Taos Ski Valley Lodging & Vacation Rentals
Taos, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in north-central New Mexico. It is a favorite among skiers and snowboarders with its nearly 1,300 acres of ski-able terrain, including legendary steeps, moguls, powder and gladed runs. The valley is home to four ski resorts that circle Wheeler Peak, the tallest point in New Mexico.
At WIMCO Villas, we've curated a collection of hand-picked places to stay that allow you easy ski access out of your front or back door and onto the Taos Valley slopes. You don't have to worry about transportation, lockers and changing in and out of your skis. What could be more convenient?
When the weather warms up, the area is favored for hiking and mountain biking. These luxury rental homes put you on the doorstep of some of the region's best hiking trails, while still being close to town. Taos also has a vibrant art colony and is the former home of the Taos Society of Artists. Several notable Americans have called it home, including novelist D.H. Lawrence and actress Julia Roberts.
Where to Stay In Taos?
There are a variety of options when considering luxury vacation rentals in Taos. You can rent a ski-in/ski-out private mountain chalet or luxury log cabin in the Taos Ski Valley with amenities like wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs and private decks.
Or perhaps renting a luxury home or condo in town within walking distance to restaurants and galleries might suit your needs. You can even stay in a unique, eco-resort that provides all of the amenities without the carbon footprint. Taos truly has something for every taste and every size group.
Best Taos Luxury Rentals
If you are looking for some of the best places to stay in Taos consider WIMCO’s Villas’ hand-picked collection of luxury Taos rental homes. For example, you can opt for a Bavarian-style chalet made from locally-sourced materials, just a short distance to the ski lifts, or a high-end condo with vaulted ceilings and 360-degree views of the mountains and the Hondo River.
Some of our rental homes even have an elevator to help you navigate its three levels. Of course, all of our Taos luxury vacation rentals have fully-equipped kitchens, most with stainless steel appliances and room to entertain. In the summer and autumn months, you can relax on the porches and balconies and take in the sunset with a glass of wine or a soothing cappuccino.
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Taos Luxury Hotels and Resorts
If you prefer to stay somewhere with lots of services and amenities, we have assembled a carefully selected collection of Taos luxury hotels and resorts for you to consider.
For a unique luxury resort experience that agrees with your concern for the environment, choose El Monte Sagrado, an eco-resort with guest rooms and casitas surrounding a grassy "Sacred Circle" and operates using a philosophy of zero-chemicals and minimizing its carbon footprint.
For a taste of historic Taos, the Taos Inn offers 45 beautifully-decorated rooms as well as the most popular restaurant and bar in Taos. It's not called the "living room of Taos" for nothing. Palacio de Marquesa Hotel is a luxury Taos mountain retreat with unique guest suites styled after some of Taos' favorite sons and daughters.
Renting a Vacation Home or Staying in a Luxury Hotel - Which One Is Right for You?
Taos offers a wide variety of luxury accommodations. Whether you are interested in a luxury vacation home in town or looking for lodging on the mountain or want to book a group of rooms in a luxury Taos resort. The good news is that there is no wrong answer. This area offers plenty of excellent homes for rent and resorts.
Renting a private vacation home may be the best bet for you if you have a large group seeking common areas to socialize in. Or perhaps you are a couple on a honeymoon or anniversary trip who is just looking for one room, in which case a luxury condo or ski hotel might be the best fit.
A private rental home gives you plenty of room to spread out as well as a full-size kitchen where you can entertain or make at least some of your meals. Dining in is especially convenient for apres ski when you don't feel like getting cleaned up to go to a restaurant.
On the other hand, a Taos resort is a good choice if you like to have restaurants and other amenities within a few steps of your bedroom as well as services like nightly turn-down and room service.
Whichever type of accommodation you choose, the friendly experts at WIMCO Villas will work closely with you and help you plan your trip to make the Taos winter or summer vacation of your dreams. We can take care of all of the usual and unusual requests, from booking a manicure to helping you host an anniversary party in your Taos vacation home.
Where is Taos and Why Visit?
Taos is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of north-central New Mexico. The city of around 5,700 permanent residents is located about 2.5 hours northeast of Albuquerque. The region has been a popular ski area since the mid-1950s and consists of four distinct ski areas--Taos Ski Valley, Red River ski area, Sipapu ski area and Angel Fire ski area. The ski season ranges from mid-November until mid-April, depending on the snowfall.
However, Taos isn't just a ski resort. The area is home to a thriving art community as well as the Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and still home to 65 members of the Pueblo Native American tribe.
Summer recreation in Taos includes fly fishing, hot air balloon rides, golfing, llama trekking and enjoying the area's many hiking and biking trails.
How to get to Taos?
Taos is served by Taos Regional Airport, located about six miles from town. Commercial flights are somewhat seasonal in Taos. During the ski season, from November through mid-April, you can fly non-stop to Taos from Austin, Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles via Taos Air. During the rest of the year, you can fly into Albuquerque and take a short, 20-minute flight from there to your Taos rental house or hotel.
Visitors can also fly directly into Albuquerque International Airport, which is approximately 2.5 hours by car from Taos, and rent a car or take the Taos Ski Valley Airport Shuttle to travel to Taos. There are non-stop flights year-round to Albuquerque from numerous US cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Chicago, Orlando and Seattle.
Another alternate airport is Santa Fe Airport, approximately 90 minutes away from Taos. There are non-stop flights to Santa Fe from Phoenix, Dallas and Denver.
WIMCO is happy to arrange local transportation to your vacation rental or reserve a rental car for you and your family.
What Is the Best Time to Visit Taos?
Taos is a four-season destination, so there's no wrong time to visit. The ski season lasts roughly between mid-November and mid-April, depending on the snowfall.
Summer is in its full glory between mid-June and early-September. We particularly like Taos during the early part of September, when the summer crowds have departed, the days are warm and the evenings cool, and the trees have started to turn colors.
What are the top five things to do in Taos (other than skiing)?
While skiing may be the best-known activity in Taos, there are many other enjoyable things to do in town, both in the winter and summer.
Visit the Kit Carson Home and Museum - Located in downtown Taos, this is the house where frontiersman, Kit Carson lived with his third wife, Josefa and where they raised their eight children. Today, the home is filled with Carson artifacts, books and papers.
Take an excursion to the Taos Pueblo - The Taos Pueblo, located about one mile from downtown Taos, is an authentic Pueblo encampment and still home to 65 members of the Pueblo tribe. The multi-story, red adobe structure is estimated to have been built between 1,000 and 1,400 AD.
Browse the many art galleries - Taos is well known for its many art galleries, many of which are located in the historic downtown district. The city hosts an art walk on the first Saturday of every month.
Explore the Harwood Museum of Art - This museum, with more than 1,700 works of art and more than 17,000 photographic images, displays works by many members of the Taos Society of Artists, including Joseph Henry Sharp and Ernest L Blumenschein.
In the summer, you can also go horseback riding, fly fishing, llama trekking, hot air ballooning and, of course, hiking. During the winter months, Taos offers snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice skating.
What services does WIMCO Villas provide to our clients vacationing in Taos?
Imagine sipping a nice glass of wine sitting in your private hot tub and enjoying the view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background. And enjoying a hearty apres-ski gourmet meal prepared by a private chef. These experiences and more are waiting for you when you reserve a Taos luxury vacation home with WIMCO Villas.
Our experienced and friendly vacation planners and concierge team will take care of all of the details that make a vacation truly special, from handling all your travel arrangements, including flights, ground transportation and seat assignments to stocking your refrigerator with all of your favorite foods to making hard-to-get dinner and spa reservations or arranging for a private chef.
If you'd rather travel by private aircraft, we will contact the ground operator at Taos and have a vehicle waiting for you to whisk you away to your vacation home. One of the best things about staying in one of our Taos vacation rentals is that you have our friendly staff on call to assist you with 24/7.
Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make your vacation memorable and enjoyable. Feel free to contact us today to start planning your Taos dream vacation.