How to Spend a Romantic Weekend in Taos

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Just 40 miles south of the Colorado border and 75 miles north of Santa Fe, the little town of Taos is best known as an art colony and ski area. At one time home to Kit Carson, Mabel Dodge, D.H. Lawrence and George O'Keefe, Taos is full of history, charm and romance and the perfect setting for a romantic weekend getaway.

Check into the Alma de Monto--"Spirit of the Mountain"--Inn at 327 Hondo Seco Road. Settle into a charming room with all the amenities for romance: a fireplace, jetted tub, lush bedding and a gorgeous mountain view.

Plan a romantic dinner at the Stakeout Grill and Bar at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with a view over the Taos Gorge. Enjoy steak or seafood after starting with the famous baked brie and almonds. Time the reservation to take advantage of sunset views.

Enjoy a complementary breakfast at the hotel. Rent a bike at Gearing Up Bicycle Shop at 129 Paseo del Pueblo Sur and ride over to the Kit Carson Park and Cemetery and tour the Kit Carson Home and Museum, one of top attractions in Taos.

Get an intimate booth at the bright, airy La Luna Ristorante. Share a bottle of wine and a crispy-crusted vegetarian pizza for lunch. Head over the the Plaza to browse the shops and galleries, then stop in at Cafe Tazza just across the way for an afternoon espresso.

Linger over dinner at Doc Martin's at 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in the historic Taos Hotel, where local art dominates the walls and the cuisine. Feast on seared salmon or Southwest lacquered duck with mango relish and finish with citrus cheesecake with orange tarragon sauce. Stroll over to Ogelvie's Bar on the Plaza for people-watching and a nightcap.

Visit the Taos Puebla Sunday morning where 200 of the 2200 residents live much the same as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago. Head west ten miles to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, one America's highest bridges, looming 650 feet above the source of the spectacular Rio Grand Gorge.

Check out the Trading Post Cafe at 4179 Paseo del Pueblo Sur for lunch. Try the popular caesar salad and garlic chips. Head south to Albuquerque for the flight home.

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