A Hidden Treasure in Taos, New Mexico

Taos is a four-season destination, with wintertime world-class downhill skiing; cross-country, snowshoeing and warm-weather hiking; llama trekking; glamping; and more. Privately owned and operated Heritage Inspirations partners with all 11 Heritage hotels and resorts to provide custom adventure, heritage and guiding experiences across New Mexico. 

A gem of Southwestern, Latin American and internationally inspired architecture and design, Taos is home to El Monte Sagrado, one of 11 Heritage hotels and resorts throughout New Mexico. While adobe is all over the state, this property highlights it and brings out its beauty, adorned with spectacular artwork; enormous chandeliers; tropical foliage in the spa; Aqua Center and Garden Room restaurant; and unique furnishings and decor. No detail is left untouched; indeed, one could spend hours looking up, down and all around at the beauty in every view. El Monte Sagrado has various room types, including its global suites with international themes.

In addition to the natural beauty of El Monte Sagrado, the hotel’s executive chef, Cristina Martinez, a New Mexico native, is Cordon Bleu-trained. The Garden Room and Anaconda Bar is highlighted by the fantastical bronze snake winding its way through the rooms and the tropical foliage. The Aqua Center and full-service Living Spa are lush indoor jungles. All ages delight in the enormous salt-water hot tub and grotto-like swimming pool, while the spa features such indigenously inspired treatments as the Sagrado High Desert Massage, utilizing a blend of wild-crafted, indigenous plants, flowers and aromatic skin nourishing oils.

Taos is famed for a hefty array of top-quality museums in a small city, including the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, the Blumenschein Home, the Kit Carson Museum and the Millicent Rogers Museum. This area became home to artists of many disciplines at the end of the 1800s, when two New York artists, Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Geer Phillips, made it their home. In ensuing years, others came and formed the Taos Society of Artists, attracting the likes of D.H. Lawrence and Georgia O’Keefe, who were entranced by the distinctive Northern New Mexico light and sweeping landscapes. No detail was left untouched, and one could spend hours looking up, down and all around at the beauty in every view.