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.

Taos, New Mexico
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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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
Cat treats
Bleach Wipes
Laundry Soap (fragrance free/sensitive skin is best but we take it all!)
Antibacterial Dish Soap
Assorted sizes of collars 
Easy Walk harnesses

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!



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


Green Cabbage

Red Potatoes


Bok Choy

Full Shares add:

Gold or Russet Potatoes

Acorn Squash

Salad Turnips

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Taos Plaza Live (TPL)

One of my favorite Taos summer activities is attending the weekly music fest called Taos Plaza Live. Each Thursday night, from May to September, there is a free concert from 6-8 pm in the plaza. This event is attended by both locals and tourists, adults and kids; the bands are extremely talented, there is dancing...lots of dancing...and everyone has a rockin good time.

This week the featured band is Last to Know a local six-piece band blending the heartiest world rhythms with jam-band passion, while muddying the lines between Americana roots music, disco, funk and bluegrass.*(from their website).  TPL is a "must do" whether you are a local or a visitor this summer.  I'll look for you on the plaza!

Additional information and schedule below provided by

Taos Plaza Live Schedule – 2014

Performing Next at Taos Plaza Live:




Last to KnowLast to KnowTaos Plaza Gazebo, Taos NM6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – FREE!

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time for outdoor music and fun. Taos Plaza Live always kicks off in mid-May, one of the first real heralds that summer has nearly arrived in Taos. Bringing music and community fun to the heart of town, the 2014 Taos Plaza Live Season gets rolling this week. Concerts are once again on Thursdays during the summer. So put on your dancing shoes, get the kids, some carry-out, the blanket from the trunk of the car, and come out to listen to some of your favorite artists in Taos.
These free music events happen every Thursday from May 22 – September 4th, and start at 6:00pm. The bands are mostly local and regional – you can expect to hear rock, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, swing, and ranchero music (sometimes all in the same night).
Taos County Chamber of Commerce Membership Representative Lindsey Rowlison- Elliott says: “We always aim to get a variety of diverse acts that represent musical tastes of Taos. We have amazing artists in Taos, and Taos Plaza Live is our opportunity to share them with the community.”

Dining & Drinking

The plaza is in the center of town and offers access to many local restaurants and bars. If you would like some libations before the music, you can enjoy some half-priced cocktails during happy hour (5pm-7pm) right around the corner at The Alley Cantina. Or if you prefer to enjoy libations during the performances, get to The Gorge Bar & Grill early and ask to be seated on the balcony. You can also grab dinner and drinks at Mosaic in the historic La Fonda Hotel. Food options located directly on the plaza are a bit limited, so if you would like to get the most out of the night be sure to eat before or plan on eating afterwards.


Taos Plaza Live has plenty of space to accommodate for the large crowds that come to enjoy the music. There are metal folding chairs set out for those who prefer to sit, but if you want to guarantee your ability to sit, bring your own chair or blanket — or don’t plan to sit at all, because it’s a great night to dance!


Taos Plaza Live may be one of the best events for dancing available in Taos. There is a ton of flat brick laid in front of the stage that is left open for dancers. An added bonus is that you are bound to see some fantastic examples of ‘eclectic Taos dancers’ showing off their unique moves!


Summer evenings in Taos are some of the finest in the country, but you should pay attention to the forecast. Evening showers are common near the end of the season, but are almost always very brief. Taos Plaza Live will go on, so bring a poncho if it looks like rain and wait it out. It’ll be worth it.
For the rest of the summer schedule please click here

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