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!


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 for availability and prices.