For just a few days Taos Lodging is a good place to act and feel like a local. Quaint casitas (8 of them) are clustered on a side street just off the main drag north of the plaza and shopping/restaurant center. The grounds are grassy with flowers and the gravel parking drive outlined with luminaries at night. I had ample space to practice morning yoga under the trees. Each casita is a full little house; we found everything we needed in the kitchen and bath. It was so much fun we ate most of our meals on the front porch - and without guilt spent one TV movie evening without going out at all. Smith's grocery is on the main drag south of the plaza. Lovey the land lady is a mine of information on not just food and shopping, but on politics and social structure of the town. Fascinating and voluble on her pet subjects. Note that the location of Taos Lodging helps you to avoid the perennial traffic jam on main street. You can walk a block to the Fechin house and museum and just a bit farther to the Bent street shopping and galleries. And you're on the north side of town for much quicker drive to the Taos Pueblo. Convenient, quiet, yet near everything - and so much more fun to live the life of an insider.