May 22, 2001
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. During my stay, fresh strawberry shortcake was available for dessert, and I took full advantage of it.
Orinda is set-up as a classic B&B. Four of the five rooms are within the main adobe hacienda, while the fifth room has a separate entrance for greater privacy. The B&B layout comes with the drawback that if you plan on sleeping in late, you may be awakened by the more energetic guests eating breakfast. Beautifully furnished, the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Each room has cable TV and a refrigerator, filled with complimentary sodas and bottled water.
The mood created at Orinda was warm and friendly. I felt like I was visiting a long lost relative (with an amazing house). Sheila lives on the property, and she was there to answer any questions or give suggestions on what to do in Taos. A very complete video library is open for all guests to watch on the large screen TV in the living room, and bookshelves throughout the hacienda provide plenty of reading material. Don’t worry if you don’t finish the paperback that you start while at Orinda, because you can take it with you!
If you’re staying in Taos, stay at the Orinda B&B.
Prices range from $80 to $130, and are increased by $15 during holidays. Be sure to check out the website at www.orindabb.com for up-to-date rates, specials, pictures and recipes.
From journal Taos in the Spring