New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the USA. It is a beautiful mountain state and there is a lot to see. In our latest adventure (February 2022), we spent a week exploring the state, and in this blog post, I showcase the best of our 'winter' visit so that you can plan yours.
If you have a week, there are four areas that you should plan to explore. Fly in and out of Albuquerque. Plan to rent a car. Review this list and scroll down to dig deeper.
Taos is a ski town. You can stay in town, or drive up and stay right by the slopes at 9000 ft. When we went in February, most shops closed at 5 and several restaurants were open just for dinner and did not stay open very late.
My recommendation is to hit the slopes during the day and grab an early dinner in town. Or grab a late breakfast or brunch and explore parts of town. Keep in mind that some spots are closed on certain days of the week. Also, the food scene is not so great for vegetarians.
Where to stay?
We stayed at the historic Taos Inn.
The rooms were pueblo style - very simple, cute and clean. Pricey if you ask me - for what they offer. If you are skiing, there are options by the slopes. One would think that prices would be lower past winter months.
Where to eat?
Love Apple comes first on the list when you look for vegetarian food but it was closed when we went. Cid's Health Food market is cool, resembles Whole Foods from outside.
Then there is FarmHouse which has some veggie options but we didn't particularly like it. We stopped by World Cafe twice for some quick breakfast bites and coffee, this was decent and the icing on the cake was that it opened early and was walking distance from Taos Inn. The restaurant at the historic Taos Inn - Doc Martins was decent and also had some fantastic cocktails.
Gutiz warrants a special mention and our vote. It has really good coffee and breakfast too.