Monday, June 20, 2016

Wanna Visit Some Beautiful Homes In Taos, New Mexico?


Taos Parade of Homes A Benefit for HFHT


The Taos Association of Realtors is proud to offer a tour of beautiful homes of distinction peppered throughout Taos. Habitat will have their latest home on the tour as well so you can see the 'safe, decent, affordable homes' they build and meet the newest home buying partner, Vera Romero.

Whether it's your goal to be inspired, find a new home, be up on the latest trends, or you just have a passion for architecture and interior design then we believe you'll find this year's tour to be exceptional. From spectacular villas to classic Pueblo-style homes tucked away off the beaten path, this tour has it all. And remember, every home on the tour is currently on the market to be sold (except ours). Plus, throughout the tour, you can enjoy wonderful culinary delights from Taos' finest restaurants.

Tickets are available at all the Taos Real Estate offices, The Taos News and Habitat for Humanity of Taos office and the Habitat ReStore. Call 575.758.7827 for more information. Mark your calendar to attend Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10-3pm cost is $20.00

CLICK HERE for a list of homes in the 2016 Parade of Homes and CLICK HERE for a map to the 2016 Parade of Homes 


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July 29th, 2015

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Italianos Trail Hike in Taos Ski Valley

Jasper & Peter

Italianos Trail is one of my favorite hikes in Taos. Located on State Highway 150 on the way to the Taos Ski Valley, this trail is one of  the most beautiful in Taos County. It is, in my opinion, one of the least difficult although there are numerous water crossings. The streams have water trails made with large rocks and logs and, providing you wear waterproof shoes and the snow melt is not too high (rarely happens), the crossings are pretty easy.

This hike is 3.6 miles long and increases in elevation from 8,704 to 11,387 feet. Click here for a map of Italianos Trail.


We have had a ton of rain in Taos this year which has resulted in lush green foliage and the most wildflowers I have ever seen on the trail. We hiked last week and I found myself snapping photo after photo of the beauty. A series of flowers, each with a bee, were some of my favorites.





This is a perfect hike for families, dogs (on leash) and less than expert hikers because the elevation changes gradually. Just please prepare properly with appropriate footwear, water, snacks,sunscreen, rain gear and snowshoes & jackets in winter.  But, right now in summer, the trail is breathtaking. Just remember, if you are not used to our elevation, take it easy. You are starting at 8700 feet. It may take a while to catch your breath.



Photo bomb from Jasper!




For additional information and photos, check out this in-depth article about hiking Italianos Trail from the Taos News.

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July 29th, 2015

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Taos Parade of Homes


This Saturday (July 11, 2015) is the first annual Taos Parade of Homes benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Taos. Explore Taos homes of distinction as you help build Taos!
The event is sponsored by TCAR (Taos County Association of Realtors) and The Taos News Enchanted Homes and features ten beautiful homes around Taos County. It also includes the 29th Habitat-built home in Taos along with delicious food, beautiful architecture, and a chance to win raffle prizes.
Tickets are just $15 and are available at the HHFT Office, the HFHT ReStore, Taos News offices, and from most realtors. Call the HFHT office at 575.758.7827 for more info.

Click here and preview all the Homes!  

Click here for printable map!

Click here for interactive Google Map!

I'll be there to support Habitat as well as view some beautiful Taos homes. Will you join me?

Information is as follows:






map to the homes



For additional information and a listing (with photos) of the homes on the tour, please visit the Taos County Association of Realtors (TCAR) website. And thank you in advance for supporting Habitat for Humanity of Taos






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July 8th, 2015

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Taos New Mexico- On your bucket list?

I always love seeing the national and international news post stories about the wonder and beauty that is Taos. If you have been here, you know. If you haven't...what are you waiting for? The Taos mention is an excerpt from The Huffington Post's article, Bucket List Places You Need To See In The Next Decade. Click on the link for the other nine places to visit.

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Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico is so much more than just a ski mountain. Rugged and remote, Taos is famous for its breathtaking scenery and the "legendary light" that has inspired artists like Georgia O'Keeffe. Taos has always had a sort of mystique about it. In 2013, billionaire Louis Bacon bought the mountain from its founders the Blake family, promising this lovably weathered mountain would get a "much-needed shot in the arm," as The New York Times put it. This year, a chair lift opened to Kachina Peak, which had previously only been accessible by a hike. Thirty-five acres of new tree skiing opened, too, and the village's ski lodge also got an upgrade. Ski Taos in the next 10 years to take advantage of these new developments, and also to experience the unique charm of the place while it lasts.

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May 6, 2015

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Can You Help Stray Hearts?






Stray Hearts is our wonderful animal shelter for the town and county of Taos. They do such amazing work. I am now a volunteer dog walker and have my own "project" dog. (I am a volunteer animal advocate). That means I work with dogs that need a bit of help before they are ready to be adopted. My new love, Whitney:


2 hrs · 
The shelter can always use donations of the following items:
Paper towels
Canned dog & cat food
Milkbones
Cat treats
Towels
Blankets
Bleach Wipes
Laundry Soap (fragrance free/sensitive skin is best but we take it all!)
Antibacterial Dish Soap
Bleach
Assorted sizes of collars 
Leashes
Easy Walk harnesses
A HOME FOR EVERY ANIMAL

I plan to tell you all about Stray Hearts during the course of the next few months. In the interim, can you help?  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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November 21, 2014

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Cups" A One Woman Play

Photo: Ana Chavez wearing "Cold as a Witches Tit" . Come see all the Fantasy bras in our Bra Lapalooza  Fashion show before every showing of  Taos Onstage  production of "Cups"  Oct 22 thru Nov 2!!!
Ana Chavez, creator of the "Cold as a Witch's Tit" bra
 I had the most lovely day today. After church at St James Episcopal, a group of girlfriends and I met for brunch and then the matinee performance of the wonderful play "Cups".

The description follows, but just let me tell you I literally laughed, cried and loved every minute. And you must arrive in time to see the Bralapalooza Fashion Show, a collection of handcrafted artistic fantasy bras with names such as "horn of plenty", "titty, titty, bang, bang", "cold as a witch's tit" or "teddy pair" to name just a few. These exquisite creations are included in a silent auction with proceeds going to cancer support at Holy Cross Hospital. Want to see the bras? Check out the Taos Onstage Facebook page by clicking here.

Remaining dates for "Cups":  Oct 31st, Nov 1 and Nov 2. I highly recommend this play...Enjoy!

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Cups

by Joni Sheram
A funny, poignant and uplifting play, Cups traces the milestones in a woman’s life through her bras. Audience members, both female and male, will be able to relate to Nora, the insecure girl who becomes a young mother, a woman betrayed, a cancer survivor. The bras are a perfect metaphor for the changing events that the past few generations have experienced.
The play, though not autobiographical, was an homage to her mother and grandmother.
Bob Bow of the Denver Post said of the play "While this may seem like a 'girls only' show, it isn't. The depth of Sheram's writing transcends gender.”
“Cups” will be among many of the activities during Breast Cancer Awareness month,  and a portion of the proceeds will go to the cancer support services sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital.
In Mural Room at Old County Courthouse
Performance dates:
Oct. 23-26; Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1-2  
Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

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October 26, 2014

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Early Fall in Taos

Warm, Sunny Days.  Freezing Temperatures at Night. A few Rainy Mornings. Harvesting the Last of the Summer Produce. Pinon Wood Fires in Kiva Fireplaces. Fall in Northern New Mexico. Stunningly Beautiful.






Here is this week's email regarding the Farm Share for our local CSA. (Community Supported Agriculture). Gotta go so I can plan some menus... (Salt Roasted Potatoes and Greens, anyone?)
Greetings from Cerro Vista Farm !

This is week 18 of the  18-week Summer Share,  the final week.  Thank you for being part of the Farm this year !

In Cerro, record warmth trumps record cold any time.  We continue to enjoy fabulous harvesting and planting weather as the trees belatedly turn gold. The gamble with row cover three weeks ago paid off……..Greens have been harvested from the fields for the last two weeks.  The fields are now all harvested-out, except for carrots and turnips, at this point.  We will finish planting winter rye and Garlic in the next few days.  This week Shares will include greenhouse-grown Lettuce, Kale, and Bok Choy.

Fall Shares will be distributed NEXT week.  If you purchased a Fall Share I’ll be sending you an email in a few days to remind you about the Fall Share pickup.

     ~ Farmer Daniel ~

Here’s a list of what you will probably receive in your Share this week:

Half Shares:

Lettuce Mix

Carrots

Green Cabbage

Red Potatoes

Kale

Bok Choy


Full Shares add:

Gold or Russet Potatoes

Acorn Squash

Salad Turnips

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October 12, 2014

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