• By Kim Grant

Taos, New Mexico, is a treasure trove of history, art, and vibrant cultures. This day-long itinerary is designed to let you dive deep into the soul of Taos. With Pueblo roots going back over a millennium, a Spanish colonial past, and a modern-day artist’s haven, Taos has a rich tapestry waiting to be explored.

Discover the ancient Taos Pueblo, indulge in time-honored culinary delights, and be inspired by the expressive art scene. From the crack of dawn to the starry night, this immersive itinerary offers a balance of enlightenment, delectation, and serenity.

Michael's Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery, Pueblo St Rd, Taos, NM, USA

Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery, Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, El Prado, Taos, NM, USA

Taos Pueblo, NM, USA

Harwood Museum of Art, Ledoux Street, Taos, NM, USA

Orlando's New Mexican Cafe, Don Juan Valdez Lane, Taos, NM, USA

Doc Martin's, Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM, USA

Millicent Rogers Museum, Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado, NM, USA

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM, USA

Lambert's of Taos, Bent Street, Taos, NM, USA

ACEQ Restaurant, New Mexico 150, Arroyo Seco, NM, USA

El Monte Sagrado, Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM, USA

Palacio de Marquesa, Cordoba Lane, Taos, NM, USA

Taos Mesa Brewing Taos Tap Room, Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM, USA

Before Breakfast in Taos

Taos Plaza

Start your day early with a tranquil morning walk in Taos Plaza, the heart of the town. As the day breaks, the historic adobe buildings bathed in soft sunlight make for a picturesque setting. It’s a peaceful time to observe the architectural charm and imagine the stories these streets could tell.

Best Places for Breakfast in Taos

Michael's Kitchen

Michael’s Kitchen is a Taos institution, serving the community since 1974. With a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of a traditional American diner, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a hearty breakfast. Indulge in a range of options from classic pancakes to New Mexican specialties like the breakfast burrito smothered in red or green chile. Don’t forget to try their famous homemade pastries.

Farmhouse Café and Bakery

Farmhouse Café and Bakery is an ideal spot for breakfast if you’re seeking fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. The rustic charm of the café is coupled with a menu that has options like the savory Farmer’s Breakfast or the sweet and delectable French Toast with lavender syrup. The friendly atmosphere and dedication to quality ingredients make it a perfect place to start your day of cultural exploration in Taos.

Best Things To Do in the Morning in Taos

Taos Pueblo

Step back in time as you visit Taos Pueblo, a living Native American community that’s over a 1,000 years old. A UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo is an incredible example of traditional adobe architecture. Through guided tours, you’ll learn about the culture, history, and traditions of the Pueblo people. Witness the iconic multi-story adobe buildings, the spiritual kivas, and maybe catch traditional festivities or dances.

Harwood Museum of Art

Immerse yourself in the diverse art scene of Taos at the Harwood Museum of Art. The museum’s collection encompasses works from the late 19th century to the present, celebrating the role of Taos in American art history. From the Taos Society of Artists to contemporary pieces, Harwood Museum offers a rich exploration through various art forms, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures

Best Places for Lunch in Taos

Orlando's New Mexican Café

Located just a short drive from the town center, Orlando’s New Mexican Café is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience authentic New Mexican cuisine. The laid-back atmosphere is complemented by a menu that features traditional dishes with a twist, such as blue corn enchiladas and chile rellenos. Their use of locally sourced chile peppers ensures a meal packed with flavor.

Doc Martin's Restaurant

Nestled within the Historic Taos Inn, Doc Martin’s Restaurant is an iconic Taos dining establishment. The restaurant boasts a blend of classic and innovative cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The Adobe Bar, located in the same establishment, is famous for its margaritas. The restaurant’s ambiance is rich in history and adorned with the artwork of local Taos artists, making it a cultural dining experience.

Best Things To Do in the Afternoon in Taos

Millicent Rogers Museum

Spend your afternoon exploring the Millicent Rogers Museum, which boasts an astounding collection of Southwestern art, including Native American jewelry, pottery, and textiles. The museum also tells the story of its namesake, Millicent Rogers, a socialite and philanthropist who was captivated by the culture and landscape of the Southwest. Set in a beautiful adobe building, the museum captures the essence of Taos culture through historical artifacts and contemporary pieces.

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is home to an impressive collection of works from the Taos Society of Artists. The museum is situated in the house of the Russian artist Nicolai Fechin and his beautifully hand-carved woodwork adorns the building. In addition to enjoying the art, you can also explore the beautiful gardens and learn more about the history of the Taos art colony.

Best Places for Dinner in Taos

Lambert's of Taos

Lambert’s of Taos offers a sophisticated dining experience with a menu that features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. The atmosphere is elegant yet cozy, with an option for patio seating. The tenderloin and the trout are standout dishes, and the wine list is expertly curated to complement your meal.

Aceq Restaurant

Aceq is a family-owned restaurant located in Arroyo Seco, a short drive from Taos. It offers a farm-to-table dining experience, serving comfort food with a modern twist. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the freshest ingredients available. Try dishes like the Duck Confit Tacos or the Vegetable Risotto. The ambiance is warm and rustic, reflecting the agricultural heritage of the region, making it an excellent choice for an authentic dining experience.


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Best Places to Stay in Taos

El Monte Sagrado Palacio de Marquesa

El Monte Sagrado is a luxury resort that offers an authentic New Mexico experience. The resort is designed to reflect the culture and heritage of Taos with adobe-style architecture, Native American art, and beautifully landscaped gardens. The rooms and suites are adorned with handcrafted furnishings and offer views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s a serene oasis, ideal for immersing yourself in the cultural tapestry of Taos.

Palacio de Marquesa

Palacio de Marquesa offers a boutique bed and breakfast experience in Taos. The property has a modern and chic ambiance while paying homage to the influential women of Taos. Each room is themed after a different historical figure and decorated with art and furnishings that reflect their legacy. The inn also offers a beautiful garden and communal spaces for relaxation.

After Dark in Taos

Taos Mesa Brewing’s Tap Room

Wind down your cultural day in Taos at the Taos Mesa Brewing’s Tap Room. Located in the heart of the town, this tap room is a favorite amongst locals and travelers alike. With an extensive selection of craft beers, and live music ranging from acoustic sets to jazz, it’s the perfect place to relax and soak in the vibrant Taos nightlife.

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