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Trip Report Trip Report - TAOS, NM

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Let me preface this by saying we have spent a lot of time in Taos over the years – including several summers living in TSV, so this isn’t meant to be a “what to do in Taos if you’ve never been” – more of an update on locations, etc. Hope that makes sense! ☺

Also want to note that we all don’t weigh 500 pounds, although I do seem to spend a lot of my time writing about where we go to EAT! Wow. ☺

Drove up to Taos from Albuquerque via the “river road”. Two in family hadn’t seen the San Francisco de Asis church @ Ranchos de Taos, or the mystical painting, so we made this our first stop. This is of course the church made famous by Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings and has a beautiful, “small town plaza” feel. The painting itself is not in the church; it’s in the parish hall just to the north of the church on the plaza. Call before you go for current hours to view painting and a brief movie on its history. (575-758-3754)

Headed on up to the ski valley for some cool air. Lunch @ the Stray Dog on the patio. Along w/the usual chili cheeseburgers, enjoyed the “New Mexican Sushi” appetizer. Gotta love the view of Al’s Run from the patio! (www.straydogtsv.com)

We always stay @ the Edelweiss. (www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com). Newer condos, all sizes, including a few “hotel room” 1 bedroom lock-offs if that’s what you need. Underground garage parking – very rare in TSV. Well managed 12 months of the year. New chef Jessie served fantastic breakfasts (classic burrito and other) as well as take-out lunches for day hiking (chicken pesto sandwich was awesome!).

Due to fire closures, hiking trails were off limits except for private land, but played some intense disc golf & LAX and hit the hot tub.

Arroyo Seco for dinner @Sabroso. Would love to give 100% positive reviews to this place. We love the ambience (outside patio/bar is a fantastic space – indoor dining small but great in winter w/fireplace and indoor bar great), hostess is TOP NOTCH, bartender has great sense of humor, but actual service was HORRIBLE. Food is just fine; not great, but just fine. This is a place we go because we love sitting outside in a peaceful setting w/no bugs(!) to have a decent meal. Yes, we will go back. Hope they get rid of our doe-eyed waitress before we do. (www.sabrosotaos.com)

The next morning, we rock-climbed/rappelled w/Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures. They took us up on the West Rim Road to the Dead Cholla Trail for a climb and a rappel. The guide (Dey) was fantastic. Great terrain, highly recommend. Bring water! (www.climbingschoolusa.com)

After lunch at a BLM picnic area on the river, we “Funyak’d” Racecourse in the afternoon w/Los Rios River Runners. We have used them for several rafting and funyaking trips and will continue to do so. We all LOVE the funyaks, ages 12 to 47. Highly recommend. (www.losriosriverrunners.com)

We let the kids pick between Pizanos and Pizza Outback for pizza after rafting. They picked Outback. Arrived while wedding reception in progress. Outside, gravel floor, picnic tables, graffiti, wedding guests. Gotta love it! We have been here many times; this is the BEST PIZZA I have had here in the last 5 visits. Well done! (www.taospizzaoutback.com)

TSV to Williams Lake. Fantastic trail about 2.5 miles on beyond The Bavarian. We continued around lake and hiked up to waterfall for a picnic. Gorgeous!

On way TO dinner, we stopped at Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco for ice cream. We tend to arrive there when they have already closed, so we reversed the order of things and ate the ice cream first. Good stuff! (www.taoscow.com)

Dinner @ Orlando’s (wwww.orlandostaos.com) that evening. The entire family always enjoys this spot. We always sit outside. Attentive service. Good food.

I’ve left out the stops @ the Bavarian post-hikes…great place to sit outside on the deck year-round and enjoy a large, cold beverage w/amazing views. RELAXING! (www.thebavarian.net)

Can’t wait to return to Taos again soon!

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