Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Events




With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I'd better take a moment to let all of you know whats happening in Taos over the next week.

As always, there will dances at the Taos Pueblo but this year they are a little different! This year, Los Matachines will be performed instead of the more common Deer Dance. Los Matachines is a blend of traditional and Christian beliefs, performed in a masked dance. The last time this particular dance was performed at the Taos Pueblo was 2010, so its not to be missed. Performances will be on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and again on the 26th. Contact the Taos Pueblo on 575-587-2519 for up to the minute information and timings.

There will also be the traditional "Taos Pueblo Procession of the Virgin" and Vespers at the San Geronimo Church as well as the Bonfires, on Christmas Eve (4pm approx start).

Obviously with Taos being Taos, there are also some interesting art displays and workshops to attend. This weekend there will be a demonstration by Taos Pueblo Potter, Pam Lujan-Hauer, of her clay pottery at the Taos Art Museum. This highly regarded potter, attended the Institute of American Indian Arts and was inspired by her Great-Aunts, Josephine Ortiz and Anita Lujan. Admission is free and is a real opportunity to see some wonderful, traditional pottery, up close.

This Saturday (21st Dec) there will also be a performance by two time Grammy award winning flutist, Robert Mirabal.This performance, being held at the Taos Community Auditorium, will be accompanied by dancers from the Jemez Pueblo and will be an evening of traditional flute, dances and song. The performance entitled, "Blue Corn, The Journey" hopes to convey how the culture associated with planting seeds and harvesting them, combined with family, helped him on a new creative path. The performance will start at 7pm and tickets cost $22. Please call 575-758-2052 form more information and tickets.

Obviously, ski season is well underway, and for all you ski and snowboard junkies, Taos Ski Valley has you covered! Starting tomorrow, there will be demo days allowing everyone to try out some of this seasons latest gear. There will also be the 18th Annual Brew Masters Festival! This festival on the 21st, will feature 18 different breweries from California, New Mexico and Colorado! And lastly, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade will be taking place just above lift 1 from 6pm!

Hopefully, there is enough to keep you all busy while you enjoy your Christmas here in Taos!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hot Rods in Taos!



Looking to check out some old hot rods, classic or custom cars this weekend? Well look no further that sunny old Taos! 

This weekend we've got the Taos Autumn Run in Kt Carson Park, with plenty of beautiful old cars and some fantastic custom jobs! All cars have to be pre-1979 so there are going to be some real beauties on show.

And don't worry if Cars aren't you thing, because they're also doing a Rock & Roll Dance in the Plaza on Saturday night. 

So get yourself to Taos, stay at the wonderful Hacienda del Sol, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fiestas de Taos

This weekend, its time to celebrate at the Fiestas de Taos!

A weekend full of music, dancing, good food and even better company! Starting on Friday and going all the way until Sunday evening, everyday is going to be a celebrating the uniqueness Taos, along with the patron saints of Taos, Santa Ana and Santiago.

With music ranging from Choirs to Mariachi bands, parades galore, and great local cuisine, the Plaza will be the place to be this weekend. Combine that with some fantastic shopping opportunities, and this is a weekend that should not be missed.

Some come on up to Taos, head to the Plaza and have a great time!

The Hacienda del Sol

Sunday, July 14, 2013

An Innkeeper's Diary - Work and Play






I often get asked "When do you get any time off?"
Running an Inn doesn't leave a lot of room for time off, it's a 24/7 business! But it helps that our Inn is a family run operation, so we are able to give each other time off as much as possible. My parents still work on Cruise Ships so they are coming and going quite regularly. As for Mark and I, we have gotten very good at giving each other time during the day to go off and play for a few hours while the other person watches the Inn. And when you live in a place like Taos, it would be a shame not to! Taos has so much to do all year round, but the summer is when we really get into all the fun activities, and why not, the sun is always shining!

Mark is an avid golfer and is able to play on the beautiful course here at least once a week. He's tried to get me to play too, but I'm usually down at the Tennis Courts at Quail Ridge Tennis and Pool Club playing doubles. We play in a mixed soccer league together in June and July, which is always a good time and utterly exhausting!

What we love the most though is the biking and hiking! I spent this morning riding my hybrid bike along the rift trail. It's a single dirt track that rides all along the rim of the Gorge, beautiful views of the mesa and the Rio Grande River. We also enjoy the road biking in Taos. The ski valley road follows the mountain river as you climb up 2000ft! Mark recently completed the Grand Fondo race, which goes from Taos, up US Hill to Sipapu Ski Valley and back. It was quite a steep 48 miles! The roads are relatively quiet here and the climbs make for a great challenge!

There are wonderful hiking trails in and around Taos. Up in the Ski Valley our favorite hike is to Williams Lake, ending at the Bavarian Restaurant for a well deserved German Beer! If you are feeling energetic you can continue up to Wheeler Peak, 13,000 ft high. The Divisidero hike offers a great 6 mile loop in Kit Carson National Park with great views of the foothills, Mountains, and town. Or you can hike down into the Gorge to the natural hot springs down by the Rio Grande River.

Of course after all that exercise it is always nice to finish our day at one of the great Taos bars. Taos Mesa Brewery has a great selection of home made beer that you can enjoy while watching the sunset or mountain view from their patio. Or the Adobe bar in town has great Margaritas and live music.

Whenever we have a minute free at our busy Inn it's nice to know there is always something fun awaiting us! That's why we love living here in Taos!





Thursday, June 27, 2013

An Innkeeper's Diary - Breakfast, the most important meal of the Day



June 26th, 2013

They always say, the most important meal of the day is a good breakfast, and that certainly holds true for our Bed and Breakfast!

Not only is Breakfast the time to show off our wonderful cooking skills, but it’s what sets us apart from the hotel chains. At Breakfast our guests get to dine together, socializing and learn what others have done while they’re in Taos. More often than not our guests have come in for a quick bite to eat, and end up sitting and socializing most of the morning with their table. We've had guests that have discovered they live a mile away from each other back home. One guest discovered her and my mom went to the same high school and were in the same graduating class! My mom dug up her old yearbook and found both their pictures. It’s a small world.

Our guests are what make running an Inn so lovely. I am a graphic designer, and I worked for a company in London for 4 years. And as much as I love design, I don’t miss working in front of my computer all day with no one talking to me. My colleagues would often email me work, some days I would go all day without speaking! It’s nice to have people to talk to every morning that are always friendly, and why shouldn't they be, they are on vacation! 

Our return guests are always fun to catch up with, and after only a few visits they feel like old friends. A family that visits us every year from Houston even hosted us for a night when we were driving down to Florida for a friend’s wedding. They even made us a delicious breakfast!

I’m always amazed at how thoughtful our guests can be. Mark and I are celebrating our 3rd anniversary today and one of our guests left us an Anniversary card when they checked out!

When we were down in Santa Fe we ran into two of our guests who had just left our Inn the day before. We got to talking and before we knew it we had spent most of the evening in the bar with them. We treated them to the pizza we all shared, and eight months later we received a package in the mail from the two of them. They had sent us four local brewed beers from Seattle for us to try!


So as you can see the guests is what make this job so unique! Come visit us again soon!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rodeo de Taos!



What summer in Taos would be complete without the Annunal Rodeo de Taos?

This coming weekend, its the 45th edition of this ever popular local event, with Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Bareback and Bull Riding as well as barrel racing! Set over the 22nd and 23rd (this coming weekend), this should be a great weekend.

So dust off those cowboy boots and chaps (only kidding!) and get yourself down to the Taos Rodeo Grounds and enjoy the fun!

If you’re a little hungry after, Taos has plenty of old and new restaurants to get yourself a well-earned Cowboy Steak dinner!


Enjoy!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

An Innkeeper's Diary


In this highly technical age of Marketing, our little Bed and Breakfast business is always trying to keep up with the latest SEO. We blog and post and tweet hoping those elusive spiderbots actually know we’re here! But trying to find something to blog about can be hard. So I thought it would be much more fun starting an Innkeeper’s Diary. We meet so many interesting people, that I thought my husband and I would share with our blogging world what it’s like to run a Bed and Breakfast.

Mark and I started Managing the Inn in May 2011. We were living in London for 4 years working the regular 9-5, 5 day a week jobs, and thought it was time for a change. We loved the city and all our wonderful friends there, but the weather could really get you down and we found we preferred the outdoor lifestyle better than the city life. So after we were married in June 2010, we packed our bags and headed off for a 7 month backpacking trip around Asia. We visited 9 countries on our trip and were utterly exhausted when we arrived in Taos, New Mexico.  We were very eager to start our new lives as Innkeepers.
How did we end up running a Bed and Breakfast? Well we cheated, my Parents have owned the Hacienda del Sol Bed and Breakfast for 7 years now, and they saved the job for us.

My parents were living in Miami, Florida for 15 years, when they decided it was time to head out West. My Father was the Corporate Chef for Norwegian Cruise Lines, so he thought a nice restaurant would be fun to run. When he found Taos he saw that the Hacienda del Sol Bed and Breakfast was for sale, and he thought that might work better. My mom said there was no way she would ever run a Bed and Breakfast. 7 Years later their still here, my mom loving it, and my dad going back to work for the ships, figures!
In the meantime Mark and I run the place, and when they are not cruising, my Dad helps in the kitchen for breakfast and my Mom is running around the gardens.

We have met so many interesting guests in the 2 years we have been here. Breakfast is always the most social part of the job, at least for me it is, Mark is busy cooking. He constantly has to run around the dining room for me as I chatter away to the guests! The “Erika Giggle” as it is known, always means that I’m doing far more socializing than working! But that is the best part of my day, getting to know our guests and learning where they came from and where their travelling too. Just a few days ago we had two guests that are trying to visit all 59 National Parks in the USA. That afternoon they would be visiting their 50th National Park! Another couple told me how they went to Florence, Italy for their daughter’s wedding and then organized a 2 week trip around Italy with 82 of their guests! That is a lot of Texans descending on the small villages of Italy!


So hopefully in the next few months we’ll be sharing more of our fun stories from our guests here at the Hacienda del Sol. In the meantime if you have any funny or interesting travel stories, do feel free to share them with us on our blog or facebook page!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Activities




Obviously everyone knows about the great Taos Ski Valleys winter activities, but how many of you know about all the great stuff you can do up there in the Summer?

Not only is there all the great hiking trails to enjoy during the day, but there is also full moon hikes up to Williams Lake. Done once a month, this hike which provides a beautifully different way to experience this popular hike.

They've also open up the chair lifts on the weekends, again providing a different perspective on the familiar view.

For those that feel a little more active, you can always cycle up the ski valley road! Head out that way on any weekend and you'll see plenty of cyclists taking on the 1600ft climb. If you go after breakfast, you may even see our managers, Erika and Mark taking it on!

If cycling isn't your thing, how about the annual "Up and Over 10k Trail run"! This punishing 10k run isn't your usual run with a 2612ft climb in the first half before a similar decent on the return leg! Held in August this race attracts some serious athletes and some even more impressive times!

Being Taos, summer wouldn't be complete without some live music! With concerts ranging from the excellent Taos Opera Institute to Michael Hearnes Big Barn Dance, there will undoubtedly be something to your taste.

With the Ski Valley only being an easy 25 min drive from our front door, the Hacienda del Sol B&B is the perfect place to set yourself up and enjoy all that Taos has to offer. Call 575-758-0287 or visit www.taoshaciendadelsol.com for availability and prices.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Friday "Blues"!




More great music this weekend in Taos. On Friday, master bluesman Robert "Bilbo" Walker is playing at the Taos Mesa Brewery, while Native Blues band, the Plateros, are playing at KTAOS. Both venues have great views, great beers and are only a short drive from us! What a Friday night!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Art Exhibitions

This week Taos has two very different but very interesting art exhibitions going on.

The first is the UNM-Taos Spring Arts Exhibition, a wonderful opportunity to view various different types of art created by students studying art at UNM-Taos. Encompassing over 50 different art forms, this show should be a great opportunity to see some up and coming artists from our local community.

The second is the newly overhauled Maria Martinez exhibition at the Millicent Rogers Museum. Maria Martinez was an incredibly influential potter who is credited with "rediscovering" the art of creating the beautiful, "black on black" pottery that is now so identifiable with the San Ildefonso Pueblo. This exhibition will debut on the 28th and be on display permanently.

Both of these exhibitions are only a few minutes drive from the Hacienda del Sol, and will give a real sense of art through different time periods, both modern artistic impressions and more traditional pottery designs.

In addition, the San Ildefonso Pueblo is located just north of Santa Fe, so those driving up to Taos will be in the perfect spot to take in another of New Mexico's famous Pueblo's.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Great food in Taos!

As most of you know, here in Taos, we are blessed with an abundance of great restaurants and chefs.

El Meze, one of those restaurants, is a firm favorite here at the Hacienda del Sol, but one thing I didn't know is that Chef Fred, is a James Beard semi finalist! Check out the article in New Mexico Magazine this month for a wonderful write up of a great chef, who is doing wonderful things here in Taos.

More news on the Taos Restaurant front, is that Lamberts has moved to Bent St and now occupies the old "Apple Tree building". Hopefully they'll have that wonderful garden open through the summer!

With all this good news, I think its time Erika and I stopped working so hard, and head out for dinner. To Lamberts to check out their new location and El Meze to be cooked for by excellent chef!

The Hacienda del Sol

Friday, April 5, 2013

Back in Taos



Well, Erika and I have returned from a great cross country trip to Miami, FL and return to Taos to find that Spring has hit in full force!

We've still got 2 days of great Spring skiing to enjoy before we pack up our thermals and dig out the summer gear!

Erika's already been out enjoying a wonderful hike around Divisadaro, and is out bike riding today! The weathers just perfect. She's got the life!

I've been checking out the Taos Golf and Country Club, and if you'll pardon the pun, the season is in full swing!

So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, pack everything, skis, snowboards, bikes, hiking boots and your sense of adventure and head up to Taos, staying at the Hacienda del Sol B&B of course!

See you soon,

The team at the Hacienda del Sol.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring in Taos

Spring has arrived in Taos. The last 10 days of skiing at Taos Ski Valley will be warm and delightful.
With a 60 inch base, there is plenty of snow. Sitting out on the deck of the Bavarian Restaurant with a
sausage plate and beer is the perfect way to enjoy the Ski Valley.
     Taos Pueblo has reopened after being closed several weeks for ceremonial activities so our
tourism is back in full swing. Los Rios has even started river rafting already and horse back riding
is a great activity on Pueblo Land with Storm Star. Today we have sunny skies and a high of 64!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Break Festivities!

Its been a pretty busy few days here at the Hacienda del Sol B&B.

First off we had about 26" of snow on Friday and Saturday nights, meaning that the skiing has been excellent for the last few days. Combine that with the real spring-like weather we've been having, and we're in for a great week of skiing, snowboarding, tubing or just sitting back on a deck enjoying a well earnt drink!

On Saturday night, the managers (and a few guests!) headed off to the Taos Mesa Brewery for a wonderful evening that involved a lot of dancing to "Last To Know" (a great local band), but the evening also included stilt dancers and airel acrobats, a real "Taos"night out! Unsurprisingly, a great evening was had by all!

With St Patricks Day this coming weekend, the weather getting better and better everyday and all the usual  live music, art and great restaurants, get yourself up to Taos, stay at the Hacienda del Sol B&B, and recharge those batteries!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring Break off with a Bang!

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Its that time of year, when the sun is out and skiing is well and truly on ... its time for Spring Break Skiing!

There is plenty going on up in the Ski Valley including a fireworks display to celebrate the birthday of Ernie Blake, the man who founded Taos Ski Valley in 1954, on the 9th, a New Belgium scavenger hunt and the Spring Beer Festival (the 16th and 9th respectively) a Teen/College snowsport week (10th through the 15th), plus all the usual live music and great restaurants to enjoy.

The Hacienda del Sol B&B does still have a few rooms available, so if you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy both the Ski valley and Taos itself, whilst soaking in our wonderful view (not forgetting our brand new outdoor hot tub!), do give us a call on 575-758-0287 or visit or website www.taoshaciendadelsol.com.

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Already!

My, my, my, time does fly here in Taos! Last week we had 3ft of snow and today, we enter March with clear blue skies! 
There's plenty going on for all you lucky people who are heading our way this coming weekend. Within a short walk or quick drive from the Hacienda del Sol's front door, we've got the Wailers (of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame!) playing at the KTAOS, "Restaurant Week" featuring El Meze and perennial favorite, Doc Martins, to name just a few, starting on Sunday, the Salomon Freestyle Championships continuing until Saturday and lastly one of the worlds foremost classical string quartets, The American String Quartet, performing on Sunday!

Combine that with the great skiing, all the sunshine you can handle, great food and drinks, music, art museums and that relaxed Taos atmosphere, you're in for quite a time. 

Check out our website, www.taoshaciendadelsol.com or call us on 575-758-0287 for our latest availability.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships

Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships taking place on the West Basin of the Taos Ski Valley. The competition started today and continue to March 2nd. There are some amazing skiers competing, check them out yourself and enjoy the beautiful weather and great skiing!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Break in Taos!



 Taos is the perfect getaway for Spring Break; enjoy cultural activities such as visiting local galleries and museums, check out the indie Taos Shortz Film Festival (taosshortz.com) or romp around the mountain (skitaos.org) with some of these fun events:
  • Race down the tubing hill, open 2 to 6 pm every day from March 6 through the 16, in honor of spring break.
  • Enjoy the Spring Beer Festival on March 9, where you can sample delicious beers from all across the Southwest, coupled with food from some of Taos’ best restaurants.
  • That same night will be Ernie Blake’s birthday celebration with fireworks and a torchlight parade.
  • The next day, March 10, is the start of Teen/College Snowsports Week, 6:00am classes featuring a fun, high-energy curriculum for skiers or boarders looking to learn a new sport or improve their skills.
  • Advanced skiers or boarders can check out the Mogul/Steeps Camp on March 16-17 and learn why Taos is often referred to as “a four letter word for steep.”
  • On March 16, take part in the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt; all proceeds will benefit the Field Institute of Taos.
  • Then, on March 17, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live music, promotions by Baileys and Jameson, and of course, by wearing green!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Let it SNOW!


With snow in the forecast for the next 10 days and 100% of the mountain open, why not check out our great "ski deals" and make the most of the wintery weather!

With prices for two nights and 1 days' skiing for two people starting at $456.24, its a great time to head up to Taos.

Visit www.taoshaciendadelsol.com or call 575-758-0287 for availability and bookings!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Cover of New Mexico Magazine


The Hacienda del Sol's breathtaking view is featured on the cover of New Mexico Magazine's March issue!  Santa Fe writer Wolf Schneider describes why we are one of the 25 reasons to Love Taos. She loves our Cowgirl room and our yummy breakfasts! You can get your copy of New Mexico Magazine here, http://newmexico.mybigcommerce.com/march-2013-love-taos/

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Comphy Sheets


The Hacienda del Sol B&B is proud to announce that we are now selling Comphy Sheets directly form our website as well as at the B&B.

With Valentines Day coming or maybe just a Birthday, why not splurge on a little bit of luxury for your home!

http://www.taoshaciendadelsol.com/comphy-sheets.htm to see colors, prices and sizes.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

$62 Ski Pass!


If you have a Colorado Resort ski pass and looking to ski in Taos this winter, then how about a $62 lift ticket! Just show your Resort pass and you qualify for a great price!

With Taos Ski Valley only 25 minutes drive away, the Hacienda del Sol is the perfect place to relax when the skiing is done. www.taoshaciendadelsol.com to check availability or call 575-758-0287.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Taos Ski Valley voted 10 Best Ski Resorts in America


Taos Ski Valley is one of the 10 Best Ski Resorts in America according to Men's Fitness! Click on the link to see the full article, http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/travel/10-best-ski-resorts-in-america?page=2
Taos Ski Valley is only 25 minutes away from the Hacienda del Sol, and we have had a lot of snow this week! Check out our Ski packages on our website for a great deal!