48 Hours In...Taos, New Mexico

Adobe building under a blue sky in New Mexico

If you’re looking for a creative boost, luxe relaxation, and mountain views, Taos is the place to be. This New Mexico haven is known for its artistic energy and great ski scene, so it’s a year-round destination for escaping from the grind. From the Taos Ski Valley, to the fantastic Taos shopping, to the endless art galleries, you’ll certainly never be bored. This Taos guide has you covered with everything you need to know for exploring.


New Mexican cuisine stands out from other Southwestern flavors with its unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and French influences. Chile is a culture all its own in New Mexico, and exploring the many ways it’s prepared is an adventure in itself. Exploring, skiing, and shopping in Taos works up an appetite, and fortunately, when you arrive in Taos hungry, you’ll be in for a treat.


Doc Martin’s

In addition to its sophisticated menu, this award-winning restaurant at the Taos Inn is known for its 400 varieties of wine. Under the oversight of Sommelier Adam Kerr, Doc Martin’s is regularly recognized by wine fans across the country. Even if you’re not a big fan of vino, you’ll love the chic and low-key dining room.



This legendary restaurant offers an intimate and sophisticated setting. Byzantium’s Asian-influenced menu and fantastic wine offerings have made it a local favorite for years, but the rest of the world has since caught on. A meal at Byzantium will easily be one of the highlights of your time in Taos.

New Mexico sunset over mountains


Because Taos has two main stomping grounds—the Taos Ski Valley and the more creative- and shopping-focused downtown area—the community has a variety of different lodging options. You can kick back in a ski resort, a wellness haven, a quirky inn, or a charming B&B—if you can name it, Taos probably has it.

El Monte Sagrado

If you’re looking for a luxe getaway, El Monte Sagrado is your first choice. Lauded for its creative Southwestern design, indoor gardens, spa, and art galleries, this resort is great for a top-of-the-line Taos experience. You can easily spend the majority of your trip relaxing on the property, but if you decide to venture out, you’ll be just a short walking distance of the Taos Plaza and Historic District.

Adobe & Pines Inn

This charming B&B is tucked away enough to recharge, but close enough to the ski scene to head into the action any time. It has a spa-like feel with sauna and soaking tub options. If you’re looking for a quaint, personalized experience close to the outdoors, this is the place to be.

Wilderness Lodge

The Wilderness Lodge sits at the top of the Taos Ski Valley, over 10,000 feet above sea levels. With its striking design by Alexandra Champalimaud and its stunning views, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from real life. The lodge is within walking distance to the ski lift, and it’s about as Insta-friendly as a ski lodge can get.

colorful hot air balloons floating in a blue sky


Taos shopping is unlike anywhere else in the country. Shopping in Taos is all about exploring local boutiques infused with the creativity and personality that makes the region so special.


Taos Pueblo

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also an active Native American residence. Pay a visit to get a better understanding of local culture and New Mexico’s history.


The Taos Ski Valley has 113 trails for a scenic adrenaline rush. If you don’t ski but still want to enjoy the views, you can take a snowshoe tour.


Ojo Caliente Spa

Head outside of town to Ojo Caliente Spa to enjoy mineral pools, relaxing outdoor soaks, yoga, and a rejuvenating experience in a quiet environment.

Hot Air Balloons

Taos is known for its epic hot air balloon scene. Take a flight for once-in-a-lifetime views.


Taos’ local shops are infused with the creativity and personality that makes the region so special.

Bent Street

The shops on Bent Street, a few blocks from Taos Plaza, feature some of the most creative boutiques around. You’ll also find inspiring galleries and art for sale.

Arroyo Seco

This village between downtown Taos and Taos Ski Valley features an array of charming shops, especially for anyone who loves handicrafts and antiques.

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