Taking advantage of a Groupon offer, we stayed there for 4 days in August and enjoyed every minute! This B&B hacienda (circa 1925) has been tastefully reconfigured into a variety of rooms (we stayed in room 20, the former master bedroom). This was obviously a grand home for a wealthy family and still maintains such character one would expect to find in a New Mexico treasure. The B&B sits on a large parcel (3 acres) which once used to be a 100 acre dude ranch. The grounds are such fun to walk, so many interesting little places to explore. One of the owners is an artist and the walls are adorned by wonderful scenes of Taos inspired landscapes.
During our stay, the breakfasts were prepared by Lourdes who served us: huevos rancheros, Mexican style scrambled eggs with all the treats you would expect, Mexican style quiche, and the best pancakes we've had in such a long time. The Lodge has a very spacious dining area with many tables for 4. You do register your preferred breakfast time with the desk when you check in.
It is so quiet, you sometimes feel like you are the only ones staying there! I was by myself during evening dips in the heated pool (very comfortable temperature!) and loved every minute of it. The interior of the Inn had so many little places to explore; we sat and had morning coffee upstairs in the reading nook and planned our day's adventures.
The beds were exceptionally comfortable (Denver Mattress Company we have been told) and, although we were there in August, we found that the fan provided was certainly adequate for a comfortable night's sleep. It does get cool there in the evening and the French doors to the deck can be opened for added cooling. This is a beautiful 80+ year old property (going on 90 years) so you do step back in time. Isn't this what visitors here are looking for? We were and we were not disappointed.
Pam and her staff were very gracious, helpful, and attentive. For guests' use, there is a small mini refrigerator downstairs, and a microwave.
Location-wise, it is about 2 miles from the heart of Taos (an easy walk) and, if you are into hiking, Witt Road (dirt road with little traffic behind the property) makes its way (very walkable) to within a short distance of Carson National Forest trails. Pack water and wear some good walking shoes, the trail on the left goes up to 8,000+ feet. You'll know when you reach the top; there's a set of throne chairs someone made out of slabs of rock. The trails are adequately marked.
While visiting Taos, do go to the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Fechin Art Gallery and historic home (so worth the trip) and do visit the Gorge which is the Taos version of a Grand Canyon experience. While walking (everything is very flat but can go on for 9 miles), we came upon a grazing herd of either mule deer, mountain goats, or mountain sheep (solid gray with white faces) which we enjoyed from a good distance. The group consisted of more than 15 animals!
La Cueva makes the best New Mexico burritos (all meat, topped with a mildly flavored not-too-hot sauce, with beans and rice on the side instead of wrapped inside the burrito). There are no shortage of good eating places but this one was off the beaten plaza route, further down the road but easily walkable.
On your way out of town, the Viet Nam Memorial is a father's touching tribute to a fallen son. It is now part of the parks system and contains collections of artifacts from the war, including a Viet Nam era helicopter. It is a very special experience; there are boxes of tissues are located throughout the memorial for good reason.
San Geronimo Lodge is located close to town but the property is so very quiet and peaceful, you would think you are in the middle of the country. The owners' 2 dogs are adorable and the Lodge is pet friendly (on the ground floor rooms). So much beautiful wood (floors, trim work, furnishings) reinforce the historic experience and fantastic kiva fireplaces abound.
We've stayed at several B&B's during our many adventures and this lovely property is one we will return to again.
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