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Mini Tour of Taos

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First impressions can be wrong.

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

Such true words to depict my recent visit to Taos, New Mexico. Previous passings through this small little New Mexico town famed for its artists and ski valley had given me the impression that Taos was rather overrated. Thanks to my adventuresome and curious sister I know it’s actually a rather fun place to spend the day.You just have to be willing to do a little pavement pounding and expect a little New Mexico culture to rise up and meet you along the way.

We started with one of the main squares and stumbled upon several local artists, collectors, restaurants and a hodge podge of shops.My most favorite shop by far was called “At Home in Taos. ” We must have spent a good hour in this shop. It’s filled with those little treasures & trinkets that make you feel like you’re a kid in a candy shop when you’re little. Everything begs  to be admired and touched.  I have to admit the  eco-friendly offerings really had me that much more in love with the place. Check out some of the unique goods I found.

Proceeds from these hand crafted baskets from The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation help fund medical care and education in Vietnam and Nepal. And they're made from leftover food wrappers-love it!

Also loved these!

Wine bottle toppers made from bottle caps and leftover metal scraps.

And these “Pop-Top” Bags had me drooling-how creative!

Did I mention all the pretty prints to drool over?

But it wasn’t just a one stop shopping expedition! We also found shops with beautiful and colorful spanish influence.

Festive Maracas!

Cheeful Pillows!

Fun, Woven Hacky Sacks!

Also found some green friendly crafts in several of the other stores.

How about a reclaimed Picket Fence Bench?

Or garden decor from old spoons and garage tools?

One of my favorite ideas was reusing old license plates. I’ve been trying to think of something to do with our collection for years!

And lest you think it was shops, shops and no atmosphere I thought you might enjoy the glimpses of nature that surrounded us.

Just beyond the square but not out of reach!

And the guitar player strumming in the warm afternoon sun!

All in all it was a really nice way to spend the day: A little lunch, a little window shopping, a little music and last but not least a scoop of ice cream or chocolate treat! A great glimpse of spring!


One thought on “Mini Tour of Taos

  1. you make me ready to go back! The pics are great!

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