"The magic of Taos" Top 5 Page for this destination Taos by toonsarah
Taos Travel Guide: 214 reviews and 528 photos
In comparison to its larger neighbour to the south, we found Taos to be more relaxed, less self-conscious, and a little rougher around the edges. There’s a bit of a hippy vibe in the air, with crafts on display in its galleries and at the stall in the Plaza showing something of a New Age sensitivity – scented candles, imaginative modern interpretations of traditional santos, wind-chimes and colourfully flowing clothes. With a rootsy coffee shop at its heart, this is a place in which to sit back, chill, and watch the world go by, rather than rush around ticking off the sights.
Having said that though, there are sights a-plenty. Perhaps the two most well-known and most worth the journey here are those that lie outside the town itself – Taos Plaza to the north, and the church of San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos to the south. Meanwhile in the town you will find several museums, plenty of galleries and arty shops, an historic plaza – lots to keep you occupied for a few days.
And when the sun goes down ... well, we found the nightlife here more to our taste than in Santa Fe. The larger town may have more great restaurants to choose from, but it was surprisingly hard there to find a bar that appealed to us, whereas in Taos there were two very different ones that each gave us a great night out – the Adobe Bar in the historic Taos Inn, and Eske’s Brew Pub. We don’t travel in search of good bars, but to find two such welcoming spots in one town added to our impressions that Taos was one of the nicest small towns we have visited.
To read my tips in the order I recommend, please start here with our journey to Taos.
And to continue with us on our road trip through New Mexico please visit nearby Taos Pueblo with me.
- In a nutshell:I defy anyone not to love Taos!
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