Taos Travel Guide
Taos Local History
There are 3 distinct phases to Taos' history. The first phase was the decendants of the ancestral Puebloans from the Four Corners area who were the first inhabitants of the area. Taos Pueblo has spectacular examples of Native American architecture from 1440. By 1598 Padre de Zamora established the first mission and 100 years of Spanish rule in 1617.
The great Pueblo revolt of 1680 drove all the Spaniards out of the area but settlers again arrived in 1692. The second phase of Taos history came with the French trappers in 1739 who hunted Beavers in the area and traders like Kit Carson arrived in Taos. The third phase was the arrival of Anglo artists and writers who established the Taos Society of Artists in 1915. To this day Taos retains its reputation as a centre for artists and writers.
Aside from the skiing the reason most people come to Taos is to buy fine art. You can select from over 50 galleries that are usually open 7 days a week in summer. Traditional Native American Art can also be found in Taos and especillay famous is R. C. Gorman, a Navajo from Arizona who depicts Navajo women in a surrealistic style in his art. Buy some of his pieces from the Navajo Gallery.
Another good place to see Taos emerging artists is Stables Fine Art Gallery, that has rotating exhibits. For beautiful handpainted Mexican furniture head to Los Ancestros and if folk art, clothing and jewellery is what you are looking for, Country Furnishings of Taos and Southwest Moccasin and Drum are the places for you.
Taos Restaurants and Bars
In Taos you can enjoy a variety of dishes and flavours from the USA and the rest of the world. New Mexico is a great place to try Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, burritos and dishes full of spice and fire.
Chillies are used liberaly so make sure you can stand the heat. If you are looking for something a little less spicy, try the typical American fast foods on offer hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes, french fries and even Italiian pizzas are delicious and served in huge portions.
Bravo - 1353A Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Bravo offers a three in one experience with a superb restaurant, speciality wine and beer shop and gourmet deli. Dishes to try are the Caesar Salad and a local favourite, the Three Cheese Pizza. Open Monday to Saturday 11pm to 9pm.
Orlandos New Mexican Cafe - 114 Don Juan Valdez. A festive atmosphere and colourful surroundings serving Mexican cuisine. Try the northern New Mexico Chilli and Enchiladas. Open daily 10:30am to 9pm.
The Apple Tree - 123 Bent Street. Admire origional paintings by Taos Masters and listen to eclectic music while you enjoy the Mango Chicken Enchiladas, Thai Green Curry, and Jalapeno bread served with every meal. Popular with tourists and locals.
Taos Pizza Outback - 712 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The quality of the food is great, the portions are huge and the atmosphere is very informal. The pizzas are fantastic and the desserts are mouthwatering. Open daily 11am to 10pm in summer.
Bent Street Cafe and Deli - 120 Bent Street. A wonderfully varied menu with homemade granola and burritos for breakfast, deli sandwiches for lunch and refined dishes such as beef medalions with Fontina cream sauce and Roja shrimp for dinner. The sidewalk seating area surrounded by attractive flower boxes is hugely popular. Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm
Taos Bars & Clubs
Adobe Bar - 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. A wide selection of international wines and beers and live music by Taos musicians make this a popular meeting place for tourists and locals.
Alley Cantina - 121 Teresina Lane. A variety of games such as pool, chess, backgammon ans shuffle board, make this a fun place to spend an evening.
Momentitos de la Vida - Arroya Seco. An atmospheric bar with low lighting, heavy pine tables and comfortable seats serving great martinis and playing jazz and other live music.
Thunderbird Lodge - Taos Ski Valley. You can taste wine and take two step dance lessons and enjoy a variety of nightly entertainment.
Sagebrush Inn - Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Take a step back to the old west with a rustic wooden dance floor and lots of smoke. A local hotspot with dancng starting at 9pm.
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