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Taos, NM

Located in a valley on tributary of the Rio Grande, the Taos Pueblo (village) is the most northern of the New Mexico Pueblos. For nearly a millennium, the Taos Indians have lived at or near the present site. Constructed of adobe, the Pueblo is the largest multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States--with a height up to five stories.

Today, the artists of Taos Pueblo create stunning handcrafted goods utilizing methods passed down through generations. Sculpture, painting and jewelry are modern expressions of traditional art forms, and one would be hard-pressed to find leatherwork of such simplicity and enduring quality. Best known for micaceous pottery (made from the mica-rich clay of northern New Mexico), the Pueblo of Taos remains the link from these early inhabitants to the present native culture.

In 1960, Taos Pueblo was designated a National Historic Landmark, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In 1992, the United Nations admitted the Pueblo to the "World Heritage List," due to its uniqueness and universal value to the heritage of all mankind.

The Arts

Everyone in Taos knows something about art. This is because it pervades nearly every aspect of daily life. Taos' love affair with art began with the arrival in 1898 of two painters, Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips. They established an art colony, which subsequently propelled Taos into legendary status. The area has inspired renowned artists like Ansel Adams, D.H. Lawrence, and Georgia O'Keeffe, and today, a new generation of artists preserves Taos' rich artistic tradition.

The lively Taos art scene includes visual, literary and performing arts, and art-lovers can attend the event of their choice: the World Championship Poetry Bout, Taos Inn's long-running Meet the Artist series, the Spring Arts Celebration and Fall Arts Festival. Arts and culture come together during other events that include the annual Old Taos Trade Fair and Yuletide in Taos. Performing arts events are held throughout the year--from chamber music and jazz concerts to one of the nation's premier independent film festivals.

Family Outdoor Adventures

Elevations around Taos range from 5,000 feet to nearly 14,000 feet, offering a variety of fun outdoor activities for the whole family. During the warmer months, the Rio Grande and Chama Rivers are ideal for kayaking and rafting, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the perfect destination for backpacking, horseback riding, hiking and jeep tours. Older children can ride the river's less advanced white-water sections with local river-rafting companies in Taos -- Los Rios River Runners operates daily excursions from March through October. If you're a mountain biker, you'll love the challenging 27-mile South Boundary Trail or the scenic West Rim Trail that follows the Rio Grande gorge for nine miles.

If golf among snow-capped peaks is your desire, the Taos Country Club and Angel Fire Resort have 18-hole championship courses. Many other course are available outside Taos.

In the winter, cross-country ski through backcountry wilderness or glide over groomed trails at the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area. Taos Ski Valley offers legendary skiing and the Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, and Sipapu are just a short drive away. The Carson National Forest has world class downhill ski slopes, serious backcountry ski terrain, and family-oriented cross-country ski areas and snowshoeing trails. Snowboarders have their choice of slopes at Angel Fire, Rio Costilla, Red River and Wolf Creek ski areas. After all of this activity, reward yourself with a soak in the natural hot springs at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.

Shopping & Attractions

Taos Plaza offers a number of shops and galleries that have something for every taste. Browse boutiques that feature Native American drums and moccasins, Southwestern attire and jewelry, ceramics, dried goods, books and more! Park in the nearby community lot and stroll on to Guadalupe Plaza and Paseo del Pueblo Norte for more fine stores.

On Thursday evenings in the summer, enjoy Taos Plaza Live!, a free annual music event featuring local musicians, encompassing many genres of music from Jazz to Country & Western, Rock, Traditional New Mexican Music, and Native American Music.

Just east of the Plaza is the Kit Carson Road, which offers specialty galleries housed in centuries-old buildings. The Kit Carson Home and Museum is a complex of buildings that include a portion of the original four room home of Kit Carson and his wife Josefa. There is an 1855, three-room structure known as the Romero House, and two, 1952 structures that house the museum's retail shop and additional exhibition space.

The focal point of the plaza is San Francisco de Asis Church, which was completed in 1815. It offers one of the best examples of Franciscan Old World architecture combined with New World building techniques. Both Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe were inspired by the church and featured it in their artwork.

Taos Cuisine

Taos has over 50 restaurants ranging from the simple to the sophisticated. Native Americans still bake bread in outside adobe ovens, while trained chefs create sophisticated dishes that appeal to both eye and palate. Several home-style eateries serve popular local dishes such as tamales, enchiladas, chili rellenos and posole (hominy, beans and a variety of chili and spices). The chili in Taos can be green or red, hot or mild. If you can't decide which one to try, ask for "Christmas," the code word for a combination of red and green chili.

The dishes commonly identified with New Mexico reflect a blend of Hispanic and Indian cultures. Most of these southwestern dishes utilize four main ingredients: tortillas, pinto beans, cheese and chili. For breakfast, try huevos rancheros, a corn tortilla topped with fried eggs, cheese, red or green chili and pinto beans. Or try a chorizo burrito, a flour tortilla rolled with scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions, red or green chili, cheese and chorizo, spicy pork sausage. For lunch feast on fajitas or a steaming bowl of caldillo, green chili stew featuring savory chunks of meat, beans and potatoes.

Other treats include the open-faced Navajo taco, which is loaded with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, refritos (refried beans), guacamole, sour cream, and red or green chili served on a tortilla or a piece of fry bread. Pan dulce is an Indian sweet bread made with sugar and cinnamon, while piki bread is made from ground blue corn that's boiled and then baked on a hot flat surface.

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The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Chittenden, VT
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195 Mountain Top Road
Chittenden, Vermont  05737
United States
802-483-2311
Toll Free Reservations:
800-445-2100
Fax: 802-483-6373
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