adjacent to the church. You may also want to take a quick stroll around the little plaza and shops which surround the church. Your next stop is La Hacienda de los Martinez. This is one of the few Spanish Colonial “great houses” which remain. It was originally a trading post on El Camino Real (The Royal Road). This trading route connected New Mexico to Mexico City! As you tour the 21-room building and the grounds, you are provided with a glimpse as to what frontier life was like in the 1800s. As you move on, you will arrive in the actual town of Taos and it’s wonderful Taos Plaza. This is the heart of Taos. There are many unique shops, colorful galleries, historic buildings and some wonderful restaurants on the plaza. You can take a self-guided, historic walking tour of the Taos Plaza. On the outskirts of town (approximately 2 miles), you will find the Taos Pueblo. This is a must-see. The Taos Pueblo is a National Historic Landmark AND a World Heritage Site. It is truly a living pueblo which has been continuously occupied for 1,000 years! There is an entry fee to visit the Taos Pueblo, which includes a short guided tour, which I recommend. Afterwards, you are welcome to explore the Pueblo on your own. As you head farther out of town, make a stop at the Millicent Rogers Museum. Of course, there are MANY museums and galleries in Taos and you could fill an entire daytrip with just museum and gallery stops but this tour is intended to provide you with more of a broad overview for what Taos offers. The Millicent Rogers Museum houses one of the foremost collections of Southwestern art and design pieces (religious art, pottery, paintings, photography, graphics - both traditional and contemporary). Take a moment to visit the museum gift shop on your way out. As you travel a bit farther, make a stop at the Rio Grande Gorge and Bridge. The view will take your breath away and it not for those with a fear of heights. This is the 2nd highest cantilever bridge in the US (650 feet above the river). Parking is available at both ends of the bridge and there are viewing areas as you walk out onto the bridge. There is even a rest stop on the west side of the bridge. Afterwards, just a short drive away, you can take a walk on the wild side and take the Greater World Earthship Biotecture Tour. You will see truly unique homes, which are also radically sustainable homes. They are made from completely recycled materials. They generate their own electricity from sun and wind. They grow their own food and MUCH more! At some point in your day, you will surely want to enjoy the cuisine of Taos. Be sure to pick-up a Taos Restaurant Guide at the visitor center. There are two visitor centers in town (one as you enter town and the other is by the plaza). A wide variety of food and restaurant types are available and there is something for all budgets. If you want to leave the driving to someone else, then consider the 3 ½ hour Historic Trolley Tour of Taos (May – October) for $33 ($10 for children), which includes entry fees. So when you wonder about what new and wonderful things there are to do in Taos, there are MANY intriguing stops throughout the area. Your Taos daytrip is a great way to experience this New Mexico vacation spot. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a delightful New Mexico retreat, which has rooms available year-round. We are perfect for a romantic New Mexico getaway too. Contact Casa Escondida B&B to check room availability or to inquire about a reservation. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is a green bed & breakfast, which provides Santa Fe and Taos area pet-friendly lodging in 4 of our 8 guest rooms. Enjoy your New Mexico travels, Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast and Taos! We look forward to having you as our guest!



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