So, where to stay inTaos? We've stayed in town and driven to the mountain in the morning, and then tried staying near the valley to avoid the a.m. drive in exchange for an afternoon drive to eat dinner in town. Lodging in the valley itself is prohibitively expensive (for cheapskates) so we've tried the Amizette Inn a couple of times, only a five minute drive to the lot, but I'd like something a little less funky and tired, although having breakfast overlooking the rushing brook, otters, and birds is a treat. I'm now thinking that the a.m. drive isn't so bad especially since the mountain parking lots are pretty empty at that time of year.
Suggestions at either end? We stayed at Dreamcatcher a few years ago and liked it, but it's a bit of a hike to the plaza and dining. The Best Western is a real pit.