Casa Gallina – Taos Gay Inn

Author: , August 3rd, 2018

Casa Gallina

This gay-owned and operated Artisan Inn is located just five minutes from the historic Taos Plaza, in a quiet, pastoral, farmland setting. Casa Gallina’s five adobe casitas offer an oasis of home and renewal for visitors to Taos.

Casa Gallina is the perfect base for exploring the Taos area, and it’s also the perfect place to stay put and to “Slow Down”. Richard, your Inn-keeper, will welcome you and guide you to all of his favorite places to visit, eat, shop, explore and adventure – your concierge in Taos.

The breathtaking Taos mountains and valley views that surround the property are awesome, as are the 50+ hens (and 2 roosters) that live on the property affectionately known as “the girls” – Casa Gallina literally means “Hen House” in Spanish and Italian. The Girls roam the grounds and provide fresh eggs every day for a delicious breakfast that guests can cook up in the fully stocked kitchens in each of the casitas.

See the Casa Gallina Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Burch Street Casitas – Taos Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals

Author: , August 25th, 2017

Burch Street Casitas

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Recently built (June 2005) and with a very convenient in-town Taos location, Burch Street Casitas are an easy walk from the Historic Taos Plaza and Kit Carson Museum. These vacation rental cottages provide the ideal Taos vacation rental.

At Burch Street Casitas, our Taos Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals, we offer four cozy 550 sf units featuring southwestern style architecture in a private compound.

We supply everything you’ll need except for food!

Our Taos Casitas are in the heart of “Canyon”, a historic neighborhood just 1.5 miles from Carson National Forest. This area is well-known for great hiking, biking, and fishing.

These casitas are also close to the Taos Plaza, shops, galleries, restaurants, and Kit Carson House.

We offer pleasant relaxing environments, including all the comforts of home, as well as romanticwood burning fireplaces. Outdoors, you’ll find private patios under a canopy of tall Chinese Elm and Cottonwood trees. There is also private off-street parking just a few feet from your arched front door.

Each of our ground-level Taos casitas features an open floor plan, and has a king-sized bed, full kitchen, full private bath, and quaint living/office/dining areas, with saltillo tiled radiant floor heat throughout.

The custom tongue-and-groove native New Mexico Pine and cross-beamed ceilings, along with the large windows and glass-wall blocks lend a light and airy charm. Each casita is decorated with contemporary southwest flavor.

Tastefully appointed niches, attractive wall hangings, consignment art from J. K. Lamkin, an eclectic selection of books and talavera tile kitchen counter accents complete your home away from home.

Casita amenities include:

  • king-sized bed with ceiling fans
  • free high speed internet
  • direct phone line with computer jack
  • TV / DVD Player / VCR
  • a selection of videos and books
  • informal book exchange
  • washer/dryer
  • iron / ironing board
  • generous closet/cabinet storage
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • desk
  • hair dryer

Each full kitchen includes all appliances:

  • gas flamed broiler / oven / range stove
  • refrigerator-freezer with icemaker
  • microwave
  • coffee maker & toaster
  • blender & crock pot
  • cooking / service ware for four people
  • coffee & tea
  • specialty equipment supplied at your request

You’ll find all the conveniences, staple items, and paper supplies you’ll need for your stay.

Coming to Taos? Stay with us at the modern, charming, friendly Burch Street Casitas!

See the PROPERTY Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: High Road to Taos

Author: , December 5th, 2016

Taos

The High Road to Taos of course is the road from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico. Actually there are two different ways to drive from Santa Fe to Taos, the High Road or the regular highway. Most people take the High Road to Taos and then take the four lane highway back to Santa Fe. Taos is only 70 miles from Santa Fe and takes just a little over an hour to drive on the four lane highway however it can take 2 1/2 to four hours when taking the High Road which is a very small two lane road that winds thru different very small villages.

taosFrom Santa Fe take New Mexico highway 76 all the way to Taos. The High Road to Taos is a scenic, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains., It winds through high desert, mountains, forests, small farms and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages and Pueblo Indian villages with plenty of galleries and studios selling weavings, hand crafted pottery, woodwork, pottery, paintings, jewelry and other traditional art work of the region.

The first village is the Nambe Pueblo which is located about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. It has existed there since the 14th Century. We have been there many times and have seen their native Indian dances and festivals. All visitors and guests are invited to watch the different ceremonial functions that they have throughout the year.

The second village is Chimayo where the Ortega weavers are still producing high quality rugs, blankets and a sundry of other items which can be purchased from their gift shop. You will also find the 19th century Santuario de Chimayo Church, known as the “Lourdes of the Southwest” which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Other small villages are Cordova, Truchas and Ojo Sarco which also have native American Indians selling their wares. In Las Trampas, they have one of the oldest churches in the country. It was founded in 1751 and is called Santo Tomas Apostol del Rio de las Trampas.

TaosThe village of Truchas is a remarkable village. When we were there many years ago, we got to meet Robert Redford who was directing his movie, The Milagro Beanfield War back in 1988. Of course all of these villages are very small however visitors are made welcome by all of the residents.

Then you will approach Taos, New Mexico and you can explore the sights and sounds of that town. Visit the major pueblo there as well as the entire town. Our favorite restaurant in Taos is Orlando’s which has been around forever. Their address is 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane. Besides having the best authentic food in town they also have a very delicious special dessert, Frozen Avocado Pie!

Orlando’s is a very funky place and is always crowded. Their downtown plaza in Taos is a must see. After a driving trip on the High Road to Taos you will come back to Santa Fe with your camera full of photos of fabulous historical places where you have visited and toured. Even if you are not into religion, you will certainly appreciate all of the very old architecture of the area.

Then when you return to Santa Fe, ALWAYS stay at the Inn of the Farolito Bed and Breakfast, www.farolito.com It is the finest accommodations in Santa Fe. Wayne and Walt have owned and operated the Inn for many years and guests always stay with them whenever they return to Santa Fe. We have been visiting Santa Fe for over 30 years and always find it so refreshing and always see new things and meet new people every time we go back.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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A Taste of Taos – Lesbian Travel

Author: , December 23rd, 2015

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

While the Southwest has always appealed to outdoorsy and self-sufficient lesbians, New Mexico in particular has had a powerful draw for women with an artistic bent. And on December 19, 2013, legislation further paved the way for lesbian lovebirds, with the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favor of granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Taos, a vibrant and picturesque town in the north-central region of New Mexico, is set against the stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains–a landscape that inspired the painter Georgia O’Keeffe for 40 years.

The Taos Valley, the mountains, and the Rio Grande create a kind of energy vortex that has drawn expressive types to it for many years. The vistas in this region are dramatic, and the vibe feels ancient and spiritual. The Taos Pueblo, an American Indian settlement on the northern border of the town, is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, and it’s a fascinating place to visit, with its multistory adobe houses, shops, a cemetery built in 1619 by Spanish priests using Indian labor, and the San Geronimo Church, photographed by Ansel Adams.

Over the past hundred years, artists, writers, and thinkers have made a pilgrimage here–to meet, heal, create, or find peace and quiet. Perhaps the best-known artist colony in Taos was established by the bisexual socialite Mabel Dodge Luhan in 1919. Dodge, who was a close friend of Gertrude Stein, was a prominent figure in the art scenes of New York, Florence, and Santa Barbara, but her Taos salon really took off, especially after she married Tony Luhan, a Pueblo Indian, and it attracted Emma Goldman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willa Cather, Margaret Sanger, Martha Graham, and many others. And remarkable women have tarried in Taos ever since.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve

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