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Inn on the Rio: Taos, New Mexico

Aquatic Bliss: Inn on the Rio's Hot Tub     Photo: courtesy, Inn on the Rio

9. INN ON THE RIO :: TAOS, NEW MEXICO
The Inn on the Rio epitomizes all that is good about northern New Mexico. With its laid-back charm, rustic beauty, and gardens edged by 150-foot-tall cottonwoods and overflowing with native purple coneflowers and hollyhocks, this idyllic bed-and-breakfast on the Rio Fernando, about a mile east of the historic Taos plaza, is quintessentially southwestern.
Room & Board: Antiques, Native American rugs, and hand-hewn beams decorate the 12 cozy guest rooms, each with a private bath stocked with organic soaps and just steps away from the inn's best stargazing spot—the hot tub. Innkeepers Julie and Robert Cahalane make a big deal out of breakfast, with melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon streusel coffee cake, chile relleno quiche, and blueberry French toast, served at tables scattered around the 250-year-old gathering room, with its brightly painted kiva fireplace.
Out the Back Door: Bike the West Rim Trail, a nine-mile doubletrack atop the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge, or head to the Enchanted Forest cross-country ski area, with 18 miles of groomed trails.
Details: Doubles, $99–$129, including breakfast; 800-859-6752, www.innontherio.com

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