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Thank You Taos For Voting for Ojo Best Place for a Massage • Best Place to Pamper Your Skin • Best Weekend Getaway Best Place to Take a Dip • Best Place to Soak 2nd Place: Best Place To Say “I Do” • Best Lodging For Visitors

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The same values that make Taos our home drive our relationships with our clients and community. Visit us and find out why we’ve been voted Best of Taos four years running.

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Inside Features

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Best of Taos: It’s up to you

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Guadalajara Grill: Great Mexican food in a flash

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TAos Cow: Simply the best

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A conspiracy is brewing at Taos Mesa “Best Place to Get Inked,” Page 58 Page 34

“Best Real estate Agent,” Page 50

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So what kind of place is Taos?

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Living Light Gallery: Where spirit and art meet

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What is the hottest topic in Taos?

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Twirl still the best place for kids to have fun

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Taoseño? Your credentials please

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Taos in three words

Best of Taos results Best of Food and Drink Best of Shopping Best of Things to Do “Best Hair Salon,” Page 50

Best of Entertainment Best of Services

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The Be s t of Ta o s 2 0 1 3 n F o od a n d Dr i n k Best breakfast n First Place

best restaurant n First Place

Lambert’s of Taos

123 Bent St., Taos (575) 758-1009 lambertsoftaos.com

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The Love Apple 803 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 751-0050 theloveapple.net

Best new restaurant n First Place

Old Martina’s Hall

Michael’s Kitchen Café & Bakery

304-C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-4178 michaelskitchen.com

n Second Place

Taos Diner I

908 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-2374 Taos Diner II 216-B Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-1989 taosdiner.com

Best breakfast burrito n First Place

Mante’s Chow Cart 402 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-3632

The Adobe Bar at the the Historic Taos Inn earned voter support in a host of categories, including “Best Happy Hour,” “Best Bar,” “Best Margarita,” and “Best Patio.” Tina Larkin

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Abe’s Cantina y Cocina 489 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco (575) 776-8643

4140 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-3003 oldmartinashall.com

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Taos Mesa Brewing

20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado, (575) 7581900, taosmesabrewing.com

Best brunch n First Place

Graham’s Grille 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 751-1350 grahamstaos.com

n Second Place

Dragonfly Café & Bakery

402 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 737-5859 dragonflytaos.com

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The Be s t of Ta o s 2 0 1 3 n F o od a n d Dr i n k Continued from page 8

best wait staff n First Place

Lambert’s   of Taos

123 Bent St., Taos (575) 758-1009 lambertsoftaos.com

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Mary Jane Estrada of Mary Jane’s Home Cooking (“Best Roadside Food Stand”) has customers even in the coldest of weather.

Graham’s Grille 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 751-1350 grahamstaos.com

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Best new mexican n First Place

Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane, Taos (575) 751-1450 orlandostaos.com

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Ranchos Plaza Grill 8 Ranchos Plaza, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-5788

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The patio at Graham’s Grille, which was voted “Best Brunch” and earned second place for “Best Wait Staff.”

Best place to eat your greens n First Place

Cid’s Food   Market Salad Bar

623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1148 cidsfoodmarket.com

n Second Place

Dragonfly Café & Bakery

Best sushi n First Place

Sushi a   la Hattori

1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 737-5123

n Second Place

Song’s Asian Restaurant 703 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-3256

Guadalajara Grill - southside 1384-#8 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-0063 Guadalajara Grill - northside 822 Paseo del Pueblo Norte (575) 737-0816 guadalaragrilltaos. com

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Antonio’s A Taste of Mexico 122 Doña Luz St., Taos, (575) 7514800, antoniosof taos.com

402 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 737-5859 dragonflytaos.com

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ot 30 minutes to chow down and want something a little more gourmet than a greasy, mystery meat hamburger? For Taoseños, Guadalajara Grill is the obvious answer, winning Best of Taos for fast food and traditional Mexican food. Guadalara Grill (known among locals as simply “Guad”) has locations at the north and south ends of town, making it a quick and convenient option no matter where you are.

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The service is fast and friendly, and the food is, well, great. The restaurant specializes in central Mexican cuisine from the state of Jalisco. Breakfast items include menudo (beef tripe with hominy), chilaquiles (fried corn torillas filled with chicken or beef) and, of course, huevos rancheros. There are also flavorful seafood and steak dishes, like Camaron Veracruz, which is a heaping plate of sauteed shrimp in a homemade mole with bell peppers and onions. In addition to the more complex items, standards like burritos and ta-

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cos are done to perfection. The go-to for many knowledgable customers is the burrito plate — a hefty serving of food for an affordable $10.50. The ambiance at Guadalajara Grill is casual — order at the counter, grab some forks and napkins, and wait for the food to be brought to your table. Orders are up in minutes, and prices are easy on the wallet. The restaurant also serves a wide selection of Mexican and domestic beers, as well as other beverages to wash down your meal. For dessert, don’t forget the fried ice cream, a house speciality

that’s on prominent display near the front counter. The southside Guad first opened in 1994, with the northside location popping up five years later. Manager Francisco Solis says the key to the business’ success comes down to one thing: consistency. “We try to make sure the food and the service is the best quality every time you come in,” says Solis. Northside Guad can be reached at 737-0816. The southside location’s number is 751-0063. More information, including a full menu, is available at guadalajaragrilltaos.com.

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Diners enjoy a meal at the Southside location of The Guadalajara Grill.

Jazmin Solis works for her uncles ‘Nacho y Nacho,’ at the southside Guadalajara Grill location.

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Southside Guadalajara Grill staff cooking it up in the kitchen.

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Best red chile n First Place

Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane, Taos (575) 751-1450 orlandostaos.com

n Second Place

Ranchos Plaza Grill 8 Ranchos Plaza, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-5788

Best green chile n First Place

Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe

Best fast food n First Place

Guadalajara Grill -southside 1384-#8 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-0063 Guadalajara Grill -northside 822 Paseo del Pueblo Norte (575) 737-0816 guadalaragrilltaos. com

n Second Place

Blake’s Lotaburger south

1136 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4771 Blake’s Lotaburger north 809 Paseo del Pueblo, Taos lotaburger.com

1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane, Taos (575) 751-1450 orlandostaos.com

Old Martina’s Hall was voted “Best New Restaurant” by the readers of The Taos News.

Best roadside food stand

n Second Place

First Place

Michael’s Kitchen Café & Bakery

n Mary Jane’s Home Cooking

304-C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-4178 michaelskitchen.com

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616 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 770-1171

n Second Place

Toribio’s - south 1104 Paseo del Puebl Sur, Taos (575) 758-3060 Toribilo’s - north 1637 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 751-4431

best pizza n First Place

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Elevation Coffee earned Best of Taos’ “Best Cuppa Joe” designation for 2013. Pictured above is an Elevation latté.

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23 State Road 150, Taos (575) 776-1050 taospizza.com

n Second Place

Taos Pizza Outback

712 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-3112 taospizzaoutback. com

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Taos Cow:

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Taos Cow owner Jamie Leeson is celebrating being in the business of good ice cream for 20 years.

e try to keep our ingredients monosyllabic,” Taos Cow proprietor Jamie Leeson told me as I perused a sampling of the flavors his Arroyo Seco-based ice cream company had been turning out for two decades. Made from New Mexican milk untarnished by growth hormones or unpronounceable chemicals, Leeson said he was proud of the simplicity of his product. “What is your favorite flavor?” I asked. “I have really been a fan of sweet cream,” Leeson replied. “No flavorings at all.” The basic ingredients of Taos Cow’s ice cream, Leeson said, are of such high quality that they can stand on their own. It sounded a little too simple for my own sweet tooth. Passing up tempting flavors like lavender and Mexican chocolate, I decided to try a hearty scoop of piñon caramel. The tooth was certainly satisfied, but there is also something wholesome and clean about Taos Cow ice cream that offers a sharp contrast to the sugar overload so many pints of factory-packed confection can provide. Leeson, a Rhode Island native, arrived in Arroyo Seco in the early ’90s to ski for a season before attending law school. A ski bum at heart, he never went back to school. Instead, he founded Taos Cow in 1993 with a previous business partner and some second-hand equipment. The company initially produced hand-packed tubs of ice cream wholesale for local restaurants and grocery stores. As the business grew, Taos Cow established a shop down the street from its present location on Highway 150 in 1995. At the same time, Leeson and his partner sought to roll out Taos Cow on store shelves nationwide. Leeson said the moment seemed right as consumers were taking an interest in natural foods. “rBGH-free was a big deal,” Leeson said, using the shorthand for recombinant bovine growth hormone — now common in dairy products. “There were studies coming out that farmers were using too much of the hormones and we knew it was a really bad gig.” At one point, pints of Taos Cow could be found at retailers in 15 states. The company could not compete in a price war against the likes of Haagen-Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s, however. “They dump more ice cream down the drain than we make in a year,” Leeson said. In 2000, Taos Cow refocused on its store in Arroyo Seco. A new partner joined the company and massproduction was abandoned. Though Arroyo Seco had seemed “like the end of the world” when Leeson first arrived, backpackers and gourmands alike still beat a trail to Taos Cow. Bon Appetit and USA Today have ranked the ice cream store among the best in America. As customers stepped up to the counter to order everything from huevos rancheros to almond croissants, however, it was clear that Taos Cow had earned a reputation as much more than a place to grab a scoop of rocky road. The breakfast and lunch menu spanned a chalkboard the length of the store. Next year, Leeson said, he will be gunning to win the title of best coffee shop in Taos. “Best Reuben sandwich, too,” Leeson added. “I think we could win that.”

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Taos Mesa Brewing

Eske’s Brew Pub & Restaurant

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar

The KTAOS Station Bar

20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado (575) 758-1900 taosmesabrewing. com

106 Des Georges Place, Taos (575) 758-1517 eskesbrewpub. combrewing.com

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9 State Road 150, TAos (575) 758-5826 ktaos.combrewing. com

best bar First Place n Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-2233 taosinn.com/adobe_ bar.html

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Taos Mesa Brewing

20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado (575) 758-1900 taosmesabrewing. combrewing.com

Best happy hour n Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

Michael’s Kitchen was voted “Best Breakfast” and was second place in the “Best Green” category.

best patio n First Place

Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-2233 taosinn.com/adobe_ bar.html

n Second Place

The KTAOS Station Bar

9 State Road 150, Taos (575) 758-5826 ktaos.com

n Second Place

5 Star Burgers

Best beer selection

1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-8484 5starburgers.com brewing.com

n First Place

Taos Mesa Brewing

20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado (575) 758-1900 taosmesabrewing. com

n Second Place

Eske’s Brew Pub & Restaurant

106 Des Georges Place, Taos (575) 758-1517 eskesbrewpub.com brewing.com

5 Star Burgers was voted “Best Burger” and recieved second place for “Best Happy Hour.”

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best margarita

best burger

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Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

5 Star Burgers

1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-8484 5starburgers.com

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-2233 taosinn.com/adobe_ bar.html

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Blake’s Lotaburger - south

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Sabroso Restaurant and Bar

1136 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4771 Blake’s Lotaburger - north 809 Paseo del Pueblo, Taos lotaburger.com

470 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco (575) 776-3333 sabrosotaos.com Tina Larkin

Sushi a la Hattori was once again honored as the “Best Sushi” restaurant in Taos County.

best ambiance n First Place

Lambert’s of Taos

123 Bent St., Taos (575) 758-1009 lambertsoftaos.com

n Second Place

The Love Apple 803 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 751-0050 theloveapple.net

Best cuppa joe n First Place

Best place to satisfy your sweet tooth n First Place

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Taos Cow Ice Cream Scoop Shop, Cafe and Deli

Dragonfly Café and Bakery

485 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco (575) 776-5640 taoscow.com

402 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 737-5859 dragonflytaos.com

Best area winery n First Place

Vivác Winery

2075 State Road 68, Dixon (505) 579-4441 vivacwinery.com

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Black Mesa Winery

1502 State Road 68, Velarde (505) 852-2820 Black Mesa Tasting Room and Gallery 241 Ledoux St., Taos blackmesawinery. com

Elevation Coffee 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado (575) 779-6078 elevationcoffeetaos. com

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Taos Java

1006 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-9405

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aos Mesa Brewing may be relatively new on the scene, but it is already making its mark in Taos. Those who have driven on Highway 64 toward the Río Grande Gorge Bridge have seen the company’s base of operations — a gleaming, eco-friendly, 4,500-square-foot Quonset hut, flags out front flapping in the breeze — but the beer from Taos Mesa, voted Taos’ “Best Brewery,” can be found all over the Valley. One brew even made it to the White House. Taos News readers also said the brewery has Taos’ “Best Beer Selection,” and the location north of town earned second place in the “Best New Restaurant,” “Best Bar” and “Best Place to Shake Your Booty” categories. Given the manifold métiers of the Mesa, perhaps it is no surprise that the brewery has excelled in so many “Best Of Taos” categories. Though it has “brewing” in its name, the venue is family-friendly, even hosting fundraisers for local schools. And when the Río Grande del Norte was designated a National Monument this year, New Mexico’s congressional delegates joined retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman and then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for a celebration at Taos Mesa. The brewery named a beer for the Río Grande del Norte and sent some to President Obama. Wine is also available at Taos Mesa, which not only offers a strong daily menu featuring tasty salads and filling entrées, but regularly organizes gourmet “beer dinners,” in which five courses are expertly paired with five beers. At a beer dinner in May, for example, diners started with a smoked tomato red ale soup and grilled goat gouda panini paired with a Lunch Pale Ale; the third course consisted of a

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The patio at Taos Mesa Brewing.

Though it has “brewing” in its name, the venue is family-friendly, even hosting fundraisers for local schools. 10-spice barbecue shrimp cocktail with roasted corn jicama salsa and crispy tortilla strips paired with Taos Mesa’s Wheeler Peak Wheat. Live music underpins the other offerings at Taos Mesa Brewing, and listeners can enjoy acts from reggae to heavy metal while they take in the expansive view. Performers of all stripes can take the stage Thursday evenings for Open Mic Night. Pool tournaments, bluegrass picking circles and even disc golf in the yard round out the action at Taos Mesa — evidence that a single brewery can strive to be all things to all people. But now back to the beer: Of course, there are plenty of varieties from all over the state on tap. Those who want to know about last-minute deals and special discounts can join the “Conspiracy Club,” and aficionados who really want to take it to the next level can start with Taos Mesa’s “Beer School 101,” which includes a tour of the brewery and discussion about the process. Beer School starts Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. For more information or to view a calendar of events, visit taosmesa brewing.com. The brewery can be reached by phone at (575) 758-1900.

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The Taos Mesa Brewing Company family prior to the establishment’s opening last summer.

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So what kind of place is Taos? By Joan Livingston

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aos is a place that … well, we asked our readers to fill in the blank. And from the answers we received, it appears Taos is a pretty good place to live. For instance, Taos is a place that accepts and allows, as in “allows everyone to roll their own way.” Our little place in the world also has a lot going for it: beautiful moun-

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tains, sunsets, sky, fresh air, good food, skiing, and amazing light. The list goes on. And naturally, Taos is a place that nourishes our readers. “Fills a void you didn’t know you had” was one answer. Here are two more: “Fills you with magic and wonder” and “Fills the darkest corners of my soul with fun.” Then, of course, many people wrote Taos feels like home, including, as one person wrote, “even for newcomers.” People wrote Taos also has good

energy, natural beauty and “crazy people.” More than one reader claimed Taos “has something for everybody.” Then, of course, there were the cynics, who noted Taos “drains your wallet” and “either you love it or hate it.” But so many more called Taos a healing and inspiring place. And the most frequent answer in the survey? Taos is the place that … “I love the most.” Or as one person put it, “Has many challenges, but at the end of the day you couldn’t think of a better place to be.”

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Best place for bookworms n First Place Moby Dickens Bookshop

124 Bent St., Taos (575) 758-3050 mobydickens.com

n Second Place Brodsky Bookshop 226-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-9468 taosbooks.com

Best gallery n First Place Tina Larkin

Voters named Country Furnishings of Taos as the first place-winner for Best of Taos’ “Best Home Furnishings” category.

Best grocery store n First Place Cid’s Food Market

n First Place

623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1148 cidsfoodmarket.com

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Best hip local shop

103-C Bent St., Taos (575) 758-8590 fx18.com

n Second Place Red Cat Melissiana Folk Art & Treasures

Lenny Foster Living Light Gallery

107 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 737-9150 lennyfoster.com

n Second Place Michael McCormick Gallery 106-C Paseo del Pueblo Norte (575) 758-1372 mccormickgallery.com

Smith’s Food & Drug Center

224 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-3711 smithsfoodanddrug.com

110 Doña Luz, Taos (575) 751-7553 redcatmelissiana.com

Best place to buy fruits and veggies n First Place Taos Farmers Market 400 Camino de la Placita (Town Hall parking lot) taosfarmersmarket.org

n Second Place Cid’s Food Market Tina Larkin

Shoppers in Taos Plaza head to Taos Mountain Outfitters in Taos Plaza. The store earned “Best Place to Gear Up for the Trail,” “Best Outdoor Shop” and second place for “Best Place to Gear Up for the Slopes.”

623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1148 cidsfoodmarket.com

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Best place to buy flowers n First Place Taos Farmers Market 400 Camino de la Placita (Town Hall parking lot) taosfarmersmarket.org

n Second Place Bud’s Cut Flowers & More

711-A Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-3555

Best place to gear up for the slopes n First Place Cottam’s Ski & Outdoor

Photo Illustration by Tina Larkin

Jack Wrap It employees, from left, Justine Little, Tony Knief and Sarah Robert-Shaw, and longtime customer Rob Weiss. Jack Wrap It earned the title “Best Place to Ship a Package” in this year’s Best of Taos voting.

Best shoe store

Best farmers market

Best resale shop

n First Place

n First Place

n First Place

The Good Sole

Taos Farmers Market

Pieces Consignment Goods

1033 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 737-5000 goodsole.com

400 Camino de la Placita (Town Hall parking lot) taosfarmersmarket.org

n Second Place

Red Willow Farmers Market

Steppin’ Out

120 Bent St., Taos (575) 758-4487 steppinout-taos.com

n Second Place 885 Star Road, Taos Pueblo (575) 770-8688

101 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley (575) 776-8719 207-A Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-2822 cottamsskishops.com

n Second Place Taos Mountain Outfitters

114 South Plaza, Taos (575) 758-9292 taosmountainoutfitters.com

1024 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 737-0500 piecestaos.com

n Second Place CAV Thrift Store

1103 Paseo del Pueblo Sur (575) 751-4824 taoscav.org/en/thrift-store/

Best place to buy a souvenir n First Place Taos Pueblo

Best women’s clothing boutique n First Place Francesca’s Clothing Boutique

492 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco (575) 776-8776 styleintaos.com Tina Larkin

Vargas Tile earned enough votes for second place in the “Best Place to Buy Floor Coverings” category.

(575) 758-1028 (Tourism Dept.) taospueblo.com

n Second Place Millicent Rogers Museum Gift Shop 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos (575) 758-2462 millicentrogers.org

n Second Place Michelle’s

136 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 751-3450

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Congratulations Nicole Martinez

2013 Best of Taos Grand Sweepstakes Winner Nicole Martinez (left) and her son Jesiah receives their prize from Production and IT director Ray Seale. Nicki won a new Apple iPad for voting in The Taos News’ online Best of Taos survey.

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Best place to gear up for the trail n First Place Taos Mountain Outfitters

114 South Plaza, Taos (575) 758-9292 taosmountainoutfitters.com

n Second Place Mudd N Flood

103-A Bent St., Taos (575) 751-9100 muddnflood.com

Best outdoor shop n First Place Taos Mountain Outfitters

114 South Plaza, Taos (575) 758-9292 taosmountainoutfitters.com

n Second Place Mudd N Flood

103-A Bent St., Taos (575) 751-9100 muddnflood.com

Best place for a massage n First Place Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa 50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

Francesca Medina from Francesca’s Clothing Boutique in Arroyo Seco, this year’s “Best Women’s Clothing Boutique.”

Best place to buy a pair of shades n First Place n Second Place SunShades of Taos 108 West Plaza, Taos (575) 751-1565 sunshadesoftaos.com

n Second Place

Taos Mountain Outfitters

114 South Plaza, Taos (575) 758-9292 taosmountainoutfitters.com

The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado

317 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 758-3502 elmontesagrado.com

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Best place to pamper your skin n First Place Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

n Second Place The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado

317 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 758-3502 elmontesagrado.com

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Voted BEST Wi-Fi LOCATION - Thank You, Taos!

coffee cyber cafe gallery At La Posta Road & Felicidad - Behind Albertsons High-Speed Internet - WiFi Hotspot, Computer Rental or bring your own Private Office/Meeting Room Rental, Covered Patios, Beautiful Gardens Absolute BEST Coffees, Teas, Smoothies, Gourmet Foods Art Gallery Featuring Local Artists www.wiredcoffeeshop.com 575-751-WIRE Open 7 days a week

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Best place to buy a hot tub n First Place Wolfgang’s Spa Works 1210 Salazar Road, Taos (575) 758-1857 wolfgangspas.com

Best garden center and nursery n First Place

n Second Place

Petree’s Nursery & Greenhouses

Río Grande Ace Hardware

25 Petree Lane, Taos (575) 758-3021 petreenursery.com

1381 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4268 riograndeace.com

Best place to buy a mattress n First Place Taos LifeStyle

710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-5885 taoslifestyle.com

n Second Place Woody’s Furniture

206 Paseo del Cañon East, Taos (575) 751-3211

Best home furnisings n First Place Country Furnishings of Taos 534 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-4633 cftaos.com

n Second Place Graystone Furniture and the Sofa Gallery

1010 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-1266 graystonefurniture.com Tina Larkin

A wine-tasting event at the OBL Wine Shop, named “Best Liquor Store” in this year’s Best of Taos.

Best hardware and home improvement store n First Place

n Second Place

Río Grande Ace Hardware

Randall Lumber

1381 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4268 223 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, #1 (575) 751-2061 riograndeace.com

315 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-2271 randalltaos.com

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Best place to buy floor coverings n First Place

n Second Place

Dan’s Carpets

Vargas Tile Company

7237 State Road 518, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-2420

4114 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos (575) 758-5986 vargastile.com

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obody seems surprised that Living Light Photography, Lenny Foster’s art gallery, has received a Best of Taos award for “Best Gallery.” Among the many people who have been inspired by the gallery are Joey Blue and Karla Joy Demers. “We are so happy for him,” said Blue. “Lenny’s art speaks to the cells of our souls, embracing and encouraging us to fulfill our life purpose. His energy, his work and that inspiring spot that is his gallery reflect the spirit we see in him.” “Lenny is so deserving of this award,” said Bonnie Lee Black, a Taos author and teacher. “He is a treasure and his gallery, a must-visit for anyone visiting Taos. It is also a perfect location for literary events.” As for Foster himself, he was delighted when he heard of the award. “I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “But I am honored that the community appreciates my gallery and what I have done with it.” Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Foster began his photography career in 1993, after he took a trip to the Southwest. The same year he settled in Taos, and has never looked back. In 2007 he was recognized as a Taos Living Master by the Taos Fall Arts Committee. In 2010 his image “Spirit of Bandelier” won the Patsy Schumacher Best of Show award at the Taos Fall Arts Festival. Foster’s photography has been shown at the Harwood Museum and the Albuquerque Museum and is part of the permanent collection at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The gallery

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oster’s goal as an artist and gallery owner isn’t just to have beautiful art on the walls, but create a space where people feel welcome and safe. “I am happy when someone comes in and experiences peace of mind here,” he said. “I have places for visitors to sit, relax and get in touch with their emotions.” He has even built an altar where people can leave pictures of loved ones, images of their favorite saints, like Saint Francis de Assisi, and prayers. In that sense, the gallery is a combination of art display and sanctuary. It is also a venue for community events, like book signings and poetry readings. Since he moved to the new space, on Kit Carson Road, Foster has worked hard to take his photography to a new level. “My work has always had a spiritual dimension,” he said. “I hope that my images have an emotional and spiritual impact on myself and on those who look at them.” Living Light Photography displays five distinct bodies of work.

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El Prado businesses along a stretch of U.S. 64. The proposed annexation of the roadway by the town of Taos has been the center of controversy between the town and Taos County.

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he hottest topic, from the answers we received, is politics, that is, politics Taos-style. So, according to our readers, we have bad government and bad politicians. And, if that wasn’t enough, we have corrupt government and corrupt politicians. One reader noted “political corruption at the local level” and another, “political in-fighting — childish.” Answers include political mayhem, nepotism and stupidity. Then, we have rotten politics. To be more specific, readers noted the airport expansion, annexation, and regional command center — in short, “city vs. county.” One person remarked, “County and town acting like India and Pakistan.” What were other hot topics? Art got many votes. Other popular topics were the Río Grande del Norte National Monument, economic development, and, because this is Taos, chemtrails. Then, we received this observation about Taos’ hottest topics by one person, “It changes weekly.” And this one from another, “It is a small town so it can be anything.”

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Because this is Taos, chemtrails made the list of answers provided as “The Hottest Topic” in town.

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“The first is the ‘Fleur du Soleil’ sunflower series,� said Foster, adding that photographing the sunflowers worked as a healing process after the end of a relationship. “The project offered me both spiritual and emotional growth,� he said. The photos are named after emotions like longing, delight, affection, and, naturally, love. “Love, love again� is the close-up of an open flower. The secLiving light gallery ond project is a series of horses 107 Kit Carson called “DreamRoad time.� (575) 737-9150 “When lennyfoster.com I took these pictures, I discovered a level of trust and communication with animals that I hadn’t previously experienced,� said Foster. The third body of work is the “Peace, Prayer, Love: A Show of Hands� series. Foster began it in 1995, when he attended a healing ritual in Senegal, West Africa. “After that, I began to document praying hands from cultures around the world,� he said. His subjects range from 6 months to 106 years of age. “They are from all walks of life,� he said. “Ministers, healers, medicine men and women, artists, shamans, musicians, family and friends are all included in the collection.� There are hands holding flowers, canes, feathers, sacred beads, hats, and books. Healing Hands, the book that came out of this project, will be released in July 2013. The Spiritscape series takes its title from the blending of “spirit� and “landscape.� They combine human subjects and nature in seemingly perfect communion.

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My favorite is a “Bobcat Angel.� It depicts a bobcat operator with a beer gut and a cigar in his hand. Strangely enough, the white, fluffy angel wings do not look out of place in him. Finally, the “Calling All Angels� series is about ordinary people in everyday situations donning angel wings. My favorite is a “Bobcat Angel.� It depicts a Bobcat operator with a beer gut and a cigar in his hand. Strangely enough, the white, fluffy angel wings do not look out of place on him. “Some pictures were taken in my studio,� Foster said. “But I also traveled around with a set of wings in my car. When I found subjects that seemed appropriate, I asked them to pose for me.� The series includes a Roller Derby and a Laundromat angel. “My point is that angels in our lives can appear anywhere and at anytime, whether we recognized them as such or not,� said Foster. He considers his work, in general, as a creative vehicle for transcending times and for celebrating the beauty and the power of spirit. “When I came to Taos I had nothing but my camera and dreams,� said Foster. “Going from there to having a recognized gallery is more than I could have expected 20 years ago. I am very grateful for it.�

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Best jeweler n First Place Larry Martinez Jeweler

822 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4169 larrymartinezjeweler.com

n Second Place Chavez Fine Jewelers 622 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-9319 chavezfinejewelers.com

Best liquor store n First Place OBL Wine Shop

100 State Road 150, El Prado (575) 776-8787

n Second Place Smith’s Food & Drug Center 224 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-3711 smithsfoodanddrug.com

Taos Farmers Market earned voter support as “Best Place to Buy Fruit & Veggies,” “Best Place to Buy Flowers” and “Best Farmers Market.”

Best place for pet supplies n First Place Taos Tack and Pet Supply

710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 737-9798 taostackandpetsupply.com

Best place to fill up your tank n First Place

n Second Place

Smith’s Food & Drug Center

Northside Allsup’s

224 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-3711 smithsfoodanddrug.com

507 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-0037

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Best place to ship a package n First Place Jack Wrap It Global

925 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-1111

n Second Place UPS Store

1008 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-8647 theupsstore.com

n Second Place Blue Sky Pet and Feed Supply

214 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-1841

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THANKS, TAOS! YOU’RE THE BEST!

The Best and Lowest Prices Every Day On Everything! No more waiting for daily sales!

Donate, Shop and Contribute to Taos County’s Best Non-Profit *as voted by readers of the Taos News. Open Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm Donations of gently used furniture, household items, books, jewelry, accessories, clothes and other necessities gratefully accepted MondayWednesday –Friday during store hours and Saturday 10:30-2:30

CAV THRIFT STORE 1103 Paseo del Pueblo Sur Next to Quality Inn

THANK YOU TAOS Hair, Make-Up and Photo by Marjorie

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The Be s t of Ta o s 2 0 1 3 n T h i ng s to D o Best annual event in taos county n First Place Fiestas de Taos Taos Plaza July 19-21, 2013 fiestasdetaos.com

n Second Place

best hiking/jogging trail n First Place n Second Place Williams Lake

Wheeler Peak Wildnerness Area, Carson National Forest taostrails.com/williams_lake.html

Taos Solar Music Festival

Kit Carson Park June 6, 2013 solarmusicfest.com

Wild Rivers Area of the Río Grande Gorge

North of Questa (575) 586-1150 - visitors center blm.gov/nm/st/en/ prog/recreation/ taos/wild_rivers_ rec_area.html

most interesting place to take visitors n First Place Taos Pueblo

(575) 758-1028 (Tourism Dept.) taospueblo.com

n Second Place Río Grande Gorge Bridge U.S. 64 toward Tres Piedras

best place to soak n First Place Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

n Second Place Black Rock Hot Springs

(aka Hondo Hot Spring) West of John Dunn Bridge, Arroyo Hondo taos.org/outdoors/ rio-grande

best weekend getaway n First Place n Second Place Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

Taos Ski Valley State Road 150, Taos Ski Valley (866) 968-7386 skitaos.org

50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

Best ski & snowboard area n First Place Taos Ski Valley State Road 150, Taos Ski Valley (866) 968-7386 skitaos.org

n Second Place Angel Fire Resort

Miller Lane, Angel Fire (800) 633-7463 angelfireresort.com Tina Larkin

Getting Outside! is one of the more esoteric Best of Taos winners this year, garnering second place in the “Best Cheap Thrill” category.

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Best rafting company n First Place Los Ríos River Runners

4003 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos (800) 544-1181 losriosriverrunners. com

n Second Place Far Flung Adventures

(800) 359-2627 farflung.com

best place to enjoy free wifi n First Place Wired? CoffeeCyber-Cafe

705 Felicidad Lane, Taos (575) 751-9473 wiredcoffeeshop. com

n Second Place Elevation Coffee 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado (575) 779-6078 elevationcoffeetaos. com

Courtesy Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley earned voter acclaim in the “Best Weekend Getaway” and “Best Ski & Snowboard Area” categories.

Best place for kids to have fun n First Place Twirl Toystore & Playspace 225 Camino de la Placita (575) 751-1402 twirlhouse.com

n Second Place Outside in Nature!

best cheap thrill n First Place Taos Plaza Live! Taos Plaza Every Thursday, May 23-Sept. 5 taosplazalive.com

n Second Place Get Outside!

“hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, skiing”

best place to take a dip n First Place n Second Place Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa 50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

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Taos Youth and Family Center 407 Paseo del Cañon East, Taos (575) 758-4160 taosyouth.com

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON THE SOUTH SIDE... 1ST PLAcE BEST GYM/ WORKKOUT FAcILITY SINcE 2003 THANK YOU AGAIN TAOS!

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Elliot Combs-Wakefield, 3, pictured through the gate at Twirl Toystore and Playspace.

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Twirl still the best place for By Cody Olivas

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oys, by nature, are supposed to be fun, and the Twirl Toy Store and Play Space in Taos not only makes sure that it carries fun toys, but that the store itself is a fun place to be.  Twirl is not only a toy store, it’s also a playground featuring an indoor fountain, a spiral staircase and an Ali Baba fireplace. “The outdoor play space distinguishes Twirl from other specialty toy retailers,” Nikki Ross, Twirl’s marketing director, said. “There aren’t many toy stores where you can play outside for free in a huge playground on a bunch of really cool installations. Other toy stores do offer classes and activities, but again we are different in that we don’t charge a fee for these, which makes Twirl particularly accessible and welcoming for all our customers.” Taoseños have taken notice of the store, voting it the best place for kids to have fun in Taos for five years in a row now.  “Our vision was to create a magical toy store and play space that involves and inspires both children and adults,” Ross said. “I think our underlying philosophy is to always strive for the most imaginative and creative way possible to bring this vision to life, whether that is in the products we offer in-store, the installations we have in our courtyard, the activities we provide in our play space, the wrapping paper we choose, our marketing communications, our customer service, or the community parties we throw for special holidays. We put care and attention into everything we do, and I think people recognize and appreciate that above all else.” One of the only complaints people have about Twirl is their kids never want to leave the store. Of course, if they take home an EzyRoller, Boogie Board or an arts and crafts kit, they can have plenty of fun at home, too.  Adults also seem to have fun at Twirl, and mustacheinspired toys seem to be a hit among them.  “We take care to make sure our products are presented in an interesting and inspiring way, not just piled high on the shelf, but with some thought to it and with a bit of humor added to the mix wherever possible, to make the shopping experience itself fun,” Ross said. “In fact, we often get reviews from customers who don’t have kids but still make a point of visiting Twirl because it’s a fun place to browse and explore. Receiving this award for the fifth year in a row is a tribute not just to everyone who works at Twirl, but to our customers, too; Twirl just wouldn’t be Twirl without their continued support, and we appreciate them daily.”

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Ballet class with instructor Casandra Romero at Twirl.

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Twirl Toystore and Playspace is fun inside and out.

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Best SpanishLanguage Band or Performer n First Place El Grupo Mezcal (575) 776-2106 facebook.com

n Second Place Darren Córdova y Calor

Local wunderkind Max Gomez was voted second place for “Best Local Singer/Songwriter.”

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Best Place to Hit the Jackpot n First Place Taos Mountain Casino

700 Veterans Highway (575) 737-0777 taosmountaincasino. com

n Second Place Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe (877) 455-7775 buffalothunder resort.com

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Best Local Singer/ Songwriter n First Place Jimmy Stadler

(575) 776-8234 or (575) 770-7712 jimmystadler.com

n Second Place Max Gomez

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Best Local Jazz Group or Performer n First Place Omar Rane

(575) 779-1087 tonepalace.com

n Second Place Christine Autumn

christineautumn.com

best Local Radio Personality n First Place n Second Place Paddy Mac, KTAO

9 State Road 150, Taos (575) 758-5826 ktaos.com

Michael Dean, KKIT 125 Camino de la Merced (575) 758-4491 kkitthemountain. com

Jimmy Stadler was voted “Best Local Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Local Rock Group or Performer.”

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Thank You Taos for Voting us the

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best Local Rock Band or Performer n First Place n Second Place Jimmy Stadler

(575) 776-8234 or (575) 770-7712 jimmystadler.com

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Best local country band or performer n First Place Michael Hearne michaelhearne.com

Best Live Music Venue n First Place KTAOS Solar Center

n Second Place Kim and the Caballeros (575) 758-7840 kimandthecaballeros. com

9 State Road 150, Taos (575) 758-5826 ktaos.com

n Second Place Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-5826 taosinn.com

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Lightning struck twice for Omar Rane, as he was voted “Best Local Jazz Group or Performer,” and his band the Monkey Feeders earned second place in the “Best Local Rock Group or Performer” category.

best Place to Shake Your Booty n First Place n Second Place

best Radio Station n First Place

KTAOS Solar Center

KTAO 101.9

9 State Road 150, Taos (575) 758-5826 ktaos.com

Taos Mesa Brewing

20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado (575) 758-1900 taosmesabrewing. com

9 State Road 150, Taos (575) 758-5826 ktaos.com

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Readers of The Taos News voted the KTAOS Solar Center as the area’s “Best Live Music Venue” and “Best Place to Shake Your Booty.”

n Second Place KKIT 95.9

125 Camino de la Merced (575) 758-4491 kkitthemountain.com

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Thank You Taos For Voting Us 1st Place To Buy Pet Supplies

Phoenix Mechanical THANKS YOU ALL SO MUCH for choosing us

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Salon Marjorie earned “Best Hair Salon” in this year’s Best of Taos.

best real estate agent n First Place n Second Place Lisa Davis, Prudential Taos Real Estate 314-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1924 enchantedtaos.com

Diane Enright, Prudential Taos Real Estate 314-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1924 taoshomes.com

Best customer service n First Place Río Grande Ace Hardware 1381 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4268 223 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, #1 (575) 751-2061 riograndeace.com

n Second Place Peoples Bank

1100 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-5999 219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-4211 bankingunusual.com

Best real estate agency n First Place Prudential Taos Real Estate

314-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1924 prudentialtaosrealestate.com

n Second Place Coldwell Banker Lota Realty Inc. 204 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-8673 cblotataos.com

best hair salon n first Place Salon Marjorie 237 Ledoux St., Taos (575) 751-7246 salonmarjorie.com

n Second Place Salon X

212 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 758-1584 salonxtaos.com

best barber shop n First Place Johnny’s Barbershop

308 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4286

n Second Place Gil’s Barbershop 720 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-9717

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For voting Moby Dickens The Best Bookshop in Taos County 14 years in a row!

Your support as donors and volunteers makes CAV Taos County’s Best Non-Profit‌

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Taoseño?

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Austin James Cobb-Coward (the first baby born in Taos in 2013) can honestly claim to be a Taoseño; he was born here. Here he is with father Jason Coward.

o how do you know you’re a Taoseño? This was definitely the most popular question of the four we posed in our Best of Taos survey. The answers definitely reflect two ways of thinking. On one side, many people decided to quantify Taos citizenship by the amount of years lived here. On the other, being a Taoseño appears to be a state of mind or being. To some the answer was quantified by the number of years you’ve lived here: from 5, 20, 25, 30. If your family has been here 400 years, at least since 1580 one reader said, then you’re definitely a Taoseño. Most agreed you are a Taoseño if you were born here. Someone wrote, “You’re never a Taoseño unless you were born here, but you’re close after living here seven years.” The “Taos state of being” for many people includes loving the local food, specifically chile. One person answered, “When Christmas is something you eat and celebrate.” Being a Taoseño means “being relaxed about being relaxed,” aka enjoying Taos time. Here are some sample answers. “You don’t notice mud on your car.” “When you say, ‘it’s good enough’.” “You stop washing your car and polishing your shoes.” “You don’t replace your broken windshield wiper till monsoon season.” Then, there’s that all-important comfort factor, like feeling at ease wearing pajamas to the store. One person observed, “When you develop dreadlocks and become an artist.” According to readers, a Taoseño gives and gets lots of hugs, points with the chin instead of a finger, and greets with a wave, hand slap, followed by a knuckle bump. For many, being a Taoseño is embracing Taos, warts and all, as in “when you finally learn to just roll with all the weirdness.” Then, there is “someone criticizes Taos and you say, “Yes, but we love it.” And, of course, you are an official Taoseño “when the mountain accepts you.” —By Joan Livingston

Of the three words submitted, “beautiful” was used 27 percent of the time, “mountains” only two percent. But surely the two go hand-in-hand?

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Taos in three words

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e asked readers to use three words to describe Taos. As this sampling shows, those who responded were rather creative, almost poetic we would say. And here it is — an ode to Taos. Peaceful crazy paradoxical n Eclectic artistic beautiful n Dry pretty light n Light weather unpredictable n Beauty family history n Soulful beautiful enchanting n Amazingly beautiful awesome n State of mind n Groovy artistic mountains n Intimate unique backwards n Aromatic expansive surprising n Wild Rusty Dry n Beautiful magical peaceful n Ancient new now n Relax Enjoy smell n Three cultures n

harmony sweet home n Everybody fits in n Doesn’t get it n Majestic funky enchanted n Colorful ageless unique n For the Sole n Red or green n High Extreme Beautiful n Friendly active earthy n Skiing rafting Sipapu n Stars peaks scents n Quiet free-spirited an adventure n Unique artsy southwest n Beautiful extreme glorious n Cool high creative n Beautiful calming eclectic n Non-conformist quirky peaceful n Artistic food friendly n Small family fun n Historic Sustainable Maravilloso n Incredible beautiful spacious n Free diversified cluttered n Quaint Flaky Mystical n Fun diverse relaxing n Artsy spiritual Southwestern n Hometown beautiful amazing n Wild Ruff Reckless n Sunshine sage outdoors n Home

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otherworldly and vibrant n Beautiful small mountains n Majestic serene friendly n Eclectic breathable funky n Peace of heaven n Racial strife spiritual n Magical relaxing bellisima n Artsy historic lively n Beautiful quiet fun n Beautiful and enjoyable n Interesting beautiful kind n Majestic colonial beautiful n Fun Happy Creative n Hiking skiing biking n Amazing small boring n Awesome ski valley n Peaceful little town n Sunny rich interesting n Welcoming challenging worthwhile n Awesome fun grand n Small beautiful fun n Quiet beautiful majestic n Turquoise mountain mystery n Diverse dreads sunsets n Beautiful creative inspiring n Spontaneous joyful whole n The best around n Best food ever —Joan Livingston

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Best place to play tennis

best bed and breakfast n First Place n Second Place Casa Benavides

137 Kit Carson Road (575) 758-1772 taos-casabenavides.com

Adobe & Pines Inn 4107 State Road 68 (575) 751-0947 adobepines.com

n First Place

Best gym and workout facility n First Place Taos Spa & Tennis Club

111 Doña Ana Dr., Taos (575) 758-1980 taosspa.com

n Second Place Northside Health and Fitness

Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge

best visitor lodging n First Place n Second Place El Monte Sagrado

317 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 758-3502 elmontesagrado. com

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa 50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

1307 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado (575) 751-1242 taosnorthsidespa. com

88 State Road 150, El Prado (575) 776-3447 taostennis.com

n Second Place Taos Spa & Tennis Club 111 Doña Ana Dr., Taos (575) 758-1980 taosspa.com

Best place to say “I do” n First Place El Monte Sagrado

317 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 758-3502 elmontesagrado.com

n Second Place Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (800) 222-9162 ojospa.com

best doctor n First Place Dr. Lucas Schreiber

630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 150 (575) 758-3005 familypracticeassociatesoftaos.com

n Second Place Dr. Ellen Warren

630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 150 (575) 758-3005 familypracticeassociatesoftaos.com

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Dr. Kellie Harris was voted “Best Dentist” by readers of The Taos News. Continued on page 56

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Thanks, Taos! You make us the best year after year!

Thank You Taos for Voting Us Best Hip Local Shop!

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It’s So YOU!

Voted Best Local Performer in 2013!!

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The Art of Fine Jewelry Making for Over 40 Years... Right Here in Taos

L A R RY M A RT I N E Z J EW E L E R 822 Paseo del Pueblo Sur across from El TaoseĂąo in Taos

575.758.4169

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Tina Larkin

Lisa Davis (right) and Diane Enright gave Prudential Taos Real Estate a clean sweep in the “Best Real Estate Agent” category.

Best financial advisor n First Place Ric Tredwin (Edward Jones) 707 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 751-7285 edwardjones.com

n Second Place Billy Knight (Knight Financial Limited)

115 La Posta Road, Taos (575) 751-3388

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best bank n First Place n Second Place

best Veterinarian n First Place

Peoples Bank

Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic

1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-4500 219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-4211 710 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (inside Albertson’s) (575) 758-5999 121 East Main, Unit 4D, Red River (575) 754-6224 5 Super Market Road, Questa (575) 586-2001 bankingunusual. com

Centinel Bank

512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-6700 707 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-6790 centinelbank.com

1025 Salazar Road, Taos (575) 758-9115 salazarroadvetclinic. com

n Second Place Dr. Ted Schupbach (Taos Veterinary Clinic)

41 State Road 522, Taos (575) 758-7310 taosvetclinic.com

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Best local website n First Place taosnews. com (The Taos News) 226 Albright St., Taos (575) 758-2241

n Second Place ktaos.com (KTAOS Solar Radio)

9 State Road 150, Taos (575) 758-5826

best dentist n First Place Dr. Kellie Harris (Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry) 1337-A Gusdorf Road, Taos (575) 751-9661 kellieharrisdds.com

n Second Place Dr. Tom Simms

1392 Weimer Road, Taos (575) 758-8303

best local elected official n First Place n Second Place Darren Córdova, town of Taos mayor

400 Camino de la Placita (575) 751-2000; dcordova@taosgov. com taosgov.com

Dan Barrone, Taos County Commissioner 105 Albright St., Suite G, Taos (575) 737-6303

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST OF TAOS “We are proud to serve Taos” Holley Mechanical

Plumbing and Heating Luther Holley, John Gonzales, Randel Vazela 758-8733

best plumber n First Place Phoenix Mechanical

THANK YOU TAOS FOR VOTING US BEST PLACE TO PLAY TENNIS

1217 Gusdorf Road, Taos (575) 758-3027 phoenixmechanical. net

n Second Place Luther Holley Mechanical

Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos

112 Este Es, Taos (575) 758-8733

best local nonprofit organization n First Place n Second Place Community Against Violence

(575) 758-8082 taoscav.org

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter 1200 St. Francis Lane, Taos (575) 758-2981 strayhearts.org

Best green business n First Place Cid’s Food Market

Ric Tredwin

623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575) 758-1148 cidsfoodmarket.com

Financial Advisor .

707 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur Taos, NM 87571 575-751-7285

n Second Place Petree’s Nursery & Greenhouses

25 Petree Lane, Taos (575) 758-3021 petreenursery.com

575-751-7285

Member SIPC

www.edwardjones.com

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Best place to get inked n First Place Talisman Tattoo 226 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-5465 talismantattootaos. net

n Second Place Local Boyz

1111 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 776-7294

Best civic organization n First Place

Carla Gonzales (Taos Cosmetic Dental Center) 1392-A Weimer Road, Taos (575) 758-8654 taoscosmetic dentalcenter.com

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Michelle Abeyta (Enos García Elementary School) 305 Don Fernando St., Taos (575) 737-6070 taosschools.org

n Second Place Brown & Brown Insurance 627 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-2244 bbinsurance.com

Best auto repair shop n First Place Metric Motors

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taoslions.org

best administrative assistant n First Place n Second Place

211 Kit Carson Road, Taos (575) 737-5433 wandalucero.com

taosrotary.org

Lions Club of Taos

Taos Spa & Tennis Club was voted “Best Gym and Workout Facility” as well as “Best Place to Play Tennis.”

Wanda Lucero (State Farm)

1314 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos (575) 758-1658 metricmotorstaos. com

Taos Milagro Rotary Club

Tina Larkin

Best insurance company n First Place

best building contractor n First Place

Taos Offroad & Performance 1010 Dea Lane, Taos (575) 758-7144 taosoffroad.com

J.J. Pollard & Associates LLC 112 Este Es Road (575) 751-7775

n Second Place Magee Design 208 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, #201, Taos (575) 770-3002 jedmagee.com

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