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Pick your adventure in Taos

February 27th, 2010
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Pick your adventure in and around Taos, a small town that offers a respected artistic community, many treasures of history and access to worlds of sporting thrills. Get a real taste of frontier history at the Kit Carson Home and Museum, the notorious Governor Bent Home, or the Blumenschein Home & Museum. Take in the artistic side of the area at the Fechin Institute or the Harwood Museum of Art. Taos also puts you within reach of spectacular skiing at Taos Ski Valley or Wheeler Peak, or whitewater rafting at Taos Box on the Rio Grande. Visit Rancho de Taos for historic churches, or Taos Pueblo to see an ancient American Indian community.

Taos Pueblo

February 27th, 2010
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Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico.

Taos Pueblo is open daily Monday – Saturday 8:00am-4:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. Guided tours are available.

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa

February 27th, 2010

Amidst the mystical beauty of Taos, New Mexico, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa™ offers a secluded sanctuary in harmony with the Earth. Visit this Taos, New Mexico resort adorned with exquisite accommodations inspired by Native American and global culture and a dramatic art collection graced by world-famous artists.

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El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa™ is a well-known as a leader in alternative energy among other New Mexico resorts and hotels. Experience the extraordinary treatments of the Living Spa™ designed to heal mind, body and spirit, or simply meditate in the Sacred Circle among towering trees and waterfalls, and breathe in the tranquility.

Hot Air Ballooning with the Pueblo Balloon Company in Taos

February 27th, 2010
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The Rio Grande Gorge cuts through the high desert mesa around Taos, like a 650 ft. deep miniature Grand Canyon. The famous Rio Grande River flows through the Gorge on it’s way to the Gulf of Mexico. Gently gliding on the soft desert winds into the Gorge in the basket of a colorful hot air balloon, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, this is the premier hot air balloon flight of the state of New Mexico. From snow covered mountains in the Winter, baby coyotes and deer in the Spring, blossoming flowers, bushes and cacti in Summer to colorful Fall foliage — there is ALWAYS majestic beauty everywhere!

Your Pueblo Balloon Company adventure begins bright and early on the day of your flight when someone from Pueblo Balloon Company picks you up at your Taos area Hotel / B & B. Our crew and FAA certified pilots are personable and entertaining, making even the drive to the Gorge fun.

After the flight we do the the 226-year-old traditional Champagne toast and we also fill out “Flight Certificates” for you as proof to the world that you are now Lighter-than-air-heads.

Come join the FUN!  Read more about the Pueblo Balloon Company here.

Taylor Streit Fly Fishing

February 27th, 2010
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Taylor Streit has been guiding fly fishers in Northern New Mexico for 30 years and is a “Legendary Guide” in the Freshwater Fishing Hall Fame. He has written three acclaimed fly fishing books. His son Nick runs Taos Fly Shop and was on the U.S. Junior Fly fishing team that placed second in the world competition of 1998.

The Taos, New Mexico area has many fine streams, including the famous Rio Grande, Red River, and Conejos. For the non-fisher, Taos, Chama, Santa Fe and Angel Fire offer galleries, shops, skiing, and rafting.

Hot Air Ballooning in the Rio Grande Gorge

February 27th, 2010
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The cuts through the high desert mesa around Taos, like a 650 ft. deep miniature Grand Canyon. The famous Rio Grande River flows through the Gorge on it’s way to the Gulf of Mexico. Gently gliding on the soft desert winds into the Gorge in the basket of a colorful hot air balloon, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, this is the premier hot air balloon flight of the state of New Mexico. From snow covered mountains in the Winter, baby coyotes and deer in the Spring, blossoming flowers, bushes and cacti in Summer to colorful Fall foliage — there is ALWAYS majestic beauty everywhere!

Your adventure begins bright and early on the day of your flight when someone from Pueblo Balloon Company picks you up at your Taos area Hotel / B & B. Our crew and FAA certified pilots are personable and entertaining, making even the drive to the Gorge fun.

Brad Martin: Leather Artist

February 27th, 2010
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More about Brad Martin:

My Medium is Leather and my forte is carving and tooling original works of art. I grew up in North Carolina, my father, from Oklahoma, and my mother from Upper New York State, were huge influences in my continuing education and choice of vocation. I began tooling leather in 1967.

Leather is an extremely versatile medium and through the past 40 years, I’ve done it all. In the 1970′s, I opened a leather shop where I created belts, sandals, bags, repair work, restored antiques, classic cars; anything and everything. Designing and tooling leather was always my strong suit, so in the 80′s and 90′s, I entered and won every major national and international leather competition available. In the early 90′s, I began working with Falconhead Boot Co. in Los Angeles and from then until the present, I design and tool one-of-a-kind cowboy boots for movie starts and other famous people.

Of course, one trip to Taos was enough to se my sights on the Southwest. In 1997, I married the love of my life, Donna and in 2002 moved to Taos to pursue my apparent job in life – to educate and elevate the medium of leather carving to a fine art status. I’ve always happily engaged myself in exhaustive studies of indigenous cultures – Japanese, Chinese, Mayan, Egyptian, and especially Native American – predominately their art forms, lifestyle and religion. For subject matter, I find myself drawn to common connective aspects of life fostered by family and spirituality, the very essence of humanity. This interest is an inending source of art and fascination for me – an ever changing and expanding potential that proves the old adage – “The more you Learn, the more you realize there is to Learn!!”

Taos Bronze & Fine Art

February 27th, 2010
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About Taos Bronze & Fine Art:
Taos Bronze & Fine Art is a full service foundry with a special focus on the personal touch. Your satisfaction is our primary goal, and we work to provide you with high quality, custom castings that meet your satisfaction. Our services include all aspects of the casting process from pointing up, mold production, casting, finishing, patinas, up to monumental sizes and most importantly, consultations to ensure beautiful and cost effective productions. With over ten years of professional experience, we have cast for renowned sculpture artists Doug Scott, J.D. Challenger, Charles Collins, Ted Egri and more. We are a foundry run by sculptors for scupltors, committed to your satisfaction. Contact us to set up a visit or schedule a consultation. We are located on the Enchanted Circle of Northern New Mexico, 8 miles East of Taos. 26317 US Hwy 64, Taos New Mexico, 87571

Northern New Mexico at its Best – Taos!

February 27th, 2010

What can you say about Taos, New Mexico? It’s one of those magical places you’ll want to return to time and time again. I’ve been there many times and can’t get enough of the place.  The year round weather is just wonderful.  Not too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter.  The history is rich … the galleries phenomenal … and I don’t think I’ve been to many places as small as Taos that have such an exceptional number of great restaurants.  I’m a lover of Graham’s Grille just off the plaza and the Texas BBQ  and Trading Post just south of town.  There are far too many to mention here so you’ll want to stay awhile and try them all.

On our latest trip we had a ball.   Stayed at the Hampton Inn and Dana and Raymond made us feel right at home.  They have a great breakfast buffet that is included with your room and it’s not unusual to see noted local artist, Richard Alan Nichols,  painting in the lobby or to hear the incredible flute music of Frederick Aragon (appearing live) helping you dream a little over morning coffee.

el-monte-sagradoWe packed a great deal into this adventure taking in a variety of art galleries downtown, visiting the Kit Carson museum to learn a little of Taos history and spent an incredible day at the El Monte Sagrado hotel and spa.  Now this is one place that you need to spend some time.  The spa is like none I’ve ever seen and on my next trip I’ve been invited to stay at the hotel and after seeing the rooms and suites I may just be enticed to move in permanently!    The El Monte is one of those “comfort food” type places where you could easily spend a few days and never leave the grounds.  Pampering here is second nature to the entire staff and you’ll want for nothing!   This is a world class destination in a world class town.  And … while doing some filming on the restaurant patio I ran into Dennis Hopper of “Crash” TV fame (Okay … let’s not forget “Easy Rider!”) taking a break from filming and  having a casual meal by himself.  He is quite an accomplished artist himself and told me that Taos is rapidly becoming “home” for him.  He just loves New Mexico and is quite the good will ambassador for our state and Taos.

But Taos is more than just downtown.  We headed up toward Taos Mountain and on the way took a balloon ride with Ed Smith of the Pueblo Balloon Company.  Now this wasn’t just a hot air balloon ride … this was a ride DOWN through the Rio Grande Gorge. Ed is a great guy and has lots of stories to share about the early days of Taos that he shares on the ride to his launch site.  After the ride we took a walk across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge … one of the tallest in the country.  Spectacular!  And…it’s a long way down!

taos-ski-valley-winterThe Village of Taos Ski Valley and the Ski Valley itself are filled with fun places to visit and things to do.  I think most people are of the opinion that Taos is a place to go in the winter to ski.  I’d spend a week or so there in the summer.   The Taos Music Festival had its inaugural run this year and was a huge success.  Outdoors with the mountains and valley in the background.  Blankets and picnic baskets spread on the ground. Blue skies and great music.  What else is there to say?  While you’re waiting for the music to start … try some Frisbee Golf!  Now that is a lot of fun and you get a good share of exercise, too, when you consider that part of Taos Mountain ski area is used for the course!

taos-bavarian-innWe had a great lunch at the Bavarian Inn just up the mountain from Taos Ski Valley.  Thomas and Jamie Schulze are the owners who believe that “good” just isn’t good enough.  Their patio is open in summer and winter and is right at the bottom of one of the mountains chair lifts.  If we ever meet remind me to tell you the story of the stein of beer that Thomas shared with me!  It’s one of those that you have to hear in person.

Chuck, our native New Mexican, had never had true German food.  Thomas is from Munich (I believe) and he knows good Bavarian food!  Chuck has made me promise that the next time we’re up there we’ll pay the Bavarian a return visit for the combination sausage platter.  That’s what I had and it was so good I selfishly refused to share more than one bite with the crew … Chuck included!  The Bavarian has four ski chalets for rent year-round and Janine and I will definitely be booking our room there for the upcoming ski season!

taos-ski-valley-summerWe spent time rock climbing with Jay and Donna Foley.  Something I hadn’t done before and neither had producer/director, Chuck, who wedged himself in a large crevice to get some great shots of Jay climbing.  Something I definitely want to do again.  Jay has actually done some climbs that required overnight stays sleeping in a hammock attached to a rock on a sheer face canyon wall!  Don’t think I want to try that … but …

Big Al Johnson is a cowboy everyone should meet.  A tall, gentle man who wakes up every morning thankful that he gets to do what he does … take folks like us on high mountain horseback rides at over 10-thousand feet elevation.  His stories are fabulous and the care he takes to make sure everyone enjoys the ride is second to none.  Just a wonderful guy with a couple equally as wonderful people working for him.  He does overnight camp stays, too, and I’ve promised him that I’ll be back for that experience, too!  He explained what the stars and night sky look like from up there but I think this is something you have to see to believe. What a great day rock climbing and horseback riding!

The great thing about Taos Ski Valley and the Village is that if you like to fish you can fly fish right out of your “home” … or very close by.  Just another great example of places to go that offer something for everyone!   Taos does that and a whole lot more!  Spend a week there and enjoy Northern New Mexico to the fullest.

Taos: Life at a Higher Level

February 27th, 2010

taos-villageThe name alone invokes aspiring visions and opportunities of every type imaginable. From deeply rooted Native American history and place to exhilarating year-round outdoor adventures to a world-renowned artist colony, Taos is a famous New Mexico destination completely deserving of its popularity.

Outdoor adventurists thrill at Taos’s exhilarating opportunities. From fly fishing the area’s rivers and lakes to floating, either in a hot air balloon above the world… or shooting the rapids in a raft or kayak from the Rio Grande Gorge through the Taos Box, Taos lures thrill seekers to experience firsthand her natural beauty. Unusual offerings like Llama trekking, mountain biking, horseback trips and more await as well. Skiing or snowboarding the world-famous Taos Ski Valley powder is a winter enthusiast’s dream-come-true.

Historic Taos Plaza provides shoppers, diners and resort seekers a bounty of great offerings. Nearby Rio Grande Gorge Bridge provides photography buffs grand vistas of New Mexico’s mini-version of a grand canyon. Galleries and Museums provide the art lover and historian countless opportunities in Taos.

No trip to Taos would be complete without a visit to one of the most photographed Native American reservations in the world, Taos Pueblo. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful multi-level architectural Native American masterpiece is deserving of its reputation as one of the most cherished pueblos in America. “A higher level of life” awaits in Taos.

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