Bryan and I were recently invited to come spend the weekend in Taos, NM with a few other amazing bloggers, to showcase the beauty and culture of this unique little town. We had such a fun and amazing weekend and we are excited to plan our trip back. I can't wait to tell you all the details!
Day 1: We arrived in Taos around 11(ish) and went straight to our hotel, El Monte Sagrado. We were a bit behind schedule because Bryan had to work really early and couldn't get off of work until 8:30. Taos is about 3 hours away from ABQ so the drive was super quick and easy. We checked into our hotel and were amazed with the hospitality of the staff. Not to mention the amazing property.
We put our stuff in our room and relaxed for a bit before we had to meet with the rest of the group. Ya'll this hotel is no joke, SO BEAUTIFUL! I wish I had pictures of our room but you can check the hotel room out here. I would highly recommend staying at El Monte if you're looking to get away. They also have amazing spa packages that you know we will be utilizing next time were in town.
We met up with our group in the lobby and met with the wonderful Angelisa from Heritage Inspirations, who would be our tour guide for quite a few adventures on this trip. We loaded up in our van and headed straight to the Taos Pueblo. We learned so much about the people who lived in these amazing adobe structures and the history of Taos Pueblo. So fascinating and beautiful to learn about different cultures.
After the Pueblo we headed to the Milicent Rodgers Museum and then to Chokola Bean To Bar, which was actually one of the coolest places we went too. It's basically a local chocolate shop that makes their own chocolate straight from the bean. I loved hearing the process and how complicated it really is. I had never really been a chocolate person before this trip, but I gained so much respect for the hard work and passion that goes into making good, high quality chocolate.
We finished our day out exploring together in the plaza. We were waiting for the Yuletide to start, and to see the annual tree lighting ceremony. I loved seeing the whole town come together to celebrate the holiday season. After the Yuletide Festival we had dinner at Lambert's of Taos. I know this probably sounds repetitive and annoying because I say it about everything buy holy cow this place was DELICIOUS (please tell me I am not the only one who has to sing that part from Fergalicious to spell delicious correct... #embarrassing)
Day 2: The first day was jam packed and the second was just as eventful! We starting our day off bright and early (and freezing I might add) headed for a hike near the Rio Grande Gorge. Angelisa, again was our guide for this and she was just so knowledgeable about the land, it was so awesome to see how much passion she has for her home town.
After our hike we had a few hours to kill and explore on our own before our next event. We obviously went back to Chokola to get another cup of their yummy mousse and pick up a few chocolate bars to take home. We walked in and out of the shops around town and little cafes/restaurants.
We all reconnected after a much needed nap and walked down to Ledoux Street! All the businesses were open and serving free soup (so yum) toasted marshmallows, cookies and cider, The museums were open and so it was awesome to get to see all the beautiful art work. Being the art junkie that I am, I loved every second of it.
Dinner that night was at Doc Martins, and of course it didn't disappoint. Bryan and I tried green chili cheesecake for the first time and it was surprisingly really good. This was our last full day in Taos and we tried to soak up every second of it.
Day 3: Our last day in Taos with our group and I was so dang sad! I loved connecting with everyone and loved getting to explore somewhere new. We had brunch at the Farmhouse Cafe and I can genuinely and honestly say this was probably the best breakfast I have ever had. No joke! I was hooked! Our drive back to ABQ all we could talk about was how fun and beautiful Taos was and about all the amazing restaurants we want to try again. We also have a huge list of places we need to try when we go back. I would absolutely recommend Taos if you're looking for a perfect little getaway. So much culture & community to experience & explore.