Taos, New Mexico
This town, which sits on a mesa at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, magically speaks to the soul. This isn’t Santa Fe, the neighbor less than two hours down the way, the tourist mecca with the flashy arts scene and chic clientele. There’s no rat race here. It’s tranquil, laid-back, and low-key. American Indian culture blends with Spanish and Anglo, embracing you and providing a weekend of discovery and a step outside your everyday zone. Get ready to slow down and enjoy. This is the place to do it.
Tip: Check the Web site before visiting. The pueblo closes often for religious purposes. www.taospueblo.com or (575) 758-1028.
San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis of Assisi) Church is one of the most photographed churches in New Mexico. Ansel Adams used it as a source of inspiration. Stop in for a quiet moment. (575) 758-2754.
At the Inger Jirby Gallery & Sculpture Garden, her bold paintings cover the walls, a feast for the eyes. www.jirby.com or 1-866-758-7333.
Our favorite for lunch is Graham’s Grille, a modern little spot in the heart of town. Start with the rich and creamy corn-and-crab chowder. www.grahamstaos.com or (575) 751-1350.
On the historic Taos Plaza in the Hotel la Fonda de Taos, Joseph’s Table rivals some of the best restaurants in the country and is a priority for an evening meal. www.josephstable.com or (575) 751-4512.
Another great dinner spot, De la Tierra at El Monte Sagrado is not only known for its amazing cuisine, but also for its architecture. www.elmontesagrado.com or (575) 737-9855.
Take a ski break and grab some authentic Bavarian chow at The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant. Skiers can plan mornings to ski the base of the Kachina chairlift around noon, arriving in perfect time for lunch. www.thebavarian.net or (575) 776-8020.