Stories from this issue

Best Realtor

Considered a master of the real estate biz, eight years-in-a-row,  Best of Taos winner Lisa Davis credits moving around a lot as a child as to why owning and caring for a home gave her …
Ruben Graham, master barber and owner of Johnny's Barber Shop, has a clientele list that goes back more than 20 years.

Best Barber

The main man at Johnny's Barber Shop is Ruben Graham — a craftsman with scissors and a razor, a barber's barber for more than 50 years. Not to mention, he's one of most genuinely pleasant …
Taos Pueblo Day School students line up to embrace Taos Milagro Rotary member Lucille Gallegos-Jaramillo on May 16 after the club's meeting at the El Camino Lodge. Gallegos-Jaramillo donated her "Good News" collection winnings to Taos Pueblo Day School during the meeting.

Best Civic Organization

Society has created many competing distractions when it comes to literacy and to education on the whole. As a result, we do not reinforce reading among children or adults for the most part. Books …

Best Gallery

Rob Nightingale sits comfortably on an overstuffed couch in his gallery, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art on historic Kit Carson Road, and greets visitors in his relaxed and amiable manner. He prefers to …

That's so Taos

It's not unusual to see a local vehicle rolling along the streets covered in bumper stickers,  plastered with signs or some other art-inspired additions, but a fully handpainted bus and a half? …
From left to right The Cellar co-owner Lee Backer, co-owner Angelica Robinson, employees Audra Knutson, Charles Baston, David Sklarz and Paul Greenhaw.

Best Liquor Store

Taos' newest liquor store has quickly become its most popular. The Cellar features a vast selection of craft beers, wines and spirits with a very well-versed staff to help in the decision-making. The …
El Grupo Mezcal, the 19-time "Best of Taos" winner for Best Spanish Language Band or Performer, on stage during the Mother's Day concert at Kit Carson Park. Up front and center on lead vocals and guitar is Ernie Marquez.

Best Spanish Language Band or Performer

Once again, El Grupo Mezcal has been named the "Best Spanish Language Band or Performer" in The Taos News’ Best of Taos readers’ choice poll. The group has stood at the top …
Mary Jane's Home Cooking is one of the longest-operating food stands in Taos County.
Best roadside food stand

The food 'stands' alone

Food trucks, food carts, food stands — however you refer to the unassuming, yet delectable food outlets — were popular in Taos before they became trendy in larger cities across the country. And way before the term "taco trucks on every corner" became an anti-immigration meme.
State Farm Insurance agent Wanda Lucero (seated on right) and her staff
Best Insurance Company

Insuring Taos in many ways

Business, community and life all intertwine for Wanda Lucero and the State Farm insurance agency she has run for the past 15 years. Because of this, the Wanda Lucero Insurance Agency at 211 Kit Carson Road has been named Best of Taos 2017 — marking the eighth year in a row that she has been voted the top insurance agency in Taos County.
Becky Holsinger, owner of Pieces Consignment, poses for a portrait in the popular store, which was voted Best Resale Shop for 2017.

In Taos, ‘going to Pieces’ is a good thing

The minute you walk in the door you are met with the promise of treasures everywhere. The large rooms are chock-full of items, spectacular or humble, of use for your home, your whimsey or simply …

All in jest

This year, we decided to hold our own version of "Survivor" and see who Taoseños thought should be sent packing. Topping out in first place was Jeff Northrup, a passionately opinionated …
Tom McCarthy in Casa Benavides Inn's dining room — the place for a 'killer breakfast' — on May 12.

'Best Bed & Breakfast': Casa Benavides

It’s steeped in the history of Taos and two of its prominent families. The reception area bears the look and feel of a Spanish Colonial …
Marjorie Olsen (front) and her Salon Marjorie staff

'Best Place for New Do': Salon Marjorie

A hair salon is more than just a place where people go to get their hair cut or styled. It is an oasis of pampering and a …

Everywhere we look

Taoseños might agree with Vincent Van Gogh when he said, “Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.” Readers picked the mountains first and the Rio …
State Farm Insurance agent Wanda Lucero (seated on right) and her staff

Insuring Taos in many ways

Business, community and life all intertwine for Wanda Lucero and the State Farm insurance agency she has run for the past 15 years.   Because of this, the Wanda Lucero Insurance Agency at …
The Best Cuppa Joe in Taos, according to survey votes, is World Cup on Taos Plaza.

'Best Cuppa Joe': World Cup Cafe

All the world is a stage and Taoseños have front row seats at World Cup Café, located in the heart of downtown on the northwest corner of the Taos Plaza intersection, 102 Paseo del …

'Best Place to Romance': Lovin' it up Taos style

In Taos, the favorite place to woo a partner is the aptly named Love Apple, a Taos restaurant devoted to local, homegrown cooking. It’s housed in a former Catholic chapel. Maybe it’s …

Ongoing Debates And Hot Topics

Oh, how we Taoseños love to talk. And gossip. And argue. And debate. But the biggest topic of conversation in the …
For everything flowers, trees and shrubs, voters chose Petree's as the Best Garden and Nursery Center.

'Best Garden Center': Petree's Nursery & Greenhouse

It’s springtime in the Rockies and the people have spoken – Petree’s Nursery & Greenhouses are the Best …

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