A vibrant art scene. Cultural food. Rich history. Stunning scenery.
I was craving a weekend getaway to a destination encompassing all of these elements, and a road trip to New Mexico proved to be the perfect remedy.
The drive from the Rocky Mountains to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is fascinating. The dynamic scenery and entertainment includes the Great Sand Dunes, an alligator farm and funky extraterrestrial life road signs.
We rented an incredible Earthship via Airbnb for the weekend in Taos, New Mexico. The house is built into the mountain with both natural (mud) and recycled materials (earth-filled tires), and runs completely on solar power. The little mountain retreat was exactly what I envisioned for a New Mexico getaway. Beautiful pastel colors, interior garden complete with rosemary bushes and cacti plants, and a giant deck with scenic views stretching for miles and miles upon end.
Although I could have stayed in the whimsical Earthship forever, I came to Taos to explore the area. I found that a weekend here is just simply not enough time. Although there is plenty to discover, here are some trip highlights:
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. This spectacular landmark appears out of nowhere as you are driving along the highway. The steel deck arch bridge goes across the Rio Grande Gorge which looks like a mini Grand Canyon. Incredible views, easy access, free.
Earthship Biotecture World Headquarters and Visitor Center. This global company offers proven, totally sustainable design and construction services worldwide. The outing to the Earthship Biotecture revealed an interesting perspective on environmentally friendly living.
Taos Cow. Three words: lavender ice cream. Made with organic culinary lavender from Los Poblanos. Don’t miss this!
Taos Ski Valley. The ski area combines a distinctive European atmosphere with local Native American and Spanish cultures. Famed for its snowy winter season, I visited Taos towards the end of summer and recognized the beauty remains year round.
Love Apple. This was one of the best experiences on the whole trip. Housed in an old Catholic church built in the 1800’s, the restaurants serves up all organic fare highlighting local ingredients. Top recommendation: the Grilled Rainbow Ruby Trout- wrapped in corn husks with lime lime butter, topped with chipotle crème, served with a quinoa pinon fritter and cilantro lime relish.
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