"Let me start by saying this review might be long! I'll start with the accommodations: they were better than the website could convey. The view from every window is spectacular, and it was more spacious than we'd anticipated. The furnishings were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked, and sleeping arrangements were more than adequate for all guests. We had various family and friends drop in, and had anywhere from 2 to 7 people there at once. We had teenage girls in the loft area, and adults downstairs.
We wanted to escape the heat, and get a break from our hectic lives, and we picked the perfect place to do so. Summer is an amazing time to visit, and we enjoyed hiking to Williams Lake, and various other areas around the property, grilling dinner on the deck, sipping coffee on the deck, watching movies at night, and spending time together. We went to The Bavarian for lunch and dinner a few times (a short walk from the condo), and basically simply enjoyed the cool weather and scenery.
Food: If you're cooking at the condo, remember he altitude, and know that pasta takes about twice as long to cook (as well as boiling potatoes), and when baking, use a little extra flour. I got most of my groceries at Smith's in Taos, and some specialty items at Cid's. Make a list, and make sure you've got everything before heading to the condo as it's about a 40 minute drive.
Eating out in Taos: breakfast (or lunch) at Taos Diner is a must! Huge portions, reasonable prices, and delicious. Taos Outback Pizza - salads! The house dressing is amazing. Guadalajara Grill is good for Mexican. Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco has great ice cream!
Shopping: if you're going into town to do some shopping or sightseeing in the plaza area, you can park for free off of Camino de la Placita (we never paid for parking). Also, you can find souvenir-type items for sale at the Rio Grande Gorge bridge for better prices than in town. Francesca's in Arroyo Seco is a charming ladies boutique - cute stuff!
Sightseeing: there's so many interesting and beautiful things to see and do in the area. You've got to get the Rio Grande Gorge, you must visit the plaza area, especially the Taos Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in the summer. San Francisco de Asis (church in Ranchos Des Taos) is a must see - put it on your list of photo ops! We also loved Arroyo Seco - charming small town!
We would highly recommend this place, and cherish the memories we made here! Loved it!"
Guest: Kelly G.
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: August 18, 2014