Posted on January 17, 2020, at 2:39 p.m.
The magic of Taos can best be experienced at El Monte Sagrado, “The Sacred Mountain.” Inspired by the natural beauty and spiritual energy of the region, this exquisite, casually elegant retreat features world-class relaxation, meditation and rejuvenation experiences. Water from a spring-fed creek meanders throughout the 11-acre resort lending itself to even more peaceful calm and serenity. It's the perfect way to relax, unwind, unplug and re-charge the body and spirit.
One of the most unforgettable experiences was our visit to Taos Pueblo. Ringed by the soaring peaks and sagebrush plains of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this authentic Native American community with no electricity or running water has been inhabited for over 1,000 years.
Designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark, this sacred ground is best experienced by tour. To our delight, we shared in the ancient art of breadmaking using hornos–outdoor wood-fired ovens made of adobe mud. The bread, topped with butter and chiles roasted over hot coals from the oven was so tasteful, we just couldn’t get enough.
Taos is a mecca for artists and visionaries. An art colony like no other, Taos has been home to creative artisans for many, many years. Whether it's painting, sculpting, weaving, jewelry making, or woodworking, Taos' gallery and shop owners turn out magnificent pieces made from the heart. These unique treasures represent the soul of this incredible mountain community.
Taos was organic long before organic was “in vogue.” Fresh, locally sourced, and organic foods are one of its strongest suits, embracing the notion that you are what you eat. Sustainable dining at Stakeout on Outlaw Hill was one of our favorite experiences. French Chef Antoine Bardoulet prepares multi-course candlelit dinners utilizing ingredients from local sustainably-committed farmers, brewers, winemakers, bread makers, beekeepers, teamakers and coffeemakers. And no visit to Taos is complete without dining at The Love Apple (La Pomme d’ Amour). This cozy13-table eatery's focus is on local and organic made-from-scratch home cooking. The twist in the name pays homage to the fact that in the16th century a French botanist discovered that the tomato was not poisonous, rather a culinary treasure. Great news for the food lovers of the world!
Who doesn't love the taste of chocolate? But for top-quality, delectable delights, Chokola Bean to Bar in the heart of Taos specializes in small-batch organically crafted chocolates. The owners' history of chocolate-making began in Venezuela where they met and fell in love. Today, that love is embodied in their magnificent award-winning creations, much to the delight of the Taos community. Chocolates from Madagascar, Ecuador, Columbia, and Tanzania each have their own unique flavors. Private tastings are available for those wanting to delve deeper into the history and process of this artful craft.