Saturday, February 11, 2012

my taos adventure...wanna join me?

Attribution: Billy Hathorn at en.wikipedia
it's finally here!  i have been counting down the minutes for months.  monday i leave for taos, new mexico.  have you ever been there?  it is one of my favorite places on earth. let me tell you a bit about it:

taos is located in northern new mexico about 70 miles north of santa fe.  the taos visitor's center says,

"Taos is an artist’s colony with a 400-year old Spanish heritage and 1000-year old American Indian culture. This tri-cultural blend creates a unique community of regional foods, arts, festivals, and lifestyles."

photo by Paula Valentine
i would add that, in addition to the artists, spanish descendants and the american indians, there are former "hippies" who moved there in the 60's and never left, celebrities who like to shed their "star" status and live regular lives and people who want to live a more natural and "real" life. with the taos population only around 5000, this mix of interesting and diverse cultures leads to an amazing, wonderful, mystical and magical place to live or visit.  this tiny town offers over 100 art galleries, the food is delicious with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic/sustainably grown ingredients and there are outdoor activities available year round. taos mountain boasts some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world...summer offers hiking, white water rafting, boating, fishing.  the blue skies are impossible to describe...although artists continue to try with paintings, books, weavings and photographs.

do i sound like a fan?  10 years ago we bought a home there.  a second home which is offered as a vacation rental when we are not there.  sadly, due to my business, i have not been there for 4 years.  that is about to change.  i have decided to take a few weeks leave and spend time in taos.  i so need a break.  i want to explore southwestern cuisine...finally learn how to make authentic green chile, i want to hike in the snow...visit tons of galleries, take yoga classes, spend time in front of our kiva fireplaces reading (we have four, i cannot wait to show them to you).  this visit i will be armed with laptop and blog....i want to share my taos with you.  maybe you will fall in love too?


diane padoven
napa farmhouse 1885
"live a green life of style™ "

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