Taos Journals

Taos in the Spring

An April 2001 trip to Taos by hcheng

Orinda Bed & Breakfast Photo, Taos, New Mexico More Photos
Quote: During our tour of New Mexico, we had the opportunity to visit Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos. Taos, seen by many as a smaller Santa Fe, offers beautiful scenery and sites.

Taos in the Spring

Overview

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When you're at Taos, don't miss the beautiful views of Taos Mountain and the Rio Grande Gorge bridge.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

To get to Taos and explore the surrounding areas, you need to have a car. The downtown plaza area is certainly walkable, but a car is a must.

Orinda Bed & Breakfast

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Hotel | "Orinda B&B"

Orinda Bed & Breakfast Photo, Taos, New Mexico
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If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city or even downtown Taos, the Orinda B&B is the place to stay. Owner Sheila Percival, (who has the most warming southern twang I’ve heard in a while) has created an absolutely perfect getaway spot. The view is nothing short of astonishing. Orinda borders a huge field filled with prairie dogs, beyond which is beautiful Taos mountain. Guests can enjoy the view while relaxing outdoors in lawn chairs or an enormous hammock, or from the living room’s picture windows. If the view were not enough, the food was fantastic. Not only was a full, warm breakfast served but snacks, coffee, and tea were constantly available. Duri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Orinda Bed & Breakfast
461 Valverde
Taos, New Mexico 87571
(505) 758-8581

Trading Post Cafe

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Restaurant

Trading Post Cafe Photo, Taos, New Mexico
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Although you may not think so now, you WILL get tired of New Mexican cuisine when traveling in New Mexico. And when that happens, the Trading Post Cafe is an alternative to another enchilada or chile rellenos. The restaurant, which doubles as an art gallery(even the pictures in the men's room were for sale) serves Italian cuisine. With an open kitchen and usually crowded dining room (reservations are available for paries of five or more), the Trading Post Cafe is bustling and can be a bit loud at times. I had an excellent spinach salad, but I found my entree of linguine with salmon in an asparagus cream sauce to be a bit bland. Overall, the Trading Post Cafe is a good alternative to New Mexican...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Trading Post Cafe
4179 Hwy 68 at Hwy 518
Taos, New Mexico
(505) 758-4883

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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Attraction

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Photo, Taos, New Mexico
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Located just west of Taos is the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge, which seems to come out of nowhere as you're driving west. A small parking area is located nearby, so tourists can park and test their fear of heights as they walk over the bridge. While the bridge structure itslef is not very impressive, the view from the bridge is unbeatable. When on the bridge you're 650 feet above the Rio Grande, and the bridge provides a perfect (and scary) vantage point to view the gorge. Be ready for the way the bridge sways when trucks pass by!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
US 64, 10 miles west of Taos
Taos, New Mexico