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Cohousing isn’t new to Taos. Long before Valverde Commons (VC), decades prior to the 1960s communes, the Red Willow community lived within the adobe walls of Taos Pueblo. Cohousing US (cohousing.org) defines cohousing as “community designed to foster connection.” This means shared governance, resources, socializing and spaces. more
If anyone  has their  fingers  on the pulse of the local real estate market, it's Joel and Marny Schantz of top-performing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Taos Real Estate. Active in the Taos Valley real estate commu­ nity for decades, the Schantzes have, they laughed, "sold the same houses over and over again." more
Vaughn Dearing began his realtor career in 2001 with ReMax in California. He discovered Taos after his aunt, Chien Motto, moved to Lama in the 1970s and wed Doroteo Frank Samora, a spiritual leader … more
The Phoenix is a fantastical castle complete with turrets and towers, rising above the sage-covered desert landscape. Full of whimsy, warmth, color and texture, this earthship shows that sustainability can co-exist with luxury and comfort. more
Science has proved, no kidding around: Picking health insurance is extremely hard. It’s open enrollment — time to pick next year’s insurance — for folks who buy it on their own and for many of us in our jobs. Lots of us aren’t sure we know how to pick, and research shows: We’re not wrong. more
To breastfeed or bottle feed, that is a mother’s question. There really is no wrong answer as both options offer an array of health benefits. It has been proven, however, that breastfed babies have fewer illnesses of the digestion and respiratory tracts, fewer ear infections, and lower rates of infant mortality and SIDS. more
According to the American Cancer Society, Latinos living in the United States are more likely to develop and die from this disease than those in many Central and South American countries. African-Americans are at least 41 percent more likely to die from colorectal cancer than whites. more
Casa Mariposa in Des Montes is a dance of light and shadow. The mood of the home changes with the time of day and the seasons. This spectacular house was designed to echo the shape of a mountain on the ancient volcanic plain to the west. Pueblo and territorial architecture are captured and reinterpreted in a completely original way by world-renown architect Antoine Predock. more
Robert Vander knows rugs. For nearly four decades Vander has been traveling between New Mexico and Asia, bringing a sweeping assortment of Oriental treasures to his retail location, Alhambra, where Chinese and Indian finds co-mingle with Nepalese altars and Tibetan-style artisan creations. more
Ask people what rooms they love the most, and you’ll get answers ranging from favorite childhood hideouts to dreamhouse living rooms with fifty-mile views. But if you ask them why, they may not be able to explain that the first was an intimate refuge that made them feel safe and secure – while the second delivered a fantastic expansiveness that somehow took them beyond themselves. more
Taos’ signature “Passive Solar” design long ago melded into the broader rubric of “green building.” Building technology continues to evolve in pace with the mounting concern over carbon footprint and climate change. Here we look at four high-performance homes in Taos Ski Valley. more
What do you do when you have an asset that no one else wants? Do you invest more money in the hope you’re not throwing good money after bad, or do you take your losses and move on? This … more
The ongoing evolution of Taos Ski Valley took another major step forward with the announcement in December 2018 that the ski area was embarking on its first housing development, the Blake Residences. more
Taos Diner is a must-do weekly, or more, for locals and sometimes a daily stop during visitors’ stays. This longtime Taos staple has a family atmosphere that welcomes all comers with open arms and “howdy neighbor” camaraderie. more
There may be 2,000 miles separating Taos from New York City but there’s an easy way to transport yourself there in spirit, your nose following an aroma redolent of the finest Italian restaurants that the city and Long Island have to offer. And it’s right here in the heart of town. more
If you are looking for an elegant and delicious way to warm up, stop by Donabe Asian Kitchen in downtown Taos. The curries and other delights are spicy and sweet enough to heat up the body and soul on a cold winter night. more
Taos is a culinary destination and the dining scene seems to change with every season. more
With winter comes the joy and adventure of skiing and boarding; fragrant wisps of cedar and piñon smoke snaking from chimneys; deep red from ristras peeking out from under a blanket of fresh snow; steaming bowls of posole and sweet biscochitos; farolito-lit walkways; and historic folk dramas reminding us of the meaning of the season. more
It’s deeper on many levels here in Northern New Mexico and it’s time to get outdoors. Downhill skiing is great fun, but if you want to experience the Southern Rockies at a slightly slower pace, consider snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Both are great ways to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty and solitude of the forests that surround Taos. more
Don’t let that cute face and big smile fool you — Emma Patterson is a badass. The 22-year-old Taos native is entering her rookie season on the 2020 Freeride World Tour after qualifying last year. The FWT is the worldwide circuit of freeride snowboarding and skiing featuring the best riders in the world competing on the most legendary and challenging alpine faces at renowned ski resorts around the world. more
Taos Ski Valley patrol dogs are cute, friendly and highly trained. It is the last point - their well-honed and expert skill set - that makes the team of canines so widely respected. more
This month’s Enchanted Homes “High Design” edition looks at high tech sustainable ski homes; the new Blake Residencies condos; offers tips for making your home holiday-friendly; and more. more
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