View From the Plaza

Kinda Like Woodstock

One of my husband’s claims to fame is that he actually attended Woodstock.  He was practically a baby when he went, but he was there.   So, when I heard that Taos was hosting its second Annual Mountain Music Festival, I knew we had to go.   We headed to Taos on Sunday morning and stopped at Embudo Station for lunch.   The food was good – local and mostly organic.  We then headed to Taos and checked into one of our favorite places to stay there, El Monte Sagrado.   Our room was in their newest wing which was very pleasant.   The décor included pony hair leathers, fringed suede, antler accents and a color palette ranging from rich brown to robin’s egg blue.  The effect was pleasant, cool and chic, which we were not expecting – lovely bed and linens to boot.

We then headed up the mountain and got situated for the music festival – our “seat” for the performances was a blanket in a field of green grass surrounded by gorgeous mountains.   First, we heard Shemeka Copeland belt out the blues,  followed by Yonder Mountain String Band, both of whom the crowd adored.   Personally,  I am not a huge banjo fan unless it is Lyle Lovett’s large band, but they were great.  Then the main act took the stage.  Government Mule started playing just as the sun was setting and the stars came out.   We were treated to some talented rock and roll that went late into the night.   Not exactly Woodstock, but there were thousands of music-loving fans who thoroughly enjoyed the day of music in a setting that was hard to beat!  We headed back downhill to our digs at El Monte Sagrado, awoke the next day and made our way to Taos Plaza. We lunched at the all new Gorge Bar and Grill in the old Ogilvie’s space.   Great new ambiance and the food was delish!  If you have not checked out Seconds Eco Store on Bent Street, it is worth stopping in.   The cute, energetic proprietor, Sara Basehart, has filled a store full of wonderful items made from recycled products, all of which were great-looking and clever.  

We then headed back to Santa Fe on the lusciously green, mountainous High Road from Taos, which meanders through Peñasco, Truchas and Chimayo, where we stopped to grab a handful of the miraculous healing dirt.   All in all, not a bad 24-hour side trip from Santa Fe!

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