Red Cat House: A Haven in the Heart of Taos

Taos

Before traveling to Taos, N.M., I had heard the mountain town is full of character … and a few characters. Taos isn’t on the way to anywhere, unless your destination is a town with a cool vibe and beautiful mountains all around. And that’s why we were excited to spend a couple of days in this beautiful and laid-back mountain town. We wanted to discover the unique Taos character. When we arrived in Taos we quickly met our host for the evening, and one of the community’s real characters. We had arrived at the Red Cat House, where we found a carefree, artsy, cool and eccentric lady who quickly came to represent everything Taos means to me.

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Santa Fe Hiking Experiences

Aspen Vista Trail

Getting high above Santa Fe on the Aspen Vista Trail.

Seems like more and more these days we’re hearing about how children need to spend time outdoors. So when traveling to a city known for its great arts scene, it’s safe to assume a young boy will be itching to get outside more than usual. And the same goes for dad. That’s why I found myself walking beneath the golden Aspens more than 10,000 feet high while my wife was down in the city of Santa Fe browsing art along the famed Canyon Road. Father and son needed some guy time in the great outdoors. And when in Santa Fe, that means heading up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains¬†and hitting the trails. We found a perfect afternoon of Santa Fe hiking.

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Discover New Mexico Outdoors

Aspen Vista Trail

Views from the Aspen Vista Trail near Santa Fe. (Photo Courtesy of Eric Smith)

New Mexico, it’s known as the Land of Enchantment and I’m excited to discover why that is. We’ve talked about visiting Santa Fe for years, mostly because of the legacy of the great American artist Georgia O’Keefe, but also because of what we hear is a beautiful town filled to the brim with art galleries. Just Stacey’s speed.

But I’ve never really experienced the great American West, especially the Southwest. I’ve always been mesmerized by the idea of deserts, canyons, river valleys and snow-covered peaks. And in New Mexico, this Land of Enchantment has it all.

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