|Casa Bella, a deluxe adobe view home, in the beautiful Los Altos community of Taos, New Mexico is located on Taos Ski Valley Road and offers an eclectic feeling of Southwest / French Country Charm with romantic arches, tasteful furnishings, large country kitchen & radiant heat floor.
This home, with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10 people (or 14 to 18 people in 15 separate beds with special arrangements). A professionally landscaped yard offers privacy, a lovely babbling brook, a large patio with gas grill, hammock & Private Hot Tub and exquisite mountain views. The luxury master suite makes Casa Bella a Honeymoon favorite.
If ever there was an enchanted town, Taos, New Mexico is it. Set in the Northern region of the state, it is one of the most rewarding trips one could make. Rich in history, Taos is combination of peoples and regions.
Ranchos de Taos makes up the farming community, while Pueblo de Taos encompasses the area inhabited by the Taos Indians. Don Fernando de Taos is the town proper, providing lodging, food and shopping.
With a blend of Hispanic and Native pueblo cultures, great food, unsurpassed hospitality, visiting once often leads to a return trip. On a warm day, the plaza provides a lovely respite from the activities of everyday life.
A myriad of cafes, coffee shops and small restaurants offer refreshment and a place to interact with friends and strangers alike. If you (or your spouse) likes to shop, then this is the place to be! Small stores offering a variety of wares from t-shirts and souvenir items to antiques and jewelry can be found. And oh, the art!
Taos is one of the foremost gallery towns in the Southwest, with more than 80 privately owned galleries. People stream in from all over the world to view special exhibits by world-renowned New Mexican artists. This small community is also home to the Taos Film Festival, held every Spring.
Adventure lovers will find their fill during the Summer with one of the rafting companies located in Taos or Santa Fe. Rafting adventures vary from docile floating rides to those that challenge the rapids of the Rio Grande.
If you'd rather keep your own two feet on the ground, there is boundless hiking, either guided or not. And of course we can't forget horseback riding through the cool wilderness. If you're more of a winter adventurist, though, then you'll surely find what you're looking for at one of the six ski areas in and around Taos.
If this isn't enough, the history alone may entrance you. Taos Pueblo, built over 1,000 years ago, is still inhabited by the Taos Indians. Here you will find a rich, ancient culture still intact and very much alive. Tours of the pueblo are available, and quite a few events are open to the public. Many artisans live on Taos Pueblo, offering beautiful art, jewelry, weaving, pottery and basketry for sale. And you mustn't forget to try the Indian bread! It is quite possibly the best in the world.
When in Taos, you'll find that there are many options to satisfy the R&R seeker. From nationally-owned hotel and motel chains, to bed and breakfasts, not to mention private inns, it's not difficult to find a quiet retreat from the rigors of everyday life. If you're looking for an escape into a special, slightly magical place, Taos will almost certainly fit the bill. With beautiful Autumn views, crisp Winter snows, cool Summer getaways and vividly green Springs, this is one place you won't want to miss on your trek through the Southwest.
Taos, New Mexico
By Jennie Duttenhofer