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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Adrenaline and Culture in Taos

Rocky Mountain peaks and 300 inches of snowfall per year draw skiers and snowboarders to this New Mexico town that also boasts a rich artistic history.


1. Where to Stay

The Taos Inn features traditional southwestern décor in the heart of downtown.  

Save money for lift tickets by bunking at the Abominable Snowmansion, which offers basic but clean rooms with private baths (from $59 in winter) or shared dorm rooms that sleep twelve people (from $22 in winter). Its location in the quaint village of Arroyo Seco is great for ski bums looking to stay close to the mountains since the hotel is roughly halfway between downtown Taos and the ski valley.

Soak up the old-time atmosphere at the Taos Inn (from $75), which opened in 1936 but remains a popular gathering spot for drinks and live music and sits within walking distance of downtown museums and galleries. Rooms are furnished with antiques and work by local artists; for the full high-country, southwestern effect, ask for a room with a wood-burning fireplace.

Tap into Taos’s artistic past at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House (from $105), the former home of an arts patron and writer whose guests included Carl Jung, D.H. Lawrence, and Martha Graham. Now a renovated seventeen-room inn just outside of town, the property looks much as it did when Luhan resided there; the room that was her bedroom still includes her own hand-carved bed, plus a kiva fireplace and a view of the Taos Mountains.

Published on Jan 17, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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