A group of four decided on a last minute trip to Taos for MLK weekend. Trying to keep the lodging cost down a little. Any recommendations? Our budget is about $150 - $200 per night. We don't mind driving, but if we can keep the driving down to half an hour would be great!
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Lodging for Taospost #1 of 1412/27/13 at 1:45pmThread Starter
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #2 of 1412/27/13 at 3:19pmpost #3 of 1412/27/13 at 4:55pmBasic Taos question, which I still haven't answered for this coming February: stay in town for good restaurant and après ski options - the town is fun for strolling - but drive for half an hour or so with holiday traffic and park at a remote lot and shuttle to the lifts, or pay a premium for lodging at the area with no driving, but have limited dining options and no night life. In the town, the Kachina Lodge is a pit, Dreamcatcher b&b is very nice. Another option I've used: about five minutes down the road from the parking lot is a funky little place called Amizette Inn, and the Columbine and The Alpine (I think) is across the road, and some years the area runs a shuttle from that vicinity to the parking lot. There are a couple of restaurants in Arroyo Seco halfway to town if you stay near the area.post #4 of 1412/30/13 at 7:14amThread Starter
Thanks! Our request is open ended, because we know nothing about Taos. We decied on a last minute cheap direct flight out to ABQ. Are there shuttle or bus that'll go from the town to the resort and pick up along the way?post #5 of 1412/30/13 at 7:37amThere is a shuttle from town to the area. Check the town government website. TSV runs a shuttle from ABQ terminal to the area if you're staying slope side, but there must be service from ABQ to Taos town.post #6 of 1412/30/13 at 9:48amThread Starterpost #7 of 1412/30/13 at 11:44am
Check the skitaos.org website under Travel info and shuttle for information on the airport shuttle that runs from ABQ, Santa Fe and Taos airports.
If you are talking about a shuttle that runs between town and the valley, there is one, called the Chili Line, but it's not like the shuttles that run in Summit County or Winter Park for example. It has minimal cost but I don't think it runs in the evening. It might do if you're staying in town, and want a ride up to the hill during the day, but not so much the other way around. and if I recall correctly, it ends early enough in the afternoon that it all but precludes après ski at the base which is a good time.
Really, you're better off with a car either way. Car rentals are not all that expensive in NM>post #8 of 1412/31/13 at 9:37am
Yes there are two shuttles, the TSV shuttle (number is on the web site www.skitaos.org) and Twin Hearts (check the ABQ airport website for info) IMHO, Shuttling from ABQ leaves you pretty stuck as far as getting around. Taos isn't like other resorts where once your there you just walk around. For the holiday weekend your budget is pretty low to stay in the village. (Edelweiss is probably 900 and Kandahar is 500)
As someone already mentioned the Amizette and Austig are more reasonable but still a mile or so away from the village with not much to do.
The town of Taos is 20 miles from the Valley and has many more lodging options. Spring for the rental car, and save 50 to 100 per room by staying in town. I've stayed at El Pueblo Lodge and the Indian before, which are more towards the budgetary end. I'd rather put my money into good food. Downtown will have more dining options and live music at the Adobe, Cantina, Black Mesa Winery and other venues. (Get the 'Tempo' magazine in the local paper, which comes out once a week. We live by the event schedule in it.) Once in town, most everything is walking distance.
With a car you can also get out to the Taos Mesa Brewery (near the 'airport'), which is well worth the trip, and any shows at KTAO.
Hope you have a great trip out here. See you on the Mtn.
Toddpost #9 of 141/2/14 at 8:03amThread Starterpost #10 of 141/2/14 at 10:45amQuote:
On the south end of town is the Sagebrush. In the middle of town is the Taos Inn. These are nice, old hotels to consider.post #11 of 141/2/14 at 10:45am
If you have some time after your arrival at ABQ consider taking the High Road to Taos instead of taking the main highway after you're north of Santa Fe. It's described here: http://www.newmexico.org/high-road-to-taos-trail/
It may add an hour to the drive but it's worth it. As an easterner my first view of the New Mexico landscape was a revelation to me, even just the drive from ABQ to Los Alamos, but the High Road, which I did the following year, through Truchas, Chimayo, and Las Trampas, was otherworldly. As soon as you turn off the main highway it's a time machine to the 18th century.
If you're staying in town, I recommend Dreamcatcher B&B. Very nice hosts, killer breakfast, and it's a little out of the way and quiet, and there's a back street work-around so you don't have to go thru the middle of town traffic in the morning on your way north.post #12 of 141/2/14 at 12:43pmpost #13 of 141/6/14 at 11:41amThread Starterpost #14 of 141/6/14 at 7:22pmQuote:
Purchase a Taos Card at the resort. Check the website for details.
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